FEBRUARY 2007 PROGRAMS AND ART EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

January 30, 2007

Visit Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) this month to celebrate Black History Month with dynamic author talks, Chinese New Year with spectacular concerts and Valentine’s Day with fun arts and crafts programs!

The following art exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS
For information on additional Black History Month programs, please call or visit our website.

Exploring the African American Quilt-Making Tradition
Join artist and quilt-maker Edward Bostick for an illustrated discussion of the African-American quilt making tradition that reveals how symbols and patterns were used in patchwork quilts to convey messages about the Underground Railroad.
Saturday, February 3, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Film Screening and Discussion: Daughters of the Dust
Filmmaker Julie Dash's film explores the unique culture of the Gullah People, descendants of slaves who lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands off of Georgia’s Coast. A dialogue between Dash and Dr. Robert Farris, an acclaimed authority on African cultures, follows this screening.
Sunday, February 4, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Documentary Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This four-part documentary series offers a comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The first segment, Promises Betrayed (1865 – 1896) details the beginning of Jim Crow as Reconstruction ended.
Tuesday, February 6, 7 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

African-American Stilt Ballet
Stilt dancers performing in elaborate costumes with live drumming enliven audiences of all ages.
Wednesday, February 7, 6 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

War Crossed in France and Double Crossed in New York: A Critical Reassessment of the Parade of the 369th Infantry Regiment
New York University professor Jeffrey Sammons discusses this historic parade in which the first African-American Regiment during WWI, known as"Harlem's Hell Fighters," marched before a million fans up Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, from Madison Square to Harlem.
Saturday, February 10, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Chandra Rule: Songs of the African Diaspora
Vocalist Chanda Rule performs a broad range of material drawn from African, African American, Caribbean, and Latin American sources.
Saturday, February 10, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

From Tap and Jazz to Hip-Hop
Audience members are invited to participate in this dynamic workshop that showcases jazz, tap and hip-hop moves.
Wednesday, February 21, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Monday, February 26, 6 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Wednesday, February 28, 6 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Kids are invited to learn about African-American history and win prizes.
Monday, February 12, 1:30 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Tuesday, February 13, 1:30 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Caribbean Dialogue:
Exploring Bob Marley’s place as Jamaica’s 8th National Hero
Over 25 years after his passing, people are asking, “should Bob Marley be made an official national hero of his native Jamaica?” Participate in this discussion led by Jamaica native Ian Forrest.
Thursday, February 22, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Show Me the Money:
A Comparative Look at the Values of African-American Athletes

New York University professor Jeffrey Sammons addresses the changing role of African-American athletes in relation to the larger community.
Saturday, February 24, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Patrik Henry Bass
In 1963, over a million people from all walks of life gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand justice in the struggle over civil rights. Join Essence magazine Editor Bass, author of Mighty Like a Stream: The March on Washington, for a discussion of this important milestone in American history.
Saturday, February 24, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Ellis Cose
Join Newsweek magazine editor Join Cose, author of The Rage of a Privileged Class: Why Do Prosperous Blacks Still Have the Blues? for a discussion of the achievements and disappointments of middle class African-Americans over the past 40 years.
Sunday, February 25, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Music From China
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this world-class ensemble that performs contemporary and classic Chinese music with a variety of authentic Chinese musical instruments, including plucked zithers, bamboo flutes, hammered dulcimers and the erhu.
Thursday, February 8, 3:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Thursday, February 15, 3:30 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972

Friday, February 16, 4 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.6547

Tuesday, February 20, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Thursday, February 22, 1:30 PM
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

Chinese New Year Celebration
Welcome the Year of the Boar during BPL’s annual Chinese New Year extravaganza that features lively performances by Chinese folk musicians, acrobats and magicians.
Sunday, February 18, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

ART EXHIBITIONS

Brooklyn Beats
Don't miss Al Pereira's pioneering portraits of Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa and other rap icons that document hip hop’s early years.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions
Lourdes Delgado presents intimate photographs of jazz musicians in their homes.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Mask: The Present Past
Daniel Rossi’s wooden masks reflect a diversity of artistic practices, with Mexican, African and European influences.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Feelings
Russian-born artist Girair Poladian’s Expressionist-style oil and acrylic paintings feature vibrant landscapes and colorful depictions of animals and people.
February 5 through March 23, 2007
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Superheroes
Mexican artist Dulce Pinzón, who believes that "the Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed," presents her photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed as popular superheroes.
February 5 through April 20, 2007
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Footprints
Over 30 artists present their interpretations of the "footprints" of the proposed redevelopment of Brooklyn's Atlantic Rail Yards.
February 13 through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Reading Light
Molly Schwartz's site-specific installation features a video projection of a shelf of books interspersed with panoramic scenes of Brooklyn.
February 13 through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Bookworks/Altered Texts
Irwin Susskind portrays books as archeological discoveries that can only be read by taking them apart and reassembling them.
February 13 through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn
These photographs celebrate Brooklyn's drum-based and African-influenced traditions.
February 13 through April 21, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

AUTHOR TALKS

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers
Celebrate Paul Auster's 60th birthday! Join Auster and WNYC Radio Host Leonard Lopate for a lively discussion about Auster’s life, career and creative process.
Saturday, February 3, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

MUSIC

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings
Vocalist Patricia Adams improvises and interprets jazz and blues standards of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Fats Waller and other legendary musicians.
Thursday, February 15, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

Yoga For Health
An Introduction to Hatha Yoga Techniques.
Fridays at 1 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Tea Time
Enjoy refreshments while browsing BPL's latest arrivals of books and DVDs.
Monday, February 5, 10:45 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

Online Health & Medical Information Workshop
Learn how to access free information about medical conditions and health care available on the Internet.
Friday, February 9, 11:30 AM
Mapleton Library, 60th Street at 17th Avenue, 718.2562117

Friends of Windsor Terrace Library Meeting
BPL's Friends Groups are volunteer, library advocacy groups that promote local libraries' resources and programs, keep local officials alert to BPL's importance to Brooklyn's communities, and raise funds to enhance library service. If you would like to learn how you too can help support BPL, please join this discussion. For additional information, please call 718.230.2406.
Saturday, February 17, 1 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Russian Poetry Club
Enjoy readings of Russian-language poetry by local poets.
Monday, February 26, 6 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

Knitting & Crocheting
Work on current or new projects with others.
Mondays at 4 PM*
Bushwick Library, 40 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Please note that a session is not scheduled for Monday, February 19

Math Tutoring
Get free tutoring from trained adults.
Mondays and Fridays at 3:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Silk Scarf Workshop
Participants will create flags by painting pictures of colorful African masks and Ndebele drums on silk squares.
Monday, February 5, 4 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Friday, February 9, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Thursday, February 15, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Spanish Lessons
Learn basic Spanish words and phrases.
Wednesday, February 28, 4 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 718.241.3994

PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

Hip Hop Dance for Kids
Spend your after-school time learning all the new moves!
Mondays and Fridays at 4 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Chinese Language Class
Make new friends while learning how to speak Mandarin and exploring Chinese culture.
Tuesdays at 3:30 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972

Knitting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill.
Tuesdays at 6 PM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919

Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts
Express your creativity and show your loved ones how much you care by making them a unique Valentine’s Day card in this fun workshop.
Thursday, February 8, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Friday, February 9, 3:30 PM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378

Friday, February 9, 4 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Monday, February 12, 4 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30 PM
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

A Beat in Brooklyn
Join in the fun of African drumming.
Saturday, February 24, 1 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


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