Our Events

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

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Reading Group

Seminar: James Kraft, The Tales of Henry James (May 3 session) - Fully Registered

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $75 for all five sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
Considered one of the finest American writers, Henry James is also considered a challenging writer. This five-session seminar will survey the best of his stories and reveal his exceptional qualities as a writer. Read More >

Special Event

The New York City Book Awards 2016-2017 - Fully Registered

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For members and guests | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required
The New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City. Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Children

We <3 Books

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Celebrate stories during Children's Book Week and make your own book.

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Children

Creation Station

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Wed May 31 2017 except Sat May 27 2017, Sun May 28 2017.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

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Reading Group

Tea and Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegal (May 2017 session) - Fully Registered

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:30 PM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | by donation

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 sixth season. Tea and light refreshments are served.

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Performance

The Eleventh Hour, a new play by Cathy Tempelsman - POSTPONED

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Open to the Public | $35 per person | Advance registration required
This spring marks the centennial of America's entry into World War I. The Eleventh Hour combines fictional characters with real figures and words of the period to revisit the history from a new and poignant angle. It tells the true story of a deeply contentious investigation into the treatment of American servicemen, demanding the most difficult question: Are we ever allowed to say that a soldier died in vain? This event has been postponed until Fall 2017. Read More >

Reading Group

John Milton's Paradise Regained with Donald McDonough (May 9 session)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For members only | Whitridge Room | $25 for both sessions (recommended); $15 per session
To “justify the ways of God to men,” John Milton wrote Paradise Lost, in which the serpent got Eve and Adam exiled from Paradise. His Paradise Regained interprets an Old Testament prophecy given to that successful serpent, now identified with Satan. Frequent seminar leader Donald McDonough introduces Milton's lesser-known epic. Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

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Children

Bug Out!

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Join us for insect tales and a critter craft.

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Special Event

Literary Awakenings: Personal Essays from the Hudson Review

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
During the past thirty years, the editors of the Hudson Review observed a trend among the best literary essayists and reviewers to couch their criticism in a highly personal manner as opposed to the theoretical, technocratic work being produced in other venues. The Hudson Review became a home for this kind of accessible, memoirist writing. This event celebrfates the publication of an anthology of such essay/memoirs, introduced by William H. Pritchard and with a panel including Susan Balée, Sir Andrew Motion, and Igor Webb. These diverse contributions unite in the joy of appreciation, the pleasures of engaging with literature. The Writing Life events in 2017 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence. Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Wiggles and Giggles

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Whitridge Room | For Members Only | Newborn-24 Months | Free of Charge

Join us for songs, stories, and playtime for babies and toddlers.

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Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Parade's End: Ford Madox Ford's Wartime Tetralogy (May 23 session) - Fully Registered

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM | For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for all four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required
**PLEASE NOTE** The final session of this seminar, originally scheduled for May 23, was moved to May 16.** Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End tetralogy stands as an unequaled portrayal of the convulsive effects of the First World War on modern civilization. Nicholas Birns, back by popular demand following his Elena Ferrante seminar in fall 2016, leads discussion on how the protagonist’s tangled relationships speak to its era’s evolving manners and morals, and the way Ford’s own innovative style is itself inflected by the changes it depicts. Read More >

Reception

The 15th Annual Young Writers Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00 PM | For members and guests | Members' Room | Free of charge; advance registration required

The New York Society Library Young Writers Awards honor excellent writing by young Library members. Award winners and participants are honored at a ceremony and reception.

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Lecture

Gray Brechin, The Living New Deal

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM | Open to the Public | The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street | $15 per person | Advance registration required
The New Deal promised to lift Americans out of the Great Depression through an expansive federal public works program that offered a grand vision of what government could be. Recent scholarship offers new considerations of this period and illuminates New York City’s pivotal role. Explore the city's dramatic transformation during the New Deal with Gray Brechin, founder of The Living New Deal project, and 20th-century American historian Mason Williams. Following their presentations, Brechin and Williams will be joined by MCNY curator Sarah Seidman for a discussion. Reception and map signing to follow. This event is co-sponsored with the Museum of the City of New York. Read More >

Children

Mother Goose Magic

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM | Whitridge Room | Ages 2 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

Enjoy favorite nursery rhymes, picture books, and songs.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Creation Station

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 7, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
, Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Children's Library | All Ages | For Members Only | Free of Charge

On May weekends drop by the library to color, create or craft.

For Library members only.
Registration is not required for this drop-in activity.

Read More >

Children

Tween Scene: Build-A-Bouquet

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
| Children's Library | Ages 9 and older | For Members and Their Guests | Free of Charge

Calling all tweens! Celebrate spring's bountiful blooms with your own bouquet.

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Lecture

Theories of Everything, and Much, Much More: An Evening with New Yorker Cartoonist and Author Roz Chast - Fully Registered

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required
Spend an evening with beloved cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the multi-award-winning Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This event is co-sponsored with Uptown at Night. Read More >

Children

Bedtime Stories

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM | Whitridge Room | Ages 3 and Older | For Members Only | Free of Charge

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

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Pages

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: