November 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

October 6, 2009

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2009 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

(Brooklyn, NY) October 1, 2009 – Brooklyn Public Library would love to tell you how to get to Sesame Street. We have programs the entire family will enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise. Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore we suggest calling ahead

Featured Events

13th Annual Brooklyn Public Library Gala: The Magic of Childhood
This event will celebrate storytelling and imagination, and will recognize the power of reading. All proceeds from the Gala will go toward children’s literacy programs and materials at Brooklyn Public Library
For tickets call Maggie Beaute-Lucien at 718.230.2465, or visit http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/support/gala/
Thursday, Nov 12, 6:30 PM- 9 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Sesame Street Family Day
Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with Sesame Street characters big and small.
Saturday, Nov 14, 11 AM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Bob McGrath from Sesame Street (THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY BOOKED AY CAPACITY)
Enjoy this musical performance.
Saturday, Nov 21, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

40 Years of Sesame Street 
In honor of Sesame Street's 40th year on television, personalities from the show and behind the scenes come together to discuss the impact of TVs first educational show for children.
Saturday, November 21, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100 


FOR ADULTS

Computer Basics Class
Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Monday, Nov 2, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435,
Monday, Nov 2, 11 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Tuesday, Nov 3, 12 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Wednesday, Nov 4, 10:30 AM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Thursday, Nov 5, 1:30 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713
Wednesdays, Nov 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 AM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180
Thursday, Nov 12, 3:30 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311
Monday, Nov 16, 11 AM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Thursday, Nov 19, 1:30 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713
Mondays, 10:30 AM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225
Mondays, 12 PM
Registration required
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Thursdays, 1:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Poetry Reading & Pie Eating
All poets and poet hopefuls are invited to share up to three pieces of work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Monday, Nov 2, 6:30 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Book Discussion
Call for this session's title.
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:15 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311
Thursday, Nov 19, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792
Saturday, Nov 21, 11:15 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Monday, Nov 23, 1:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Knitting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Wednesdays, Nov 4, 18 & 25, 5 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012

Microsoft Excel Class
Learn to create charts and graphs. Basic computer knowledge required.
Thursday, Nov 5, 1 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Thursday, Nov 5, 1:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Friday, Nov 6, 1:30 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Thursday, Nov 19, 1:30 PM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244
Saturday, Nov 21, 11:15 AM
Walt Whitman Library, 93 Saint Edwards Street, 718.935.0244


Philosophy Discussion Group
Discuss topics chosen by members of the group.
Fridays, Nov 6 & 20, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.649.0311

Knitting Workshop
Learn or perfect this skill.
Mondays, Nov 9 & 23, 4 PM
Bring your own materials. Register at the adult reference desk or call.
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Nov 10, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927
Wednesday, Nov 18, 11:30 AM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Cookie Swap
Join us and enjoy swapping your favorite cookies and recipes.
Registration is required.
Monday, Nov 16, 2 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Email Class
Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 12 PM
Registration required
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Monday, Nov 30, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Money Matters: Finding Financing for Your Business.
Hear from various lenders about the different loans and financing alternatives they offer, and what you have to do to qualify. To register call 718.623.7000 x1231.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 6 PM
Business Library Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718.623.7000

Free HIV, STD & Hepatitis A, B and C Testing
Get free, immediate and confidential testing from the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force.
For all ages.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 1 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Talking Circle
Share your life experiences with others.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Sex and the City
Through humorous anecdotes, including the story of Brooklyn's first preacher and New York's first prostitute banished to Gravesend, Bill Greer looks at the libertine culture Europeans brought to the New York area.
Wednesday, Nov 18, 7 PM
Central Library, Trustees' Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Cookie Swap
Join us and enjoy swapping your favorite cookies and recipes. Registration is required.
Monday, Nov 23, 2 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

U.S. Citizenship Test Tutorial
Get help preparing for this test.
Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

African-Atlantic Genealogical Society Workshops
Trace your family tree with help from the newly chartered African-Atlantic Genealogical Society (AAGS).
Saturday, Nov 28, 1 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606

Resume Writing
Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.
Monday, Nov 30, 5:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

