Central Library

Information Commons Events

Selected Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) locations will be open on Friday, April 3. All BPL locations will be closed on Sunday, April 5.

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
  • Capturing Your Poetry
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you a poet or creative writer looking for another way to connect to your audience? In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, students will create visual poetry pieces ready to be exhibited online.

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

    https://mar2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 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 Corporation'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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Internet 1
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • 3D Printing 101
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    3DPrinterOS, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and Ultimaker are pleased to host an introduction to 3D printing workshop. This workshop will help people interested in 3D printing learn:
    • What is 3D Printing and how does it work?
    • How do we take an idea and turn it into a physical object?

    This event is first come, first served. To learn more about the event and Brooklyn's 3D printing community, visit http://learn3d.nyc or the event Meetup page.

     

    To learn more about 3DPrinterOS, visit www.3dprinteros.com.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, March 30, 2015 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, March 30, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, March 30, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.

  • LinkedIn Basics
    Monday, March 30, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to set up and use LinkedIn, an important professional networking site that can make your job search more effective. This is a Business & Career Library program. 

  • Resume Editing HelpCancelled
    Monday, March 30, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers
    Monday, March 30, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: "Adaptive Preferences and Women in the Global South" with Serene Khader (Brooklyn College).

    Jayamma, a poor Indian woman described in Martha Nussbaum’s Women and Human Development, worked in a brick kiln where women were paid less for heavier work than men. She also had a husband who squandered his own earnings, requiring her to support the family and do all of the housework. She did not complain or protest, because “she knew that was how things were and would be.” Nussbaum’s narrative about Jayamma, relatively typical of the narratives about women in the global South that currently have a grip on the American imagination is that, Jayamma “lacked a concept of herself as a person whose rights could be violated” (113).

    In this presentation, I explain what is wrong with conceptualizing such “adaptive preferences” primarily as autonomy deficits—that is, as deficits in self-worth or the capacity for critical reflection—and offer an alternative view.  I argue that there are two types of problems with such views of adaptive preferences. The first type of problem is definitional. Characterizing adaptive preferences as autonomy deficits does not capture the range of cases that intuitively seem adaptive and captures many preferences that do not seem morally problematic at all. The second type of problem stems from a moral imperative to respect the agency of oppressed and deprived people. Characterizing adaptive preferences as autonomy deficits often misplaces defects in agents what are really defects in the world. It denies the extent to which adaptive preferences are sometimes formed through normal mechanisms of socialization, compatible with cognitively and evaluatively complex life-plans, extend only to certain arenas of agents’ values and/or are welfare-maximizing responses to structural obstacles.

    I do not think it follows from the view that adaptive preferences are compatible with autonomy, however, that they are not morally objectionable or politically actionable. Instead, they are problematic because they are not compatible with the basic welfare of the people who hold them. Recognizing this shifts the types of strategies that should be used to eradicate adaptive preferences—toward emphasizing the importance of structural change and involving the deprived in deciding the courses of their own lives. I also explain how it is possible to design a welfare-based view that gets what many people want out of the autonomy-based view—the idea that changing adaptive preferences does not involve foisting a culturally specific conception of the good life onto others. This presentation draws on my book, Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Empowerment (Oxford, 2011).

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons
    Brooklyn Public Philosophers is a monthly series of talks and discussions. It's a forum for philosophers based in and around Brooklyn to speak with a general audience about their work. The aim is to broaden the discussion of important philosophical issues and to increase communication between academic philosophers and the general public. For more information, visit bkpp.tumblr.com.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you may be eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid) and, if so, help you enroll. Our trained staff will meet with you, screen what programs you qualify for, and submit the application on your behalf. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on February 15, if you have had a special life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child), you may still be eligible to enroll.

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a non-profit FQHC specializing in sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s LGBT communities is proud to offer the In-Person Assistance and Navigator programs under the NYS State of Health program, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Short-form Video Techniques for Mac
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you don’t need an expensive camera or fancy audio equipment to produce an engaging video. In this two-hour session, learn to use your mobile device to make compelling short-form videos—and how to show them to the world on YouTube, Vimeo and more. We’ll start you off with scriptwriting and storyboarding best practices, discuss frame composition, and then cover how to get the best audio and lighting when recording your footage. You’ll also explore the free Mac editing software program iMovie that can assemble it all into your final short masterpiece. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class.

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

    https://mar2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Do you want to design a website for a school project, or put yourself onto the cover of a fashion magazine? Come hang out, learn, play and explore the latest technology with friends while using PC and Mac laptops.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Final Cut Pro X Part 2
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Part 2 of this introductory workshop will cover the topics below, followed by an hour for individual questions and assistance with projects. Some computers will be available, but please bring your own laptop with Final Cut Pro X if possible. Practice media files will also be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own files as well. If you want to save your work, please bring your own hard drive or USB stick.

    Rehana is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and video artist who graduated from The New School in 2014. She has produced work for several different public and cultural institutions.

    Text

    • Templates
    • Generators

    Transitions

    Music & Audio

    • Syncing
    • Adjustments / Enhancement
    • Recording voice over

    Color Correction

    • Auto balancing / matching color
    • Manual correction

    Exporting

    • QuickTime / Apple devices / Vimeo / YouTube
    • Compressor

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older AdultsCancelled
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 10:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Please join us as we form our first virtual bowling team. Participants will learn how to bowl using a Microsoft Xbox One. After some practice, we will challenge senior centers and other libraries around New York City, to meet and compete with other older adults. 

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

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Free One-on-One Financial CounselingCancelled
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation'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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A Business & Career Librarian is available to provide one-on-one help with a resume or cover letter, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, online learning, and other career-related needs. 

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Most digital cameras are packed with advanced features that allow novice photographers to shoot like a pro. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn how to use your camera’s features and simple tricks to create beautiful digital images. We’ll cover digital photography basics like camera settings, resolution and exposure levels, and how to properly white balance to make your pictures pop. Composition theory will be discussed, as will shot types and picture formats that work best in video projects. Please bring your own digital camera fully charged, with plenty of battery power and available memory, to the class.

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

    https://apr2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Community Producer Screenings
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Join us for free screenings from Brooklyn Free Speech Community Producers and student material created through BRIC Media Education courses offered at the Brooklyn Public Library.

    • Meet and greet with BRIC staff and local producers.
    • Learn about BRIC Media Education class offerings.
    • Sign up for free classes/certification classes and discover the free equipment offered by BRIC at your library.

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 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 Corporation'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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • AfricaCROWDCancelled
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 12:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Description to come.

    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. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean, Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian.

  • Internet 2
    Saturday, April 4, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include Wikipedia, weather, news, Google searches, and maps. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older AdultsCancelled
    Monday, April 6, 2015 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.

    bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Monday, April 6, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.

  • Resume Editing HelpCancelled
    Monday, April 6, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you may be eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid) and, if so, help you enroll. Our trained staff will meet with you, screen what programs you qualify for, and submit the application on your behalf. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on February 15, if you have had a special life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child), you may still be eligible to enroll.

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a non-profit FQHC specializing in sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s LGBT communities is proud to offer the In-Person Assistance and Navigator programs under the NYS State of Health program, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Intro to Social Media
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    In our Facebook class, learn how to set up a profile page and apply privacy and security settings. You’ll also learn how to navigate posts, pictures and videos, and add friends to your feed. In Twitter, you’ll create a profile for personal or professional use, how to tweet in 140 characters or less and connect with other users. In Video Blogging, you’ll learn how to create a blog using Blogger.com and upload and share your video content via YouTube.

     

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

    https://apr2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Do you want to design a website for a school project, or put yourself onto the cover of a fashion magazine? Come hang out, learn, play and explore the latest technology with friends while using PC and Mac laptops.

    www.bklynlibrary.org/infocommons

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Computer Basics Class
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn the basic components of the computer.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability--make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation'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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Resume & Career Help
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    A Business & Career Librarian is available to provide one-on-one help with a resume or cover letter, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, online learning, and other career-related needs. 

  • Video Editing with Premiere
    Thursday, April 9, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    This 4-week course covers the basics of non-linear video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro 6. Students will learn how to navigate Premiere’s interface and import footage from a SDHC card, as well as how to work with B-roll, audio, still images, titles, basic effects and transitions. By the end of the course, students will have the chance to edit a short video segment. Successful completion leads to becoming a Certified Community Producer, which gives you free access to use our editing facilities to produce your Brooklyn Free Speech TV show.

    This course has 4 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8:30PM on 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 and 4/30.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2015-central-lib-video-editing-with-premiere-tickets-14450268141

  • New York State Department of Labor Counseling
    Friday, April 10, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Come and meet with staff from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), who will work with job seekers to connect them to jobs and resources.

    • Help with your job search, including interviewing, networking, etc.
    • Learn about training plans and career plans
    • Understand how to apply for unemployment insurance (no specific information will be given about individual cases)
    • Get information about DOL programs, services and resources
    • Take advantage of DOL’s online job search tools if you have an email address and an electronic resume (highly recommended)
    • Spanish speakers are welcome; Se habla Español
    • Seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities can learn about specific resources available to them from DOL

    No appointment necessary. This is a Business & Career Library service.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 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 Corporation'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. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

    This is a Business & Career Library service. Please call 718.636.6994 for an appointment. 

  • Universal Makerspace
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Like stop motion animation? Join us Saturday April 11th from 10-12 at the Brooklyn Public Library Central branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza for an accessible, fun and informative program on how to make stop motion animation movies.
     
    Spaces are limited so reserve a seat today! Email reservation requests to jhuth@bklynlibrary.org
     

  • Microsoft Powerpoint 1
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include navigating PowerPoint and basic slide creation. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • AfrolatinoCROWD: Wikipedia Resources for Afrolatino/as
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute
    Proyecto Afrolatin@
    Garifuna Nation
    AfroCROWD
    present
    AFROLATINOCROWD

    Join us as we explore Wikipedia resources for Afrolatino/as in Spanish, Portuguese, Garifuna and English. We will also get a brief intro to Wikimedia and Wikipedia and learn what gaps exist about Afrolatino/as in the largest online reference site in the world and ways to use this resource to make Afrolatino/a children and adults more digitally skilled and more knowledgeable about their culture, history and languages.

