Central Library

Programs & Events

Some Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Good Friday. See the list of open library locations.

 

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20 for Easter Sunday.

Below find a chronological list of events at Central Library. For a full schedule of classes and programs at Brooklyn Public Library, visit our events calendar.


  • Friday, April 18, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Get an overview of the site, learn search tips and take time to explore the database on laptops provided by the library. For seasoned genealogists and historians as well as anyone interested in Brooklyn history!

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library

    Chess for adults. All skill levels welcome. Meetings held in Arts & History Division, Third Floor.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear stories. Ages 0 to 5.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include presentation creation and templates. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All FirstRIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in First RIF. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join FirstRIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Teens will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Teens can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your Italian in a friendly and informal setting

    No class April 5th, and 12th
    The class will start as of January 4th 2014.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Activities for teens and young adults with and without disabilities. This takes place in the Youth Wing Upstairs Program Room.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Brooklyn thrives on new ideas. Creative people with a passion to make a product, service or app that will disrupt business as usual need developers with skills to make their dream a reality. The challenge? How to find one another. At the Creative Business + Tech Hack Lab creative entrepreneurs, designers and programmers will connect, discuss their ideas, and build on each others’ skills over the course of an intensive afternoon to create a prototype for their product or service. Prototypes are helpful tools when pitching to funders or starting a crowd-source campaign (like Kickstarter), and will help launch your product or service to a broader network of people hungry for new solutions. Throughout the afternoon you will meet your team members, devise a plan of action and hack together a rapid prototype or proposal. You will present and test your prototype and receive feedback from co-participants. A happy hour will follow at a local Prospect Heights bar. There will also be mini- presentations from local startups focused on creativity and entrepreneurship TBA.


    The Creative Business + Tech Hack Lab is free to attend! Please RSVP on our page at Meetup.com to tell us more about you, and who you are looking to connect with: http://www.meetup.com/Brooklyn-Creative-Business-Tech-Hack-Lab/events/162060372/

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your Chinese in an informal and friendly Setting

    The class will start as of Saturday January 4th 2014

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    I-Ching, the Book of Changes, is one of the oldest Chinese classic philosophies and can help us to make decisions that our logic alone can't handle. Free lectures in Chinese and English.


    No class April 26th

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Gelasimov, an author of several books for adults and children, discusses his career with writer Alexei Bayer. His 2005 novella, Thirst, was just translated into English by Marian Schwartz. Thirst tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen War veteran, Kostya. This event is in Russian. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 3 tickets per person.

    This series is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Писатель Андрей Геласимов и писатель и переводчик Алексей Байер беседуют о последних нашумевших книгах Геласимова, в частности "Жажда". Геласимов не только написал сам роман, но и сценарий, по которому был поставлен одноименный фильм, ставший гвоздем программы прошлогоднего Московского кинофестиваля.

    Программа на русском языке.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops. Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office. Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.


    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Live, interactive performances from professional storytellers.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advance sign-up is necessary.

    Learn more at www.nywriterscoalition.org.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear a story and make a craft to take home. For ages 3-6.

    Tickets will be available the day of the program at the children's reference desk. Sorry, no groups or camps will be admitted.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service; please note that this session will take place at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.


    No appointment required.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 6:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    The class will be held at Room 214 March3, 10, 17, 2014
    Next class will be December 23rd
    No registration required.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Struggling to write that story you've always wanted to tell? Not sure how to refresh an old draft? Learn how to jumpstart your story with strong openings and how to develop memorable characters in this interactive course. Monique Antonette Lewis is founder of At The Inkwell, which help authors promote their books through interviews, book reviews and public readings at KGB Bar in Manhattan. She also sits on the board of the New York Writers Resources and is a reader for the annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship. When she is not interviewing authors and hosting readings, Monique is the Americas specialist editor at Mergermarket, a mergers and acquisitions news service. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing, from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in journalism from Colorado State University. Monique lives in Brooklyn, New York.


    This event is brought to you by the New York Writers Workshop, and funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:15AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. Ages 18 to 36 months. Call 718.230.2117 for more information.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. Ages 18 to 36 months. Call 718.230.2117 for more information.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    The picture-perfect shot doesn’t stop with your camera. In this class, you’ll get hands-on experience with Gimp, a free, versatile photo editing software program, so you can retouch, crop, and color balance your digital photos before showing them to the world. We’ll teach you how to use Gimp, its editing and effects tools, talk about photo-editing best practices and how to export for print and video formats. By the end of this two-hour session, you’ll have the skills to make every shot you take a perfect one.

    bklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons
    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:15PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 5

    A librarian is available to provide information on job search and career resources, including resume and cover letter help. No appointment is necessary. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Do you want to design a website for a school project, or put yourself onto the cover of a fashion magazine? Come hang out, learn, play and explore the latest technology with friends while using PC and Mac laptops.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 5

    Improve your Russian language in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.
    No Class March 11th.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    The Bee Course is the most complete education a beekeeper can find outside of a university course. It is also absolutely free. More important, according to instructor James Fischer, it is dogma-free, presenting a pragmatic evidence-based approach unencumbered by mysticism or naivete about bees in a modern urban environment. James Fischer wandered among his beehives in the mountains of Virginia without any formal credentials in entomology at all, but somehow had a very profitable business in pollinating apple trees and selling honey from his 600-hive operation. For more information, visit NYCBeekeeping.org.

    Free registration for these classes is at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bee-course-2014-semester-first-9-classes-tickets-9364083225.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

    Tha Class will strat as of October First 2013
    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Three authors from Belladonna share their latest works. Belladonna is a collaboratively organized press with a mission to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved and dangerous with language.

    This series is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Tonight's theme: "Climate Change - The Hard Problem," with Philip Kitcher (Columbia University). The easy problem of climate change is that of determining the reality of anthropogenic (or human-caused) global warming. That problem has been made hard by deficiencies in our democracy. After a brief exploration of these claims, Kitcher will turn to the hard problem, that of ascertaining the extent of the threat to future human well-being and formulating a policy for addressing it. He'll argue that we are forced to proceed in a context in which much of what we would like to know is beyond our epistemic reach, and that successful policies for responding to climate change require an extension of democracy in a global framework. Given the existing problems with what we think of as democracy today, any such extension looks unlikely.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. 0 to 18 months.

    Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Please call 718.230.2117 for more information.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:30PM
    Central Library, Room 214

    Writing workshop for adults. No experience necessary.

    No registration required

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Learn about the different styles of interviewing questions and strategies for answering frequently asked questions. The Business & Career Library is co-sponsoring this event.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:30PM
    Central Library

    Unleash your creativity with teaching artist D E Singh. Learn ink wash, soft pastels and watercolor over nine consecutive weeks. On June 11, from 2:30-5:30, there will be an exhibition and reception to celebrate the achievements of the participants, and everyone is welcome to attend that week. Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department, with generous funding from the Sills Family Foundation.

    Please call 718.230.2184 to register.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    No class January 22nd 2014
    No registration required.
    The class will be held at Room 214 May 7,14,21th 2014

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Work with a teaching artist to create drawings, learn various painting techniques, and look at how other famous portrait artist in the past created their masterpieces, concluding in a professional show overseen by curators at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City. Limited to 10 participants, ages 12-17.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service; please note that this session will take place at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

    No appointment required.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Needlecrafts for all skill levels: Crochet, Embroider, Knit, Quilt

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 5

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    No registration required.
    Practice your French in an informal and fun setting.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Based on the childhood experiences of the film’s director, this film tells the story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in 1980s Park Slope. As the Berkman family falls apart, one son sides with the mother and her new boyfriend, while the other son remains sympathetic towards his father. Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny. Dir. Noah Baumbach (2005; 81 min)

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Join us for a series of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists, featuring the exciting, varied work being created in Brooklyn today. Jason Andrew, founder and director of Norte Maar in Bushwick, moderates this panel featuring Robert de Oude, Colin Thomson and Jessica Weiss.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Hear stories get a free book!

    for ages 3-7

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.

