Our Events

Special Event

Darryl Pinckney, Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy, with Caryl Phillips

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, the essayist, journalist, and author investigates the struggle for Black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to 2020, in conversation with award-winning novelist, essayist, and playwright Caryl Phillips.
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Children

Storytime Online

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere? The video will be posted on our Children's Events page shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Writing with Tarot with A.E. Osworth

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 6:00pm Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 6:00pm | online | for members only | by donation | registration required
Feeling stuck in your writing? Uninspired? Overwhelmed? Break out your tarot deck and use the 78 archetypes to shake out of your writing rut and surprise even yourself.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public | by donation | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual year. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Ivelisse Rodriguez, Puerto Rican Literature: From New York to Puerto Rico and Back

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
The author of PEN/Faulkner finalist LOVE WAR STORIES explores memoirs, poetry, and fiction covering almost 100 years of Puerto Rican writing from the continental United States.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Lecture

Barbara Demick, Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
Illuminating a culture that has long been romanticized by Westerners as deeply spiritual and peaceful, Demick reveals what it is really like to be a Tibetan in the twenty-first century, trying to preserve one’s culture, faith, and language against the depredations of a seemingly unstoppable, technologically all-seeing superpower.
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Children

Picture Perfect

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00pm | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and up

Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. Our elementary age program explores the illustration techniques in award-winning books.

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | by donation | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Special Event

An American Songbook Afternoon with Michael Lasser: Irving Berlin's Miracle Year

Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 2:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
In this lecture with recorded music, American Songbook expert and radio host Michael Lasser takes us back to the year almost a century ago when one of America's most iconic songwriters came fully into his own voice.
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The Writing Life

Celebration of Member Writers, December 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books during 2020.
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Children

Storytime Live

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 4:00pm | Online (Zoom) | All Ages

Join us on Zoom for a virtual, face-to-face storytime.

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public | by donation | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual year. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Ivelisse Rodriguez, Puerto Rican Literature: From New York to Puerto Rico and Back

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
The author of PEN/Faulkner finalist LOVE WAR STORIES explores memoirs, poetry, and fiction covering almost 100 years of Puerto Rican writing from the continental United States.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: Christmas and Boxing Day

Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to Sunday, December 27, 2020 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 24 and is closed Friday, December 25, Saturday, December 26, and Sunday, December 27, for Christmas and Boxing Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: New Year's

Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm to Friday, January 1, 2021 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 31 and is closed Friday, January 1, 2021, for New Year's Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Ivelisse Rodriguez, Puerto Rican Literature: From New York to Puerto Rico and Back

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
The author of PEN/Faulkner finalist LOVE WAR STORIES explores memoirs, poetry, and fiction covering almost 100 years of Puerto Rican writing from the continental United States.
Read More >

Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Ivelisse Rodriguez, Puerto Rican Literature: From New York to Puerto Rico and Back

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
The author of PEN/Faulkner finalist LOVE WAR STORIES explores memoirs, poetry, and fiction covering almost 100 years of Puerto Rican writing from the continental United States.
Read More >

Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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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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