Our Events

The Writing Life

Workshop: Capturing Place in Fiction, with Claire Jimenez - POSTPONED

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
In this workshop, we will explore how to animate setting and build a strong sense of place in fiction. During the COVID-19 pandemic, how have stay-at-home orders made us think about the influence of place on our own psychic spaces? In this four-week workshop, you will also have the opportunity to write and share your own fiction during class.
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Reading Group

Seminar: The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky’s Tale of Crime and Redemption, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Perhaps the greatest novel about a single family, The Brothers Karamazov depicts the rational Ivan, the emotional Dimitry, the spiritual Alyosha, and the ostracized Smerdyakov in their relationship with their difficult and abrasive father, Fyodor. Set in a complex, changing, and infuriating Russia, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece is riveting, disturbing, and strangely consoling.
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Children

Picture Perfect

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 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 elementary age program explores the illustration techniques in award-winning books. This month, we will read a book celebrating a love for libraries.

RSVP to let us know you're participating.

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Lecture

Walt Whitman Invents America with Mark Edmundson, author of Song of Ourselves

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | free of charge | presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Walt Whitman believed that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, glorious as they were, were not enough. We needed to learn to learn the true spirit of democracy. What does it feel like at its best to live as a democratic man or woman? In "Song of Myself," Whitman seeks to answer that question.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell, Winter/Spring 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, April 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | by donation | 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, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!
Missed the latest Storytime Online premiere? The video will be posted on our Storytime Playlist shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

We also offer live and interactive storytime! Check our events schedule and RSVP for Storytime Live on Zoom.

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Online Event

Black Literature Matters: 1960-Now

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
In this original series of live online events, Black writers from the 1700s to the present are re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today. Black Literature Matters celebrates Black writers in four extraordinary evenings. This final event of the series showcases brief excerpts from the work of writers from 1960 to the present including Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Octavia Butler, Pearl Cleague, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Davis, Ernest Gaines, Alex Haley, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Haki Madhabuti, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Lynn Nottage, Malcolm X, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Ntozake Shange, Danez Smith, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, and August Wilson.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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 Live

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 11:00am | Online (Zoom) | All Ages

Join us on Zoom for a live, face-to-face storytime for all ages!

RSVP to let us know your participating.

Can't join us for live storytime? View storytime at your convenience on our YouTube storytime playlist.

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Reception

The 2021 Young Writers Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:00pm | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
Award winners and participants are celebrated at a ceremony with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
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Reading Group

Seminar: The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky’s Tale of Crime and Redemption, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Perhaps the greatest novel about a single family, The Brothers Karamazov depicts the rational Ivan, the emotional Dimitry, the spiritual Alyosha, and the ostracized Smerdyakov in their relationship with their difficult and abrasive father, Fyodor. Set in a complex, changing, and infuriating Russia, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece is riveting, disturbing, and strangely consoling.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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

Closing: Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 11:00am Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 11:00am Monday, May 31, 2021 - 11:00am | Closing
The Library is closed all day Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Special Event

Closing: Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 11:00am Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 11:00am Monday, May 31, 2021 - 11:00am | Closing
The Library is closed all day Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Special Event

Closing: Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 11:00am Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 11:00am Monday, May 31, 2021 - 11:00am | Closing
The Library is closed all day Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Special Event

Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds: A Novel, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. In this special event, Ms. Quade talks about THE FIVE WOUNDS and the art of fiction writing with award-winning novelist Meg Wolitzer.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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.
Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: The Brothers Karamazov: Dostoyevsky’s Tale of Crime and Redemption, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Perhaps the greatest novel about a single family, The Brothers Karamazov depicts the rational Ivan, the emotional Dimitry, the spiritual Alyosha, and the ostracized Smerdyakov in their relationship with their difficult and abrasive father, Fyodor. Set in a complex, changing, and infuriating Russia, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece is riveting, disturbing, and strangely consoling.
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Special Event

The 25th Anniversary New York City Book Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:00pm | YouTube Live | open to the public | drop in
The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This year's special ceremony honors the creators of great New York City books from 2019 and 2020.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell, Winter/Spring 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, April 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | by donation | 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, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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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The Writing Life

Panel: Jeffrey Deaver, Laurie King, and Charles and Caroline Todd, How to Write A Mystery (co-sponsored with Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter)

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Acclaimed mystery writers Jeffrey Deaver, Laurie King, Charles Todd, and Caroline Todd discuss crafting mysteries and their ever-shifting publishing landscape. This panel celebrates the release of HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY: A HANDBOOK FROM MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, July 2, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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

Closing: Juneteenth 2021

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 11:00am to 5:00pm | Closing
The Library is closed all day Saturday, June 19, for Juneteenth. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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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: