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).

Upcoming

Green Series: Just Soil: Getting the Lead Out

Thu, Jan 31   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

bpl presents environment green series

Lead is a poison that perhaps contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire and has recently damaged many lives in Flint, Michigan and other urban areas. Any exposure to lead is toxic particularly...

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A Night of Philosophy and Ideas

Sat, Feb 2   7:00 pm to 7:00 am   Central Library

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AN ALL-NIGHT MARATHON of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music.

Join us and be a part of this FREE 12-HOUR EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, featuring top philosophers and...

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All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story

Mon, Feb 4   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents business film

Eight years ago Occupy Wall Street seized NYC’s financial center and captured the world’s attention in a demonstration of the democratic process.  Today the right to assemble, to earn a...

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Protest signs used in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations

Philosophy in the Library: Ethan Hallerman

Wed, Feb 6   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents philosophy in the library

Philosophers from around the country discuss the great questions and generate discussions with our audience.

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Classical Interludes: Min Xiao-Fen + Alan Chan present “Moon Walk”- New York Debut

Sun, Feb 10   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen who plays solo Monk tunes collaborates with gifted LA-based composer Alan Chan to explore new jazz through their new project Moon Walk, with inspiration drawn from...

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Classical Interludes: Min Xiao-Fen + Alan Chan, BPL Program

From Score to Speculative Lit

Tue, Feb 12   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents exhibitions

From Score to Speculative Lit with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Writer Anaïs Duplan

This creative writing workshop, led by artist-in-residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed and writer/...

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The Review Panel

Wed, Feb 13   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

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Percent for Art Info Session

Thu, Feb 14   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

bpl presents

Attention Artists!

Want to learn more about how the City commissions public art for civic spaces?

Join us for this information Session to learn about how to ...

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Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players

Sun, Feb 17   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Muneko Otani and Michael Roth (violins), Ah Ling Neu (viola), Roberta Cooper (cello), and Peter Weitzner (double bass). Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major and Dvořák’s String Quintet in G Major, Op...

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Classical Interludes, BPL Program

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in conversation with Frank Bruni

Mon, Feb 18   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

A mayor’s inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal.

Once described by The Washington Post as “the most...

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Peter Buttigieg & Frank Bruni

Classical Interludes: Donald Sinta Quartet

Sun, Feb 24   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and...

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Score Goes Pop!

Thu, Feb 28   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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Score goes Pop! with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed & Morgan Bassichis

Come make a pop song! This workshop, led by Kameelah Janan Rasheed and guest artist Morgan Bassichis, interprets...

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Morgan Bassichis. Photo: Andrew Kist

From Score to Choreography

Sun, Mar 10   1:30 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Trustees' Room

bpl presents exhibitions

From Score to Choreography with Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed & brASS Burlesque

This text-to-dance workshop, led by artist-in-residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed and guest members of...

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Artist Walk with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Sat, Mar 23   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents exhibitions

(Rain date March 30, 2019)

Starting location: Front Steps of Brooklyn Museum’s Plaza on Eastern Parkway

Join the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library for a community...

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed: ‘This is Not an Artist Talk’/ Reflections on Scoring the Stacks

Thu, Apr 4   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents exhibitions

Reception to follow in Dweck Lobby

The culminating event to the participatory exhibition and public program Scoring the Stacks, Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed...

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Past Events


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. Beverly Jacobs, 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., women.nyc, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Humanities New York, Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2019 BPL Presents Season.

 

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