Central Library

Information Commons Events

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day Weekend.

 

The library catalog and My BPL will be unavailable from 6PM Friday May 27th until Monday May 30th due to system maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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
  • Free One-on-One Financial CounselingCancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 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.

  • Capturing Your Poetry
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you a creative writer, poet, or spoken word artist who is looking for another way to connect to your audience? Learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, you will create visual poetry pieces ready to be exhibited online.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)Cancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.

    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Play video games, use computers, check out our recording studio, and learn about new technology. 6th grade and up.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business CounselorCancelled
    Tuesday, May 31, 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 visithttps://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 Group
    Tuesday, May 31, 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, June 1, 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 visithttps://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.

  • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available!
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    Many situations require the assistance of an expert.  We can provide one-to-one help for you and your child with:

    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
    • Early childhood services and programs
    • Transition planning
    • Transportation issues
    • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
    • Camps, afterschool, and other community resources

    Se habla español

    Drop-in or call to make an appointment  212.677.4650 ex.19.

    For more information call 718.253.4948.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

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

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2016 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.

    Made available through generous funding and support from Microsoft, the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).

  • Making Your Tapes and Records Digital: An Info Session about Digital Conversion Tools at the Library
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Brooklyn Public Library has equipment you can use to transform your analog audiocassettes, VHS videocassettes, and vinyl records into digital files.

    Come to this information session to see how the tools work and learn how you can reserve time with them.

    Note: We will have music and movies to demonstrate with, so no need to bring anything.

    If you would like to convert your own cassettes or records to digital, you can do that on your own without needing to attend this info session.

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.

    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • Digital Camera Basics
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to use your camera’s features 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. You’ll also learn composition theory, shot types, and picture formats that work best in video projects.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Digital Photo Enhancement
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The picture-perfect shot doesn’t stop with your camera. In this class, you’ll get hands-on experience with GIMP, a free, versatile photo editing software program. Learn to retouch, crop, and color balance your digital photos before showing them to the world. By the end of this two-hour session you’ll have the skills to make every shot you take a perfect one.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, June 4, 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.

  • Introduction to Google Drive
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Did you know that Google is more than a search engine and email? Come join us to learn how to use Google Drive and the tools available to you beyond the search engine. You will learn how to backup your data and always have your files with you wherever you go and whenever you need them.

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, June 4, 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

  • Open Level Lab: Computer Basics
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    New to computers? Want to get more familiar with using the mouse, typing, navigating the screen and going online? Drop in to an Open Level Lab for one-on-one assistance with basic computer use.

     

    Presented by New York Cares.

     

  • bitBots Battle!
    Sunday, June 5, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    bitBots are robots created with littleBits. Come see them in action!

    http://open-source-gallery.org/koko/

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, June 6, 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, June 6, 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 visithttps://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 Basics
    Monday, June 6, 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

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, June 6, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    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, or free or low cost Essential Plan through the ACA) 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. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on January 31, 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.
     
    Please make an appointment by calling Callen-Lorde at 212-271-7270.

    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 the Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, June 6, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

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

  • Illustrator 101, Part 1
    Monday, June 6, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile computer program that’s great for those who love to draw and those who have a lot of great ideas but can’t draw that well.

    This class will teach you the basics of Illustrator, including getting to know the pen tool, tracing shapes and using color. By the end of the course you should be able to create basic shapes and designs using Illustrator.

    This is part one of a two-part class. Part two of this class will be offered on Monday, June 13, at 6:30pm in the Info Commons Lab.

    Have you ever felt like you were "born creative"? Well, lifelong creator Alicia Goodwin has. Since childhood Alicia has been using her hands to create unique items for herself, her friends and even her elementary school teachers.

    Since graduating from the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in both Fashion Design and Jewelry Design in 2003, Alicia has been able to create her own unique jewelry with Lingua Nigra while also consulting for design houses in New York City.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, June 7, 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: Twitter
    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Get an introduction to a variety of social media platforms. In Twitter, you’ll create a profile for personal or professional use, learn how to tweet in 140 characters, and connect with other users.

     

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-24097542398?_ga=1.221982672.918546536.1461774831

  • Citizenship Prep Group
    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:30 am
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 4

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

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)
    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.

    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Play video games, use computers, check out our recording studio, and learn about new technology. 6th grade and up.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Tuesday, June 7, 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 visithttps://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 Group
    Tuesday, June 7, 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, June 8, 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 visithttps://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, June 8, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

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

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Thursday, June 9, 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.

  • Resume & Career Help (Central Library)
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 5

    Meet one-on-one with a Business & Career Librarian to get information on career-related topics, including resume, cover letter, interviewing and LinkedIn help. Learn how Brooklyn Public Library's resources can help you become more job-ready.

    This is a Business & Career Library program. First come, first served.

  • Intro to Photoshop
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop for photo enhancement, typography, and graphic design.

    This course has 3 mandatory sessions that will be held on Thursdays from 4-8PM on 6/9, 6/16 and 6/23.

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

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2016-central-library-intro-to-photoshop-tickets-22751177384

  • Universal Maker Space
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Come to the Universal Makerspace and make something great!

  • Universal Maker Space
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Come to the Universal Makerspace and make something great!

  • Advanced Chinese Studies in I-Ching
    Saturday, June 11, 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

  • Open Level Lab: Microsoft Office
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Drop in to an Open Level Lab on Microsoft Office applications. Ask questions or go through tutorials on topics including:

    • navigating Excel
    • entering formulas
    • creating graphs and reports
    • navigating Word
    • typing
    • using features such as copy and paste
    • formatting text
    • doing mail merges
    • navigating PowerPoint
    • creating basic slides
    • adding animations and transitions
    • using other presentation tools
    • navigating Publisher
    • adding images to flyers
    • creating bookmarks and brochures

    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.

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, June 13, 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, June 13, 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 visithttps://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 Basics
    Monday, June 13, 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

  • Low Cost/Public Health Insurance Enrollment
    Monday, June 13, 2016 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 2

    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, or free or low cost Essential Plan through the ACA) 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. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on January 31, 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.
     
    Please make an appointment by calling Callen-Lorde at 212-271-7270.

    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 the Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Monday, June 13, 2016 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons, Room 6

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

  • Illustrator 101, Part 2
    Monday, June 13, 2016 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile computer program that’s great for those who love to draw and those who have a lot of great ideas but can’t draw that well.

    This class will teach you the basics of Illustrator, including getting to know the pen tool, tracing shapes and using color. By the end of the course you should be able to create basic shapes and designs using Illustrator.

    This is part two of a two-part class.

    Have you ever felt like you were "born creative"? Well, lifelong creator Alicia Goodwin has. Since childhood Alicia has been using her hands to create unique items for herself, her friends and even her elementary school teachers.

    Since graduating from the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in both Fashion Design and Jewelry Design in 2003, Alicia has been able to create her own unique jewelry with Lingua Nigra while also consulting for design houses in New York City.

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Tuesday, June 14, 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.