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

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).

Celebrating Brooklyn Poets, Past and Present

Wed, Apr 24 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Dip into the Center for Brooklyn History’s collection and you will find a vast range of poetry. There are works by household names like Walt Whitman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Marianne Moore, as well as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poems by writers whose works live in the nooks and…

CBH Talk | Exploring “The White Bonus” with Tracie McMillan and Darrick Hamilton

Thu, Apr 25 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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White Bonus is the money white people receive or save when racism works in their favor. In her new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America, Tracie McMillan asks a pressing question: If racism denies people of color so much, just how much does it…

CBH Talk | Ari Berman and Chris Hayes Discuss “Minority Rule”

Mon, Apr 29 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

anti-racism author talks BPL Presents

As the United States moves steadily towards a majority-minority future, time and time again the white conservative minority has effectively pushed back representative democracy through voter suppression, election subversion, legislative power grabs, immigration restrictions,…

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Matthew Salesses Discuss A Man of Two Faces

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

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Join BPL Presents for a conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen on his memoir, A Man of Two Faces. With insight, humor, formal invention, and lyricism, in A Man of Two Faces Nguyen rewinds the film of his own life. He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger…

The People's Ball: STAND OUT/STAND UP!

Sun, May 5 7:00pm
Central Library

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A Night of Style, Imagination, Freedom and You! 

You’re invited to THE PEOPLE’S BALL, Brooklyn Public Library’s free annual celebration of fashion, personal style and inclusivity. THE PEOPLE’S BALL, named Time Out New York’s Best Nightlife Event of 2023,…

Renée Watson on skin & bones, with Jennifer Baker

Thu, May 9 6:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

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From the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a soulful and lyrical novel exploring sisterhood, motherhood, faith, love, and ultimately what gets passed down from one generation to the next.

At 40, Lena Baker is at a steady and stable moment in life—between wine nights with…

CBH Talk | Blackface Minstrelsy and the Racial Foundation of American Musical Culture

Wed, May 15 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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In his new book, Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States, musicologist Matthew Morrison unpacks the political legacy of blackface minstrelsy, showing not only how blackness was commodified by white people as popular entertainment during the nineteenth century,…

Frank Rich Delivers the 2024 Kahn Humanities Lecture

Wed, May 15 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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BPL Presents invites you to the 2024 Kahn Humanities Lecture with Frank Rich—a journalist, author, and television producer.

A writer-at-large for New York magazine, he was previously chief drama critic and an opinion columnist for The New York Times. In this unique talk, he…

Xochitl Gonzalez on Anita de Monte Laughs Last, with Nurys Pimentel

Thu, May 16 6:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

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Join New York Times bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez and BPL's own Nurys Pimentel as they discuss Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 

Gonzalez delivers a mesmerizing novel about a first-generation Ivy League student who uncovers the genius work of a female artist decades after her…

CBH Talk | Severe Mental Illness: Our Collective Response and Responsibility

Thu, May 16 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Jonathan Rosen’s acclaimed book, The Best Minds: A Story of Friendship, Madness, and the Tragedy of Good Intentions, has helped move the needle on our understanding of severe mental illness and the ways that society -- at the governmental, medical, and individual levels -- has failed…

Lisa Ko & Lisa Hsiao Chen in Conversation

Thu, May 16 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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In her new novel, Memory Piece, Lisa Ko, the award-winning author of The Leavers, offers a visionary novel of friendship, art, and ambition that asks: What is the value of a meaningful life? Ko will be in conversation with friend and fellow novelist, Lisa Hsiao Chen, author of Activities…

CBH Talk | Natalie Foster and Tressie McMillan Cottom Discuss “The Guarantee”

Tue, May 21 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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The Guarantee asks us to imagine an America where housing, health care, a college education, dignified work, family care, an inheritance, and an income floor are not only attainable by all but guaranteed, by our government, for everyone.

But isn’t this pie-in-the-sky…

Colm Tóibín discusses Long Island

Tue, May 21 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Join BPL Presents and the beloved, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Colm Tóibín as he returns to Brooklyn Public Library to discuss his spectacularly moving and intense novel of secrecy, misunderstanding, and love, the story of Eilis Lacey, the complex…

CBH Talk | Elizabeth Gloucester, The Most Powerful Black Woman Lost to History

Wed, May 22 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and The Brooklyn Heights Association


Elizabeth Gloucester, was born into slavery in 1817 in Richmond, Virginia. When she died in Brooklyn Heights six decades later, the Brooklyn Eagle described her as “the wealthiest colored…

Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Sat, Jun 1 6:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents classical interludes live music

Brooklyn Public Library presents in partnership with Carnegie Hall: The Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble. This always-evolving ensemble features a handpicked group of musicians from the historic Met Orchestra in concerts of remarkable ambition and variety. Adapting to fit the instrumental needs of…

Maggie Smith & Isaac Fitzgerald on You Could Make This Place Beautiful

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

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In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself. The book begins with one woman’s personal heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with contemporary womanhood, traditional…

Joel Whitney presents Flights: Radicals on the Run

Wed, Jun 5 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Joel Whitney's genre-defying nonfiction work Flights creates an archetypal hero’s journey from the stories of progressive creators whose struggle for truth, and for freedom from persecution, sent them into literal and metaphorical exile. Whitney portrays a rich array of refugees all forced to…

Francine Prose Discusses 1974: A Personal History

Tue, Jun 18 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Francine Prose comes to Brooklyn Public Library to discuss her first memoir, 1974: A Personal History, about the close relationship she developed with activist Anthony Russo, one of the men who leaked the Pentagon Papers--and the year when our country changed.

During her twenties,…

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