BPL PRESENTS is Central Library's series of arts and culture events, including talks, conversations, and readings with authors, artists and scholars; live music, dance and theater performances; film screening; and art exhibitions. Events are free or ticketed and are taking place at Central Library's Dweck Center, unless noted otherwise.

All BPL Presents programs at the Dweck Cultural Center and Central Library are free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons with reservations will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event; we recommend arriving early. Patrons without reservations will be seated as capacity allows.

Reservations can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week on our website by visiting the program’s calendar entry at bklynlibrary.org/bplpresents or by phone at 718.230.2200 (please see our phone reservation policy for hours and additional details). Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. The maximum number of seats that can be reserved per event is 3.

The Dweck Center is an accessible venue. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at the event, please contact Vanessa Rosenbaum: VRosenbaum@bklynlibrary.org.

Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of seats you are requesting (maximum of 3).

Upcoming

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Suzi and Ann

Tue, Apr 24   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents First Five Years music performance

Your family is sure to sing and dance along when these two award-winning children's performers, Brooklyn's own Suzi Shelton and Chicago's Little Miss Ann, play together. Suzi will be singing songs...

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Suzi and Ann, BPL Program

Bard at Brooklyn Public Library: Malcom X, The Prison Years

Wed, Apr 25   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

BPL Presents

 

The Rethinking Education Lecture Series celebrates the second admission cycle of a full-scholarship Bard College degree program at Brooklyn Public Library. The lectures...

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Visions, Premonitions, and Precognitive Dreams, part 1: Is It Possible To See The Future?

Wed, Apr 25   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents

In this lecture, magician and mentalist Eric Walton examines the history of divination, tracing its roots all the way to pre-agrarian societies, taking a skeptical, bird's-eye view of the...

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Eric Walton, BPL Program

Jasper Johns: A Life's Work

Thu, Apr 26   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents

How does the work of a significant living artist enter the canon and the archive? And how must the field of art become more inclusive when it comes to representing artistic legacies?

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Book Launch: Peter Brown presents The Wild Robot Escapes

Sat, Apr 28   1:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Author Talks BPL Presents kids kids

Come celebrate this long-awaited sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes! Peter Brown will be reading, drawing, and signing his books, and telling you everything you need to know about Roz.

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Bard at Brooklyn Public Library: The Polaroid and Coloring Histories of Black Surveillance in Africa and the United States

Sat, Apr 28   2:30 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

BPL Presents

The Rethinking Education Lecture Series celebrates the second admission cycle of a full-scholarship Bard College degree program at Brooklyn Public Library. The lectures will function as...

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Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Wed, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

Author Talks BPL Premier BPL Presents

BPL Presents is proud to partner with Greenlight Books to host Arundhati Roy for the paperback launch of her bestselling and award-winning novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. In...

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Arundhati Roy ©Mayank Austen Soofi

Bard at Brooklyn Public Library: The Future of Higher Education

Sat, May 5   2:30 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

BPL Presents

The Rethinking Education Lecture Series celebrates the second admission cycle of a full-scholarship Bard College degree program at Brooklyn Public Library. The lectures will function as...

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Campfire Conversations

Sat, May 5   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Prospect Park, Lefferts House

BPL Presents

Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of readings and talks set around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House, complete with...

Meet Maira Kalman! Square Dance Sunday Book Signing featuring Cake and Max the Dog

Sun, May 6   11:00 am to 1:00 pm   Central Library

Author Talks BPL Presents kids kids

Come meet and dance with renowned illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman to celebrate a new book, Cake, and the re-issue of her classic children’s books about Max Stravinsky, canine...

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Maira Kalman photo ©Rick Meyerowitz

Silent Movie Matinee: Harold Lloyd: Consciousness-Raising

Sun, May 6   12:30 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents Movies

Girl Shy (1924) 80 minutes USA
Harold Lloyd evolved film comedy at the Hal Roach Studio, in 1917, when he dropped his slapstick-based persona to create a new character dressed in every-day...

Girl Shy, BPL Screening

Classical Interludes: The Claremont Trio

Sun, May 6   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents Live Music music performance

With Andrea Lam on piano, Emily Bruskin-Yarbrough on violin, and Julia Bruskin-Wunsch on cello.

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Claremont Trio, BPL Program

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Sonia & Elena: Songs from East Asia & Latin America

Tue, May 8   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents First Five Years music performance

Sonia & Elena are an exciting family music duo that takes audiences on a melodic, soulful, playful, and linguistically-diverse musical journey around the world, guided by folk and children's...

Sonia & Elena, BPL Program

James & Deborah Fallows on Small-Town, USA, with David Brooks

Tue, May 8   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Author Talks BPL Presents

A unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A surprisingly hopeful view of...

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James and Deborah Fallows present

Philosophy in the Library: Kate Manne on Himpathy for the Nice Guy

Thu, May 10   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Author Talks BPL Presents

In her recent book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford University Press: 2017), Kate Manne characterizes misogyny as the “law enforcement” branch of patriarchy, which serves to police,...

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Kate Manne on Himpathy for the Nice Guy, BPL Program

Events for Youth and Families: Frog and Toad

Sat, May 12   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents kids kids performance

Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this musical which follows two great friends through four fun-filled seasons. Frog and Toad spend the seasons planting...

Frog and Toad, BPL Program

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, May 13   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

BPL Presents health and wellness poetry Yoga

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Molly Crabapple: Author Talk and Exhibition Opening

Tue, May 15   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Author Talks BPL Presents

Join BPL Presents for an evening with 2018 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-residence Molly Crabapple, illustrator and co-author with Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of...

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Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham present Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, BPL Program

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Wed, May 16   6:30 pm to 7:45 pm   Leonard Library

BPL Presents green series

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla...

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Events for Youth and Families: Myron the Magnificent

Sat, May 19   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents kids kids

Myron the Magnificent has amazed audiences across the country with his unbelievable magic. With secrets passed down from his grandfather Mervyn the Magnificent and his father Marvin the...

Myron the Magnificent, BPL Program

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rita Rosa and Jesse Bisceglia singing Genius songs

Tue, May 22   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents First Five Years music performance

Let's sing, let's dance, let's have fun and let's learn. A completely bilingual show brought to you by singer-songwriters Rita Rosa and Jesse Bisceglia. Jesse arrives from Upstate New York with...

Rita Rosa and Jesse Bisceglia, BPL Program

Cyanotype Workshop for Teens, taught by Accra Shepp

Tue, May 22   4:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library

BPL Presents photography

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces an intense blue print. In this workshop, students will learn to make cyanotypes from digital negatives.

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Visions, Premonitions, and Precognitive Dreams, part 2: Debunking American Psychics

Wed, May 23   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents

The American fortune-telling business is a two-billion dollar-a-year industry, and while there may be some self-proclaimed psychics who are simply trying to make an honest living by offering...

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Camille Harris

Tue, Jun 5   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents First Five Years music performance

Come dance along to “silly jazz” with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris. Popular songs include: “The Monster Under My Bed,” “Muffin Man,” and “Chopsticks.”

Camille Harris, BPL Program

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Jun 10   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

BPL Presents health and wellness poetry Yoga

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Alex Mitnick

Tue, Jun 19   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents First Five Years music performance

Emmy Award-winning children's entertainer Alex Mitnick guides us on a journey that leads to all the treasures of the world. Songs unfold like storybooks, captivating young minds, drawing them into...

Alex Mitnick, BPL Program

Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: The David Berg Foundation, Los Blancos, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. J, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, James . O’Toole, Mike and Denise Reiss, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., Janet Anderson, and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2017–2018 BPL Presents Season.

 

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