Adult Learning Centers

Do you need to improve your reading and writing skills? We can help.

Brooklyn Public Library Adult Learning Centers provide free innovative educational programs for adult learners and speakers of other languages. Through books, technology and interactive classroom instruction taught by professional and friendly instructors and tutors, adults build the skills needed to meet their personal, educational and employment goals.

There are five Adult Learning Centers with full-time professional staff and volunteers who are ready to help you reach your goals with FREE programs and classes. Groups/classes are for participants 17 years and older who are functioning below the high school level. Emphasis is on Reading, Writing, and HSE preparation. All programs and classes are available mornings, afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.

Click here to learn more about Adult Learning Centers.


11/29 deadline: Garden Apprentice Program

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is accepting applications for the 2018 Garden Apprentice Program. Apprentices learn about careers in public gardens, science, the environment, and education through hands-on work placements in the Garden. Apprentices are eligible for community service and earn a monetary award upon successful completion of the program. The Garden Apprentice Program application can be downloaded here. Printable applications are available upon request.

November-January: Grant Info Sessions


11/30 Event: Hearings Support for Veterans

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Honorable Fidel F. Del Valle of the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) invites you to learn how to respond to summonses from NYC enforcement agencies.

Click here to download the full-size flyer.

Fall Leaf Collection

Certain neighborhoods (PDF) should set out fall leaves for collection on specific Saturdays in November and December; see the schedule below.

Residents in these areas should set out their leaves either in a paper lawn & leaf bag, or in an open, unlined container. DSNY turns the leaves into compost, a natural soil amendment.

2017 Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

These neighborhoods will receive leaf collection:

  • Bronx (Community Boards # 7 & 9)
  • Brooklyn (Community Boards # 5, 9, 14, 17, 18)
  • Staten Island (all Community Boards #1*, 2, 3)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • •   Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • Queens (Community Boards #1, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 18
    • •   Saturday, December 2
  • *Neighborhoods that receive NYC organics collection set out leaves along with their other organics.
  • Download the Instructions and Maps