Brooklyn Public Library: More than its books

The Brooklyn Paper

Summertime has arrived and so has a full schedule of great events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) including classes, workshops, music and more. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Classes & Workshops

Computer Basic Class in Spanish, July 1, 12 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn some basic computer skills in Spanish. No experience necessary.

Computer Basic Class in Chinese, July 2, 1 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn some basic computer skills in Chinese. No experience necessary.

Microsoft Word Class, July 7, 7 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.

Crocheting Circle, July 8 & 22, 1:30 p.m., Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718-368-1815: Work on current or new projects with others.

Email Class, July 8, 2 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Health and Fitness, July 8, 11:30 a.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Learn to use the Internet for nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle tips.

Library Databases Class, July 9 & 23, 12 p.m., Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718-421-1159: Learn to find information online using library databases.

Internet and Email Class in Chinese, July 9, 1 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn to search the Internet and the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Email Class in Spanish, July 15, 12 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Knitting Workshop, July 16, 6 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898: Learn or perfect the skill of knitting.

Crocheting Workshop, Mondays, 4 p.m., Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick avenue, 718-602-1348: Learn or perfect this skill.

Guitar Workshop, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718-265-3220: Learn tips and techniques for playing the guitar.

Healthy Tai Chi, Mondays, 10 a.m., Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: Learn healthy tai chi with Master Lin. Registration required.

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run now to August 30 at the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100. (unless otherwise noted)

Carifesta: The Caribbean Festival of Arts, July 5-September 6, during library hours, Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718-856-0813: Enjoy this visual art exhibition that explores the history and unifying forces in Caribbean culture.

Along the Way: Book art and sculptural bases by Barbara Barnes Allen that are a link to what she has seen and felt around her.

Fairy Tales Retold: Images by Fay Ku inspired by the myths, ghost stories and fairy tales of various cultures.

Journeys: Suitcases transformed into sculptural expressions by Chanika Svetvilas using found objects, text and mixed media to critique cultural consumerism.

New York Waters: Profiles from the Edge: Photographic portraits featuring the world of waterfront trades by award-winning photographer Randy Duchaine.

Twilight on the Waterfront — Brooklyn’s Vanishing Industrial Heritage: Photographs by Nathan Kensinger documenting Brooklyn’s changing waterfront over the past five years.

Visual Poetry in Artists’ Books: Fragmented words become images and images become words in these photographs, drawings and calligraphic marks in folded pages by Marilyn R. Rosenberg.

Film Screenings

Chinese Movie: Xia Ri Ju Chang, July 2 & 16, 2:30 p.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001: Enjoy this free screening.

Readings &Discussions

Philosophy Discussion Group, July 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m., New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086: The Philosophy Discussion Group meets periodically to discuss topics chosen by members of the group.

The Senator’s Wife, July 14, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Discuss this novel by Sue Miller.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, July 14, 6:15 p.m., Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718-277-6105: Discuss this novel by Patricia Highsmith.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Book Discussion, July 28, 6:30 p.m., Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718-935-0032: Join a book discussion on “Man Goes Down” by Michael Thomas.

Book Discussion, July 30, 6 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick avenue, 718-455-3898: Call for this session’s title.

The Kite Runner, July 30, 6:15 p.m., New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718-649-0311: Discuss this novel by Khaled Hosseini.

Philosophy Discussion Group Meeting, July 31, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: This session’s topic is “Philosophy and social Problems.”

Author Talk: Megan Abbott, July 10, 2 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Abbott discusses her book “Queenpin.”


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