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!

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS
 

OCTOBER
 

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. More Info

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

 

DibujoAhora!DrawNow!

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. More Info

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! More Info

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.

 

 

NOVEMBER
 

Fantastic Flowers!

11/7/2022 - 3:30pm - Steinway Branch, 21-45 31st Street, Queens
Presented by the 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.

 

Creating Characters Workshop

11/9/2022 - 4:00pm - Hamilton Grange Branch, 503 West 145th Street, Manhattan
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.

 

StoryTime: Sail Away

11/15/2022 - 4:30pm - Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Queens
Presented by 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.

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

 

Posters on Coasters

11/16/2022 - 3:30pm - DeKalb Branch, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 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. Gift them to a worthy friend or make them the perfect accent piece for your coffee table. More Info

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

 

Brilliant Minds: Weather Watchers

11/19/2022 - 1:00pm - Mariners Harbor Branch, 206 South Avenue, Staten Island
Presented by the National Lighthouse Museum

"Fog! Storms! Pounding waves! Keepers deal with many weather-related perils. We will examine what creates these difficult weather conditions. Projects may include creating a windsock, fog in a bottle, and weather logs. More Info

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

 

Sound Bath

11/22/2022 - 6:00pm - Macon Branch, 361 Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn
Presented by the Brooklyn Music School

Immerse yourself in sound and meditation; emerge cleansed and renewed! Participants experience the soothing sounds of resonant instruments and meditation to align your body and mind. More Info

Ages: 18 and up. Duration: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

The Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

11/23/2022 - 3:30pm - Corona Branch, 38-23 104th Street, Queens
Presented by the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Join us for a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt for families and kids hosted by members of the Lewis Latimer House Museum. 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.