BPL PRESENTS is Central Library's series of arts and culture events, including talks, conversations, and readings with authors, artists and scholars; live music, dance and theater performances; film screening; and art exhibitions. Events are free or ticketed and are taking place at Central Library's Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, unless noted otherwise.

All BPL Presents programs at the Dweck Cultural Center and Central Library are free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons with reservations will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Unclaimed reservations will be released fifteen minutes before the start of an event; we recommend arriving early. Patrons without reservations will be seated as capacity allows.

Reservations can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week on our website by visiting the program’s calendar entry at bklynlibrary.org/bplpresents or by phone at 718.230.2200 (please see our phone reservation policy for hours and additional details). Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. The maximum number of seats that can be reserved per event is 3.

The Dweck Center is an accessible venue. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at the event, please contact Margie Cook: MCook@bklynlibrary.org.

Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of seats you are requesting (maximum of 3).


2018 Midterm Explainer: The Post-Mortem

Mon, Nov 19   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

bpl presents midterm explainer

Was it a Blue Wave? A mandate for Green jobs? A hundred new cracks in the Glass Ceiling? All of the above?

This is the culminating event for the 2018 Midterm Explainer. Join a very smart...

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Classical Interludes: counter)induction

Sun, Nov 25   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

counter)induction’s mission since its inception has been straightforward: world-class performances of contemporary chamber music, without hype and without agenda other than our complete commitment...


Poet Monica Ferrell Reads from You Darling Thing

Wed, Nov 28   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Windsor Terrace Library

adult learning bpl presents poetry

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of fiction and poetry, most recently the collection You Darling Thing (Four Way, 2018). Her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (Dial Press/Random House) was...


Green Series: Toward a Green New Deal

Thu, Nov 29   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Leonard Library

author talks bpl presents environment green series

Join Ashley Dawson, Jamie Tyberg, Kali Akuno and Kate Aronoff for a wide-ranging discussion on how to fight for a Green New Deal.

The need for urgent climate action is more apparent than...

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The People’s Ball: A Night of Style, Imagination, Freedom and You

Sat, Dec 1   7:00 pm to 12:00 am   Central Library

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On December 1st, from 7pm to midnight, Brooklyn Public Library will host the first People’s Ball, a party celebrating imagination, style and freedom—with a touch of subversion.

The People’...

Selvon Smith, BPL's VP of Information Technology, with Alexis Davis. Photographed by Gregg Richards, staff photographer.

Silent Movie Matinee: LUCKY STAR (1929)

Sun, Dec 2   12:30 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film movies silent movie matinee

Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell first co-starred in director Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven.  Lucky Star is their third and final work with Borzage, from a story by Tristram Tupper, who wrote...

Philosophy in the Library: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity

Tue, Dec 4   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents philosophy in the library

In December's Philosophy in the Library, Kwame Anthony Appiah speaks on "How (Not) to Think About Identity."

Appiah will discuss how identities work, what they have in common,...


Asia in the World: Geocultural Conversations with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai: Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam and Muslim Cultures

Wed, Dec 5   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents conversations

Despite the great diversity of Muslims living in all parts of the world, including the West, now numbering almost 1.8 billion and comprising almost 25% of the world population, adherents of Islam...


Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Lara St. John and Matt Herskowitz

Sun, Dec 9   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Called a “volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone” (Los Angeles Times), Lara St. John is equally at home with classical works, new music, folk, and beyond. She is joined by multifaceted...

Classical Interludes: Lara St. John and Matt Herskowitz, BPL Program

Message from the Library with William Kentridge

Sun, Dec 9   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library

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This event will take place in the Grand Lobby.

Brooklyn Public Library has commissioned South African artist William Kentridge to deliver the next Message from the Library lecture. Born in...


The Review Panel

Tue, Dec 11   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics Faye Hirsch, Sharmistha Ray, and Robert C. Morgan join moderator David Cohen in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association...


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Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Los Blancos, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. J, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2018 BPL Presents Season.


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