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).
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...
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...
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...
Philosophers from around the country discuss the great questions and generate discussions with our audience.
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...
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/...
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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...
Theater of War: Hercules in Brooklyn, November 2016
Oliver Stone and Ben Wizner, September 2016
Edwidge Danticat and Jacqueline Woodson, April 2016
Alash, January 2016
Slavoj Žižek and Hari Kunzru, November 2016
The Night of the Cookers, February 2016
Viet Thanh Nguyen and Vu Tran, April 2016
Night of Philosophy. January 2017
Salman Rushdie with Joel Whitney, October 2015
John Irving, November 2015
SYBARITE5, February 2016
Yaa Gyasi, June 2016
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.