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Watch Party: Suketu Mehta, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants.
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Seminar: Jane Mallison, Meeting Virgil's Aeneid

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll read these six books (of twelve) in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.
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Watch Party: Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King: A Novel

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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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Children

Storytime Online

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us then? The video will be posted on our Children's Events page shortly after the YouTube premiere!

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Online Event

Watch Party: Maggie Jackson, Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
In the first edition of this visionary book, Maggie Jackson sounded a prescient warning of a looming crisis: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, innovate, and care for one another. Now she offers both a renewed wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with one of the most pressing problems of our time.
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Children

Storytime Online: Globe Trekkers

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 4:00pm | Online | Recommended for children grades K and up

Join us on Zoom for Globe Trekkers, a live, face-to-face storytime. At event time, sign in to Zoom (free Zoom meetings account required).

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Online Event

Watch Party: Eric K. Washington, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads.
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Online Event

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Meeting Virgil's Aeneid

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll read these six books (of twelve) in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt!

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, June 12, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members | by donation | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

Watch Party: Happier at (Quarantine) Home: A Q&A with Happiness Project Author Gretchen Rubin

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
An interactive chat with author Gretchen Rubin on living a happier, healthier, more productive life even during and while emerging from the season of quarantine.
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Children

Make No-Bake Cookies!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Peanut butter and chocolate: what could be better? Join Pete on YouTube as he teaches you how to make these fun, easy cookies families can make using only a stove, a refrigerator, and these ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.

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Online Event

Watch Party: Elaine Pagels, Why Religion? A Personal Story

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? one of today’s most compelling thinkers on the subject looks to her own life to help address these questions.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

Watch Party: An Evening with David Ives, with John Rando

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
To lovers of theater, David Ives’ name says intelligence, humor, and excitement, from All in the Timing to Venus in Fur. In this one-time-only event, Mr. Ives will chat with Tony Award-winner John Rando, a frequent director of his plays, about his own work, the theater world, and the craft of playwriting.
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Watch Party: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, and a National Book Award finalist, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

Watch Party: Min Jin Lee with Jeannette Watson Sanger, Pachinko: A Novel

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 6:00pm | YouTube | free of charge | drop in
The author of Free Food for Millionaires writes the sweeping saga of an exceptional Korean family through the generations.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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: Labor Day

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, September 7, 2020 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library is closed Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7 for Labor Day Weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt!

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, June 12, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00am Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members | by donation | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

Digital Teatime

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | bu donation | registration required
A husband, a father, a son, a business owner...And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi. Like Ocean's Eleven meets Drive with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime. Lee Child calls it "sensationally good - new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended."
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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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