March 17, 2006

Join BPL in April for National Poetry Month, Immigration History Week, Library Week, Dia de los Ninos Week, or just come in and enjoy our every day programs, classes and events.


Poetry Workshop for Teens with Elissa Fairbrother
Tuesdays, April 18, 25, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Elissa Fairbrother is an actor, dancer and writer who has inspired children and teenagers to love literature through her unique use of basic acting techniques. This workshop will have teens age 13-17 brainstorming ideas and turning them into their own poems.

Poet's Coffeehouse Series 2006
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Hear some of the greatest poets of our time share their work. Hosted by Brooklyn poet Robert Hershon.

Tuesday, April 18, 7 PM
Enjoy readings by Joanna Fuhrman, author of Freud in Brooklyn, Ugh Ugh Ocean and Moraine; David Shapiro, author of over 30 volumes of poetry; and Tom Devaney, author of The American Pragmatist Fell in Love and Letters to Ernesto Neto.

Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM
Enjoy readings by William Corbett, author of New & Selected Poems, All Prose: Selected Essays and Reviews, and New York Literary Lights: William Corbett; Karen Weiser, author of Heads Up Fever Pile, Eight Positive Trees and Placefullness; and Joan Larkin, author of Housework: Poems and A Long Sound: A Book of Poems.


Basics of Immigration Law
Tuesday, April 18, 6 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Wednesday, April 19, 6 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763

This program, presented by the New York Immigration Coalition, will discuss important topics for immigrants, including how to obtain temporary nonimmigrant visas, lawful permanent residency and naturalization and citizenship.

Inheriting the City: The Children of the New Immigrants Come of Age
Wednesday, April 19, 7 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, explains where he thinks New York City's economic, political and cultural life is headed as the second generation of new immigrants matures.

New in America: New in Business
Thursday, April 20, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

This inspirational program, presented by BPL's Business Library in conjunction with the New York Association for New Americans' (NYANA) Business Center for New Americans and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, allows those new to this country to hear success stories of how similar people started their own business, and how they can take advantage of the resources offered by the Business Library and NYANA.


Classical Harmonica Virtuoso Jia-Yi-He
Thursday, April 20, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Jia-Yi will thrill the audience with dazzling renditions of classical pieces on the harmonica. He has been known to play four harmonicas at once! A winner of numerous international competitions, he plays with remarkable speed and agility—a true virtuoso.

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Linda Ciofalo
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Thursday, April 20, 7:30 PM

Singer Linda Ciofalo's versatile repertoire ranges across such diverse sources as bluesman John Lee Hooker and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway classics.

Brooklyn College Conservatory Chamber Choir
Presents Works by Britten, Ives and Nystedt
Saturday, April 29, 4 PM

Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Under the direction of Jonathan Babcock, this concert features contemporary choral masterworks by Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives, and Aaron Copland.


Viktor Erofeyev
Tuesday, April 18, 4 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504
Thursday, April 20, 7 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2211

Join Erofeyev, one of the most controversial living Russian authors, as he reads from his latest novel, Khoroshii Stalin, a portrait of family life under the influence of dictator Joseph Stalin. Program in Russian.

Kevin O'keefe: The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen
Sunday, April 23, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Join former Marketing Executive Kevin O'Keefe as he shares his journey across the United States in search of "average American."

Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson: Carnivorous Nights
Thursday, April 27, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Join two Brooklyn naturalists, Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, as they describe how they traveled halfway around the world in search of a Tasmanian Tiger.

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Nicole Krauss
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Saturday, April 29, 2 PM

Brooklynite Nicole Krauss reads from and discusses her new novel, The History of Love: A Novel. Hosted by WNYC's Leonard Lopate.


Saturday Family Movies
The entire family is invited to enjoy free films Saturday mornings at Central Library!

Saturday, April 22, 11 AM
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
Central Library, Youth Wing Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

In an action-packed adventure, Elmo seeks his favorite blue blanket in Grouchland.

Saturday, April 29, 11 AM
The Thief and The Cobbler (1966)
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This tale of friendship takes place in a city in the Orient and follows a thief who knows all the tricks it takes to survive in the city, and a poor cobbler who has to struggle in order to live.

Silent Film Series: Show People
Sunday, April 30, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn-born Marion Davies stars in this comedy of 1920s Hollywood that satirizes celebrity egos and celebrates slapstick comedy. Curated by Ken Gordon with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.


Toddler Time
Ages: 18 months - 3 years
Mondays, April 3 through April 24, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

Wednesdays,April 5 through June 14, 11 AM - 11:30 AM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443

Wednesdays,April 5 through June 28, 11 AM - 12 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Wednesdays,April 5 through June 14, 1 PM - 2 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Hear picture books read aloud, discover new fingerplays and play with other children. For toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months, and parents or caregivers.

Mad Science of Brooklyn Workshop
Ages: 6 - 12
Mondays, April 3 through April 24, 4 - 5 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Tuesday, April 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Join the ranks of mad scientists in these exciting, hands-on, educational workshops that illustrate what science is really about.

Preschool Storytime
Ages: 3 - 5 years
Tuesdays, April 4 through June 27, 11 – 11:30 AM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

Enjoy new and classic picture books, favorite songs, fingerplays and other fun activities. For children and parents or caregivers.

After-School Homework Help
Ages: 6 - 16
Thursdays, April 6 through June 29, 4 - 5 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571

Get free homework help from trained adult volunteers who provide students in grades 1-8 with one-on-one assistance.

Urban Stages Presents “Two Friends: Dos Amigos”
Ages: 6 - 12
Tuesday, April 18, 4 PM - 5 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Wednesday, April 19, 3 PM - 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Friday, April 21, 4 PM - PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Monday, April 24, 4 PM - 5 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

This one-act play, set on a basketball court in a neighborhood park, follows the developing relationship of two boys from different cultures who resolve their differences across the language barrier and become friends.

The Music of Ivan Ulz
Ages: 6 - 12
Wednesday, April 19, 4 - 5 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Friday, April 21, 3:30 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962

This interactive program encourages even the shyest child to sing along.

Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE)
Ages: 6 - 12
Thursday, April 20, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Discover urban ecology, history, architecture and design through this hands-on science and literacy program.

Brooklyn Reads to Babies Day
Ages: 0 - 18 months
Saturday, April 22, 12 PM – 5 PM
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM,)
145 Brooklyn Avenue
For more information on Brooklyn Reads to Babies Day, please call BPL’s Office of Neighborhood Services at 718.622.4465, x174.
Babies and their caregivers are invited to enjoy great books, learn fun songs and rhymes, and meet other families during this fun afternoon co-hosted by BPL and BCM. This special event will include presentations by children's book author and illustrator Pat Cummings and pre-literacy expert Kristen Lynch, reading tips for caregivers, a raffle, and free baby-friendly snacks and goodie bags.

Percussion and Dance Workshop
Presented by The Society of the Educational Arts (SEA)
Ages: 6 - 12
Monday, April 24, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Washington Irving Library 360 Irving Avenue 718.628.8378

Saturday, April 29, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Participants of the Percussion and Dance Workshop will enjoy learning about Afro/Latino Caribbean rhythms and movement from SEA's top-notch-artist-teachers.

El Encuentro de Juan Bobo y Pedro Animal (“The Encounter”)
Ages: 6 - 12
Tuesday, April 25, 4 PM - 5 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Thrusday, April 27, 4 PM – 5 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal are two kids from different islands that do everything backwards. In this interactive show, audiences enter a fantastic environment with live music, choreography, puppets, slapstick and Dominican and Puerto Rican folklore/culture.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Ages: All
Wednesday, April 26, 4 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

This show blends circus, sideshow and vaudeville. Featuring juggling, Wild West style trick rope spinning, clowning, novelty music and classics from the American Sideshow.


Comic Book Illustration with Mark Ziemann
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707
Thursday, April 20, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Want to draw your own comic book? Then join Mark Ziemann in this workshop to learn how to give life and motion to ideas and characters so you can create illustrations of your own!

Latin Salsa Workshop
Hosted by Julie Ann Miranda
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504
Mondays, April 24 through June 5, 4 PM - 5 PM

Surprise your friend with a salsa workshop at your neighborhood library. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer or something in between, you're bound to enjoy an afternoon of Salsa and music.


Back to Basics: Early Techniques in Photography
Photographs by Patrick Barrett, Michel Bayard and
Doug Schwab
Through Sunday, May 14, 2006
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Three Brooklyn photographers return to various historical photographic techniques in this group exhibition. Each photographer explores his own specialty, including Patrick Barrett's use of the mid-nineteenth century method of Van Dyke printing. Michel Bayard utilizes pinhole photography, which was used as early as the fifteenth century by Leonardo da Vinci, and Doug Schwab works with the gum bichromate process and palladium/platinum printing. Learn about the step-by-step process of creating these historic photographs from the photographers themselves at the companion exhibition Back to Basics: The Process in the Foyer Gallery Cases in front of the Grand Lobby.

Tornado Flowers: Paintings by Scott Malbaurn
Through Sunday, May 14, 2006
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

A series of hard-edged paintings that are minimal and linear, Tornado Flower portrays the timelessness of tornados and flowers, as well as their reference and dialogue with nature and art history. The Tornado Flower series is an attempt to deal with a "push and pull" within the "natural and synthetic," as well as strict formal rules and expressive quality. Brooklyn resident Malbaurn uses synthetic water-based mediums, such as silica, urethane and acrylic resin, along with pigments to make his own paint.

Language – Communication: Book Art by Evelyn Eller
Central Library, Balcony Cases 2nd Floor Mezzanine Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Through Sunday, May 14, 2006

Evelyn Eller has worked as a painter and a printmaker, but her primary medium is paper collage and artists books. Her pieces incorporate language, maps, drawings of people of different ethnicities, as well as other forms of communication, such as music, sign language, mathematics, hieroglyphics and Braille. She utilizes fragments of script from many languages to show the interrelatedness of different cultures and their commonality.

Born in Brooklyn: Portraits by June Gaddy and Felix Plaza
Through Sunday, May 14, 2006
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Through portraits and sketches, in a variety of media, Gaddy and Plaza have captured and depicted the hallmarks of early childhood — innocence, curiosity and spontaneity. Born in Brooklyn reveals the inner and outer beauty of Brooklyn's most precious resources and lets us see that our future is already here.

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