October 2007 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

September 4, 2007

Celebrate Halloween at Brooklyn Public Library this month with costume parties, creative crafts, spooky books and a look at acclaimed neo-taxidermist Takeshi Yamada’s creepy creations. Read on for more information.


Ghost Stories

Storyteller Robin Bady shares spooky tales set in New York City with children 8 to 12.
Tuesday, October 23, 2:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Halloween Story Craft

Listen to some haunting tales and create art projects based on it, ages 8 and up.
Wednesday, October 24, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Halloween Arts & Crafts

Make Halloween decorations to take home.
Thursday, October 25, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

Halloween Bedtime Stories

Cuddle up for Halloween stories and activities, ages 3 to 8.
Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Halloween Costume Party

Dress in costume and celebrate Halloween, ages 5 and up.
Wednesday, October 31, 3 PM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917

Halloween Horrors

Indulge in a late afternoon hour of spooky stories and Halloween fun.
Wednesday, October 31, 3:45 PM
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

Museum of World Wonders: Cabinet of Curiosities

Takeshi Yamada discusses his neo-taxidermy artworks that include fossilized fairies, New York City giant subway bugs, Mongolian giant death worms, two-headed snakes, vampire monkeys, Chinese flesh-eating mushrooms and human-faced insects.
Wednesday, October 31, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Ave, 718.265.3220

Authors and Literature

The following events will be held at Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Grand Army Plaza. For more information on this location, please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. Please note that the asterisked events are part of a special paid series. Please see last page for information.

The Big Read: Race, Class and Equality
Participate in the Big Read – a national initiative that encourages communities to celebrate one book together. Scholars Wayne Flynt and Clarence Taylor discuss this year’s selected novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and consider how far American society has advanced since the days of Jim Crow.
Saturday, October 6, 4 PM

Comedies & Tragedies: How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way*

Brooklyn writer Colin Channer presents a dark comedy about a mother’s preoccupation with crushing her daughter’s teenage rebellion.
Saturday, October 6, 7 PM

Author Talk: Walter Mosley

Mosley is the author of many bestselling works, including the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series.
Sunday, October 28, 4 PM


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

Music and Dance

Unless otherwise noted, the following events will be held at Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.

Molly Kiser: The History of Piano Music*
Kiser discusses the development of the piano and explores its vast repertoire by performing masterpieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.
Sunday, October 7, 1:30 PM


This energetic Haitian rara band takes the traditional vodou-inspired walking music from the hills of Haiti and reinvents it in Brooklyn.
Saturday, October 13, 7 PM

Jonathan Batiste & Jennifer Sanon*

In 2006, Movado named New Orleans-born pianist Jonathan Batiste one of their “Future Legends” of jazz.
Jennifer Sanon was honored as Outstanding Vocalist by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Saturday, October 20, 7 PM

Free Films

Unless otherwise noted, the following events will be held at Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.

Friday Night at the Movies
To complement BPL’s Enshrined Memories exhibition, BPL’s Friday Night at the Movies series will feature movies with the Civil War as an integral theme.
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
Friday, October 5, 6 PM

Two best friends find themselves fighting each other on opposite sides of the Civil War.

The Horse Soldiers (1949)
Friday, October 12, 6 PM

A Cavalry Union Cavalry outfit crosses confederate lines to destroy a supply center. Their secret mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be silenced.

Shenandoah (1965)
Friday, October 19, 6 PM

A planter in Virginia is unwilling to take sides in the American Civil War. However, he is forced to become involved when Union soldiers mistakenly capture his son.

Ride with the Devil (1999)
Friday, October 26, 6 PM

Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. After Jack's dad is killed by Union soldiers, they join the Bushwhackers who are loyal to the South.

The Big Read: Screening of To Kill a Mockingbird
Participate in the Big Read – a national initiative that encourages communities to celebrate one book together – by watching this Oscar-winning 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.
Sunday, October 14, 4 PM


Computer Basics Class

Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 PM
Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853

Brazilian Samba Workshop

Learn the basics of this lively, rhythmical dance.
Sundays, 2 PM
Central Library, ParkView Restaurant, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Teens’ Programs

Up Bring Dance Company

Learn hip hop dance and get a high-energy workout.
Friday, October 5, 3:45 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348

Thursday, October 11, 4 PM
New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718.649.0311

Jewelry Workshop

Create your own jewelry with beads and wire.
Friday, October 5, 4 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105

African Hair Braiding

Impress friends and family by learning braiding skills.
Wednesday, October 24, 3:30 PM
Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue, 718.832.1853

How to Find Free Money for College

Learn about great websites for scholarships, grants and more!
Thursday, October 25, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

College Prep

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Thursday, October 25, 4 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709

Crocheting Workshop

Learn or perfect this skill.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Knitting Workshop

Learn or perfect this skill.
Tuesdays, 6 PM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919

Drawing Fun

Learn the basic skills of drawing and watercolor painting.
Fridays, 4 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 E. 14th Street, 718.368.1815

Kids’ Programs

Meet the Author: Anne Capeci

Meet the author of The Magic School Bus Has a Heart.
Friday, October 5, 3 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Alex from the Kaleidoscope Band

Spend your afternoon singing with Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band.
Friday, October 12, 10:30 AM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718.628.8378

Saturday, October 20, 1 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Burdetsky Family Circus

Arkady Burdetsky heads up this amazing family circus that spans three generations and includes two poodles!
Saturday, October 13, 12 PM
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street, 718.596.6972

Thursday, October 18, 3:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

The Three Little Pigs

Performed in English and Spanish simultaneously, this puppet adaptation of the well-known tale features salsa and flamenco dancing.
Saturday, October 13, 1 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

* Indicates a paid event. Please call 212.868.4444 or visit www.smarttix.com to purchase tickets; Adults: $10.00, Seniors & Students: $7.00.

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