DECEMBER 2006 PROGRAMS AND ART EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

November 20, 2006

ART EXHIBITIONS FOR ALL AGES

Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Photographer Lourdes Delgado presents intimate portraits of jazz musicians at home.

Brooklyn Beats
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Images of old school Brooklyn, by Al Pereira, one of the pioneers of hip-hop photography.

Mask: The Present Past
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Artist Talk: Tuesday, December 12, 6 PM, Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Daniel Rossi's wooden masks reflect a diversity of artistic practices, with Mexican, African and European influences.

The Borrower's Name
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Second Floor Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn topics inspire abstract drawings on old fashioned library catalog cards, by established artist John Himmelfarb.

Chesstizing
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119

Original chess pieces carved in wood by Daniel Blake as part of his exciting game called Chesstizing.

Chess
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119

Pen, ink and black tea drawings present themes and variations on the game of chess by Marina Kalinovsky.

Benedict's Bardo
Through January 20, 2007
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Monotype prints by Windsor Terrace resident and artist Phyllis Trout are inspired by the urban environment.


AUTHOR TALKS AND BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR ADULTS

Bestselling Russian Books in America
Saturday, December 2, 12 PM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443

Discuss authors, topics and debuts with Violetta Lazareva and Liudmila Nikolaeva. Conducted in Russian.

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Alicia Erian
Saturday, December 2, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Erian discusses her critically-acclaimed debut novel, Towelhead, about 13-year-old Jasira, a half-Lebanese girl sent to live with a father she barely knows. Autographed books can be purchased at the event.

Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs
Sunday, December 3, 4 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

With more than 2 million Latino residents, New York City is a hotbed of Latin culture. Join authors Carolina González and Seth Kugel for the inside scoop on where to dance the bachata, find rural-style casitas and on who makes the meanest bacalaitos in Brooklyn.

Author Talk: June Cross
Wednesday, December 6, 6 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Cross discusses her memoir, The Secret Daughter, the story of a mixed race girl and the mother who gave her away.


FREE FILMS
The following films will be screened in the Second Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Phone: 718.230.2100.

Silent Slapstick Shorts: Behind the Screen, Cops, Never Weaken and Big Business
Sunday, December 3, 2 PM

Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in Behind the Screen (1916), Buster Keaton is on the lam in Cops (1922), Harold Lloyd is at the end of his rope in Never Weaken (1921) and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy nearly steal Christmas in Big Business (1929). Hosted and curated by Ken Gordon with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

Chinese Film Series
Thursdays, December 7 & 14, 3 PM
Mapleton Library, 60th Street at 17th Avenue, 718.256.2117

Enjoy free screenings of classic and contemporary Chinese films.

Black Locales Film & Discussion Series: Flag Wars
Thursday, December 7, 7 PM

Flag Wars is a poignant account of economic competition between two historically oppressed groups, seen through the politics and pain of gentrification. Against a backdrop of racism, homophobia and tensions between privilege and poverty, Flag Wars explores the complexity of gentrification and the contradictions between intention and result, belief and action. Director Linda Goode Bryant will introduce.

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

Saturday, December 2, 11 AM
Elf

Will Ferrell stars as a baby in an orphanage who was stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole.

Saturday, December 9, 11 AM
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The scheming yet beloved Grinch plots to undermine Christmas in Whoville, with a few embellishments by director Ron Howard. Please note that this film will be screened in Central Library's Youth Wing.

Saturday, December 16, 11 AM
Polar Express

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train headed to the North Pole to meet Santa.


HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Holiday Food Series: Celebrate Your New York Roots with Sandra McLean
Tuesday, December 5, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Learn about local seasonal cooking with a member of the international Slow Food Movement, which began in Italy in resistance to fast food.

Holiday Concert with the Slavic Arts Ensemble
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Enjoy Polish Christmas carols and music by Bach, Britten, Sibelius and others.

