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
  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, April 27, 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 27, 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. 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. 

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, April 27, 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, April 27, 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 Help
    Monday, April 27, 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, April 27, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Tonight's theme: Frank Kirkland (Hunter College) on W.E.B. Du Bois and Brown v. Board of Education

    Most people regard the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education as symbolizing the meaning of racial equality and equal educational opportunity. They tend to take Brown as (1) granting legal authority to bring about racial integration and (2) forbidding compulsory racial segregation in public schools and thereby eliminating black schools.
    Though he never rejected the decision outright, Du Bois was critical of Brown. His criticisms were focused not on (1), but on (2). His criticism of (2) relies on our understanding of the value and motivational force of who we each take ourselves to be in an egalitarian and pluralistic society. This criticism of Brown does not bind him, in all instances, to the position that single-race schools should be consciously and freely embraced; but it does bind him to that position if other schools violate rights and single-race schools do not.
    Du Bois fervently opposed the view that black children developed sentiments of inferiority in all single-race or exclusively black schools. But he didn’t explain black children’s feelings of inferiority in terms of their educational need to be motivated and appreciated. Rather he gave a narrative of the experience of those exposed to the judgments of others when participating in the educational pursuit for approval. Human beings make this educational pursuit from a young age, which always involves a comparison with others.
    Du Bois knew that such judgments can be not only inegalitarian, but inflammatory and demoralizing. But, I shall argue, Du Bois also knew that a more egalitarian education for black children – an education in which black children conceive of themselves as equal in moral standing to all others while seeking excellence and the concomitant esteem that comes in reaching what is sought – could come from a single-race or exclusively black school without perpetuating compulsory racial segregation.

    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, April 28, 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.

  • Digital Storytelling and Enhanced Podcasting for Mac
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Taking pictures and recording audio on mobile devices is easy. Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story--- and share it with a wide audience. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about various types of digital story formats, narrative tips and interviewing techniques, and how to combine your pictures and audio recordings into a video using Garageband, a software program that allows you to create powerful and entertaining media. 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://apr2015llfreeclasses.eventbrite.com/

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Got a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a full class? Drop in to the Info Commons lab for one-on-one assistance.

    First come, first served. No registration required.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, April 28, 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 28, 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. 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. 

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, April 29, 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. 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. 

  • Computer Basics for Seniors
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Learn the basics of using a computer.

  • Resume Editing Help
    Wednesday, April 29, 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.

  • How to Build Your Brand and Keep it in the Black
    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    In this two-part workshop, you will learn what makes a great brand and how you can transform yours into one that helps you keep your current customers and attract new ones. Presenter Alan Siege will challenge your assumptions and present pragmatic and clear practices that you can use immediately to refine and strengthen your brand.

    The second half of the program will look at the back end of running a business. Even with an awesome brand and an incredible website, your company needs to set up financial systems. Presenter Naman Trivedi will explain how to do it right using case studies to illustrate the three essentials Cs: consistency, controls, and cash. This program is presented by the Business & Career Library.

    Please register at www.bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

    Please register at www.bklynlib.org/business or call 718.623.7000 and select option 4.

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, April 30, 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 Counseling
    Thursday, April 30, 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 30, 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 30, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    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

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, May 2, 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. 

  • Brooklyn Public Library Skillshare 2015
    Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    On Saturday, May 2, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting a free all-day Skillshare where community members will share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity.

       

    Some of the topics in this year’s skillshare include digital storytelling, origami, DJing, zine making, financial fitness and online privacy. Check back as it gets closer for details of the class schedule.

       

    Classes will meet in Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons. No pre-registration necessary, just show up!

  • Never Too Late To Learn: Computer Topics for Older Adults
    Monday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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. 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. 

  • NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop
    Monday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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.

  • Winter Pelagics in the Mid-Atlantic - Putting the "Birrrrr" in Birding
    Monday, May 4, 2015 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    The idea of venturing out on the ocean is a daunting prospect for many birders, but this can be one of the most rewarding times to look for seabirds and other marine life in the Mid-Atlantic. Dovekies, Puffins, Murres, Razorbills, Gannets, Kittiwakes, loons, ducks, cormorants, and gulls can all be found, many quite regularly. Some of these species are much more common in our area than people realize, and we're discovering some things that help us find these birds more reliably. This program is an introduction to what you could expect on one of these trips, the birds we search for, and interesting information about them.

    Paul Guris has been birding the Delaware Valley area for over 40 years. His first boat trip was in his mother's third trimester, so his love of seabirds comes naturally. He is a current member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, a past member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, a past president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, the former captain of the now retired Nikon / DVOC World Series of Birding team, and the owner / operator of See Life Paulagics, a pelagic tour company specializing in trips in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    The mission of the Brooklyn Bird Club is to encourage and promote birdwatching and conservation in Brooklyn and beyond.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, May 5, 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.

  • Microsoft Word
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Basic computer knowledge required.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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. 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. 

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, May 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. 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. 

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, May 7, 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 Counseling
    Thursday, May 7, 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, May 7, 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. 

  • Free One-on-One Financial Counseling
    Saturday, May 9, 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. 

  • The Lab for Robotics Education Information Session
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 12:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Starting in June, The Lab for Robotics Education (LaRE) is hosting a free summer robotics program for middle school and high school students in NYC! The Summer Lab is a hands-on experience dedicated to learning by doing. Over the course of 8 Saturdays, students will build a fully functional robot from the ground up. 

    Stop by to learn more about the program, get information on how to apply and see our robot roaming around!

    The LaRE is an organization committed to delivering learning opportunities in communities where exposure to robotics is limited.

    Download the flier (PDF) here.

  • Microsoft Excel 2
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Topics may include advanced formula entry and cell references. 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, May 11, 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, May 11, 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, May 11, 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.

  • Medicaid and Child Health Plus In-Person Assistance/Navigator Program
    Tuesday, May 12, 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, May 12, 2015 11:00 am
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    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://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2015-central-library-free-bric-media-classes-tickets-16318425851

  • Drop-In Computer Lab
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Got a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a full class? Drop in to the Info Commons lab for one-on-one assistance.

    First come, first served. No registration required.

  • Teen Tech Time
    Tuesday, May 12, 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, May 12, 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. 

  • Free Online Learning Classes: Metrix Learning and Lynda.com
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:00 pm
    Central Library, Info Commons Lab

    Are you looking to improve your skills to make yourself more attractive to employers in your job search? Come to find out more about Brooklyn Public Library's online learning platforms, which allow you to take skill-building classes in business skills, computers and technology, and more -- for free.

    You'll be introduced to the Metrix Learning System, a site that lets you rate your skills and choose courses to build your skills in the job market, and Lynda.com, a site with educational videos focused on technology and business skills.

    Attendance at an information session is required to gain a license to use the Metrix Learning System. Basic Internet skills and a BPL library card are required for all learning platforms. This is a Business & Career Library program.

    Registration is required for this event.

  • Meet One-on-One with a SCORE Business Counselor
    Wednesday, May 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. 

  • Exergamers Bowling for Older Adults
    Thursday, May 14, 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 Counseling
    Thursday, May 14, 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, May 14, 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.