Our Events

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S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm | open to the public | by donation | registration required
A husband, a father, a son, a business owner...And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi. Like Ocean's Eleven meets Drive with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime. Lee Child calls it "sensationally good - new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended."
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Children

Storytime Online

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us then? The video will be posted on our Children's Events page shortly after the YouTube premiere!

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Online Event

Writing Life Workshop: 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way with Geraldine Woods

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:00pm Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:00pm | for members only | by donation | registration required
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Online Event

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Virgil's Aeneid, Books VII-XII

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll complete the story in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.
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Online Event

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 3:00pm | open to the public | by donation | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual year. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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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Online Event

Christopher James Bonner, Runaways, or Citizens Claimed as Such

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:00pm | for members of the New York Society Library and membership library members | free of charge | registration required through the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Christopher James Bonner is the author of Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship.
PURCHASE YOUR COPY THROUGH THE ATHENAEUM OF PHILADELPHIA

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Online Event

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, An Outsized Reality: The Novels of Gabriel García Márquez

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Gabriel García Márquez was the most influential writer in the Spanish language since Cervantes. This seminar takes a deep look at his three major works One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in the Time of Cholera.
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Children

Storytime Online

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us then? The video will be posted on our Children's Events page shortly after the YouTube premiere!

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Online Event

Lowell Thing, Cover Treasure: The Adventures of a Margaret Armstrong Collector

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
The foremost expert on the book art of Margaret Armstrong talks about her life and career, with stunning images from his own comprehensive collection of her bindings.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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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Online Event

Writing Life Workshop: 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way with Geraldine Woods

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:00pm Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:00pm | for members only | by donation | registration required
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Online Event

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Virgil's Aeneid, Books VII-XII

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll complete the story in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.
Read More >

Online Event

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 3:00pm | open to the public | by donation | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual year. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | for members only | by donation | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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

Holiday Closing: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library is closed Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Online Event

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, An Outsized Reality: The Novels of Gabriel García Márquez

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Gabriel García Márquez was the most influential writer in the Spanish language since Cervantes. This seminar takes a deep look at his three major works One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Read More >

Online Event

The Writing Life: Live from Your Living Room, Fall 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:00pm | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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.
Read More >

Online Event

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Virgil's Aeneid, Books VII-XII

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:00am Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll complete the story in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.
Read More >

Online Event

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 3:00pm | open to the public | by donation | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual year. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Online Event

Meredith Talusan, Fairest: A Memoir

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | 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.
Read More >

Online Event

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, An Outsized Reality: The Novels of Gabriel García Márquez

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00am | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Gabriel García Márquez was the most influential writer in the Spanish language since Cervantes. This seminar takes a deep look at his three major works One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Read More >

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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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