April 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

March 12, 2009

Press Contact:
Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

(Brooklyn, NY) March 6, 2009- Spring is in the air and great programs are in full bloom at Brooklyn Public Library. BPL has programs and activities that the whole family is sure to love. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore we suggest calling ahead


FOR ADULTS

Resume Workshop
Learn the basics of writing a resume and brush up on your interviewing skills.
Wednesday, Apr 1, 11:30 AM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Microsoft Excel Class: Part 2
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Wednesday, Apr 1, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop
Bring your laptop to the library and get the answers to basic questions.
Wednesdays, Apr 1, 8 & 15, 1:30 PM
Registration required
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Wednesdays, Apr 1 & 15, 2:15 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Wednesday, Apr 15, 1:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Microsoft Word Class
Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.
Thursday, Apr 2, 1 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924
Thursday, Apr 9, 9 AM
Monday, Apr 20, 9 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Ask the Computer Expert
Have computer problems or questions about software programs? Ask our computer expert!
Thursday, Apr 2, 4 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Internet Class
Learn to search the internet. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, Apr 6, 9 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504


Computer Basics Class
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Monday, Apr 6, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesdays, Apr 7 & 21, 11 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Tuesday, Apr 7, 11 AM
Registration required
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032
Tuesdays, Apr 7 & 21, 11 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Tuesday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Tuesday, Apr 7, 12 PM
Wednesday, Apr 8, 10:30 AM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Wednesday, Apr 8, 1 PM
Thursday, Apr 16, 1 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203
Monday, Apr 13, 1:30 PM
Thursday, Apr 23, 1:30 PM
Registration required
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Pre-GED Class Registration Schedule
Please arrive on time, bring a pen and plan on staying for three hours.
Monday, April 6th, 2:00 PM
Dekalb Library, 790 Bushwick Library, 718.602.1348
Tuesday, April 7th, 10:00 AM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Tuesday, April 14th, 10:00 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor, 718-230-2191
Wednesday, April 15th, 10:00 AM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 718-265-3880
Wednesday, April 15th, 5:00 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718-778-9330
Thursday, April 16th, 5:00 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.778.9330
Friday, April 17th, 10:00 AM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.778.9330
Monday, April 20th, 10:00 AM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.2631


PowerUP! Business Plan Competition Orientation
Find out how to enter the sixth annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition. The winning plan will win a cash prize of $15,000. You must come to one of the orientation sessions to enter. Go to our website to register online.
Monday, Apr 6, 6 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Tuesdays, Apr 14 & 28, 6 PM
Thursday, Apr 23, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000
Monday, Apr 27, 6 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718.252.0967
Computer Basics Class in Chinese
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Wednesday, Apr 8, 1 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806


Writers Circle
Join this group of writers of all levels of experience. The beginning writer is encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, Apr 8, 1:15 PM
Greenpoint Library,107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504


Crocheting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Thursday, Apr 9, 1 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709


Foundation Center Database Workshop
Learn how to search this database for grants and financial aid.
Thursday, Apr 9, 2 PM
Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Database Training Class
Learn to search Brooklyn Public Library's electronic resources. Basic computer skills required.
Wednesday, Apr 15, 11 AM
Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Internet and Email Class in Chinese
Learn to search the internet and the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Wednesday, Apr 15, 1 PM
Registration Required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806


Investor Education Seminar
Attend this seminar presented by St. John's University School of Law.
Thursday, Apr 16, 4 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917


Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 12 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806


Talking Circle
Share your life experiences with others.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792


Poetry Contest
Thursday, Apr 23, 4 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815


New York Blood Drive
Donate blood and give the gift of life. For an appointment, email rjanicke@nybloodcenter.org or call 718.797.7803.
Friday, Apr 24, 11 AM
Saturday, Apr 25, 11 AM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss topics chosen by members of the group.
Friday, Apr 24, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086


Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, Apr 27, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesday, Apr 28, 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Apr 29, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927


Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Monday, Apr 27, 2:15 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032


Checkers, Chess & Scrabble Night
Monday, Apr 27, 6 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713


Board Games
Monday, Apr 27, 6:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Skills Training & Employment Project (STEP)
Get help from trained staff with career exploration, resume writing and more in this free workshop.
Tuesday, Apr 28, 1:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311


Exhibitions

All exhibitions run April 7 through June 13 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sees Stars • by The Theatre Museum
A depiction of Brooklyn’s thriving, legitimate theatre scene in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, when the biggest stage and screen stars made Brooklyn theatres a major stop for both pre- and post-Broadway tours.
Grand Lobby

Brooklyn Sees Stars: The Companion Exhibition • by The Theatre Museum
Historical items from Brooklyn’s theatre community dating from the late 1800s to the present, including vintage theatre postcards, production programs, fliers and star photographs, as well as background information and anecdotes.
Foyer Gallery Cases

Ordinary into Extraordinary • by Melanie Hope Greenberg
A retrospective of artwork by this award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books.
Youth Wing

Brooklyn – Iceland – Florida • by Andrew Zarou
Collages using found or inexpensive materials such as lottery tickets, plastic bags, and books and magazines from junk shops or strangers’ recycling bins.
Second Floor Balcony Cases

Part of the Pattern • by Quimetta Perle
Hybrid forms by this digital media artist that combine sequins and beads with digitally produced images.
Second Floor Balcony Cases

Mountaintop to Tap
Photographs and journal excerpts by students from the New York Harbor School in Brooklyn and Sidney High School in Delaware County who documented the path of New York City’s drinking water supply.
Dweck Center Lobby
Through April 30


Film Screenings

Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
Enjoy this free film screening.
Monday, Apr 6, 1:30 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917


Music, Dance & More
For all Sunday events, please enter via the Eastern Parkway entrance.

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Orchestra of St. Luke's Presents Young Composers
Musicians from the Orchestra of St. Luke's and student musicians from the Young Composers Development Program at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts perform original student compositions.
Thursday, Apr 2, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Cosmopolis: Immigrant Writers in New York City: Lucette Lagnado
Lagnado reads from her memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World.
Saturday, Apr 4, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Silent Film Series: Roller-Coaster Love
Celebrate love's wild ride with these silent classic shorts: Coney Island (with Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton) Number, Please? (with Harold Lloyd) and Chasing Choo Choos (with Monty Banks). Featuring live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Sunday, Apr 5, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Homer's The Iliad
Aquila Theatre performs an updated version of the first book of Homer's epic poem of Achilles and the Trojan War, with a post-performance discussion exploring its themes.
Sunday, Apr 5, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poets Coffeehouse Series: Alice Notley & Ron Padgett
Notley has written more than 20 volumes, most recently Alma or The Dead Woman. Padgett is a poet, translator and memoirist whose many works include Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard and How to Be Perfect.
Wednesday, Apr 15, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Dave Valentin Quintet
Valentin, an icon of Latin jazz, blends pop, R&B and Brazilian music to create a unique jazz sound.
Visit www.smarttix.com for ticket information
Thursday, Apr 16, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Parthenia
This group presents When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree, a unique celebration of Shakespearean poetry and music.
Sunday, Apr 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poets Coffeehouse Series: Anne Waldman & Martin Espada
Waldman published more than 40 volumes of poetry, directed the St. Mark's Poetry Project and co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Brooklyn-born Espada has published 13 books as a poet, essayist, editor and translator.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Special Ticketed Event: Arturo O'Farrill Quintet
In honor of Immigrant History Week, Mexican native O'Farrill—pianist, composer and founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance—performs with his quintet
Visit www.smarttix.com.
Thursday, Apr 23, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: If Music Be the Food of Love: Shakespeare & Jazz
Jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin croons the Bard's original verses, set to swinging jazz arrangements by John Dankworth, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and others.
Saturday, Apr 25, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Literary Series: Igor Irtenev
Irtenev is a Moscow-based poet best known for his politically satirical poetry, which he has published since the late 1970s.
Sunday, Apr 26, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Harbor Opera Company
This company performs arias and ensembles from American-composed and inspired works, including selections by Kurt Weill, Gian Carlo Menotti, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, as well as classics of the American musical theater repertory.
Sunday, Apr 26, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poets Coffeehouse: Patricia Smith & Michael Cirelli
Smith's fifth book, Blood Dazzler, chronicles the tolls exacted by Hurricane Katrina. Cirelli has been a National Poetry Slam finalist and is the author of the new book Lobster with Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Wednesday, Apr 29, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Roz Corral
Corral combines a natural feel for jazz with an evocative interpretation of lyric in a performance of standards by Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim, and Jobim.
Thursday, Apr 30, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Readings & Discussions

Art Lecture Series: Here is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary Art
Enjoy a discussion, presented by MoMA, following the paths of recent artists in the museum’s collections. Each person attending will receive a free ticket to MoMA.
Saturday, Apr 18, 2 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718.623.7000

Art Lecture Series: Picasso, Matisse and Africa
Enjoy a discussion, presented by MoMA, about the influence of African art on the work of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Each person attending will receive a free ticket to MoMA.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
Discuss this book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Art Lecture Series: Women Artists in MoMA's Collection
Discover some of the twentieth and twenty-first century women artists in the museum’s collection. Presented by MoMA. Each person attending will receive a free ticket to MoMA.
Wednesday, Apr 29, 6 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss philosophy and violence.
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2 PM
Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Robert Roper
The author discusses his new book, Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244 and His Brothers in the Civil War.
Wednesday, Apr 29, 7 PM
Central Library, Brooklyn Collection Reserve Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


FOR KIDS
Frank Gallo & Rolie Polie Guacamole
Frank's musical style blends acoustic rock, funk and folk with catchy sing-alongs.
Saturday, Apr 4, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Auditorium, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Babies and Books
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months.
Mondays, Apr 6 & 20, 10:30 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Dance, Dance Revolution & Double Dutch
Dance, jump rope, eat snacks and make lanyards!
Mondays, Apr 6 & 20, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Family Movie Night
Enjoy a free film screening. Call for title.
Tuesdays, Apr 7 & 21, 5:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Spring Celebration
Enjoy stories and crafts!
Monday, Apr 13, 3:45 PM
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431
Story Play with FirstRIF

Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Tuesdays, Apr 21 & 28, 1:15 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

This & That
Games, crafts, books and other fun stuff.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 3:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Celebrate Week of the Young Child
Enjoy stories, crafts and more!
Friday, Apr 24, 11 AM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Theatricks! by Phil
Join magician Phil Levy for an energetic and interactive magical experience with comedy, puppetry and lots of audience participation.
Saturday, Apr 25, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Auditorium, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

RIF
Earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Fridays, 3 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Computers for Kids
Don't just sit at a computer! Find out all the places it can take you.
Thursdays, 4 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

FOR TEENS

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings. Call for title.
Friday, Apr 3, 3:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Anime Club
Tuesday, Apr 14, 4 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347
Tuesdays, 4 PM
No session Apr 28
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927


Arts & Crafts
Wednesday, Apr 15, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032


How to Find Free Money for College
Learn about the best websites for grants, scholarships and other financial aid.
Tuesday, Apr 21, 3 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Open Mic Poetry
Friday, Apr 24, 3 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Checkers
Tuesday, Apr 28, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Manga Mania!
Draw manga, and submit your art for a display.
Tuesday, Apr 28, 4 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Gamers' Spot
Join your friends for Wii and PlayStation gaming.
Fridays, 4 PM
No session Apr 24
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927


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