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 Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, unless noted otherwise.

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All BPL Presents programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center at 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 fifteen 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

Raised in the System

Tue, Apr 23   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film Freedom Index

Raised in the System is an insightful look at juvenile mass incarceration in the United States, hosted by actor and activist Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on “The Wire.” Williams grew up in...

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Fatima Farheen Mirza on A Place for Us

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

author talks bpl presents

The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth—and a finalist for One Book, One New York—A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and...

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Fatima Mirza on A Place for Us, BPL Program

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Apr 27   11:00 am to 1:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 22nd

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist, Cheryl...

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Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society with Martin Katz

Sun, Apr 28   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

A program of Eduard Morike.

No children under 6 will be permitted.

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Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society with Martin Katz, BPL Program

The Review Panel

Wed, May 1   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. This month, Kara Rooney, Christopher Stackhouse, and John Yau join moderator David Cohen to discuss:...

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Poets Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky & Brenda Shaughnessy

Thu, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

Copresented with Brooklyn Poets as a Brooklyn Poets Reading Series event: three poets on their new books.

A timely, stirring, and confident examination of mixed-race identity, violence,...

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Poets Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky & Brenda Shaughnessy, BPL Program

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, May 4   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Silent Movie Matinee: MARION DAVIES: WHAT PRICE PASTRY?

Sun, May 5   12:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

SHOW PEOPLE (1928) 79 minutes
USA

King Vidor’s homage to Mack Sennett’s style of silent slapstick-comedy stars Marion Davies as Peggy Pepper, who achieves success by appearing in...

Silent Movie Matinee, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet and Jean Schneider, piano

Sun, May 5   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie...

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Classical Interludes: Kinan Azmeh and Jean Schneider, BPL Program

Philosophy in the Library: Rivka Weinberg on the Pointlessness of Life

Mon, May 6   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

bpl presents philosophy in the library

In the May edition of Philosophy in the Library, Rivka Weinberg argues that life is, always and by its very nature, pointless. A point is a valued end and since we humans are agents, it...

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Philosophy in the Library: Rivka Weinberg on Why We Can’t Have Ultimate Meaning, BPL Program

Michael Ondaatje discusses Warlight

Tue, May 7   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library

author talks bpl presents

Copresented with Greenlight Books: From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade...

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Kahn Humanities Lecture: Valeria Luiselli

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

author talks bpl presents

Valeria Luiselli discusses the American border crisis and the migrants from Mexico and Central America whose stories inspired her new novel, Lost Children Archive. Luiselli was born in Mexico City...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, May 11   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Press Fest with CLMP and PEN World Voices

Sat, May 11   1:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents

Join us at the third annual Press Fest, an indie book fair co-presented by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and BPL Presents. Discover remarkable books from small publishing...

Press Fest with CLMP and PEN World Voices, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Daedalus Quartet

Sun, May 12   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new...

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Whitman Close Reading & Workshop with Marvin Bell

Sat, May 18   10:30 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

bpl presents poetry whitman 200 writing workshop

"Marvin Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman."—Harvard Review

Come celebrate Whitman's 200th birthday and learn about the poet's signature style with acclaimed poet Marvin Bell....

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A Queer Meeting: Whitman & Wilde in Camden

Sat, May 18   10:30 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room

author talks bpl presents LGBTQ poetry

As part of our Walt Whitman Weekend, join scholar Andrew Rimby for a talk on the curious relationship between two literary giants.

The year is 1882, celebrated Victorian novelist Oscar...

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Whitman and Wilde

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, May 18   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Whitman at 200 Keynote with Mark Doty

Sat, May 18   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

BPL's Whitman at 200 weekend will kick off with a keynote lecture by Mark Doty. 

Mark Doty’s nine books of poems and five volumes of nonfiction prose include Fire to Fire: New and...

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Compagnia De' Colombari's More Or Less I Am

Sat, May 18   2:30 pm to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents live music performance poetry

More Or Less I Am is a music- theater piece drawn from Walt Whitman's 1855 "Song of Myself" - conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna and Eric...

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Whitman at 200 Tribute Panel with Eady, Hahn, Ramana, Seshadri

Sat, May 18   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

This panel celebrates Whitman's 200th anniverary with responses from poets in remarks written in verse and prose, as well as through dance and song. Panelists include Cornelius Eady, Kimiko Hahn,...

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Whitman 200 Lightning Lectures

Sun, May 19   12:00 pm to 1:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

These Whitman 200th Anniversary "lightning lectures" examine the vast scope of Whitman's legacy on poetry in the 20th century and beyond, and explore critically and swiftly where his vision...

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Second Read: Leaves of Grass with Rigoberto González, Harmony Holiday, Karen Karbiener, Timothy Liu

Sun, May 19   2:00 pm to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

Second Read is a BPL Presents series that reevaluates canonical classic and contemporary work and encourages lively debate around books and reading. This Second Read and other events during...

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Poems to Whitman: Readings

Sun, May 19   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

Poets Mahogony Browne, Sam Roxas-Chua, Nick Flynn, Ladan Osman, Ben Purkert & Ramya Ramana respond to Whitman in verse. 

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator....

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Whitman at 200 Featured Poets: Pardlo, Bell and Francis

Sun, May 19   5:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents poetry whitman 200

In this Whitman at 200 culminating event, contemporary poets read some of their favorite Whitman poems -- and respond with a poem of their own! By highlighting their relationship to Whitman's...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, May 25   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Green Series: A Green New Deal for New York City with Ashley Dawson

Thu, May 30   6:30 pm to 7:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

author talks bpl presents environment green series

May's Green Series features Ashley Dawson, who discusses the Green New Deal in New York City.

The New York City Council recently passed the Climate Mobilization Act. A kind of Green...

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Walt Whitman at 200: A Reading of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and Concert

Fri, May 31   3:30 pm to 6:00 pm   Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn

bpl presents whitman 200

In honor of Whitman’s 200th birthday, we celebrate the Bard of Brooklyn with music and poetry. The Phil Woodmore singers perform music from the era and, at 4 pm, poets Dorianne Laux (Only As The...

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 1   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Silent Movie Matinee: FRITZ LANG: THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL

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

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

METROPOLIS (1927) 148 minutes
Germany

Fritz Lang and writer Thea von Harbou created this visually-iconic sci-fi epic, hoping to make a film that equaled the quality of American-...

Silent Movie Matinee, BPL Program

Message from the Library with Sonia Sanchez

Sun, Jun 2   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

author talks bpl premier bpl presents

**Note to all patrons who registered for April 28: Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, Ms. Sanchez's Message from the Library talk has been postponed to Sunday, June 2, at 7:...

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The Review Panel

Tue, Jun 4   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join moderator David Cohen in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. This month, we present a Whitney Biennial Special.

Presented in...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 8   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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University Open Air

Tue, Jun 11   11:00 am to 7:00 am   Rose Garden, Prospect Park

adult learning bpl presents

Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance launches the first semester of University Open Air in June 2019. University Open Air is calling for professors, researchers, or academics who...

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 15   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 22   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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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, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Humanities New York, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, women.nyc, HBO, Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

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.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2019 BPL Presents Season.

 

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