Central Library

Youth Services

The state of the art Youth Wing of the Central Library offers more than just books. It's an active learning center with innovative programs. The Department is divided into two primary collections: Children's and Young Adult.

Come to the Youth Wing to:

  • Interact with our staff of highly skilled Librarians to collect materials for school assignments, or receive recommendations for future reading.
  • Check out the newest releases available in many different genres: fiction, mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and our growing collection of comics and graphic novels.
  • Participate in a variety of programs for all ages.
  • Interact with peers in an environment designed specifically for Children and Teens.
Class Visits

To schedule a class visit contact the Youth Wing Department at (718) 230-2116

  • Groups wishing to have a tour, library instruction, library cards, or other special services must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
  • Please notify the Youth Wing Department in advance of any drop-in group visits, even if special services are not needed. Due to scheduled visits, programming, and heavy use by our general public, the Youth Wing cannot guarantee sufficient space or seating for drop-in groups.
  • A maximum of 40 people in each group, including chaperones, can be accomodated per visit.
  • Discipline is the responsibility of the group leaders, who will stay with the group at all times to ensure the group follows the Public Behavior in the Library policy.
  • Library cards for groups should be arranged through their nearest BPL branch. If Central is the group's nearest BPL location, all the completed library card applications must be delivered to the Youth Wing at least one week in advance of the scheduled visit. Please see our Class Visits FAQ for more information.
  • The Tech Loft in the Youth Wing has 36 computers and must be reserved for groups at least two weeks in advance. Students need to have their library cards with them on the day of the visit to log onto computers.
  • Central Library does not have space for groups to eat lunch or store lunches, bags, or coats.
Technology

The Youth Wing offers a multitude of resources to address the growing technological needs of our communities.

  • Our upstairs Tech Loft houses 36 computers for children and teens up to age 16. It is open from 3pm to closing during the school year and all day during the summer. The Tech Loft may be reserved for classes by calling (718) 230-2116 at least two weeks in advance and is available to all schools within Brooklyn.
  • For the pre-school audience (ages 8 and under), we offer three computers with a variety of games that enhance children's motor skills and build literacy.
  • In the Young Adult area, there are eight Internet access computers with Microsoft Office and color printing available.
Children's Collection
  • In addition to our English language collection, we offer a small collection in a variety of world languages.
  • Our First Five Years Collection encompasses Board Books, Concept/Alphabet books, and an extensive selection of Picture Books.
  • Children aged 5-12 are welcome to explore our vast array of non-fiction, fiction, folk and fairy tales, and graphic novels.
  • Multi-Media in the form of Children's DVDs, Audio Books, Music CDs, and Bookflix (an interactive online literacy program for kids)
  • A broad selection of Children's magazines addressing parenting needs, literacy and fun!
  • Hunt Collection of Historical Children's Literature: approximately 7,000 American and European books for children, dating primarily from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Children's Programs
  • Tell Me A Story (18mos -5 years.) - Live, interactive performances from professional storytellers. Mondays at 11:00am.
    (Made possible through support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz). 
  • Babies and Books (birth-18 mos.) - Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes for small children. Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:30. *Tickets Required*
  • Toddler Time (18 -36 mos.) - Stories and songs for active toddlers. Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11:00am. *Tickets Required*
  • Story and Play (0 - 5 yrs.) - Stories, songs, and play time. Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00am.
  • Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories (3-8 yrs) - Once a month bedtime stories for children starting at 7:00 pm.
    (Support for this program is generously provided by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.)

To receive the most current listing of programs and times offered, please check our online calendar, pick up a flyer at any of our reference desks, or call 718-230-2117.

Young Adult Collection
  • A wide variety of graphic novels and comics.
  • Fiction: Check out TFT to find something new to read!
  • Non-Fiction: a broad range of materials available relating specifically to Teens. Some examples are: Astrology, Careers, Historical Events, Health Issues, Sports, and Crafts.
  • Popular "Assignment" section in which commonly assigned school titles are readily available.
  • Check out our large selection of magazine titles such as: Teen Vogue, Teen Ink, Thrasher, Make Magazine and Sports Illustrated.
Young Adult Programs

To receive the most current listing of programs and times offered, please check our online calendar, pick up a flyer at any of our reference desks, or call 718-230-2119.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities