Issuu on Google+

Brooklyn Public Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238

ian

Librar

ELE B P L S oved

CT

Appr

Calendar of Events a look inside your library Winter 2013–14

In This Issue:

LEC E S L BP The Best Books of 2013 p. 3

Literary Picks for 2014 p. 4

Follow Us!

T

Arts & Culture; Events @ Your Library p. 5 – 11


2

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO

See Award-Winning Authors, Art and More at BPL! This winter at Central Library, we are featuring many exciting programs and

Contribute to Brooklyn Public Library

exhibitions. On January 16 at 7 pm in the Dweck Center, the multi-award-winning and best-selling Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat will read from and discuss the volume Haiti Noir 2: Photo © Gregg Richards

The Classics Classics, featuring works by MarieHélène Laforest, Dany Laferrière and more. Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak! Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist; and most recently, Claire of the Sea Light. Beginning this February in Central Library’s Youth Wing, BPL will display It Starts With Just a Seed, an exhibition

People of all ages come to BPL to begin their journey, whether to learn English, find a new job or go to college. No matter what their goals may be, they can Start Here. This year, we want to empower more Brooklynites than ever to achieve their dreams. But we need your help.

of illustrator and author Bryan Collier’s original collages. Collier has received many prestigious awards, including three Caldecott Honors, six Coretta Scott King Book Awards and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the U.S. nominee for the international 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award—the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books. The exhibit will include artwork from I, Too, Am America; Dave the Potter; Fifty Cents and a Dream; Martin’s Big Words; Uptown; and others. Also featured will be his latest book, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me. In addition to booking our impressive lineup of winter programs, our staff has been hard at work selecting the best books of 2013. Turn the pages to see their choices and also get a sneak peak of the great books to come in the New Year. If you value the wealth of educational and cultural programming BPL provides, I encourage you to donate to help the Library reach its goal of raising $200,000 by the end of the year. Your contribution will help us provide English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to new Americans, free computer and internet access, early literacy programming for children, job readiness workshops and countless other programs and services. With your support, we will ensure that every Brooklynite has access to the tools they need to improve their lives. To donate today, please visit: bklynpubliclibrary.org/support or call 718.230.2738.

Very truly,

Your charitable contribution to BPL will allow us to provide a wide range of programs and services, including: • Early literacy programs for families with babies and young children • Literacy programs for adults • English language classes for new Americans • Computer and internet access • Workshops for jobseekers • Free homework help programs for students • Volunteer opportunities and work experiences for teens through the Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) program and other initiatives. BPL’s 60 locations are foundations of their communities, places where all Brooklynites can receive support and enjoy a wealth of free resources. Please donate today! Visit our website at bklynpubliclibrary.org/support or call 718.230.2738 to support BPL.

Linda E. Johnson President & CEO

Brooklyn Public Library

A N N UA L

Thank You Champion Supporters!

GALA

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is proud to partner with our Champion Supporters. Champion Supporters generously give BPL a gift of $25,000 or more. These contributions support programs and services that help Brooklynites achieve their goals at every life stage. If you are interested in supporting BPL as a Champion Supporter or would like more information, please contact Dana Elmquist at 718.230.2718 or d.elmquist@brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

F E AT U R I N G

R E B I RT H BRASS BAND

@ B RO O K LY N B O WL C E L E B R AT I N G O U R H O N O R E E S M ART I N A MIS, A NT HONY W. C ROW E L L & THE CHARLES H. REVSON FOUNDATION

T ICKE TS BKLYNPUBLICLIBRARY.ORG/SUPPORT/GALA

MORE INFOR M ATION C O N TA C T C H E R Y L T O D M A N N

718.230.2207

E M AIL: C.TODM ANN@

BROOKLYNPUBLICLIBRARY.ORG

February 4, 2014

Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014

bklynpubliclibrary.org

Brooklyn Public Library’s Calendar of Events. Issue date: December 1, 2013. Published four times a year in March, June, September and December. Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Issue No. 5, 2013.


3

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

FEATURED STORIES

Great Reads of

F

2013

rom Chinese ghost brides to Anne Frank’s attic, monsters in 1860s England to primatologists, there was a literary treasure for everyone in 2013! Here is a collection of most-borrowed books that patrons enjoyed, as well as titles for kids, teens and adults that were published this year—hand-selected by BPL’s own librarians.

You can find these titles and more at your local branch, via the online catalog or in our digital collections through the 3M Cloud Library and Overdrive. * Available as an eBook | ** Available in eAudio format

Most Borrowed Books of 2013 Brooklyn is home to so many avid readers just like you. Here’s what you borrowed the most in 2013— the perks of having a library card!

Kids Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Ride, Fly Guy, Ride! by Tedd Arnold

Great Reads for Kids Doll Bones

Monster on the Hill * by Rob Harrell

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

(J Fic Black)

(J Fic Harrell)

(J Fic Rhodes)

Zach, Alice and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school, embark on a quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

In 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster—much to the townsfolk’s delight!

In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived.

Journey

Mr. Wuffles!

The Year of Billy Miller *

(J-E Becker)

(J-E Wiesner)

(J Fic Henkes)

A young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters a world of adventure.

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens.

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade!

by Holly Black

by Aharon Becker

Flat Stanley at Bat by Lori Haskins Houran

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin

(J-E Lin)

Young Cam Jansen and the Speedy Car Mystery by David A. Adler

by David Wiesner

Sugar *

by Kevin Henkes

by Grace Lin

Identical twins Ling and Ting celebrate their birthday by sharing gifts and making wishes.

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss Flap Your Wings by P.D. Eastman I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss

Great Reads for Teens by Maggie Stiefvater

by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Golden Day *

March

(Fic Stiefvater)

(Fic Dubosarsky)

(323.173 L)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys. This is the sequel to the Raven Boys.

This graphic novel is a first-hand account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Fangirl **

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, this chilling story follows eleven school girls who struggle to identify a mysterious poet in the aftermath of a teacher’s disappearance.

The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

(Fic Rowell)

Teens Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

The Dream Thieves

by Rainbow Rowell

Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Lord of Opium

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas

(Fic Farmer)

(599.8 O)

This sequel to House of the Scorpion features fourteen-year-old Matt, who is stunned to learn that he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium.

An engrossing, graphically illustrated introduction to the lives and work of three eminent primatologists.

by Nancy Farmer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Friends Forever: A Novel by Danielle Steel The Innocent by David Baldacci A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Two Boys Kissing * by David Levithan

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observe and yearn to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens, who must navigate in a society that has changed in many ways.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

by Jim Ottaviani

(Fic Levithan)

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Adults

by John Lewis

Great Reads for Adults The Book of My Lives

The Ghost Bride: A Novel *

Margot: A Novel

(B Hemon B)

(Fic Choo)

(FIC Cantor)

Hemon pays tribute to the cities of his youth: Sarajevo, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city’s elders, and Chicago, where he and his family started a new life.

When she agrees to become a ghost bride for the wealthy family’s son, Li Lan must dive into a shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife.

There were two Jewish sisters hidden in that annex: Anne Frank, a cultural icon made famous by her published diary, and the other, nearly forgotten.

The Dinner: A Novel *

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

My Beloved World *

(Fic Conklin)

(B Sotomayor S)

The story of Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, and the historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

The first Hispanic American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her Bronx youth, her ambitious education and the individuals who helped shape her career.

by Aleksander Hemon

by Herman Koch (Fic Koch)

Two families who share the challenge of their teenage sons’ act of violence reveal the extent to which they will go to protect those they love.

by Yangsze Choo

by Jillian Cantor

by Sonia Sotomayor

A House in the Sky: A Memoir * by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett (B Lindhout H)

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places…and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity. bklynpubliclibrary.org


4

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

FEATURED STORIES

On Our Radar for

2014

This last year produced many interesting titles for every literary taste, and the ones on queue for 2014 prove to be just as exciting. Below is a sampling of books to give you a peek of what the Library has coming to a branch near you! Thank you to BPL’s selection librarians for their help in choosing all titles.

Need a New Book?

If you’ve read everything there was to read in 2013, let us help you start the New Year with some of these exciting upcoming releases for the whole family. Get your library cards ready!

Are you a grownup? No (eww, gross!)

Sometimes

Kids

Teens

Want to read about animal friends?

NO

Are you drawn to stories about families?

NO

YES

What about apocalyptic worlds?

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Brooklyn Bounce: The Highs and Lows of Nets Basketball’s Historic First Season in the Borough by Jake Appleman

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

Or how about some Black History Month suggestions?

Do you like sports?

YES

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney

I see; so you like fairytales?

Yes

YES

Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave Book Two) by Rick Yancey

YES

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

YES

How about history?

NO

The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World by Greg Grandin The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis

Maybe fantasies suit you more? The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

NO

YES

Supernatural tales?

NO

YES

Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie (Illus.) Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Then take a chance on these fun serials:

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Children by Ransom Riggs

Resurrection by Wolf Haas, Annie Janusch (Translator)

Perhaps realistic fiction is more your thing: Maybe it’s time to explore new authors:

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle The Ghost of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Panic by Lauren Oliver Byron Easy: A Novel by Jude Cook Ripper: A Novel by Isabel Allende

bklynpubliclibrary.org


ARTS & CULTURE

Concerts, Films, Readings & More W I N T E R 2 013

Join author Malcolm Gladwell as he discusses his new book at Congregation Beth Elohim. Thursday, Dec 5, 7:30 pm Photo © Bill Wadman

DECEMBER EVENTS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES First come, first served; families will be given seating priority. Stomp, Clap & Sing with Miss Nina & the Jumping Jacks Join Miss Nina and her band the Jumping Jacks for sing-along, move-along and read-along fun! Tuesday, Dec 3, 11 am

EVENTS FOR ADULTS Silent Movie Matinee: The Kid Brother In this 1927 film, Harold Lloyd plays a vulnerable, young man who needs coaxing to bloom. Sunday, Dec 1, 1 pm Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society* With Dominic Armstrong (tenor), John Brancy (baritone), Michael Brofman and Peter Dugan (piano) performing Johannes Brahms’ Die Schöne Magelone, Op. 33. Sunday, Dec 1, 4 pm Author Talk: Ron Padgett Padgett reads from his collected works of plainspoken and wry poems. Thursday, Dec 5, 7 pm Brooklyn by the Book: Malcolm Gladwell Gladwell reads and discusses David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, a surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. Reservations are encouraged; visit brooklynbythebook.com. This program takes place at Congregation Beth Elohim at 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn. Thursday, Dec 5, 7:30 pm

1-2-3, Sesame & Me A high-energy stage production featuring a total of 15 lookalike puppets: Elmo, Cookie, Oscar, Big Bird and more. Learning has never been so much fun! Saturday, Dec 7, 1 pm Parranda Louie will perform the traditional aguinaldos using guitarras, tamboriles, uiro and maracas used in Latino households during the holidays. Saturday, Dec 14, 1 pm Kwanzaa Learn about the seven principles and symbols of Kwanzaa, enjoy performances and make zawadi. Friday, Dec 27, 3 pm

The Invention of the White Race Dr. Jeffrey Perry (Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism) discusses Theodore W. Allen’s The Invention of the White Race, a two-volume examination of racial oppression and the origin and nature of the “white race.” Saturday, Dec 7, 4 pm Brooklyn Voices of Vision Enjoy a concert by Voices of Vision, an a cappella choir, performing secular and popular holiday music. Sunday, Dec 8, 1 pm Classical Interludes: Irina Nuzova* Russian pianist Nuzova will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and three pieces of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette. Sunday, Dec 8, 4 pm

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.

The Hits, the Life, and the Lost Lyrics of Allan Sherman Join author Mark Cohen (Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman) for a lively talk about song parodist and comedian Allan Sherman. Tuesday, Dec 10, 7 pm Russian Film Series: Broken Silence A series of five historical films based on personal testimonies from Holocaust survivors. The testimonies were recorded by Steven Spielberg’s SHOAH Foundation. Wednesday, Dec 11, 7 pm dweck-lec’-tic: Ustad Shafat Khan Since his debut at the age of 11, classical musician Khan has appeared worldwide performing the sitar, surbahar and tabla. Thursday, Dec 12, 7 pm Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers: Hilton Als Cultural critic Als discusses White Girls, a brilliant analysis of literature, art and music with fearless insights on race, gender and history. Saturday, Dec 14, 4 pm Russian Literary Series: Anya von Bremzen & Alexander Genis Long-time friends Von Bremzen (Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking) and Genis (Reading Lessons: A Bookworm’s Kamasutra) discuss two of the most enduring Russian passions: food and literature. Sunday, Dec 15, 1 pm Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players* The Chamber Players (Adela Peña and Harumi Rhodes, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello and Peter Weitzner, double bass) perform music by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Leoš Janácˇek. Sunday, Dec 15, 4 pm Great Books Discussion Series: War and Peace Leo Tolstoy’s epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya (Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845–1887). Thursday, Dec 19, 2 pm

bklynpubliclibrary.org

5


Photo © David Burnett

Events at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture

Photo © Deen Van Meer

Chang Rae-Lee | Tuesday, Jan 7, 7 pm

Calefax Reed Quintet | Sunday, Jan 26, 4 pm

Edwidge Danticat | Thursday, Jan 16, 7 pm

january EVENTS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES First come, first served; families will be given seating priority. Stomp, Clap & Sing with Brian Barrentine This musical program may cause clapping, dancing, laughing! Barrentine plays original music to encourage little ones to learn about other lands, people and cultures. Tuesday, Jan 7, 11 am Stomp, Clap & Sing with Moey’s Music Calling all mini rockstars! Get ready to jump, dance and boogie with Moey’s Music Party. This free concert features songs from Moey’s CD, Princess Revolution! plus kiddie hits like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and more! Tuesday, Jan 14, 11 am Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Youth Dreamers Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with readings and performances by young poets and the Noel Pointer Foundation. Saturday, Jan 18, 1 pm Are You My Mother? With the help of Dog, Cat and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical picture book. Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. Saturday, Jan 25, 1 pm

EVENTS FOR ADULTS Brooklyn by the Book: Chang Rae-Lee Lee reads and discusses his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, which is set in a dystopian future, where the abandoned city of Baltimore has been resettled as a high-walled, self-contained labor colony. Reservations are encouraged; visit brooklynbythebook.com. Tuesday, Jan 7, 7 pm Global Lens Film Series: About 111 Girls (Darbare 111 Dokhtar) An Iranian diplomat travels to Kurdistan in response to a letter threatening the collective suicide of 111 young women if they are not provided with eligible suitors. Farsi/Persian and Kurdish with English subtitles. Wednesday, Jan 8, 6:30 pm Great Books Discussion Series: War and Peace Leo Tolstoy’s epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya (Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845–1887). Thursday, Jan 9, 2 pm Russian Film Series: The Movie Is Over A documentary about a simple Russian woman who decides to leave her family and marry a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. Thursday, Jan 9, 7 pm

6

bklynpubliclibrary.org

Global Lens Film Series: Beijing Flickers (You-Zhong) San Bao is left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth and roams the shifting city with other dreamers and misfits. Mandarin with English subtitles. Saturday, Jan 11, 4 pm Global Lens Film Series: Life Kills Me (La Vida Me Mata) An unlikely friendship develops between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Spanish with English subtitles. Sunday, Jan 12, 1 pm Global Lens Film Series: The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol) Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter. Spanish with English subtitles. Sunday, Jan 12, 4 pm Global Lens Film Series: Cairo 678 Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. Arabic with English subtitles. Wednesday, Jan 15, 6:30 pm Edwidge Danticat: Haiti Noir 2: The Classics Danticat reads and discusses this volume of classic Haitian noir literature by authors such as Marie-Hélène Laforest, Dany Laferrière and more. Co-sponsored by Haiti Cultural Exchange and MoCADA. Thursday, Jan 16, 7 pm Global Lens Film Series: Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) A mysterious couple from Tehran travels the countryside, testing how far the impoverished inhabitants of a mountainous Iranian bordertown are willing to sell out for a fat bag of rials. Farsi/Persian with English subtitles. Saturday, Jan 18, 4 pm Russian Literary Series: Vladimir Voinovich The veteran of Russian letters makes a repeat visit to the Library. Voinovich wrote the novel Monumental Propaganda, an acerbic critique of post-Communist Russia. This event is in Russian. Sunday, Jan 19, 1 pm Classical Interludes: Natalie Zhu, Juliette Kang & Jeffrey Lang* Zhu (piano), Kang (violin) and Lang (French horn) perform Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40, as well as works by Debussy and Francaix. Sunday, Jan 19, 4 pm Global Lens Film Series: Southwest (Sudoeste) In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl. Portuguese with English subtitles. Wednesday, Jan 22, 6:30 pm

Great Books Discussion Series: War and Peace Leo Tolstoy’s epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya (Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845–1887). Thursday, Jan 23, 2 pm dweck-lec’-tic: Clifton Anderson Quartet Anderson is one of the top trombonists performing in jazz today and will perform music from his latest release, And So We Carry On. Thursday, Jan 23, 7 pm Global Lens Film Series: The Parade (Parada) A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. Saturday, Jan 25, 4 pm Global Lens Film Series: Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise once he notices they stay on all day. Bengali with English subtitles. Sunday, Jan 26, 1 pm Classical Interludes: Calefax Reed Quintet* The Quintet’s unique instrumentation (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon) and creative interpretations have garnered the ensemble a worldwide reputation. They will present Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Sunday, Jan 26, 4 pm Global Lens Film Series: Student A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime. Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles. Wednesday, Jan 29, 6:30 pm Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, including: David Geffen Foundation; Fund for the Humanities; Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity; The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs; The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund; Los Blancos; Mapleton Endowment; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; James J. O’Toole; the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz; Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund; The Shen Family Foundation; and numerous individuals.

NYSCA

New York State Council on the Arts

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.


Events at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners | Wed, Feb 5, 6:30 pm

American Promise | Sunday, Feb 9, 1 pm

february EVENTS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES First come, first served; families will be given seating priority. Chinese New Year Celebration Join Music from China and Brooklyn Public Library in welcoming the Year of the Horse. Performed by musicians playing the erhu, pipa, zheng and ruan. Saturday, Feb 1, 1 pm Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warrren An interactive program with singing, dancing and plenty of percussion! Tuesday, Feb 4, 11 am

Promises Kept: How to Help Black Boys Succeed in School & in Life: Lessons Learned from the 12-Year American Promise Project American Promise filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson created this parenting and educationalstrategies book for people who love, raise and educate Black boys. Sunday, Feb 9, 4 pm Russian Literary Series: Love ABC Notable Russian poets are assigned letters of the alphabet and are challenged to write love poetry based on a word that begins with their chosen letters. Saturday, Feb 15, 4 pm

Classical Interludes: Rain Play! From Harlem to Shanghai & Back* Award-winning illustrator and author Javaka Steptoe Pipa master Min Xiao-Fen debuts a new solo work, shares Rain Play!, his book of little ones playing games and having fun on a rainy day. Accompanied by tap dancer “Mao, Monk and Me,” followed by “From Harlem to Shanghai and Back,” featuring the Blue Pipa Quartet. Michela Marino-Lerman, the two bring Rain Play! alive. Ms. Min’s compositions are inspired by the reformed Saturday, Feb 8, 1 pm Beijing Operas and folk songs that were once dedicated to the workers and soldiers of the Cultural Revolution Stomp, Clap & Sing with Sweetbeatz (1966–1976). Early childhood teacher and vocalist Meredith Wright Sunday, Feb 16, 4 pm performs original songs that are sweet, soulful, edgy and energetic. Four Little Girls Tuesday, Feb 11, 11 am Director Spike Lee’s first feature-length documentary offers a close look at the four girls, ages 11 through 14, Haiti Cultural Exchange Presents: Krik? Krak! who perished in the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Traditional Haitian storytelling and songs will be led Alabama church. by Haitian authors, performers and musicians whose Wednesday, Feb 19, 6:30 pm dramatic retellings will incite a love of Haitian myth. Saturday, Feb 15, 1 pm Great Books Discussion Series: War and Peace Leo Tolstoy’s epic literary achievement broadly focuses Jerbean Gilkes: From Jazz to Hip Hop on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Led by Gilkes demonstrates the moves and grooves to Inessa Medzhibovskaya (Tolstoy and the Religious get you going! Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, Saturday, Feb 22, 1 pm 1845–1887). Thursday, Feb 20, 2 pm EVENTS FOR ADULTS Chinese New Year Celebration: Music from China Performs Xiang Yue: Songs of Folk Life Wang Guowei leads a quartet of erhu, pipa, flute and piano, in an eclectic program of arrangements based on Chinese folk tunes, songs of legendary Hong Kong pop singer Teresa Teng and Mr. Wang’s original compositions. Saturday, Feb 1, 4 pm Classical Interludes: Escher String Quartet* The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound; they will perform music by Dvorak and Mozart. Sunday, Feb 2, 4 pm Great Books Discussion Series: War and Peace Leo Tolstoy’s epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya (Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845–1887). Thursday, Feb 6, 2 pm Russian Film Series: Yuri Shchekochikhin. Once I Was... Ten years ago Shchekochikhin, an influential journalist, writer and social activist, died suddenly and under suspicious circumstances. This film focuses on his life, his times and his constant fight against injustice. Thursday, Feb 6, 7 pm Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers: Adelle Waldman Waldman discusses her debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., which follows a young Brooklyn literary sensation whose star is on the rise. Saturday, Feb 8, 4 pm

Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn In the wake of the southern student sit-ins, The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) created a Brooklyn chapter, which quickly established itself as one of the most audacious and dynamic chapters in the nation. Historian Brian Purnell discusses the group’s tactics, such as dumping trash on the steps of Borough Hall to protest inadequate garbage collection and targeting the opening day of the 1964 World’s Fair with a trafficsnarling “stall-in.” Saturday, Feb 22, 4 pm Avery Sharpe Quartet Presents: The Martin Luther King Project Sharpe follows up his Sojourner Truth Project with this outstanding multimedia presentation about American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Martin Luther King Jr. The performance blends compositions based on his life and famous speeches with historical photographs. Sunday, Feb 23, 1 pm Classical Interludes: The Harlem Chamber Players* The Harlem Chamber Players will perform compositions by African American composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and James Lee III, as well as Ravel’s String Quartet. Sunday, Feb 23, 4 pm American Promise An encore screening of the documentary (see Black History Month listings, Sunday, Feb 9). Thursday, Feb 27, 6:30 pm *In order to permit audiences to enjoy our Classical Interludes series without disturbance, children under the age of 6 will no longer be admitted.

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.

Joshua Nelson | Thursday, Feb 20, 7 pm

February is Bl ack History Month, a celebration of the African American experience and legacy in America and abroad. Check out some of the exciting cultural offerings at the Dweck Center in commemoration: Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers & Barber Shops in America Quincy T. Mills presents a sweeping, engaging history of an iconic cultural establishment—black-owned barber shops—which serve as important gathering places for African American men to talk freely. Sunday, Feb 2, 1 pm Free Angela and All Political Prisoners Director Shola Lynch (Unbought and Unbossed: The Life of Shirley Chisholm) introduces her documentary on the political activist Angela Davis, who was incarcerated for “aiding and abetting” the kidnap and murder of a judge and several others in a 1970 shootout. Wednesday, Feb 5, 6:30 pm Film Screening & Discussion: American Promise This documentary follows Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn who turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, as the boys make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Sunday, Feb 9, 1 pm Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights Brooklynite Nev Nnaji directed this documentary about black women’s marginalization between the Black Power and Feminist movements, as well as the resulting political mobilization of women of color. Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30 pm dweck-lec’-tic: Joshua Nelson Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel, combines Jewish liturgical lyrics with one of America’s bestknown indigenous musical forms: jazz. For Nelson, kosher gospel is a way to claim both parts of his identity as a Black Jew. Thursday, Feb 20, 7 pm The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 This documentary mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US, drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Wednesday, Feb 26, 6:30 pm See all of our February listings for more Black History Month events at BPL. Thank You The Russian Literary Series and the Great Books Discussion Series are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Global Lens Film Series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding provided by the Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.; and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine. The Silent Film Series is sponsored by Los Blancos. C  lassical Interludes, dweck-lec’-tic and Gotham: New York City’s Best Writers are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

bklynpubliclibrary.org

7


8

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

Central Library Exhibitions February 13 – April 27, 2014

Full Circle: Sculpture by Fred Bendheim Abstract and playful small-scale wooden sculptures, many of which take the form of a circle or circuit and are carved or are assembled from other materials found in nature. Foyer Cases Drawing Outside the Lines by Suyeon Na This project by Korean-born Na is a hybrid of Western urban environments and Asian culture through fantasy-driven images, using paper and other materials. Additional new work in fabric is also featured. Foyer Cases Brooklyn’s Rescued Bestiary Original artwork and compilation of stories from Brooklyn’s Rescued Bestiary, a letterpress-printed, hand-bound, limited-edition book, based on Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Windsor Terrace, created by Strike Three Press. Balcony Cases What Do You See When a Tree Falls? by Heinrich Spillmann Carved vases and chairs made from old and historic trees that have fallen in the area around Central Library at Grand Army Plaza following storms over the past few years. Lobby Gallery When You Look, What Do You See? by John Denninger The hidden world is opened up for all to see by Denninger through photographs. There is beauty from natural and human-made collages of texture, light, shadow, shape and composition. Lobby Gallery It Starts With Just a Seed by Bryan Collier Original collages (combined with watercolors) created for children’s books, including artwork from I, Too Am America, Dave the Potter, Fifty-Cents and a Dream and others. Also featured is his latest book, Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me. Youth Wing From left to right: Bendheim’s Jubilee; Na’s Dragon Trinity; Strike Three Press’ Brooklyn’s Rescued Bestiary; Spillman’s Maple Chair; Denninger’s Fire On Tin; Collier’s Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me.

To view more highlights of these exhibitions, visit us online at bklynpubliclibrary.org/events/exhibitions. Hours: M – Th 9 – 9 | F 10 – 6 | Sa 10 – 6 | Su 1 – 5

Now at two locations!

Need a Passport? You can now apply for a new U.S. passport book or card at two Brooklyn Public Library locations.

Photo © Phillip Greenberg

New Experiences Are Waiting for You @ Info Commons Visit the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons daily for great workshops and meet-ups in a collaborative workspace. You’ll have access to a learning lab, meeting rooms, a digital recording studio and the latest creative technology resources, including Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software.

Programs & Events Passport Service Hours Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza 718.230.2292 Sunday�����������������������������������������������������������������10 am – 4 pm Monday – Thursday�����������������������������������������������10 am – 7 pm Friday & Saturday��������������������������������������������������10 am – 5 pm Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue 718.375.3037 ext. 128 Sunday – Friday����������������������������������������������������10 am – 3 pm

For more information, please visit us online at bklynpubliclibrary.org/passport.

bklynpubliclibrary.org

Hours are subject to change; call or go online for up-todate information.

Library staff, skilled teachers, creative professionals and entrepreneurs from across the city lead classes and programs that meet the needs of today’s workforce, creators, students and freelancers. BPL also partners with New York City organizations, including BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, to bring creative and professional training in media and digital arts to Brooklyn residents: • • • • •

Multimedia and design courses Hackathons, skillshares, meet-ups and peer-to-peer trainings General computer instruction Advanced research classes Career development

For the most up-to-date details and program offerings, please visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/infocommons.


9

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

december

There are even more events at a library near you! Visit our website and click Events Calendar.

Brooklyn Public Library is closed on December 25. Arlington Library Skills Training & Employment Program (Adults) Meet one-on-one with library staff to update or start a resume. Tuesdays, 1 pm Bay Ridge Library Movies (Adults) Mondays, Dec 2, 9 & 16, 1:30 pm Ridge Kids Write (Kids) Let your creative self out by writing poems, short stories and more with your friends. For ages 6 to 9. Thursdays, Dec 5, 12 & 19, 3 pm Book Discussion: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Adults) Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:30 pm Bedford Library Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Tuesdays, 11 am Shut Up & Write! (Adults) Share your first drafts and original fiction in a welcoming and non-judgmental creative atmosphere. Tuesdays, Dec 3 & 17, 4:30 pm Teen Time Enjoy books, games and music. Wednesdays, 4 pm Borough Park Library Game On (Kids) Enjoy stories, puzzles and games. Tuesday, Dec 10, 3 pm English Conversation Group (Adults) Join other adults to practice English conversation. Tuesdays, 6 pm Brighton Beach Library Explore & Create (Kids) Friday, Dec 13, 4 pm Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Fridays, 11 am Learn to Speak Yiddish (Adults) Fridays, 2 pm Brower Park Library Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Tuesdays, 10:30 am Computer Basics Class (Adults) Thursdays, 10:30 am Bushwick Library Book Discussion: The Dinner by Herman Koch (Adults) Thursday, Dec 12, 6:45 pm Toddler Story Time (Birth to Five Years) Listen to songs and hear stories. Wednesdays, 11:30 am Carroll Gardens Library English Conversation Class (Adults) Tuesdays, 3 pm Children’s French Films (Kids) For ages 6 to 10. Fridays, 3:30 pm

Story Time (Kids) For ages 4 to 6. Saturdays, 10:30 am Central Library Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Dec 3, 2 pm Information Commons Lab Teen Relationship Program: Contraception & Birth Control (Teens) Part of Planned Parenthood of NYC’s Teen Advocates Program, led by trained teen educators. For ages 11 to 19. Thursday, Dec 5, 5 pm Youth Wing Literacy Volunteer Information Session (Adults) Learn how to become a volunteer literacy tutor. Saturday, Dec 7, 10:30 am Learning Center Free SAT or ACT Practice Test with Princeton Review (Teens) Warm up for the ACT or the SAT and find how you would score. Saturday, Dec 14, 12 pm Youth Wing Served Up – The Old Fashioned: Past and Present Part of the winter series “Served Up: Cocktail Culture and Techniques with a New York Twist.” Tuesday, Dec 17, 7 pm Information Commons Lab Geneology Group (Adults) Explore databases and resources available to genealogy researchers. Wednesday, Dec 18, 7 pm Never Too Late to Learn: Computer Topics for Seniors Mondays, 10 am Information Commons Lab Russian Conversation Group (Adults) Mondays, 5 pm Portuguese Conversation Group: Intermediate Level (Adults) Mondays, 7 pm Information Commons, Meeting Room 7 Japanese Conversation Group (Adults) Sundays, 1:30 pm Information Commons, Meeting Room 4

Babies & Books (Birth to Five Years) Tuesdays, 10:30 am

Knitting & Crochet Circle (Adults) Brush up on your skills and Crown Heights Library have fun! Mondays, 2 pm Computer Basics Class (Adults) Explore & Create (Kids) No experience necessary. Crafts for ages 4 and up. Wednesdays, 10:30 am Thursday, Dec 26, 3:15 pm Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 10:30 am Kid’s Time Play chess, checkers, dominoes and more. Fridays, 4 pm Cypress Hills Library Anny B’s Fashion Design Program (Kids) Thursdays, Dec 5, 12 & 19, 3:30 pm English Conversation Group (Adults) Wednesdays, 12 pm Saturdays, 3:30 pm Computer Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Wednesdays, 1 pm Dyker Library Computer Basics Class: Internet Workshop (Adults) Monday, Dec 2, 1 pm Holiday Crafts (Kids) Thursday, Dec 19, 3 pm Holiday Choral Singing (Seniors) Receive professional instruction while having fun! Wednesdays, 2 pm Eastern Parkway Library Computer Basics One-onOne (Adults) Learn basic computer skills and more with help from library staff. Sessions are for 30 minutes. Call 718.953.4225 or speak to a librarian to register. Tuesdays, 6 pm Thursdays, 11 am Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 11 am Crochet & Knitting (Adults) Beginners are welcome. Fridays, 12 pm Flatbush LIBRARY

Clarendon Library Internet Workshop: Free Money for College (Adults) Wednesday, Dec 4, 1:30 pm Teen Tech Time & Kids Tech Time: Wii / PS3 Gaming Thursdays, Dec 5, 12 & 19, 3:30 pm Explore & Create (Kids) Wednesday, Dec 18, 3:30 pm Coney Island Library Crochet Workshop (Adults) Please bring a crochet hook (Size H) and yarn. Tuesdays, 2 pm Writing Workshop (Teens) Join us for an opportunity to tap into your natural creativity. Wednesdays, 4 pm Cortelyou Library English Conversation Group (Adults) Wednesdays, Dec 4 & 11, 6 pm

Gravesend Library

Literacy Volunteer Information Session (Adults) Tuesday, Dec 5, 6:30 pm Zumba (Adults) Fridays, 4 pm Flatlands Library Collage Making (Kids) Create mixed collages using traditional and non-traditional craft supplies. Wednesday, Dec 18, 3:30 pm Gerritsen Library Game On: Board Games (Kids) Tuesdays, Dec 3 & 10, 3:30 pm Babies & Books (Birth to Five Years) Thursdays, Dec 5 & 12, 10:30 am Holiday Crafts (Kids) Friday, Dec 13, 3:30 pm

Writing Workshop (Tweens) For ages 10 to 14. Fridays, Dec 6, 13 & 20, 2:45 pm

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.

Greenpoint Library Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Hear stories, make friends and play! Mondays, 10:30 am After-School Stories (Kids) Hear stories, sing songs and make something fun! Mondays, 4:30 pm Computer One-on-One (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesdays, 1:15 pm Thursdays, 1:15 pm Highlawn Library Book Discussion (Adults) Call for title. Wednesday, Dec 18, 5 pm U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation (Adults) Join us for a free exam preparation group. Thursdays, 4 pm Homecrest Library Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Wednesdays, 11 am Chess (All Ages) Wednesdays, 3:30 pm Electronic Games (Teens) Fridays, 3:30 pm Kensington Library Computer Basics Class: PowerPoint (Adults) No experience necessary. Registration required. Wednesday, Dec 4, 11 am Game On! (Teens) Enjoy video games, chess and other activities. Wednesdays, 4 pm Kings Bay Library Current Events Group (Adults) Participate in thoughtful discussions with others. Mondays, 10 am Mandarin Language Fun (Kids) Learn to speak Mandarin and have fun. Tuesdays, 1 pm NORC Silver Sneakers (Seniors) Tuesdays, 1 pm Kings Highway Library Explore & Create (Kids) Come listen to a story and make some crafts! Thursday, Dec 19, 3:30 pm Computer Basics Class (Adults) Learn to use Microsoft Word and the internet. Registration required. In Russian. Tuesdays, 11 am Teen Tech Time: Wii & PS3 Play fun games! Tuesdays, 3:30 pm Leonard Library Excel Basics Class (Adults) Thursday, Dec 5, 1 pm

Yoga for Toddlers (18 – 36 mos.) Thursdays, 10:30 am Story Time with Ms. Tehlilah (Birth to Five Years) Thursdays, 11:30 am Macon Library Resume Help (All Ages) One-on-one resume assistance. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am Mapleton Library DIY: Knitting (Teens) Learn how to knit. Wednesdays, Dec 4 & 18, 4 pm

Explore & Create (Kids) Wednesday, Dec 4, 3:30 pm Movie (Teens) Enjoy a free screening. Thursday, Dec 5, 3:30 pm Saratoga Library Imagine It! Build It! Legos in the Library! (Teens) Saturday, Dec 21, 11:30 am Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Hear stories, make friends and play! Wednesdays, 10:30 am

English Conversation Group (Adults) Tuesdays, 6 pm

Sheepshead Bay Library

Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Wednesdays, 11 am

U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation (All Ages) Join our free exam preparation groups. Thursdays, 3 pm

Midwood Library Crochet Club (Adults) Thursdays, 2 pm Mill Basin Library DIY: Crafty Teen Time Fridays, Dec 6 & 20, 4 pm Meeting: Friends of the Mill Basin Library (Adults) Join this group of volunteers and help the Library expand its services to the community. Thursday, Dec 19, 4 pm Babies & Books (Birth to 18 mos.) Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. Wednesdays, 1 pm New Lots Library Literacy Volunteer Information Session (Adults) Find out how to become a literacy volunteer. Tuesday, Dec 3, 10:30 am Babies & Books / Story Time (Birth to 18 mos.) Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. Wednesdays, Dec 4 & 11, 1 pm New Utrecht Library Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, Dec 4 & 11, 1:30 pm

Winter Crafts (Kids) Wednesdays, 4 pm

Loop, Hoop & Knitting Club (Adults) Learn to knit and make new friends. Fridays, 12 pm Spring Creek Library After-School Homework Help (Kids) Mondays, 3 pm Chess Workshop (All Ages) Wednesdays, 5:45 pm Stone Avenue Library Board Games (Kids) Thursday, Dec 11, 3:30 pm Sunset Park Library Babies & Toddlers Time (Birth to Five Years) Enjoy books, songs, rhymes and playtime. Wednesdays, 10:30 am After-School Story Time (Kids) Tuesdays, 4:30 pm Learn English for Business & the Workplace (Adults) Learn important business vocabulary and phrases you need at work. Tuesdays, Dec 3 & 10, 6 pm Ulmer Park Library Toddler Time (Birth to Five Years) Enjoy stories and play. Wednesdays, 11 am

Philosophy Discussion Group (Adults) Story Play (Birth to Five Fridays, Dec 6 & 20, 3:30 pm Years) Wednesdays, 12 pm Teen Time Enjoy books, games and music. English Conversation Group Thursdays, 4 pm (Adults) Thursdays, 1 pm Pacific Library Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesdays, 11 am Thursdays, 11 am Chess Workshop (All Ages) Learn, practice or improve your game. Thursdays, 3 pm Story Craft (Birth to Five Years) Hear a story, make a craft. Thursdays, 3:30 pm Rugby Library Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Dec 3, 1 pm

Williamsburgh Library Babies & Books (Birth to Five Years) Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. Friday, Dec 6, 10:30 am Teen Tech Time: Wii / PS3 Explore various games for Wii & PlayStation! Tuesdays, 5 pm Windsor Terrace Library Resume & Career Help (Adults) Get one-on-one assistance with your resume, job search and online career resources. Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

bklynpubliclibrary.org


10

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

JaNuary

There are even more events at a library near you! Visit our website and click Events Calendar.

