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APR
11

Musical Instrument Building with Bash the Trash!

Wed, Apr 11   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Join us for a fun and cool instrument-building session where you can touch, feel and experiment with vibrations and sound! This hands-on experience solidifies science concepts in the Library Bash! program, using recycled and reused materials ("...

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Musical Instrument Building with Bash the Trash!

APR
19

An Illustrated Virtual Tour of NYC's Ridgewood Reservoir

Thu, Apr 19   6:30 pm to 7:45 pm   Leonard Library

Adults bpl presents earth day green series

This virtual "walking tour" at Leonard Branch will cater to nature lovers and anyone interested in the historical ecology of the Brooklyn/Queens border. 

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis...

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An Illustrated Virtual Tour of NYC's Ridgewood Reservoir

MAY
16

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Wed, May 16   6:30 pm to 7:45 pm   Leonard Library

Adults bpl presents green series

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a...

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

MAY
23

Carnivorous Plants! by Midtown Carnivores

Wed, May 23   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Insects beware!  Carnivorous Plants are coming to Brooklyn! Come see and learn about plants that eat bugs! Jonathan from Midtown Carnivores will be presenting a demonstration of over half a dozen types of carnivorous plants! Participants...

Carnivorous Plants! by Midtown Carnivores

JUN
11

Green Dreams: Pneumatic Structures

Mon, Jun 11   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm  

Adults bpl presents demolab green series

Green Dreams, a series of discussions on utopian architecture, science and ecology, presents raumlaborberlin's Axel Timm, Luka Murovec and Maja Linnea Wendel on pneumatic structures.

View the schedule for the whole week here....

Green Dreams: Pneumatic Structures

Daily Walk: Amy Peck, Prospect Park historian

Mon, Jun 11   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm  

Adults bpl presents demolab green series

As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us for a guided walk through the neighborhood led by a different artist, activist, historian or architect each day.

On Monday's walk, led by Prospect Park Alliance archivist and historian...

Daily Walk: Amy Peck, Prospect Park historian

JUN
12

Daily Walk: Nathan Kensinger, Chance Ecologies

Tue, Jun 12   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm  

Adults bpl presents demolab green series

As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us for a guided walk through the neighborhood led by a different artist, activist, historian or architect each day.

Chance Ecologies  is a public arts project that explores un-...

Daily Walk: Nathan Kensinger, Chance Ecologies

JUN
16

Re-Imagining the City: Creating a Community-Driven Vision

Sat, Jun 16   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm  

Adults bpl presents demolab green series

How can diverse communities come together to create a shared vision for vibrant public spaces that are welcoming to all? Join Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that sustains Prospect Park, and Casey...

Re-Imagining the City: Creating a Community-Driven Vision

Green Design Lab

Sat, Jun 16   5:00 pm to 6:30 pm  

Adults bpl premier bpl presents demolab green series

As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, architects present green and sustainable innovations in their building designs; audiences get to play with those same designs in an interactive display, which will include a "virtual reality tour of...

Green Design Lab

JUL
26

Green Series: Andrew Blackwell on Reclaiming Polluted Spaces

Thu, Jul 26   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults bpl presents green series

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great...

Green Series: Andrew Blackwell on Reclaiming Polluted Spaces

JUL
31

Puppets Love the Earth

Tue, Jul 31   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Join Miss Nicola the puppeteer and her band of puppets for a special puppet playtime show all about the earth and how to be eco-friendly! We'll tell stories and sing songs about the Earth. Who knows - we might even meet a friend from another...

Puppets Love the Earth

AUG
23

Green Series: Filmmaker Winslow Porter Discusses "Tree"

Thu, Aug 23   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults bpl presents green series

Winslow Porter will share his unique perspectives on utilizing virtual reality to tap into positive social and environmental change. He will discuss his VR pieces Giant and Tree, which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and have...

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Green Series: Filmmaker Winslow Porter Discusses "Tree"

AUG
28

The Band Books

Tue, Aug 28   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Children’s book author Joshua David Stein leads a group of musicians as we romp through children’s books that focus on environment. Come hear old classics and new discoveries like you’ve never heard them before!

The Band Books

Green Series: Instrument Making Workshop with Funkytown Playground

Wed, Aug 28   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series

By combining art and music, this workskop is bound to be hit!