    We will have presentations by:

    • Amilcar Priestley of Proyecto Afrolatin@
    • Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez of the blog Negra Cubana Tenía Que Ser

    OUR GOAL IS FOR EVERYONE TO EDIT OR CREATE AT LEAST ONE ARTICLE -- DURING THE SESSION.

    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. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean, Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian. These workshops aim to advance the” development” principles of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.  The Black Twitter phenomenon in the U.S. and the use of Face book in the Americas shows that Afrodescendants have capitalized on social media as an organizing tool. Exposing more Afrodescendants to Wikimedia has the potential to take this journey a step further and transfer skills that might deepen Afrodescendant exploration of online technology.  By using such platforms to develop and maintain online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, Afrodescendant communities thereby contribute to the survival of and increase in their proficiency in those languages while also feeling more culturally grounded.

    IF YOU ATTENDED THE KICKOFF, THERE IS SOME HOMEWORK FOR YOU!

    If you missed all or part of the kickoff Feb7th and 8th, catch up here: https://storify.com/kiskeacity/afrocrowd-kickoff

    View photos of AfroCROWD's kickoff Feb. 7th and 8th: https://www.facebook.com/afroCROWD/posts/1556700334590963

    Visit the AfroCROWD website for more info: www.afrocrowd.org

    Light refreshments

    (Wikimedia NYC will assist with training.)

    ###

    EN ESPAÑOL

    Únase a nosotros en nuestra exploración de  los recursos disponibles en Wikipidia a la comunidad Afrolatina en  Español, Portugues, Inglés y Garifuna.

    También tendremos una breve introducción a Wikimedia y Wikipedia y exploraremos los vacíos que existen sobre Afrolatino/as en el sitio de referencia en línea mas grande en el mundo y formas de utilizar este recurso para ayudar tanto a niños como adultos Afrolatino/as a ser digitalmente mas expertos y con  mas conocimiento de su cultura, historia y lenguaje.

    Tendremos presentaciones por:

    • Amilcar Priestley de Proyecto Afrolatin@
    • Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez del blog Negra Cubana Tenia Que Ser

    NUESTRO OBJETIVO DURANTE ESTA SECCION ES QUE TODOS EDITEN O CREAN POR LO MENOS UN ARTICULO 

    Afro Cultura Libre Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) es una nueva iniciativa que busca aumentar el número de personas de ascendencia africana que participan activamente en Wikimedia y en los movimientos de información, cultura y software de acceso abierto

    Los talleres están abiertos a todos afrodescendiente, incluyendo pero no limitado a los individuos que se auto identifican como africanos, afro-americano, Afro-Latino, Mestizo, Negro, Negro-Americano, Caribeño, Garifuna, Haitiano o de las Indias Occidentales.

    El objetivo de estos talleres es promover los principios de “desarrollo” de la Década Internacional de los Afrodescendientes de Las Naciones Unidas. El fenómeno de Twitter Negro en los EE.UU. y el uso de Facebook en las Américas muestran que los afrodescendientes han capitalizado con las redes sociales como herramienta de organización. Exponiendo a más afrodescendientes a Wikimedia tiene el potencial para impulsar esta jornada un paso más alla y transferir habilidades que podrían profundizar la exploración por parte de los Afrodescendientes de la tecnología en línea. Por lo tanto al usar este tipo de plataforma para desarrollar y mantener en linea cuerpos importantes de conocimientos  en los lenguajes nativos como el Garifuna, Kreyol Haitiano, Igbo, Español o Yoruba, las comunidades afrodescendientes  contribuyen así a la supervivencia y el aumento de su competencia en esos idiomas y a la vez sentirse más conectados culturalmente.

    Fotos: https://www.facebook.com/afroCROWD/posts/1556700334590963

    Sitio web: www.afrocrowd.org

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, April 13, 2015 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, April 13, 2015 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. Call 718.623.7000 to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service. 

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, April 13, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advanced sign-up is necessary.

  • Interviewing Basics
    Monday, April 13, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 7

    Be better prepared for your next job interview! Learn about the different styles of interviewing questions, as well as strategies for answering frequently asked questions. The Business & Career Library is presenting this program. 

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coach provides one-on-one assistance to help you tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. First come, first served.

  • Brooklyn Transitions Film Screening and Discussion: "The Domino Effect"
    Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    THE DOMINO EFFECT is a feature-length documentary film that explores the origins and impacts of gentrification and luxury redevelopment in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, under the Bloomberg administration. The film follows the rezoning of the Domino Sugar Factory on the East River waterfront and delves deep into the politics and economics of urban development on the frontier of Brooklyn’s gentrification.

    Producer and co-director Megan Sperry will be present for Q&A, with possible addition of writer Brian Paul and/or filmmaker Isabel Hill. This event is part of Brooklyn Transitions, an event and documentation series about gentrification.