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Children

Young Writers’ Workshop: Poetry Café with Sarah Porter

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3 and up | $15 per child | registration required
Share poetry and snacks with a poet and novelist as you develop your poetic voice.
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Lecture

Conversation: Amy Hempel, Sing to It: New Stories and Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this one-of-a-kind event, two of today’s most original and acclaimed writers discuss their books, their craft, and their dogs.
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Reading Group

Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War

Repeats every month until Fri Dec 13 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Thu Oct 24 2019, Thu Nov 21 2019, Thu Dec 12 2019.Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
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Children

Slightly Spooky Stories

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

Don your costume and get in the Halloween spirit with these haunted 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

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (10/24/19 session)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, October 25, 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

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Oct 26 2019. Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

Repeats every week every Sunday 5 times. Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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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Lecture

Katia Lysy, The Life and Legacy of Iris Origo

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Katia Lysy, granddaughter of the writer Iris Origo, gives an intimate look at Origo’s life and memoirs, with images and information about the family estate of La Foce in Tuscany.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Miral Sattar, Why Writers Need to Learn About SEO and Getting Found on Google (October 29 session)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
The higher your search ranking, the more likely your website will be found. In this talk, Miral Sattar will show you best practices for optimizing your web pages and getting the best results from searches on Google and Amazon so writers can get found, read, and followed.
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Reading Group

Bhisham Bherwani, Nature, Poetry, and Ecological Consciousness

Repeats every month until Wed Oct 30 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019. Also includes Tue Oct 15 2019, Tue Oct 29 2019.Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions | advance registration required
Poet and professor Bherwani leads discussion of lyric expressions eastern and western, old and new, that celebrate or lament the natural world.
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Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 19 2019 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 30 2019, Wed Nov 20 2019, Wed Dec 18 2019.Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
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Special Event

Alex Ames, Re-imagining Melville for Modern Times: Behind the Scenes at The Rosenbach’s New American Voyager Exhibition

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
Join a Rosenbach Museum curator to learn more about the Library’s connection to one of America’s most important literary and historical figures.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (10/30/19 session)

Wednesday, October 30, 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 45-60 minutes.
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Children

Halloween at the Library

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm | Lobby | All Ages | Open to the public

Pop into our lobby on your trick-or-treating route!

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The Writing Life

Live from the Library, Fall 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members’ Room open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
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The Writing Life

Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King: A Novel

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (11/8/19 session)

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Repeats every month until Tue Apr 21 2020 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019, Wed Jan 01 2020, Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Sun Nov 10 2019, Sun Dec 15 2019, Sun Feb 09 2020, Sun Mar 15 2020, Sun Apr 19 2020.Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
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Lecture

Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | 6:00 PM refreshments, 6:30 PM lecture | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine by any means.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, The Marginal and the Universal: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 12 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 16 2019, Wed Nov 13 2019, Wed Dec 11 2019.Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
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Special Event

Linn Cary Mehta: Catharine Sedgwick, Herman Melville, and New York City's Liberal Institutions

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | $15 per person | advance registration required
In celebration of the bicentennial of our fellow historic institution All Souls Unitarian Church, scholar Linn Cary Mehta looks at the mission and history of the city's liberal institutions in the first half of the 19th century and their use by writers including Herman Melville and Catharine Sedgwick.
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Children

Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl from Dogfish

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required
From two extraordinary authors comes a laugh-out-loud novel about long-distance friendships and modern families.
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Children

Treasures of the Heart: Storyteller LuAnn Adams

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 3 and older | $10 per child | registration required
A captivating storyteller shares tales from around the world that families will treasure.
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Performance

Special Writing Life Presentation: Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and History of The New York Society Library

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

A group of talented Dramatists Guild playwrights have created original short plays inspired by episodes in the Library's own past. Join us and an extraordinary troupe of actors for a one-of-a-kind afternoon of drama, laughs, fantasy, and history.

Directed by Janice L. Goldberg | Music by George Benton England | Costumes by Jacqueline Braswell

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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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