Our Events

Reading Group

Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy with Nicholas Birns (12/12 session)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions
Robertson Davies’s Deptford Trilogy is one of the great achievements of Canadian fiction and one of the crucial works that made Canada visible worldwide in literary terms. Popular seminar leader Nicholas Birns guides reading and discussion through this beloved work.
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Children

Time Travelers: Bright Lights, Big World!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Grades K - 3 | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Take a trip in our time machine. This month, we'll explore winter holiday traditions worldwide.

Registration is required. To register, email children@nysoclib.org or call 212-288-6900 x234
Please make sure children meet the minimum grade requirement listed above.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 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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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (12/13 session)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the set of five sessions | registration required
The quintessential French philosophe cultivated an English literary circle including John Gay, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This seminar will attempt to give readers a sense of the work of these five writers and an understanding of the way their thoughts and their words reflect—or dissent from—the contemporary culture of France and of England.
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Children

Cat Tails

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Pounce into the Library for stories about these frisky felines. 

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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Special Event

Fiction, Facts, and "Facts": How Novels and Film Shape the American Climate-Change Debate

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | advance registration required
Global warming is no longer a mere prediction. It’s here, now, and having catastrophic effects on our planet. So why aren’t more people talking about it? This panel of novelists, essayists, and cultural critics explores how climate change is fundamentally framed in popular culture—and how, in turn, popular culture helps shape our national conversations about the issue.
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Special Event

Workshop: Illuminated Manuscripts with Christina Amato

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | for adults and teens in grade 9 and older | free of charge | registration required
Illuminated manuscripts are handwritten manuscripts decorated with brilliant colors and gold. In this workshop with Library Conservator Christina Amato, participants will decorate an initial or simple illustration with gouache paint and real gold leaf.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Dec 31 2018. Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December 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

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December 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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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (12/16/18 session)

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; 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 eighth season.
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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

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

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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (12/18/18 sessions)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 5:00pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 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

Member Happy Hour, December 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 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.


Happy Hour is supported by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2018 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 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

Films and Fun

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Explore the imaginative world of Harold and his purple crayon in these short films.

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, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December 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

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

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

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

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

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On December 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

New Year's Day - Library Closed

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 8:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Tuesday, January 1, for New Year's.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, January 2, 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: Fiction 3

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 5:00pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, January 7, 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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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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