Summer fun at the library - Brooklyn Paper

Summer fun at the library

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.


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.”

Author Talk: Nicole Krauss, July 15, 6:30 p.m., Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Boulevard, 718-748-5709: Krauss discusses her book “The History of Love: A Novel.”

Author Talk: Jane Cleland, July 26, 1 p.m., Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718-623-7100: Cleland discusses her novel “Antiques to Die For.”

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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