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 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 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

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: The 2018 Kahn Humanities Lecture

Tue, May 29   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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**Please note: We have reached capacity for this event and are no longer accepting reservations.

In a commissioned lecture at Brooklyn Public Library, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans...

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Camille Harris

Tue, Jun 5   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents First Five Years music performance

Come dance along to “silly jazz” with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris. Popular songs include: “The Monster Under My Bed,” “Muffin Man,” and “Chopsticks.”

Camille Harris, BPL Program

Summer Reading 2018 Kickoff: Come Jam With Us!

Sat, Jun 9   10:00 am to 3:00 pm   Central Library

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On Saturday June 9, Summer Reading 2018 kicks off a musical celebration of Summer Reading with fun programs and activities for all ages from 10 am – 3 pm throughout Central Library.

10 am...

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Yoga & Poetry

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

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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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Chair Making Workshop

Mon, Jun 11   10:00 am to 12:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, community members are invited to participate in building a chair to be used in the Spacebuster for the week, and ready to take home on Sunday...

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series: Matt Munisteri

Mon, Jun 11   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, Matt Munisteri will perform at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert series

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter...

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Chair Making Workshop

Mon, Jun 11   3:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, community members are invited to participate in building a chair to be used in the Spacebuster for the week, and ready to take home on Sunday...

Daily Walk: Amy Peck, Prospect Park historian

Mon, Jun 11   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us for a guided walk through the neighborhood led by a different artist, activist, historian or architect each day.

Amy Peck is the...

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Dear America: Isolation

Mon, Jun 11   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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Dear America is a cultural initiative founded in 2017 that provides a platform for artists of all genres to express their views of America.

Dear America examines America and Isolation as...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Tue, Jun 12   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series: Brandee Younger

Tue, Jun 12   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, jazz harpist Brandee Younger will perform at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series.

A fearless and...

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Daily Walk: Nathan Kensinger, Chance Ecologies

Tue, Jun 12   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us for a guided walk through the neighborhood led by a different artist, activist, historian or architect each day.

Chance Ecologies is a...

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Lynne Tillman and Nell Painter

Tue, Jun 12   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Park Slope Library

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Authors Lynne Tillman and Nell Painter discuss their newest books.

Kaleidoscopic and encyclopedic, comic, tragic, and philosophical, Tillman’s Men and Apparitions showcases Lynne...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Wed, Jun 13   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series: Salieu Suso

Wed, Jun 13   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, kora player Salieu Suso will perform at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert series.

Salieu Suso was born...

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Visually Speaking: Through a Lens Queer(ly)

Wed, Jun 13   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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Navigating the contemporary political landscape for many is a daunting task. Imagine forces against you because of your beliefs and gender orientation in spite of civil right advances. As part of...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Thu, Jun 14   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Gabriel Royal

Thu, Jun 14   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, Gabriel Royal will perform at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series.

It takes a while for...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Fri, Jun 15   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series: João Luiz Rezende

Fri, Jun 15   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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 As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, João Luiz Rezende will perform at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert series.

João Luiz Rezende, a highly...

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Mike Reiss on The Simpsons at 30

Fri, Jun 15   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss shares stories, secrets and scandals from his thirty years writing for The Simpsons...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Sat, Jun 16   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Re-Imagining the City: Creating a Community-Driven Vision

Sat, Jun 16   2:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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How can diverse communities come together to create a shared vision for vibrant public spaces that are welcoming to all? Join Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit...

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Green Design Lab

Sat, Jun 16   5:00 pm to 6:30 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, architects present green and sustainable innovations in their building designs; audiences get to play with those same designs in an interactive display...

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Dear God, I'm Horny: A Deep Dive into Desire with a Few Faith Leaders

Sat, Jun 16   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Grand Army Plaza

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Are you lost in lust? Drowning in desire? Pickled by porn? Writers and Comedians Mike Albo (The Underminer, Unitard) and Ophira Eisenberg (WNYC’s Ask Me Another) want help figuring out how to be...

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Coffee and the New York Times

Sun, Jun 17   9:00 am to 9:30 am   Grand Army Plaza

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As part of Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, join us each day at 9am with a collective reading of the New York Times led by a different community leader or artist.

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Message from the Library: Edwidge Danticat

Sun, Jun 17   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library

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A biannual presentation, Message from the Library hosts leading cultural figures commissioned by BPL to reflect on today’s most critical issues in our local and global communities. The series is...

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Alex Mitnick

Tue, Jun 19   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Emmy Award-winning children's entertainer Alex Mitnick guides us on a journey that leads to all the treasures of the world. Songs unfold like storybooks, captivating young minds, drawing them into...

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Meet Nelson Mandela’s family, authors of the new book Grandad Mandela

Wed, Jun 27   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Central Library

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Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela’s grandson and Director of The Mandela Legacy Zondwa Mandela and his children, the co-authors of this book, Zazi (age 8) and...

Plaza Swing Series: Swingtime Big Band

Wed, Jul 11   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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The Big Band sound is a uniquely American combination of reeds, brass, and rhythm that defined America's popular music for more than three decades. Swingtime Big Band vividly brings this classic...

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Plaza Swing Series: StringsNskins

Wed, Jul 18   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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The traditional sound of the djembe along with the classical sound of the violin. The rhythms of Haiti combined with the exotic Afro sounds of Colombia with an urban twist from Brooklyn....

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Plaza Swing Series: Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King

Wed, Jul 25   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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A contemporary of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and other mambo-era icons, Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King, is the only orchestra leader from New York’s golden era of mambo who still...

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Plaza Swing Series: Matt Munisteri

Wed, Aug 1   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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Matt Munisteri is a virtuosic and in-demand guitarist with a wide-ranging roster of notable artists across the jazz and American-roots spectrum including Cassandra Wilson, Madeline Peyroux, Loudon...

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Plaza Swing Series: Nation Beat

Wed, Aug 8   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

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Nation Beat is a NYC-Brazilian collision that parades with an infectious, audacious energy, seamlessly bridging folkloric Brazilian rhythms with classic American roots music in an altogether...

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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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