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The holidays may be over but the fun has just begun at the Brooklyn Public Library, which has exciting new programs across the borough for the brand new year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Classes & Workshops

Computer Basics Class, January 5 & 26, 10 a.m., Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue, 718-773-7208; January 6, 12 p.m. (registration required); Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806; January 7, 11 a.m., Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland, 718-573-5224; January 7, 7 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100; January 14 & 28, 10:30 a.m., Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue, 718-773-1180; January 14, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100; January 15, 1:30 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

Computer Basics Class in Chinese, January 7, 1 p.m., registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806: Learn basic skills. No experience necessary.

BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop, January 7, 14 & 21, 2 p.m., registration required, Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504: Bring your laptop to the library and get the answers to basic questions.

Crocheting Circle, January 8, 1 p.m., Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: Work on current or new projects with others.

Resume & Interview Workshop, January 12, 11:30 a.m., Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718-421-1159: Learn the basics of writing a resume and brush up on your interviewing skills.

Email Class, January 13, 12 p.m., registration required, Sunset Park Library, 5108 Fourth Avenue, 718-567-2806; January 20, 11:30 a.m., Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway, 718-257-3547; January 26, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn the basics of email. Basic computer knowledge required.

Microsoft PowerPoint Class, January 14, 11:30 a.m., Mapleton Library, 1702 60th Street, 718-256-2117: Learn to create presentations. Basic computer knowledge required.

Internet & Email Class in Chinese, January 14, 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.

Library Databases Class, January 14, 1:15 p.m., Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504; January 21, 11 a.m., Central Library, Room 216, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Learn to find information online using library databases.

Russian Poetry Club, January 14, 6 p.m., Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718-368-1709: Meet editors and writers from the bilingual magazine Slovo/Word.

Internet Class, January 16, 9 a.m., Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue, 718-349-8504: Learn to search the internet. Basic computer knowledge required.

Resume Writing, January 21, 11 a.m., Saratoga Library, 8 Thomas S. Boyland, 718-573-5224: Learn to write a resume using Microsoft Word.

Talking Circle, January 21, 2 p.m., Gravesend Library, 303 Avenue X, 718-382-5792: Share your life experiences with others.

STEP Career & Job Development Workshop, January 27, 1:30 p.m., New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue, 718-649-0311: Information for job seekers.

Knitting Circle, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718-455-3898: Work on current or new projects with others.

Exhibitions

All exhibitions run now to January 10 at Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100.

The Art of Politics by Randy Jones, Grand Lobby: A series of editorial art from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, as well as illustrations from The Inner Circle Program, a charity show presented by journalists who cover New York City Hall.

Got a Light? from the collection of Joe DeGennaro, Foyer Gallery Cases: A collection of matches and match memorabilia dating from the turn of the century right up to the present.

All in the Family by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney, Youth Wing: A retrospective of the award-winning children’s books by this husband and wife team, which has delighted young readers worldwide with their stories and illustrations.

AD: New Orleans after the Deluge by Josh Neufeld, Second Floor Balcony Cases: Nonfiction graphic art that follows the experiences of six real-life people from New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

Clip-Art Comics by David Rees, Second Floor Balcony Cases: A collection of comics by this cartoonist who created Get Your War On and My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable.

Film Screenings

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, January 24, 2 p.m., Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718-435-9431: Enjoy this free screening.

Russian Film Series – “In the Name of Love and Life,” January 28, 7 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Directed by Aron Kanevsky, this documentary of a love story is set against the backdrop of the Siege of Leningrad and World War II. The film is presented by Vladimir Kanevsky, the late director’s son. This event is in Russian.

Music, Dance & More

Songs & Skits, January 20, 2 p.m., Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street, 718-252-0967: The Seasoned Citizens Theatre Co. presents High Hopes.

Classical Interludes, January 25, 4 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Brooklyn Baroque cellist David Bakamjian, harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky and flutist Andrew Bolotowsky perform the music of Bach and his contemporaries.

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Nicole Henry, January 29, 7 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Visit www.smarttix.com to purchase tickets. Vocalist Nicole Henry has gained international acclaim as one of the most impressive live performers to personalize the Great American Songbook.

Readings & Discussions

“The Namesake,” January 7, 2 p.m., registration required, Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718-368-1815: Discuss this novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Amanda Hesser: “Eat, Memory,” January 24, 4 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: New York Times Magazine food editor Hesser and authors John Burnham Schwartz and Patricia Marx read from their essays in “Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table.”

Russian Literary Series: Vladimir Voinovich, January 25, 1:30 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Voinovich wrote the novel “Monumental Propaganda,” an acidic critique of post-Communist Russia. His novels, prohibited by the Soviet authorities, are cult classics in Russia. This event is in Russian. Please pick up a free ticket at the Eastern Parkway entrance to the Dweck Center on the day of the program.

Philosophy Discussion Group, January 28, 2 p.m., Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Join the discussion about Eckhart Tolle’s “The New Earth.”

“The Cuban Revolution and Race: Our Most Difficult Problem,” January 31, 4 p.m., Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2100: Alejandro de la Fuente, author of “A Nation for All: Race, Inequality and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba,” discusses the impact and the legacies of the Cuban revolution on race relations. What lessons can be learned from the Cuban approach to racism?

Philosophy Discussion Group, January 2, 16 & 30, 3:30 p.m., New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718-236-4086: Discuss topics chosen by members of the group.

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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