Our Events

Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
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Special Event

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:30pm | Members' Room | by invitation only
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Reading Group

Now Online: Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:00am Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 11:00am | Online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
The Events Department is in touch with registrants regarding an online format for the remaining sessions of this seminar. With questions, email events@nysoclib.org.
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Lecture

Postponed: Susan Wissler, Claudine Lesage’s Edith Wharton in France

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 6:00pm | Reception 6:00 PM, presentation 6:30 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

Canceled: Member Orientation (5/4/20 session)

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Orientations will return when regular Library events resume.
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Reception

Postponed: The New York City Book Awards Ceremony 2019-2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 6:00pm | For members and guests | Members' Room | reception at 6:00 PM, presentation at 6:30 PM | free of charge | advance registration required
The Book Awards ceremony will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

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

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Talks in the gallery will return when regular Library events resume.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: Gessy Alvarez: The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This course will explore the growing popularity of flash fiction and examine how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form with the editor-in-chief of the journal DIGGING THROUGH THE FAT.
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Lecture

Online: Eric K. Washington, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:30pm | Online | open to the public | by donation | no registration required
A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads.
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The Writing Life

Canceled: Prompt! with Carol Weston (5/8/20 session)

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Prompt! will return when regular Library events resume.
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Reception

Postponed: The Young Writers Awards Ceremony 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
More news about this event will be available soon.
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Special Event

Postponed: Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: Gessy Alvarez: The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This course will explore the growing popularity of flash fiction and examine how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form with the editor-in-chief of the journal DIGGING THROUGH THE FAT.
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Performance

Postponed: Clover: A New Play by Ty Hallmark and Laura Rocklyn

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 2:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in
Talks in the gallery will return when regular Library events resume.
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Lecture

Postponed: Lowell Thing, The Art of Margaret Armstrong

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

Canceled: Happy Hour, May 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in
Happy Hour will return when regular Library events resume.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: Gessy Alvarez: The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This course will explore the growing popularity of flash fiction and examine how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form with the editor-in-chief of the journal DIGGING THROUGH THE FAT.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 11:00am to Monday, May 25, 2020 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Reading Group

Canceled: Erwin Flaxman, The World of Philip Roth

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:00am Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
The March, April, and May sessions of this seminar are canceled. Registrants are being contacted.
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Lecture

Postponed: Leah Price, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
This event will be re-announced with a new date for fall 2020.
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Special Event

Canceled: Member Orientation (5/27/20 session)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 6:00pm | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Orientations will return when regular Library programming resumes.
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The Writing Life

Now Online: Workshop: Gessy Alvarez: The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm | Online | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This course will explore the growing popularity of flash fiction and examine how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form with the editor-in-chief of the journal DIGGING THROUGH THE FAT.
Read More >

Special Event

Canceled: Member Orientation (6/1/20 session)

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:00am | Little Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in
Orientations will return when regular Library events resume.
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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
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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: