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Children

Time Travelers: Old New York

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Grades K - 3 | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Take a trip in our time machine. This month, we'll travel back to the yesteryears of NYC!

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

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Thursday until Fri Aug 30 2019 except Thu Jun 06 2019, Thu Jul 04 2019. Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Children

Bug Out!

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Flit or fly into the Library for tales about our six-legged friends.

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 (5/10/19 session)

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and educator Carol Weston.
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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May 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: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:00am | Marshall 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

Poetry Through the Lens of Art with Bhisham Bherwani

Repeats every month on March, April, May on the third Monday until Tue May 14 2019. Also includes Mon May 13 2019.Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Homer’s depiction of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad is often cited as the earliest example of ekphrastic poetry - poetry that responds to visual art. This seminar will survey ekphrastic poetry and consider how poets have resourcefully engaged with visual art - painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other media - to address their individual agendas, impulses, and interests.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 2:45pm | 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

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Aug 30 2019. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Reading Group

Seasons of Light and Darkness: Charles Dickens’s Historical Novels with Nicholas Birns

Repeats every month until Thu Jun 13 2019 except Wed May 01 2019, Sat Jun 01 2019. Also includes Wed May 15 2019, Wed Jun 12 2019.Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
In his ambitious historical novels Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens ventured from his usual subject matter to ask political and social questions that still resonate today.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Happy Hour, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, July on the third Wednesday until Thu Jul 18 2019. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required
Join your fellow members every third Wednesday of the month for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments.
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Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 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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Lecture

Lecture: John Burnham Schwartz, The Red Daughter: A Novel

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required
Running from her father’s brutal legacy, Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the United States during the turbulence of the 1960s. This sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story is inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.
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Reception

The 2019 Young Writers Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony and reception, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges.
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Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

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

Advance registration is not accepted. Pick up a ticket at the front desk.

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Reading Group

The World of Philip Roth with Erwin Flaxman

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the third Tuesday until Wed May 22 2019. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Erwin Flaxman, PhD, leads discussion of four seminal novels by the only author to be included in the Library of America during his lifetime.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 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: Fiction 2

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 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, May 22, 2019 - 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

Member Orientation (5/22/19 session)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | no registration required
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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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Thursdays at 2:00 PM)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 2:00pm | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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The Writing Life

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (5/23/19 session)

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Books Walter Bode edited have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this seminar, he’ll help writers find the most effective words and make the best use of them – based on participants’ own writing samples.
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Special Event

Memorial Day Weekend - Library Closed

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 27, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day weekend.

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Special Event

Gallery Talk: Women Get the Vote (Tuesdays at 11:00 AM)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am | Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | no registration required
Enjoy an intimate look at broadsides, books, and historical materials about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Pages

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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