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Digital Teatime

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 12, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 19, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, August 26, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 9, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 16, 2022 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, September 23, 2022 - 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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Reading Group

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.
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Special Event

Members' Room: Why Short Fiction? Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join us for a lively conversation about short stories and flash fiction from the point of view of writers, agents, and editors, brought to you by the Authors Guild Ambassadors, Catherine Torigian, Ginger McKnight-Chavers, and Diana Altman. The panelists are Gessy Alvarez, Megan Cummins, Adam Dalva, Marya Spence, and Hilma Wolitzer, with Ms. Altman moderating.
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Special Event

Livestream: Why Short Fiction? Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join us for a lively conversation about short stories and flash fiction from the point of view of writers, agents, and editors, brought to you by the Authors Guild Ambassadors, Catherine Torigian, Ginger McKnight-Chavers, and Diana Altman. The panelists are Gessy Alvarez, Megan Cummins, Adam Dalva, Marya Spence, and Hilma Wolitzer, with Ms. Altman moderating.
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Children

Themed Thursdays

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | For Members | Ages 3 and Older

School's Cool

Each event will feature stories and a craft.

  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for all attendees
  • Masks required for ages 2 and older
  • Capacity limited
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Special Event

Member Orientation (9/30 session)

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 11:00am | 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

Livestream: Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.
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Lecture

Livestream: Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
Also a Poet is a staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun, tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet - Frank O'Hara.
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Lecture

Members' Room: Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Also a Poet is a staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun, tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet - Frank O'Hara.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Charlie Allenson

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, October 7, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, November 4, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, December 2, 2022 - 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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Lecture

Livestream: Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join Barnard College's expert on Russia and international relations for an up-to-the-minute look at the war in Ukraine, Russia's policies, and the United States' response. Your questions welcome.
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Lecture

Members' Room: Dr. Kimberly Marten, Russia: What's Next?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
Join Barnard College's expert on Russia and international relations for an up-to-the-minute look at the war in Ukraine, Russia's policies, and the United States' response. Your questions welcome.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Special Event: Live from the Library, Fall 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 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.
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Reading Group

Seminar: A Strangeness in My Mind: Modern Turkish Fiction, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Modern Turkish fiction faced the challenge of not just representing twentieth century life but in doing so in a new alphabet and a radically reformed language. These books offer an opportunity to see how a seemingly peripheral cultural area is in fact at the center of literary developments in the past hundred years.
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Lecture

Livestream: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm | Livestream | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
As part of our Fabulous Fashion exhibition season, the editor of the 2021 book Black Designers in American Fashion will explore how a selection of these designers fashioned their personas in the press as adeptly as the clothing they produced, helping to lay the foundation of how American designers are perceived today.
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Lecture

Members' Room: Elizabeth Way: Black American Designers - Emerging in the Press

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
As part of our Fabulous Fashion exhibition season, the editor of the 2021 book Black Designers in American Fashion will explore how a selection of these designers fashioned their personas in the press as adeptly as the clothing they produced, helping to lay the foundation of how American designers are perceived today.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! In Person with Carol Weston

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, November 18, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, December 16, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | 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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Children

Animal Antics with James Howe

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades K and up | $10 per person | registration required
Meet James Howe, author of the perennially popular Bunnicula novels (recently transformed into a graphic novel) and the heartwarming series Houndsley and Catina! Share laughs with the witty writer and also – in the spirit of Houndsley, who loves to bake – enjoy homemade muffins.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.
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The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Diane Richards

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 11:00am Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | free of charge | registration required

Join author and playwright Diane Richards and your fellow writers for a fun and stimulating hour and a half of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.

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Reading Group

Seminar: A Strangeness in My Mind: Modern Turkish Fiction, with Nicholas Birns

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 11:00am | On the Zoom Meetings platform | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Modern Turkish fiction faced the challenge of not just representing twentieth century life but in doing so in a new alphabet and a radically reformed language. These books offer an opportunity to see how a seemingly peripheral cultural area is in fact at the center of literary developments in the past hundred years.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! Online with Charlie Allenson

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, October 7, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, November 4, 2022 - 11:00am Friday, December 2, 2022 - 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.
Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Henry James: The Major Phase, with Jane Mallison

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 11:00am Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the four sessions | registration required
Literary scholar F. O. Matthiessen created the term “ The Major Phase” to describe the last three major novels of Henry James, published from 1902-1904: The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl. This course will offer two sessions on each of those first two titles: The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove.
Read More >

Special Event

Member Orientation (11/10 session)

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 6:00pm | 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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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: