Central Library

Information Commons Events

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons hosts classes, workshops and other events, conducted by both library staff and programming partners. Handouts and outlines from some classes are available online.

If you are interested in taking a free BRIC digital media education class, you can register for these classes through Eventbrite. Click the "Register" link on any of the BRIC event listings below to reserve your seat.

Upcoming Classes
  • The State of Trans Health Care in New York
    Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    For many transgender and gender nonconforming folks (and those that love them), the upcoming administration change is worrisome. We’ve made major steps forward to secure trans-inclusive health insurance coverage in New York State and we currently benefit from non-discrimination protections based on gender identity and transgender status in health care settings on the federal level. This workshop will broadly address some of the changes that may occur with the next administration change, featuring insight from legal, medical and public health experts in transgender medical care services. Speakers include:

    Ronica Mukerjee, FNP, LAc – SUNY Downstate STAR Program
    Ezra Young, Esq – Staff Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)
    Ali Harris, MPH, CPH – LGBTQ Health Project Coordinator, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

    This workshop will feature short presentations from the speakers and offer space to answer questions.

    Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550433541639553

  • CryptoParty Help Desk
    Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Have questions about digital security? Volunteers from CryptoParty NYC will be hosting office hours to advise visitors to help answer those questions and provide recommendations on what to do to protect your online privacy.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 12, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops.

    Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

    Due to increased demand, this class is divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Please note that the doors will be locked at 10:00 am, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, December 12, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 12, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops.

    Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

    Due to increased demand, this class is divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Please note that the doors will be locked at 10:00 am, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Monday, December 12, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Callen Lorde's Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you're eligible for free public health insurance and, if so, help you enroll. Trained staff will meet with you, screen what programs you qualify for, and submit the application on your behalf. Find information about qualified health insurance plans, check eligibility for subsidies and government insurance programs, and get enrollment assistance from trained and certified Navigators.

    Please make an appointment by calling Callen-Lorde at 212-271-7270.

  • Excel Programming: VBA & Macro (Part II)
    Monday, December 12, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This class will provide an introduction to macros and VBA (Visual Basic for Application). These programming tools can be used to automate repetitive tasks in Excel. This will be part 2 of a two-series workshop.

    Othniel Denis of Excellent Ones Consulting LLC has an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems and has been working with Excel for over 10 years

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, December 12, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Improve Your Research Skills
    Monday, December 12, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Conducting research is a fundamental skill for everyone. Whether you’re browsing websites or using scholarly materials such as journal articles, you need to know how to formulate good searches, evaluate your sources and organize information.

    This workshop will go over the fundamentals of research, including effective online search techniques, the use of library material and proper citations. There will be time in class for research examples, so come with your queries!

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Digital Storytelling for PC
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story. You’ll learn about various types of digital story formats, narrative tips, interviewing techniques, and how to combine your pictures and audio recordings into a video using Movie Maker.

    Presented by BRIC, BPL's lead media education partner. Register through the Eventbrite link below.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-26669522259?_ga=1.33703777.198344656.1472760295

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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    Do you have a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet?  No time to attend a formal class?  Join our drop-in computer lab for personalized assistance.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Play video games and learn about new tech in our state-of-the art Lab.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Citizenship Prep GroupCancelled
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we can help!  Join our free exam preparation groups! 

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Coding 101: HTML & CSS
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Step into the world of web development with General Assembly. During our introductory workshop, explore the building blocks of the web — HTML and CSS — and learn how you can apply these programming languages to develop your own simple sites.

    By writing your own lines of code, you’ll: Get a closer look at how the developer community and many different fields benefit from coding knowledge. Learn how HTML and CSS function together to form the backbone of the web. Cover key coding terms and principles. Develop a custom, working web page from scratch.

     

    Takeaways:

    • Gain an overview of the web development landscape and where HTML/CSS fits in the web ecosystem.
    • Describe the difference between front-end and back-end code and the basic components of HTML, CSS, and Javascript
    • Use HTML and CSS to mark up a basic webpage.
    • Describe the different jobs that use coding or benefit from an understanding of HTML/CSS.

    Prereqs and Preparation:

    • Brooklyn Public Library will provide laptops. Alternatively, you may bring your own.
    • Basic technical aptitude and orientation to computers, and curiosity to learn new tools.

    Please RSVP on General Assembly's website.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Library Lanes: Older Adults Bowling League
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join our premier virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge other libraries around Brooklyn Public Library, to meet and compete with other older adults.

    Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

  • Foundation Center Database Searching Workshop
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to search for grants

  • Fundamentals of Screenwriting
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:45 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This course will guide you through the creative process of brainstorming, writing, and publishing your next exciting screenplay. Learn the basics of three-act story structure, character development, and formatting techniques and writing your screenplay in Celtx, a free scriptwriting and storyboarding program.

    Presented by BRIC, BPL's lead media education partner. Register through the Eventbrite link below.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-central-library-screenwriting-tickets-26685186110?_ga=1.45181860.1027506496.1478550312

  • CitizenshipWorks Naturalization Application Workshop
    Friday, December 16, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    A workshop to help eligible lawful permanent residents prepare their N-400 Application for Naturalization to become U.S. citizens. This workshop will use interactive online interviews from CitizenshipWorks.org to determine eligibility and help prepare forms. Immigration experts will be available to review applications and answer legal questions related to applying for citizenship. Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. Assistance will be provided on a first-come first-served basis, but pre-registered attendees will have priority.

    To register, visit citizenshipworks.org/register or call the Ya es Hora Hotline at (888) 839-8682.

  • Open Level Lab: Internet
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on using the Internet. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • sending email attachments
    • becoming familiar with Facebook and other social media applications
    • doing online searches
    • finding news online
    • using information resources such as Wikipedia
    • staying safe online

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    I-Ching the book of changes is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies that can help us to make decisions that logic alone cannot handle.

    Free lectures in Chinese and English

    The Class will be held in room #7

    November 5-19

  • Open Level Lab: Internet
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on using the Internet. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • sending email attachments
    • becoming familiar with Facebook and other social media applications
    • doing online searches
    • finding news online
    • using information resources such as Wikipedia
    • staying safe online

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

  • AfroCROWD Wikipedia Editing Workshop: Elected Officials of the African Diaspora
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Join AfroCROWD for a Wikipedia editing workshop. The topic will be elected officials of the African diaspora. We will focus on notable elected officials of African descent from around the world in in black history. All are welcome!

    Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia.

  • CryptoParty Help Desk
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Have questions about digital security? Volunteers from CryptoParty NYC will be hosting office hours to advise visitors to help answer those questions and provide recommendations on what to do to protect your online privacy.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 19, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops.

    Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

    Due to increased demand, this class is divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Please note that the doors will be locked at 10:00 am, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, December 19, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, December 19, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops.

    Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office.

    Due to increased demand, this class is divided into two one-hour classes, one from 10:00-11:00 am, and the other from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.

    Please note that the doors will be locked at 10:00 am, and everyone that comes after that will be allowed in for the 11:00 am class.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, December 19, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Adobe Illustrator Introduction
    Monday, December 19, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    This class will help you get familiar with some of the common tools used in Adobe Illustrator CC. You will create simple designs like logos and icons by combining shapes and typography. Please bring your own hard drive or USB flash drive if you want to save your work. Basic computer proficiency required.

    Topics:
    • Create a new document
    • Create shapes
    • Arrange, Align, and Pathfinder
    • Colors, Fill, Stroke, and swatches
    • Typography

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Intro to Social Media: Instagram
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Get an introduction to a variety of social media platforms.  In Instagram, you will learn the basics of Instagram. You’ll learn how to set up an account, tips for taking great mobile photography and video, how to build an audience, and best practices using effects and posting content.  Please note: in order to successfully complete this class, you must be able to comfortably navigate a computer interface.

    Presented by BRIC, BPL's lead media education partner. Register through the Eventbrite link below.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-26669522259?_ga=1.33703777.198344656.1472760295

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Kids and teens in grades 6 and up are welcome for an afternoon of playing board games and video games, arts and crafts, socializing, and sometimes free books. 

     

    Where: Info Commons Lab

    When: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.

    Who: Grades 6+

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Find Government Documents Online and In Print
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Learn how to access Federal, State, and Local Government Documents.

    Participants will learn how the  Federal Depository Library Program and the Government Publishing Office (GPO) keep you informed. Topics covered include  Census Data in Brooklyn and New York State, The National Archive Document of the Day, Searching GPO Documents using Metalib, FedSys and Google Advanced Search.

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we can help!  Join our free exam preparation groups! 

  • Color Stress Away
    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, coloring books, crayons and colored pencils shall be provided to participants by the library.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, please visit https://newyorkcity.score.org/ and click the big green box on the upper right of the page to "Request a Meeting." This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Introduction to Internet
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Introduction to the Internet is designed specifically for those who are interested in understanding what the internet is and how it is used. This lesson of 60-90 minutes covers browses, search engines, and navigating websites.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.

  • Geneaology for Beginners
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    How Brooklyn Public Library Can Help You Discover Your Roots

    In this class we will explore the databases and resources available to genealogy researchers at the Brooklyn Public Library. This course is intended for the genealogy beginner and will focus on the library’s newspaper collections, directory collection, and databases such as Ancestry.com.  Participants will receive hands-on training as well as a list of genealogical research facilities in the area.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, December 22, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Library Lanes: Older Adults Bowling League
    Thursday, December 22, 2016 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join our premier virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge other libraries around Brooklyn Public Library, to meet and compete with other older adults.

    Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration's Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt.

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration at 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Kids and teens in grades 6 and up are welcome for an afternoon of playing board games and video games, arts and crafts, socializing, and sometimes free books. 

     

    Where: Info Commons Lab

    When: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.

    Who: Grades 6+

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we can help!  Join our free exam preparation groups! 

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, December 28, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Need assistance perfecting your resume or cover letter to make it look and sound just right? Our volunteer Resume Coach is here to help. Please bring a draft of your resume or cover letter with you.

    This is a Business & Career Center program. This is a one-on-one service; first come, first served.