Our Events

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees (February 2019)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation
The Library's Board of Trustees uses the first-floor Reference Room 4:15-7:00 PM.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, July on the third Wednesday until Thu Jul 18 2019. Wednesday, January 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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Lecture

Madeline Miller, Circe

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Circe, daughter of the mightiest Titan and possessor of the power of witchcraft, crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all mythology. When she finds herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians, she must summon all her strength to protect what she loves most.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, February 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

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Feb 25 2019 except Sun Feb 17 2019. Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | 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 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | 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

Member Orientation (2/25/19 session)

Monday, February 25, 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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Reception

Celebration of Major Donors

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | by invitation
The Library celebrates its major donors of 2018 at a by-invitation reception.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 4:30pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Reading Group

Reading Together: The Many Voices of Women's Suffrage with Heidi K. Weber

Repeats every month on February, March, April on the fourth Tuesday until Wed May 01 2019 except Tue Apr 23 2019. Also includes Tue Apr 30 2019.Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Whenever change happens, reading fiction and nonfiction in combination – “BookBundles” – can be a great way to gain understanding and participate in a new conversation. In connection with the new exhibition Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment, this seminar offers three BookBundle-based discussions, exploring cultural questions raised by women’s suffrage and still debated today.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry 2

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Young Writers' Workshop: Poetry Cafe with Dave Johnson

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 9 and up | $15 per child | registration required
Share poetry and snacks with poet and playwright Dave Johnson. Learn how writers turn their ideas into poems, gain the inspiration and knowledge to craft your own poetry, and share your writing with others.
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Special Event

Project Cicero Book Collection at the Library

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:00pm | Entry Hall | open to the public
Project Cicero is the annual book drive that helps to create and supplement classroom and school libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools. Library patrons are encouraged to donate new or gently used preschool through high school books in the boxes in the Library’s entry hall February 28-March 7.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Children

Polar Adventures

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy stories about polar bears, penguins, and other cold-weather animals.

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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The Writing Life

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (2/28/19 session)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | 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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Children

Listen to the Magic: Storytelling with Getchie Argetsinger

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | for ages 2 and up | $10 per child | registration required
Featuring interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays, this lively program is filled with humor and action.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (3/6/19 session)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:00pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Lecture

Elaine Pagels, Why Religion? A Personal Story

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? one of today’s most compelling thinkers on the subject looks to her own life to help address these questions.
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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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