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 Dweck 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 five 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 Vanessa Rosenbaum: VRosenbaum@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

Arthur Miller: Writer

Wed, Feb 21   7:30 pm to 9:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Rebecca Miller
US, 2017, 98 min.

Director Rebecca Miller creates a personal portrait of her father — master playwright Arthur Miller — built around impromptu...

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The Woman with the Five Elephants

Thu, Feb 22   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Vadim Jendreyko
Germany, 2009, 93 min.
German and Russian with English subtitles

Winner of the Sterling Award for Best World Feature Documentary at...

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James Baldwin: Price of the Ticket

Thu, Feb 22   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

**This event has reached capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted.**

Documentary, dir. By Karen Thorsen and co-produced by Douglas K. Dempsey
US, 1989 (Original), 87 min.,...

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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Fri, Feb 23   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Pratibha Parmar
US, 2013, 90 min.

Writer, self-confessed renegade and human rights activist, Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the...

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Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

Fri, Feb 23   8:00 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Justin Webster
US, 2015, 89 min., Spanish with English subtitles

How did a boy growing up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia become a writer who...

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Photographic Vision: BlackAndWhiteAndColor(ed), Edition II

Sat, Feb 24   11:00 am to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

Accra-Shepp Arts and Culture BPL Presents photography

Photographic Vision: BlackAndWhiteAndColor(ed), Edition II
Four workshops with photographer Accra Shepp.

Saturdays, 11am to 3pm, February 3, 10, & 24. No class on 2/17.

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Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Sat, Feb 24   3:00 pm to 4:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards
US, 2012, 62 min.

The film explores the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. It introduces audiences...

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Write Down, I am an Arab

Sat, Feb 24   5:00 pm to 6:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Ibtisam Mara’ana
Israel/Palestine, 2014, 73 min., Arabic with English subtitles

A fascinating look at the life and work of Palestinian national poet and one of...

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Burroughs, the Movie

Sat, Feb 24   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Howard Brookner
US, 1983, 90 min.

Made up of footage filmed over the course of 5 years, the documentary charts the development of William S. Burroughs’ unique...

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Citizen Havel

Sat, Feb 24   9:00 pm to 11:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Pavel
Koutecký and Miroslav Janek
Czech Republic, 2017, 120 min., Czech with English subtitles

An absorbing cinéma-vérité portrait of dissident playwright-...

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Two Shorts: Bartleby & The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima

Sun, Feb 25   1:00 pm to 1:45 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents films LitFilm

1:00 PM
Bartleby
Short/Animation, dir. by
Kristen Kee and Laura Naylor
US, 2017, 11 min.

A stop-motion reimagining of Herman Melville’s classic novella of the...

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Regarding Susan Sontag

Sun, Feb 25   2:00 pm to 3:45 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Nancy D. Kates
US, 2014, 100 min.

The award-winning documentary explores the life of the passionate and gracefully outspoken writer, Susan Sontag, through...

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Patriotism (Short by Mishima) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Sun, Feb 25   4:00 pm to 6:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

4:00 PM
Patriotism (Yu-koku)
Short, dir. by Yukio Mishima
Japan, 1966, 28 min., Japanese with English subtitles

Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own suicide with this...

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Sun, Feb 25   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

**This event has reached capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted.**

Documentary, dir. by Griffin Dunne
US, 2017, 94 min.

Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on...

David Mamet Presents Chicago: A Novel

Wed, Feb 28   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

​A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better—by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of...

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Storymakers: Symposium for Aspiring Picture Book Creators Ages 18-24 with a Focus on Diverse Voices

Sat, Mar 3   9:45 am to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Illustration Professional Development

Aspiring children's picture book writers and illustrators ages 18-24 are invited to attend a free symposium with esteemed industry professionals focused on diversity, craft, business and careers!...
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Storymakers flyer

Classical Interludes: Steven Masi

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

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

Masi concludes an eight-part concert cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

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Steven Masi, BPL Program

The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

Mon, Mar 5   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents

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

This month, Jennifer Coates, Karen E. Jones, and...

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The Review Panel, BPL Program

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Mar 11   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Adults Arts and Culture BPL Presents RSVP

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Philosophy for Kids

Sun, Mar 11   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Events for Youth and Families kids

Bring your budding intellectual to explore some of life’s biggest questions! Acclaimed philosopher Simon Critchley—along with a group of guest philosophers—will lead a series of discussions where...

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Philosophy for Kids, BPL Program

An Evening with Chelsea Clinton + She Persisted Around the World

Sun, Mar 11   5:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Premier BPL Presents

Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab is thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library for an incredible evening for Brooklyn families with Chelsea Clinton, to celebrate the publication of...

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She Persisted Around the World, BPL Program

Book Launch: Junot Díaz presents Islandborn

Tue, Mar 13   6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library

Arts and Culture BPL Premier BPL Presents kids

Greenlight Bookstore is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Public Library to host an all-ages event to launch Islandborn, the debut picture book from New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize...

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Book Launch: Junot Díaz presents Islandborn At Brooklyn Public Library

Edible Landscaping with Hortus Conclusus

Thu, Mar 15   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Leonard Library

Arts and Culture BPL Presents green series

With spring just around the corner, this edition of the Green Series features members from Hortus Conclusus, a Level II Arboretum, who teach us how to landscape our backyard garden using a rich...

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Pete Hamill with Sam Roberts

Wed, Mar 21   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

Launch of the fiftieth anniversary–edition of A Killing for Christ, where he will be joined in conversation by The New York Times’ Sam Roberts.

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist...

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Pete Hamill, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series: Friction Quartet

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

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

The Friction Quartet works outside the traditional string quartet model by performing arrangements of pop music, making use of digital sound processing, and combining music with other media....

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Friction Quartet, BPL Program

Cecile Richards presents "Make Trouble"

Tue, Apr 3   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents Tickets

Brooklyn Public Library is proud to partner with Greenlight Bookstore to host  Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action...

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Cecile Richards ©Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Apr 8   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Adults Arts and Culture BPL Presents RSVP

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Classical Interludes: Clarosa Quartet

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

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

With Natalie Zhu on piano, Juliette Kang on violin, Che-Hung Chen on viola, Clancy Newman on cello, and Peter Weitzner, Bass.

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Clarosa Quartet, BPL Program

The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

Mon, Apr 9   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents

Leading art critics Jessica Bell Brown, Jarrett Earnest, and David Salle join David Cohen in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with...

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The Review Panel, BPL Program

And/With: Abdellah Taïa

Tue, Apr 10   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

In 1973, Abdellah Taïa was born in the public library of Rabat in Morocco, where his father was the janitor and where his family lived until he was two years old. He is the author of six novels,...

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Abdellah Taïa ©Abderrahim Annag, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society

Sun, Apr 15   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

The Dichter Project: Heinrich Heine

In the second installment of its newest series, BASS explores the poetry of Heinrich Heine. As compact as they are heartbreaking, Heine’s verses...

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Brooklyn Art Song Society, BPL Program

The Doughnut Fix Launch Party

Sat, Apr 21   1:00 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents dweck Kids Program

Celebrate the publication of The Doughnut Fix, the first book in a fun new series by New York author Jessie Janowitz. Meet the author and hear her read an excerpt from the book; enjoy hands-on...

Jasper Johns: Unveiling a Life's Work

Thu, Apr 26   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

art Arts and Culture BPL Presents

Delve into the definitive five-volume catalogue raisonné of Jasper Johns, leading figure of American art, with a panel of art historians, curators and contemporary artists. In partnership with the...

Ventriloquist, 1983 ©Jasper Johns

Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Wed, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Premier BPL Presents

BPL Presents is proud to partner with Greenlight Books to host Arundhati Roy for the paperback launch of her bestselling and award-winning novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. 

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Arundhati Roy ©Mayank Austen Soofi

Maira Kalman presents Max Makes a Million and Cake, with Barbara Scott-Goodman

Sat, May 5   2:00 pm to 3:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

Renowned illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman presents two books, with co-author Barbara Scott-Goodman.

In Max Makes a Million, Max’s dream is to live in Paris and be a poet. But...

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Maira Kalman photo ©Rick Meyerowitz

Classical Interludes: The Claremont Trio

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

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

With Andrea Lam on piano, Emily Bruskin-Yarbrough on violin, and Julia Bruskin-Wunsch on cello.

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Claremont Trio, BPL Program

James and Deborah Fallows present "Our Towns" with David Brooks

Tue, May 8   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

A unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A surprisingly hopeful view of...

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Photo by Kyle Chesser, Hands On Studio

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, May 13   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Adults Arts and Culture BPL Presents RSVP

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham present "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War"

Tue, May 15   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents RSVP

A bracingly immediate memoir of the Syrian war from its inception to the present by a young man coming of age and finding his voice as a journalist, whose friends traveled divergent paths through...

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Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham present Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, BPL Program

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Jun 10   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Adults Arts and Culture BPL Presents RSVP

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga...

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Yoga and Poetry at Brooklyn Public Library

Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: The David Berg Foundation, Los Blancos, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., 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, James . O’Toole, Mike and Denise Reiss, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., Janet Anderson, and numerous individuals.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2017–2018 BPL Presents Season.

 

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