January 2008 Programs at Brooklyn Public Library

December 5, 2007

This year, make a resolution to get out more… and head to Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)! We’re ringing in the New Year with great programs and events: mind-expanding lectures, enlightening author talks and exciting performances. From Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events to one-man bands, it’s all happening at BPL during the month of January. Read on for more information.

The following adult programs will be held in Central Library’s new state-of-the-art Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Grand Army Plaza unless otherwise noted. For directions please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.


Author Talks and Book Discussions

New York Times Series: Disease in a World Without Boundaries
Times science reporter Denise Grady and Dr. Daniel W. Fitzgerald of Weill Cornell Medical College discuss the mobility of microbes.
Saturday, January 12, 4 PM

Russian Literary Series: Alexander Genis
Literary critic and essayist Genis’s early books introduced the strange customs of the United States to Russian émigrés. In Russian.
Sunday, January 20, 1:30 PM

Author Talk: Elias Khoury
Lebanese-born author Khoury reads from his latest novel Yalo, a coming-of-age novel set in Beirut during Lebanon’s civil war.
Sunday, January 20, 4 PM

Book Discussion: Water for Elephants
Discuss Sara Gruen's bestselling novel of romance, intrigue and circus history.
Thursday, January 24, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: District Attorney Charles Hynes
Longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Hynes reads from Triple Homicide, his debut novel about corruption in the NYPD.
Sunday, January 27, 1:30 PM

Africa, Europe, America: Exploring the Cultural Connections
Director Kate Whoriskey, Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz and actors from the Theatre for a New Audience discuss their production of Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko. 
Sunday, January 27, 4 PM


Diversity of Devotion: Celebrating New York's Spiritual Harmony
Curated by Jenny Jozwiak, this community photo documentary responds to the global religious tensions that have intensified in the wake of 9/11.
January 15 – April 19, 2008
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Grand Lobby, 718.230.2100

Science Piction & Gardening with Children
Artist and illustrator Sam Tomasello combines art and science in this exhibition of her works.
January 15 – April 19, 2008
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Youth Wing, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Beats
See the photographs of Al Pereira, one of the pioneering photographers of hip-hop’s golden age in Brooklyn.
January 1 – March 1, 2008
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Jaime Jiménez celebrates creativity through photographs of traditional toys and games in the Dominican Republic.
January 1 – March 1, 2008
Williamsburgh Library, Art Gallery, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485


3 Mo’ Tenors
This group brings the house down with performances of opera, Broadway, jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals and blues music.
Sunday, January 13, 1:30 PM

The BPL Chamber Players
World-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and flutist Susan Rotholz offer a wide range of repertoire centered on the G Minor and B Minor flute sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sunday, January 13, 4 PM

Rick Shaw: The One Man Band
Tuesday, January 15, 1:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Vocalist Ruby Collins
Collins sings from the heart with classics by Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington and Roberta Flack, and offers original songs on love and life.
Saturday, January 19, 7 PM


Friday Night at the Movies: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
An alcoholic ex-football player reunites with his terminally ill father, jogging a host of memories and revelations. Not Rated
Friday, January 11, 6 PM

Friday Night at the Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany's
This iconic film starring Audrey Hepburn is based on Truman Capote's 1958 novel. Not Rated
Friday, January 18, 6 PM

Friday Night at the Movies: The Color Purple
Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey star in this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Alice Walker's 1983 novel. Rated PG-13
Friday, January 25, 6 PM

Silent Film Series: Slapstick!
Four shorts with Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Norman and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, including The Cook and Behind the Screen. Featuring live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Saturday, January 26, 1 PM

AfroPop: Welcome to Nollywood
A look at the hustle and bustle of the quickly growing Nigerian movie industry, the third largest film producer in the world. Followed by discussion with a scholar.
Saturday, January 26, 4 PM

Teen Programs

Salsa Dance Workshop
Tuesdays, January 15 & 29, 4 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

How to Find Free Money for College
Learn about great websites for scholarships, grants and more!
Thursday, January 17, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

Essay Contest: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more information, please see your librarian or call the number below.
Thursday, January 17, 4 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Young Dreamers
Young people use various art forms to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Saturday, January 19, 1 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Blog It!
Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop on how to start a blog.
Wednesday, January 23, 4 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Rhythm & Rhyme Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Kids’ Programs

Brooklyn Children’s Museum On-The-Go
Experience the museum’s traveling collection at your library!
Saturday, January 5, 12 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721
Saturday, January 19, 12 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208
Saturday, January 19, 1:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813
Saturday, January 19, 2 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Art Club
Make a dream collage.
Saturday, January 5, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Read Aloud for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Thursday, January 17, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Arts & Crafts
Friday, January 18, 3 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225

Hamlin with the Flexitoons
In an updated version of the timeless tale The Pied Piper, Hamlin features a colorful troupe of Flexitoon puppets and marionettes.
Saturday, January 19, 1 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Knitting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others. Ages 9-18.
Thursdays, 5PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

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