Learn how to build your own instruments such as shakes, rainsticks, drums and gongs from recycled and reused materials -- and start your own Live Jam!

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Green Series: Instrument Making Workshop with Funkytown Playground

SEP
19

Living with Wildlife

Wed, Sep 19   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

In this program you will meet some of the reptiles, mammals & birds that call Long Island home. Learn about their unique adaptations and explore their role in our local ecosystem. Get the inside scoop on why these animals came to our Wildlife...

Living with Wildlife

Green Series: How Fighting Climate Change Means Battling Disinformation

Thu, Sep 19   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

In September's Green Series talk, filmmaker & activist Josh Fox recounts his battles with the fossil fuel industry. For the past twenty years, Fox has been on the front lines, from 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy, to the BP Oil Spill, from the 2016...

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Green Series: How Fighting Climate Change Means Battling Disinformation

SEP
27

Green Series: Andrew Revkin on Weird Weather in a Warming World

Thu, Sep 27   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability.

In this unique Green Series talk, Andrew talks about "weird weather in a warming world." Among other...

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Green Series: Andrew Revkin on Weird Weather in a Warming World

OCT
18

5% Day at Whole Foods in Brooklyn

Thu, Oct 18   8:00 am to 10:00 pm   Greenpoint Library

Adults green series

Shop to Support BPL!

On Thursday, October 18, Whole Foods in Brooklyn is spreading the love to the Library. 5% of the day’s sales at the Fort Greene, Gowanus and Williamsburg stores will benefit BPL’s eco-learning programs at the...

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5% Day at Whole Foods in Brooklyn

OCT
24

Green Series: Amitav Ghosh on The Great Derangement & Climate Change

Wed, Oct 24   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

Are we deranged? In the October Green Series, the acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of...

Green Series: Amitav Ghosh on The Great Derangement & Climate Change

Green Series: David Wallace-Wells on The Uninhabitable Earth

Thu, Oct 24   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Adults author talks bpl presents green series

The October Green Series speaker will be author David Wallace-Wells.

Wallace-Wells’s Number 1 New York Times bestselling The Uninhabitable Earth “hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending...

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Green Series: David Wallace-Wells on The Uninhabitable Earth

OCT
30

Found Object Puppet Making Workshop

Tue, Oct 30   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Join us in this hands-on workshop from Urban Stages where you will learn how just about anything can be animated and brought to life as a puppet. Our puppeteer will show you how objects you might readily discard, such as bottles, cans, paper...

Found Object Puppet Making Workshop

Green Series: Costume Workshop with Author/Illustrator: Thyra Heder

Wed, Oct 30   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series

Costumes are fun to wear but even more fun we can have when creating them from "nothing"!

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Green Series: Costume Workshop with Author/Illustrator: Thyra Heder

NOV
28

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

Wed, Nov 28   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard Library

Kids green series

Learn just how important the Earth's atmosphere is and why astronauts need to wear those big, heavy space suits. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, Intrepid Educators will mimic the vacuum of space. Participants will first predict, then discover...

Poof! Life in a Vacuum

NOV
29

Green Series: Toward a Green New Deal

Thu, Nov 29   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

Join Ashley Dawson, Jamie Tyberg, Kali Akuno and Kate Aronoff for a wide-ranging discussion on how to fight for a Green New Deal.

The need for urgent climate action is more apparent than ever. As grassroots organizers continue to build...

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Green Series: Toward a Green New Deal

DEC
19

Green Series: Destroy & Construct with KoKo NYC

Wed, Dec 19   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids green series

Using screwdrivers, pliers and other tools, participants destroy discarded printers, blenders and other common electronics to get inside and see how they work. Then, using the components along with recyclables and other found materials, ...

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Green Series: Destroy & Construct with KoKo NYC

JAN
30

Collage Project with Author/Illustrator Nina Crews

Wed, Jan 30   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids green series

A collage is a picture made by assembling different materials to make something brand new! In this workshop, we will make collages by reusing leftover bits and pieces – old magazines, cereal box cardboard, fabric scraps, and found materials.

