Our Events

Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
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Children

Storytime Online

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!
Missed the latest Storytime Online premiere? The video will be posted on our Storytime Playlist shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian: A Novel

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

LIVESTREAM: Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat, and Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
A one-of-a-kind conversation between rising star fiction writers Deesha Philyaw (2020 Pen/Faulkner Award winner) and Dantiel W. Moniz (“a gorgeous debut” - Lauren Groff).
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Farah Jasmine Griffin, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestream open to the public (Members' Room by invitation only) | free of charge | registration required
The brilliant scholar who served as guest curator for the Library's Black Literature Matters exhibition imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers. This event is by-invitation for Members' Room seats; the livestream is free and open to the public, with registration required.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

Seminar: Exploring Place and Space in Fiction with Claire Jimenez

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 5:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek, Edward P. Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Tommy Orange, and Grace Paley to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning.
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Online Event

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Writing Together with Esther Cohen

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 2:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
In this free-form creative writing workshop, we will explore what we can say and ways we can say it, by writing and reading together.
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Children

Storytime Online

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!
Missed the latest Storytime Online premiere? The video will be posted on our Storytime Playlist shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

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Members’ Room Event

Thomas Dyja, New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Thomas Dyja, New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Fall 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, November 12, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am | on the Zoom Meetings platform | 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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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: Writing Through the City with Bhisham Bherwani

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 5, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 19, 2021 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
How do poets employ, adapt, and respond to their urban environments while exploring their personal interests and obsessions? In this practical workshop, we will compose and revise poems informed by urban backdrops and experiences while addressing subjects that individually engage us.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

Closing: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021 - 9:00am | Closing
The Library is closed all day Monday, October 11, for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
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Online Event

Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
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Children

Young Poets Society

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. Our 2021-22 elementary age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry. This month, we'll celebrate the new autumnal season with acrostics. Please RSVP to let us know you're interested.

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Members’ Room Event

The Writing Life Special Event: Live from the Library, Fall 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | 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 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | 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

LIVESTREAM: Joseph J. Ellis, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
A culminating work on the American Founding by one of its leading historians, The Cause rethinks the American Revolution as we have known it.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
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Whitridge Room Event

Seminar: Literature from Hell, with Jane Mallison

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Six devilish figures in literature from the 14th century to the 1970s - will they strike us as scary? Hilarious? Intriguing? All of the above?
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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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