Our Events

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 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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Children

Bedtime Stories

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:00pm | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Put on your PJs early and enjoy bedtime stories and a snack.

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

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, May 31, 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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Special Event

Member Orientation (6/3/19 session)

Monday, June 3, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, June 3, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Thursday, June 6, 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

Exhibition Presentation: Lives of the Suffragists

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required
Exhibition curators Harriet Shapiro and Cathy McGowan introduce the women (and men) behind American women’s right to vote.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, June 6, 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

Special Writing Life Presentation: Marcia Butler’s The Creative Imperative, with Caroline Leavitt, Leland Cheuk, Mark Wisniewski, and Tim Page

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
Marcia Butler’s new documentary The Creative Imperative blends many artists’ interviews about their relationship with the creative process. In this one-time-only event, Ms. Butler screens her film, then further explores its questions in a panel discussion with four remarkable authors.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, June 10, 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, June 10, 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

The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (6/13/19 session)

Thursday, June 13, 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (6/14/19 session)

Friday, June 14, 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, June 18, 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, June 19, 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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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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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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 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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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 2

Wednesday, June 26, 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, June 26, 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 (6/26/19 session)

Wednesday, June 26, 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.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, July 1, 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.

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