Our Events

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, July on the third Wednesday until Thu Jul 18 2019. Wednesday, January 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

Wacky Weather

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

As the season changes, let's explore wild weather wonders. 

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

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (3/21/19 session)

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, March 22, 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

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Apr 01 2019 except Sun Mar 10 2019. Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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

Member Orientation (3/25/19 session)

Monday, March 25, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 4:30pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Reading Group

Reading Together: The Many Voices of Women's Suffrage with Heidi K. Weber

Repeats every month on February, March, April on the fourth Tuesday until Wed May 01 2019 except Tue Apr 23 2019. Also includes Tue Apr 30 2019.Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Whenever change happens, reading fiction and nonfiction in combination – “BookBundles” – can be a great way to gain understanding and participate in a new conversation. In connection with the new exhibition Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment, this seminar offers three BookBundle-based discussions, exploring cultural questions raised by women’s suffrage and still debated today.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry 2

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Tween Scene: Starry, Starry Night

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 9 and Older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Fold your own night sky with this origami craft. 

Registration is required and space is limited. Guests welcome with advance registration.
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

Climate Change Theatre Action Presents Homo Sapiens by Chantal Bilodeau

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $25 per person | registration required
To celebrate World Theatre Day, The Arctic Cycle presents a reading of Homo Sapiens, one of the plays from their 2017 collection, written by Chantal Bilodeau. This is followed by a conversation with the creative team plus guest scientists whose work is directly connected to the issues addressed in the play.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Thursday, January 31, 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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Children

Happy Birthday, Hungry Caterpillar!

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us to celebrate the 50th birthday of this very beloved book. 

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

Event Book Discussion: Elaine Pagels' Why Religion?

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, March 29, 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, March 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Lecture

Conversation: Suzannah Lessard, The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape, with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Bestselling author Lessard takes a deep dive into our surroundings—cities, countryside, and sprawl—to explore change in the meaning of place and reimagine our American landscape. Ms. Lessard discusses The Absent Hand with the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, author Elizabeth Barlow Rogers.
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Reading Group

Seasons of Light and Darkness: Charles Dickens’s Historical Novels with Nicholas Birns

Repeats every month until Thu Jun 13 2019 except Wed May 01 2019, Sat Jun 01 2019. Also includes Wed May 15 2019, Wed Jun 12 2019.Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Pages

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: