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Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Thu Aug 31 2017.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On August 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

Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On August 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, August 26, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On August 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

Sunday, August 27, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On August 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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Labor Day Weekend - Library Closed

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 9:00 AM to Monday, September 4, 2017 - 5:00 PM
| Holiday Closing
The Library is closed Saturday, September 2, Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4, for Labor Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours. Read More >

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

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Children

STEAMship Society

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Grades K - 3 | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Curious kids, climb aboard! Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at the Library. This month, we'll read a silly Seuss story and concoct a slimy substance.

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Children

A Peace Party

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Celebrate friendships new and old with stories of peace, love, and kindness.

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Children

Tween Scene: Props for Peace

Thursday, September 14, 2017 -
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
| Children's Library | Ages 9 and older | For members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Make a colorful yarn decoration to promote world peace.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Special Event

Latino Genre Writers: Diversity in Mystery, Science Fiction, and Horror

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

Latino/a writers discuss issues in writing and publishing genre fiction and celebrate Latin@ Rising, a new collection of science fiction and fantasy stories.

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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

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Lecture

Erica Wagner, Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was Washington Roebling who built what has become one of America’s most iconic structures—as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. The literary editor of the London Times brings us an elegantly written biography with a compelling narrative sweep that will introduce Washington Roebling and his era to a new generation of readers. Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (9/22/17 session)

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; no registration required

Get the creative juices flowing in these fun and instructive sessions. Participants will receive a prompt and will have twenty minutes to write freely, after which they are encouraged to share their writing with the group.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Linda Winston, Letters: Exploring the Art and Practice of Corresponding (September 27 session)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required; space is limited
In 1971, Elizabeth Bishop led a Harvard seminar on letters “as an art form or something.” This seminar is inspired both by Bishop’s love of letters and by the surprising response—from people of different backgrounds, ages, and areas of the country—to Linda Winston’s New York Review of Books query “Seeking people who still write letters.” It will include a focus on the correspondence of poets and writers who describe their lives, feelings, art, and ideas in letters that are vibrant, fervent, sometimes lyrical, often immediate and unfiltered, and always seeking to connect with the other. Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Donald McDonough, The Early Milton (September 28 session)

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Before his Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, John Milton aspired to be an epic poet amist the religious and political struggles of seventeenth-century England, dealing with temptation, religious ecstasy, the joys of learning, grief and loss. Milton’s shorter works reveal his high poetic achievement as clearly as do his epics. Read More >

Mouse Tails

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Scamper into the Library for tales featuring the great mice of literature!

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Lecture

Conversation: Angela P. Dodson and Brooke Kroeger, Remember the Ladies, and Don't Forget the Gentlemen

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
This unique event brings together two cutting-edge historians on the era of women’s suffrage. Angela P. Dodson’s Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box documents the fight for women’s right to vote, drawing on historic research, biographies of leaders, and primary sources from books to buttons. Brooke Kroeger’s The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote is the untold story of thousands of men who involved themselves with the suffrage campaign. Read More >

Performance

The Eleventh Hour, a new play by Cathy Tempelsman, directed by Marc Vietor

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $25 per person | Advance registration required

The Eleventh Hour tells the true story of a deeply contentious investigation into the treatment of American soldiers in the First World War.

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The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 3 session)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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Reading Group

Exhibition Seminar: James Kraft, Willa Cather in New York (October 4 session)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Popular seminar leader Dr. James Kraft discusses canonical and lesser-known works by a formidable figure in American literature whose many excellent novels explore complex, controversial places and ideas. Read More >

Columbus Day - Library Closed

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00 AM to Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:00 PM
| Holiday Closing

The Library is closed Sunday, October 8 and Monday, October 9, for Columbus Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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The Writing Life

Daytime Talk Series: Learning from Criticism, Rejection, and Failure with Jonathan F. Putnam

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
If there’s one guarantee about becoming a writer, it’s that the journey will involve great doses of failure. How can you use criticism, rejection, and failure as sustenance for your journey rather than roadblocks? And how can you read Gooderads reviews of your precious debut novel without pulling your hair out? We’ll explore together with Jonathan F. Putnam, author of the Lincoln & Speed historical mystery series. Read More >

The Writing Life

Workshop: The Art of Reading: How to Read Like a Writer, with Daphne Merkin (October 10 session)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the series | Advance registration required

A workshop in the art of reading between the lines—for nuances and implications, as well as subtext—in which attention will be paid to the author’s prose style and point-of-view as well as to the larger cultural context.

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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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