December 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

November 12, 2009

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

(Brooklyn, NY) November 1, 2009 –As the holiday season is upon us you can, save your money for gifts and come to Brooklyn Public Library for free fun that the entire family will enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public. Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore we suggest calling ahead

FOR ADULTS
Computer Basics Class in Spanish
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Tuesday, Dec 1, 12 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Wednesdays, 10 AM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Computer Basics Class
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Tuesday, Dec 1, 1:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Wednesday, Dec 2, 10:30 AM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Wednesday, Dec 2, 1 PM
Central Library, Room 216, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Monday, Dec 7, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerrtisen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesdays, Dec 8 & 15, 11 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Wednesday, Dec 9, 10:30 AM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180
Thursday, Dec 17, 7 PM
Central Library, Room 216, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Mondays, 12 PM
Registration required
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Tuesdays, 12 PM
Registration required
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718,953.4225
Wednesdays, 11 AM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street , 718.437.4085
Thursdays, 1:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

World AIDS Awareness Day
Learn about AIDS awareness, and share in our Red Ribbon giveaway.
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Job Search Help in Spanish
Learn tips and strategies that will help you land the job you want.
Tuesday, Dec 1, 4:15 PM
Central Library, Room 216, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Microsoft Excel Class
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Thursday, Dec 3, 1 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street , 718.486.3365
Tuesday, Dec 15, 1:30 PM
Registration required
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Thursday, Dec 3, 1:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

NY Blood Center Drive
Help prevent a blood shortage by donating blood. Adults and teens welcome. Preregistration preferred, but drop-ins are welcome.
Friday, Dec 4, 11 AM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

Microsoft Word Class
Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 1:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2 PM
Central Library, Room 216, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Join us for the opening of our latest art exhibition.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 6 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5924

Romance Book Group
Come and discuss your favorite romance authors and books.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 6 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

U.S. Citizenship Test Tutorial
Get help preparing for this test.
Tuesdays, Dec 8 & 22, 6:30 PM
Central Library Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Email Class in Spanish
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Dec 15, 12 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Thursday, Dec 17, 1:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Crocheting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Thursday, Dec 17, 4 PM
Registration required
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Tuesdays, 1 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Tuesdays, 3 PM
Stone Avenue Library
Fridays, 1 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225

Job Search Help in Chinese
Learn tips and strategies to help you land the job you want.
Thursday, Dec 17, 4:15 PM
Central Library, Room 216

African Atlantic Genealogical Society Workshop
Trace your family tree with help from the newly-chartered African Atlantic Genealogical Society (AAGS).
Saturday, Dec 19, 1 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606

Art Exhibition Opening Reception: Our Jubilee
Join us for the opening of this art exhibition, featuring artwork by Inna Budovskaya, Leonid Grinberg, Lena Khazan and Jenny Rozentsvit.
Saturday, Dec 19, 2 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, Dec 28, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerrtisen Avenue, 718.368.1435

English Conversation Group
Improve your English.
Mondays, 1 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Tuesdays, 6 PM
Wednesdays, 3 PM
Thursdays, 6 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Spanish Conversation Group
Improve your Spanish! All levels welcome.
Mondays, 6:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707 Library

Qigong Exercise
Tuesdays, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Arabic Conversation Group
Improve your Arabic.
Tuesdays, Dec 1, 8 & 15, 6 PM
No sessions Dec 22 & 29
Central Library, Multilingual Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Knitting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Wednesdays, 5 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

French Conversation Group
Improve your French.
Wednesdays, 7 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center

Knitting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill. Materials provided.
Thursdays, 6 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation Group
Improve your Chinese.
Fridays, 3 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Japanese Conversation Group
Improve your Japanese.
Fridays, 3 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poetry Group
Read your poems and discuss them with others.
Saturdays, 2 PM
Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue, 718.435.9431


