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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (11/8 session)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session covers Euripides’ Hippolytus.
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Children

Peter Sís, Robinson

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:00pm | 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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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (11/11/18 session)

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 2:45pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Ask the Genealogists: Tips and Techniques for Researching Your Family History (11/13 session)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:00am | 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.
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Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/13/18 session)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm | 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.
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Special Event

Member Happy Hour, November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required

Join your fellow members for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments. Happy Hour usually takes place each third Wednesday of the month, but this month's is shifted due to Thanksgiving.


Happy Hour is supported by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2018 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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Lecture

Emily Wilson, The Odyssey

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm | 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (November 2018 session)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on Fourth Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Children

Drag Queen Story Hour

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:00pm | 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!
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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (11/20/18 sessions)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | 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.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 5:00pm to Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21 and is closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:30pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (11/27/18 session)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm | 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.
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Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Children

Karina Yan Glaser, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:00pm | 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.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (11/29 session)

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the set of five sessions | registration required
The quintessential French philosophe cultivated an English literary circle including John Gay, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This seminar will attempt to give readers a sense of the work of these five writers and an understanding of the way their thoughts and their words reflect—or dissent from—the contemporary culture of France and of England.
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Reading Group

Event Book Discussion: Emily Wilson's The Odyssey

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | 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.
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Performance

Sarah Rose Kearns, Jane Austen's Persuasion

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 3:00pm | 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.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 2:30pm | Marshall Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

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