Our Events

Special Event

Member Orientation (8/19/19 session)

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am | 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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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Aug 30 2019. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, August 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 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

Creation Station

Repeats every week until Sat Aug 24 2019. Saturday, August 10, 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

Sunday, August 25, 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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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM) (Aug. 15th cancelled)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Aug 30 2019 except Thu Jun 06 2019, Thu Jul 04 2019. Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Special Event

Labor Day Weekend - Library Closed

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, September 2, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, for Labor Day weekend.

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Special Event

Member Orientation (9/4/19 session)

Wednesday, September 4, 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

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, September 10, 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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Lecture

Richard Panek, The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
A mind-bending exploration of gravity, a cold case that scientists are closer to cracking than ever - and whose very investigation has yielded untold truths about the cosmos and humanity itself.
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Children

Globe Trekkers: Moon Madness

Wednesday, September 11, 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 China for their Moon Festival. 

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

Mouse Tails

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

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 13, 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (9/13/19 session)

Friday, September 13, 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

Member Orientation (9/16/19 session)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 10:00am | 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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Special Event

Michael Lasser, City Songs and American Life, 1900-1950

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
In this lecture with recorded music, renowned author and broadcaster Michael Lasser offers an evocative and probing account of the popular songs - including some written originally for the stage or screen - that America heard, sang, and danced to during the turbulent first half of the twentieth century.
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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, September 17, 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

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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Reception

Special Happy Hour/Exhibition Opening: Wanderlust: Your Favorite Travel Books

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | Members’ Room/Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery for members and guests | free of charge | no registration required
Join us for a festive opening to the Wanderlust exhibition of travel books, which is open to the public through December 31, 2019.
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Children

Peace Party

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

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

Special Whitridge Room Discussion: Jonathan Michael Square with Elizabeth Way: A Stain on an All-American Brand: How Brooks Brothers Once Clothed Slaves

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | advance registration required
While our country continues to wrestle with the complex legacies of slavery, a look at the history of enslaved people’s clothing and sartorial agency as a form of resistance. This event is co-sponsored with More Speech.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, September 20, 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

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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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: