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 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: [email protected].

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).

Met Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore

Wed, Aug 17   8:30 pm to 10:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents plaza performances

Donizetti’s bubbly romantic comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together never fails to delight audiences.  In this...


2022 Small Press Flea (SPF22)

Sat, Aug 20   10:00 am to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

book sale BPL Outdoors BPL Presents small business

Small Press Flea (SPF) makes its return to the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza for another beautiful August day with your favorite local publishers and...

Talks in the Othmer: Corey Robin on Making Sense of Clarence Thomas’s America

Wed, Sep 7   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Corey Robin, one of the foremost analysts of the right, brings fresh and often prescient perspectives to our understanding of American conservatism. His ground-breaking books, The Enigma of...


Talks in the Othmer: Screens, Teens & Rattled Parents

Tue, Sep 13   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Harvard University researchers Emily Weinstein and Carrie James have spent their careers studying teens’ use of technology. In their book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and Adults...


Met Opera: Falstaff

Wed, Sep 14   7:30 pm to 9:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents plaza performances

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars as the larger-than-life title character of Verdi’s comic masterwork Falstaff, leading an extraordinary ensemble that also features soprano Angela Meade as Alice,...


CBH Talk - Open Eyes: Kids, Banned Books, and the War on Reading

Wed, Sep 21   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

Center for Brooklyn History conversations BPL Presents author talks

Across the country, school and public libraries are seeing a growing movement to ban books that bring racial and gender diversity to the page. In state after state, local community members, school...


Ancient Mali & the Modern World: Manuscripts, Archives & Uncomfortable Truths

Thu, Sep 29   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

conversations BPL Presents Mali Magic

In this live conversation, we are joined by scholar Dr. Herbert Brewer, artist and scholar Mélisande Short-Colomb, cultural preservationist Lama Eldesouky,  and Dr. Cynthia Schneider to...

Talks in the Othmer: What’s Prison For?

Wed, Oct 12   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Nearly two million Americans are held in our country’s prisons and jails, a number widely acknowledged as a source of national shame. Steeped in violence and dysfunction, the question “Where does...


Talks in the Othmer: The Rise and Fall of Protestant Brooklyn

Thu, Oct 20   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In their new book, The Rise and Fall of Protestant Brooklyn, historians Stuart M. Blumin and Glenn C. Altschuler tell the story of nineteenth-century Brooklyn's domination by upper-class and...


Talks in the Othmer: A Northern Lynching

Wed, Oct 26   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Center for Brooklyn History

author talks BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

In 1892 a young Black man named Robert Lewis was accused of sexual assault and brutally lynched by a white mob. The incident took place where such things were ‘not supposed to’ –  in Port...


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.