Our Events

Lecture

Livestream: Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.
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Children

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 24 Months & Younger

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

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required for ages 2 and older
  • Capacity limited

Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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Children

FULLY REGISTERED-Young Writers' Workshop: George O'Connor, Graphic Novels

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | For Members and guests in grades 3-8 | $15 per person | Advance Registration Required

In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. Author and illustrator George O’Connor will lead a discussion about graphic novels and work with young writers and artists to explore visual storytelling. Participants will learn the tools to create their own comics and graphic novels.

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Lecture

Members' Room: Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Also a Poet is a staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun, tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet - Frank O'Hara.
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Lecture

Livestream: Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
Also a Poet is a staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun, tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet - Frank O'Hara.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Up | For Members Only |

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required for ages 2 and older
  • Capacity limited
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The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Charlie Allenson

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, October 7, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, November 4, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, December 2, 2022 - 11:00am | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Special Event

Closing: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, October 10, 2022 - 9:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Monday, October 10, for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Lecture

Members' Room: Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join Barnard College's expert on Russia and international relations for an up-to-the-minute look at the war in Ukraine, Russia's policies, and the United States' response. Your questions welcome.
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Lecture

Livestream: Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join Barnard College's expert on Russia and international relations for an up-to-the-minute look at the war in Ukraine, Russia's policies, and the United States' response. Your questions welcome.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.
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Children

STEAMship Society: Vanishing Spirits!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Grades K and Up | For Members Only |

Curious kids, climb aboard! Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at the Library. In October, we'll enjoy a spirited story and then zap away the ghosts!

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required
  • Capacity limited
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Reading Group

Who Is Fernando Pessoa? Who Are His Heteronyms? with Indran Amirthanayagam

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portuguese poet, writer in English, French and Portuguese, is perhaps the most curious personality in all of literature. Explore his elusive poetic legacy and alter egos (or heteronyms) with multilingual poet and editor Indran Amirthanayagam.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: More Good Stories with Esther Cohen

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 2:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
Join poet and teacher Esther Cohen to write the poems we've always intended to write.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 24, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
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Children

Fall is Fun!

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 3 and Older

Leaves are falling, books are calling. Join us for autumnal stories, songs, and a craft.

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required 
  • Capacity limited

Email to let us know your interested in attending.

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Special Event

Happy Hour: Wine and Clue!

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm | Members' Room | free of charge | for members and guests | drop in

Our Happy Hour gatherings return with an informal evening of wine, light refreshments, and the classic table game Clue! Bring a friend and drop in.

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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 16, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 23, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 14, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 21, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 24 Months & Younger

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

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required for ages 2 and older
  • Capacity limited

Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Special Event: Live from the Library, Fall 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays.
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Reading Group

Seminar: A Strangeness in My Mind: Modern Turkish Fiction, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Modern Turkish fiction faced the challenge of not just representing twentieth century life but in doing so in a new alphabet and a radically reformed language. These books offer an opportunity to see how a seemingly peripheral cultural area is in fact at the center of literary developments in the past hundred years.
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The Writing Life

Daytime Talk Series: Two Poets at the Table, with Molly Peacock and Phillis Levin

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
The Writing Life Daytime Talk Series resumes with Molly Peacock and Phillis Levin presenting Two Poets at the Table: A Dialogue Between Friends Sharing Poems & Food.
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Lecture

Livestream: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
As part of our Fabulous Fashion exhibition season, the editor of the 2021 book Black Designers in American Fashion will explore how a selection of these designers fashioned their personas in the press as adeptly as the clothing they produced, helping to lay the foundation of how American designers are perceived today.
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Lecture

Members' Room: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
As part of our Fabulous Fashion exhibition season, the editor of the 2021 book Black Designers in American Fashion will explore how a selection of these designers fashioned their personas in the press as adeptly as the clothing they produced, helping to lay the foundation of how American designers are perceived today.
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Today's Events

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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