Our Events

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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Children

Storytime Live!

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online (Zoom) | For all ages

Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. RSVP to let us know you'll be there. Costumes welcome and encouraged!

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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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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 | Little 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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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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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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Members’ Room Event

Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Joan Juliet Buck, Sloane Crosley, Patty Kiernan, Tom Perrotta, and James Harvey on keyboard. Sydney LeBlanc hosts.
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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 | Little 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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Members’ Room Event

Anne E. Fernald and Roxana Robinson, The World of Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this one-of-a-kind event, two scholars passionate about Woolf discuss her life and her place in literature.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Anne E. Fernald and Roxana Robinson, The World of Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
In this one-of-a-kind event, two scholars passionate about Woolf discuss her life and her place in literature.
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Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Fall 2021 (Online)

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: 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 | Little 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.
Read More >

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.
Read More >

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.
Read More >

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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Members’ Room Event

Susan Nagel, Patriotism and Profit: Washington, Hamilton, Schuyler & the Rivalry for America's Capital City

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
The untold story of how America’s beloved first president, George Washington, borrowed, leveraged, and coerced his way into masterminding the key land purchase of the American era, which led to the creation of the nation’s capital city.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Susan Nagel, Patriotism and Profit: Washington, Hamilton, Schuyler & the Rivalry for America's Capital City

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 6:30pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
The untold story of how America’s beloved first president, George Washington, borrowed, leveraged, and coerced his way into masterminding the key land purchase of the American era, which led to the creation the nation’s capital city.
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Whitridge Room Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Fall 2021 (Whitridge Room)

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, November 19, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, December 3, 2021 - 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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Special Event

Closing: Thanksgiving 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 9:00am Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 9:00am Friday, November 26, 2021 - 9:00am | Closing
The Library is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and is closed all day Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.
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Special Event

Closing: Thanksgiving 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 9:00am Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 9:00am Friday, November 26, 2021 - 9:00am | Closing
The Library is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and is closed all day Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.
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Special Event

Closing: Thanksgiving 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 9:00am Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 9:00am Friday, November 26, 2021 - 9:00am | Closing
The Library is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and is closed all day Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.
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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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Whitridge Room Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Fall 2021 (Whitridge Room)

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, November 19, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, December 3, 2021 - 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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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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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: