Our Events

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Lecture

Daniel T. Potts, Ancient Iran in the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Consciousness of Europe: The Printed Word, the Graven Image, the Learned Traveller, and the Stage

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
Long before archaeological excavations began to reveal the magnificence of the ruins at Persepolis, Ancient Iran was an object of enormous interest in the West. In connection with our exhibition Broken Beauty: Ruins of the Ancient World, one of New York's leading archaeology scholars introduces the tales, engravings, plays, and operas about Iran and its rules that circulated across Europe from the late 15th through the 18th centuries. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Fri Jun 30 2017.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

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Special Event

Drop-In Event: Linda Ravenswood, Typewriter Poetry

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM | Open to the Public | Reference Room | Free of charge | No registration required

Poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood brings the tactile pleasures of typewriters to a drop-in poetry event. Ms. Ravenswood will share on-the-spot typed poems and lead visitors in creating their own hand/heart-made writing.

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Reading Group

Seminar: James Kraft, The Tales of Henry James (June 7 session) - Fully Registered

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $75 for all five sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Considered one of the finest American writers, Henry James is also considered a challenging writer. This five-session seminar will survey the best of his stories and reveal his exceptional qualities as a writer. Read More >

Children

Leap Frog!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Hop on into the Library for fantastic frog tales.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Special Event

Conversation: Alexandra Horowitz and Stuart Firestein, Olfactory Convergence: How We Smell

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

In this unique event, two writers who are scientists - and whose scientific interests converge on olfaction - discuss their work, the process and joys of science writing, and, of course, smell.

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Children

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Get ready for summer travels with on-the-go stories.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

Read More >

Children

Tween Scene: Ocean Tokens

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 -
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
| Children's Library | Ages 9 and older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Wave hello to summer by decorating a box to store all your secret beach treasures.

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Performance

Sehnsucht, a New Play

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $25 per person | Advance registration required
Sehnsucht is a play about our preoccupation with the past and the impact of propping it up, using vignettes of sibling reminiscing about being cavemen, an imagined empire with no recorded history (inspired by the reign of Chinese Dowager Empress Cixi), and Sigmund Freud's collection of historical artifacts. As modern life increases in rapidity and technology, there's a longing to understand what behavior, if any, is essentially human. We peer into history, trying to figure out when we were most ourselves. Sehnsucht is conceived and directed by Sarah Blush in collaboration with Brian Bock, Georgia King, and Michael Norton and produced by Rachel Christiansen. It will be presented as a full-cast reading, with an audience talkback following. This event is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger. Read More >

Reading Group

Jonathan Swift: Master of Satire with Jane Mallison (June 21 session)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Educator Jane Mallison leads discussion of the English/Irish master of "indignatio," from short works through Gulliver's Travels. Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Children

Red, White, Blue, And...You!

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy stories about the Fourth of July and fireworks.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston

Repeats every month on April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December on the fourth Friday until Sun Dec 31 2017.
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:00 AM, Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge | No registration required | Attend any or all sessions

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 4, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 11, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 17, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, June 25, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On June weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Jul 31 2017.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, July 2, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, July 9, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, July 15, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, July 16, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, July 22, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, July 23, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, July 29, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, July 30, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On July weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

Current Exhibition: