Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The New York World of Willa Cather

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM | Open to the public | The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | free of charge | no registration required

Join Head of Exhibitions/Curator Harriet Shapiro in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery for a chat about the New York world of Willa Cather. The talk lasts roughly thirty minutes.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Samuel Johnson: With and Without Boswell (February 22 session) - Fully Registered

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is a writer whose name is familiar to most educated speakers of English, and most know his wingman James Boswell. The number of people who have read Johnson and/or Boswell is much smaller. This seminar will make a dent in that phenomenon by reading and discussing some of Johnson’s best-known and lesser-known works, plus Boswell’s biography of him, esteemed by many the best biography ever written. Read More >

Children

Pig Tails

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us for stories about playful pigs.

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Special Event

Panel: Biographers' Tales with Judith Thurman and Edmund White, moderated by James Atlas - Fully Registered

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
Three master biographers take center stage to excavate and celebrate their art and craft, inspired by James Atlas’ new memoir The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (February 2018 session)

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required
Rediscover the joy of writing in these fun and instructive drop-in sessions with Speed of Life author Carol Weston. Participants receive a prompt and write freely for ten minutes, after which they are encouraged to share their work with the group. Two prompts per class. Ideal for jumpstarting your writing, generating new ideas, or breaking out of blocks. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Feb 26 2018 except Sun Feb 18 2018.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On February weekends 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, February 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On February weekends 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

Exhibition Conversation: Andrew Jewell and Robert Thacker, Scenes from Willa Cather's Life in New York

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
Two leading scholars discuss their research into Willa Cather’s books and letters and the influence of New York City on her work. Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Fortunes of War: Olivia Manning in the Wartime Balkans and Middle East (February 27 session) - Fully Registered

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Nicholas Birns leads readers through Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy and Levant Trilogy, which together constitute one of British fiction’s major achievements in the twentieth century. Read More >

Children

Young Writers' Workshop: Dave Johnson, Contemporary Poetry

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:30 PM | For members and their guests in grades 3-8 | Whitridge Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. Poet and playwright Dave Johnson leads a discussion on contemporary poetry and teaches participants how writers turn ideas into poems, giving children the inspiration and knowledge to craft their own poems. Read More >

Project Cicero Book Collection

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM to Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00 PM | Lobby Donation Boxes

Donate new and gently used children's and young adult books to our annual book drive to support growing readers in under-resourced New York City public schools.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:30 AM | 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 m

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The New York World of Willa Cather

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 2:00 PM | Open to the public | The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | free of charge | no registration required

Join Head of Exhibitions/Curator Harriet Shapiro in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery for a chat about the New York world of Willa Cather. The talk lasts roughly thirty minutes.

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Children

Monster Mash

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us for stories about silly (but not too scary) monsters.

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Children

Teen Writers' Workshop: Ellen Hagan, Poetry from Page to Stage

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:30 PM | For members and their guests in grades 7-12 | Whitridge Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
Poet, performer, and teacher Ellen Hagan leads a performance poetry workshop using contemporary poems and improvisational games. Teens will leave this workshop with fresh new work of their own and techniques for taking their work from page to stage. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sat Mar 31 2018 except Sun Mar 11 2018.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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

Tales from Dr. Seuss with Storyteller LuAnn Adams

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM | For members and their guests | Whitridge Room | for ages 2 and older | $10 per child | advance registration required
On Saturday, March 3, please don’t tarry On your way to the Children’s Library For Seussical stories will be told To entertain everyone young and old! Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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

Shontelle Thrash, The Move-Ment

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $25 per person | advance registration required
The Move-Ment looks at four historical movements—Slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, and Black Lives Matter—and examines how women were an integral part of each. This one-woman piece by writer, performer, and educator Shontelle Thrash combines lecture and performance to show how people are “moved” to take action and bring about change. Read More >

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

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The Writing Life

Live from the Library, Spring 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served. Read More >

Reading Group

Exhibition Seminar: James Kraft, Willa Cather in New York (March 2018 session) - Fully Registered

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the set of four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Popular seminar leader Dr. James Kraft discusses canonical and lesser-known works by a formidable figure in American literature whose many excellent novels explore complex, controversial places and ideas. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends 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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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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