Our Events

Past Events

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
    Climate change is already happening. Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy, speaks with visual artist Zaria Forman, conservation biologist Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about “transitional environments”—that is, regions of land undergoing change so dramatic they’re barely recognizable. They’ll be joined by a representative from an indigenous community, and together, will discuss how art and activism can bring greater awareness to the communities and environs most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM | Reading Group | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
    Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is a writer whose name is familiar to most educated speakers of English, and most know his wingman James Boswell. The number of people who have read Johnson and/or Boswell is much smaller. This seminar will make a dent in that phenomenon by reading and discussing some of Johnson’s best-known and lesser-known works, plus Boswell’s biography of him, esteemed by many the best biography ever written.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Children | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

    Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
    Climate change is already happening. Author William T. Vollmann, playwright Chantal Bilodeau, and journalist David Wallace-Wells approach its dialogues through different mediums—book-length and magazine journalism, and through theatre. They’ll discuss their approach to gathering stories, their thoughts on why those stories matter, and the challenges they’ve faced when shaping issues of climate change into digestible narratives for the public.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | For members only | Whitridge Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
    What’s it like to work with a freelance editor? Walter Bode, editor of many award-winning books, takes you into the heart of the matter with a before-and-after example of editing.
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Special Event | Open to the Public | Members' Room | Free of charge | Advance registration required
    April is National Poetry Month! In this one-time-only event, three distinguished poets read poems inspired by New York City. In discussion, they then consider the connections between place and poetic identity.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians. Fresh, funny and fearless, these talented humorists shine a light on our modern foibles large and small. Please join us for a delightful evening that showcases the Library’s lighter side.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    The mysterious, highly influential hidden world of Yale’s secret societies is revealed in a definitive and scholarly history.
    Embedded thumbnail for David Alan Richards, Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale's Secret Societies
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM | Children | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

    Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Lecture | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    The spectacular true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.
    Embedded thumbnail for Laurie Gwen Shapiro, The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
    Event Recording
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | Grades K - 3 | For Members Only | Free of Charge

    Curious kids, climb aboard! Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at the Library. Let's make colorful contraptions to celebrate spring's arrival.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | advance registration required
    Join DAUGHTERS OF THE SAMURAI author Janice Nimura for a workshop on what can be the most joyful part of the publishing process: sharing your story in person.
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the public | Members' Room | $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.
  • Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Performance | Open to the public | Members' Room | $25 per person | advance registration required
    The Move-Ment looks at four historical movements—Slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, and Black Lives Matter—and examines how women were an integral part of each. This one-woman piece by writer, performer, and educator Shontelle Thrash combines lecture and performance to show how people are “moved” to take action and bring about change.
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Children | For members and their guests | Whitridge Room | for ages 2 and older | $10 per child | advance registration required
    On Saturday, March 3, please don’t tarry On your way to the Children’s Library For Seussical stories will be told To entertain everyone young and old!
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:30 PM | Children | For members and their guests in grades 7-12 | Whitridge Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Poet, performer, and teacher Ellen Hagan leads a performance poetry workshop using contemporary poems and improvisational games. Teens will leave this workshop with fresh new work of their own and techniques for taking their work from page to stage.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:30 PM | Children | For members and their guests in grades 3-8 | Whitridge Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. Poet and playwright Dave Johnson leads a discussion on contemporary poetry and teaches participants how writers turn ideas into poems, giving children the inspiration and knowledge to craft their own poems.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
    Nicholas Birns leads readers through Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy and Levant Trilogy, which together constitute one of British fiction’s major achievements in the twentieth century.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Two leading scholars discuss their research into Willa Cather’s books and letters and the influence of New York City on her work.
    Embedded thumbnail for Exhibition Conversation: Andrew Jewell and Robert Thacker, Scenes from Willa Cather's Life in New York
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Special Event | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
    Three master biographers take center stage to excavate and celebrate their art and craft, inspired by James Atlas’ new memoir The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale.
    Embedded thumbnail for Panel: Biographers' Tales with Judith Thurman and Edmund White, moderated by James Atlas
    Event Recording
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Children | Whitridge Room | Ages 9 and Older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

    Calling all tweens! Get in the spirit of the season with this Valentine inspired craft.

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM | The Writing Life | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | advance registration required
    Does your story lend itself to a magazine article, a book, or something else entirely? Critically acclaimed author and prolific freelance journalist Ada Calhoun offers a workshop on how to know how to pitch your story, and how to figure out what it’s destined to be.
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM | Performance | Open to the public | Members' Room | $25 per person | advance registration required
    a new play by Jenny Lyn Bader, directed by Julie Kramer. Told from the point of view of the world’s most famous painting, this solo true-crime whodunit begins with the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Along the way, the woman in the portrait solves mysteries that have baffled fans and stumped scholars for centuries: Why Leonardo never delivered the painting to the man who commissioned it. Who she is. And why she’s smiling. Equally Divine is a time-hopping, gender-bending drama about art, inspiration, and becoming who we are.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:30 PM | The Writing Life | Open to the public | Members' Room | Free of charge | advance registration required
    Just admit it. You love love. Let’s talk about it. This panel covers it all, from the modern to the classic, starting with two debut novels: Leslie Cohen’s This Love Story Will Self-Destruct and Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost. The authors converse with Andrew Blauner of Blauner Books Literary Agency.
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 5:30 PM | Children | Open to the public | for grades 3-8 | Members' Room | $10 per person | advance registration required
    Travel back in time on a medieval quest as author Adam Gidwitz reads from his newest swashbuckling story, The Inquisitor’s Tale, and reveals how history inspired him to write this captivating adventure.

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