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Springtime with Henry James: One Novel, One Novella, and Seven Tales, taught by Jane Mallison

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 11:00am Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:00am Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 11:00am Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $100 for the four sessions/$25 per session | registration required
“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” Henry James put these highly quotable lines into the mouth of the main character of “The Middle Years.” In this four-session seminar, we’ll read that tale and three others that James wrote about authors.
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Crafternoon

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | All Ages | For Members Only

Come get crafty at the Library.

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Butterfly Tails

Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only

Flutter into the Library for tales about butterflies.

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Mother Goose Magic

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Creation Station

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only

Drop by the Library to color, create, or craft.

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Performance

Fully Registered: Dear Ruth, a New Musical

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 2:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This all-ages musical follows Ruth, one of the thousands of Jewish refugee children given safe passage on the Kindertransport in the months leading up to World War II. As Ruth adjusts to life with her adoptive family, including her foster sister Elinor, she struggles to hold on to her connection to her musical father left behind in Nazi Germany. Ruth must ultimately find a way to reconcile past trauma with future hope -- a task that will only be possible through the power of musical expression.
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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only

Drop by the Library to color, create, or craft.

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Reading Group

Fully Registered: Let's Read Shakespeare for Fun

Sunday, January 7, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm Sunday, February 4, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and their guests | free of charge | registration required
We gather monthly to read aloud a play by William Shakespeare.
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Special Event

270th Anniversary Building Tours, June 2024

Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
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Special Event

New Members Party, June 2024

Monday, June 3, 2024 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | for members only | RSVP required
Whether you became a member yesterday or years ago, celebrate new members at our annual summer party!
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Children

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 24 Months and Younger | For Members Only

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

Pick up a ticket in the lobby.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! In Person with Carol Weston

Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 11:00am Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 11:00am Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 11:00am Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 11:00am Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 11:00am Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | 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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Children

Leap Frog

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only

Hop on into the Library for some ribbit-ing tales.

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Lecture

Members' Room: Lucy Sante, I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition, with Cynthia Carr

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
An iconic writer’s lapidary memoir of a life spent pursuing a dream of artistic truth while evading the truth of her own gender identity, until, finally, she turned to face who she really was. In this one-of-a-kind event, Lucy Sante converses with Village Voice writer and Candy Darling biographer Cynthia Carr.
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Lecture

Livestream: Lucy Sante, I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition, with Cynthia Carr

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration recommended
An iconic writer’s lapidary memoir of a life spent pursuing a dream of artistic truth while evading the truth of her own gender identity, until, finally, she turned to face who she really was. In this one-of-a-kind event, Lucy Sante converses with Village Voice writer and Candy Darling biographer Cynthia Carr.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Charlie Allenson

Friday, February 2, 2024 - 11:00am Friday, March 1, 2024 - 11:00am Friday, April 5, 2024 - 11:00am Friday, May 3, 2024 - 11:00am Friday, June 7, 2024 - 11:00am | Zoom | 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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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only

Drop by the Library to color, create, or craft.

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Storytime Saturday

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | All Ages | For Members Only

Enjoy storytime fun for everyone!

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2024 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only

Drop by the Library to color, create, or craft.

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Special Event

270th Anniversary Building Tours, June 2024

Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, June 16, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
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Children

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 24 Months and Younger | For Members Only

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

Pick up a ticket in the lobby.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Daytime Talk: Fitting in Writing, with Zibby Owens

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
We’re all super busy, but writing is our calling. So how can we make sure to fit it in with everything else demanding our time? And why is it so worth it?!! Hear from Zibby Owens, bestselling author, bookstore owner, podcaster and publisher, about how she does and how her love of writing has fueled everything!!
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Reading Group

Seminar: “What A Lark! What a Plunge!” Mrs. Dalloway at 100, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 11:00am Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members and their guests | $50 for the two sessions | registration required
2025 will see the hundredth anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Reading Merve Emre’s recent annotated edition, published by W. W. Norton, we will explore such themes as the aftermath of war; life in the modern city; depression and its treatment; and the possible lingering effects of the 1918 pandemic, all juxtaposed with perhaps the most memorable party in modern literature.
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Special Event

270th Anniversary Gallery Tours, June 2024

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and step into history. Explore our gallery and marvel at the architectural wonders of our building.
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Children

Crafternoon

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | All Ages | For Members Only

Come get crafty at the Library.

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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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