Our Events

Children

Postponed: Animal Antics with James Howe

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades K and up | $10 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 3:00pm | Separate sessions | open to the public | online | by donation | no registration required
We're all inside. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the March and April sessions of this workshop. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Special Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | Online | 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

Canceled: Member Orientation (4/6/20 session)

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Orientations will resume when regular events resume.
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Special Event

Postponed: Emma Smith, This Is Shakespeare and James Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Lecture

Now Online: Pamela Newkirk, Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:30pm | Online | open to the public | by donation | no registration required
An award-winning journalist shows how workplace diversity initiatives have turned into a profoundly misguided industry - and have done little to bring equality to America's major industries and institutions.
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Reading Group

Now Online: Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the remaining sessions of this seminar. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Reading Group

Now Online: Jane Mallison, Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an alternative format for the March and April sessions of this seminar. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Special Event

Canceled: Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Talks in the gallery will return when regular Library events resume.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the March and April sessions of this workshop. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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The Writing Life

Canceled: Prompt! with Carol Weston (4/10/20 session)

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Prompt! will return when regular Library events resume.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: Easter Day

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day Sunday, April 12, for Easter.

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The Writing Life

Live from Your Living Room

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:00pm | Open to the public | online | by donation | no registration required
Grab a glass of your favorite beverage and join us from your couch or kitchen table to watch Library members read new and recent work.
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The Writing Life

Postponed: Sallie Bingham, Gerri Hirshey, and Janice P. Nimura, Discovering Women's Lives

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

Canceled: Happy Hour, April 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Happy Hour will return when regular Library events resume.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 3:00pm | Separate sessions | open to the public | online | by donation | no registration required
We're all inside. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the March and April sessions of this workshop. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Reading Group

Canceled: Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:30pm Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:30pm Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
The March and April sessions of this seminar are canceled. Registrants are being contacted.
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Special Event

Now Online: Poetry Reading: Charlie Smith, Demo

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:30pm | Online | open to the public | by donation | no registration required
Demo: Poems is a dazzling volume that gushes with the rhythms of life and language, from award-winning poet Charlie Smith. As part of our National Poetry Month celebration, Mr. Smith reads from and talks about his work.
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Special Event

Canceled: Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Talks in the gallery will return when regular Library events resume.
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Special Event

Canceled: Member Orientation (4/22/20 session)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 6:00pm | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Orientations will return when regular Library events resume.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the March and April sessions of this workshop. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Lecture

Now Online: Thomas Travisano, Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:30pm | Online | open to the public | by donation | no registration required
An illuminating new biography of one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop.
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Reading Group

Canceled: Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
The March, April, and May sessions of this seminar are canceled. Registrants are being contacted.
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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: