Branch Programs

Across the five boroughs, we're bringing arts and culture right to your back yard!

In addition to providing library cardholders with free passes to museums and theaters around the city, Culture Pass works with partner organizations to bring unique cultural programming to branches across the city. Check out the schedule below to see when and where we'll be next!




Artists at Work: Manuel Aja Espil with Alejandro de la Guerra

9/29/2022 - 6:30pm - Bushwick Branch, 340 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the International Studio & Curatorial Program

Manuel Aja Espil, ISCP’s current artist in residence from Argentina, will be in conversation with Alejandro de la Guerra, an artist and organizer from Nicaragua. At the center of their dialog will be discussion of Espil’s work in the context of Latin American art aesthetics. More Info

Manuel Aja Espil, artista residente de ISCP de Argentina, conversará con Alejandro de la Guerra, artista y orientador de Nicaragua. En el centro de su diálogo conversarán sobre la estética del arte latinoamericano. Más Información

Ages / Años: Adults / Adultos. Duration / Duración: 1 hour / hora. Language / Idioma: English & Español (Bilingual).



Posters on Coasters

10/5/2022 - 4:00pm - Borough Park Branch, 1265 43rd Street, Brooklyn
Presented by Poster House

Bring out your inner designer for Poster House’s inaugural Posters on Coasters teen event. Inspired by the travel posters featured in our exhibition Air India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue, this program will allow you to highlight your favorite far-off destination through the creation of a pair of stylish coasters. More Info

Ages: 13-18. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.


Fantastic Flowers!

10/6/2022 - 3:30pm - Queensboro Hill Branch, 60-05 Main Street, Queens
Presented by Queens Botanical Garden

Connect to your inner scientist and artist by applying your powers of observation! Participants dissect flowers and learn about the function of each part before creating a floral-inspired suncatcher, using their knowledge of flower color, shape and form. Participants take home a flower seed planting.

Ages: Children & Families. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.



10/14/2022 - 11:00am - Aguilar Branch, 174 East 110th Street, Manhattan
Presented by The Drawing Center

Join Ada Pilar Cruz, teaching artist with The Drawing Center for an in-person bilingual discussion and art making workshop presented in Spanish and English for Older Adults that will explore the theme of Ornament - from The Drawing Center’s exhibition The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present. More Info

La educadora y artista Ada Pilar Cruz, de The Drawing Center presentará un taller de arte para adultos mayores. Los participantes explorarán temas del ornamento, derivados de la exhibición: El Clamor del Ornamento: Intercambio, Poder y Alegría desde el Siglo XV hasta el Presente de The Drawing Center. Más Información

Ages / Años: Older Adults / Adultos Mayores. Duration / Duración: 1 hour / hora. Language / Idioma: English & Español (Bilingual).


Brilliant Minds: The Science of Lighting the Night

10/15/2022 - 1:00pm - St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island
Presented by the National Lighthouse Museum

We will play with light, exploring original lighting methods, Fresnel lenses, and lighthouse automation. Projects may include solar marshmallow roasters, bending light with prisms, and experiments making light flash. More Info

Ages: Children & Families. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.


MOCACreate: Shadow Stories

10/21/2022 - 3:30pm - Sunnyside Branch, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Queens
Presented by the Museum of Chinese in America

Paint, build, craft, and collage with MOCA! Inspired by the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, create shadow puppets of moon goddess Chang ‘Er and legendary archer Hou Yi. Together, participants will experiment with diverse processes of making art, explore personal and collective experiences, and connect with each other through meaningful, hands-on activities.

Ages: 5-12. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.


Meet the Instruments: African Drums

10/22/2022 - 2:00pm - Flatbush Branch, 22 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn
Presented by the Brooklyn Music School

In this workshop, professional instrumentalists representing musical traditions from around the world provide an in-depth look and listen to some instruments (djembe, ngoma, conga, etc), rhythms, and musical traditions from West and Central Africa and the Caribbean. More Info

Ages: All Ages. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.


The Spooky Scavenger Hunt

10/26/2022 - 3:30pm - Richmond Hill Branch, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Queens
Presented by the Lewis H. Latimer House

Join the Lewis Latimer House Museum for a Halloween scavenger hunt for families and kids! Participants will unlock messages in patent drawings, decode ancient hieroglyphics, solve math problems and follow along a stem-themed race to the finish line. Winners will receive inventor kit goodie bags!

Ages: Children & Families. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.


Creating Characters Workshop

10/28/2022 - 4:00pm - Jerome Park Branch, 118 Eames Place, The Bronx
Presented by the Society of Illustrators

In this creative workshop author, illustrator & educator Clare Pernice shares a character lion puppet craft and a fun character illustration for coloring. During the hour event participants will listen to a picture book reading and find out where story ideas and inspiration for words and pictures come from. Everyone will create their own illustrated characters and have fun sharing them with the group.. More Info

Ages: Children & Families. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.