The Bushwick branches of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Ridgewood branch of the Queens Public Library offer the community many valuable programs for individuals of all ages. Due to the pandemic, all programs for all branches of the Queens Public Library are currently held virtually and so are most programs for the branches of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The following is only a handful of the numerous programs currently offered online at the local public libraries.



Brooklyn Public Library Presents

All months of the year, the Brooklyn Public Library offers free virtual arts and culture programs, including author talks, live performances, music, film, visual art exhibitions and more. Through this virtual programming, the Brooklyn Public Library offers everything from conversations about relevant news topics to history lessons about local landmarks, philosophy lessons and author conversations, among other things.

Brooklyn Public Library classes

All year round, the Brooklyn Public Library offers a wide range of free classes for those of all ages. Its classes and events calendar regularly lists helpful classes for those from all walks of life, including classes on citizenship exam prep, information on available services for social support like housing assistance and food assistance, computer software classes and much, much more.

Brooklyn Public Library’s digital resources and databases

The thought of surfing through a library database can sound like a daunting task. However, the Brooklyn Public Library’s resource database is extremely user friendly and useful. The library’s website makes it easy to search through tons of topics, including business and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, Brooklyn history, genealogy and much more.

Queens Public Library programs

The programs never slow down at the Queens Public Library. Nearly every day, there are dozens of classes, talks and interactive events for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Programs like the Queens Memory Project, a community archiving project, keep the history of Queens alive and teach community members about archiving, while College Readiness: Applying to College One Step at a Time will teach students everything they need to know about the college application process. Dozens of other programs cover a wide range of topics and interests.


Bushwick’s local libraries’ location, hours, transit and amenities

While the majority of the programs listed above are available online only, the Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries are currently open to the public for usage of computers and free WiFi, browsing and borrowing books and media, signing up for a library card and other amenities. 

Here is an updated roundup of four open Bushwick-area libraries, as hours of operation may have changed.

Bushwick Library. (Bushwick Library Facebook Page)

Bushwick Library

340 Bushwick Ave.

718-602-1348

Hours

Mon.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues.: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun.: Closed

Transit

J/M train at Lorimer St. or Flushing Ave. stops

L train at Montrose Ave. or Morgan Ave. stops

B43, B46, B57, B60 buses

Amenities

Computers

Laptop loan

Extended Wi-Fi

Accessibility

Outdoor services

After-hours returns

Meeting rooms

Citibikes nearby

Cooling center


Dekalb Library. (Dekalb Library Facebook page)

Dekalb Library

790 Bushwick Ave.

718-455-3898

Hours

Mon.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues.: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun.: Closed

Transit

J/Z trains at Kosciuszko St. stop

M train at Central Ave. stop

B38, B46, B47 buses

Amenities

Computers

Extended Wi-Fi

Partial accessibility

Meeting rooms


Washington Irving Library. (Washington Irving Library Facebook page)

Washington Irving Library

360 Irving Ave.

718-628-8378

Hours

Mon.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues.: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun. Closed

Transit

L train at Myrtle-Wyckoff stop

B13, B18, B26, B52, B54, Q55, Q58 buses

Amenities

Computers

Laptop loan

Extended Wi-Fi

Accessibility

Meeting rooms

Cooling center


History of the Ridgewood Library showcased as patrons enter the library. (Kylie Becker)

Queens Public Library at Ridgewood

20-12 Madison St.

718-821-4770

Hours

Mon.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues.: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun.: Closed

Transit

M train at Forest Ave. stop

B12, B20, Q39, Q58 buses

Amenities

20 public computers with Microsoft Office software

Wi-Fi

Limited free printing

Children’s room

Meeting room


Saratoga Library

The Saratoga Library is currently closed for approximately 16 months due to replacement of the HVAC system. Holds placed previously for the Saratoga Library will be sent to the Macon Library.


Featured Image: Bushwick Public Library Facebook page

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