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Past Events

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, the essayist, journalist, and author investigates the struggle for Black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to 2020, in conversation with award-winning novelist, essayist, and playwright Caryl Phillips.
    Embedded thumbnail for Darryl Pinckney, Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy, with Caryl Phillips
  • Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Online Event | Zoom | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Wecome to the book side of Instagram - where readers, writers, and librarians come together to celebrate books and encourage reading. Marialuisa Monda and other Library staff chat with four major Bookstagrammers about their reading passions, libraries, bookstores, social media, and more. Bring your questions!
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    In this original series of live online events, hear the voices of Black writers through history re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today. This debut presentation features works from the 1700s with dramatic readings, historical context, and images.
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  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.
    Embedded thumbnail for Adam Hochschild, Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    Enter the mind of French literary giant Honoré de Balzac through a study of nine of his greatest characters and the novels they inhabit. Balzac's Lives illuminates the writer's life, era, and work in a completely original way.
    Embedded thumbnail for Peter Brooks, Balzac's Lives, with Edwin Frank
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | for members only | by donation | registration required
    Feeling stuck in your writing? Uninspired? Overwhelmed? Break out your tarot deck and use the 78 archetypes to shake out of your writing rut and surprise even yourself.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | free for members of the New York Society Library and membership library members | registration required through the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    The Princeton University professor and author of BEGIN AGAIN: JAMES BALDWIN'S AMERICA AND ITS URGENT LESSONS FOR OUR OWN addresses the questions raised by Baldwin's 1962 essay "As Much Truth as One Can Bear."
    Embedded thumbnail for Eddie S. Glaude Jr., As Much Truth As We Can Bear: James Baldwin and Our America
  • Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 2:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf: they all wrote dazzling books that forever changed the way we see history. Prodigy, visionary, 'outlaw,' orator and explorer. As society's outsiders, the exceptional subjects of this study inspired a new breed of women―and one another.
    Embedded thumbnail for Lyndall Gordon, Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | YouTube | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of New York City diarist George Templeton Strong. Join Library staff Harriet Shapiro and Cathy McGowan for a visit to Strong's 19th-century world with historical narrative, images, dramatic readings, and music.
    Embedded thumbnail for George Templeton Strong: Chronicler of New York
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | free for members of the New York Society Library and membership library members | registration required through the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    The acclaimed biographer recreates a celebrated eighteenth-century London club that included critic Samuel Johnson, biographer James Boswell, historian Edward Gibbon, political thinker Edmund Burke, economist Adam Smith, painter Joshua Reynolds, and actor David Garrick.
    Embedded thumbnail for  Leo Damrosch, The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon CRAZY RICH ASIANS returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men.
    Embedded thumbnail for Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity, with Jacqueline B. Weld
  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Online Event | Zoom | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
    Join Library staff and friends from two of New York City's great independent bookstores for an informal chat in honor of National Book Month.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender.
    Embedded thumbnail for Meredith Talusan, Fairest: A Memoir
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
    Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 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, October 8, 2020 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | For all ages

    Join us on Zoom for a virtual, face-to-face storytime. 

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | online | for members only | by donation | registration required
    Join master teacher Geraldine Woods to take apart classic sentences, see how they tick, and apply their secrets to your own writing.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
    The foremost expert on the book art of Margaret Armstrong talks about her life and career, with stunning images from his own comprehensive collection of her bindings.
    Embedded thumbnail for Lowell Thing, Cover Treasure: The Adventures of a Margaret Armstrong Collector
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us then?

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    Gabriel García Márquez was the most influential writer in the Spanish language since Cervantes. This seminar takes a deep look at his three major works One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Love in the Time of Cholera.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | for members of the New York Society Library and membership library members | free of charge | registration required through the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    In the decades before the Civil War, African Americans in the North lived in an tenuous freedom, denied political rights and threatened with kidnapping and enslavement. In this presentation, REMAKING THE REPUBLIC author Christopher Bonner explores individual and collective strategies African Americans used to defend their freedom and secure rights.
    Embedded thumbnail for Christopher James Bonner, Runaways, or Citizens Claimed as Such
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
    Written at the request of the Roman Emperor Augustus, this 1st century BCE epic is much more than a piece of propaganda. We’ll complete the story in Robert Fagles’ fine translation.

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