Our Events

Past Events

  • Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | 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.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge
    Six top romance-fiction writers - Ruby Barrett, Kate Bromley, 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.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | For all ages

    Let's meet on Zoom for this face-to-face storytime.  The Children's Library will share fun tales to spark your creativity and the

  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | 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.
  • Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | 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.
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Online Event | 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.
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | 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 issues affecting access to knowledge.
    Embedded thumbnail for Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive: Universal Access to All Knowledge, with Maria Bustillos
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | 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.
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | for Library members and guests | reception at 6:00 PM, presentation at 6:30 PM | free of charge | advance 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.
  • Monday, May 16, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | for members and guests | free of charge
    Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
    Embedded thumbnail for The 2022 Young Writers Awards Ceremony
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A fascinating, epic exploration of who gets to record the world’s history—from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns—and how their biases influence our understanding about the past.
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Online Event | 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.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | For young members only | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and up | Free of charge

    We will meet IN PERSON for our final session of Young Poets Society. Our 2021-22 elementary age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry.

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A tour through the original thirteen colonies in search of historical sites and their stories in America’s founding. Obscure, well-known, off-the-beaten path, and on busy city streets, here are taverns, meeting houses, battlefields, forts, monuments, homes which all combine to define our country—the places where daring people forged a revolution.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A "magnificent, empowering" (Bill McKibben) memoir about a woman spearheading a global initiative to heal the world’s rainforests and the communities who depend on them: Dr. Kinari Webb in conversation with Dr. Anna Gibb Hallemeier.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    The great poet and biographer and friend of Miles Davis shares selected poems from over fifty years, in conversation with New York City Book Award-winning poet Willie Perdomo.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 12:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A playful history of the humble index and its outsized effect on our reading lives.
  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 11:00 AM | Whitridge Room Event | 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.
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. Our 2021-22 elementary age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A brilliant debut by lawyer and critic Hawa Allan on the history of the 1807 Insurrection Act and the paradoxical state of Black citizenship in the United States.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | $30 for the remaining two 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.

  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 2:00 PM | Online Event | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
    This National Poetry Month, join poet and teacher Esther Cohen to write the poems we've always intended to write.

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