English Conversation Group
Improve your English.
Mondays, 1 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Tuesdays, 6 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Wednesdays, 6 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763
Wednesdays, 7 PM
Central Library, Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Spanish Conversation Group
Come practice your Spanish! All levels are welcome.
Mondays, 6:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

Crocheting Circle
Work on current or new projects with others.
Tuesdays, 1:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Tuesdays, 3 PM
Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, 718.485.8347
Fridays, 1 PM
Eastern Parkway Library, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718.953.4225

Photography Workshop
Learn the techniques of digital photography. For older adults.
Thursdays, 1:15 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation Group
Improve your Chinese.
Fridays, 3 PM
Central Library Multilingual Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Ruth Gambin Poetry Group
Participants discuss and read their own poems.
Saturdays, 2 PM
Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue, 718.375.3037




Films

Silent Film Series: The Cat and the Canary
In this whodunit thriller with comic undertones, one of the heirs at a will reading has murder in mind. Also enjoy Sure-Locked Homes, a Felix the Cat cartoon. Featuring live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Sunday, Nov 1, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

(Some of) the World's Best Movies: All About My Mother
Through madcap pacing and convoluted plots, director Pedro Almodóvar shows that life is more complicated than one might think and that love and grace turn up in unexpected places and forms. This film is suitable for adult audiences.
Tuesday, Nov 3, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Film Series: Russian Provincial Museums
In this documentary film series, Director Alla Surikova explores the lives of Russian cultural workers who work to preserve museums and historical sites. This film is in Russian with English subtitles.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Hard Times Film Series: Our Daily Bread
A young New York couple, hit hard by the Depression, move to the barren family farm and build a collective, utopian society that can withstand droughts, unfair tax collectors and other hardships.
Sunday, Nov 8, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Film Series: Russian Film Festival  
Call for title
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Hard Times Film Series: American Madness
Frank Capra directed this Depression-era story of an honest bank president assailed by thievery, adultery, mobsters, gambling and capitalism gone mad.
Sunday, Nov 22, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

(Some of) the World's Best Movies: Late Spring
Director Yasujiro Ozu explores the relationship between a father and daughter as the traditional patterns of family life are affected by a changing society. This film is suitable for adult audiences.
Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Music, Dance & More

Classical Interludes: Afiara String Quartet
This quintet, winners of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, performs Puccini, Beethoven and John Zorn.
Sunday, Nov 1, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Ayana Lowe
Lowe's singing is guided by her experiences in the black church, and she leans heavily on the musical ideas of Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunger, Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.
Thursday, Nov 5, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Jade Simmons
Pianist Simmons offers a diverse mix of repertoire from the classics to the cutting edge.
Sunday, Nov 8, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Cosmopolis Series: Joseph O'Neill
O'Neill discusses his novel Netherland, about the unlikely friendship between an ex-pat European and a wily Trinidadian entrepreneur in post-9/11 New York. Hosted by WNYC's Leonard Lopate.
Saturday, Nov 14, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Dror Semmel
Semmel performs Beethoven's last three piano sonatas: Op. 109, 110 and 111.
Sunday, Nov 15, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Classical Interludes: Trio Solisti
Trio Solisti—violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff—plays a program of Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Mussorgsky.
Sunday, Nov 22, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Readings & Discussions

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, was named the 2008 Book of the Year in Russia. This event is in Russian.
Saturday, Nov 7, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Hard Times: Depression-era Filmmaking
Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Chairman of the Selection Committee of the New York Film Festival, will discuss Depression-era filmmaking, with a focus on some of the films shown in the library's Hard Times series.
Sunday, November 15, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Watership Down
Discuss this classic novel by Richard Adams. A screening of the film will follow.
Thursday, Nov 19, 2 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792

The Art of Nonfiction: Geoff Dyer
Dyer wrote three novels, a critical study of John Berger and four genre-defying books, including But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz, which won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He reads from his latest book Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi.
Thursday, Nov 19, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run November 14 through February 21 at Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100.

Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street
Grand Lobby
Original Sesame Street book art from Sesame Workshop’s publishing archives, featuring a range of illustrators’ works in a variety of styles from the 1970s to the present.