Brooklyn Public Library is closed on January 1 & 20. bAy ridge librAry

centrAl librAry

Karaoke (Adults) Sing along with all of your favorites! Saturday, Jan 4, 3 pm

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Jan 7, 2 pm Information Commons Lab

Book Discussion: Fever (Adults) A fictionalized account of the life of Typhoid Mary. Tuesday, Jan 14, 6:30 pm Ridge Kids Write (Kids) Let your creative self out by writing poems, short stories and more. Thursdays, 3 pm (Ages 6 – 9) Thursdays, 4 pm (Ages 10+) No session Jan 2 bedford librAry Shut Up & Write! (Adults) Bring in your first drafts and original fiction to read aloud and revise in a welcoming atmosphere. Tuesdays, Jan 14 & 28, 4:30 pm Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Tuesdays, 11 am Knitting Circle (All Ages) Knitters of all levels are welcome. Please bring your own needles and yarn. Wednesdays, 5 pm brighton beAch librAry Movie: Hawaii’s Last Queen (Adults) Wednesday, Jan 22, 1:30 pm Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Fridays, 11 am Learn to Speak Yiddish (Adults) Fridays, 2 pm bushwick librAry Toddler Story Time (Birth to Five Years) Listen to songs and hear stories. Wednesdays, 11:30 am Explore & Create (Kids) Create a new project each week. Wednesdays, 4 pm cArroll gArdens librAry English Conversation Class (Adults) Tuesdays, 3 pm Children’s French Films (Kids) For ages 6 – 10. Fridays, 3:30 pm Saturday Story Time (Birth to Five Years) For ages 4 to 6. Saturdays, 10:30 am

Free SAT Practice Test with Princeton Review (Teens) Warm up for the SAT and find out how you would score. Saturday, Jan 11, 12 pm Youth Wing Email Class (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Wednesday, Jan 15, 7 pm Information Commons Lab Literacy Volunteer Information Session (Adults) Attend an information session to learn how to become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor. Saturday, Jan 18, 10:30 am Learning Center Microsoft Word Class (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Tuesday, Jan 23, 2 pm Information Commons Lab Computer Basics Class (Seniors) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Jan 28, 2 pm Information Commons Lab

Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 10:30 am Kids’ Time Children play chess, checkers, dominoes and more. Fridays, 4 pm

Knitting & Crochet Circle (Adults) Brush up on your skills and have fun! Mondays, 2 pm

dyker librAry

greenPoint librAry

Computer Basics: Internet Workshop (Adults) Learn about computer hardware and software, search the BPL website and set up an email address. Monday, Jan 6, 1 pm

Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Mondays, 10:30 am

Teen Express A safe space for poets, performing artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their voices. Open mic available. Tuesday, Jan 28, 3 pm After-School Homework Help (Kids) Saturdays, 11 am eAstern PArkwAy librAry Computer Basics One-onOne (Adults) Learn basic computer skills. Call 718.953.4225 or visit the branch to register. Tuesdays, 6 pm Thursdays, 11 am

clArendon librAry Explore & Create (Kids) Wednesday, Jan 8, 3:30 pm Teen Tech Time & Kids Tech Time: Wii / PS3 Gaming Make new friends and play Wii games. Thursdays, Jan 9 & 16, 3:30 pm Internet Workshop: Free Money for College (Adults) Learn about scholarships, grants and more. Wednesday, Jan 15, 1:30 pm coney islAnd librAry Crochet Workshop (Adults) Please bring a crochet hook (size H) and yarn. Tuesdays, 2 pm Writing Workshop (Teens) Join us for an opportunity to tap into your natural creativity. Wednesdays, 4 pm

Explore & Create (Kids) For ages 4 and up. Thursday, Jan 30, 3:15 pm

Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 11 am

After-School Stories (Kids) Hear stories, sing songs and make something fun. Mondays, 4:30 pm Computer One-on-One (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:15 pm

mAcon librAry Meet the Brooklyn Knight (All Ages) The Mascot of the Brooklyn Knights is at Macon! Thursday, Jan 30, 3:30 pm mAPleton librAry Email Class Part 1 (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Learn how to create and use an email account. Tuesday, Jan 28, 1 pm

highlAwn librAry Book Discussion (Adults) Please call for title. Wednesday, Jan 15, 5 pm

Teen Tech Time: PS3 Gaming (Teens) Come and play video games with other teens. Thursdays, 4 pm midwood librAry

U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation (Adults) Join us for a free exam preparation group. Thursdays, 4 pm

Crochet Club (Adults) Thursdays, 2 pm mill bAsin librAry Babies & Books (Birth to 18 mos.) Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. Wednesdays, 1 pm

homecrest librAry Movie (Kids) For ages 6 to 12. Thursday, Jan 16, 4 pm Movie (Adults) Please call for title. Mondays, 1:30 pm

Creative Writing & Poetry (Adults) In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, Jan 18, 2 pm

Computer Basics: PowerPoint (Adults) No experience necessary. Registration required. Wednesday, Jan 22, 11 am

Chinese Culture Meet-andGreet (All Ages) Come join us as we celebrate the Year of the Horse. Wednesday, Jan 22, 3 pm

Groundhog Day Guess-aThon (Kids) Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Submit your guess during branch open hours! Friday, Jan 31, 10 am

Tween Time Join your friends for some exciting after-school activities. For ages 10 and up. Fridays, 4 pm

cortelyou librAry

Library Online Databases Class (Adults) Learn how to browse and research our BPL databases. Wednesday, Jan 29, 11 am

Explore & Create (Kids) Tuesday, Jan 21, 4 pm

gerritsen librAry

Toddler Time (Birth to Five Years) Wednesdays, 2:45 pm

Game On! Board Games (Kids) Tuesdays, 3:30 pm No session Jan 7

kings bAy librAry Chess Workshop (Teens) Learn to play chess or play with a friend. Thursdays, 4 pm

PAcific librAry Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Jan 23, 11 am After-School Homework Help (All Ages) Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4 pm

ESOL Class (Adults) Thursdays, 5:30 pm

Story Craft (Birth to Five Years) Hear a story and make a craft! Thursdays, 3:30 pm

Babies & Books (Birth to Five Years) Thursdays, 10:30 am crown heights librAry No sessions Jan 2 & 9

kings highwAy librAry

rugby librAry

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Wednesdays, 10:30 am

Chess (All Ages) Tuesdays, 3 pm

Movie (Teens) Please call for title. Thursday, Jan 2, 3:30 pm

Teen Tech Time Tuesdays, 3:30 pm

Writing Workshop (Tweens) Fridays, 2:45 pm

grAvesend librAry Talking Circle (Adults) Hear and tell stories from your experiences with others in your community. Wednesday, Jan 8, 2 pm

sheePsheAd bAy librAry Toddler & Preschool Story Time (Birth to Five Years) Enjoy stories, music and activities. Tuesdays, 11 am Explore & Create (Kids) Explore your creativity with this weekly craft group. Wednesdays, 4 pm English Conversation Group (Adults) Thursdays, 1 pm sPring creek librAry Chess Workshop (All Ages) Wednesdays, 5:45 pm

sunset PArk librAry Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Friday, Jan 10, 11 am La Hora Mágica de los Pequeños (Birth to Five Years) Stories, games, songs, fingerplay, rhymes and fun activities. In English and Spanish. Wednesdays, Jan 22 & 29, 1:30 pm After-School Story Time (Kids) Tuesdays, 4:30 pm ulmer PArk librAry English Conversation Group (Adults) Join other adults who are learning to speak English. Thursdays, 1 pm windsor terrAce librAry Resume & Career Help (Adults) Get one-on-one assistance with your resume, job search and online career resources. Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Follow Brooklyn Public Library! Facebook “f ” Logo

• Participate in borough-wide BPL and Brooklyn Eagles community service projects

RGB / .eps

Brooklyn Public Library

• Receive advance notice about BPL events like author talks, film series, exhibitions and more

To learn more about joining the Brooklyn Eagles, please visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/brooklyneagles.

Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Children hear stories, make friends and play! Wednesdays, 10:30 am

GET SOCIAL

As a Brooklyn Eagle, you will: • Support a treasured educational and cultural institution

• Receive special invitations to Brooklyn Eagles events

Imagine It! Build It! Legos in The Library! (Teens) Use your imagination to build something fun from Legos. Saturday, Jan 18, 11:30 am

Board Games (Kids) Thursdays, Jan 8 & 22, 3:30 pm

kensington librAry

Game On! (Teens) Videogames, chess and other gaming activities. Wednesdays, 4 pm

sArAtogA librAry

stone Avenue librAry

flAtbush librAry

Collage Making (Kids) Create mixed collages using traditional and non-traditional craft supplies. Wednesday, Jan 24, 3:30 pm

Homework Help (Kids) Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3:30 pm

Philosophy Discussion Group (Adults) Discuss philosophical topics suggested by members of the group. Fridays, Jan 10 & 24, 3:30 pm

Chess (All Ages) Wednesdays, 3:30 pm

flAtlAnds librAry

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Jan 7, 1 pm

new utrecht librAry

Crochet & Knitting (Adults) Beginners are welcome. Fridays, 12 pm

The Brooklyn Eagles are a new group of engaged young supporters committed to Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). Their mission is to connect with new patrons, promote BPL as a cultural center and build a community around the resources the Library offers.

bklynpubliclibrary.org

Yoga For Toddlers (18 – 36 mos.) Thursdays, 10:30 am

Teen Poetry Workshop Have fun learning about and writing poetry. Wednesday, Jan 29, 4 pm

J O I N TH E B R O O K LYN E A GL E S !

Photo © Philip Greenberg

leonArd librAry

Facebook “f ” Logo

@brooklynpublic

RGB / .eps

BPLvideos

Brooklyn Public Library

Pin your favorite pics of BPL on

You can read our Calendar of Events online! http://issuu.com/brooklynpubliclibrary

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.


11

Brooklyn Public Library • CALENDAR OF EVENTS • December 2013, January & February 2014

february

There are even more events at a library near you! Visit our website and click Events Calendar.

Brooklyn Public Library is closed on February 17. Bay Ridge Library Karaoke (Adults) Sing along with all of your favorites! Saturdays, Feb 1 & 15, 3 pm Book Discussion: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Adults) Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother’s exercise in extreme parenting. Tuesday, Feb 11, 6:30 pm Ridge Kids Write (Kids) Let your creative self out by writing poems, short stories and more. Thursdays, 3 pm (Ages 6 – 9) Thursdays, 4 pm (Ages 10+) Bedford Library Shut Up & Write! (Adults) Bring in your first drafts and original fiction to read aloud and revise in a welcoming atmosphere. Tuesdays, Feb 11 & 25, 4:30 pm Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Tuesdays, 11 am Teen Time Enjoy books, games and music. Fridays, 4 pm Brighton Beach Library Guitar Workshop (Adults) Wednesdays, Feb 5 & 19, 4 pm Explore & Create (Kids) Friday, Feb 14, 4 pm Book Discussion: Explosive Eighteen (Adults) Thursday, Feb 20, 2 pm Bushwick Library Book Discussion (Adults) Call for title. Thursday, Feb 6, 6:45 pm Toddler Story Time (Birth to Five Years) Listen to songs and hear stories. Wednesdays, 11:30 am Canarsie Library Black History Month: Read Out Loud (Teens) Bring your favorite piece by a prominent African-American to read out loud. You are also welcome to share your own writings. Tuesday, Feb 11, 4 pm Carroll Gardens Library English Conversation Class (Adults) Tuesdays, 3 pm Children’s French Films (Kids) For ages 6 to 10. Fridays, 3:30 pm Saturday Story Time (Birth to Five Years) For ages 4 to 6. Saturdays, 10:30 am Central Library Email Class (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Wednesday, Feb 4, 2 pm Information Commons Lab Free ACT Practice Test with Princeton Review (Teens) Learn test-taking tips and strategies to help boost your scores. Saturday, Feb 8, 12 pm Youth Wing

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Feb 12, 2 pm Information Commons Lab Literacy Volunteer Information Session (Adults) Attend an information session to learn how to become a volunteer literacy tutor. Saturday, Feb 15, 10:30 am Learning Center Microsoft Word Class (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Tuesday, Feb 20, 2 pm Information Commons Lab

Eastern Parkway Library Computer Basics One-onOne (Adults) Learn basic computer skills. Registration required. Tuesdays, 6 pm Thursdays, 11 am Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 11 am Crochet & Knitting (Adults) Join us for an afternoon of crochet and knitting. Beginners are welcome. Fridays, 12 pm

Computer Basics Class (Seniors) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Feb 25, 7 pm Information Commons Lab

Computer Basics Class (Adults) Tuesdays, 1:30 pm

Clarendon Library

Flatlands Library

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesday, Feb 5, 11 am

Library Online Databases Class (Adults) Learn how to browse and research our BPL databases. Wednesday, Feb 26, 11 am

Explore & Create (Kids) Wednesday, Feb 12, 3:30 pm Internet Workshop: Free Money for College (Adults) Learn about scholarships, grants and more. Wednesday, Feb 26, 1:30 pm Coney Island Library Black History Month Quiz (All Ages) Test your knowledge of famous black Americans and events in black history. Thursday, Feb 27, 4 pm Crochet Workshop (Adults) Please bring a crochet hook (size H) and yarn. Tuesdays, 2 pm Writing Workshop (Teens) Join us for an opportunity to tap into your natural creativity. Wednesdays, 4 pm Cortelyou Library Explore & Create (Kids) Tuesday, Feb 25, 4 pm Toddler Time (Birth to Five Years) Wednesdays, 2:45 pm No session Feb 19 Writing Workshop (Tweens) Fridays, 2:45 pm No session Feb 21

Flatbush Library

Gerritsen Library Explore & Create: Valentine’s Day Craft (Kids) Friday, Feb 14, 3:30 pm Game On! Board Games (Kids) Tuesdays, 3:30 pm

Kids Time Children play chess, checkers, dominoes and more. Fridays, 4 pm Dyker Library

Game On! (Teens) Videogames, chess and more. Wednesdays, 4 pm Kings Bay Library Chess Workshop (Teens) Learn to play chess or play with a friend. Thursdays, 4 pm ESOL Class (Adults) Thursdays, 5:30 pm Reading & Writing Homework Help (Teens) Fridays, 3 pm Kings Highway Library Basic Computer Skills (Adults) Program is in Russian. Tuesdays, 11 am Teen Tech Time: Wii & PS3 Tuesdays, 3:30 pm No session Feb 25 English Conversation Group (Adults) Thursdays, 1 pm

