Are you ready for Election Day?


Let’s All Vote!

The presidential election is coming up on November 3, only 42 days away. Today is National Voter Registration Day—are you already registered to vote?

If you’re not sure, you can check your status here or call 866.VOTE.NYC (TTY: 212.487.5496 for the hearing impaired). The deadline to register to vote is October 9.

This year, all New York voters can vote by mail due to the risk of contracting coronavirus. Once you are registered, visit to request your ballot. If you plan to vote in person or vote early, you can look up your poll site online or call 866.VOTE.NYC.

Your vote has never been more important. Make sure to request your absentee ballot today, so that your voice is heard this fall!

Request an absentee ballot

2020 BPL Literary Prize

The 2020 Lit Prize Longlists Are Here!

The Library and the Brooklyn Eagles are proud to announce the longlist nominees for the 2020 BPL Literary Prize. The two lists, fiction and poetry and nonfiction, were selected by Brooklyn librarians.

See the nominees


LitFilm Returns for Its Third Year

LitFilm—BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its third edition—offers an inside look at writers’ private lives, artistic processes and political struggles through inspiring documentaries and films. The weeklong event features panel discussions and talks with many featured filmmakers and writers.

LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival about Writers is made possible with support from WarnerMedia.

October 5 – 11, 2020
Virtual Program

See the lineup


Protesting the Police

Thursday, September 24 / 4 pm
Virtual Program

A look at Black Lives Matter and the defund the police uprisings through an international lens. With Stuart Schrader (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Baz Dreisinger (John Jay College), Victoria Law (Resistance Behind Bars) and Devon Simmons (2019 Soros Justice Fellow).


Carmen Oliver, Bears Make the Best Science Buddies

Wednesday, September 30 / 3:30 pm
Virtual Program

Join author Carmen Oliver as she shares one of the science experiments from her book Bears Make the Best Science Buddies and follow a fun milk and cookie experiment with participants.

More info

No Truth Without Ruth
Kathleen Krull
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
Jane Sherron De Hart
Dissenter on the Bench
Victoria Ortiz
See the whole list


The ABCs of Racism

Sunday, October 4 / 7 pm
Virtual Program

This workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with young children, and identify strategies to start the conversation with kids from birth to age seven.


Kahn Humanities Lecture: Susan Herman

Tuesday, October 13 / 7 pm
Virtual Program

A discussion with Susan Herman of the ACLU, who argues that now is an ideal time to consider adding a 28th Amendment to the Constitution.


The 2020 Census ends on September 30! There are only a few days left to be counted. You can respond online, by phone, or with a census taker at your door. 


More Upcoming Events

Dolls in the Collection of Historic Richmond Town
Friday, September 25 / 11 am
Virtual Program

Examine a selection of dolls from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Adult Book Club: Fantastical Erotica & Romances
Saturday, September 26 / 4 pm
Virtual Program

This month: You Had Me at Wolf by Terry Spear.

Managing Your Finances in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, September 29 / 11 am
Virtual Program

Learn how to preserve your savings, manage debt during a crisis and whether or not to touch your investment accounts.

The Street Beneath My Feet with Wave Hill
Wednesday, September 30 / 10 am
Virtual Program

Learn about the world underneath the surface, where decomposers, fungi and other critters thrive. For all ages!

K-Pop Party
Wednesday, September 30 / 3:30 pm
Virtual Program

Join a fun K-Pop streaming party—we have a great playlist set up, but requests are always welcome!

Monumentos para trabajadores esenciales
Wednesday, October 7 / 10 am
Virtual Program

Este taller invita a los participantes a usar cualquier material que tienen disponible para crear un monumento que celebra a los trabajadores esenciales.

See the full events calendar

Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.

—Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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