Foyer Cases
The story of Sesame Street, from its inception to its future, told through photographs, scripts, original sheet music, celluloid animation, props, Muppets and other memorabilia from the show’s 40-year history.

Youth Wing
A variety of Sesame Street stories, illustrated with photographs, show props and Muppet materials. Also, the international reach of Sesame Street is highlighted through photographs and books from around the world.

FOR KIDS

Story Play with FirstRIF
Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Tuesdays, Nov 3, 10 & 17, 1:15 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.649.0311
Tuesdays, Nov 3, 10 & 17, 2 PM
Bushwick Library
Wednesdays, Nov 4 & 18, 11:15 AM
Flatbush Library
Tuesdays, 2 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531


PlayStation Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Wednesdays, Nov 4 & 18, 2:30 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.3547

Arts and Crafts
Thursdays, Nov 5, 12 & 19, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.649.0311
Wednesday, Nov 18, 4 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409
Friday, Nov 20, 3:30 PM
Clarendon Library, 2034 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159
Thursday, Nov 26, 3:15 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792
Fridays, 4 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531


Chocolate Chip Chamber Music Presents The Sweet Treat Trio
Emcee Baker Bobbie and these musicians perform rich, decadent melodies by such greats as Brahms and Mendelssohn. At the end, a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie sends everyone off on a sweet note.
Saturday, Nov 7, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Story Play
Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5.
Mondays, Nov 9 & 23, 10:30 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
Friday, Nov 13, 2 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Thursday, Nov 19, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792
Friday, Nov 20, 4 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707

New Perspectives Theatre Presents The Wild Boy: A Haudenosaunee Fable
A wild boy, lost in the woods, is adopted by a mother bear and her daughter and is transformed by their teaching of cooperation and courtesy.
Saturday, Nov 14, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


RIF
Earn free books by reading! For ages birth to 18. See your librarian for details.
Mondays, 3:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Wednesdays, 3 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

After-School Homework Help
Get free help from trained adult volunteers.
Tuesdays, 3 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Creative Kids
Express your creativity through arts and crafts, drama, music and more.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 E. 59th Street, 718.241.3994

Enjoy classic books and songs with others, ages 3 to 5.
Wednesdays, 1 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409
Fridays, 10:30 AM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531


Story Craft
Listen to a story and create art projects based on it.
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

RIF
Earn free books by reading! For ages birth to 18. See your librarian for details.
Fridays, 2:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792
Fridays, 3 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.649.0311
Saturdays, 10 AM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718.265.3220

Toys & Games
Fridays, 3 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

FOR TEENS

Chess
Wednesdays, Nov 4, 18 & 25, 3:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792

RIF
Earn free books by reading! For ages birth to 18. See your librarian for details.
Thursdays, Nov 5, 12 & 19, 3:30 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763
Thursdays, Nov 5, 12 & 19, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Fridays, 2 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117
Fridays, 2:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792

Teen Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Fridays, Nov 6, 13 & 20, 2 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718.257.3547
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

Gamers Spot
Video Games for Teens
Fridays, Nov 6 & 13, 4 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Teen Topics
Get information on important issues.
Thursday, Nov 12, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Wii Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Monday, Nov 16, 3 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

PlayStation Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Thursday, Nov 19, 3 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Manga & Anime Club
Thursday, Nov 19, 4 PM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Arts and Crafts
Friday, Nov 20, 3:30 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Book Discussion
Call for this session's title.
Tuesday, Nov 24, 4 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
Tuesday, Nov 24, 4 PM
Thanksgiving Day Crafts
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792

'Zine Making Club
Learn how to make and distribute personal handmade magazines!
Wednesday, Nov 25, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.649.0311

Lanyard Workshop
Learn how to make lanyard keychains, bracelets and more!
Wednesday, Nov 25, 4 PM
Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718.382.5792

Live Online Homework Help
Get free help with your homework from online tutors, grades 4 to 12.
Mondays, 3 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

PlayStation Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Wednesdays, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5792

Please note: The last day of service for the Park Slope Library is end of day October 30. There will be bookmobile service available on 9th Street on Monday and Wed from 11AM-4PM. We will be closed for a two-year renovation. For more information please visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org


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