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Children

Listen to the Magic: Storytelling with Getchie Argetsinger

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | for ages 2 and up | $10 per child | registration required
Featuring interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays, this lively program is filled with humor and action.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Member Orientation (3/6/19 session)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:00pm | 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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Lecture

Elaine Pagels, Why Religion? A Personal Story

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | advance registration required
Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? one of today’s most compelling thinkers on the subject looks to her own life to help address these questions.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (3/8/19 session)

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May on the second Sunday until Mon May 06 2019 except Sun Apr 14 2019. Also includes Sun Apr 07 2019, Sun May 05 2019.Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 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, March 11, 2019 - 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: Nonfiction 1

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 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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Lecture

Exhibition Lecture: Sally Roesch Wagner, Women's Suffrage Anthology

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In connection to the Library’s exhibition Women Get the Vote, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation tells the stories of those who made women’s suffrage happen, based on her new anthology.
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Reading Group

The Dystopian Novel: Good Reads from Bad Places with Jane Mallison

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the second Wednesday until Wed May 08 2019 except Wed Feb 13 2019. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
For more than a century, the dark, gloomy vision of a “dystopia” has flourished. While such books can sound depressing, the ingenuity and wit of their authors makes them fascinating. Popular seminar leader Jane Mallison guides readers throught the wreckage of four modern-classic dystopias, from 1984 to Parable of the Sower.
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Special Event

Special Presentation: Albert Einstein: Rock Star with Stephen Rosen

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
In honor of Einstein's 140th birthday, a lightheartedly scientific look at his life, legacy, and ongoing popularity with physicist and playwright Stephen Rosen.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Lecture

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America, with Pamela Newkirk

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers insights on racial relations and the media, in conversation with journalist and author Pamela Newkirk.
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Reading Group

Poetry Through the Lens of Art with Bhisham Bherwani

Repeats every month on March, April, May on the third Monday until Tue May 14 2019. Also includes Mon May 13 2019.Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Homer’s depiction of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad is often cited as the earliest example of ekphrastic poetry - poetry that responds to visual art. This seminar will survey ekphrastic poetry and consider how poets have resourcefully engaged with visual art - painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other media - to address their individual agendas, impulses, and interests.
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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Reading Group

The World of Philip Roth with Erwin Flaxman

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the third Tuesday until Wed May 22 2019. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Erwin Flaxman, PhD, leads discussion of four seminal novels by the only author to be included in the Library of America during his lifetime.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:00pm | 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

Live from the Library, Spring 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm | 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. Refreshments and wine will be served.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Happy Hour, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, July on the third Wednesday until Thu Jul 18 2019. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required
Join your fellow members every third Wednesday of the month for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments.
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The Writing Life

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (3/21/19 session)

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (3/25/19 session)

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
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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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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