Our Events

Past Events

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | for members only | for adults and teens in grade 9 and older | free of charge | registration required
    *** THIS EVENT IS FULLY REGISTERED. TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE EMAIL EVENTS@NYSOCLIB.ORG*** Illuminated manuscripts are handwritten manuscripts decorated with brilliant colors and gold. In this workshop with Library Conservator Christina Amato, participants will decorate an initial or simple illustration with gouache paint and real gold leaf.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance 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.
  • Repeats every month until Fri Dec 13 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Thu Oct 24 2019, Thu Nov 21 2019, Thu Dec 12 2019.
    Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
    Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Special Event | The Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books.
  • Repeats every month until Thu Dec 12 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 16 2019, Wed Nov 13 2019, Wed Dec 11 2019.
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
    The higher your search ranking, the more likely your website will be found. In this talk, Miral Sattar will show you best practices for optimizing your web pages and getting the best results from searches on Google and Amazon so writers can get found, read, and followed.
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Children | Members’ Room | open to the public | for ages 5 and older | $10 per person
    Enjoy an entertaining puppet show from the acclaimed author-illustrator.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Join us as we focus on the extraordinary leadership of women in the creation of today’s vibrant Off-Broadway.
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Performance | Whitridge Room | Open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
    One night in December 1802, Jane Austen must face a difficult choice around love, community, and art in this play-in-progress by Sarah Rose Kearns.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
    Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
  • Repeats every month until Thu Dec 19 2019 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 30 2019, Wed Nov 20 2019, Wed Dec 18 2019.
    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
    This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants.
    Embedded thumbnail for Suketu Mehta, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Performance | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required

    A group of talented Dramatists Guild playwrights have created original short plays inspired by episodes in the Library's own past.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 3 and older | $10 per child | registration required
    A captivating storyteller shares tales from around the world that families will treasure.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00 PM | Children | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required
    From two extraordinary authors comes a laugh-out-loud novel about long-distance friendships and modern families.
    Embedded thumbnail for Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl from Dogfish
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    In celebration of the bicentennial of our fellow historic institution All Souls Unitarian Church, scholar Linn Cary Mehta looks at the mission and history of the city's liberal institutions in the first half of the 19th century and their use by writers including Herman Melville and Catharine Sedgwick.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | 6:00 PM refreshments, 6:30 PM lecture | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
    Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine by any means.
    Embedded thumbnail for Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record.
    Embedded thumbnail for Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King: A Novel
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members’ Room open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine will be served.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
    Join a Rosenbach Museum curator to learn more about the Library’s connection to one of America’s most important literary and historical figures.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
    This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
  • Repeats every month until Wed Oct 30 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019. Also includes Tue Oct 15 2019, Tue Oct 29 2019.
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions | advance registration required
    Poet and professor Bherwani leads discussion of lyric expressions eastern and western, old and new, that celebrate or lament the natural world.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
    The higher your search ranking, the more likely your website will be found. In this talk, Miral Sattar will show you best practices for optimizing your web pages and getting the best results from searches on Google and Amazon so writers can get found, read, and followed.
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Katia Lysy, granddaughter of the writer Iris Origo, gives an intimate look at Origo’s life and memoirs, with images and information about the family estate of La Foce in Tuscany.

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