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Children

STEAMship Society: A Kaleidoscopic Crafternoon

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Grades K - 3 | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Curious kids, climb aboard! Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at the Library. Let's make colorful contraptions to celebrate spring's arrival.

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Lecture

Laurie Gwen Shapiro, The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
The spectacular true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. Read More >

Children

Dinosaur Daze

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Stomp (quietly) into the Library for stories of our prehistoric planet dwellers.

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Children

Tween Scene: Magnet Makers

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 9 and Older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Make your own magnets with comics and other cut-outs.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sat Mar 31 2018 except Sun Mar 11 2018.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Children

Creation Station

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Samuel Johnson: With and Without Boswell (March 22 session) - Fully Registered

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is a writer whose name is familiar to most educated speakers of English, and most know his wingman James Boswell. The number of people who have read Johnson and/or Boswell is much smaller. This seminar will make a dent in that phenomenon by reading and discussing some of Johnson’s best-known and lesser-known works, plus Boswell’s biography of him, esteemed by many the best biography ever written. Read More >

Lecture

David Alan Richards, Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale's Secret Societies

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
The mysterious, highly influential hidden world of Yale’s secret societies is revealed in a definitive and scholarly history. Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (March 2018 session)

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required
Rediscover the joy of writing in these fun and instructive drop-in sessions with Speed of Life author Carol Weston. Participants receive a prompt and write freely for ten minutes, after which they are encouraged to share their work with the group. Two prompts per class. Ideal for jumpstarting your writing, generating new ideas, or breaking out of blocks. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Children

Creation Station

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Fortunes of War: Olivia Manning in the Wartime Balkans and Middle East (March 27 session) - Fully Registered

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Nicholas Birns leads readers through Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy and Levant Trilogy, which together constitute one of British fiction’s major achievements in the twentieth century. Read More >

Children

Zany Zoo

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Explore the wild creatures who live at the zoo with these fun tales.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On March weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Holiday Closing: Easter

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:00 AM | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day Sunday, April 1 for Easter. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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The Writing Life

Uptown at Night: An Evening of Humorous Storytelling and Comedy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians. Fresh, funny and fearless, these talented humorists shine a light on our modern foibles large and small. Please join us for a delightful evening that showcases the Library’s lighter side. Read More >

Reading Group

Exhibition Seminar: James Kraft, Willa Cather in New York (April 2018 session) - Fully Registered

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the set of four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Popular seminar leader Dr. James Kraft discusses canonical and lesser-known works by a formidable figure in American literature whose many excellent novels explore complex, controversial places and ideas. Read More >

Reading Group

Tea and Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal (4/8/18 session) - Fully Registered

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 2:30 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | By donation; advance registration required

Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the works of the beloved Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and selected contemporaries. This popular group is now in its seventh season. Tea and light refreshments are served.

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Special Event

Art & Activism of the Anthropocene Series: Don't Shoot the Messenger: The Challenging Narratives of Climate Change

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
Climate change is already happening. Author William T. Vollmann, playwright Chantal Bilodeau, and journalist David Wallace-Wells approach its dialogues through different mediums—book-length and magazine journalism, and through theatre. They’ll discuss their approach to gathering stories, their thoughts on why those stories matter, and the challenges they’ve faced when shaping issues of climate change into digestible narratives for the public. Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Fortunes of War: Olivia Manning in the Wartime Balkans and Middle East (April 17 session) - Fully Registered

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Nicholas Birns leads readers through Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy and Levant Trilogy, which together constitute one of British fiction’s major achievements in the twentieth century. Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Samuel Johnson: With and Without Boswell (April 19 session) - Fully Registered

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:30 PM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is a writer whose name is familiar to most educated speakers of English, and most know his wingman James Boswell. The number of people who have read Johnson and/or Boswell is much smaller. This seminar will make a dent in that phenomenon by reading and discussing some of Johnson’s best-known and lesser-known works, plus Boswell’s biography of him, esteemed by many the best biography ever written. Read More >

Special Event

Art & Activism of the Anthropocene Series: Strange Reality: The Art and Activism of Transitional Environments

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
Climate change is already happening. Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy, speaks with visual artist Zaria Forman, conservation biologist Gleb Raygorodetsky, and Indigenous leader Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about “transitional environments”—that is, regions of land undergoing change so dramatic they’re barely recognizable. They’ll be joined by a representative from an indigenous community, and together, will discuss how art and activism can bring greater awareness to the communities and environs most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 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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