    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    All businesses, regardless of their size, age or locations, have a brand identity. A brand is the sum of the good, bad and the ugly or your business reputation . It’s defined by the way your receptionist says "hello" and the music your customers hear when placed on hold as well as by the quality of service and the quality of product. Your brand is what you promise and what you deliver. What you deliver: Now that REALLY matters in a small businesses – you cannot afford to make false promises. The goal of this free program is to present the elements of good branding and demonstrate how small businesses and start-ups can define or refine their brand. The instructor, Alan Siege, will challenge your assumptions, give you best practices that are practical, help you solve real-life problems. He'll give you practical, understandable information that you can use immediately to make your business more visible and more highly regarded. The Business & Career Library is co-sponsoring this event.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Basic computer knowledge required.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    RIF (Central Library)

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play board games in the children's room; games are available for sign out from the children's reference desk.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Teens will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Teens can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Create LEGO projects with friends.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you don’t need an expensive camera or fancy audio equipment to produce an engaging video. In this two-hour session, learn to use your mobile device to make compelling short-form videos—and how to show them to the world on YouTube, Vimeo and more. We’ll start you off with scriptwriting and storyboarding best practices, discuss frame composition, and then cover how to get the best audio and lighting when recording your footage. You’ll also explore the free Mac editing software program iMovie that can assemble it all into your final short masterpiece. Please bring your own pair of headphones or earbuds for this class.

    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.
    bklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Room 216

    Get free college counseling, information and academic advising from Pallus. Receive one-on-one support to help you strengthen your college application and navigate the college application process. All high school students – grades 9 to 12 - are welcome!

    Pallus was created to fill the college information and academic advisory gap between urban high school students and their suburban counterparts so that college access will become truly equitable, based on academic achievement instead of where you were born or your race. http://www.pallus.org/

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Taking pictures is easy. What do you do after you’ve collected the images? In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about best practices for archiving physical and digital photos. Using your images, we’ll create brief oral history projects, allowing you to narrate a personal reflection of within the story found in your pictures. Students will use Videopad to create an exciting video presentation of their oral history.

    bklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons
    Presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, BPL's lead media education partner.

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Japanese in an informal setting

    No registration needed

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport: it is a way of life. There are over 700 outdoor courts and an estimated 500,000 players. This documentary features playground legends, NBA athletes, and the ballplayers calling “next” game at their local schoolyard. Director Bobbito García will introduce the film. (2012: 82 min)

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Got a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a full class? Drop into the Central Library’s computer classroom for one-on-one assistance. First come, first served. No registration required.

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    The Department of Labor provides counseling help with your job search and information about DOL programs, services and resources. No appointment is necessary. This is a Business & Career Library service.


    For more information, please call 718.623.7000.

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Friday, April 25, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library

    Chess for adults. All skill levels welcome. Meetings held in Arts & History Division, Third Floor.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Play with toys and hear stories. Ages 0 to 5.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include animations, transitions, and presentation tools. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All FirstRIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in First RIF. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join FirstRIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Children will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Children can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate. Teens will be allowed to choose a free RIF book when they join RIF and on their birthday. Teens can earn additional RIF books by borrowing and returning 6 library books. A limit of 2 library books per week can be used towards this goal.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Kaplan SHSAT Practice Test: these events are FREE, but registration is required. You may register online at kaptest.com or by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST. Limited seats available. Sign up today! 7th Grade & Up

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater Lessons are in English and Spanish. Space is LIMITED, so arrive early! Please bring your library card for admission. Come alone or bring a partner. The class consists of two sessions 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Beginners 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Advanced

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Adaptive gaming for teens and young adults with and without disabilities.

    bklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your Italian in a friendly and informal setting

    The class will start as of January 4th 2014.
    No class April 5th, and 12th

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s musical A Year With Frog and Toad. Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. A score that bubbles with melody and wit, its jazzy upbeat sound is a perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying denizens that inhabit Frog and Toad’s world. Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc.

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your Chinese in an informal and friendly Setting

    The class will start as of Saturday January 4th 2014

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Check the Rhyme Writing Workshop facilitated by educator, author and award nominated poet, DuEwa Frazier, is a workshop for teens focusing on supporting them in the creation of original poetry. The workshop will introduce teen writers to a craft lesson and reading of contempory poetry. Teen writers will use what they learn to elevate their writing and understand the elements of the genre.

    DuEwa Frazier earned the M.F.A. in Creative Writing degree at The New School and has taught middle and high school students in English, Creative Writing and Theater Arts. She is the editor of the award nominated publication, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees. Her most recent book is Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems (2013). Visit her website at www.duewaworld.com.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Get writing tips from a published author, and work on a piece to submit to BPL's teen writing contest!

    This takes place in the Upstairs Program Room.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Topics may include animations, transitions, and presentation tools. Please bring a USB flash drive if you want to save your work to bring home or to a future class. Presented by New York Cares.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    This concert opens Brooklyn Arts Council’s The Sweetest Song Festival, a month-long focus on Brooklyn’s traditional singers and song styles. You’ll hear a sampler of songs heard in Brooklyn’s diverse communities including Crimean Tatar love songs sung by Uriye Kermenchikkli; Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Primack, Pakistani guzhal music sung by Salamat Ali; Hawaiian hula melodies with Jason Poole, Chinese folk opera love laments sung by Hou Hong Tang, and more. There will be an opportunity for the audience to learn some traditional singing.

  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    This documentary explores the lives of six Holocaust survivors and the resourceful community that came together to create a singular place that those fleeing persecution could call home, Chicago’s Selfhelp Home. For almost 80 years, the SelfHelp organization served refugees Holocaust survivors. Dir. Ethan Bensinger (2012; 60 min)

  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    JACK Quartet shatters the stereotype of the traditional string quartet by revealing hidden subtleties in familiar 20th-century classics and by premiering a 21st-century work. They will perform string quartets by Hans Abrahamsen, Morton Feldman, Witold Lutosławski and John Zorn. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts are sponsored by Target. Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts are sponsored by Target. Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Children under 6 years old will not be admitted

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Meet with a SCORE counselor to discuss your business needs. Get advice on starting a business, writing a business plan, implementing a marketing strategy and much more. SCORE is an SBA organization. Call 718.623.7000 and select option "3" to make an appointment. This is a Business & Career Library service.


    SCORE is a not-for-profit volunteer association of successful business people who provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Learning to use a computer is not just for young people. Join as we explore the world of technology, using laptops. Topics include computer basics, internet, email, online banking, online health information, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Facebook and creative uses of Microsoft Office. Provided by Brooklyn Public Library's Services for Older Adults department.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Live, interactive performances from professional storytellers.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Are you working on a memoir, poem, or story and looking for some friendly feedback? Maybe you just want to put pen to paper and see what happens. Join NY Writers Coalition for a free community workshop! This writing group is open to writers of all genres — poetry, fiction, memoir, and anything else — and even to those who think they've never written before! Writing supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself. All levels of experience are welcome. No advance sign-up is necessary.

    Learn more at www.nywriterscoalition.org.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 6

    Make your resume more attractive to employers! Our volunteer Resume Coaches provide one-on-one assistance on how to tailor your resume or cover letter to get the job you want. We encourage you to bring your resume for review. This is a Business & Career Library service; please note that this session will take place at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

    No appointment required.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 6:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    The class will be held at Room 214 March3, 10, 17, 2014
    Next class will be December 23rd
    No registration required.