Our Events

Past Events

  • Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | for members only | for adults and teens in grade 9 and older | free of charge | registration required
    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 13, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | advance registration required
    Global warming is no longer a mere prediction. It’s here, now, and having catastrophic effects on our planet. So why aren’t more people talking about it? Writers and critics Jeremy Deaton, Omar El Akkad, Roy Scranton, Ashley Shelby, and Michael Svoboda, with moderator Amy Brady from Guernica Magazine, explore how climate change is fundamentally framed in popular culture—and how, in turn, popular culture helps shape our national conversations about the issue.
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required for each session separately
    Join certified genealogists and repository personnel for three sessions of insights into methods to navigate the vast, complex, and exciting path to your family history. This workshop takes place over three Tuesdays: October 9, November 13, and December 11. Attend any or all sessions.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Performance | Members' Room | open to the public | $25 per person | registration required
    In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, a shy English spinster seeks to win back the love of the man she jilted eight years before. Jane Austen’s last and most romantic novel, a brilliant meditation on love and loss and what is constant in a changing world, is brought to sparkling new life by playwright Sarah Rose Kearns.
  • Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM to Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Special Event | Reference Room | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
    Hidden treasures, beautiful display volumes, fun reads, and gifts can be found at the Library’s holiday book sale.
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
    Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Children | Members' Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person, payable at the door | registration required
    Karina Yan Glaser reads from her newest book, a sequel to her New York Times notable book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, and shares the secrets of how authors are inspired to write about what matters most to them.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Children | Members' Room | open to the public | for children of all ages | $10 per child, payable at the door | registration required
    Don your frilliest, silliest frock and join us for stories, songs, and crafts…with a drag queen!
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In this fresh, authoritative version―the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman―this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music. An Oxford University graduate, Emily Wilson is a Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required for each session separately
    Join certified genealogists and repository personnel for three sessions of insights into methods to navigate the vast, complex, and exciting path to your family history. This workshop takes place over three Tuesdays: October 9, November 13, and December 11. Attend any or all sessions.
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Children | Members' Room | open to the public | kindergarten-grade 5 | $10 per person, payable at the door | registration required
    Bring your heart and imagination with you to meet award-winning author and illustrator Peter Sís. He will describe his unique art techniques and share his newest book, Robinson.
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  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, and a National Book Award finalist, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.
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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Technology | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
    Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3-8 | $15 per person, payable at the door | registration required
    Cartoonist Sara Varon leads a discussion and works with young writers and artists to explore the possibilities of cartooning.
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Actor/director/composer Tina Chen recounts the fascinating story of three generations of her mother’s family and their roles in the history of China.
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays. Refreshments and wine are served.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Jane Sherron de Hart brings us the first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court justice, one of the most profoundly transformative minds of our time; a book fifteen years in the making, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates.
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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required

    Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians: Meghan Daum, C.S. Hanson, Micah Stratton, Henry Alford, Karen Chee, and Martin Dockery.

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  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions
    Robertson Davies’s Deptford Trilogy is one of the great achievements of Canadian fiction and one of the crucial works that made Canada visible worldwide in literary terms. Popular seminar leader Nicholas Birns guides reading and discussion through this beloved work.
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required for each session separately
    Join certified genealogists and repository personnel for three sessions of insights into methods to navigate the vast, complex, and exciting path to your family history. This workshop takes place over three Tuesdays: October 9, November 13, and December 11.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Memoirists Susan Buckley, Dawn Drzal, and Giulia Melucci discuss food as personal history, consolation, metaphor, and organizing principle, based on their recent books.
    Embedded thumbnail for Conversation: Susan Buckley, Eating with Peter and Dawn Drzal, The Bread and the Knife, with Giulia Melucci
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  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    The Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project has been digitally recording the stories of off-Broadway through the eyes of the people who pioneered it. Casey Childs, Founder of Primary Stages, and Sally Plass, the project’s director, discuss it and the great artists and works of Off-Broadway.
  • Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A lighthearted evening of music and more from the era that brought us the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, celebrating (Head of Events) Sara Holliday's new novel A Thousand Dances.
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