Films

(Some of) the World's Best Movies: Smiles of a Summer Night
Set in upper-middle class Sweden at the turn of the 20th century, director Ingmar Bergman's characters have little but their romantic adventures and misadventures to trouble them.
Tuesday, Dec 1, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Silent Film Series: Celebrating Charley Chase
Chase stars as a put-upon everyman in Too Many Mammas, His Wooden Wedding, No Father to Guide Him and Dog Shy. Curated by Ken Gordon, with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Sunday, Dec 6, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Film Series: Perestroika
Slava Tsukerman screens and discusses his new film about a scientist who returns to Russia as a hero after he was exiled as a traitor. This film is in English and Russian.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Winter Chiller Movie: Ice Storm
Enjoy a free screening of this film.
Monday, Dec 14, 2 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Hard Times Series: Gold Diggers of 1933
This classic musical film, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, follows four aspiring actresses as the Great Depression nearly darkens their theater production.
Sunday, Dec 20, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Music, Dance & More
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Mark Winkler
Winkler is a platinum award-winning singer and lyricist whose songs have been performed by Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga.
Thursday, Dec 3, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Sofya Melikyan
Pianist Melikyan performs works by Franz Liszt, Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Gabriel Fauré and Henri Dutilleux.
Sunday, Dec 6, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Musical Concert: Mikhail Kalinovsky
Enjoy a performance of classical romances and international songs by this opera singer.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

The Guys from The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Pat Donohue, Richard Dworsky and Gary Raynor perform their eclectic mix of music.
Sunday, Dec 13, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players
A performance of works by Mozart and Ravel, as well as holiday classics, by Roberta Cooper on violoncello, Jessica Lee on violin, Ah Ling Neu on viola and Peter Weitzner on double bass.
Sunday, Dec 13, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
For this show’s 20th anniversary, journalist John Ortved offers a behind-the-scenes look into the Writers’ Room during the making of an episode.
Thursday, Dec 17, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MoMA: Latin American and Caribbean Modern and Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) lecturer Angela Garcia considers artworks by artists from such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Attendees have the opportunity to receive a family pass to MoMA for up to five people.
Saturday, Dec 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: yMusic
Enjoy a performance by this collective of multi-instrumentalists, improvisers, composers, arrangers, conductors and singers.
Sunday, Dec 20, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Readings & Discussions

Russian Literary Series: Andrei Bitov
Bitov reads from his latest book Prepodavatel' simmetrii (The Teacher of Symmetry). This event is in Russian. Please RSVP for tickets at 718.369.9385, ext. 151. Limit two per person.
Saturday, Dec 5, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

My Goat Ate Its Own Legs: Tales for Adults
Discuss this short story collection by Alex Burrett.
Monday, Dec 7, 2 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

In Conversation: Tony Fletcher and Alan Vega
Fletcher's new book is All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77. Brooklyn-born Vega, part of electronic duo Suicide, started the Project of Living Artists, a stomping ground for the New York Dolls, Television and Blondie.
Thursday, Dec 10, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Cosmopolis: Jessica Hagedorn
Hagedorn reads from her new novel Toxicology. Her novel Dogeaters was nominated for a National Book Award. Hosted by WNYC's Leonard Lopate.
Saturday, Dec 12, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Vladimir Opendik
The author discusses his new book, Mistake of Boris Pasternak.
Friday, Dec 18, 3 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run November 14 through February 21 at Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100.

Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street
Grand Lobby
Original Sesame Street book art from Sesame Workshop’s publishing archives, featuring a range of illustrators’ works in a variety of styles from the 1970s to the present.

Foyer Cases
The story of Sesame Street, from its inception to its future, told through photographs, scripts, original sheet music, celluloid animation, props, Muppets and other memorabilia from the show’s 40-year history.

Youth Wing
A variety of Sesame Street stories, illustrated with photographs, show props and Muppet materials. Also, the international reach of Sesame Street is highlighted through photographs and books from around the world.

Transplanted Ornament
by Jean Shin and Brian Ripel
A site-specific collaborative installation by this artist and architect couple made of wrought iron metal "transplanted" from nearby neighborhood brownstones.
Staircase between the Second and Third Floor

FOR KIDS

Musical Puppet Show
This puppet show features classic children’s songs, fingerplays, musical activities and lots of audience participation!
Saturday, Dec 5, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Babies & Books
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months.
Tuesdays, Dec 1 & 29, 10:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Monday, Dec 7, 10:30 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerrtisen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Wednesdays, 1 PM
No session Dec 9
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

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.
Wednesdays, Dec 2, 9 & 16, 11:15 AM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813
Tuesdays, 11 AM
No session Dec 29
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117
Tuesdays, 1:15 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086
Tuesdays, 2 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Arts & Crafts
Wednesday, Dec 2, 4 PM
Flatlands Library
Friday, Dec 11, 2 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerrtisen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Thursday, Dec 17, 3:15 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5924
Friday, Dec 18, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street , 718.486.3365
Fridays, 4 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Family Story Time
Saturday, Dec 5, 2:30 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Computers for Kids
Don't just sit at a computer! Find out all the places it can take you.
Wednesday, Dec 9, 4 PM
Registration required
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown
In this production based on James Preller’s book, Jigsaw Jones investigates the mystery of the practical joker in his class.
Saturday, Dec 12, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Holiday Arts & Crafts
Thursday, Dec 17, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Magician Marco Frezza
Watch as Marco takes you on a magical and literary journey using cards, coins and other objects.
Thursday, Dec 17, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Ezra Jack Keats Story Time & Take-a-Book
Hear great stories and take home a free book! Ages 3 to 8.
Thursday, Dec 17, 7:30 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings. Call for title.
Friday, Dec 18, 4 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street , 718.486.3365

Jon Samson Presents CoCreative Music
A performance of original songs for kids and parents of all ages.
Saturday, Dec 19, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Holiday Creations
Make postcards, wreathes, snowflakes and more winter crafts.
Monday, Dec 21, 4 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

After-School Homework Help
Get free help from trained adult volunteers.
Tuesdays, 3 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718. 257.6571

Chess Workshop
Learn to play chess with a professional.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.3547
Tuesdays, 5:30 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5924
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Creative Kids
Express your creativity through arts and crafts, drama, music and more.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 E. 59th Street, 718.241.3994

Games
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Story Craft
Listen to a story and create art projects based on it.
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Toys & Games
Fridays, 3 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5924

Fun Fridays
Hang out and enjoy books, arts and crafts, games and music.
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Reading, music and games for babies and toddlers.
Saturdays, 10 AM
Registration required
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606


FOR TEENS

Talent Show
Wednesday, Dec 2, 5 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

Wii Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Thursday, Dec 3, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Monday, Dec 21, 3 PM
Flatlands Library, , 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409
Thursdays, 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Teen Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Monday, Dec 7, 3 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203
Fridays, 3:45 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.3547

Anime & Manga Club
Watch Japanese animation, talk about your favorite graphic novels and draw your favorite characters.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 4 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

PlayStation Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Wednesday, Dec 9 & 23, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Wednesdays, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713
Thursdays, 3:45 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.3547
Thursdays, 4 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Karaoke
Thursday, Dec 10, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Teen Topics
Get information on and discuss important issues.
Thursday, Dec 10, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

DIY Teens
Do-it-yourself crafts!
Friday, Dec 11, 3 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Hip-Hop Workshop
Join the UpBring Dance Company for a workshop combining jazz, hip-hop, modern and other types of dance into a unique blend of movement.
Friday, Dec 11, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Manga Mania
Draw manga, and submit your art for a display.
Tuesday, Dec 15, 4 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347

Manga & Anime Club
Thursday, Dec 17, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings. Call for title.
Monday, Dec 28, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Chess Workshop
Learn to play chess with a professional.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924
Thursdays, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Tween Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Thursdays, 4 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117


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