Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

Registration is not accepted.
Pick up a ticket at the front desk beginning at 9:30 AM.

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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (11/20/18 sessions)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 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, November 21, 2018 - 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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Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 5:00pm to Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21 and is closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Tue Nov 27 2018. Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On November 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, November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On November 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: Poetry I

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:30pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/27/18 session)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 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, November 28, 2018 - 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

Karina Yan Glaser, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person, payable at the door | registration required
Karina Yan Glaser reads from her newest book, a sequel to her New York Times notable book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, and shares the secrets of how authors are inspired to write about what matters most to them.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (11/29 session)

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the set of five sessions | registration required
The quintessential French philosophe cultivated an English literary circle including John Gay, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This seminar will attempt to give readers a sense of the work of these five writers and an understanding of the way their thoughts and their words reflect—or dissent from—the contemporary culture of France and of England.
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Children

Construction Junction

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Dig into stories about hard-working vehicles.

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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Reading Group

Event Book Discussion: Emily Wilson's The Odyssey

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
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Special Event

Holiday Book Sale

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00pm | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Hidden treasures, beautiful display volumes, fun reads, and gifts can be found at the Library’s holiday book sale.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 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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Performance

Sarah Rose Kearns, Jane Austen's Persuasion

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 3:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $25 per person | registration required
In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, a shy English spinster seeks to win back the love of the man she jilted eight years before. Jane Austen’s last and most romantic novel, a brilliant meditation on love and loss and what is constant in a changing world, is brought to sparkling new life by playwright Sarah Rose Kearns.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 2:30pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (12/4/18 session)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees (December 2018)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation
The Library's Board of Trustees uses the first-floor Reference Room 4:15-7:00 PM.
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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (12/6 session)

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session concludes with Euripides' Alcestis.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 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: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 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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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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