APRIL 2007 SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

March 23, 2007

In honor of National Poetry Month, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host a variety of special readings, including our annual Poets Coffee House series on all Tuesdays throughout the month. If you need assistance in accomplishing your finance goals, we also offer tax assistance and business seminars. You can even get into shape at your library while celebrating international dance and exercise traditions in a variety of interactive programs. Read on for more information.

The following programs are free and open to the public.

ARTISTS’ EXHIBITIONS AND TALKS

Haiti Through My Eyes
View Haitian journalist and photographer Marc Yves Regis’ photography essay about Haiti’s struggle for democracy
Artist Talks: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM & Saturday, April 28, 1:30 PM
Exhibition: April 12 through May 10, 2007
Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center (CLCC)
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Superheroes by Dulce Pinzon
This exhibition features photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed as popular superheroes.
April 24 through June 16, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2100

Janusz Kapusta
Architect and painter Kapusta discuss a new geometrical shape – an eleven faced polyhedron called the K-dron.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

AUTHOR TALKS

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Elizabeth Strout
Strout discusses her latest novel with WNYC radio talk show host Leonard Lopate.
Saturday, April 7, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Amiri Baraka and Colin Channer
Poet, novelist and playwright Baraka shares his short stories collection Tales of the Out & the Gone. Channer reads from his novella The Girl with the Golden Shoes.
Saturday, April 7, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

BUSINESS SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Fourth Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition Orientation
Receive instruction and the necessary materials to enter this competition with your plan for a new business. Co-sponsored by the Citigroup Foundation.
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962

Thursday, April 5, 8:30 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Assistance
Get tax help from representatives of AARP. Assistance is given on a first come, first served basis.
Wednesdays, April 4 & 11, 10AM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Thursdays, April 5 & 12, 12:30 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Thursdays, April 5 & 12, 1 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

Going Global: Small Business Success in the Global Marketplace
Learn about financial institutions that can help you sell your small business to the world. Co-sponsored by the Citigroup Foundation.
Thursday, April 12, 8:30 AM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

Ten Successful Start-Ups
Entrepreneur Harry Wells shares business management strategies that have built start-ups into multimillion dollar corporations. ‘
Wednesday, April 18, 6 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Public Speaking for Job Success
Master the art of public speaking with tips from Valerie Oliver-Durrah, CEO and principal consultant of Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic.
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Third Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

DANCE AND MUSIC

Tango Workshop (in Spanish & English)
Learn the basic steps of tango. Call BPL’s Multilingual Center at 718.230.2417 to register.
Saturdays, April 7 & 14, 3 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society
Enjoy classical and contemporary Chinese music performed on silk and bamboo instruments.
Thursday, April 12, 4 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718.748.8001

Afro-Peruvian Dance Workshop
Percussionist Marcos Napa teaches participants how to dance to Peru's African-influenced rhythms.
Saturday, April 14, 1:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Brooklyn Philharmonic: Vaulting the Sea
This concert features musical compositions inspired by the poetry of Marianne Moore, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane and other American poets.
Saturday, April 14, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

O'Malley Irish Dance Academy
See this performance of Irish step dancing.
Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Afro-Haitian Dance Workshop (in French & English)
Learn the basic steps of Afro-Haitian dance. Call BPL’s Multilingual Center at 718.230.2417 to register.
Sunday, April 22, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Afro-Caribbean Dance and Drumming
Enjoy live percussion and dance to the music!
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

FREE FILMS
The following films will be screened in the Second Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

The Silent Screen
Enjoy screenings of cherished classics and rarely-seen masterpieces with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

Sunday, April 15, 2 PM
Watch four short comedies about families: Sold at Auction, Fiddlesticks, The Sting of Stings and Pass the Gravy.

Sunday, April 22, 2 PM
Enjoy Hungry Hearts, which is based on short stories by Polish immigrant Anzia Yezierska, and The Immigrant starring Charlie Chaplin.

Saturday Family Movies
This popular weekly series offers free movie screenings the whole family can enjoy.

Napoleon
Stranded on an island, Napoleon the dog has many adventures before trying to get back home again.
Saturday, April 21, 11 AM

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH PROGRAMS

The Green Goat Weeps to Mahler and Other True Statements
Poet Meredith Walters explains how to interpret contemporary poetry.
Sunday, April 1, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Meanwhile Take My Hand: Kirmen Uribe and Elizabeth Macklin
Join Basque-language writer Uribe and English translator Macklin for a bilingual poetry reading.
Thursday, Apr 12, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Alice Quinn: Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box
The New Yorker’s poetry editor Quinn discusses the life and poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.
Sunday, April 14, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poetry Fun for Adults
Practice poetry writing techniques. Prizes will be given to participants. Call 718.382.5924 to register.
Tuesday, April 17, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Poets Coffee House
Hear local talent read their prose on Tuesdays at 7 PM in Central Library’s Second Floor Meeting Room.

April 10
Edward Field, author of Magic Words, Anne Pierson Wiesse, author of Floating City, and poet Elizabeth Swados

April 17
George Green, Linda Susan Jackson and Erica Kaufman

April 24
Gregory Pardlo, author of Totem, Meghan O’Rourke, author of Halflife, and Cathy Park Hong, author of Dance Dance Revolution

Danny Simmons: Poetry and Painting
Artist and poet Simmons reads from his collection of poetry and colorful collages, I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.
Saturday, April 21, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Esther Schor: The Life and Work of Emma Lazarus
Schor discusses the literary career of 19th Century poet Lazarus best known for The New Colossus, her sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty.
Sunday, April 22, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry Reading
Goldsmith shares his poetry and discusses plagiarism.
Saturday, April 28, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

A Tribute to Sterling A. Brown
Scholars Joanne Gabbin and the Cave Canem discuss the poetic legacy of Brown.
Sunday, April 29, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Poetry Club
Rudolf Furman’s reading of Russian poetry will be accompanied by Ellina Graipel’s performance of bard songs.
Monday, April 30, 6 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Tai Chi Educational Health Program
Tai Chi master Stephen Lin introduces beginners to a gentle exercise program composed of slow movements, meditation and deep breathing.
Monday, April 2, 1 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Poetry Celebration
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading!
Thursday, April 5, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Spanish Lessons
Make new friends while learning Spanish.
Tuesday, April 10, 4 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 718.241.3994

Mother's Day Arts & Crafts
Thursday, April 12, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Teen Cuisine
Teens learn simple, inexpensive recipes in the library kitchen.
Thursdays, April 12 & 26, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Yoga Workshop
Relieve tension and relax with deep breathing exercises.
Friday, April 13, 1 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Father's Day Arts & Crafts
Friday, April 13, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

MySpace 101
Get safety tips and design a cool profile!
Friday, April 13, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poetry Fun
Practice poetry writing techniques. Share your work with others.
Tuesday, April 17, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories & Take-a-Book
Hear great stories, make crafts and take home a free book! This program is made possible by the generous support of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
Wednesday, April 25, 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Books & Cooks
Enjoy stories, make crafts and cook.
Thursdays, April 12 & 26, 3:30 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Brooklyn Poetry Group
Write poetry and share it with the group.
Wednesday, April 11, 2:15 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Bindlestiff Family Circus
A modern vaudeville troupe brings circus sideshows to your library.
Wednesday, April 18, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 40 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Improv with Alan Magill
Participants act out unrehearsed scripts.
Monday, April 23, 6:30 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967

Author Talk: Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender
Meet the authors of the children's book, My Taxi Ride.
Wednesday, April 25, 10:45 AM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Monday, April 30, 10 AM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

La Caperucita Roja (“Little Red Riding Hood”)
This Spanish-language musical play offers a twist on the classic story; Little Red and the Wolf trade places, leading audiences on a journey full of surprises.
Wednesday, April 25, 4 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Thursday, April 26, 3:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Monday, April 30, 4 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5109 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band and Toy Sale
Check out this popular children's musical group and toy sale benefit, presented by the Friends of Windsor Terrace Library. Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band will perform from 1-2 PM; the toy sale will occur 12:30-3PM.
Saturday, April 28, 12:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Friends’ Gathering
Discuss ways to support your local library.
Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 AM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue , 718.773.7208

Saturday, April 21, 1 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Wednesday, April 25, 6 PM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378


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