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.

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All BPL Presents programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center at 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).

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The ACLU's At Liberty at BPL, with Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman on storytelling, activism & Booksmart

Mon, May 20   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents

Director Olivia Wilde and writer/producer Katie Silberman join At Liberty host Emerson Sykes to discuss storytelling, activism and their new women-led teen comedy Booksmart (which opens...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, May 25   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Photo Requests from Solitary: Brooklyn, Let's Fill Requests!

Tue, May 28   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

bpl presents exhibitions Freedom Index photography

Come create artwork for people held within prison walls; help them see what they can now only imagine in their mind’s eye. BPL’s current exhibition Photo Requests from Solitary is a collaborative...

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Artists on Site Residency: Neil Goldberg Office Hours

Thu, May 30   11:00 am to 3:00 pm   Brighton Beach Library

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Artist-in-Residence Neil Goldberg will hold “office hours” for library patrons. Maybe you’d like to chat about your art with him? Or flip through his collection of more than 1,000 index cards...

Green Series: A Green New Deal for New York City with Ashley Dawson

Thu, May 30   6:30 pm to 7:45 pm   Leonard, Auditorium

author talks bpl presents environment green series

Co-presented with Verso Books, May's Green Series features Ashley Dawson, who discusses the Green New Deal in New York City.

The New York City Council recently passed the Climate...

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Walt Whitman at 200: A Reading of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and Concert

Fri, May 31   3:30 pm to 4:30 pm   Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn

bpl presents whitman 200

In honor of Whitman’s 200th birthday, we celebrate the Bard of Brooklyn with music and poetry. The Phil Woodmore singers perform music from the era and, at 4 pm, poets Dorianne Laux (Only As The...

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Read Across Brooklyn: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Fri, May 31   4:00 pm to 4:30 pm   Leonard, Upstairs Children's

all ages book discussion bpl presents whitman 200

2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, America’s literary radical and great poet of democracy.

For this occasion, Brooklyn Public Library is partnering with the Walt Whitman...

Whitman 200: Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar

Fri, May 31   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   St. Ann's Church

bpl presents national poetry month whitman 200

On Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, come listen to acclaimed poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar read original work which "cradles light and darkness close together" and captures "the real news of...

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 1   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Pop-up Exhibition: The NEA (Network of Extraordinary Artists)

Sat, Jun 1   12:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Saratoga Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Join BPL artist-in-residence Nathan Sinai Rayman and his project GALLERY, a moveable gallery space, as he presents the Network of Extraordinary Artists in a series of rotating exhibitions...

Photo:Daniel Greer

Silent Movie Matinee: FRITZ LANG: THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL

Sun, Jun 2   12:00 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

METROPOLIS (1927) 148 minutes
Germany

Fritz Lang and writer Thea von Harbou created this visually-iconic sci-fi epic, hoping to make a film that equaled the quality of American-...

Silent Movie Matinee, BPL Program

Message from the Library with Sonia Sanchez

Sun, Jun 2   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

author talks bpl premier bpl presents

**Note to all patrons who registered for April 28 or June 2nd: Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, Ms. Sanchez's Message from the Library talk has been canceled. ...

Cancelled

The Review Panel

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

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join moderator David Cohen in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. This month, we present a Whitney Biennial Special.

Presented in...

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Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 8   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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University Open Air

Tue, Jun 11   11:00 am to 7:00 am   Rose Garden, Prospect Park

adult learning bpl presents

Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance launches the first semester of University Open Air in June 2019. University Open Air is calling for professors, researchers, or academics who...

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 15   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Sat, Jun 15   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

Pysanka Egg  Decorating             ...

Artists on Site Residency: Neil Goldberg Artist Talk

Tue, Jun 18   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Brighton Beach Library

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In this entertaining multimedia talk, Artist-in-Residence Neil Goldberg will present selections from his photography and video work. Goldberg often focuses on everyday life in New York — in one...

Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Wed, Jun 19   5:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

 

Dance Workshop with Syzokyli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble     ...

Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Thu, Jun 20   5:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

Ukrainian Weaving with Halyna Shepko           ...

You Made What They Wanted to See: Images for People in Solitary Confinement

Thu, Jun 20   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

bpl presents exhibitions Freedom Index

Come present the photo or drawing you made for someone in solitary confinement. Artists, designers, advocates, and a survivor of solitary confinement will be present at this event to discuss their...

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Photo by Jessica Posner for Geri, 2016. Courtesy Photo Requests from Solitary

Shekere Make and Play led by Cheryl Thomas

Sat, Jun 22   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Macon Library

bpl presents

Saturdays at 11 am, starting on April 27th through June 21st 

Create and learn to play a gourd shekere in this intergenerational 8-week workshop series with master shekere artist,...

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Inhibited Bites: A Performance by Artist Neil Goldberg

Tue, Jun 25   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Brighton Beach Library

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Artist-in-Residence Neil Goldberg presents “Inhibited Bites”, a project where he and special guests build a performance drawing from over 1,000 index cards on which he’s been jotting down passing...

Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Wed, Jun 26   5:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

 

Dance Workshop with Syzokyli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble     ...

Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Thu, Jun 27   5:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

Traditional Song Workshop with Ukrainian Village Voices        ...

Artists on Site Residency: Ukrainian Village of Sheepshead Bay

Sat, Jun 29   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Sheepshead Bay Library

artist talks bpl presents folk art and artists series

Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture in workshops led by folk artists in all media.

 

Poetry, Music, and Language with Crimean Tatars      ...

Past Events


Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Los Blancos, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. Beverly S. 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., The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Humanities New York, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, women.nyc, HBO, Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

Programs are also supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities which was established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

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

 

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