Our Events

Past Events

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    To honor the 75th anniversary of Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list―past, present, and future. FSG chairman and executive editor Jonathan Galassi and consulting editor Robyn Creswell illuminate the poems, with dramatic readings by actors Sarah Rose Kearns and Andrea Terrasa.
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  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    Meet the incredible Mrs. Frank Leslie, scandalous Gilded Age celebrity, publishing tycoon, and unsung suffrage hero who changed the world for women.
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    Meet the incredible Mrs. Frank Leslie, scandalous Gilded Age celebrity, publishing tycoon, and unsung suffrage hero who changed the world for women.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 - 3:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A riveting account of the five most crucial days in twentieth-century history: from Pearl Harbor to Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States.
  • Friday, March 25, 2022 - 11:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. For Women’s History Month, the team marks the birth of Catherine Macaulay by spotlighting her sensational History of England.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    This “fascinating” (Malcolm Gladwell) examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling scientific inventions and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind. Angus Fletcher talks with Dr. James O. Pawelski of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Monday, March 21, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A daring, category-confounding, and ruthlessly funny novel from National Book Award-honored author Edmund White that explores polyamory and bisexuality, aging and love.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 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.
  • Monday, March 14, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    An illuminating and lively narrative of Charles Darwin’s formative years and his adventurous voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. Darwin said, "The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career."
  • Wednesday, March 9, 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.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room/Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    An urgent and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Why do we care so much about statues? Which ones should stay up and which should come down? Who should make these decisions, and how? Erin L. Thompson, the country’s leading expert in the tangled aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in such battles, brings much-needed clarity in Smashing Statues.
  • Friday, February 25, 2022 - 10:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. This month, the team has selected Henry Fielding's groundbreaking novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. Read the book or an excerpt for discussion, and learn about this book's popularity and impact.
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    In his triumphant memoir, Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of All the President’s Men and pioneer of investigative journalism, recalls his beginnings as an audacious teenage newspaper reporter in the nation’s capital—a winning tale of scrapes, gumshoeing, and American bedlam. In this special event, Mr. Bernstein converses about the book with essayist and journalist Lance Morrow.
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    A mysterious first lady. The intrepid journalist writing her biography. And the secret that could destroy them both. Anna Pitoniak discusses her propulsive Cold War-era thriller with presidential biographer Jonathan Darman.
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Wednesday, February 9, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
    A practical guide to "narrative thinking," and why it matters in a world defined by data. Building on insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Frank Rose shows us how to see the world in narrative terms, not as a thesis to be argued or a pitch to be made but as a story to be told.
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    An exploration of NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young, biracial girl. In this one-time-only event, the winner of the Center for Fiction' First Novel Prize converses with beloved fiction writer Meg Wolitzer.
  • Friday, January 28, 2022 - 10:00 AM | Online Event | On the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. As our inaugural Book of the Month, the team has selected David Hume's History of England. Read an optional excerpt to discuss and learn about this book's popularity and impact.
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War - the story of novelist Thomas Mann.
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 11:00 AM | Whitridge Room Event | Whitridge Room | for members only | $45 for the three sessions | registration required
    Aeschylus' three-play cycle, the Oresteia, presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | Livestreamed | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A winner of the Lincoln Forum Book Prize, LINCOLN ON THE VERGE tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic.
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

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

  • Wednesday, January 12, 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.

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Members’ Room Event | Members’ Room | 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 in 2021.

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