May 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

April 1, 2009

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

(Brooklyn, NY) March 31- Spring is in the air and great programs are in full bloom at Brooklyn Public Library. BPL has programs and activities that the whole family is sure to love. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore we suggest calling ahead

FEATURED EVENTS

Party with a Purpose!
Join the Brooklyn Vanguard, Brooklyn Public Library’s young donor group, for a Support Our Shelves Fundraiser. Proceeds will help purchase books, DVDs, and support educational programs at Clinton Hill Library.
Thursday, May 14, 2009 6 – 9 PM
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place (near Franklin Avenue)
To purchase your ticket, visit our website www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org or for additional information, contact
Maggie Beaute-Lucien, Manager of Special Events & Donor Relations, at 718.230.2465.

The Great American Book Drive
Bring us your books! Brooklyn Public Library and Better World Books host the Great American Book Drive to raise money for your library. Enjoy live music courtesy of Lost in the Stacks.
Saturday, May 16, 10 AM
Central Library Plaza, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

FOR ADULTS

Internet Class
Learn to search the internet. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, May 4, 9 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Computer Basics Class
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Monday, May 4, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesday, May 5, 11 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Tuesday, May 5, 11 AM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032
Registration Required
Tuesday, May 5, 11 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Tuesday, May 5, 12 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Registration Required
Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Wednesday, May 13, 1 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203
Wednesday, May 13, 1:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504
Wednesday, May 13, 1:30 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713
Registration Required
Tuesday, May 19, 11 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Tuesday, May 19, 11 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Thursday, May 21, 1 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203
Tuesday, May 26, 1 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Foundation Center Database Workshop
Learn how to search this database for grants or financial aid. First come, first seated.
Tuesday, May 5, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Investing in Your Future: How to Achieve Financial Security
Representatives from Citibank help you match your individual financial goals with the appropriate types of investments, and business librarians introduce resources to help you make informed financial decisions. Register online at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
Tuesdays, May 5 & 12, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718.623.7000

MoMA Art Lecture Series: Women Artists in MoMA's Collection
Discover some of the twentieth and twenty-first century women artists in the museum’s collection. Presented by MoMA. Each person attending will receive a free ticket to MoMA.
Tuesday, May 5, 6 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Writers Circle
Interested in writing and sharing your work with others? Join this peer group of writers at all levels of writing experience. The timid and beginning writer is encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, May 6, 1:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop
Bring your laptop to the library and get the answers to basic questions.
Wednesdays, May 6, 13 & 20, 1:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504
Registration Required

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Wednesdays, May 6 & 20, 2:15 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Monday, May 11, 2:15 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Microsoft Excel Class
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Thursday, May 7, 1 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Resume Writing
Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.
Thursday, May 7, 1 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Microsoft PowerPoint Class
Learn to create presentations. Basic computer knowledge required.
Thursday, May 7, 1:30 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Computer Buying Seminar
Thinking of buying a computer or laptop and not sure what you need or how much to spend? Bring your questions to our free seminar.
Thursday, May 7, 4 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss topics chosen by members of the group.
Fridays, May 8 & 22, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Microsoft Word Class
Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.
Monday, May 11, 9 AM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Crocheting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Thursday, May 14, 1 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Board Games
Monday, May 18, 6:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Microsoft Excel Class Part 1
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, May 19, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Wednesday, May 20, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, May 19, 12 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Registration Required

Database Training Class
Learn to search Brooklyn Public Library's electronic resources. Basic computer skills required. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.
Wednesday, May 20, 11 AM
Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Talking Circle
Share your life experiences with others.
Wednesday, May 20, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Checkers, Chess & Scrabble Night
Make new friends while chatting and playing these games.
Monday, May 25, 6 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Microsoft Excel Class Part 2
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, May 26, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Wednesday, May 27, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

STEP Career and Job Development Workshop
This free workshop offers information for job seekers.
Tuesday, May 26, 1:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Health Information Online
Learn about the best websites for health and medical information.
Wednesday, May 27, 11 AM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run April 7 through June 13 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sees Stars • by The Theatre Museum
A depiction of Brooklyn’s thriving, legitimate theatre scene in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, when the biggest stage and screen stars made Brooklyn theatres a major stop for both pre- and post-Broadway tours.
Grand Lobby

Brooklyn Sees Stars: The Companion Exhibition • by The Theatre Museum
Historical items from Brooklyn’s theatre community dating from the late 1800s to the present, including vintage theatre postcards, production programs, fliers and star photographs, as well as background information and anecdotes.
Foyer Gallery Cases

Ordinary into Extraordinary • by Melanie Hope Greenberg
A retrospective of artwork by this award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books.
Youth Wing

Brooklyn – Iceland – Florida • by Andrew Zarou
Collages using found or inexpensive materials such as lottery tickets, plastic bags, and books and magazines from junk shops or strangers’ recycling bins.
Second Floor Balcony Cases

Part of the Pattern • by Quimetta Perle
Hybrid forms by this digital media artist that combine sequins and beads with digitally produced images.
Second Floor Balcony Cases

Mountaintop to Tap
Photographs and journal excerpts by students from the New York Harbor School in Brooklyn and Sidney High School in Delaware County who documented the path of New York City’s drinking water supply.
Dweck Center Lobby
Through April 30

Film Screenings

Silent Film Series: Buster and the Cyclone
Buster Keaton's last independently produced feature finds him fighting for the love and respect of his father in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928).
Sunday, May 3, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings.
Monday, May 18, 1:30 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Music, Dance & More
For all Sunday events at the Dweck Center, please enter Central Library via the Eastern Parkway entrance.

