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Events at the BPL

The summer may be coming to an end but the excitement has only just begun at Brooklyn Public Library. There are tons of activities, programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public.

Classes & Workshops

Computer Basics Class, August 2 & 16, 1 p.m., Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718-623-0012; August 4, 6:30 p.m., Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718-398-8713; August 5, 10:30 a.m., Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue, 718-602-1348; August 6, 1:30 p.m. Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917; August 7, 1:30 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898; August 12, 1:30 p.m. Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, 718-573-5606; August 13 & 27, 10:30 a.m., Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718-773-1180; August 13 & 27, 6 p.m., Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Avenue, 718-628-8378; August 27, 1:30 p.m., Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718-398-8713; Mondays, 11 a.m., Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718-935-0032; Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718-421-1159: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Games, August 4, 18 & 25, 5:45 p.m., Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718-398-8713: Enjoy a game of Scrabble, drink coffee or tea and have fun.

Microsoft Word Class, August 5, 5 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100; August 6, 13 & 20, 10:30 a.m., Leonard Library: Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.

Savvy Cyclist Program, August 9, 1 p.m., Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East Fifth Street, 718-686-9707: Join Bike New York for important information on cycling in the city.

Microsoft Word Class in Spanish, August 12, 12 p.m., Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.

Internet & Email Class in Chinese, August 13, 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.

Computer Basics Class in Russian, August 13, 1:30 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Computer Basics Class for Older Adults, August 13, 7 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Link Up: How to Find Business Information Online, August 21, 3 p.m., Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718-623-7000: Learn to access electronic business resources.

Email Class, August 21, 5 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Arts & Crafts for the Home, August 23, 3 p.m., Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718-623-0012: Learn how to make beautiful and simple home decorations with ribbons.

Polish Language Class, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504: Learn basic Polish. All levels welcome.

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run June 17-August 30 at the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100 (Unless otherwise noted)

Carifesta – The Caribbean Festival of Arts, now to 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, second floor balcony cases: 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, youth wing: Images by Fay Ku inspired by the myths, ghost stories and fairy tales of various cultures.

Journeys, lobby gallery: 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, grand lobby: Photographic portraits featuring the world of waterfront trades by award-winning photographer Randy Duchaine.

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

Visual Poetry in Artists Books, second floor balcony cases: Fragmented words become images and images become words in these photos, drawings and calligraphic marks in folded pages by Marilyn R. Rosenberg.

Film Screenings

Chinese Movie: Xia Ri Ju Chang, August 6 & 20, 2:30 p.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001: Enjoy this free screening.

Readings & Discussions

The Song of Names, August 11, 6 p.m., Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718-398-8713: Join a discussion of this novel by Norma Lebrecht.

Heart-Shaped Box, August 11, 6:15 p.m., Arlington Library, 203 Arlington Avenue, 718-277-6105: Discuss this novel by Joe Hill.

The Uncommon Reader, August 12, 6:30 p.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709: Discuss this novella by Alan Bennett.

Story Circle, August 26, 11 a.m., Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718-241-3973: Share memories of summer 2008. For older adults.

Middlesex, August 27, 6:15 p.m., New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718-649-0311: Discuss this novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Philosophy Discussion Group Meeting, August 28, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 214, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: This session’s topic is “Philosophy & the Political World.”

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.

Intergenerational Gardening, Tuesdays & Fridays, 3:30 p.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Gardeners of all ages enjoy nature and dig in the dirt.

General Information

BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at their Web site, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

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