Our Events

Lecture

Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | 6:00 PM refreshments, 6:30 PM lecture | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine by any means.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, The Marginal and the Universal: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 12 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 16 2019, Wed Nov 13 2019, Wed Dec 11 2019.Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
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Children

Globe Trekkers: Honey Harvest

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Grades K+ | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us to celebrate global cultural events. This month, we'll travel to Botswana and collect honey with a bird, a badger, and of course, bees!

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 grade requirement listed.

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Special Event

Linn Cary Mehta: Catharine Sedgwick, Herman Melville, and New York City's Liberal Institutions

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
In celebration of the bicentennial of our fellow historic institution All Souls Unitarian Church, scholar Linn Cary Mehta looks at the mission and history of the city's liberal institutions in the first half of the 19th century and their use by writers including Herman Melville and Catharine Sedgwick.
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Children

Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl from Dogfish

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required
From two extraordinary authors comes a laugh-out-loud novel about long-distance friendships and modern families.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Saturday 5 times. Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

Treasures of the Heart: Storyteller LuAnn Adams

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 3 and older | $10 per child | registration required
A captivating storyteller shares tales from around the world that families will treasure.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday 4 times. Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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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Performance

Special Writing Life Presentation: Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and History of The New York Society Library

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

A group of talented Dramatists Guild playwrights have created original short plays inspired by episodes in the Library's own past. Join us and an extraordinary troupe of actors for a one-of-a-kind afternoon of drama, laughs, fantasy, and history.

Directed by Janice L. Goldberg | Music by George Benton England | Costumes by Jacqueline Braswell | Produced by Leslie Corn

Featuring

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Special Event

Member Orientation (11/18/19 session)

Monday, November 18, 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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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Newborn-24 Months | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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Lecture

Suketu Mehta, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants.
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Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 19 2019 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 30 2019, Wed Nov 20 2019, Wed Dec 18 2019.Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, Fall 2019

Repeats every month on October, November, December on the third Wednesday until Thu Dec 19 2019. Wednesday, October 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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Reading Group

Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War

Repeats every month until Fri Dec 13 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Thu Oct 24 2019, Thu Nov 21 2019, Thu Dec 12 2019.Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
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Children

Turkey Tails

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

Celebrate the season with tales about being thankful.

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

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, November 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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to Friday, November 29, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27 and remains closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, for Thanksgiving. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Children

Creation Station

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

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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Performance

Manydown, a New Jane Austen Play by Sarah Rose Kearns

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | Open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
One night in December 1802, Jane Austen must face a difficult choice around love, community, and art in this play-in-progress by Sarah Rose Kearns.
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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
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Special Event

Workshop: Women's Leadership in the Creation of Off-Broadway

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join us as we focus on the extraordinary leadership of women in the creation of today’s vibrant Off-Broadway.
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Children

Interrupting Chicken: A Puppet Show by David Ezra Stein

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for ages 5 and older | $10 per person | registration required
Enjoy an entertaining puppet show from the acclaimed author-illustrator.
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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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