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Memorial Day Weekend - Library Closed

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 27, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day weekend.

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Aug 30 2019. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 4:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Bedtime Stories

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Put on your PJs early and enjoy bedtime stories and a snack.

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

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Member Orientation (6/3/19 session)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Exhibition Presentation: Lives of the Suffragists

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Exhibition curators Harriet Shapiro and Cathy McGowan introduce the women (and men) behind American women’s right to vote.
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Children

Leap Frog

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Hop over to the Library for frog-tastic tales. 

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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 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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The Writing Life

Special Writing Life Presentation: Marcia Butler’s The Creative Imperative, with Caroline Leavitt, Leland Cheuk, Mark Wisniewski, and Tim Page

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
Marcia Butler’s new documentary The Creative Imperative blends many artists’ interviews about their relationship with the creative process. In this one-time-only event, Ms. Butler screens her film, then further explores its questions in a panel discussion with four remarkable authors.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 2:45pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Celebration of Member Writers, Spring 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | 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 January-June 2019.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Reading Group

Seasons of Light and Darkness: Charles Dickens’s Historical Novels with Nicholas Birns

Repeats every month until Thu Jun 13 2019 except Wed May 01 2019, Sat Jun 01 2019. Also includes Wed May 15 2019, Wed Jun 12 2019.Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 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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The Writing Life

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (6/13/19 session)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (6/14/19 session)

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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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: