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Ghost and goblins beware, Brooklyn Public Library offers programs and activities that are sure to scare. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise notes.

Classes & Workshops

Computer Basics Class in Chinese, October 1, 1 p.m. Registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Microsoft Word Class in Russian, October 3, 11:30 a.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.

Microsoft Word Class, October 7, 10 a.m., Registration required, New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086; October 14, 11 a.m., McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8001; October 14, 12 p.m., Registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806; October 17, 11 a.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Learn to create documents. Basic computer knowledge required.

Computer Basics Class in Spanish, October 7, 12 p.m., Registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

What’s My Sign? October 7, 6:30 p.m., Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718-302-3485: Learn the basics of astrology.

Introduction to the Internet & Email, October 8, 1 p.m., Registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn to search the internet and the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Online Health & Medical Information, October 14, 11:30 a.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Learn how to research diseases, medications and conditions, and how to find a doctor online.

Website Basics – What You Need to Know to Build a Business Website, October 14, 6 p.m., Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718-623-7000: Henrietta Koffi, director of the Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership’s Computer Lab, explains the basic considerations in planning and creating a website for your small business. Register at www.biz.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

Resume Writing, October 15, 11 a.m., Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland, 718-573-5224; October 17, 1:30 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898; October 21, 1 p.m., Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718-382-5924: Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.

English Conversation Group, Mondays, 1 p.m., Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718-257-6571; Thursdays, 1 p.m., Dyker Library; Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718-368-1815: Improve your English.

Link Up: How to Find Business Information Online, October 16, 3 p.m., Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718-623-7000: Business librarians show you the best online resources to help you do business, manage your money, or research a variety of topics. Learn about links only available through the library’s website and more.

Home Based: How to Make a Hit Out of Working at Home, October 21, 6 p.m., Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718-623-7000: Learn about the best businesses to pursue from home, along with some winning marketing strategies and common mistakes to avoid. Register at www.biz.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

Computer Basics Class for Older Adults, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (no session October 15), Registration required, Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718-241-3973: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Learn to Speak Yiddish, Fridays, 1:30 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Learn basic Yiddish speaking skills.

Knitting Workshop, Fridays, 3 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Learn or perfect this skill.

Knitting Circle, Fridays, 6 p.m., Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718-748-6261: Work on current or new projects with others.

Polish Language Class, Saturdays, 12 p.m., Registration required, Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504: Learn the basics. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run now to November 1 (unless otherwise noted) at the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100.

Coney Island: Beyond the Boardwalk by Steve Hoffman, Grand Lobby: Photographic portraits of Coney Island residents that reflect both the positive and negative changes that this community has seen in the last few years.

Woodcuts and Related Images by Rebecca Aidlin, Foyer Gallery Cases: Woodcut prints incorporating calligraphic line, text, monoprint and rubbings, along with the color studies and woodblocks used to create them.

Páginas de una Herencia (Pages of a Heritage) by Felix Plaza, Foyer Gallery Cases: Prints and silk screens that pay homage to the ancestors of this artist and printmaker.

At Gleason’s Gym by Ted Lewin, Youth Wing: Original artwork from a picture book by this author and illustrator which portrays the gym where such legendary champions as Muhammad Ali and Jake LaMotta practiced.

Brown Paper Bag, Beneath the Surface Wallpaper and Our Soldier Boys by Shervone Neckles, Second Floor Balcony Cases: Artists’ books and mixed media works that investigate the parallel between personal family photos and the historical representation of the “black” image in popular culture.

Film Screenings

Yidl with a Fiddle, October 6, 1:30 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Enjoy this free film screening in Yiddish with English subtitles.

The Bucket List, October 23, 2 p.m., Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718-435-9431: Enjoy this free screening.

Music, Dance & More

Exhibition: The Greenpoint 100, October 4, 11 a.m., Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504: Emerging Greenpoint artists exhibit 100 small works. Each piece can be purchased for $25, and all proceeds benefit Greenpoint Library.

Harmonica Performance: Jia-Yi He, October 11, 1:30 p.m., Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718-623-7000: Jia-Yi He is a world-class harmonica virtuoso whose repertoire ranges from works by Bach and Vivaldi to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and compositions from his native China.

An Italian Serenade with Antonio and Alba, October 14, 1:30 p.m., New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086: Enjoy beautiful music courtesy of these two.

Toe-Tapping Music with The Banjo Rascals, October 15, 3 p.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Take in an afternoon with the Banjo Rascals, whose repertoire includes 1890s Ragtime, 1920s and ’30s swing, and 1950s, ’60s and ’70s rock ’n roll.

Regina Opera Company, October 18, p.m., Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: Brooklyn’s best small opera company brings talented professional singers to the library for a showcase concert of opera highlights.

Prometei Comedy Club, October 18, 3 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Listen to authors read humorous stories.

Opera Singer Anna Veleva, October 21, 3 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Enjoy a performance of songs from around the world by this opera singer originally from Bulgaria.

Tribute to Andrea Palladio, Architect for the Ages, October 24, 2 p.m., New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086: Elisa Infosino discusses Andrea Palladio, the Italian Renaissance architect who revolutionized Western architecture.

Naomi the Diva Zeitlin, October 28, 6:30 p.m., Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue, 718-331-2962: Naomi the Diva Zeitlin a singer and guitarist, performs Broadway hits, standards and original tunes.

Kings Bay Art Gallery: The Future is Bright, through October 31, Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: See this kids art show.

Readings & Discussions

Brooklyn Heights Evening Reading Group, October 7, 6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West 718-623-7000.

“The Bad Girl,” October 20, 2 p.m., Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718-946-2917: Discuss this novel by Mario Vargas Llosa and Edith Grossman.

Philosophy Discussion Group, October 23, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Join in a discussion of philosophy and new understandings of human potential.

Book Discussion for Older Adults, October 28, 11 a.m., Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718-241-3973: Call for this session’s title.

Author Talk: Valerie Yow, October 29, 7 p.m., Central Library, Brooklyn Collection Reserve Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Yow reads from and discusses her new biography of Betty Smith, author of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”

Book Discussion: “Predictably Irrational,” October 30, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Discuss this book by Dan Ariely.

General Information

Please be advised that programs are subject to change, therefore it is suggested to call ahead. 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.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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