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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: [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).


AMYRA

Mon, Oct 18   6:00 pm to 6:45 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents Fine Free music plaza performances

This will be a special opportunity to experience the multiplicity of AMYRA's artistry. Amyra will be sharing music from her debut album WITNESS, followed by the first in person screening of her...

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Cinema Ephemera

Mon, Oct 18   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Cinema Ephemera Fine Free

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music, and history, projected on the facade of iconic Central Library. Stroll by after sundown this summer and see concert footage, short films that capture...

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CBH TALK - Black Protest, Black Art: Visual Art

Tue, Oct 19   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Join Center for Brooklyn History and New York University's the 370 Jay Project for a three-part series exploring the expression of Black protest through the arts. This first conversation...

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Lost and Found at Guantánamo: Mansoor Adayfi and Antonio Aiello with Fatima Bhutto

Wed, Oct 20   4:30 pm to 5:30 pm   Virtual

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Join us for a conversation with Mansoor Adayfi and Antonio Aiello with Fatima Bhutto to discuss Don't Forget Us Here, Lost and Found at Guantánamo.

Don't Forget Us Here, Lost and Found...

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CBH TALK - Unlocking Africa's Hidden History

Wed, Oct 20   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

The history of Africa has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. In his book Born in Blackness, Howard French puts Africa and Africans at the center of our thinking...

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BPL Literary Prize Shortlist Celebration & Reading

Thu, Oct 21   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

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Join the Brooklyn Public Library & the Brooklyn Eagles to celebrate The 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Finalists.

In this virtual celebration, we toast to the...

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BPL Literary Prize Shortlist Celebration

Welcome Week: Learn to Crochet or Knit: with Sheepshead Bay Fiber Artists

Fri, Oct 22   12:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

arts and crafts BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Creatives in Residence

 It is Welcome Week! Head to Sheepshead Bay library and learn how to knit and crochet with the Sheepshead Bay fiber artists. We will be socially distanced at tables infront of...

Knitting Crochet

Sonido Costeño

Sat, Oct 23   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Fine Free music

Sonido Costeño (SC) is a modern day Latin band in New York City. Their high energy music is a creative fusion of Latin music and salsa along with other world music and their fabulous concerts...

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CBH TALK - Break Glass In Case of Emergency: Why Democracy Education Is Not a Drill

Mon, Oct 25   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History Civic Engagement conversations

American democracy faces historic and urgent challenges. With irreconcilable polarization and a profound loss of confidence in government, the question “What will save our democracy?” looms large...

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Cinema Ephemera

Mon, Oct 25   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents Cinema Ephemera plaza performances

A visual playlist of inspiring art, music, and history, projected on the facade of iconic Central Library. Stroll by after sundown this summer and see concert footage, short films that capture...

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Philosophy in the Library: Buddhism and Science with Graham Priest

Wed, Oct 27   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents philosophy in the library Virtual Programming

For the October Philosophy in the Library, Graham Priest argues that the origins of Buddhism are relatively easy to date, since it starts with the thought of the historical Buddha, c. 5c BCE. The...

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CBH TALK - What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Claiming the Untold Stories of Enslaved Women Warriors

Thu, Oct 28   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

When the archives run dry, what is a historian to do? Rebecca Hall’s recently released graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women Led Slave Revolts, both uncovers history and explores the...

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Settler Colonialism and Palestine: A Conversation

Thu, Oct 28   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Virtual

anti-racism BPL Presents Virtual Programming

How is settler colonialism defined? In part, it is a mode of domination. Settlers occupy a region, permanently eliminating or displacing indigenous populations. North Americans are familiar with...

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Authors Tiphanie Yanique and Jai Chakrabarti with Anderson Tepper

Wed, Nov 3   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

author talks BPL Presents conversations Virtual Programming

Join us for a Zoom talk with Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle, and Jai Chakrabarti, author of A Play for the End of the World, as they discuss their new novels with Anderson Tepper...
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Kati Marton discusses her Angela Merkel biography

Thu, Nov 4   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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In this unique conversation, Kati Marton discusses her new biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

This Fall, Chancellor Merkel, a pillar on the international stage, is expected to...

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends II: Remembering

Fri, Nov 5   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in song. Works that bookend careers, meditate on mortality, and follow the course of a lifetime to show us what it means...

Suzanne Schneider on The Apocalypse & the End of History

Mon, Nov 8   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Virtual

author talks BPL Presents Virtual Programming

20 years after 9/11, Suzanne Schneider examines how the political violence of modern jihad echoes the crises of western liberalism.

In this authoritative, accessible study, historian Suzanne...

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The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Wengrow & the late David Graeber

Wed, Nov 10   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenlight Bookstore, and n+1

This is a hybrid event with some panelists on stage at Brooklyn Public Library, if health and safety allow, and others...

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Music From China: Poetry in Music

Sun, Nov 14   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Outdoors BPL Presents music

Music From China presents music related to poetry in traditional, contemporary and popular styles. A quintet of Chinese strings – erhu, pipa, ruan, zheng – and Western flute performs music...

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CBH TALK - Black Protest, Black Art: Music

Wed, Nov 17   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Join the Center for Brooklyn History and New York University's the 370 Jay Project for the second in the three-part series exploring the expression of Black protest through the arts...

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Second Read: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

Thu, Nov 18   7:00 pm to 8:15 pm   Virtual

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Tom Roston's The Writer's Crusade, and next year's Vonnegut centenary, provide a welcome chance to debate Kurt Vonnegut's acclaimed Slaughterhouse Five. Second Read is a BPL...
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CBH TALK - Black Protest, Black Art: Written Word

Thu, Dec 2   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Virtual

BPL Presents Brooklyn Resists Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Join the Center for Brooklyn History and New York University's the 370 Jay Project for the final discussion in our three-part series exploring the expression of Black protest...

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends III: Mortality Mansions

Fri, Dec 3   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn

BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends explores the moments that make up our lives in song. Works that bookend careers, meditate on mortality, and follow the course of a lifetime to show us what it means...

Young Composers Festival: Sarah Goldfeather and Sugar Vendil

Sat, Dec 11   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents live music music

In collaboration with the ETHEL Foundation, BPL presents the young composers from the fourth round of ETHEL’s Homebaked competition, whose works will be performed by the ETHEL Quartet. From its...

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Young Composers Festival: Nailah Nombeko and Simon Brown

Sun, Dec 12   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents live music music

In collaboration with the ETHEL Foundation, BPL presents the young composers from the fourth round of ETHEL’s Homebaked competition, whose works will be performed by the ETHEL Quartet. From its...

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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, 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, 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, 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.

 

 

 

 

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