Our Events

Prof. Farah Jasmine Griffin presents her book READ UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND, September 2021
Prof. Farah Jasmine Griffin presents her book READ UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND, September 2021

Our Events Winter/Spring 2022

Our calendar combines in-person and livestreamed events. Click on any event title for more details and to register where required.

We're excited to be presenting in-person and hybrid events. All individuals attending in-person Members’ Room or Whitridge Room events will be required to show proof of vaccination (Excelsior Pass, vaccination card, photo of vaccination card) at check-in. Please note that we continue to monitor all the news about COVID-19, and we reserve the right to make changes to any or all events including postponement, cancelation, or a change to livestreaming only. Registrants will be contacted as far in advance as possible in the case of any such change.


New events are added throughout the season. Join our mailing list to hear about it first (open to all).

Event-related books can be purchased through our friends from the independent Corner Bookstore.

All start times are U.S. Eastern.


Exhibitions | Special Events | Performances | Lectures, Conversations & Panels | PoetrySeminars & Reading Groups | The Writing Life | Children's & Young Adult Events | Informal & Informational Gatherings


Exhibitions

Black Literature Matters
Now through May 22, 2022

In a consequential moment in American history, the New York Society Library presents a not-to-be-missed exhibition of its remarkable collection of books by African American, Caribbean, and African writers. The exhibition is open to the public in limited numbers during the Library's open hours.

Fabulous Fashion
Open to the public in The Assunta, Ignazio, Ada and Romano Peluso Exhibition Gallery
June 10, 2022-January 15, 2023

In the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery you will discover a world of transcending beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors during periods of war and peace. Here are ravishing images and books culled from the Library’s collection.

Special Events

The 2022 Young Writers Awards Ceremony
Monday, May 16, 6:00 PM
online | for members and guests | free of charge | no registration required

Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.

The New York City Book Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 19
Members' Room, 6:00 PM - for members and guests
Livestream, 6:30 PM - open to the public
free of charge | registration required

The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This annual ceremony honors the winning authors and publishers.

NEW! Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive: Universal Access to All Knowledge
Saturday, June 4, 2:00pm to 4:00 PM
Members' Room and livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Join the Founder & Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world, for a special two-part presentation and discussion on using this massive resource and on the societal and policy issue affecting access to knowledge.

NEW! Exhibition Opening Reception: Fabulous Fashion
Thursday, June 9, 6:00 PM
Members' Room/Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required

Join us for a reception celebrating the new exhibition Fabulous Fashion. In the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery you will discover a world of transcending beauty created by designers, photographers, illustrators and editors during periods of war and peace. Here are ravishing images and books culled from the Library’s extensive collection.

NEW! Isn't It Romantic? Romance Novelists in Conversation
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 PM
Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Seven top romance-fiction writers - Ruby Barrett, Kate Bromley, Adriana Herrera, Timothy Janovsky, Yamile Saied Méndez, Farrah Rochon, and Jamie Wesley - join host Marialuisa Monda to discuss their beloved genre: from their upcoming/newly published works and their favorite romantic tropes to their writing process and tips for future authors.

Lectures, Conversations & Panels

Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

With more than eight hundred sprawling green acres in the middle of one of the world’s densest cities, Central Park is an urban masterpiece. But before it became Central Park, the land was the site of farms, businesses, churches, wars, and burial grounds―and home to many different kinds of New Yorkers. The historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy gives us the authoritative account of the place that would become Central Park.

NEW! David Santos Donaldson, Greenland: A Novel, with Bill Goldstein
Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 PM
Members' Room and livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

A dazzling, debut novel-within-a-novel about a young author writing about the secret love affair between E.M. Forster and Mohammed el Adl—in which Mohammed’s story collides with his own, blending fact and fiction.

NEW! Isn't It Romantic? Romance Novelists in Conversation
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 PM
Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required

Seven top romance-fiction writers - Ruby Barrett, Kate Bromley, Adriana Herrera, Timothy Janovsky, Yamile Saied Méndez, Farrah Rochon, and Jamie Wesley - join host Marialuisa Monda to discuss their beloved genre: from their upcoming/newly published works and their favorite romantic tropes to their writing process and tips for future authors.

Poetry

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Come Write Poems with Esther Cohen
Thursdays June 9, July 14
on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required

Join poet and teacher Esther Cohen to write the poems we've always intended to write.

Seminars and Reading Groups

Neruda: Love and Politics, with Indran Amirthanayagam
Tuesdays April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, 6:00 PM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

When Ricardo Reyes took the name of Pablo Neruda, he started the most brilliant career in modern world poetry. He lived for 69 years and left more than 3,000 pages of published poems. He wrote the Spanish language's most beautiful and successful book of love poems, and he covered ecology, politics, the surreal, and existence with his pen. He was a natural force, a river, an ocean, fire, and thunder and a man subject to human frailty.

FULLY REGISTERED: Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Three Books Inspired By It (and Him), with Jane Mallison
Thursdays April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

This novel about Isabel Archer, a young American woman visiting extended family in England, has had admirers ever since its publication in the late 19th century - and the start of the 21st century has accorded an extraordinary degree of attention to the book and to its Manhattan-born author. Within a period of thirteen years have come a biography of the novel, a sequel to the novel, and a novel about the life of the author! Let’s read them all.

The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! Spring 2022
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.

On the Zoom Meetings platform with Charlie Allenson
Friday, May 20, 11:00 AM
free of charge | registration required

NEW! Writing Life Workshop: The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (6/30/22 session)
Thursdays, June 30 and July 28 (separate sessions), 6:00 PM
On the Zoom Meetings platform | 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.

Children's and Young Adult Events

The 2022 Young Writers Awards Ceremony
Monday, May 16, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | no registration required

Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.

Storytime Live!
varying dates
Zoom | for all ages | no registration required

Join us on Zoom for a live face-to-face storytime.

Storytime Online
varying dates
YouTube | for all ages | no registration required

SEE THE FULL CHILDREN'S CALENDAR HERE.

View our playlist of recorded children's events here.

Informal and Informational Gatherings

Digital Teatime
Fridays, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
online | for members only | free of charge | 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.

Member Orientation Videos
Videos introducing the Library's collections, services, and online resources


The Black Literature Matters exhibition is generously supported by The Florence Gould Foundation.

The Fabulous Fashion exhibition is supported in part by The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation and by The Felicia Fund.

The Writing Life events in 2022 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

The New York City Book Awards are generously underwritten by Ellen M. Iseman. The Hornblower Award is generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.


The Library will be closed Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise we observe normal hours.