The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library hosts an annual all-day skillshare, where different community members share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library hosted our fourth annual all-day skillshare with podcasting, investing basics, intro to astrology, printmaking and more.

You may remember our previous Skillshares—the first, in 2014, included workshops on WordPress, backstrap weaving, email encryption, origami and oral history recording. And the second one, in 2015, included workshops in zine-making, creating handmade plastic flowers and origami animals, secure web browsing and more. Our third Skillshare in 2016 included workshops on storytelling, watercolors, audio recording, personal budgeting and more. View photos.

Check out classes from past Skillshares

 

Block 1 * 10:00 – 11:00am:

Using Engineering to Protect Ourselves when Earthquakes Hit - Inclusive Services (10-11:30)

Info Commons Lab

Shake, rattle, and roll at the library as we explore earthquakes. What makes an earthquake? Build a seismometer to measure earthquakes! Create an earthquake-proof building!

 

Intro to Podcasting* - Rob Schulte

Info Commons, Recording Studio

Learn how the Recording Studio works in the Info Commons. See different examples of digital audio workstations, and learn the basics of recording.

 

Art through a Cubist Lens for Older Adults - Samara Chalumeau

Info Commons, Room 2

Come discover and make your own Picasso-inspired piece here at the library! In this lesson we'll be expressing what we see through many different angles.

 

Creating Mini-Comics! - Jan Descartes

Info Commons, Room 3

In this 1-hour workshop, we will look at how to create a 8 page mini-comic. We will learn about creating a character, a narrative, drawing and inking our comics. This class is for beginners and experienced drawers alike - no experience is necessary, only excitement to tell your story! The goal is to leave with a mini-comic, drawn on letter sized paper, that will be ready for you to Xerox and distribute!

 

Knitting 101* - Emily Louick

Info Commons, Room 5

Everyone can knit, I promise! This is an absolute beginner's class; you'll learn the lingo, how to pick yarn and some stitches: cast on, knit and bind off and, if time allows, the purl stitch! Students will receive their own set of needles, yarn and a scarf pattern and should leave feeling comfortable with these basic stitches and the ability to keep practicing at home!

 

Drink Healthy with Turmeric Lattes - Yunha Moh

Info Commons, Room 6

New Yorkers like to work hard and play hard - but that often means forgoing sleep, exercise and eating right. But staying healthy doesn't have to take a lot of time and money. Join Chef Yunha from Indo Curry for a demo on Turmeric Latte that will help detoxify and soothe your body of inflammation, as well as easy habits you can incorporate into your lifestyle to drastically improve your gut and digestive health.

 

Watercolor Workshop - Jing Si Feng

Info Commons, Room 7

Join us in this fun and exciting painting workshop, where you will try your hands on painting in watercolor! We will do some coloring on watercolor paper, or you can try painting free hand!

 

Block 2 * 11:15 – 12:15pm

DIY Audio Storytelling - Molly Schwartz

Info Commons, Room 2

Audio is an excellent storytelling medium, but collecting tape and crafting a story out of it requires some tools and tricks. Learn how to record audio on your smartphone or other recorder, transcribe it, create a story arc, and even archive it at the Library of Congress through the StoryCorps app. Taught by Molly Schwartz.

 

Make a Video on Your Smartphone - Sean Mannion

Info Commons, Room 3

Every day everywhere we go we carry powerful video creation tools in our pockets: our smartphones. With free apps it's easy to shoot, edit, and distribute quality videos only using a smartphone. Taught by Sean Mannion.

 

Knitting 101* - Emily Louick

Info Commons, Room 5

Everyone can knit, I promise! This is an absolute beginner's class; you'll learn the lingo, how to pick yarn and some stitches: cast on, knit and bind off and, if time allows, the purl stitch! Students will receive their own set of needles, yarn and a scarf pattern and should leave feeling comfortable with these basic stitches and the ability to keep practicing at home!

 

Tell Your Story with Feminist Zines! - Elvis Bakaitis & Cassandra Leveille

Info Commons, Room 7

Feminism & zines go together like peanut butter + jelly...but why? Spend your morning discussing the connections between feminist themes (gender identity, resistance to street harassment, anticolonial work, etc) and the magic of zines! We will have supplies on hand to doodle, brainstorm, + otherwise noodle around with zine topics. Bring your ideas & come create community with others. Co-facilitated by two organizers of the NYC Feminist Zinefest.

 

The Basics of Writing a Short Story - Nicola McDonald

Room 214 (2nd fl.)

A short story can be a great start to getting published. In this workshop, we'll explore the basic techniques of writing a short story. We'll also do a brief writing exercise and discuss styles and resources.

 

Lunch/Intermission 12:15-1:15pm

The Art of Poletry - Jhani Miller & Aya Clarke

Info Commons Lab

Ever watch someone effortlessly fly around on a pole and wonder how it’s done? Here is your chance to learn more about the NYC history of this emerging aerial dance style, pick up a few basic tricks with BPL Librarian Jhani Miller and watch demonstrations of more elaborate techniques from pole artist and instructor Aya Clarke.

 

Block 3 * 1:15-2:15pm

Intro to Podcasting* - Rob Schulte

Info Commons, Recording Studio

Learn how the Recording Studio works in the Info Commons. See different examples of digital audio workstations, and learn the basics of recording.

 

How Do I Start Investing? - Stephanie Genkin

Info Commons, Room 4

So you want to be an investor but you’re not sure how to get started. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this 1 hour workshop we’ll discuss:

1. Investing vs gambling

2. The different types of investment accounts suitable for your goals

3. Identifying your time horizon

4. Assessing your risk tolerance

5. Stocks vs. Bonds: Putting together a simple portfolio This class is appropriate for people who are completely new to investing as well as those looking to increase their knowledge about basic investing principles.

 

Bicycle Repair and Maintenance - NYC Cargo Bike Collective

Info Commons, Room 5

Stop by to learn how to do basic fixes and repair to get your bike ready to ride this spring. Presented by the NYC Cargo Bike Collective.

 

Exploring Experimental Poetry - Amira Abouelazm

Info Commons, Room 6

In this class we'll be looking at two poems that stray away from the normal conventions of form and style. Also, we will touch on why their forms work so well. The two poems we'll be looking at are, "The Day Lady Died," by Frank O'Hara, and "Summer words of a sistuh addict," by Sonia Sanchez.

 

Improve Your Research Skills - Nomi Naeem

Info Commons, Room 7

Conducting research is a fundamental skill for everyone. Whether you’re browsing websites or using scholarly materials such as journal articles, you need to know how to formulate good searches, evaluate your sources and organize information.This workshop will go over the fundamentals of research, including effective online search techniques, the use of library material and proper citations. There will be time in class for research examples, so come with your queries!

 

Jewelry Making* - Alicia Goodwin

Room 214 (2nd fl.)

Learn how to create a pair of earrings and findings in this class. We will start with a few pieces of wire to create fun jewelry that fits your style. No previous jewelry making experience necessary, but, if you do have jewelry making tools, please bring them along!

 

Cocktails with Herbs & Flowers - Benjamin Zorn

Balcony Conference Room (2nd fl.)

Spring is here, and with it lots of new smells, sights and sounds. As the world starts to bloom around us, let's celebrate it and use these fresh buds and herbs to do a little drinking. Learn how to incorporate flowers and herbs into your next cocktail party with local bartender Benjamin Zorn.

 

Block 4 * 2:30-3:30pm

Printing Patterns for Spring: Printmaking - Alex & Becky Chipkin (2:30-4:45pm)

Info Commons Lab

Join the Proletarian Printing Press for a spring inspired printmaking workshop! In this class you will learn the techniques of linoleum block printing from start to finish. This year's printmaking class will explore pattern making. We will be making colorful floral prints inspired by the 17th century tiles of Iznik Turkey. These famed tiles portray floral motifs that perfectly evoke the blooming flowers we associate with springtime. By the end of the class you will know how to create a reproducible pattern on a linoleum block, and print on a multi-media printing press. You will go home with your very own piece of artwork and printing block that can be used to decorate both fabric and paper.

 

Calligraphy for Beginners - Kate Gavino

Info Commons, Room 5

An introduction to basic calligraphy, including how to get started, standard hand-lettering techniques, and where to look for online resources. Materials will be provided.

 

Geometric Design Workshop - Michael Levy

Info Commons, Room 6

Using the simplest geometry, circles and lines, ruler and compass design is an ancient method for creating patterns. The organic mathematics can inspire artists and technologists alike to solve problems in new ways. In this workshop, we will work with basic drawing tools to make geometric patterns.

 

The Art of Creative Writing - Jaime Lewis

Info Commons, Room 7

Explore the power of words through poetic language and storytelling with Educator & Inspirational speaker, Jaime Lee Lewis.

 

Wikipedia Editing Workshop - AfroCROWD (2:30-4:45pm)

Balcony Conference Room

Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) ​is an initiative seeking to​ increase the number of people of African Descent who edit Wikipedia and actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. During this event participants will get free training on how edit Wikipedia​ articles and add images to Wikipedia Commons.​ Wikipedia is the 7th most visited website in the world and a leading online information source​. ​ Wiki​media NYC​ coaches will be on hand for one on one help. All languages and levels of experience are welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

 

Jewelry Making* - Alicia Goodwin (2:45-3:45pm)

Room 214 (2nd fl.)

Learn how to create a pair of earrings and findings in this class. We will start with a few pieces of wire to create fun jewelry that fits your style. No previous jewelry making experience necessary, but, if you do have jewelry making tools, please bring them along!

 

Block 5 * 3:45-4:45pm

Email Security 101 - David Huerta (CryptoParty)

Info Commons, Room 5

E-mail is the closest thing to a universal communication system for internet users. It’s popularity, however, makes it an attractive avenue for security breaches. Stop by to learn the basics of e-mail security, including password security, two-factor authentication, and more!

 

Fixing Session - Fixers Collective (3:45-5:45)

Info Commons, Room 7

For our Fixing Sessions, people bring in their broken items and they participate fully in the repair process - they will be the ones to unscrew, pry open, glue together, etc.

 

Astrology 101 - Rebecca Gordon (4-5:30)

Room 214 (2nd fl.)

Join Harper’s Bazaar Astrologer, Rebecca Gordon (www.mypathastrology.com) for an in-depth journey through our solar system and its astrological meaning. Discover how the movement of planets have anything to do with the happenings of our life here on earth. We will also explore the ‘Birth Charts’ of a couple lucky attendees. Bring your astrology questions.

 

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