February 2008 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

January 4, 2008

February is a time to celebrate Black History Month and BPL has special cultural programs for all ages and stages of life. The whole family can also welcome Chinese New Year with music, arts and dance programs, and kids can spend Valentine’s Day doing arts and crafts they'll love! All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Black History Month Events
Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Black History Month with a scavenger hunt.
Friday, Feb 1, 4 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Ave. at Crystal Street, 718.277.6004

Patricia Williams: African Americans and the 2008 Election
Columbia Law professor and The Nation columnist Williams questions if the African American stake in the 2008 election is synonymous with support for an African American candidate.
Sunday, Feb 3, 1:30PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Special Ticketed Event - Leroy Jenkins: A Celebration
Wadada Leo Smith, Myra Melford, Thomas Buckner and Flux Quartet honor composer and violinist Leroy Jenkins, who bonded sounds associated with the black music tradition while bridging with European styles. Please purchase a ticket from SmartTix ($10 for adults; $7 for students and seniors) by calling 212.868.4444 or visiting www.smarttix.com.
Saturday, February 9, 7PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Ishmael Beah & Laura Simms
Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone, discusses his memoir A Long Way Gone with his adoptive mother.
Saturday, Feb 16, 4PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Big Read: Screening of My Name is Zora
See this film about the legendary Harlem Renaissance writer who penned Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not Rated
Wednesday, Feb 20, 6 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Big Read: Their Eyes Were Watching God Crafts and Stories
Kids enjoy a performance by storyteller Tammy Hall and make crafts based on Lucy Hurston's children's book Speak, So You Can Speak Again.
Saturday, Feb 23, 3 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Film: AfroPop: 10 Days in Africa
African American filmmaker Regi Allen travels three West African countries to discover the truth behind the myths that separate black identity in Africa from black identity in the Diaspora.
Saturday, Feb 23, 4PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Kai Wright
Wright shares stories from Drifting Toward Love, about gay youths of color and their precarious lives on the streets of New York.
Sunday, Feb 24, 1:30PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Philip Gourevitch: African Conflicts in Context
Gourevitch, Paris Review editor, discusses ethnic conflicts in Africa. His first book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, focused on Rwandan Genocide.
Sunday, Feb 24, 4PM
Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Exhibitions
Diversity of Devotion: Celebrating New York's Spiritual Harmony
This community photo documentary, curated by Jenny Jozwiak, was conceived in response to global religious tensions which have intensified in the wake of 9/11. Through April 19
Central Library, Grand Lobby, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Relay
A site-specific installation using choreography and video art by artists Anita Cheng and Ronaldo Kiel.
Tuesday, Feb 5 through Saturday, Apr 19
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Unchartered Terrains: The Artist’s Books of Maddy Rosenberg
Artist Rosenberg builds environments reflecting 3-D artist's books.
Tuesday, Feb 5 through Saturday, Apr 19
Central Library, Balcony Cases, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Science Piction & Gardening with Children
Artist and illustrator Sam Tomasello combines illustrations that reflect his interest in art and science.
Through April 19
Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Adult Events
All events are held at Central Library’s Dweck Center at 10 Grand Army Plaza, unless otherwise noted. Call 718.230.2100 for more information.

Literary
Author Talk: Russell Banks
Banks reads from The Reserve, a suspenseful drama set between the two World Wars about a wild, rebellious heiress who manipulates the lives of all those who cross her path.
Friday, Feb 1, 7PM

Brooklyn Independents: What’s So Funny about Brooklyn?
Cartoonist David Rees officiates an evening of comedic readings by Gary Shteyngart (Absurdistan), Ed Park (Personal Days) and Anthony Winkler (The Lunatic). Featuring a special appearance and interview by Amy Sedaris.
Thursday, Feb 7, 7PM

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Tim McLoughlin
Leonard Lopate interviews McLoughlin, who reads from Heart of the Old Country, an honest and unromantic look at Brooklyn's underclass.
Saturday, Feb 9, 2PM

Russian Literary Series: Viktor Shenderovich
Shenderovich, well known as a TV- and radio-personality, has penned a number of books and is famous for his sharp wit and unabashedly liberal political stance.
Sunday, Feb 17, 1:30PM

Off the Rail: Anne McLean & Yuriy Tarnawsky
Translator McLean reads from and discusses her translation of Julio Cortazar's Autonauts of the Cosmoroute. Poet and playwright Tarnawsky is a member of the New York Group, an avant-garde group of Ukrainian émigré authors, Fiction Collective and the Association of the Writers of Ukraine.
Thursday, Feb 21, 7PM


Music and Dance
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Hilliard Greene and Arlette Beauchamps
Greene’s astounding command of the bass yields the sonority of the guitar.
Sunday, Feb 3, 4 PM

3rd Annual Coney Island Cold Winter Blues Festival
Enjoy live musical entertainment for the whole family!
Saturday, Feb 9, 12 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue at W. 19th Street, 718.265.3220

Music off the Shelves: John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man
American composer Corigliano’s sets seven poems by Bob Dylan to music. Featuring soprano Amy Burton and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Saturday, Feb 9, 4PM

Performance: Lost in the Stacks
Enjoy a fun performance by this band made up mostly of Brooklyn Public Library staffers. For older adults.
Friday, Feb 15, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue at 82nd Street, 718.748.6261

Performance: Chamber Music
Mani Brooklyn performs baroque string music.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 6:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave. at Leonard Street, 718.349.8504


Classes and Discussions
Human Rights Activist Simon Deng
Hear from Deng, whose childhood in the Shiluk Kingdom of Sudan ended at age 10, when Arab militias abducted and enslaved him. Three years later he escaped and began his journey to America.
Saturday, Feb 2, 4PM

Caribbean Dialogue: The Business Beat
Ian Forrest of WBAI-FM discusses business trends in Brooklyn and the Caribbean in this three-part series.
Saturday, Feb 9, 1PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street, 718.623.7100

Resume Writing
Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.
Monday, Feb 11, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel Street, 718.602.1348

Email Class in Spanish
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 12 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue at 51st Street, 718.567.2806


Teen Events
Teen Book Club
Monday, Feb 4, 4:30PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Wednesday, Feb 27, 5:30PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244

First Tuesdays: DVD & Book Club
Enjoy a movie and discuss the book it was based on.
Tuesday, Feb 5, 3:30PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott St. at Dwight Street, 718.935.0203

Chinese New Year Festival for All Ages
Celebrate Chinese New Year with music, arts and crafts and light refreshments. Thursday, Feb 7, 4PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Ave. at Avenue V, 718.382.5924

Valentine's Trivia Contest
Friday, Feb 8, 3:30 PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue at East 98th Street, 718.241.3571

Teen Cuisine
Learn to prepare simple, healthy meals.
Thursday, February 14 & 28, 4PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue at West 19th Street, 718.265.3220

Podcasting Workshop
Learn the basic steps of making and broadcasting a podcast.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 4 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street at Bay 17th Street, 718.236.4086


Kids’ Events
Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts
Tuesday, February 5, 4PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Thursday, Feb 7, 4PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue at Avenue V, 718.382.5924

Valentine's Day Arts & Crafts
Wednesday, Feb 6, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Tuesday, Feb 13, 3:30
Highlawn Library, 1664 W. 13th St. at Kings Highway, 718.234.7208
Wednesday, Feb 14, 3:15PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue at 82nd Street, 718.748.6261
Wednesday, Feb 14, 4PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Rd. at Brighton Beach Avenue, 718.946.2917

Chinese Theater Works
Skilled puppeteers tell the classic Chinese story of the rise and fall of the Monkey King.
Thursday, Feb 7, 3:30PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway at 68th Street, 718.748.8001

Chinese New Year Storycraft
Listen to a story and create art projects based on it.
Thursday, Feb 7, 4PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Dance Dance Revolution
Compete to keep up with dance steps to popular songs.
Friday, Feb 8, 3:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard at 73rd Street, 718.748.5709

President’s Day Story Craft
Hear some tall tales about our most famous Presidents and create art projects based on them.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2:30PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Books & Cooks
Enjoy stories, make crafts and cook. Registration required.
Wednesday, Feb 27, 4PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 E. 59th St. at Paerdegat Ave. South, 718.241.3994

Babies & Books
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months.
Mondays, 11AM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street at Paerdegat Avenue South, 718.241.3994
Mondays, 11AM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue at Marcy Avenue, 718.302.3485
Wednesdays, 10:30AM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue at Seigel Street, 718.602.1348
Wednesdays, 12PM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919
Fridays, 10:30AM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway at 68th Street, 718.748.8001

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