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Collage Project with Author/Illustrator Nina Crews

JAN
31

Green Series: Just Soil: Getting the Lead Out

Thu, Jan 31   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Adults bpl presents environment green series

Lead is a poison that perhaps contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire and has recently damaged many lives in Flint, Michigan and other urban areas. Any exposure to lead is toxic particularly for children, and its harmful effects seem to fall...

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Green Series: Just Soil: Getting the Lead Out

FEB
27

ArchForKids presents City Pier Design

Wed, Feb 27   4:00 pm to 4:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids arts and crafts green series kids create kids explore

Waterfront piers offer a way to experience the water without leaving land. Your challenge is to take an old city pier and transform it into something completely new - a mini amusement park, an environment center, a waterfront restaurant - the...

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ArchForKids presents City Pier Design

FEB
28

Green Series: Gennaro Brooks-Church on NYC Eco Design

Thu, Feb 28   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults artist talks bpl presents environment green series

During winter much of Brooklyn turns gray as leaves disappear from trees and the sun hides behind clouds. In the February Green Series, learn some tricks from one of the best artists in New York for incorporating sustainable color, green and...

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Green Series: Gennaro Brooks-Church on NYC Eco Design

MAR
27

Green Series: Life in the Sea with Mad Science of NY

Wed, Mar 27   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids green series

What is life like under the ocean's surface? What kind of animals and plants are found in the sea?                        ...

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Green Series: Life in the Sea with Mad Science of NY

MAR
28

Green Series: Claire Sherman on New Pangaea

Thu, Mar 28   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults artist talks bpl presents environment green series

The March Green Series features artist Claire Sherman, whose show New Pangaea, up now at DC Moore Gallery in Manhattan, represents the natural world in a manner that makes her landscapes both recognizable and utterly imaginative, inviting yet...

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Green Series: Claire Sherman on New Pangaea

APR
24

Green Series: Why the Sky is Far Away & Other Stories to Celebrate the Earth

Wed, Apr 24   4:00 pm to 4:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids green series

Come hear multi-cultural stories celebrating the relationship between people, animals and the amazing world that we share!  Featuring Native American folklore and stories from the rain forests about respecting and saving our resources and...

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Green Series: Why the Sky is Far Away & Other Stories to Celebrate the Earth

MAY
9

Green Series: Planting for Pollinators with Brooklyn Nature Club

Thu, May 9   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Adults environment gardening green series

Brooklyn Nature Club will present "Planting for Pollinators,” a discussion of site specific plantings that will attract butterflies, bees, beetles, birds, and other pollinators.

Other topics that will be covered include: pollination,...

Green Series: Planting for Pollinators with Brooklyn Nature Club

MAY
29

Green Series: Plant Power by Brainy Bill

Wed, May 29   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series

Join "Brainy Bill" Louden in an exploration of how plants survive and what benefits they offer us. Along the way we will see and touch carbon dioxide gas, feel the glow of powerful ultraviolet light, and observe some plants with wild adaptations...

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Green Series: Plant Power by Brainy Bill

MAY
30

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

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

Co-presented with Verso Books, 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 New Deal for NYC,...

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

JUN
1

BPL at Go Green! Brooklyn Festival

Sat, Jun 1   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Go Green! Brooklyn Festival

Kids all ages green series

Join Brooklyn Public Library at the annual Go Green! Brooklyn Festival to learn about local sustainability initiatives while sampling local food, art, and music.

Visit the BPL table throughout the festival to sign up for a library...

BPL at Go Green! Brooklyn Festival

JUN
27

Green Series: Kevin Dann Discusses New York City by Bicycle

Thu, Jun 27   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents green series

Brooklyn’s roads were not made for cars, argues Dr. Kevin Dann in his new book Silver-Wheeled City: New York By Bicycle & Camera, but for horses first, and bicycles second. For the June Green Series, we invite you to join Kevin for a talk...

Green Series: Kevin Dann Discusses New York City by Bicycle

JUL
24

Green Series: Wildlife Theater: Cool Rainforest Connections

Wed, Jul 24   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series

Visit and save the rainforest with new friends!

This performance features an intrepid jungle explorer and her puppet sidekick, Youcan the Toucan, with an engaging audience participation poem, geography, and the play "The Adventures...

