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The Writing Life: Prompt! Spring 2022 (Online)

Friday, February 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, March 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, April 22, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, May 20, 2022 - 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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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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

Neruda: Love and Politics, with Indran Amirthanayagam

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:00pm Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00pm Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 6:00pm Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 6:00pm | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $30 for the remaining two sessions | registration required

When Ricardo Reyes took the name of Pablo Neruda, he started the most brilliant career in modern world poetry. He lived for 69 years and left more than 3,000 pages of published poems. He wrote the Spanish language's most beautiful and successful book of love poems, and he covered ecology, politics, the surreal, and existence with his pen. He was a natural force, a river, an ocean, fire, and thunder and a man subject to human frailty.

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Whitridge Room Event

FULLY REGISTERED: Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Three Books Inspired By It (and Him), with Jane Mallison

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This novel about Isabel Archer, a young American woman visiting extended family in England, has had admirers ever since its publication in the late 19th century - and the start of the 21st century has accorded an extraordinary degree of attention to the book and to its Manhattan-born author. Within a period of thirteen years have come a biography of the novel, a sequel to the novel, and a novel about the life of the author! Let’s read them all.
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Children

Storytime Online

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 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

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 11:00am Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:00am Monday, May 30, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Closing: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 11:00am Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:00am Monday, May 30, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Closing: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 11:00am Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 11:00am Monday, May 30, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Online Event

Livestream: Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
With more than eight hundred sprawling green acres in the middle of one of the world’s densest cities, Central Park is an urban masterpiece. But before it became Central Park, the land was the site of farms, businesses, churches, wars, and burial grounds―and home to many different kinds of New Yorkers. The historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy gives us the authoritative account of the place that would become Central Park.
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Members’ Room Event

Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
With more than eight hundred sprawling green acres in the middle of one of the world’s densest cities, Central Park is an urban masterpiece. But before it became Central Park, the land was the site of farms, businesses, churches, wars, and burial grounds―and home to many different kinds of New Yorkers. The historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy gives us the authoritative account of the place that would become Central Park.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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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Members’ Room Event

Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive: Universal Access to All Knowledge

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join the Founder & Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world, for a special two-part presentation and discussion on using this massive resource and on the societal and policy issue affecting access to knowledge.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive: Universal Access to All Knowledge

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join the Founder & Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world, for a special two-part presentation and discussion on using this massive resource and on the societal and policy issue affecting access to knowledge.
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Online Event

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Come Write Poems with Esther Cohen

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 2:00pm Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 2:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
Join poet and teacher Esther Cohen to write the poems we've always intended to write.
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Members’ Room Event

Exhibition Opening Reception: Fabulous Fashion

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room/Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Join us for a reception celebrating the new exhibition Fabulous Fashion. In the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery you will discover a world of transcending beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors during periods of war and peace. Here are ravishing images and books culled from the Library’s extensive collection.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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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Members’ Room Event

David Santos Donaldson, Greenland: A Novel, with Bill Goldstein

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A dazzling, debut novel-within-a-novel about a young author writing about the secret love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl—in which Mohammed’s story collides with his own, blending fact and fiction.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: David Santos Donaldson, Greenland: A Novel, with Bill Goldstein

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A dazzling, debut novel-within-a-novel about a young author writing about the secret love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl—in which Mohammed’s story collides with his own, blending fact and fiction.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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: Juneteenth

Sunday, June 19, 2022 - 11:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Sunday, June 19, for Juneteenth. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Online Event

Isn't It Romantic? Romance Novelists in Conversation

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Seven top romance-fiction writers - Ruby Barrett, Kate Bromley, Adriana Herrera, Timothy Janovsky, Yamile Saied Méndez, Farrah Rochon, and Jamie Wesley - join host Marialuisa Monda to discuss their beloved genre: from their upcoming/newly published works and their favorite romantic tropes to their writing process and tips for future authors.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, May 27, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 17, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, June 24, 2022 - 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

Writing Life Workshop: The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (6/30/22 session)

Thursday, June 30, 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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Special Event

Closing: Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2022 - 9:00am | holiday closing

The Library will be closed all day Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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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.

Current Exhibition: