Our Events

Special Event

Member Happy Hour, August 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 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.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The New York World of Willa Cather

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:00pm | 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.

Gallery talks take place most weeks on Tuesday or Thursday. See nysoclib/events for upcoming listings.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Photo by Karen Smul.

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The New York World of Willa Cather

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:00am | 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.

Gallery talks take place most weeks on Tuesday or Thursday. See nysoclib/events for upcoming listings.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Photo by Karen Smul.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (August 2018 session)

Friday, August 24, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:30pm | 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: The New York World of Willa Cather

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 2:00pm | Open to the public | The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | free of charge | no registration required

LAST CHANCE! 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.

This is the final gallery talk for this exhibition, which closes at the end of August.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Photo by Karen Smul.

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Holiday Closing: Labor Day

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:00am to Monday, September 3, 2018 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, for Labor Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, September 4, 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 Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, September 6, 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: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, September 10, 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: Nonfiction 1

Monday, September 10, 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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Lecture

Maggie Jackson, Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In the first edition of this visionary book, Maggie Jackson sounded a prescient warning of a looming crisis: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, innovate, and care for one another. Now she offers both a renewed wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with one of the most pressing problems of our time.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (9/13 session)

Thursday, September 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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Special Event

Workshop: Donna Kaz, Turn Your Attitude to Action

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Address issues affecting you within your community, in the nation, or across the globe in this 2½-hour poster-making workshop with author/activist Donna Kaz of Guerrilla Girls/Guerrilla Girls On Tour.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, September 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, September 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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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (9/20 session)

Thursday, September 20, 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’ The Bacchae.
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Special Event

Happy Hour/Exhibition Opening Celebration (September 2018)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:30pm | Whitridge Room/Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | for members and guests | no registration required
Join us for a festive gathering with wine, light refreshments, and a first look at our new short-term exhibition On the Town: Favorite New York City Books.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, September 24, 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: Poetry I

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 4:30pm | 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

Meet the Publishing Pros: Jonathan Galassi

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this new occasional series, writers and patrons interested in the publishing world are invited to an insightful discussion with one of its stars. Jonathan Galassi has served as publisher at Farrar, Straus & Giroux since 1986 and president since 2002.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, September 26, 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, September 26, 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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Reading Group

Event Book Discussion: Maggie Jackson's Distracted

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (September 2018 session)

Friday, September 28, 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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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: