Branch Programs

All 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, 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.

 

FEBRUARY
 

An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Dance

2/1/2023 - 3:30pm - Mitchell-Linden Branch, 31-32 Union Street, Queens
Presented by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Join us in this interactive workshop for all ages featuring dancers from Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, who will lead participants through the basic elements of movement and practice of traditional Chinese dance training, including demonstrations of the lion dance, ribbon dance, and fan dance. More Info

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

 

Dyeing with Autumn's Colors

2/2/2023 - 6:00pm - Crown Heights Branch, 560 New York Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the Wyckoff House Museum

Using plants and flowers grown at the Wyckoff House Museum’s farm, participants will learn a brief history of using natural dyes on clothing and textiles and how they can apply this knowledge to their own wardrobes using materials from the garden or grocery store. We’ll touch on textile history, the pH scale, and color theory as we guide you through the steps to dye clothes at home! Limited materials will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. More Info

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

 

Who is Florence Price?

2/6/2023 - 6:30pm - Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Presented by the Kaufman Music Center

Published by Schirmer Books of Wise Music Group, Who is Florence Price? is a new children’s book written and illustrated by students at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, New York City’s only K-12 public school that teaches music as a core subject. The book tells the story of a brilliant musician who prevailed against race and gender prejudices to become the first Black woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and be performed by a major American orchestra in 1933.

The program includes a reading of Who is Florence Price? by the student authors. Special Music School musicians will also perform music composed by Price, including “Fantasie No. 1 in G minor” (1933), “Fantasy in F sharp minor” (1940), and “Adoration” (1951). More Info

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

 

La Clave the Key: A Musical Journey from Africa to the (so-called) New World

2/11/2023 - 1:00pm - Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, The Bronx
Presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center

Master musician and educator Bobby Sanabria leads the audience on a sonic journey tracing the roots of many of popular forms of music in the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States from their origins in west and central Africa, in particular, the 5 beats known as la clave which guide the structure of the music. More Info

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

 

Afro-Latin Soul: The Soundtrack of NYC

2/13/2023 - 4:00pm - Lefferts Branch, 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Queens
Presented by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Join us for a lecture/demonstration with multi-instrumentalist Steven Salcedo exploring the history of how Afro-Latin music was born out of the New York City melting pot of the 1950s and 1960s, leading to the birth of funk and hip-hop through the lens of Latin music icons Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and more. More Info

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

 

Kora Music Concert

2/22/2023 - 4:30pm - Morrisania Branch, 610 E 169th Street, The Bronx
Presented by the Bronx Music Heritage Center

Traditional Musician/instrumentalist Salieu Suso will present a composition on health and longevity in light of the public health emergency, called “Simaya ning Jatakendeya.” More Info

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

 

DibujoAhora!DrawNow!

2/28/2023 - 4:00pm - Clason's Point Branch, 1215 Morrison Avenue, The Bronx
Presented by the 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 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. Bringing together more than 200 objects produced over the past five centuries, The Clamor of Ornament explores ornament in architecture, art, and design through the lens of drawing. Everyone will make collage and assemblage ornaments using textured papers, wallpaper samples and small found objects. All materials will be provided.

La educadora y artista Ada Pilar Cruz, de The Drawing Center presentará un taller de arte. 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. Reuniendo más de 200 objetos producidos durante los últimos cinco siglos, El Clamor del Ornamento explora los adornos en la arquitectura, el arte y el diseño a través de la lente del dibujo. Todos harán un collage utilizando papeles texturizados, muestras de papel tapiz y pequeños objetos encontrados. Todos los materiales serán proporcionados. More Info

Ages: Teens & Young Adults. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English & Spanish.

 

MARCH
 

Family Art Workshop with the Guggenheim

3/4/2023 - 11:00am - Ottendorfer Branch, 135 2nd Avenue, Manhattan
Presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Join the Guggenheim Museum at the Library to explore the work of the artist Nick Cave. Take inspiration from his creative materials and social justice focus to create your own collaborative sculpture as a family. More Info

Ages: 5-12 (siblings welcome). Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

I'll Go

3/7/2023 - 3:30pm - Jackson Heights Branch, 35-51 81st Street, Queens
Presented by the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center

Though set in the Reconstruction Era, I’ll Go takes viewers on a short interactive journey through time, capturing snapshots from the lives of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, two very powerful women that helped shape the face and culture of our country and the world during a very difficult time in history. Told through the eyes of former slave, Mae Caldwell, I’ll Go is infused with music, laughter, and historical facts. It was designed to align with state required common core standards and is sure to enlighten audiences of all ages! More Info

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

 

Design a Zine

3/9/2023 - 3:00pm - Midwood Branch, 975 East 16th Street, Brooklyn
Presented by the Brooklyn Children's Museum

In this workshop, Teens will explore the process of telling stories with art and learn about curation -- the process of communicating through spaces and experiences. Teens will learn what curation is and think about “traditional” notions of where curation happens- like in museum and gallery spaces. Through this hands-on, inquiry-based workshop participants will design a zine and will imagine new ways and spaces for curation around art, objects and history. More Info

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

 

18th Century Tea Party

3/11/2023 - 3:00pm - Rochdale Village Branch, 169-09 137th Avenue, Queens
Presented by the King Manor Museum

Tea is such a big part of American Revolution history, as well as a major export during the time. Children will design, cut out, and assemble their own 18th century paper tea cup. We will also discuss the history of tea as an import/export, what types of tea were popular at the time, and provide some popular tea samples of the era for participants to identify.

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

 

Posters on Coasters

3/16/2023 - 3:30pm - DeKalb Branch, 790 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklync
Presented by the 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. Gift them to a worthy friend or make them the perfect accent piece for your coffee table. Posters on Coasters is designed for attendees between the ages of 13-18. More Info

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

 

DibujoAhora!DrawNow!

3/18/2023 - 1:00pm - Francis Martin Branch, 2150 University Avenue, The Bronx
Presented by the 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 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. Bringing together more than 200 objects produced over the past five centuries, The Clamor of Ornament explores ornament in architecture, art, and design through the lens of drawing. Everyone will make collage and assemblage ornaments using textured papers, wallpaper samples and small found objects. All materials will be provided.

La educadora y artista Ada Pilar Cruz, de The Drawing Center presentará un taller de arte. 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. Reuniendo más de 200 objetos producidos durante los últimos cinco siglos, El Clamor del Ornamento explora los adornos en la arquitectura, el arte y el diseño a través de la lente del dibujo. Todos harán un collage utilizando papeles texturizados, muestras de papel tapiz y pequeños objetos encontrados. Todos los materiales serán proporcionados. More Info

Ages: Teens & Young Adults. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English & Spanish.

 

I'll Go

3/21/2023 6:00pm - Eastern Parkway Branch, 1044 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Presented by the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center

Though set in the Reconstruction Era, I’ll Go takes viewers on a short interactive journey through time, capturing snapshots from the lives of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, two very powerful women that helped shape the face and culture of our country and the world during a very difficult time in history. Told through the eyes of former slave, Mae Caldwell, I’ll Go is infused with music, laughter, and historical facts. It was designed to align with state required common core standards and is sure to enlighten audiences of all ages! More Info

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

 

Family Art Workshop with the Guggenheim

3/25/2023 - 1:00pm - Kingsbridge Branch, 291 W 231st Street, The Bronx
Presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Join the Guggenheim Museum at the Library to explore the work of the artist Nick Cave. Take inspiration from his creative materials and social justice focus to create your own collaborative sculpture as a family. More Info

Ages: 5-12 (siblings welcome). Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.