Our Events

Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (10/18 session)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session covers Euripides’ Medea.
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Children

Fall is Fun!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Celebrate the change in season with autumnal stories.

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

Live from the Library, Fall 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Wed Oct 31 2018 except Sun Oct 07 2018. Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On October 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, October 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On October 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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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (10/23/18 sessions)

Tuesday, October 23, 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: Poetry I

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 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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Lecture

Tina Chen, Heroes of History: Legacy of My Chinese Family

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Actor/director/composer Tina Chen recounts the fascinating story of three generations of her mother’s family and their roles in the history of China.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 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, October 24, 2018 - 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: Sara Varon, Visual Storytelling

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3-8 | $15 per person, payable at the door | registration required
Cartoonist Sara Varon leads a discussion and works with young writers and artists to explore the possibilities of cartooning.
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Children

Slightly Spooky Stories

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Don your costume and get in the Halloween sprirt with these haunted tales.

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, October 26, 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (October 2018 session)

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on Fourth Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On October 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, October 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On October 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 >

Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (10/30/18 sessions)

Tuesday, October 30, 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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Lecture

Gregory Pardlo, Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, with Lisa Lucas

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (11/1 session)

Thursday, November 1, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 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

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, and a National Book Award finalist, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, November 5, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/6/18 session)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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Reading Group

Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy with Nicholas Birns (11/7 session)

Wednesday, November 7, 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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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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