BPL Presents is BPL’s curated cultural program, with arts and culture offerings including author talks, live performances, music, film and visual art exhibitions that explore the critical issues of our time in Brooklyn and beyond. 

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A visual playlist of inspiring art, music and history

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Center for Brooklyn History

Brooklyn's culture past and present from the Center for Brooklyn History

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Upcoming

2022 Night of Ideas

Sat, May 21   7:00 pm to 12:00 am   Central Library

BPL Presents

WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Brooklyn Public Library | Central Library
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022
7 PM - 12 MIDNIGHT
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
RSVP REQUIRED

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RESCHEDULED DATE: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends IV: Evidence of Things Not Seen

Mon, May 23   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

BPL Presents classical interludes live music

This listing is for the rescheduled date of this program. RSVPs from the original date will be honored here.

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in...

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Akwaeke Emezi presents You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

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

author talks BPL Presents conversations

Co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL Presents) and Greenlight Bookstore. Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love...

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Holding Court: The Business Section

Wed, May 25   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Business & Career Center

BPL Presents business career exhibitions

Join artist Barnabas Crosby for a conversation with entrepreneurs and creatives who had to reimagine their businesses during the pandemic. The discussion complements his photographic...

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Keith Selby photo by Barnaby Crosby

Enacting Central Brooklyn: A Theatrical Sharing of Community and History

Wed, May 25   7:30 pm to 8:45 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History performance

In May and June the Center for Brooklyn History opens its doors for limited, live programs! Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for this special original...
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Illuminating Manuscripts & Archives: An Interactive Close Reading of Mali Magic

Tue, May 31   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History Mali Magic

In this live conversation, leading archivists, librarians, and writers unpack the significance of Malian manuscripts and the vast digitized platform Mali Magic created and offered in...

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Lit Prize Post-Script Readings: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein on The Disordered Cosmos

Wed, Jun 1   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Virtual

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In this series, past winners and nominees of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literary Prize read and discuss their work. This time, it's Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.

In The Disordered Cosmos...

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CBH Talk: When Public Libraries Serve Incarcerated Communities

Thu, Jun 2   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Since 2014 Brooklyn Public Library has partnered with the NYC Department of Corrections on a program that allows families to visit their incarcerated loved ones via free video calls from the safe...

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Jody Oberfelder Projects: Walking to Present

Fri, Jun 3   4:00 pm to 4:45 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

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PLEASE NOTE: NEW EVENT DATE/TIME 

Join us for a site-inspired walk with dance ensemble Jody Oberfelder Projects. Experience monuments and your own embodiment in a guided group...

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Jody Oberfelder Projects: Walking to Present

Fri, Jun 3   5:45 pm to 6:30 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents

PLEASE NOTE:  NEW EVENT DATE/TIME

Join us for a site-inspired walk with dance ensemble Jody Oberfelder Projects. Experience monuments and your own embodiment in a guided group...

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New Voices Festival: Confessions III

Fri, Jun 3   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

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The second New Voices Festival explores our most deeply felt emotions. Works by 13 composers, three of them world-premieres, demonstrate the power of song to lay bare our innermost feelings....

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CBH Talk: One Man’s Story of Gay Rights and Asylum

Tue, Jun 7   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

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In May and June the Center for Brooklyn History opens its doors for limited, live public programs! Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for one or more of these live...
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Bibliobandido Comes to Brooklyn!

Thu, Jun 9   2:00 pm to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

arts and crafts BPL Presents Events for Youth and Family storytime

The Bibliobandido (Story Eater) is coming to Brooklyn and he is HUNGRY for children's stories... But it’s OK–we know that Brooklyn has got this covered! 

Please join us on Central...

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Bibliobandido (the original), 2010

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa on Woman of Endurance

Tue, Jun 14   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Virtual

author talks BPL Presents conversations

Co-presented by the New Lots Library, A Woman of Endurance, set in nineteenth-century Puerto Rican plantation society, follows Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman who is captured and later sold...

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Indigenous Poets Series: Laura Tohe

Wed, Jun 15   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Virtual

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For BPL’s June Indigenous Poetry Series, Laura Tohe discusses her work.

Join this one-of-a-kind series and find the full roster of 2022 poets here.

Laura Tohe is Diné and the current...

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CBH Talk - A Rainbow Spin Through NYC: The LGBTQ Guide to a New York You Didn’t Know

Wed, Jun 22   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In May and June the Center for Brooklyn History opens its doors for limited, live public programs! Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for one or more of these live...
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Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, NYU 370 Jay, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy and the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library and many other generous supporters.

Programs are also supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities which was established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.