Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | 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.

Read More >

Lecture

Adrienne Brodeur with Lauren Wein, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.
Read More >

Special Event

Member Orientation (1/22/20 session)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
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.
Read More >

Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Repeats every month until Fri Apr 10 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Thu Feb 20 2020, Thu Mar 19 2020, Thu Apr 09 2020.Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This challenging and rewarding novel deserves a fresh start or a revisit with educator and popular seminar leader Jane Mallison.
Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Drop by the library to color, create or craft.

Creation Station ends early today, at 2 PM!

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Folktales and Fun Tunes with Bob “Bobaloo” Basey

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 3:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for all ages | $10 per child | registration required
Discover stories through songs with Bobaloo: a musician, storyteller, and Pied Piper of Song.
Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Jan 26 2020. Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 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.

Read More >

Special Event

Member Orientation (1/27/20 session)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
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.
Read More >

Performance

Deborah Grace Winer with Karen Ziemba and Mark Hummel, Baby Dream Your Dream: An Evening with the Great Women Writers of the American Songbook

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $25 per person | registration required
American Songbook expert Deborah Grace Winer tells the story of the female pioneers of songwriting – those few who crashed the boys’ club and wrote hit shows and songs like On the Town, ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street,’ and so much more - with performances by Tony award-winning Broadway star Karen Ziemba and musical director Mark Hummel.
Read More >

Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Read More >

Children

Young Writers’ Workshop: Graphic Novels with Ruth Chan

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests in grades 3 and up | $15 per person | registration required
Explore visual storytelling and make your own comics with author and illustrator Ruth Chan.
Read More >

Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (11 AM section)

Repeats every month until Thu Apr 30 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Wed Feb 26 2020, Wed Mar 25 2020, Wed Apr 29 2020.Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
Read More >

Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2 PM section)

Repeats every month until Thu Apr 30 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Wed Feb 26 2020, Wed Mar 25 2020, Wed Apr 29 2020.Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
Read More >

Children

Let It Snow!

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy wintry stories full of fluttery flakes.

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.

Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 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.

Read More >

Special Event

Member Orientation (2/3/20 session)

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
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.
Read More >

Lecture

Meet the Publishing Pros: Mike Shatzkin, How Book Publishing Has Changed in the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this occasional series, writers and patrons interested in the publishing world are invited to an insightful discussion with one of its stars. Here, a widely acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry shares cutting-edge insights and answers questions from writers and anyone interested in publishing.
Read More >

Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Repeats every month on the 1 of March, April until Tue Apr 21 2020 except Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Sun Mar 15 2020, Sun Apr 19 2020.Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
Read More >

Special Event

Member Orientation (2/12/20 session)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:00pm | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
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.
Read More >

Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Read More >

Children

Rebecca Behrens, Writing Famous and Fascinating Places

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required
Rebecca Behrens reads from her newest book, The Disaster Days, and shares how she researches the fascinating and famous places she portrays in her fact-based fiction.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (2/14/20 session)

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston.
Read More >

Special Event

Holiday Closing: Presidents' Day

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, February 17, 2020 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17, for Presidents' Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

Read More >

Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
Read More >

Special Event

Happy Hour, February 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Join your fellow members each third Wednesday of the month for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
Read More >

Pages

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: