Our Events

Special Event

Happy Hour, February 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Join your fellow members each third Wednesday of the month for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
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Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Repeats every month until Fri Apr 10 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Thu Feb 20 2020, Thu Mar 19 2020, Thu Apr 09 2020.Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This challenging and rewarding novel deserves a fresh start or a revisit with educator and popular seminar leader Jane Mallison.
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Lecture

Michael Shnayerson, Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world - for contemporary art - is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers, who can make and break careers and fortunes.
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Reading Group

Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth, Part II

Repeats every month until Wed May 27 2020 except Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020, Fri May 01 2020. Also includes Tue Mar 24 2020, Tue Apr 28 2020, Tue May 26 2020.Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Early and middle novels including Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint show Roth at his entertaining best on himself, his world, and politics.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (11 AM section)

Repeats every month until Thu Apr 30 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Wed Feb 26 2020, Wed Mar 25 2020, Wed Apr 29 2020.Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2 PM section)

Repeats every month until Thu Apr 30 2020 except Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Wed Feb 26 2020, Wed Mar 25 2020, Wed Apr 29 2020.Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
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Lecture

Alexander Norman, The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
The first authoritative biography of the Dalai Lama—a story by turns inspiring and shocking—from an acclaimed Tibet scholar with exceptional access to his subject.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (3/2/20 session)

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
It's your Library. Learn about all the ways to make use of our collections, building, and services in a friendly presentation/Q&A with a staff member. Sessions last 45-60 minutes.
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Lecture

George Packer, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
"If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it." -Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review
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The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Repeats every week every Thursday 6 times. Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
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Special Event

Sean D. Moore with Edward O’Reilly, Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce - the book trade and the slave trade. In conversation with the New-York Historical Society’s Edward O’Reilly, Prof. Sean Moore discusses the Society Library’s place in those worlds and his use of our City Readers database in his research.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Read More >

The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (3/13/20 session)

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Repeats every month on the 1 of March, April until Tue Apr 21 2020 except Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Sun Mar 15 2020, Sun Apr 19 2020.Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance 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 ninth season.
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The Writing Life

Live from the Library, Spring 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $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.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, March 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Join your fellow members each third Wednesday of the month for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
Read More >

Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This challenging and rewarding novel deserves a fresh start or a revisit with educator and popular seminar leader Jane Mallison.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Workshop: C.S. Hanson, The Art and Craft of the Ten-Minute Play

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room (April 2 date in Members’ Room) | for members only | $60 per person | registration required
There’s something magical about a ten-minute play. In six sessions, participants will work with award-winning playwright C.S. Hanson on structure, writing, rewriting and marketing – and hear their drafts read by actors.
Read More >

Special Event

Gallery Talk: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Read More >

Reading Group

Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth, Part II

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Early and middle novels including Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy’s Complaint show Roth at his entertaining best on himself, his world, and politics.
Read More >

Lecture

Pamela Newkirk, Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
An award-winning journalist shows how workplace diversity initiatives have turned into a profoundly misguided industry - and have done little to bring equality to America's major industries and institutions.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (11 AM section)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
Read More >

Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2 PM section)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Praised by midcentury critics, questioned by opponents of colonialism, Joseph Conrad’s fiction has entered a third phase of reappraisal. Join favorite seminar leader Prof. Birns in discussion.
Read More >

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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.

Current Exhibition: