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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Reading Group

Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Early and middle novels including Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint show Roth at his entertaining best on himself, his world, and politics.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (11 AM section)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2 PM section)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:00pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 2:00pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:00pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
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Special Event

Project Cicero Book Collection at the Library

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8:00pm | Entry Hall | open to the public
Project Cicero is the annual book drive that helps to create and supplement classroom and school libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools. Library patrons are encouraged to donate new or gently used preschool through high school books in the boxes in the Library’s entry hall February 27-March 5.
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Children

Pig Tails

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us stories about playful pigs. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212-288-6900 x234. Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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Lecture

Alexander Norman, The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life - CANCELLED

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. For further information, contact the Events Office.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212.288.6900 x234. Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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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Special Event

Member Orientation (3/2/20 session)

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
It's your Library. Learn about all the ways to make use of our collections, building, and services in a friendly presentation/Q&A with a staff member. Sessions last 45-60 minutes.
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Lecture

George Packer, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
"If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it." -Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review
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The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
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Special Event

Sean D. Moore with Edward O’Reilly, Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce - the book trade and the slave trade. In conversation with the New-York Historical Society’s Edward O’Reilly, Prof. Sean Moore discusses the Society Library’s place in those worlds and his use of our City Readers database in his research.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (3/13/20 session)

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:30pm Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:30pm Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
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The Writing Life

Live from the Library, Spring 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, March 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Join your fellow members each third Wednesday of the month for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
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Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This challenging and rewarding novel deserves a fresh start or a revisit with educator and popular seminar leader Jane Mallison.
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The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
Read More >

Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Read More >

Reading Group

Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Early and middle novels including Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint show Roth at his entertaining best on himself, his world, and politics.
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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.

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