Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, January 22, 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: Poetry I

Tuesday, January 22, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, January 23, 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: Poetry 2

Wednesday, January 23, 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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Children

Tween Scene: Friends Forever

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 9 and Older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Give your bestie or the new kid a bracelet to welcome the new year.

Registration is required and space is limited. Guests welcome with advance registration.
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

Sarah Ruhl, Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
The author, playwright, and Yale Drama professor shares a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife, in the context of her distinguished career.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, January 24, 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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Children

Miss Spider's Tea Party

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy a tea party with Miss Spider and friends!

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 (1/24/19 session)

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm | 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 30-45 minutes.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Jan 28 2019. Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On January weekends 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

Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On January weekends 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 (1/28/19 session)

Monday, January 28, 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 30-45 minutes.
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Reception

Opening Reception: Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Library members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of this new exhibition about the women’s suffrage movement, with remarks by author Brooke Kroeger.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:00pm | 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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Puppy Tails

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Raise a howl for these stories about happy hounds.

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

Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm | Members' Room/Children's Library/Whitridge Room | open to the public | for families | free of charge | no registration required
A special opportunity to introduce your friends to the Library at our Children’s Library Open House: an afternoon of family fun featuring storyteller Bill Gordh with tales from around the globe!
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Feb 25 2019 except Sun Feb 17 2019. Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On February weekends 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, February 4, 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, February 5, 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.

Read More >

Special Event

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

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Tuesday, February 5, 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: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, February 5, 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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Reading Group

The Dystopian Novel: Good Reads from Bad Places with Jane Mallison

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the second Wednesday until Wed May 08 2019 except Wed Feb 13 2019. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
For more than a century, the dark, gloomy vision of a “dystopia” has flourished. While such books can sound depressing, the ingenuity and wit of their authors makes them fascinating. Popular seminar leader Jane Mallison guides readers throught the wreckage of four modern-classic dystopias, from 1984 to Parable of the Sower.
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Children

Workshop: Christina Amato, Making Books By Hand

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3 and up | $20 per child | registration required
Explore the art of bookmaking with Library Conservator Christina Amato. Participants will make their own unique blank books using traditional materials and techniques.
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Children

All Aboard!

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Climb on for some terrific train 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, February 7, 2019 - 5:00pm | Marshall 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.

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