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 S. Stevan Dweck Cultural 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 Margie Cook: MCook@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

Hercules in Red Hook

Thu, Aug 16   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Red Hook Library

bpl presents performance

This event will be held at The Flagpole, 450 Columbia Street. 

Hercules in Redhook is a free, interactive performance featuring acclaimed actors reading scenes from an ancient play...

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Hercules in Red Hook, BPL Program

The Small Press Flea

Sat, Aug 18   10:00 am to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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A summer market of your favorite local publishers and magazines, the Small Press Flea 2018 is the fifth installment of the Small Press Flea, co-presented by BOMB Magazine and Brooklyn Public...

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie

Tue, Aug 21   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents first five years music performance

Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever-growing population across the country! He has...

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie, BPL Program

Green Series: Filmmaker Winslow Porter Discusses "Tree"

Thu, Aug 23   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

bpl presents green series

Winslow Porter will share his unique perspectives on utilizing virtual reality to tap into positive social and environmental change. He will discuss his VR pieces Giant and Tree, which premiered...

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The Art & History of J'Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance

Sat, Aug 25   1:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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Have you ever experienced J’Ouvert, the pre-dawn procession from dark to light before the West Indian Day Parade? Come learn about this exciting Caribbean tradition on August 25th from 1-5pm at...

Stomp, Clap & Sing with The Jolly Lollies

Tue, Aug 28   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents first five years music performance

Liz Corwin and Holly Johnson are both singer-songwriters who teamed up to create Liz, Holly, & The Jolly Lollies. Based in Charlotte, NC they are known around the Queen City for teaching early...

Stomp, Clap & Sing with The Jolly Lollies, BPL Program

Anne Mourier: Women Who Read

Fri, Sep 7   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library

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Artist Anne Mourier’s work implements the materials and heritage of women’s craftwork to continue the dialogue about values and women’s rights in contemporary society.

For four days in...

Anne Mourier: Women Who Read

Sat, Sep 8   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library

bpl presents

Artist Anne Mourier’s work implements the materials and heritage of women’s craftwork to continue the dialogue about values and women’s rights in contemporary society.

For four days in...

Anne Mourier: Women Who Read

Fri, Sep 14   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library

bpl presents

Artist Anne Mourier’s work implements the materials and heritage of women’s craftwork to continue the dialogue about values and women’s rights in contemporary society.

For four days in...

Anne Mourier: Women Who Read

Sat, Sep 15   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library

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Artist Anne Mourier’s work implements the materials and heritage of women’s craftwork to continue the dialogue about values and women’s rights in contemporary society.

For four days in...

Jennifer Egan on Manhattan Beach

Mon, Sep 17   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK winning author Jennifer Egan, in conversation with Meredith Wisner, former Asst. Director of Archives at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Beach researcher and oral...

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Film Screening: Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe Live at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Wed, Sep 26   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents movies

On April 15, 1989, writer and poet Quincy Troupe interviewed Miles Davis at the Studio Museum in Harlem, just a few months before the publication of their co-authored Autobiography of Miles Davis...

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Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe Live at the Studio Museum in Harlem, BPL Program

Quincy Troupe on Miles and Me

Wed, Sep 26   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own artistic...

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Quincy Troupe on Miles and Me, BPL Program

Olga Tokarczuk Discusses Flights

Thu, Sep 27   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

Olga Tokarczuk in conversation with translator Jennifer Croft. Moderated by John Freeman.

In this Man Booker International Prize Winning Novel, a seventeenth-century Dutch...

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Events for Youth and Families: La Fiesta Tropical

Sat, Oct 6   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents music

The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in a fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs...

Events for Youth and Families: La Fiesta Tropical, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: The Knights

Sun, Oct 7   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library

bpl presents classical interludes music

Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, The Knights inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for...

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Ian Hayes

Tue, Oct 9   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents first five years stomp clap and sing music

Join children's musician Ian Hayes for a seasonal sing-a-long! An interactive music show to welcome the changing season with song and dance. Ian will perform children’s favorites, as well as...

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Ian Hayes

Events for Youth and Families: Book Launch: Carmela Full of Wishes

Sat, Oct 13   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Join Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, the award-winning, bestselling duo behind Last Stop on Market Street for a special event celebrating the release of their second collaboration, Carmela...

Events for Youth and Families: Book Launch: Carmela Full of Wishes, BPL Program

Silent Movie Matinee: Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL (1926)

Sun, Oct 14   12:30 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents silent movie matinee movies

Keaton often referred to THE GENERAL as his favorite feature, and he adapted it from a real-life Civil War event that he read about in the book “The Great Locomotive Chase.” He plays Johnnie Gray...

Silent Movie Matinee: Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL (1926)

Classical Interludes: Machiko Ozawa Tango Duo with Pablo Cafici

Sun, Oct 14   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

A formidable virtuoso violinist, Machiko Ozawa is internationally esteemed as an interpreter of the tango repertoire. This performance features her most recent project: a duo with the Argentinian...

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Classical Interludes Pablo and Machiko, BPL Program

The Review Panel

Tue, Oct 16   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

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Events for Youth and Families: Pinkalicious

Sat, Oct 20   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands...

Events for Youth and Families: Pinkalicious, BPL Program

Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Meredith Levande

Tue, Oct 23   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents first five years stomp clap and sing music

Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, go innie and outie, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music. Come early to get a seat!

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Meredith Levande

Events for Youth and Families: A Haunted Journey with Myron the Magnificent

Sat, Oct 27   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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As Halloween approaches, join magician Myron the Magnificent for an afternoon of spooky, haunted, mysteries. Myron will amaze by levitating strange objects, sending items away to the netherworld,...

Myron the Magnificent, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Rolf Schulte and Nico Namoradze

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

bpl presents classical interludes music

Violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nico Namoradze perform a program of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

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Classical Interludes: Rolf Schulte and Nico Namoradze, BPL Program

Silent Movie Matinee: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

Sun, Nov 11   12:30 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents silent movie matinee movies

We commemorate Veterans Day today, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. Today’s film is based on the German novel by Erich Maria Remarque, which tells the...

Silent Movie Matinee: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930), BPL Program

Classical Interludes: counter)induction

Sun, Nov 25   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library

bpl presents classical interludes music

counter)induction’s mission since its inception has been straightforward: world-class performances of contemporary chamber music, without hype and without agenda other than our complete commitment...

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Silent Movie Matinee: LUCKY STAR (1929)

Sun, Dec 2   12:30 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents silent movie matinee movies

Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell first co-starred in director Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven.  Lucky Star is their third and final work with Borzage, from a story by Tristram Tupper, who wrote...

Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Lara St. John

Sun, Dec 9   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has performed as soloist with the...

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Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Los Blancos, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, 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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