Midwood Library Crochet Club (Adults) Thursdays, 2 pm Mill Basin Library Kids Tech Time: Computer Valentines Make a Valentine’s Day card using the computer. Friday, Feb 14, 4 pm Babies & Books (Birth to 18 mos.) Enjoy books, songs and rhymes. Wednesdays, 1 pm

Scavenger Hunt (Teens) Test your knowledge of black history. Wednesday, Feb 19, 3 pm Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 1:30 pm No session Feb 19

Gravesend Library

Macon Library

Talking Circle (Adults) Hear and tell stories from your experiences with others in your community. Wednesday, Feb 19, 2 pm

African American Read-In (All Ages) Celebration of African American writers. Saturday, Feb 8, 12 pm

After-School Homework Help (All Ages) Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4 pm

Explore & Create (Kids) For ages 4 and up. Thursday, Feb 27, 3:15 pm

Black History Month Film Series Call for titles. Tuesdays, 6 pm

Book Discussion (Adults) Please call for title. Tuesday, Feb 4, 6 pm

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Wednesday, Feb 5, 2 pm

Highlawn Library Book Discussion (Adults) Call for title. Wednesday, Feb 19, 5 pm U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation (Adults) Thursdays, 4 pm Homecrest Library

Valentine Crafts (Kids) Thursday, Feb 13, 3 pm

Toddler Time (18 – 36 mos.) Enjoy stories and play. Wednesdays, 11 am

Valentine Crafts (Teens) Tuesday, Feb 11, 4 pm Crafts for Kids Thursday, Feb 13, 4 pm

Please contact your library to confirm events as they are subject to change.

Preschool Stories Tuesdays, 11 am U.S. Citizenship Exam Preparation (All Ages) Thursdays, 3 pm

Chess Workshop (All Ages) Wednesdays, 5:45 pm

Babies & Books (Birth to Five Years) Thursdays, 10:30 am

Greenpoint Library

Celebrate Black History Month (All Ages) A “Sojourner Truth” interactive read-aloud and African American jewelry-making. Wednesday, Feb 19, 4 pm

Microsoft Excel Class (Adults) Basic computer knowledge required. Tuesday, Feb 4, 1:30 pm Wednesday, Feb 5, 1:30 pm

Computer Basics Class (Adults) No experience necessary. Tuesdays, Feb 10 & 24, 11 am Thursdays, Feb 13 & 27, 11 am

Mapleton Library

Sheepshead Bay Library

Spring Creek Library

Yoga for Toddlers (18 – 36 mos.) Thursdays, 10:30 am

Knitting & Crochet Circle (Adults) Brush up on your skills and have fun! Mondays, 2 pm

Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Children hear stories, make friends and play. Wednesdays, 10:30 am

New Utrecht Library

Pacific Library

Computer Basics: Internet Workshop (Adults) Learn about computer hardware and software, search the BPL website and set up an email address. Monday, Feb 3, 1 pm

After-School Homework Help (Kids) Saturdays, 11 am No session Feb 29

Groundhog Day Stories (Kids) Celebrate Groundhog Day and find out who guessed correctly whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Monday, Feb 3, 3:30 pm

Chess (All Ages) Tuesdays, 3:30 pm

Leonard Library

Read & Play (Birth to Five Years) Hear stories, make friends Crown Heights Library and play! Mondays, 10:30 am Computer Basics Class (Adults) After-School Stories (Kids) No experience necessary. Hear stories, sing songs and Wednesdays, 10:30 am make something fun. Mondays, 4:30 pm Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Thursdays, 10:30 am

Kensington Library

Stone Avenue Library Board Games (Kids) Thursdays, Feb 5 & 19, 3:30 pm Sunset Park Library Computación Básica (Adults) Wednesday, Feb 5, 11 am Preschool Story Time Enjoy stories, songs, playtime and other fun activities. Wednesdays, 4 pm Babies & Toddlers Time Enjoy books, songs, rhymes and playtime. Tuesdays, Feb 12 & 26, 10:30 am Ulmer Park Library English Conversation Group (Adults) Thursdays, 1 pm

Rugby Library

Arts & Crafts (Kids) Wednesday, Feb 5, 3:30 pm

Story Play (Birth to Five Years) Play with toys and hear stories. Wednesday, Feb 5, 11 am

Book Discussion (Teens) Thursday, Feb 27, 4 pm

DIY: Beading & Jewelry (Teens) Wednesday, Feb 19, 4 pm

Imagine It! Build It! Legos in the Library! (Teens) Use your imagination to build something fun from Legos. Saturday, Feb 15, 11:30 am

Windsor Terrace Library Resume & Career Help (Adults) Get one-on-one assistance with your resume, job search and using online career resources. Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Saratoga Library

2014 Business Plan Competition You could win $15,000 to help bring your business ideas to life! Orientations begin in February. For a full list of dates and more details, please visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/business/powerup. The competition is brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library’s Business & Career Library Success Council and Citi Foundation.

bklynpubliclibrary.org


Branch Locations For more information on library closures, visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/renovations.jsp.

5768.CL (12.1.13)

Brooklyn Heights & Business and Career Library

Your Library Card is a Big Deal! Show your card at any one of these businesses to get great discounts.

1 of a Find 633 Vanderbilt Avenue

Fanci-Pooches & Purrs Spa Boutique

Mailzone, Inc. 2003 Stillwell Avenue

470 Sterling Place

Abigail Café & Wine Bar

Five Spot Restaurant

Nu Wave Kultural Kreations

807 Classon Avenue

459 Myrtle Avenue

All Car Rent-A-Car

Select Services Agency & Driving School 9621 Flatlands Avenue

The Terrace 1692 Utica Avenue

Still Hip

Timmy’s Stride Rite Shoes

712 Washington Avenue

283 Grand Avenue

1005 Flatbush Avenue

Flatbush Caton Market

Off the Top Salon

Stomp

Usual Diner

1941 Utica Avenue

814 Flatbush Avenue

324 Malcolm X Boulevard

4825 Fifth Avenue

637 Vanderbilt Avenue

Beautiful Fabrics

Flying Squirrel

Peter Pizza

Sunset Bagels

1071 Flatbush Avenue

96 N. Sixth Street

2358 80th Street

4903 Fifth Avenue

The Wright Corner Computer Services

Blue Mountain Farm Restaurant & Bakery

Ginger Root Café

Picket Fence

1695-1697 Utica Avenue

4207 18th Avenue

702 Washington Avenue 1310 Cortelyou Road Opening Fall 2012

Brooklyn Circus

Idalias Salon Spa Boutique

150 Nevins Street

677 Washington Avenue

Brooklyn Stone Boutique

Jay Mills Bridal Department Store

366 Myrtle Avenue

868 Flatbush Avenue

Café Shane 794 Washington Avenue

Covenant Ballet Theater 2085 Coney Island Avenue

2800 Kings Highway

Johntines Boutique

Polish Bar 641 Vanderbilt Avenue 470 Myrtle Avenue

Remarkable Events 896 Rogers Avenue

Safe Hands Day Care

332 Malcolm X Boulevard

5101 Clarendon Road 1603 E. 95th Street

Kay Da Barber

Save-A-Thon

261 Malcolm X Boulevard

824 Flatbush Avenue 2452 Flatbush Avenue

La Vida Shoes

Get the greenstack app for your iPhone and search for local discounts. Visit greenstack.com, or scan the code below.

5402-04 Fifth Avenue

For more information on the Community Partners program, visit bklynpubliclibrary.org/about/community-partners.


Brooklyn Public Library Winter 2014