Our Events

Past Events

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | Free of charge | Registration required

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

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Reception | Members' Room | Free of Charge | Registration Required

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

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Special Event | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 3:30 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
    Kenneth R. Cobb, a 45-year veteran of the NYC Department of Records & Information Services, presents an illustrated review of Municipal Archives holdings including the mayoral collections, records pertaining to the administration of criminal justice, drawings of Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge, as well as records and photographs created by municipal departments such as police, health, parks, finance and education.
  • Monday, May 20, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Join us for a unique evening of readings and discussions of the works of the Austrian writer Robert Musil (1880-1942), author of the Modernist masterpiece The Man without Qualities, the novella The Confusions of Young Törless, and many short stories and essays, as well as plays, reviews, and aphorisms.
  • Monday, May 20, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    Join us for a unique evening of readings and discussions of the works of the Austrian writer Robert Musil (1880-1942), author of the Modernist masterpiece The Man without Qualities, the novella The Confusions of Young Törless, and many short stories and essays, as well as plays, reviews, and aphorisms.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Special Event | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Performance | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    When her professional and family life collide, a playwright starts journaling every morning to push through her writer’s block in this laugh-out-loud and fresh take on family, friendship, and the chaos of midlife. This one-of-a-kind event features actors presenting scenes from the play within the novel, with commentary from the novelist, Kate Feiffer.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Performance | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    When her professional and family life collide, a playwright starts journaling every morning to push through her writer’s block in this laugh-out-loud and fresh take on family, friendship, and the chaos of midlife. This one-of-a-kind event features actors presenting scenes from the play within the novel, with commentary from the novelist, Kate Feiffer.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Special Event | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members and their guests | $50 for the two sessions | registration required
    2025 will see the hundredth anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Reading Merve Emre’s recent annotated edition, published by W. W. Norton, we will explore such themes as the aftermath of war; life in the modern city; depression and its treatment; and the possible lingering effects of the 1918 pandemic, all juxtaposed with perhaps the most memorable party in modern literature.
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Endurance and The War That Killed Achilles, a breathtaking account of combat and survival in one of the most brutally challenging and rarely examined campaigns of World War II.
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Endurance and The War That Killed Achilles, a breathtaking account of combat and survival in one of the most brutally challenging and rarely examined campaigns of World War II.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Special Event | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 2:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A remarkable debut novel about an extraordinary woman: Ella Fitzgerald, arguably the greatest singer of the twentieth century. In this one-of-a-kind event, author Diane Richards converses with Sylvia White.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 2:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A remarkable debut novel about an extraordinary woman: Ella Fitzgerald, arguably the greatest singer of the twentieth century. In this one-of-a-kind event, author Diane Richards converses with Sylvia White.
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this powerful and needed collection, editor Angela P. Dodson brings together the voices of more than thirty-five accomplished women writers on the topic of violence and injustice against Black men. In this unique event, she converses with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Audrey Edwards, and Prof. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall.
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this powerful and needed collection, editor Angela P. Dodson brings together the voices of more than thirty-five accomplished women writers on the topic of violence and injustice against Black men. In this unique event, she converses with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Audrey Edwards, and Prof. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $100 for the four sessions/$25 per session | registration required
    “We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” Henry James put these highly quotable lines into the mouth of the main character of “The Middle Years.” In this four-session seminar, we’ll read that tale and three others that James wrote about authors.
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Special Event | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Sunday, January 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Sunday, February 4, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members and their guests | free of charge | registration required
    We gather monthly to read aloud a play by William Shakespeare.
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room (6:00 PM reception for members and guests, RSVP required) and Livestream (6:30 PM, open to all) | free of charge
    The Library honors this year's New York City Book Awards winners at a reception and presentation. Light refreshments are offered at 6:00 PM, with the presentation of awards and livestream beginning at 6:30 PM.
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  • Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Special Event | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Celebrate our Library’s 270th anniversary! Join us in April for a special journey through history with our newly appointed docents. Explore the gallery and the architectural marvels of our building.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    An engaging reassessment of the celebrated essayist and his relevance to contemporary readers, which Kirkus Reviews calls "a lively, intimate, absorbing account of the sage of Concord."
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    An engaging reassessment of the celebrated essayist and his relevance to contemporary readers, which Kirkus Reviews calls "a lively, intimate, absorbing account of the sage of Concord."

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