Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

Registration is not accepted.
Pick up a ticket at the front desk beginning at 9:30 AM.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:00pm | 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 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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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (9/20 session)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session covers Euripides’ The Bacchae.
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Children

Ready, Set, School!

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Welcome the school year with silly school stories.

Registration is required and space is limited.
To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212.288-6900 x234.
Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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Special Event

Happy Hour/Exhibition Opening Celebration (September 2018)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:30pm | Whitridge Room/Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | for members and guests | no registration required
Join us for a festive gathering with wine, light refreshments, and a first look at our new short-term exhibition On the Town: Favorite New York City Books.
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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Mon Oct 01 2018. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On September 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

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On September 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 4:30pm | 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

Meet the Publishing Pros: Jonathan Galassi

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
In this new occasional series, writers and patrons interested in the publishing world are invited to an insightful discussion with one of its stars. Jonathan Galassi has served as publisher at Farrar, Straus & Giroux since 1986 and president since 2002.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 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: Poetry 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 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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Children

Tween Scene: Decoupage Delight

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 4:30pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 9 and Older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Gear up for the school year by designing a notebook covered in collage.

Registration is required and space is limited. Guests welcome with advance registration.
To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212.288-6900 x234.
Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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Reading Group

Event Book Discussion: Maggie Jackson's Distracted

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Attend a lecture, read the book, then join other event-going members for informal discussion, book-club style.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

Registration is required and space is limited.
To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212.288-6900 x234.
Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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Children

Apples, Apples, Everywhere

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy a basket of tales about this favorite fall fruit.

Registration is required and space is limited.
To register, please e-mail children@nysoclib.org or call 212.288-6900 x234.
Please make sure children meet the minimum age requirement listed.

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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (September 2018 session)

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on Fourth Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Special Event

A Swinging '60s Evening

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
A lighthearted evening of music and more from the era that brought us the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, celebrating (Head of Events) Sara Holliday's new novel A Thousand Dances. Light refreshments will be served.
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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On September 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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Special Event

Workshop: The Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
The Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project has been digitally recording the stories of off-Broadway through the eyes of the people who pioneered it. Casey Childs, Founder of Primary Stages, and Sally Plass, the project’s director, discuss it and the great artists and works of Off-Broadway.
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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On September 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 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

Conversation: Susan Buckley, Eating with Peter and Dawn Drzal, The Bread and the Knife, with Giulia Melucci

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Memoirists discuss food as personal history, consolation, metaphor, and organizing principle, based on their recent books.
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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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