Our Events

Past Events

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | 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.
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 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.

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
    This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Whitridge Room Event | Little Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place. Thomas Dyja’s critically acclaimed account shows how this metamorphosis was, in large part, the story of New Yorkers from the poorest outsiders to the Masters of the Universe.
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Online Event | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
    In this free-form creative writing workshop, we will explore what we can say and ways we can say it, by writing and reading together.
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 5:00 PM | Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00 PM | Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 5:00 PM | Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 5:00 PM | Online Event | online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek, Edward P. Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Tommy Orange, and Grace Paley to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning.
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream open to the public (Members' Room by invitation only) | free of charge | registration required
    The brilliant scholar who served as guest curator for the Library's Black Literature Matters exhibition imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers. This event is by-invitation for Members' Room seats; the livestream is free and open to the public, with registration required.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A one-of-a-kind conversation between rising star fiction writers Deesha Philyaw (2020 Pen/Faulkner Award winner) and Dantiel W. Moniz (“a gorgeous debut” - Lauren Groff).
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
    This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
  • Monday, September 13, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Children | Online | Free of Charge | Presented by the Center for Fiction - KidsRead | Registration Required

    In his new novel Ground Zero, bestselling author

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    The Boston Globe has called Hilma Wolitzer an "American literary treasure." Here she discusses her new volume of uncannily relevant, deliciously clear-eyed collected stories with beloved novelist Meg Wolitzer.
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 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.

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 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.

  • Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
    We will write about love and write about living and everything in between in this summer writing workshop.
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | free of charge | presented by the Boston Athenaeum | registration required
    Interweaving American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed, the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas in the 1850s, recounts the origins of Juneteenth and explores the legacies of the holiday that remain with us.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
    Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books January-June 2021.
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A poignant coming-of-age memoir by the daughter of artistic, bohemian parents—set against a backdrop of 1950s New York, Cape Cod, and Mexico.
    Embedded thumbnail for Hayden Herrera, Upper Bohemia: A Memoir
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Monday, June 21, 2021 - 2:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Sharpen your mystery-writing skills with prompts and exercises in this workshop with How to Write a Mystery contributors Erica Obey and Charles Salzberg.

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