Our Events

Special Event

Member Orientation (1/28/19 session)

Monday, January 28, 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 30-45 minutes.
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Reception

Opening Reception: Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
Library members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of this new exhibition about the women’s suffrage movement, with remarks by author Brooke Kroeger.
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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 Mar 29 2019. Thursday, January 31, 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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Puppy Tails

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Raise a howl for these stories about happy hounds.

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

Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm | Members' Room/Children's Library/Whitridge Room | open to the public | for families | free of charge | no registration required
A special opportunity to introduce your friends to the Library at our Children’s Library Open House: an afternoon of family fun featuring storyteller Bill Gordh with tales from around the globe!
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, February 4, 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

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

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Fri Mar 29 2019. Tuesday, February 5, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, February 5, 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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Reading Group

The Dystopian Novel: Good Reads from Bad Places with Jane Mallison

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the second Wednesday until Wed May 08 2019 except Wed Feb 13 2019. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
For more than a century, the dark, gloomy vision of a “dystopia” has flourished. While such books can sound depressing, the ingenuity and wit of their authors makes them fascinating. Popular seminar leader Jane Mallison guides readers throught the wreckage of four modern-classic dystopias, from 1984 to Parable of the Sower.
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Children

Workshop: Christina Amato, Making Books By Hand

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members and guests | grades 3 and up | $20 per child | registration required
Explore the art of bookmaking with Library Conservator Christina Amato. Participants will make their own unique blank books using traditional materials and techniques.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, February 7, 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

Prompt! with Carol Weston (2/8/19 session)

Friday, February 8, 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

Time Travelers: Castle Quest

Saturday, February 9, 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 journey back to Medieval Times!

Registration is required. To register, email children@nysoclib.org or call 212-288-6900 x234
Please make sure children meet the minimum grade requirement listed above.

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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel, Winter/Spring 2019

Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May on the second Sunday until Mon May 06 2019 except Sun Apr 14 2019. Also includes Sun Apr 07 2019, Sun May 05 2019.Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; 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 eighth season.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, February 11, 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: Nonfiction 1

Monday, February 11, 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

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen and Susan Cheever

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:30pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | advance registration required
Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers. In this live podcast recording, Person Place Thing host Randy Cohen chats with bestselling author and lifelong Library member Susan Cheever.
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Reading Group

Event Book Discussion: Sarah Ruhl's Letters from Max

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 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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Special Event

Member Orientation (2/13/19 session)

Wednesday, February 13, 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 30-45 minutes.
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Special Event

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

Thursday, January 31, 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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Special Event

Presidents' Day - Library Closed

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, February 18, 2019 - 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18, for Presidents' Day.

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Special Event

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

Tuesday, February 5, 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

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 | 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, February 19, 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: Memoir 1

Wednesday, February 20, 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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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: