Brooklyn Public Library to lead readers ‘Out of Darkness’ at 8th annual Night in the Library

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“Night at the Library” is back for its 8th year with a new theme — “Out of Darkness.”
File photo courtesy of Gregg Richards/BPL

Night in the Library, Brooklyn Public Library’s annual overnight workshop, returns on March 16 for an evening of conversations, debates, performances and more. 

This year’s seminar will center around the theme “Out of Darkness,” teaching attendees how to take on hardships head-on rather than running from them.

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“Night in the Library” will feature talks, musical performances, and more. Photo courtesy of Gregg Richards/BPL

According to László Jakab Orsós, vice president of arts and culture at BPL, conversations will challenge participants to confront the most difficult parts of humanity with honesty and curiosity.

“The free event — which will include a keynote address, lectures, debates, concerts and teaching stations — will offer participants the opportunity to embrace darker times as part of our reality and to actively understand our world without counterproductively retreating from it,” Orvós said.

Night owls and library lovers can settle in for an all-nighter with performances co-curated by National Sawdust, a Williamsburg art coalition, including Bread and Puppets, Holland Andrews, DJ Zenon Marko and others.

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Hundreds of bookworms and library lovers attend the event each year. Photo courtesy of Gregg Richards/BPL

Night in the Library was first introduced to the borough in 2017 and has since brought in thousands of curious neighbors. Last year’s theme honored the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, taking everyone on a deep dive through the genre’s influential history. 

It isn’t often that Brooklynites can spend the night at the Central Library. Like previous years, conversations will take place throughout the entire Central Library campus at 10 Grand Army Plaza, giving audiences a chance to see the beloved institution in a new light. Interested Brooklynites can find more information and register to attend online.