Events

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 [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).


CBH Talk | Carol Kino and Laura Raicovich Discuss “Double Click”

Tue, Mar 5 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Join us for the launch of Carol Kino’s new book, Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines. Kino portrays the McLaughlin sisters, the identical twin photographers who blazed new trails for women in the 1930s and 40s. While celebrated in their time as stars in their fields,…

Inspired by Brooklyn | Music and a Movie

Wed, Mar 6 6:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Singer-songwriter Zoe Tan performs, followed by a screening of the 2013 film Flex is Kings, introduced by filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo.

 

About "Inspired by Brooklyn"

The Brooklyn vibe is in the room at this cabaret-style series presented in connection with CBH’s…

Leah Hunt-Hendrix & Astra Taylor Discuss Solidarity with Heather McGhee

Tue, Mar 12 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Solidarity is often invoked, but it is rarely analyzed and poorly understood. Join BPL Presents as two leading activists and thinkers survey the past, present, and future of the concept across borders of nation, identity, and class to ask: how can we build solidarity in an era of staggering…

Inspired by Brooklyn | Music and a Movie

Thu, Mar 14 6:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History live music

Tonight! Jazz violinist Kensuke Shoji performs, followed by a screening of the 2008 film A Hole in a Fence, introduced by filmmaker D. W. Young.  About "Inspired by Brooklyn"

The Brooklyn vibe is in the room at this cabaret-style series presented in connection with CBH’s…

Hala Alyan Reads From The Moon That Turns You Back

Thu, Mar 14 6:30pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Join BPL Presents for a reading and talk with Hala Alyan, the author of The Arsonists’ City and The Twenty-Ninth Year, who will discuss The Moon That Turns You Back, a new collection of poetry that traces the fragmentation of memory, archive, and family–past, present,…

Night in the Library: Out of Darkness

Sat, Mar 16 7:00pm
Central Library

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Out of Darkness will present different takes on facing hardship rather than evading it. Performances and conversations will challenge audiences to confront our difficult era with honesty and curiosity to actively understand our world without counterproductively retreating from it. 

Anna Shechtman on The Riddles of the Sphinx, in conversation with Kameron Austin Collins

Tue, Mar 19 6:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

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Combining the soul-baring confessional of Brain on Fire and the addictive storytelling of The Queen’s Gambit, a renowned puzzle creator’s compulsively readable memoir and history of the crossword puzzle as an unexpected site of women’s work and feminist protest.

The indisputable “queen of…

Orchestra of St. Luke's Five Borough Tour: Valerie Coleman's Portraits of Josephine

Wed, Mar 20 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents classical interludes

Journey through the life of Josephine Baker with Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Josephine, a wind quintet dedicated to the iconic entertainer and her legacy. Playwright and actor Kirya Traber joins Orchestra of St. Luke's for the performances, weaving her original…

Brad Gooch on Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring

Thu, Mar 28 6:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

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Keith Haring was one of the most emblematic artists of the 1980s, a figure described by his contemporaries as “a prophet in his life, his person, and his work.” Part of an iconic cultural crowd that included Andy Warhol, Madonna, and Basquiat, Haring broke down the barriers between high art and…

An Evening with Rawlston Charles

Thu, Mar 28 6:30pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Colloquy: Translators in Conversation with Raina, Rogers & Shyue

Tue, Apr 2 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Please join World Poetry Books, Montez Press Radio and BPL Presents for the latest installment of Colloquy: Translators in Conversation, with readings and discussion from Kalpana Raina, Jacob Rogers and Jennifer Shyue on their recent translations for the independent, publisher of international…

CBH Talk | Could It Happen Here? America's Illiberal History, Fascism, and the Thin Line Between Them

Tue, Apr 9 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

Throughout America’s history an illiberal strain of political thought has existed within our democratic society, argues Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Steven Hahn in his new book Illiberal America. We see it today in White Nationalism, “America First,'' demonization of immigrants and…

Just Conversations: Medical Racism, An Issue of Life and Death

Wed, Apr 10 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

About Just ConversationsJust Conversations is a series co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and Brooklyn Org that brings into dialogue injustices in our borough, city, and society and gives voice to the change makers who move us towards a more equitable future. First up: Medical Racism.…

Alice Randall on My Black Country with Charlamagne Tha God & Special Guest Rosanne Cash

Wed, Apr 10 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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BPL Presents is excited to welcome Alice Randall, award-winning professor, songwriter, and author, and country music legend Rosanne Cash, in a conversation moderated by Charlamagne tha God on Randall’s new book, My Black Country.

Country music had brought Randall and her activist…

Shubnum Khan Discusses The Djinn Waits A Hundred Years

Wed, Apr 17 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Join BPL Presents in welcoming Shubnum Kahn to discuss “a dark and heady dream of a book” (Alix E. Harrow) about a ruined mansion by the sea, the djinn that haunts it, and a curious girl who unearths the tragedy that happened there a hundred years previous.

Akbar Manzil was once a grand estate…

Inspired by Brooklyn | Music and a Movie

Thu, Apr 18 6:00pm
Center for Brooklyn History

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Tonight! Singer-songwriter Tsebiyah Mishael Derry performs, followed by a screening of the 1980 film Brighton Beach, introduced by filmmaker Susan Wittenberg. 

 

About "Inspired by Brooklyn"

The Brooklyn vibe is in the room at this cabaret-style series presented in connection with…

Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

Thu, Apr 18 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks BPL Presents

Featuring Annie Finch with contributors Mahogany Browne, Desiree Cooper, Camonghne Felix, Kristen Ghodsee, Katha Pollitt, and Manisha Sharma:

The debate about the morality, legality, and politics of abortion has reached a tragic impasse in the United States. What fresh perspectives, complex…

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…

Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 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…

Frank Rich Delivers the 2024 Kahn Humanities Lecture

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

author talks BPL Presents lectures and discussions

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…

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