DECEMBER 2005 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

November 22, 2005

DECEMBER 2005 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

December is the perfect time to escape the cold outdoors and enjoy the many events offered by Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). This month BPL offers an array of free author talks, film screenings, exhibitions, educational programs and much more. Come celebrate the holidays with BPL's "Christmas Carols & Winter Tunes" musical extravaganza and "An Old World Chanukah," a melodious showcase of traditional Jewish songs. Also, don't miss CNN's pop culture commentator Touré as he discusses his latest novel, Soul City, with WNYC's Leonard Lopate. Curious about the history of the world's most interesting city? Join award-winning film director Ken Burns as introduces his documentary Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most dramatic stories in all of American History.

BPL also invites families with babies to celebrate its new early literacy program, Brooklyn Reads to Babies, geared towards parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers. This initiative stresses the importance of reading to children during their first years of life and kicks off with a series of free celebrations throughout various Brooklyn neighborhood libraries this winter.

All events are free and open to the public.

AUTHOR TALKS

All of BPL's Author Talks will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room. For more information on this location, please visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org or call 718.230.2100.

BROOKLYN WRITERS FOR BROOKLYN READERS
Touré (Soul City)
Hosted by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate
Saturday, December 10, 2 PM

Pop culture commentator Touré discusses his new novel, Soul City, with WNYC's Leonard Lopate. An allegory which examines stereotypes, power and greed, Soul City takes readers through a journey of a groovy utopia where black is beautiful and how you party is very political. Join author, Touré, as he discusses the meaning and motivations behind the making of Soul City. Touré is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, host of MTV's Spoke N' Hears and a regular CNN commentator.

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

BROOKLYN COOKIN’: ITALIAN FOOD IN NEW YORK
Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Join awarding-winning culinary expert and author of Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food, Arthur Schwartz, as he takes you through a journey of exquisite Italian cuisine. This evening will be packed with food tales, demonstrations and cooking tips. Mr. Schwartz will bring samples of his favorite Italian dishes.

CARRIBEAN AUTHOR SERIES
Pamela Mordecai (The True Blue of Islands)
Saturday, December 3, 4 PM

Join Jamaican-born author, Pamela Mordecai's, as she reads from and discusses her latest collection of poetry, The True Blue of Island, which describes her brother's 2004 murder in Jamaica. The work celebrates his life and illustrates the struggle to survive violence on the island.

FAMILY PROGRAMS – FUN FOR ALL AGES!

BROOKLYN READS TO BABIES

Come celebrate BPL's Brooklyn Reads to Babies, an early literacy campaign geared towards parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers to stress the importance of reading to children during their first years of life. To introduce this new initiative, a series of celebrations has been scheduled throughout various Brooklyn neighborhood libraries. Each event will include the screening of Susan Straub's award-winning short film, Reading With Babies, expert advice on how to read to babies, snacks, informative literature, free books and baby-friendly goodies.

Friday, December 2 – 10:30 AM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street at 13th Avenue, 718.437.4085

Saturday, December 3 – 1 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Monday, December 5 – 6:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue at Nostrand Avenue, 718. 935.0032

Saturday, December 10 – 1 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue at Maple Street, 718.773.1180

Saturday, December 17 – 1 PM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Avenue at 51st Street, 718.567.2806

FREE FILMS
All of BPL's film series will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room. For more information on this location, please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN: DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
Examine Brooklyn through a camera lens and see what informed observation can reveal as filmmakers present and discuss their works to a live audience.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE, BY KEN BURNS
Tuesday, December 6, 7 PM

In Brooklyn Bridge, Ken Burns reveals the trials and eventual triumph surrounding the construction of the "Great East River Bridge." His moving documentary portrays the determination and passion of the human heart. Mr. Burns will be present to discuss his film and answer some of your questions.

SILENT CINE-MYTHOLOGY: SILENT COMEDY ICONS (1917-28)
BPL's silent film series is hosted by Ken Gordon with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

BUSTER KEATON:
THE GREAT STONE DACE IN STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)
Sunday, December 4, 2 PM

Buster is the son of riverboat captain "Steamboat Bill" who reunites with his father after years of separation. When bill gets arrested Buster faces familial and nature’s wrath and death defying stunts to get his father out of jail.
Plus a short film The Playhouse (1921).

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES: WELCOME WINTER
Enjoy Friday nights at Central Library with free screenings of classic and contemporary Hollywood favorites.

FARGO (1996)
Friday, December 2, 6 PM

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi star in this alternately hilarious and shocking "true crime" drama. A shady Minneapolis car dealer's plan to have his wife kidnapped goes astray when the hired abductors wind up killing a state trooper and two witnesses. A very determined and pregnant police chief begins her own investigation into the murders.

THE ICE STORM (1997)
Friday, December 9, 6 PM

Suffering from a bad case of familial and sexual detachment, Kevin Kline and Joan Allen star in this drama surrounding a suburban Connecticut family's quest to reconnect during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Their plans may soon crumble as Kline is busy having an affair with neighbor Sigourney Weaver. All the drama comes to surface with a winter storm that will bring the characters to a surprising climax.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
Friday, December 16, 6 PM

Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen star in this timeless holiday classic. Musical scores include "Blue Skies,” "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," which are sure to make you sing along.

Please note that there will be no films scheduled for Friday, December 23.

MUSIC AT BPL
All concerts will be held in BPL's Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room. For more information on this location, please visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org or call 718.230.2100.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Enjoy and sing along to a variety of holiday favorites.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS & WINTER TUNES
Saturday, December 10, 4 PM

Come along and sing your favorite holiday tunes with live piano accompaniment by John Russo, member of The Brooklyn Bridge Trio. Forgot the words? Don’t worry, we will provide song sheets.

AN OLD WORLD CHANUKAH
Sunday, December 11, 4 PM

Join renowned violinist Alicia Svigals and Yiddish vocalist Magda Fishman as they lead you into an afternoon full of joyous singing in anticipation of Chanukah.

CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VIOLIN SERIES:
ASMIRA WOODWARD-PAGE
Sunday, December 18, 2 PM

Enjoy classical violin performances by young award-winning musicians. This month, BPL invites library users to experience the magic of award-winning violinist Asmira Woodward-Page. Hailed by the New York Times for her "transforming intensity and beauty of tone" this Australian native is sure to offer a transcending and passionate musical performance.

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL WITH THE EPHESIANS
Saturday, December 17, 2 PM

Come see gospel group The Ephesians as they spread the Gospel through inspirational song. This New York-New Jersey-based group has been taking the gospel world by storm and has been showcased in various large venues such as Black Expo. There will also be a screening of Let the Church Say Amen (90 min.), a documentary film by David Petersen.

CLASSICAL HARMONICA CONCERT
Saturday, December 3, 2 PM

Come watch award-winning harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He as he dazzles his audience with classical pieces on the harmonica. Mr. He is known to play four harmonicas at once! He will be accompanied by his daughter, Jenny He, on piano in what is sure to be a stunning father-daughter performance.

EXHIBITIONS
Experience great photography, oil paintings, sculpture, book arts and more in the three dedicated gallery spaces located in BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. All works displayed this month have been produced by local artists.

AGAINST THE BROOKLYN SKY
Now thru January 29, 2006

Oil paintings by Dylan Williams and Robert Goldstrom depict Brooklyn landmarks with an emphasis on the historical Williamsburg Savings Bank and New York City's forgotten, yet iconic, water tanks.

BROOKLYN CITYSCAPES AND ROOFTOPS
Now thru January 29, 2006

Kellyann Monaghan explores the architectural secrets of Brooklyn’s rooftops through paintings and monotypes.

URBAN MINIATURES
Now thru January 29, 2006

In this series of architectural sculptures and paintings, Jeremy Nadel takes us into a historical journey of some of Brooklyn’s historical landmarks.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

PRE-GED REGISTRATION

BPL's Pre-GED classes provide adult learners aiming to earn a GED with an opportunity to access their educational level and become familiar with the actual requirements for obtaining a GED. Students can attend any registration session during which they will be given a class locator choice form. Classes begin the week of January 16, 2006 and end March 31, 2006. For any questions call 718.832.3560, ext. 187.

Friday, December 9, 10:15 AM - 1:15 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue. at Rockaway Pkwy, 718.922.0927

Monday, December 12, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue. at DeKalb Avenue., 718.455.3898

Wednesday, December 14, 1:30 PM – 4:40 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street at Bay 17th Street, 718.236.4086

Friday, December 16, 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue at Pacific Street, 718.638.1531

For full program listings, please visit Brooklyn Public Library's calendar of events at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org or call 718.230.2100 for more information.

DIRECTIONS TO CENTRAL LIBRARY

Central Library is located at Grand Army Plaza, between Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Central Library
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 718.230.2100

By Subway:

2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station.
Q Train to 7th Avenue Station (Flatbush Avenue)
B-41 or B-71 Bus along Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza
From BQE: Take BQE to Tillary St. exit, left on Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

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