Our Events

Whitridge Room Event

FULLY REGISTERED: Seminar: The Oresteia of Aeschylus with Donald McDonough

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $45 for the three sessions | registration required
Aeschylus' three-play cycle, the Oresteia, presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?
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Members’ Room Event

NOW ONLINE ONLY: Colm Tóibín, The Magician: A Novel

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War - the story of novelist Thomas Mann.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Colm Tóibín, The Magician: A Novel

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War - the story of novelist Thomas Mann.
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Online Event

18th-Century Libraries: Book of the Month Club: Hume's History of England

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 10:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. As our inaugural Book of the Month, the team has selected David Hume's History of England. Read an optional excerpt to discuss and learn about this book's popularity and impact.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, January 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 11, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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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Members’ Room Event

NOW ONLINE ONLY: Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars, in conversation with with Meg Wolitzer

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
An exploration of NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl. In this one-time-only event, the winner of the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize converses with beloved fiction writer Meg Wolitzer.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars, in conversation with with Meg Wolitzer

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
An exploration of NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young, biracial girl. In this one-time-only event, the winner of the Center for Fiction' First Novel Prize converses with beloved fiction writer Meg Wolitzer.
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Whitridge Room Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Spring 2022 (Whitridge Room)

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, March 11, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, April 15, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, May 6, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | 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, January 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 11, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

LIVESTREAM: Frank Rose, The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
A practical guide to "narrative thinking," and why it matters in a world defined by data. Building on insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Frank Rose shows us how to see the world in narrative terms, not as a thesis to be argued or a pitch to be made but as a story to be told.
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Members’ Room Event

Frank Rose, The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
A practical guide to "narrative thinking," and why it matters in a world defined by data. Building on insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Frank Rose shows us how to see the world in narrative terms, not as a thesis to be argued or a pitch to be made but as a story to be told.
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Children

Young Poets Society

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 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 2021-22 elementary age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry. In Feburary, we will write cinquains, a poetic variation on madlibs! Please RSVP to let us know you're interested.

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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, January 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 11, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

LIVESTREAM: Anna Pitoniak with Jonathan Darman, Our American Friend: A Novel

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A mysterious first lady. The intrepid journalist writing her biography. And the secret that could destroy them both. Anna Pitoniak discusses her propulsive Cold War-era thriller with presidential biographer Jonathan Darman.
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Members’ Room Event

Anna Pitoniak with Jonathan Darman, Our American Friend: A Novel

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A mysterious first lady. The intrepid journalist writing her biography. And the secret that could destroy them both. Anna Pitoniak discusses her propulsive Cold War-era thriller with presidential biographer Jonathan Darman.
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Online Event

Seminar: Nostalgist or Liberator?: The Fiction of D.H. Lawrence with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
How does the 20th-century British novelist's combination of the visionary, the robust, and the outlandish have new relevance for the 21st century?
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Whitridge Room Event

FULLY REGISTERED: Seminar: The Oresteia of Aeschylus with Donald McDonough

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $45 for the three sessions | registration required
Aeschylus' three-play cycle, the Oresteia, presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?
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Members’ Room Event

An Evening with The Continental Magazine

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
The new literary quarterly The Continental Magazine presents the best writing of Central Europe alongside original work by noted American authors. Join editor-in-chief Sándor Jászberényi and three remarkable contributors for an overview of this new publication and unique perspectives on the first issue's universal theme: prejudice.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: An Evening with The Continental Magazine

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
The new literary quarterly The Continental Magazine presents the best writing of Central Europe alongside original work by noted American authors. Join editor-in-chief Sándor Jászberényi and three remarkable contributors for an overview of this new publication and unique perspectives on the first issue's universal theme: prejudice.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Spring 2022 (Online)

Friday, February 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, March 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, April 22, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, May 20, 2022 - 11:00am | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | 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, January 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 11, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

Closing: Presidents Day

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 9:00am Monday, February 21, 2022 - 9:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21, 2022, for Presidents Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Closing: Presidents Day

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 9:00am Monday, February 21, 2022 - 9:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21, 2022, for Presidents Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, January 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 11, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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 >

Whitridge Room Event

FULLY REGISTERED: Seminar: The Oresteia of Aeschylus with Donald McDonough

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $45 for the three sessions | registration required
Aeschylus' three-play cycle, the Oresteia, presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?
Read More >

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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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