Our Events

Online Event

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Writing Together with Esther Cohen

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 2:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
In this free-form creative writing workshop, we will explore what we can say and ways we can say it, by writing and reading together.
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Children

Storytime Online

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube at the time above for our virtual storytime for all ages!
Missed the latest Storytime Online premiere? The video will be posted on our Storytime Playlist shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Johanna Fernández, The Young Lords: A Radical History

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestreamed | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
The 2020 New York City Book Award-winning author presents her definitive account of the Young Lords from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Members’ Room Event

Johanna Fernández, The Young Lords: A Radical History

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
The 2020 New York City Book Award-winning author presents her definitive account of the Young Lords from their roots as a street gang to their rise and fall as a political organization in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: Writing Through the City with Bhisham Bherwani

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 5, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 19, 2021 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
How do poets employ, adapt, and respond to their urban environments while exploring their personal interests and obsessions? In this practical workshop, we will compose and revise poems informed by urban backdrops and experiences while addressing subjects that individually engage us.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Online Event

LIVESTREAM: Cynthia Saltzman, Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast, with Xavier F. Salomon

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
A captivating study of Napoleon’s plundering of Europe’s art for the Louvre, told through the story of a Renaissance masterpiece seized from Venice. Author Cynthia Saltzman talks about the history and the art with Xavier F. Salomon, The Frick Collection Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. A noted Veronese scholar, Salomon curated the 2014 exhibition on the artist at London's National Gallery.
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Members’ Room Event

Cynthia Saltzman, Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast, with Xavier F. Salomon

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
A captivating study of Napoleon’s plundering of Europe’s art for the Louvre, told through the story of a Renaissance masterpiece seized from Venice. Author Cynthia Saltzman talks about the history and the art with Xavier F. Salomon, The Frick Collection Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. A noted Veronese scholar, Salomon curated the 2014 exhibition on the artist at London's National Gallery.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
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Online Event

Seminar: Exploring Place and Space in Fiction with Claire Jimenez

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 5:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek, Edward P. Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Tommy Orange, and Grace Paley to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning.
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Children

Storytime Live!

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00pm | Online (Zoom) | For all ages

Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. RSVP to let us know you'll be there. Costumes welcome and encouraged!

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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, September 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 10, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 17, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 1, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, October 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | donations encouraged | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
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Online Event

Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
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Whitridge Room Event

Seminar: Literature from Hell, with Jane Mallison

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Six devilish figures in literature from the 14th century to the 1970s - will they strike us as scary? Hilarious? Intriguing? All of the above?
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Online Event

Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Writing Together with Esther Cohen

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 2:00pm | on the Zoom Meetings platform | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
In this free-form creative writing workshop, we will explore what we can say and ways we can say it, by writing and reading together.
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Members’ Room Event

Uptown at Night: An Evening of Comedy and Humorous Storytelling

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians including Joan Juliet Buck, Sloane Crosley, Patty Kiernan, Tom Perrotta, and James Harvey on keyboard. Sydney LeBlanc hosts.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: Writing Through the City with Bhisham Bherwani

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 5, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 19, 2021 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
How do poets employ, adapt, and respond to their urban environments while exploring their personal interests and obsessions? In this practical workshop, we will compose and revise poems informed by urban backdrops and experiences while addressing subjects that individually engage us.
Read More >

Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
Read More >

Online Event

The Writing Life: Prompt! Fall 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, November 12, 2021 - 11:00am Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:00am | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 11:00am Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
This 6-week workshop will explore new ways of connecting to storytelling and discovering how fulfilling writing one’s own story can be.
Read More >

Online Event

Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.
Read More >

Online Event

Seminar: Exploring Place and Space in Fiction with Claire Jimenez

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 5:00pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 5:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
In this seminar, we will read selections from Stuart Dybek, Edward P. Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Tommy Orange, and Grace Paley to understand how each author animates place to create deeper meaning.
Read More >

Whitridge Room Event

Seminar: Literature from Hell, with Jane Mallison

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
Six devilish figures in literature from the 14th century to the 1970s - will they strike us as scary? Hilarious? Intriguing? All of the above?
Read More >

Whitridge Room Event

Writing Life Workshop: Writing Through the City with Bhisham Bherwani

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 5, 2021 - 2:00pm Friday, November 19, 2021 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
How do poets employ, adapt, and respond to their urban environments while exploring their personal interests and obsessions? In this practical workshop, we will compose and revise poems informed by urban backdrops and experiences while addressing subjects that individually engage us.
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.

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