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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (April 2018 session)

Friday, April 27, 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 >

Reception

The New York City Book Awards Ceremony 2017-2018 - Fully Registered

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00 PM | For members and guests | Members' Room | reception at 6:00 PM, presentation at 6:30 PM | free of charge | advance registration required
The New York City Book Awards, founded in 1996, honor each year’s best books about the city. This annual ceremony honors the winning authors and publishers. Watch our website in late March for announcements of this year’s honorees. Read More >

Reading Group

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

Wednesday, May 2, 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 (5/6/18 session) - Fully Registered

Sunday, May 6, 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: Imagining the Impossible: The Role of Art and Novels in Understanding Climate Change

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
Climate change is already happening. Authors Amitav Ghosh and Helen Phillips talk with photographer and filmmaker Nathan Kensinger about the role novelists and artists play in helping others to better imagine its effects. Read More >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (May 2018 session)

Friday, May 18, 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 >

Special Event

The Young Writers Awards Ceremony 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM | For members and guests | Members' Room | free of charge | advance registration required
The Young Writers Awards honor excellent writing by young Library members. Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony and reception, with writing advice and inspiration from the author judges. Read More >

Holiday Closing: Memorial Day

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM to Monday, May 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Fortunes of War: Olivia Manning in the Wartime Balkans and Middle East (May 29 session) - Fully Registered

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions, or $15 per session | advance registration required

Olivia Manning (1908-1980) was a British novelist, poet, writer and reviewer. Her fiction and nonfiction, frequently detailing journeys and personal odysseys, were principally set in England, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East.

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Lecture

Philip Gorski, American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required
The Yale professor and author of The Protestant Ethic Revisited gives us an authoritative account of the long battle between exclusionary and inclusive versions of the American story. Read More >

Performance

Michael Lasser and Musicians, The Songs of Johnny Mercer

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $25 per person | advance registration required
Even if you’re not aware of it, you know Johnny Mercer. His more than 1,400 songs for radio, records, motion pictures and Broadway include “Laura,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Accentuate the Positive,” and “Moon River.” He was both a top radio personality and recording artist himself and was the co-founder and President of Capitol Records. Johnny Mercer’s poetic genius continues to reflect the romantic yearnings, the wit, the energy, and the personality that is our America dream. Return to a golden age of American songwriting with host Michael Lasser and musicians Cindy Miller (vocals) and Alan Jones (piano and vocals). Read More >

Reading Group

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

Wednesday, June 6, 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 >

The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (June 2018 session)

Friday, June 22, 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 >

Holiday Closing: Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Holiday Closing: Labor Day

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 11:00 AM to Monday, September 3, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, for Labor Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Holiday Closing: Columbus Day

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:00 AM to Monday, October 8, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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Holiday Closing: Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM to Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM | Holiday Closing

The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21 and is closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. Otherwise we observe normal hours.

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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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