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Green Series: Wildlife Theater: Cool Rainforest Connections

JUL
25

Green Series: Ashley Sanders on Extinction Rebellion

Thu, Jul 25   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults bpl presents environment green series

"I come from Sweden, and back there it's almost the same problem as here. As everywhere. That nothing is being done to stop the climate and ecological crisis," said Greta Thunberg at an Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Earth Day. Rumored...

Green Series: Ashley Sanders on Extinction Rebellion

AUG
29

Green Series: Meehan Crist on Climate Grief

Thu, Aug 29   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

Adults author talks bpl presents green series

In August's Green Series talk, writer Meehan Crist will first explore how traditional notions of grief have become obsolete in the age of climate crisis, then try to imagine new ways to live with loss in our rapidly changing world. To be...

Green Series: Meehan Crist on Climate Grief

SEP
10

Green Teens: Your Own Baby Plant!

Tue, Sep 10   3:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Brownsville Library

Teens & Young Adults arts and crafts diy green series teen time

Learn Plant Care & Take Home a Cutting!

 

We’ll learn the basics of taking care of houseplants and get our hands a little dirty potting baby spider plants to take home! 

...
Green Teens: Your Own Baby Plant!

SEP
25

Green Series: Live Jam! with Funkytown Playground

Wed, Sep 25   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series make music ny

Make music from recycled and reused materials and start your own Live Jam! By combining art and music, this workskop is bound to be a hit.

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Green Series: Live Jam! with Funkytown Playground

NOV
8

Terry Tempest Williams on Erosion: Essays of Undoing

Fri, Nov 8   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents green series

Terry Tempest Williams will be the November Green Series speaker.

Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist: Terry Tempest Williams is one of our most impassioned defenders of public...

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Terry Tempest Williams on Erosion: Essays of Undoing

NOV
13

Urban Stages at Leonard: Magic with Eileen

Wed, Nov 13   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids green series kids explore magic show

Magic with Eileen! Eileen is a magician and zany scientist combined in one! Her magic show is 60 minutes of interactive entertainment for kids of all ages. She performs classic magic tricks as well as fun new ones! She just may share a...

Urban Stages at Leonard: Magic with Eileen

NOV
27

Green Series: The City’s Green Book with International Theater Arts Institute

Wed, Nov 27   4:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series storytime

The whole family will enjoy the story of `a city rat and a country mouse who, with the help of a friendly book, learn about protecting and caring for the city's environment.

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Green Series: The City’s Green Book with International Theater Arts Institute

DEC
11

Green Series: Green Skyskrapers with ArchForKids

Wed, Dec 11   4:00 pm to 4:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids architecture & design arts and crafts environment green series

Sustainable towers are on the rise! Learn how architects and engineers use cutting-edge technology and engineering to reduce a skyscraper’s environmental impact. Design and build a model of a green skyscraper of your own design.

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Green Series: Green Skyskrapers with ArchForKids

DEC
12

Green Series: Film Screening: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch

Thu, Dec 12   6:30 pm to 8:30 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Adults bpl presents film green series

​A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and...

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Green Series: Film Screening: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch

JAN
23

Green Series: Emily Raboteau on "Lessons in Survival"

Thu, Jan 23   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Adults author talks bpl presents environment green series

For the January Green Series, author Emily Raboteau discusses her recent piece in The New York Review of Books on surviving climate change catastrophes. Discussing two recent books on sea level rise, Raboteau argues the case for managed...

Green Series: Emily Raboteau on "Lessons in Survival"

FEB
20

Green Series: Artist Talk with Mary Mattingly

Thu, Feb 20   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard, Upstairs Adult's

Adults bpl presents environment exhibitions green series

Ecology: The Original Commons

Ecology is the original commons, the basis and ultimate standard of relational and thoroughly interdependent life systems. How can we learn from ecology ways to improve the contemporary commons—be it...

Green Series: Artist Talk with Mary Mattingly

FEB
25

Green Series: The City’s Green Book with International Theater Arts Institute

Tue, Feb 25   4:00 pm to 4:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

Kids environment green series storytime

The whole family will enjoy the story of a city rat and a country mouse who, with the help of a friendly book, learn about protecting and caring for the city's environment.

Featured Event
Green Series: The City’s Green Book with International Theater Arts Institute

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