Central Library

Programs & Events

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.


  • 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 in for one-on-one assistance. First come, first served. No registration required.

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  • 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, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability—make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. This is a Business & Career Library service. Call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • 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.

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  • Saturday, April 26, 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 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. You’ll hear a sampler of songs heard in Brooklyn’s diverse communities including Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Salina, Sudanese women’s songs sung by Alsarah, Chinese folk opera love laments given by Hou Hong Tang, Native American chant song with Wayahsti Richardson, Crimean Tatar folk songs with Akhtem Esatov, and Bengali Bangla Tagore sung by Nilofar Jahan.

  • 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 1:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Read and Play provides children with and without disabilities up to age five (and their families) a book-sharing and creative educational playtime. Children learn social skills and language development is stimulated by playing together with age-appropriate toys.

  • 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
    No registration required.
    No class June 16th

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Writers of all ages and skill levels are welcome in a workshop where you will learn to jumpstart your story so it’s compelling to others. Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by being editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a non-fiction book, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest. She has been a frequent teacher at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College and the JCC of Manhattan through the New York Writers Workshop, for whom Koslow facilitates book “pitch” conferences.

    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 29, 2014 9:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 6

    Callen Lorde's Insurance Navigator Program is available to help determine if you’re eligible for free public health insurance (Child Health Plus and Medicaid) and, if so, help you enroll. Our trained staff will meet with you, screen what programs you qualify for, and submit the application on your behalf. Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on March 31st, if you have had a special life event (marriage, divorce, loss of job, birth or adoption of a child) you may still be eligible to enroll.

    Community Health Project/Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a non-profit FQHC specializing in sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s LGBT communities is proud to offer the In-Person Assistance and Navigator programs under the NYS State of Health program, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, and through the generous support of the NYS Department of Health.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Taking pictures and recording audio on mobile devices is easy. Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story--- and share it with a wide audience. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn about various types of digital story formats, narrative tips and interviewing techniques, and how to combine your pictures and audio recordings into a video using Garageband, a software program that allows you to create powerful and entertaining media. 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

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    If you have never heard a salsa song about a rag doll, or a cumbia about getting ready to go to bed, come see Fati & Charles! Fati & Charles are Brooklyn parents who were inspired by their children's love of music and dance to start a sing-along in Spanish that has grown into a CD called, El Baile del Sombrero. The dances, hats, puppets and sponges in the show will get families moving and laughing together! Come join the fun!

    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.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:15PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 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 29, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your Brazilian Portuguese in an informal and fun setting.

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

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Founded in 1966, Brooklyn-based Hanging Loose Press is one of the oldest independent presses in the US. This reading will showcase the latest work from three of their award-winning authors: Meghan O'Rourke, Michael Lally, Terence Winch.

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

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to enjoy fun games and activities that delight young children and encourage literacy. Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects in your home into your child's favorite toys.

    For babies and toddlers 0 - 3 years old and their caregivers.

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

    Writing workshop for adults. No experience necessary.

    No registration required

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Author Tom LeClair leads a discussion of recent novels about contemporary Brooklyn. This session is a discussion of Breath, Eyes, Memory, a novel that follows young Sophie Caco who is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets, Haiti to Brooklyn, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers.

    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 30, 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 30, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Spanish in an informal and fun setting

    No class June 18th
    No registration required.
    The class will be held at Room 214 May 7,14,21th 2014

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Come hear stories and learn songs in many languages. For ages 3-8.

  • Wednesday, April 30, 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 30, 2014 6:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

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

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Explore resources for immigrant business-owners and entrepreneurs. Library staff and NYC Small Business Services will present strategies to make your business a success. Presentation in English. Interpretation available in Spanish. Explorar recursos para empresarios y propietarios inmigrantes. La biblioteca y NYC Servicios para Pequeñas Empresas presentan estrategias para empezar, funcionar y expandir su empresa. Presentacion bilingue en ingles y espanol.

    Presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and New York City Small Business Services. This project is sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, which has been established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

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

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

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

    In this idiosyncratic drama, a young woman, Jamie, travels from her Atlanta home to Brooklyn, to visit a friend. The friend never shows up but Jamie luckily runs into a stranger, Charlie, with whom she strikes up an instant friendship. They spend the rest of the day and night together - eating coleslaw, attending art exhibitions and experiencing Manhattan nightlife. Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny. Dir. Aaron Katz (2007; 78 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.

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 5

    Take a step toward financial stability—make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. This is a Business & Career Library service. Call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

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

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    RIF (Central Library)

  • Thursday, May 1, 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, May 1, 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, May 1, 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, May 1, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    As the lead media education provider for Brooklyn Public Library, BRIC offers free classes in digital storytelling, editing and photography. BRIC is also the community media access television organization for Brooklyn, offering residents free access to media production facilities and equipment, low cost media education, and an opportunity to create their own program on Brooklyn Free Speech Television. BRIC offers periodic orientations at the library so that you can become familiar with community access television, their services available, as well as the wide range of in-depth production classes offered at the center. After taking orientation, you will be able to register for their certification classes, and be on your way to producing your own TV show!

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

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Are you a poet or creative writer looking for another way to connect to your audience? In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to record and exhibit your poetry. Using professional Zoom recorders and audio editing software Audacity, students will create visual poetry pieces ready to be exhibited online.

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

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Improve your Japanese in an informal setting

    No registration needed

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join us to celebrate the sounds of the 1920s to 50s, when jazz and klezmer happily intermarried. Jewish musicians learned to speak "jive", while African American musicians dug the music as much as they dug the Jewish deli cuisine after their gigs! Tunes and songs from Cab Calloway to Dave Tarras will be presented with a tasty dose of improvisation on the side. Hot Pstromi includes the world renowned artists David Licht (percussion), Norbert Stachel (reeds), Peter Stan (accordion), Sprocket (bass), Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals) and Yale Strom (violin).

    This program 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.

  • Friday, May 2, 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, May 2, 2014 3:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Friday, May 2, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library

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

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 3

    Take a step toward financial stability—make a confidential appointment with a counselor from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Financial Empowerment Center. A counselor can advise you on budgeting and money management, establishing and improving credit ratings, analyzing your credit report, finding affordable banking services, financial planning, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. This is a Business & Career Library service. Call 718.636.6994 for an appointment.

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Room 216

    Topics may include navigating Excel, basic formula entry, and copy and paste. 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, May 3, 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, May 3, 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, May 3, 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, May 3, 2014 10:00AM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    A free all-day skillshare where community members will share their skills and interests with others in a day of learning and creativity. Some of the topics in this year’s skillshare include backstrap weaving, creative writing and self publishing, origami, financial fitness, oral history and online privacy. Classes will meet in Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons. No pre-registration necessary, just show up!

    http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/central/brooklyn-public-library-skillshare

  • Saturday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

    No registration required.

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:30AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Be creative. Transform a book or a page or two! Ages 7-14.

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:45AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Discovery poetry and creative writing, develop writing skills and write a poem or two. Ages 7-14.

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Volunteers from the Brooklyn Alumni Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity read stories to children.

    for ages 3 to 8

  • Saturday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join Miss Nina and her band the Jumping Jacks for sing-along, move-along and read-along fun! Ms. Nina’s passions are providing Children and their families the space and opportunity to enjoy music and movement together, and fostering a love of books and reading in children through music.

    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, May 3, 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

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth, in 1914, of Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp character, with his most perfect blending of comedy and pathos. The homeless Tramp falls in love with a blind flower-girl, who mistakenly believes that he is a rich man. Directed by Charles Chaplin, with a musical score, on the soundtrack, composed by Chaplin. Curated and hosted by Ken Gordon. (1931; 87 min)

    The Silent Film Series is made possible in part by Los Blancos.

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    Practice your Japanese in an informal and fun setting


    There won't be any class on Sunday April 20th Easter Sunday, and April 27th

  • Monday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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, May 5, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Live, interactive performances from professional storytellers.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Youth Wing

    Read and Play provides children with and without disabilities up to age five (and their families) a book-sharing and creative educational playtime. Children learn social skills and language development is stimulated by playing together with age-appropriate toys.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Are you looking to improve your skills to make yourself more attractive to employers in your job search? Come to an information session and find out more about the Metrix Learning System, an online learning platform that allows you to take skill-building classes in numerous subjects without paying hundreds of dollars. The Business & Career Library is co-sponsoring this event. Attendance at an orientation, basic Internet skills, and a BPL library card are required to use the Metrix Learning System. You must register by following these instructions: Send an e-mail to metrix@brooklynpubliclibrary.org. In the subject line indicate the location you will attend. In the body of the e-mail, write your name (first, last), e-mail address and telephone number.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    Practice your English in an informal and fun setting.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

    This 3-week course covers the basics of non-linear video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro 6. It takes place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 PM starting 5/5 until 5/21. Students will learn how to navigate Premiere’s interface and import footage from a SDHC card, as well as how to work with B-roll, audio, still images, titles, basic effects and transitions. By the end of the course, students will have the chance to edit a short video segment. Successful completion leads to becoming a Certified Community Producer, which gives you free access to use our editing facilities to produce your Brooklyn Free Speech TV show.

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

  • Monday, May 5, 2014 3:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons, Meeting Room 7

    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.

  • Monday, May 5, 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, May 5, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.