Classical Interludes: The Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio
Pianist Diane Walsh, violinist Eugene Drucker and cellist Roberta Cooper perform works by Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak.
Sunday, May 3, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Edom
This quartet, led by Eyal Maoz, synthesizes radical Jewish Middle Eastern music with jazz, rock, electronic and avant-garde sounds.
Thursday, May 7, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Funny Women: Roz Chast
Chast discusses her career and presents some of her favorite cartoons.
Saturday, May 9, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Literary Series: Yuri Rost
Rost is a photographer, writer, journalist, poet and traveler whose latest project, Group Portrait on the Backdrop of the Century, is a collection of 250 photos and 145 original captions that was named the 2008 Book of the Year in Russia. This event is in Russian.
Sunday, May 10, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Yale Strom and Hot Pastrami
Strom composes his own new Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Hasidic Nigunim, Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs.
Thursday, May 14, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Theater in Brooklyn: Past, Present and Future
Performer Trav S.D. interviews Susan Feldman of Arts at St. Ann's, Virginia Louloudes of A.R.T./New York, Katie Dixon of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Robert Elmes of Galapagos Art Space about theater's future in Brooklyn.
Saturday, May 16, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Undertaking Death: Local Customs of Mourning and Remembrance
Brooklyn funeral home directors discuss historic and current art, music, dance and oratory rituals practiced in Brooklyn to address loss and bereavement, including Russian, Italian, Chinese, Trinidadian and Lebanese traditions.
Wednesday, May 20, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Readings & Discussions

PEN World Voices Festival: Evolution/Revolution
Meet authors who use writing to shape political reality and others who reflect on the political reality around them.
Saturday, May 2, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Independents Series: Adrienne Rich
Rich reads from her poetry and from A Human Eye, her wide-ranging collection of essays on literature and political transformation.
Wednesday, May 6, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Emil Draitser
Draitser, author of Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin, provides a unique account of mid-20th century life in Russia when he struggled to reconcile the harsh values of Soviet society with the values of his working-class Jewish family.
Sunday, May 10, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond
New York Times columnist Brody reads from her practical primer on end-of-life concerns, addressing topics such as hospice care, living wills, spirituality and grief.
Wednesday, May 13, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

European Book Club
Margherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni
Tuesday, May 19, 7 PM
Central Library, Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

People of the Book
Discuss this novel by Geraldine Brooks.
Thursday, May 21, 2 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss philosophy and modern dilemmas.
Wednesday, May 27, 2 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Forgotten Brooklyn by Kevin Walsh
How many guide books to New York City include sections on Midwood, South Greenfield, Marine Park and East Flatbush? Only one -- Kevin Walsh's Forgotten New York. Kevin will give an illustrated talk on fascinating corners of the borough that even Brooklyn aficionados might not know.
Wednesday, May 27, 7 PM
Central Library, Brooklyn Collection's Reserve Room, 718.230.2100

FOR KIDS

What’s the Big Idea?
Join Patricia Shih, a national award-winning singer/songwriter, for a fun-filled family concert full of laughter and joy.
Saturday, May 2, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Story Play
Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5.
Mondays, May 4 & 18, 10:30 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Dance, Dance Revolution & Double Dutch
Dance, jump rope, eat snacks and make lanyards!
Mondays, May 4 & 18, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Babies and Books with First RIF
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Tuesdays, May 5 & 19, 10:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

Family Movie Night
Enjoy a free film screening! Call for titles.
Tuesdays, May 5 & 19, 5:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts
Friday, May 8, 2 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Buckaroo Bindlestiff's Wild West Jamboree
Cowboy Keith, Miss Philly, Professor Fruit Jar and Commander Karl give a show featuring sing-alongs, audience participation and an amazing display of western skills.
Saturday, May 9, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Music off the Shelves
Musicians from the Brooklyn Philharmonic present a family friendly afternoon of classical music.
Saturday, May 16, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This and That
Games, crafts, books and other fun stuff for kids ages 6-12.
Tuesday, May 19, 3:15 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Arts and Crafts
Thursday, May 28, 3:15 PM
For ages 4 & up.
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

FOR TEENS

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings.
Friday, May 1, 3:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts
Monday, May 4, 4 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Thursday, May 7, 3:45 PM
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

Anime Club
Tuesday, May 5, 12 & 19, 4 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Resume Workshop
Learn the basics of writing a resume and brush up on your interviewing skills.
Wednesday, May 6, 4 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Music Appreciation
Listen to and learn about different kinds of music with friends.
Friday, May 8, 4 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Arts and Crafts
Wednesday, May 13, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

How to Find Free Money for College
Learn about the best websites for grants, scholarships and other financial aid.
Tuesday, May 19, 3 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Checkers
Tuesday, May 26, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Gamers' Spot
Fridays, 4 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

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