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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, April 8, 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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Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, April 8, 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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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 or $20 per session | 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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The Writing Life

Prompt! with Carol Weston (4/12/19 session)

Friday, April 12, 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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Special Event

Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan: Watch Us Rise

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | for ages 13 and up | free of charge | registration required
Join the conversation with award-winning, bestselling author Renée Watson and writer/performer Ellen Hagan as they discuss their powerful new YA novel Watch Us Rise.
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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 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, April 16, 2019 - 5:00pm | 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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The Writing Life

Uptown at Night: An Evening of Humorous Storytelling and Comedy

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required
Uptown at Night returns to the Members’ Room with a vibrant new lineup of humorous storytellers and comedians (to be announced). Please join us for a delightful evening that showcases the Library’s lighter side.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, April 17, 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

Easter Day - Library Closed

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm | Holiday Closing

The Library is closed all day on Sunday, April 21, for Easter.

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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Poetry I

Tuesday, April 23, 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, April 24, 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, April 24, 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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The Editor Is In: An Interactive Seminar with Walter Bode (4/24/19 session)

Wednesday, April 24, 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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Reading Together: The Many Voices of Women's Suffrage with Heidi K. Weber

Repeats every month on February, March, April on the fourth Tuesday until Wed May 01 2019 except Tue Apr 23 2019. Also includes Tue Apr 30 2019.Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions or $20 per session | registration required
Whenever change happens, reading fiction and nonfiction in combination – “BookBundles” – can be a great way to gain understanding and participate in a new conversation. In connection with the new exhibition Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment, this seminar offers three BookBundle-based discussions, exploring cultural questions raised by women’s suffrage and still debated today.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, May 2, 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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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel, Winter/Spring 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.
Read More >

The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 2

Monday, May 6, 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

Tuesday, May 7, 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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions or $20 per session | 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.
Read More >

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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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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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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