November 2007 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

October 3, 2007

Freshen up your spirits this fall with programs for the entire family. Coinciding with Veterans Day, our Civil War-themed exhibition, Enshrined Memories, and programs lead the line-up with talks by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Debby Applegate and photographic historian Alan Trachtenberg. And don’t forget to stop by Central Library to enjoy events in our new Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture or read a book on our renovated Plaza during fall’s pleasant weather.



Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War

Curated by BPL and the Green-Wood Cemetery, this exhibition explores Brooklyn’s role in the American Civil War. The nearly 200 historic objects on display include uniforms, letters sent home from battlefields, battle flags and photographs. Together, these relics offer a personalized view of the traumatic war between the Union and the Confederacy.
Through January 5, 2008
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Civil War Weekend Conference

BPL hosts a free conference featuring films and lectures by leading Civil War scholars at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Grand Army Plaza. For more information, please call 718.230.2100 or visit

Film: Glory (1989)
Civil War re-enactor Robert Young introduces the film as the Color Sergeant for the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Company B.
Friday, November 9, 6 PM

Lecture: History, Memory and Oblivion

Historian David Blight discusses America’s collective memory of the Civil War.
Saturday, November 10, 10 AM

Panel Discussion: Brooklyn and the Civil War

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Debby Applegate, Civil War historian David Quigley and New York City historian Barnet Schecter discuss Brooklyn’s role in the Civil War.
Saturday, November 10, 2 PM

Music off the Shelves: Whitman and the Music of the Civil War

The Brooklyn Philharmonic performs songs that were popular during the Civil War. The Whitman Project, an organization dedicated to performing the work of Whitman, will read Whitman’s works.
Saturday, November 10, 7 PM

Panel Discussion: Artistic Representations of the Civil War

Photographic historian Alan Trachtenberg joins literary scholar Alice Fahs and film historian Robert Brent-Toplin to discuss how artists represented the Civil War and how their works shape popular thought.
Sunday, November 11, 10 AM

Panel Discussion: Memorials in Metal and Stone

Kirk Savage, author of Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America and James Young, author of At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, discuss the ways in which public monuments forge collective memory.
Sunday, November 11, 2 PM

Author Talks

The following programs will be held in Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.

Author Talk: Jonathan Lethem*
This Brooklyn author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude discusses his life and work.
Saturday, November 3, 4 PM
* Indicates a paid event. Please call 212.868.4444 or visit to purchase tickets; Adults: $10.00, Seniors & Students: $7.00.

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Michael Thomas
WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate hosts this event during which Thomas reads from Man Gone Down, about a man who finds himself estranged from his wife and children.
Saturday, November 10, 2 PM

Off the Rail: Writers from the Brooklyn Rail: Dawn Raffel and Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda's books include Cannibal and Black Glasses Like Clark Kent. Dawn Raffel is author of the novel Carrying the Body and the short story collection In the Year of Long Division.
Thursday, November 15, 7 PM


Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Grady Tate

Drummer and vocalist Tate entertains with smooth and soulful sounds.
Sunday, November 4, 4 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Great Italian Arias featuring Jacqueline Buffone

Soprano Buffone sings arias from La Boheme and Le Nozzi di Figaro.
Tuesday, November 6, 2 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Regina Opera Company

Enjoy a musical performance by a professional opera company that specializes in standard Italian repertoire.
Tuesday, November 13, 2 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Jazz Concert & Bake Sale

Hear The Paradox Trio perform live jazz and support your local library!
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Jazz Guitarist Ed Cherry

Cherry possesses a firm knowledge of all of the hues and grooves of jazz music.
Thursday, November 29, 1:30 PM
Kensington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105


BPL’s Eleventh Annual Gala*

This year’s honorees include New York Times columnist Jane Brody and award-winning children’s books author Jacqueline Woodson. Your contributions will help us continue enhancing BPL as a cultural and educational home for all Brooklynites.
* Please call 718.230.2465 to purchase tickets; Adults: $350.00.
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Up Bring Dance Company
Learn hip hop dance and get a high-energy workout.
Friday, November 2, 3 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

Salsa Dance Workshop for Teens

Learn the basics and look great on the dance floor.
Monday, November 5, 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

Jewelry Workshop

Create your own jewelry with beads and wire.
Wednesday, November 7, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Friday, November 9, 3 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Tango Workshop

Learn the dramatic steps of this fascinating dance.
Wednesdays, November 7 and 14, 4 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Woodcarving Workshop

Learn the basics of this craft and start your own project.
Friday, November 9, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

How to Find Free Money for College

Learn about great websites for scholarships, grants and more!
Thursday, November 15, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

African Jewelry Making

Create jewelry inspired by African designs.
Tuesday, November 20, 4:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

College Prep

Get help planning for college. Learn how to write a personal essay for your college applications. Sponsored by Kaplan.
Tuesday, November 27, 4 PM and Thursday, November 29, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709


Babies & Books
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months.
Mondays, November 5 and November 19, 10:30 AM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Thursday, November 8, 2 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Wednesdays, November 14 and November 28, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Friday, November 30, 10 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Simon the Squirrel Says

What do squirrels do all day? Discover their secrets using art, puppetry, and movement!
Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

Meet the Author: Keith DuQuette

Meet the author and illustrator of Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO!, a book about hybrid animals as wondrous as any found in mythology.
Wednesday, November 7, 4 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225

The Ukelele Lady

Sing along with the Ukulele Lady's witty songs.
Friday, November 9, 3:30 PM
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718.331.2962

Drawing Fun for Families

Sidney, a local artist, teaches kids and their family how to draw.
Saturdays, November 10, 12:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Family Magic with Amazing Ken

Journey through Ken's wondrous world of illusions.
Tuesday, November 13, 4 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Monday, November 19, 4 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Music with Big Jeff

Big Jeff’s shows include fun, movement-oriented songs that entertain and educate.
Friday, November 16, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

The Maritime Pirates

Join the swashbuckling fun of this interactive show as you sing, watch a sword fight and help find lost treasure.
Saturday, November 17, 1 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Marco the Magician, Man of Mysteries

Help Marco perform his magical feats.
Tuesday, November 20, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

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