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.

Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.

Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 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 tickets you are requesting (the maximum allowable is 3).

Reservations for adult programs can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. Enter "Dweck Center" in the Find the Event search field. Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. More info: brownpapertickets.com

Upcoming

Taking Care: A Story of Common History

Thu, Sep 21   10:00 am to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Arts and Culture Taking Care BPL Presents

Rain date: Friday, September 22 from 10am to 3pm.

There is healing in the simple pleasures of domestic life, especially washing laundry.
It is familiar to all of us:  the smell...

Taking Care, Image ©Simon Courchel

Taking Care: A Story of Common History

Sat, Sep 23   9:00 am to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Arts and Culture Taking Care BPL Presents

Rain date: Sunday, September 24 from 12 to 4pm.

There is healing in the simple pleasures of domestic life, especially washing laundry.
It is familiar to all of us:  the smell of...

Taking Care, Image ©Simon Courchel

Kurt Andersen on Fantasyland, with Baratunde Thurston

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

BPL Presents Arts and Culture Adults Author Talks

With Fantasyland, Kurt Andersen offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe.  He argues that our post-truth, “fake news”...

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Kurt Andersen, BPL Program

Muhammad Yunus presents A World of Three Zeros, in Conversation with Karenna Gore

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

BPL Presents Adults Author Talks Arts and Culture

*Please note: This event is at capacity and reservations are no longer being accepted.

Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers his vision of an emerging new economic...

Muhammad Yunus

William Taubman on Mikhail Gorbachev, with Kai Bird

Thu, Sep 28   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Author Talks RSVP

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era comes the definitive volume on one of the most important and controversial figures of the 20th century, Mikhail Gorbachev...

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William Taubman on Mikhail Gorbachev, BPL Program

Orhan Pamuk on The Red-Haired Woman

Mon, Oct 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents Arts and Culture Adults Author Talks

From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk weaves a fable of fathers and sons and the desires that come between them...

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Orhan Pamuk on The Red-Haired Woman, BPL Program

T.C. Boyle

Thu, Oct 5   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Author Talks RSVP

The author of a string of well-regarded novels, including the Pen Faulkner Award winner World's End, Boyle's The Relive Box and Other Stories shows that Boyle is also a master of the short...

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Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Oct 8   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Yoga and Poetry Adults

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.

Please bring your own yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Silent Movie Matinee

Sun, Oct 8   12:30 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Silent Movie Matinee Arts and Culture BPL Presents Adults

SHERLOCK JR. (1924) 45 Minutes
We celebrate Buster Keaton's recent birthday, on October 4th, with a classic feature where Buster plays a movie-theatre...

BPL Screening

Classical Interludes: Steven Masi

Sun, Oct 8   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

music Adults Classical Interludes RSVP

This is the sixth concert in an eight-part series of Beethoven’s sonata cycle.

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Steven Masi, BPL Program

The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

Tue, Oct 10   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture RSVP Author Talks Review Panel

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

This month's guests are Dennis Kardon, Lee Ann...

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Alice McDermott on The Ninth Hour, with Rebecca Mead

Thu, Oct 12   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Adults BPL Presents RSVP

 In coversation with The New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead, National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott discusses The Ninth Hour, a...

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Alice McDermott, BPL Program

Campfire Conversations: Sonia Sanchez

Sat, Oct 14   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Prospect Park, Lefferts House

Arts and Culture Campfire Conversations Talks BPL Presents

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House.

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Philosophy in the Library: Saam Trivedi on the Emotions of Music

Tue, Oct 17   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Philosophy in the library RSVP

Saam Trivedi, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, discusses the emotions as well as some philosophical theories of musical expressiveness and arousal. He is the author of...

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Saam Trivedi on the Emotions of Music, BPL Program

NYRB & BPL Presents: Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

Wed, Oct 18   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents RSVP Author Talks

Writers and scholars discuss the first-ever collection of essays from across Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for...

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Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick, BPL Program

Alone, a film by Garrett Bradley, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and other panelists

Thu, Oct 19   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Adults RSVP

With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding.  This documentary short film investigating the layers of...

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Alone, BPL Screening

Classical Interludes: Rolf Schulte and Nicolas Namoradze

Sun, Oct 22   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

music Adults Classical Interludes RSVP

Schulte, violin and Namoradze, piano, perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.

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Rolf Schulte and Nicolas Namoradze, BPL Program

ProPublica, NPR & BPL Presents: Lost Mothers: Key Ways to Improve Maternal Health

Tue, Oct 24   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents Arts and Culture Adults Talks

Join ProPublica, NPR and BPL Presents for a community forum on what the health care system and expectant families can do to prevent more women from dying, and nearly dying, in pregnancy and...

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ProPublica & BPL Presents on the U.S. maternal mortality crisis

Classical Interludes: American Brass Quintet

Sun, Oct 29   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

music Arts and Culture Adults Classical Interludes

The American Brass Quintet will perform a varied program that includes Consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Canons of the 16th Century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin.

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American Brass Quintet, BPL Program

Isabel Allende in Brooklyn

Tue, Nov 7   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

BPL Presents Arts and Culture BPL Premier RSVP

New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a...

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Isabelle Allende © Lori Barra

Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, including:

             

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

WNYC is a media partner of the 2016-2017 BPL Presents Season.