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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, The Marginal and the Universal: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 12 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 16 2019, Wed Nov 13 2019, Wed Dec 11 2019.Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
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Special Event

Linn Cary Mehta: Catharine Sedgwick, Herman Melville, and New York City's Liberal Institutions

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | $15 per person | advance registration required
In celebration of the bicentennial of our fellow historic institution All Souls Unitarian Church, scholar Linn Cary Mehta looks at the mission and history of the city's liberal institutions in the first half of the 19th century and their use by writers including Herman Melville and Catharine Sedgwick.
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Children

Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl from Dogfish

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for grades 3 and up | $10 per person | registration required
From two extraordinary authors comes a laugh-out-loud novel about long-distance friendships and modern families.
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Children

Treasures of the Heart: Storyteller LuAnn Adams

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | ages 3 and older | $10 per child | registration required
A captivating storyteller shares tales from around the world that families will treasure.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (11/18/19 session)

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:00am | 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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Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200

Repeats every month until Thu Dec 19 2019 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Wed Oct 30 2019, Wed Nov 20 2019, Wed Dec 18 2019.Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
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Special Event

Happy Hour, Fall 2019

Repeats every month on October, November, December on the third Wednesday until Thu Dec 19 2019. Wednesday, October 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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Reading Group

Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War

Repeats every month until Fri Dec 13 2019 except Tue Oct 01 2019, Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019. Also includes Thu Oct 24 2019, Thu Nov 21 2019, Thu Dec 12 2019.Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to Friday, November 29, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27 and remains closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, for Thanksgiving. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation only
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Children

Interrupting Chicken: A Puppet Show by David Ezra Stein

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm | Members’ Room | open to the public | for ages 5 and older | $10 per person | registration required
Enjoy an entertaining puppet show from the acclaimed author-illustrator.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Miral Sattar, Why Writers Need to Learn About SEO, Voice Search, and Getting Found on Google (December 10 session)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance registration required
The higher your search ranking, the more likely your website will be found. In this talk, Miral Sattar will show you best practices for optimizing your web pages and getting the best results from searches on Google and Amazon so writers can get found, read, and followed.
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Reading Group

Nicholas Birns, The Marginal and the Universal: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Ralph Ellison and Viet Thanh Nguyen both treat marginal experience as potentially universal to create masterworks of epic scope and astonishing innovation.
Read More >

Reading Group

Donald McDonough, Euripides’ Trojan War

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
Euripides' tragic plays competed directly with Homer's epic Iliad to challenge his Athenians. Twenty-four hundred years later, they still shock.
Read More >

The Writing Life

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (12/12/19 session)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | advance 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (12/13/19 session)

Friday, December 13, 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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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Repeats every month until Tue Apr 21 2020 except Fri Nov 01 2019, Sun Dec 01 2019, Wed Jan 01 2020, Sat Feb 01 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Wed Apr 01 2020. Also includes Sun Nov 10 2019, Sun Dec 15 2019, Sun Feb 09 2020, Sun Mar 15 2020, Sun Apr 19 2020.Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
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Special Event

Member Orientation (12/16/19 session)

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:00am | 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.
Read More >

Reading Group

Jane Mallison, Walt Whitman at 200

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | advance registration required
This seminar looks at Whitman (born in May 1819) as poet, American, man.
Read More >

Special Event

Happy Hour, Fall 2019

Wednesday, October 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.
Read More >

Special Event

Holiday Closing: Christmas/Boxing Day

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 8:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24 and remains closed Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26.
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Special Event

Holiday Closing: New Year's Day

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 8:00pm | Holiday Closing
The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31 and remains closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
Read More >

Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
Read More >

Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation | advance registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its ninth season.
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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