JANUARY 2006 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

December 12, 2005

A new year is upon us and with that comes a variety of new and exciting programs offered by Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in January. Join BPL in ringing in the Chinese New Year with events celebrating the Year of the Dog. And as always, BPL is offering free movies, author talks and a new Biology & Society series that explores how science influences our lives.

All events are free and open to the public.

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENTS

MUSIC FROM CHINA
Saturday, January 28, 11:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Ave at 51st St., 718.567.2806
Internationally renowned, Music From China, comes to BPL for a special performance in honor of Chinese New Year. Enjoy the sounds of the erhu (2-string fiddle) and the yanggin (hammered dulcimer) as the New York City-based group welcomes in the Chinese Year of the Dog.

BEIJING OPERA
Saturday, January 28, 12 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Ave. at Ave. V, 718.382.5924
Chinese New Year is a family affair as professional Beijing actors perform Lingchong Sought Shelter from Blizzard at the Mountain God Temple, a famous Chinese folktale. The program includes face-painting for children, singing and a Chinese Martial Art demonstration.

AUTHOR TALKS
All of BPL’s Author Talks will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

BIOLOGY & SOCIETY SERIES:
MEGAN SMOLENYAK (TRACE YOUR ROOTS WITH DNA: USING GENETICS TO EXPLORE YOUR FAMILY TREE)
Saturday, January 21, 2 PM
Why is genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country? Join author Megan Smolenyak to hear why people are obsessed with the study of family history, and listen to true stories about how DNA testing is used to find out about ancestry... and how it may help you find out about yours.

AMY BEST (IN FAST CARS, COOL RIDES)
Saturday, January 21, 4 PM
Join author Amy Best as she discusses the cultural phenomenon of America’s youths and automobiles in her latest novel In Fast Cars, Cool Rides. This rare yet fascinating account of kids and cars depicts the meaning of the automobile as a symbol of independence, status and self-expression.

JOSE SARAMAGO (THE DOUBLE)
Wednesday, January 11, 7 PM
When middle-aged and divorced Maximo Afonso sees his physical double in a movie, he becomes obsessed with finding his mirror image. When the two men finally meet, they become embattled in a rivalry that involves sex and power. Join author Jose Saramago as he discusses the motivation and vision behind this semi-allegoric novel.

MARTIN KAISER (ODYSSEY OF AN EAVESDROPPER: MY LIFE IN ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES AND MY BATTLE AGAINST THE FBI)
Sunday, January 22, 2 PM
Former counter-intelligence community member Martin Kaiser’s debut novel, Odyssey of an Eavesdropper, which chronicles his battle against the FBI. Included in this historical memoir is Kaiser’s firsthand account of the showdown before the House Intelligence committee between the FBI and its main supplier of electronic bugging equipment, himself. His testimony led to an FBI vendetta against him and a false indictment on charges of illegal wiretapping, conspiracy and transporting an illegal eavesdropping device across state lines. The inspiration for Gene Hackman’s character in Frances Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, Kaiser is an expert in U.S. spy operations and electronic surveillance.

FREE FILMS
All of BPL’s film series will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN: DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
Examine Brooklyn through a camera lens and see what informed observation can reveal as filmmakers present and discuss their works with scholars and a live audience.

LOS SURES, BY DIEGO ECHEVERRIA
Tuesday, January 17, 7 PM
Known locally as Los Sures to the many Latinos that live there, Brooklyn’s South Williamsburg has long been one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. Filmed at a time when drugs and gangs dominated, Los Sures follows five neighborhood residents struggling to get by.
NOTE: Director Diego Echeverria is unable to attend the screening.

UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED, BY SHOLA LYNCH
Tuesday, January 31, 7 PM
Join director Shola Lynch as she introduces Unbought and Unbossed, a documentary surrounding the 1972 presidential campaign of Brooklyn-born Shirley Chisholm. Watch as period footage follows Chisholm’s groundbreaking candidacy and discover the many ways this progressive chord challenged the status quo.

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES: LIFE’S A BEACH

CAST AWAY (2000)
Friday, January 6, 6 PM
After a plane crash, Federal Express employee Tom Hanks finds himself stranded on a South Pacific deserted island.

BEACHES (1988)
Friday, January 13, 6 PM
Childhood friends Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star in a story of growing up, falling in love and everlasting friendship.

SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS (1998)
Friday, January 20, 6 PM
Comedy/adventure featuring Anne Heche as a magazine editor, on a South Pacific vacation with boyfriend David Schwimmer, who hires local pilot Harrison Ford to fly her to Tahiti for a last-minute photo session. After the plane crashes on a remote island, Heche and Ford's danger-filled odyssey of survival soon leads to romance.

10 (1979)
Friday, January 27, 6 PM
Suffering from a bad case of mid-life crisis, Dudley Moore spies dream girl Bo Derek and follows her from L.A. to a Mexican resort. Little does he know that he is in for some really big surprises.

FREE FILMS FOR KIDS

BAMBI (1942)
Saturday, January 7, 11 AM
This Disney classic tells the tale of a young deer, Bambi, growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters. With help from friends Thumper the Rabbit and Flower the Skunk, Bambi embarks on a journey to buck-hood while raving the dangers of the forest.

MUPPETS FROM SPACE (1999)
Saturday, January 21, 11 AM
The Muppets embark on an outer-space journey in hopes of finding about Gonzo’s past. They soon discover that Gonzo’s family members are aliens from a distant planet.

CHICKEN RUN (2000)
Saturday, January 28, 11 AM
Ginger, head chicken, plots to free her feathered friends from evil farm owner Mrs. Tweedy. After several failed attempts, she asks a dashing rooster named Rocky (Mel Gibson) to help her plan a grand escape in this claymation adventure.

MUSIC AT BPL
All concerts will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

BROOKLYN SINGS, BROOKLYN SWINGS SERIES:
ANTONIO BARBAGALLO
Thursday, January 19, 7 PM
Dance the night away with leading jazz vocalists as the Central Library becomes a swinging cabaret. Sicilian jazz singer and guitarist Antonio Barbagallo sings his unique approach which combines traditional and Brazilian jazz along with some new elements.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
The following programs will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

I TOO HAVE A DREAM: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Sunday, January 15, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2011
Join BPL in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as selected winners of our I Too Have a Dream: Essays in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contest read their compositions.

CARIBBEAN DIALOGUE:
EXAMINING CARIBBEAN MEDIA COVERAGE IN NEW YORK CITY Thursday, Thursday. January 26, 7 PM
How does the media cover topics in New York City’s Caribbean community? Learn more about New York City’s Caribbean community in an engaging discussion.

CENTENNIAL OF DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Saturday, January 29, 2 PM
Celebrate the centennial of Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich’s birth. Marked as a controversial composer, Shostakovich dissented from the common convention of totalitarian Russia under the rule of Joseph Stalin. During this period of artistic suppression, Shostakovich defied the Stalinist musical aesthetic in favor of ironic music undermining the Soviet government. Join musicologist Solomon Volkov as he reads excerpts from his celebrated book, Shostakovich and Stalin, a novel chronicling the relationship between a composer and a dictator.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

PRE-GED REGISTRATION
BPL’s Pre-GED classes provide adult learners aiming to earn a GED with an opportunity to access their educational level and become familiar with the actual requirements for obtaining a GED. Classes begin the week of January 16, 2006 and end March 31, 2006. For any questions call 718.832.3560, ext. 187.

Wednesday, January 4, 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd. at Flatbush Ave., 718.856.0813

Wednesday, January 4, 5 PM – 8 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue near West 19th St., 718.265.3220

Friday, January 6, 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway at Schenectady Ave., 718.953.4225

Monday, January 9, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM &
Tuesday, January 10, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Park Slope Library, 6th Ave. at 9th St.., 718.832.1853

Wednesday, January 11, 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

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