Cool library events- from free portraiture to performances

April 26, 2011

Andrea Vaughn, left, shows a book written by President Barack Obama titled "Of Thee I Sing" to a group of children in a room at the Brooklyn Public Library, in Brooklyn, New York, Monday, November 16, 2010. (Photo by Robert Mecea) Original Filename: Book 001.jpg

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Biggest Playdate Ever was a huge success this winter. A few people emailed me to find out when it would be repeated. Though they have yet to schedule another playdate, the Brooklyn Public Library does have a bucket load of other cool activities lined up for the spring and summer at their branches. Below, I listed events that will appeal to you as families and as adults.

Here’s the very full roster!
Join us for Love Your Library Day
featuring a buck-a-book sale, music by BPL’s own band, Lost in the Stacks, arts and crafts for kids, an author talk, and more. Plus, please make your voice heard by advocating to your elected officials via signing an online petition to help us avoid budget cuts.

https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/speakup/

Saturday, May 14, 10 AM
Central Library Plaza, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Family Photo Day
Come to a free portrait sitting for you and your family.
Saturday, May 7, 10 AM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606

You Can Do It, Too! Entrepreneur Series
Entrepreneurs share their success secrets. Hear from the top winners of the Library’s 2010 PowerUP! Business Plan Competition on May 10 and Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter on May 17. Register by visiting www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/business or calling 718.623.7000 (option 4).
Tuesdays, May 10 & 17, 6 PM
Business  Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

Poetry Fun
Practice poetry writing techniques.
Wednesday, May 11, 2:15 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Silent Film Series: Buster Keaton: Our Hospitality
Keaton plays a man who claims a family inheritance, only to find that he has also inherited a feud with a rival family. This event is curated and hosted by Ken Gordon, with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Sunday, May 1, 1:30 PM

Classical Interludes: Ikarus Chamber Players
The internationally acclaimed American, Canadian and British soloists and chamber musicians of this group are also members of Carnegie Hall’s resident Ensemble ACJW.
Sunday, May 1, 4 PM

BABIES AND TODDLERS EVENTS

Story Play with FirstRIF
Play with toys and hear stories with babies and toddlers, birth to age 5. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Mondays, May 2 & 16, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesdays, 11 AM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924
Tuesdays, 11 AM
No session May 3
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117
Tuesdays, 2 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Fridays, 11:30 AM
Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718.773.1180

Babies & Books
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, birth to 18 months.
Tuesdays, May 3 & 17, 10:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Wednesdays, May 11 & 25, 1:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085
Mondays, 10:30 AM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718.573.5606
Wednesdays, 1:15 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatlands Avenue, 718.253.4409

Babies & Books with FirstRIF
Enjoy books, songs and rhymes with babies, ages birth to 18 months. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Mondays, May 9 & 23, 11 AM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Fridays, May 13 & 20, 10:30 AM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707
Mondays, 1 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Tuesdays, 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000
Wednesdays, 1:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.455.3898
Wednesdays, 1:30 PM
No session May 4
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718.349.8504

Toddler Time with FirstRIF
Engage in interactive play and enjoy stories with toddlers, 18 to 36 months. Also earn free books by reading! See your librarian for details.
Tuesdays, May 10 & 24, 10:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Mondays, 10:15 AM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.455.3898
Tuesdays, 10:15 & 11 AM
Pick up a ticket at the Reference Desk.
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763
Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973
Tuesdays, 2:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Wednesdays, 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000

Toddler Time
Engage in interactive play and enjoy stories with toddlers, 18 to 36 months.
Mondays, 10:30 AM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531
Fridays, 11 AM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatlands Avenue, 718.253.4409

Preschool Story Time
Enjoy classic books and songs with others, ages 3 to 5.
Mondays, 1 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709
Fridays, 10:30 AM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Movie
Enjoy free film screenings.
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Kids Events
Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts
Tuesday, May 3, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Make a Personalized Mother’s Day Frame
Friday, May 6, 3:30 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Aladdin
Enjoy this performance of the classic tale.
Saturday, May 7, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Computers for Kids
Don’t just sit at a computer! Find out all the places it can take you.
Wednesday, May 11, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Arts & Crafts
Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086
Friday, May 20, 2:30 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Thursday, May 26, 4 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365
Wednesdays, 3:15 PM
Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718.277.6105
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815
Wednesdays, 4 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806
Fridays, 4 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Movie
Enjoy a free film screening. For ages birth to 12.
Friday, May 20, 4 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Chess
Mondays, 3:30 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718.748.5709
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718.686.9707
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd Street, 718.437.4085

Games
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

After-School Homework Help
Get free help from trained adult volunteers.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763

Story Craft
Listen to a story and create art projects based on it.
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Avenue, 718.638.1531

Tween Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Thursdays, 4 PM
Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718.256.2117

TEEN EVENTS


Summer Employment Information

Join us for this workshop to learn where to find volunteer, internships and paid opportunities.
Tuesday, May 3, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Brooklyn Open: Open Mic Series
This open mic event is for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists. Get there early to get on the list to share your work. Co-hosted by Urban Word NYC.
Wednesday, May 4, 5 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

PlayStation Gaming
Join your friends and meet new ones while playing video games.
Thursday, May 5, 3:30 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Cortelyou Library, 1305 Cortelyou Road, 718.693.7763
Thursdays, 4 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts
Thursday, May 5, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Library Databases Class
Learn to find information online using library databases.
Tuesday, May 10, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, May 26, 3:30 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Avenue, 718.566.0054

Teen Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Washington Irving Library
Wednesdays, 3:45 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatlands Avenue, 718.253.4409
Thursdays, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718.602.1348
Wii Gaming
Join your friends and make new ones while playing video games. For teens and tweens.
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
No session May 18 & 26
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

Chess
Thursdays, 4 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709

Games
Fridays, 3 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

Tween & Teen Time
Hang out and enjoy books, games and music. Ages 11 to 17.
Fridays, 3:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue, 718.567.2806

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