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Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch

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Time Out says

Housed in a striking 1941 Art Deco building designed to look like an open book, the library is Brooklyn's largest; about a million people visit it each year. The renovated plaza overlooking Grand Army Plaza, with WiFi, landscaped gardens and an outdoor performance space that hosts live concerts, is a buzzing summer gathering place for Brooklynites. Among the library's strongest suits is its first-floor Youth Wing, with designated spaces for toddlers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens to read, work on homework and use game-equipped computers. Opened in 2007, the state-of-the-art performance space S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture puts on more than a hundred events per month, many of which are aimed squarely at kids.


10 Grand Army Plaza
Cross street:
at Flatbush Ave
Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum or Grand Army Plaza
Opening hours:
Mon, Fri 9am–6pm; Tue–Thu 9am–9pm; Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 1–5pm
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Cinema Ephemera

Brooklyn Public Library is back with its annual plaza concert series and Cinema Ephemera, a weekly visual playlist of art, music, and archival footage projected onto the facade of the iconic Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. On select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, BPL will welcome Brooklynites with live outdoor concerts at 7pm on the plaza at the Central Library, followed by screenings of concert films, short artist videos, historical footage, and more starting at 9pm, with a new playlist each week. Performances are from the likes of Rimarkable, the Met Opera, and more. These events are free to the public. You can see the full line-up here.

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