Our Events

Children

Animal Antics with James Howe

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades K and up | $10 per person | registration required
Meet James Howe, author of the perennially popular Bunnicula novels.
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Children

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 24 Months & Younger
Join us for songs, stories, and movement for babies and toddlers.
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Reading Group

POSTPONED: Modern Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Tour of Future Classics with C.L. Clark

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 11:00am Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
While film and television lingers on classics of the genre, there are new novels that have taken the speculative genre by storm. We'll talk about how books by authors like NK Jemisin, RF Kuang, and more, broke the mold; why they appeal to readers enough to be bestsellers and award winners; and, most interestingly, what conversations they're having with the old classics of the genres.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, December 2022

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | drop in
End your day with wine and light refreshments in the beautiful Members' Room. Library members and guests are welcome.
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Reading Group

The Iliad with Donald McDonough

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 11:00am Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Homer's Iliad is being read and reread. This seminar reads Homer's Iliad to discover why today's writers and artists are fascinated with an epic composed about 2800 years ago.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
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Children

Season's Readings

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 3 and Older
Let's cozy up with tales to welcome the coming of winter.
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Special Event

Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 11:00am to 4:00pm | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Bring a bag, browse and buy! Fun reads await at the Library’s holiday book sale. Find great gifts for your friends and family this festive season - and start collecting your winter reading.
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Lecture

Members' Room: Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Inside Couture

Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In connection with our Fabulous Fashion exhibition (open through January 15, 2023), an evening with the author of the definitive classic Couture: The Great Designers.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
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Online Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (12/13/22 session)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:00pm | On the Zoom Meetings platform | 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

STEAMSHIP Society: It's Launch Time

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | For Members | Kindergarten and up
Let's construct contraptions to help storm the castle!
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The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Diane Richards

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required

Join author and playwright Diane Richards and your fellow writers for a fun and stimulating hour and a half of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.

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The Writing Life

Daytime Talk Series: The Routines and Rituals of a Writer’s Life, with Anna Pitoniak

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 3:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Why are writers such creatures of habit? Does it actually make a difference? During this conversation, novelist and former editor Anna Pitoniak will discuss how routines and rituals are a vital part of the creative process—and how to incorporate them into your own writing practice.
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The Writing Life

Celebration of Member Writers, December 2022

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members’ Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books in 2022.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 2 and Older
Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! In Person with Carol Weston

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, November 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, December 16, 2022 - 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

Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 24 Months & Younger
Join us for songs, stories, and movement for babies and toddlers.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
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Special Event

Closing: Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2022 - 11:00am Monday, December 26, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, for Christmas. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Closing: Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2022 - 11:00am Monday, December 26, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, for Christmas. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Closing: New Year's Day 2023

Sunday, January 1, 2023 - 9:00am | holiday closing

The Library is closed all day Sunday, January 1, 2023, for New Year's Day.

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Reading Group

POSTPONED: Modern Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Tour of Future Classics with C.L. Clark

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 11:00am Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 11:00am Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
While film and television lingers on classics of the genre, there are new novels that have taken the speculative genre by storm. We'll talk about how books by authors like NK Jemisin, RF Kuang, and more, broke the mold; why they appeal to readers enough to be bestsellers and award winners; and, most interestingly, what conversations they're having with the old classics of the genres.
Read More >

Special Event

Gallery Talk: Fabulous Fashion (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, December 22, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Join a curator for an intimate look at photographs, books, and historical materials celebrating the beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors over centuries.
Read More >

Reading Group

The Iliad with Donald McDonough

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 11:00am Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Homer's Iliad is being read and reread. This seminar reads Homer's Iliad to discover why today's writers and artists are fascinated with an epic composed about 2800 years ago.
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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