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Children

Creation Station

Sunday, September 22, 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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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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Lecture

Robert Wilson, Barnum: An American Life

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
The editor of the American Scholar brings us the first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, a vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment.
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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

Ready, Set, School!

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Welcome the new school year with silly school stories.

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

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, September 27, 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

Saturday, September 28, 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

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Newborn-24 Months | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk. 

 

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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

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
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Children

Teddy Bear Tales

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

Bring your favorite plush pal to the Library for stories about teddy bears.

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

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, October 4, 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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Performance

Stephen J. Collins in Unlaunch’d Voices: An Afternoon with Walt Whitman, a play by Michael Z. Keamy

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
In an extraordinary pair of solo shows, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville visit the Library for their bicentennial year in the person of actor and educator Stephen J. Collins. Registration is separate for the two plays; attend either or both.
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Performance

Stephen J. Collins in Herman Melville: Sailing Towards My Father, a play by Carl A. Rossi

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
In an extraordinary pair of solo shows, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville visit the Library for their bicentennial year in the person of actor and educator Stephen J. Collins. Registration is separate for the two plays; attend either or both.
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Children

Globe Trekkers: ¡Viva Los Muertos!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Grades K+ | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us to celebrate global cultural events.

This month, we'll travel to Mexico to honor the dearly departed. 

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 grade requirement listed.

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Children

Fall is Fun!

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Celebrate the change in season with autumnal stories.

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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Special Event

Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Lisa Birnbach, Annabelle Gurwitch, Maeve Higgins, Chip Kidd, David Litt, and James Harvey on piano.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (10/11/19 session)

Friday, October 11, 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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Special Event

Holiday Closing: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed on Monday, October 14 for the holiday. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Newborn-24 Months | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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Reading Group

Bhisham Bherwani, Nature, Poetry, and Ecological Consciousness

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

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

Happy Hour, Fall 2019

Repeats every month on October, November, December on the third Wednesday until Thu Dec 19 2019. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required
Join your fellow members every third Wednesday of the month for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, October 18, 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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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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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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