February highlights from the Brooklyn Public Library
Across the borough this month, branches of the Brooklyn Public Library will host a range of free community events, from crafting workshops to book swaps. Check out the round-up below for cool things to do at a BPL branch near you in February.
Spend Saturday at the Friends of Clinton Hill Library Book Swap. Drop off books and DVDs you no longer need and take as many books as you wish. You don’t need to leave a book to take one. Please don’t bring textbooks or VHS tapes. The dropoff begins at 10:30 a.m. and the swap will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Feb. 8, at 380 Washington Avenue.
Children and teens can get ready for Valentine’s Day by making cards and other crafts at branches across the borough, including on Monday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue; Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue and Kings Highway Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue; Thursday, Feb. 13 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X and 3 to 4 p.m. at Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue.
At Paerdegat Library, teens can show off their musical and comedic skills in the Valentine Showcase on Friday, Feb. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. at 850 E. 59th Street.
It is never too late to get in shape. At Happy Feet, you can meet new friends and participate in a low impact workout designed to help build muscular strength while improving cardiovascular health and range of motion. The class is designed for older adults, but all are welcome. Happy Feet is held at Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Ave., from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Wednesdays through July.
Step back into a bygone era with a seven-week course on Cursive Writing. Each session will improve your cursive writing ability for note taking, letter and postcard writing, check writing and other communication skills. By the end of the adults-only course, participants will have improved their writing speed, legibility and spelling. Classes are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 18 to March 31 at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.
Drawing on her experience as a disabled woman of color, daughter of immigrants, educator and advocate, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu will share her passion for human rights, justice and inclusion in “2020 Vision: Ushering In an Era of Community Inclusion,” followed by a discussion on inclusion and libraries. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. To register or request accommodations, call 718-253-4948.
Celebrate Black History Month with BPL. At Walt Whitman Library, teens can help to create a paper quilt with African patterns on Monday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. at 93 St. Edwards Street; award-winning illustrator Nina Crews will read from her new book celebrating girls of color titled “A Girl Like Me” Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 109 Remson St; Macon Library will present an evening of African drumming and dancing on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., 361 Lewis Ave. Additional programs for Black History Month can be found here.
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