April 2008 Programs at Brooklyn Public Library

April 24, 2008

Brooklyn, NY, March 5, 2007 – Music and dance, rhythm and rhyme, books and biz: April is jam-packed at Brooklyn Public Library! Enjoy National Poetry Month programs, including an Open Mic Poetry Night and a Saturday Salon Series. We’ll also be kicking off this year’s PowerUP! competition for aspiring entrepreneurs to win up to $15,000 to start their own business in Brooklyn. See below for all the information on these events and more.


SPECIAL PROGRAM

Fifth Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition Kick-Off & Orientation
Calling all Brooklyn Entrepreneurs! Find out how you can win money to start your own business by entering the Business Library's business plan competition.
Saturday, Apr 19, 1 PM
Friday, April 25, 8:30 AM
Tuesday, April 29, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street, 718.623.7000


ADULT EVENTS

Readings & Discussions

Saturday Poetry Salon: Jayne Cortez and Elizabeth Swados
Cortez, who has written 10 poetry books and performed on nine musical recordings of her poetry, is celebrated for innovative lyricism and her visceral sound. Multidisciplinary talent Swados writes poetry, fiction, children’s fiction, composes music, and directs theater.
Saturday, Apr 5, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Environmental Health Workshop: Asthma Triggers
Learn what factors can cause, trigger or exacerbate asthma symptoms, and how to reduce their impact.
Tuesday, Apr 8, 6:30 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue at Watkins Street, 718.498.9721

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Paul Auster
Leonard Lopate interviews Auster, the prolific Park Slope scribe, who reads from Travels in the Scriptorium and discusses his literary and film career.
Saturday, Apr 12, 2 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Tickets are $10 ($7 students and seniors). Order online at www.Smarttix.com

Saturday Poetry Salon: Jean Valentine and Gerald Stern
Valentine authored eight books, most recently Little Boat, and won the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry with Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003. Stern authored 13 books and his latest book is Everything is Burning.
Saturday, Apr 12, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Countdown to Comic Con
Graphic novelists R. Kikuo Johnson (Night Fisher), Raina Telgemeier (Baby-Sitters Club), and Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories) talk about drawing stories. Moderated by Comics Culture maven Heidi McDonald.
Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Saturday Poetry Salon: John Ashbery and Marcella Durand
Prolific poet Ashbery reads from his playful, free-flowing lines. Durand is the author of The Anatomy of Oil , Western Capital Rhapsodies, City of Ports, and Lapsus Linguae.
Saturday, Apr 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Pop-Up Book Talk
Stephen Van Dyk, Head Librarian at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library, discusses the museum's collection of over 1,200 popup books.
Saturday, Apr 26, 1 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave. at Leonard Street, 718.349.8504

Federico García Lorca: Poet in New York
Pablo Medina and Mark Statman read from their new translation of Lorca’s poems, written when he studied at Columbia University, which lyrically depict the city’s clamor and tumult.
Sunday, Apr 27, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Classes & Workshops

Electronic Health Resources
Learn how to use a computer to find health information.
Tuesday, Apr 8, 11 AM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Book Swap
Saturday, Apr 12, 3 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave. at Leonard Street, 718.349.8504

Resume Writing
Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.
Wednesday, Apr 16, 11 AM
Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland Street at Macon Street, 718.573.5224
Friday, Apr 25, 1:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue at DeKalb Avenue, 718.455.3898

Philosophy Discussion Group
Meet and discuss topics chosen by members of the group.
Friday, Apr 18, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street at Bay 17th Street, 718.236.4086

Bi-Folkal Program for Seniors
Remember and share your experiences with the group.
Tuesday, Apr 29, 11 AM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Watercolor Workshop
Older adults can meet others in this workshop. Please bring your own materials.
Fridays, 10 AM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street, 718.623.7100


Music, Dance & More

Dweck by Night: Luke Temple
Pop and folk singer Temple has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Paul Simon for his sweet, hypnotic voice.
Saturday, Apr 5, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Tickets are $10 ($7 students and seniors). Order online at www.Smarttix.com

Concert Artist Guild: Amstel Saxophone Quartet
These four saxophonists perform everything from Bach’s Second Cello Suite in D to Michael Nyman’s music for the film The Piano.
Sunday, Apr 6, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Romances
World renowned musician Alexander Izbitser plays rhapsodic romances.
Saturday, Apr 12, 1 PM
Kings Bay Library 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Chanda Rule
Rule’s smooth sounds are in the style of jazz, gospel, spirituals and R&B.
Sunday, Apr 13, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Performance: Antonio & Alba
Enjoy an authentic Italian serenade.
Friday, Apr 18, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

J’ouvert!
Explore the theatrics, costumes, music and community development aspects of Brooklyn’s J’ouvert celebration. Featuring a steel band performance and video highlights of 10 years of the festival.
Saturday, Apr 26, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Dweck by Night Cabaret: Arturo O’Farrill
O’Farrill, pianist and director of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, brings his quintet.
Saturday, April 26, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Tickets are $10 ($7 students and seniors). Order online at www.Smarttix.com


Exhibitions
All exhibitions run April 22 – June 14 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100.

Nature and Architecture through Light
Paintings, drawings and photos of city trees and leaves in Brooklyn by Molly Rieser Heintjes.

Brooklyn Nights
Paintings by Tom Keough present his views of Brooklyn, validating our urban community and making us see a familiar sight in a totally different way.

The Folding Library
Artist's books by Lishan Chang consisting of drawings, sketches, Chinese calligraphy and stamps on folding books.
Artist talk: Tuesday, April 22, 7:30PM, Lobby Gallery

Begin Beginning Now
Informed by fairly tales, science textbooks and language primers, Lindsay Packer’s paintings and collages examine the curiosity of children, animals and others as they attempt to understand the world and each other.

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A dialogue between word and image, these artist's books, created by artist Harold Wortsman, are a response to the prose poetry of his brother, Peter, which explore the “personality” of the inanimate.


KIDS’ EVENTS

Rainforest Butterflies
Join Steve, The Butterfly Man, as he demonstrates the beauty and variety of the rainforest using displays of tropical butterflies.
Tuesday, Apr 1, 4:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Wish Water
Wish Water is a group of dedicated educators who promote literacy through music, art, and storytelling. They integrate early childhood development with music and song while exposing children to the rich culture of Brooklyn.
Saturday, Apr 5, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Origami
Mondays, Apr 7 & 21, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Toy Sale
Saturday, Apr 12, 1 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Meet the Author: Philip Bildner
Philip Bildner is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Awardwinning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and Twenty One Elephants.
Tuesday, Apr 15, 10:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Mariachi Academy of New York
The young students of the Mariachi Academy play instruments and sing rancheras.
Saturday, Apr 19, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Eric Carle Art Club
Hear stories by this popular author and make a craft to take home.
Monday, Apr 21, 4:30 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Circus Tales
Combining folk tales with puppets, clown makeup and stilts, this program is fun for children of all ages.
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Poetry Contest
Write and illustrate your own poetry!
Tuesdays, Apr 22 & 29, 4 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Ezra Jack Keats Story Time & Take-a-Book
Hear great stories, make crafts and take home a free book! Ages 3 to 8.
Thursday, Apr 24, 7 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Saturday Family Movies: The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Rated PG.
Saturday, Apr 26, 11 AM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Kids' Big Sing-Along
Join us for a big, loud, interactive sing along to your favorite children's songs.
Saturday, Apr 26, 2 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
Teatro IATI has adapted the famous Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare adding fun and magic to this old race that has entertained kids and adults alike. Showing that winning is not what’s important and that our differences is what make us special.
Monday, April 28, 3:30PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972
Tuesday, April 29 at 4PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365
Wednesday April 30 at 3:30PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718.567.2806


TEEN EVENTS

Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
Learn the moves with the UpBring Dance Company.
Thursday, Apr 3, 4 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085
Wednesday, Apr 9, 4 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Tuesday, Apr 8, 4 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Teen Tech Week Video
Use PowerPoint to create video "trailers" about your favorite teen novel!
Tuesday, Apr 4, 4 PM
Thursday, Apr 6, 4 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Teen Tech Week: Internet Scavenger Hunt
Use websites and databases to learn cool new things. Prizes for the best information hunters!
Monday, Apr 21, 3:30 PM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919

Knitting & Crochet
Learn or perfect these skills.
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

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