December 2008 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

November 4, 2008

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Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2008 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

(Brooklyn, NY) November 3, 2008- Tis the season to celebrate good times at Brooklyn Public Library. The holiday season is upon us and BPL has programs the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


FOR ADULTS

Classes & Workshops

Computer Basics Class in Chinese
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 1 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Crochet for Preemies
Crochet warm hats, booties and blankets for needy babies.
All items will be donated to charity.
Friday, Dec 5, 1 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718,953.4225

Tango Workshop
Learn the fundamentals of this dance. The first hour is for beginners, the second is for advanced.
Saturday, Dec 6, 2 PM
Central Library, ParkView Restaurant, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Internet Class
Learn to search the internet. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, Dec 8, 9 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

CPR Training
Learn how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in an emergency situation. Training provided by the FDNY.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 1 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Internet and Email Class in Chinese
Learn to search the internet and the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 1 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Resume Workshop
Learn the basics of writing a resume and brush up on your interviewing skills.
Monday, Dec 15, 11:30 AM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Microsoft Word Class
Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Dec 16, 1 PM
Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Library Database Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Wednesday, Dec 17, 1:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Talking Circle
Share your life experiences with others.
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Skills Training and Employment Project (STEP)
Get help with job and career information, resumes, cover letters and interview preparation.
Tuesday, Dec 30, 1:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Healthy Tai Chi
Learn and enjoy the practice of tai chi with Master Lin.
Mondays, 10 AM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Computer Basics Class in Spanish
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Scrabble Club
Sharpen your Scrabble tactics and raise your score!
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Polish for Beginners
Tuesdays, 12 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504


French Conversation Group
Improve your French.
Wednesdays, 3 & 6 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Guitar Workshop
Tips and techniques for playing guitar. All levels welcome.
Wednesdays, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Knitting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Wednesdays, 6:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Spanish Conversation Group
Improve your Spanish.
Thursdays, 3 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Portuguese Conversation Group
Improve your Portuguese.
Thursdays, 7 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Watercolor Workshop
Bring your own materials.
Fridays, 10 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

Job and Career Help
Explore career possibilities.
Fridays, 11 AM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation Group
Improve your Chinese Mandarin.
Fridays, 3 PM
No session Dec 26
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Exhibitions

All exhibitions run November 4 – January 10 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Art of Politics by Randy Jones
A series of editorial art from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, as well as illustrations from The Inner Circle Program, a charity show presented by journalists who cover New York City Hall.
Grand Lobby

Got a Light? from the collection of Larry Cole and Joe DeGennaro
A collection of matches and match memorabilia dating from the turn of the century right up to the present.
Foyer Gallery Cases

All in the Family by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney
A retrospective of the award-winning children’s books by this husband and wife team, which has delighted young readers worldwide with their stories and illustrations.
Youth Wing

A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Nonfiction graphic art that follows the experiences of six real-life people from New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.
Second Floor Balcony Cases

Clip-Art Comics by David Rees
A collection of comics by this cartoonist who created Get Your War On and My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable.
Second Floor Balcony Cases


Film Screenings

Silent Film Series: Harold Lloyd, All-American Dreamer
Lloyd's classic, genteel satire about innocence, vulnerability, college life and the need to be popular builds to a rousing football finale in The Freshman, a feature-length film.
Sunday, Dec 7, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Black Independents Film Series: The Blues Trail and Close Strangers
These short films document the musicians and culture of the Mississippi Delta. They were created by filmmakers who traveled to sites along the Mississippi Blues Commission's Blues Trail.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Film Series: Nelegal
This feature film by Boris Frumin, part dark comedy and part spy drama, is about a Soviet intelligence agent who protects a fellow spy while living undercover in his own country. This event is in Russian.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Music, Dance & More

Russian Poetry and Music Program
Come hear Russian poets Felix Gurt and Julia Belotserkovskaya and poet-singer Vladimir Ponomarev perform.
Saturday, Dec 6, 3 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Cosmopolis: Immigrant Writers in New York: Lara Vapnyar
WNYC’s Leonard Lopate interviews Vapnyar, the Russian American author of Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love, There are Jews in My House and Memoirs of a Muse.
Saturday, Dec 6, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Michi Wiancko
Violinist Wiancko is a winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Featured as an artist to watch in Symphony Magazine, she performs works by Prokofiev, Bartók and Sibelius.
Sunday, Dec 7, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Rondi Charleston
Visit www.smarttix.com for tickets
Julliard-trained vocalist Charleston uses her languid phrasing and unmannered, subtle style to electrify classics by Carole King, Johnny Mercer and Rodgers and Hart.
Thursday, Dec 11, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Literary Series: Olga Isayeva
Short story writer, poet and journalist Isayeva writes short fiction inspired by her childhood experience in the Soviet Union. This event is in Russian. Please pick up a free ticket at the Eastern Parkway entrance to the Dweck Center on the day of the program.
Sunday, Dec 14, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series: Alexander Fiterstein and Friends
Fiterstein, one of the leading clarinetists of his generation, has performed chamber music with Daniel Barenboim, Richard Goode and Emanuel Ax. He is a first-prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition.
Sunday, Dec 14, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Poetry Club: Mir Collection
This publishing house presents new issues of annual publications, We Cannot Predict...4, a poetry collection, and Voices of the Time 2, a short story collection. In Russian.
Wednesday, Dec 17, 6 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Brooklyn Independents: What's Alternative about Alternative Comics?
Comics without superheroes get called alternative, but what does that mean? Three cartoonists present their alternative styles, from Matt Madden's cerebral Exercises in Style to Cristy Road's visceral Bad Habits.
Wednesday, Dec 17, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Clare & The Reasons
Visit www.smarttix.com for tickets
Songbird Clare Muldaur Manchon leads this Brooklyn-based ensemble through lush pop and light folk tunes that range from harmonious and orchestral to jazz-inflected noir.
Thursday, Dec 18, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Funny Men: Shalom Auslander
Memoirist and novelist Auslander discusses his Orthodox Jewish upbringing and its impact on his life and work as he reads from his new memoir Foreskin's Lament.
Saturday, Dec 20, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Jewish Home Cooking with Arthur Schwartz
Schwartz offers contemporary versions of traditional Ashkenazi foods: rugelach, matzah brei, challah and brisket. He also adds a dash of historical lore about individual dishes and the people who nurtured them in America.
Sunday, Dec 21, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players
Aaron Boyd, Adela Peña, Ah Ling Neu, Roberta Cooper and Peter Weitzner gather to perform Rossini's seldom-heard String Sonata 3 in C Major and Antonin Dvorak's String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77.
Sunday, Dec 21, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Readings & Discussions

The Woods
Discuss this novel by Harlan Coban.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2 PM
Registration required
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815


FOR KIDS

Dance, Dance Revolution & Double Dutch
Dance, jump rope, eat snacks and make lanyards!
Mondays, Dec 1, 15 & 29, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Family Story Time
Saturday, Dec 6, 2:30 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Family Movie Night
Enjoy a free film screening. Call for title.
Tuesday, Dec 9 & 16, 5:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Franee the Clown
Enjoy an interactive magic show for the whole family.
Friday, Dec 12, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

The Spirit of Holidays
The children of the Filipino Arts & Music Ensemble perform festive music from around the world with their 14-string ensemble.
Saturday, Dec 13, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Holiday Arts & Crafts
Thursday, Dec 18, 3:30 PM
East Flatbush East Flatbush, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Thursday, Dec 18, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924
Friday, Dec 19, 4 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Story Craft
Listen to a story and create art projects based on it.
Thursday, Dec 18, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Gifts of the Season: Tales for Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa
Storyteller Robin Bady tells stories from three different traditions that explore and celebrate the gift of giving from the heart.
Saturday, Dec 20, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Kwanzaa Celebration
Celebrate Kwanzaa with arts and crafts and live performances.
Sunday, Dec 28, 2 PM
Central Library, Second floor meeting room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Chess
Mondays, 3 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Mondays, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Free Homework Help with 826NYC
Free drop-in homework help for kids and teens ages 6 to 18 from volunteer tutors.
Mondays, 3 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Kid Time
Enjoy board games, arts and crafts and coloring.
Mondays, 3:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Story Play with First RIF
Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054
Fridays, 11:30 AM
Crown Heights, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Read & Play
Share stories, rhymes and music for babies and toddlers with and without disabilities.
Tuesdays, 1 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Drawing with Sidney
Learn to draw with local artist Sidney. Materials provided.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

After-School Stories
Enjoy stories, music and crafts for kids with and without disabilities.
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

After-School Homework Help
Get free help from trained adult volunteers.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Brooklyn Children's Museum On-the-Go: Cuentos para Niños/Tales for Tots
Enjoy stories and songs, and make a craft based on cultural objects from the museum’s collection. In Spanish and English, ages birth to 5.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Enjoy fun activities that promote family literacy.
Saturdays, 10 AM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606


FOR TEENS

World AIDS Day
Participate in a day of education and HIV/AIDS testing.
Monday, Dec 1, 10 AM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Anime Movie
Enjoy a free film screening. Call for title.
Monday, Dec 1, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

How Big is Your Footprint?
Find out how your behavior impacts the local environment from an expert with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment.
Wednesday, Dec 10, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

College Planning Workshop
Get tips on choosing the right college for you!
Wednesday, Dec 10, 6:15 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Manga Mania
Draw manga and submit your art work for display.
Thursday, Dec 11, 4 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Music Appreciation
Listen to and learn about different kinds of music with friends.
Friday, Dec 12, 4 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Resume Workshop
Learn the basics of writing a resume and brush up on your interviewing skills.
Monday, Dec 15, 4 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

How to Manage Money
Join Byron Perry for this fun, instructive workshop about how to keep track of and save your money.
Tuesday, Dec 16, 3:30 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Book and CD Swap
Wednesday, Dec 17, 3:30 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718,953.4225

Anime Movie
Enjoy a free film screening. Call for title.
Monday, Dec 22, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Teen Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Tuesdays, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Crocheting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Lyric Writing Workshop
Learn to write lyrics for your own song with Elissa Fairbrother.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
No session Dec 30
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Brownsville Ink
Write poetry, stories and more, and see them published in a 'zine!
Thursdays, 3 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Tween & Teen Time, RIF
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music, and earn free books by reading. See your librarian for details.
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Wii Gaming
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485


Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore we suggest calling ahead.
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