December 11, 2006

Make a resolution to come to Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in the New Year. Our free public programs and services will help kids improve their grades, teens build writing skills and adults find a new job. Or, if you want to get in shape, manage a budget, change your life or learn a new hobby, we have programs to meet those goals, too. Happy 2007!

The following programs are free and open to the public.


Benedict's Bardo
Monotype prints by Windsor Terrace resident and artist Phyllis Trout are inspired by the urban environment.
Through January 20, 2007
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions
Photographer Lourdes Delgado presents intimate portraits of jazz musicians at home.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Beats
Images of old school Brooklyn hip hop stars, by Al Pereira, one of the pioneers of hip-hop photography. Featuring images of Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, among others.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Mask: The Present Past
Daniel Rossi’s wooden masks reflect a diversity of artistic practices, with Mexican, African and European influences.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Lobby Gallery, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

The Borrower’s Name
Brooklyn topics inspire abstract drawings on old fashioned library catalog cards, by established artist John Himmelfarb.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Second Floor Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Artist Talk: The Mysteries of the Creative Process
More mysterious than the meaning of any artwork is the creative practice of the artist who made it. In this conversation, art historian and poet David Shapiro talks with John Himmelfarb about synthesis of forms, disciplines, and media that inspires artists to create.
Saturday, January 13, 2PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Original chess pieces carved in wood by Daniel Blake as part of his exciting game called Chesstizing.
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.
Through February 11, 2007
Central Library, Youth Wing Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2119


Computer Basics Class
Anyone can learn new computer skills in this class where no experience is required.
Wednesday, January 10, 6PM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378

Pre-GED Registration
Adults who want to raise their level of learning can sign up for Pre-GED classes, which begin on Friday, January 19.
Thursday, January 11, 10:15AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Movement Class: Mark Morris Moves
Members of the Mark Morris Dance Group will conduct movement classes for varying ages and abilities. Classes will have live musical accompaniment.
Saturday, January 13, 4PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Artist Talk: Mark Morris in Conversation
Robert Greskovic of The Wall Street Journal interviews legendary Brooklyn-based choreographer Mark Morris about his 25 year career in dance, music and opera.
Tuesday, January 16, 7:30PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

An Afternoon of Barber Shop Quartet Music
Take in the New Year with other seniors by enjoying a musical performance by the Brooklyn Chapter of Kings Chorus.
Tuesday, January 16, 1:30PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Positive Thinking Workshop with Eric Larson
New Year, new you! Adults can join this workshop to help them start thinking positively about their lives.
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Resume Writing
Learn to write a fantastic resume using Microsoft Word and snag a new job in the New Year.
Wednesday, January 17, 11AM
Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland Street, 718.573.5224

Genealogy Workshop
Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the country (after gardening). Hear why as Daughters of the American Revolution present a genealogy workshop.
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Brooklyn Music Now: Alan Licht, Brad Chase, Brad Truax, and Carlos Giffoni
Join musician and author Alan Licht, No Fun Festival organizer and laptop performer Carlos Giffoni, Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer and experimental musician Brian Chase and Brad Truax of the bands Home and Soldier of Fortune as they discuss the current experimental music scene in Brooklyn.
Thursday, January 18, 7PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Author Talk: Winifred C. Chin
Paper Son, One Man's Story is remarkable memoir by Tung Pok Chin that casts light on the largely hidden experience of those Chinese who immigrated to this country with false documents during the Exclusion era.
Sunday, January 28, 2PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Music Performance: Jia-Yi He
Jia-Yi is a world-class harmonica virtuoso whose repertoire ranges from works by Bach and Vivaldi to Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble-Bee, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and compositions from his native China.
Sunday, January 28, 4PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Friends of Flatlands Library Meeting
BPL's Friends Groups are volunteer, library advocacy groups that promote local libraries' resources and programs, keep local officials alert to BPL's importance to Brooklyn’s communities and raise funds to enhance library service. If you would like to learn how you too can help support BPL, please join this discussion. For additional information, please call 718.230.2406.
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409.


Book Discussion Group
Just for tweens! Call for this session’s title.
Saturday, January 6, 1PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 E. Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Mind Your Money Workshops
Smarten up and save up! Learn to be a money smart teen at these interactive workshops sponsored by Merrill Lynch.
Tuesdays, January 9, 16 & 23, 4-5PM
East Flatbush, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Aspiring singers – listen up! Any teen can be a singing superstar at the library.
Friday, January 12 & 26, 3:30PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718.773.7208

Friday, January 12 & 26, 3:30PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718.567.2806

Tuesday, January 30, 4:30PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

"I Have a Dream" Essay Contest
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, tweens can participate in this essay contest which encourages them to write about their dreams.
Tuesday, January 16, 3:30PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Ridge Girls
Meet and make friends with other tweens with whom you can share your writing! Write poetry, prose -- anything you want -- during this fun, girls-only time.
Thursdays, January 18 & 25, 4PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Crochet for Teens
Learn a new skill this year! Meet other teens while trying this fun hobby with an instructor.
Weekly, Thursdays, 4PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504


Arts & Crafts
It's cold outside, so warm up at the library with an arts and crafts class where children will learn to make their own snowflakes.
Thursday, January 4, 4PM
Jamaica Bay Library, 9727 Seaview Avenue, 718.241.3571

Tuesday, January 23, 3:30PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Impress and amaze your friends by learning the art of Japanese paper folding with an instructor.
Wednesday, January 8, 4PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton 1st Road, 718.946.2917

Bedtime Stories
Cuddle up, learn some new words, and meet new friends with other kids ages 3-8.
Wednesday, January 24, 6:30PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 East 59th Street, 271.841.3994

Ezra Jack Keats Story Time & Take-A-Book Series
Kids can hear great stories and make crafts. Plus – everyone gets to take home their own free book! Books are generously donated by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
Wednesday, January 31, 4PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Story Yoga
Learn yoga movements and breathing exercises while listening to a read-aloud.
Weekly, Mondays, 3:30PM (no session 1/15)
Park Slope Library, 431 Sixth Avenue, 718.832.1853

Introduction to Live Online Homework Help
Get some help with your homework by learning to use BPL's Live Online Homework Help, a free resource that connects students with online tutors.
Weekly, Mondays, 3:30PM (no session 1/15)
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Toddler Time
Reading to and with babies sparks their brain development and creativity. In this program, you can spark learning by engaging in interactive play and sharing stories with toddlers, 18-36 months.
Weekly, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:30AM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Weekly, Fridays, 10:30AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012


Chess Workshop
Learn how to play this game of skill and challenge others.
Friday, January 5, 12:30PM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919

Knitting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill. Workshop for all ages.
Mondays, 3:30PM (no session 1/15)
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

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