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!

 

DECEMBER
 

MOCACreate: Shadow Stories

12/1/2022 - 3:30pm - Sunset Park Branch, 4201 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
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. More Info

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

 

Dyeing with Autumn's Colors

12/2/2022 - 11:00am - Stone Avenue Branch, 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, Brooklyn  [Postponed]
Presented by the Wyckoff House Museum

Embrace the vibrant colors of Fall with a natural dyeing activity led by the Wyckoff House Museum, using plants and flowers grown on our 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.

 

Classical Music Concert

12/2/2022 - 3:00pm - Brighton Beach Branch, 16 Brighton 1st Road, Brooklyn
Presented by the CreArtBox

CreArtBox presents a live concert that utilizes classical music to trigger a conversation about art culture, society, and more. This program unfolds the intriguing minds of musicians to new audiences serving as a gateway to enter the profound and wild world of classical music. More Info

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

 

I'll Go

12/3/2022 - 2:00pm - Mosholu Branch, 285 East 205th Street, The Bronx
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. More Info

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

 

No Existe Un Mundo Poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art In The Wake Of Hurricane Maria

12/5/2022 - 4:00pm - Macomb's Bridge Branch, 2633 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, Manhattan
Presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art

Feeling creative? Come join us for the Whitney Museum's Art and Poster Lab! We will learn about the art on view in the current exhibition, no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria. Then, we will have the chance to design our own mixed-media posters inspired by the work of Puerto Rican artist and graphic designer Garvin Sierra Vega. The program will be conducted bilingually. More Info

¿Tienen ganas de hacer algo creativo? ¡Vengan al laboratorio de arte y afiches del museo Whitney! Primero, aprenderemos sobre las obras de arte de la exposición actual no existe un mundo poshuracán: arte puertorriqueño después del huracán Maria. Luego, tendremos la oportunidad de diseñar nuestros propios afiches usando medios mixtos inspirados en el trabajo del artista y diseñador gráfico puertorriqueño Garvin Sierra Vega. La sesión será conducida de forma bilingüe. Más información

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

 

Jazz Music Concert

12/6/2022 - 6:00pm - Greenpoint Branch, 107 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the New York Youth Symphony

NYYS Jazz Band presents the complete Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, featuring such selections as Toot Toot Tootie Toot, Peanut Brittle Brigade, Sugar Rum Cherry, and more. More Info

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

 

Dyeing with Autumn’s Colors

12/9/2022 - 4:00pm - Rugby Branch, 1000 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the Wyckoff House Museum

Embrace the vibrant colors of Fall with a natural dyeing activity led by the Wyckoff House Museum, using plants and flowers grown on our 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: Teens. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

19th Century Tea Party / 19 শতকের চা পার্টি

12/10/2022 - 3:00pm - Ozone Park Branch, 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard, 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 19th 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. More Info

চা চক্রের জন্য আমাদের সাথে যোগ দিন! কিং ম্যানর মিউজিয়ামের চা চক্র 10 ডিসেম্বর কুইন্স পাবলিক লাইব্রেরি-ওজোন পার্কে অনুষ্ঠিত হবে। সৃজনশীলতাকে অনুপ্রাণিত করতে 19 শতকের বাস্তব কাপের উদাহরণ ব্যবহার করে বাড়িতে নিয়ে যাওয়ার জন্য একটি কাগজের চা-কাপ ডিজাইন ও নির্মাণ করুন! প্রারম্ভিক আমেরিকানদের কাছে জনপ্রিয় বিভিন্ন ডিজাইন এবং মোটিফ সম্পর্কে জানুন এবং আবিষ্কার করুন কোথায় এবং কীভাবে বিশ্বজুড়ে চা তৈরি করা হয়েছিল।

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

 

StoryTime: Sail Away

12/13/2022 - 4:00pm - Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Queens
Presented by the The Morgan Library & Museum

Let's create together! In this special visit from the Morgan Library & Museum, a museum educator will introduce visitors to the combined works of artist Ashley Bryan and author Langston Hughes through Bryan's iconic illustrated children's book Sail Away. After a read-along, families will work together to compose an original poem and illustrate it with a unique collage inspired by the creativity of these two Black artists. All materials will be provided. More Info

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

 

I'll Go

12/15/2022 - 4:30pm - Wakefield Branch, 4100 Lowerre Place, The Bronx
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. More Info

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

 

JANUARY
 

Photographic Storytelling

1/7/2023 - 2:00pm - Stapleton Branch, 132 Canal Street, Staten Island
Presented by the Alice Austen House Museum

Join Alice Austen House photographic teaching artists to be introduced to the world of portraiture. Alice Austen (1866-1952) was a Victorian photographer who documented her world and the people of the late 19th century. In this hands-on lesson we will draw inspiration from Austen's vintage photographs to direct and take portraits with a focus on camera angle, framing, composition and personal narratives. Participants will present their work to the group and take home their original B&W portrait. More Info

Ages: Older Adults. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Family Art Workshop

1/14/2023 - 12:00pm - Harry Belafonte Branch, 203 West 115th Street, 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: Families with children 5-12. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Photographic Storytelling

1/7/2023 - 2:00pm - Fort Hamilton Branch, 9424 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the Alice Austen House Museum

Join Alice Austen House photographic teaching artists to be introduced to the world of portraiture. Alice Austen (1866-1952) was a Victorian photographer who documented her world and the people of the late 19th century. In this hands-on lesson we will draw inspiration from Austen's vintage photographs to direct and take portraits with a focus on camera angle, framing, composition and personal narratives. Participants will present their work to the group and take home their original B&W portrait. More Info

Ages: Older Adults. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Who is Florence Price?

1/21/2023 - 1:00pm - Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Queens
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).

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

 

Family Art Workshop

1/28/2023 - 3:00pm - Ridgewood Branch, 20-12 Madison Street, Queens
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.

Ages: Families with children 5-12. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Posters on Coasters

1/30/2023 - 3:30pm - DeKalb Branch, 790 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by Poster House

Bring out your inner designer for Poster House’s 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.

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