Our Events

Our Events Spring/Summer 2020

This lists upcoming events in spring and summer 2020.

Due to the Library's closing in March, other events have been postponed or canceled - for that full list, click here.

Click on any event title for more details and to register where required.


Exhibition | Special Events | PerformancesLectures & Panels | PoetrySeminars & Reading Groups | The Writing Life | Children's & Young Adult Events | Informal & Informational Gatherings


Exhibition

The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings
The Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery will reopen when normal programming resumes. In the meantime, enjoy 

Margaret Armstrong was one of the most sought-after artists in an almost forgotten chapter in the history of book publishing—the golden age of the decorated book cover. Today Armstrong’s covers are once again prized by scholars, educators and collectors. This exhibition showcases some of Armstrong’s most exquisite covers, along with historic photographs and documents.

Special Events

Being the Library at Home: Mental Health Month
Saturday, May 30, 4:00 PM
Instagram Live | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

An interactive discussion on what we've done and what we've read over the past few months to maintain our mental well-being while confined to our homes.

Happier at (Quarantine) Home: A Q&A with Happiness Project Author Gretchen Rubin
Friday, June 5, 12:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

An interactive chat with author Gretchen Rubin on living a happier, healthier, more productive life even during and while emerging from the season of quarantine.

Trivia Tuesday! An Evening of Literary Trivia
Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-7:30 PM
online | open to the public | by donation | registration required

Put on your thinking cap, grab your favorite beverage, and join Library staff and friends for an informal evening of trivia based in books and the writing world.

Performances

Laura Rocklyn as Jane Austen: Who Dares to Be an Authoress?
Monday, June 29, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

A genteel summer visit to 1815 with writer/actress Laura Rocklyn as Jane Austen.

Lectures & Panels

Conversation: Michael Zapata and Lydia Millet with Amy Brady
Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 PM
online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required

Join two remarkable writers and Chicago Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Amy Brady for an interactive discussion about the worlds of their novels and our current nonfiction world of climate change.

Poetry

Willie Perdomo, The Crazy Bunch
Thursday, June 25, 6:00 PM
online premiere | open to the public | by donation | no registration required

Our New York City Book Award-winning poet reads from his latest work - a new collection that chronicles a weekend in the life of a group of friends coming of age in East Harlem at the dawn of the hip-hop era.

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen
Thursdays June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, 3:00 PM (separate sessions)
On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | by donation | drop in

We're all inside. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.

Seminars and Reading Groups

Nicholas Birns
Knight of the Rueful Countenance: Reading Cervantes' Don Quixote

Wednesdays May 20, June 10, July 1, July 22, 11:00 AM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members | $60 per person | registration required

Considered the first great novel and the origin of European fictional representation, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a book at once tragic, inspiring, thought-provoking and, above all, funny. Reading it in Edith Grossman's acclaimed recent translation, we will consider this timeless classic in its contexts old and new.

The Writing Life

Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen
Thursdays June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, 3:00 PM (separate sessions)
online | open to the public | by donation | drop in

We're all inside. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together. Attend any or all sessions.

Prompt!
Fridays June 12, July 10, August 14, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
online | for members | by donation | registration required

Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing. Attend any or all sessions.

Children's Events

The Great Birthday Cake Mystery: A Collaborative Writing Game
Monday, June 15, 5:00-6:00 PM
online | for members | recommended for children in grades 3 and up | registration required

Calling all mystery-lovers, party-goers, budding young writers, and people who just love games! Join us on Zoom as we play a live, character-driven, adventure-filled writing game that's one-part Clue, another part Mad Libs.

Storytime Online! 
varying dates
On YouTube and Zoom | for all ages | no registration required

SEE THE FULL CHILDREN'S CALENDAR HERE.

Informal and Informational Gatherings

Member Orientation Videos

Videos introducing the Library's collections, services, and online resources are now available on the website.

Digital Teatime
Every Friday until further notice, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
online | for members | by donation | drop in

Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.


The Book Beautiful is generously supported by The H.W. Wilson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Thomas E. Dewey Fund and The Felicia Fund.

Who Dares to Be an Authoress? is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger.

The Writing Life events in 2020 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

Children's events are generously supported by the Richard Peck Fund.


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(Sidebar image: Sigrid Nunez and Amy Hempel in the Members' Room, October 2019. Photo by Maureen Langloss.)