Books & Cooks
Saturday, December 9, 1 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Tuesday, December 19, 3:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Tuesday, December 19, 6 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119

Kids can cook up some fun by attending our program where they and their parents or caregivers enjoy stories, crafts and cooking together.

Regina Opera Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 12, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Gifted soloists perform holiday favorites and selections from operas, operettas and Broadway.

Holiday Food Series: Hanukkah Traditions with Chef Neil Kleinberg
Tuesday, December 12, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Brooklyn-born chef and owner of Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant shares delectable twists on traditional Hanukkah treats.

Holiday Food Series: Kwanzaa Communion with Eric V. Copage
Tuesday, December 19, 7 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This bestselling inspirational author and speaker shares treasured recipes from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.

Holiday Arts & Crafts for Kids
Wednesday, December 20, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Thursday, December 21, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Get creative with holiday-themed art projects.

Holiday Gospel
Wednesday, December 20, 5:30 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.6547

Vocalist Linda Miller performs joyful songs for the season.

LECTURES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Positive Thinking Workshop
Monday, December 4, 3 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Learn how our thoughts, actions and words affect our lives.

Introduction to Online Business Resources
Wednesday, December 20, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Learn how to use BPL's free business databases and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

English Conversation Group
Wednesdays, 12 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054
Fridays, 11 AM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Improve your English with group reading and discussion.

Knitting Workshop
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Learn or perfect this skill.

Quilting Circle
Thursdays, 1 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Work on current or new projects with others.


MUSIC AND DANCE

Jazz Vocalist Sue Giles
Tuesday, December 5, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Giles sings Fitzgerald, big band and classic soul favorites.

Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
Saturday, December 16, 2 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

With a storm of congas and the boom of the Kaleta, this 13-member ensemble keeps you grooving to a blend of African, Afro-Cuban, jazz and funk music.

Jazz with Michael Blake
Saturday, December 16, 2 PM
Park Slope Library, Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street, 718.832.1853
Hear saxophonist and composer Blake in a solo performance of avant-garde jazz, with rock, Afrobeat and American heartland influences.


PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

Games
Fridays, December 1 & 15, 4:45 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

Fridays, 3:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Play your favorite puzzles and games.

Hollywood Squares
Mondays, Dececember 4 & 11, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Test your knowledge and win prizes!

Home on the Range
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 AM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Wednesday, December 13, 10:15 AM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Friday, December 15, 10:30 AM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, 718.498.9721

Sing nursery songs, hear Western stories and learn about the Old West with cowhands Steve and Carolyn. Presented by Urban Stages.

Puppetry in Practice Holiday Show
Tuesday, December 5, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Thursday, December 7, 4 PM
Sheephead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Thursday, December 14, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Tuesday, December 19, 10:30 AM
Highlawn Library, 1664 West 13th Street, 718.234.7208

Wednesday, December 27, 2 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

Thursday, December 28, 1:30 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Celebrate the joy of the season with folktales from around the world. Also features a puppet workshop.

Origami
Wednesday, December 6, 4 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Learn this paper art with an instructor.

Karaoke
Friday, December 15, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Be a singing superstar!


PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

Choices for Your Future: Mind Your Money
Fridays, December 1, 8 & 15, 4 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Learn to be money smart.

Arts & Crafts for Teens
Tuesday, December 5, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Teens get creative with a snowflake collage.

Teen Advisory Groups
Thursday, December 7, 4 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

Teens share their opinions on programs and issues.

Karaoke
Friday, December 29, 3:30 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Be a singing superstar!

College Bound Workshop
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Learn how to prepare for and apply to college.

Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
Mondays & Fridays, 4 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Make the library your own dance floor with all kinds of styles.

English Tutoring for New American Chinese Teens
Saturdays, 12 PM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443

Learn English from a tutor.


Please note that the following libraries, which were temporarily closed for renovation, will reopen in November.

Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Park Slope Library, 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853
Highlawn Library, 1664 West 13th Street, 718.234.7208





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