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Posts by Ronni Krasnow

Matinee Memories: Celebrating Thirty Years of Theatrical Collaboration.

This past  weekend, at the the Broadway night spot 54 Below, the composing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty celebrated  30 years of collaboration as a songwriting team. A plethora of Broadway stars, including Brian Stokes Mitchel

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Celebrating America: A Book List for Kids

In college, I studied American History and Politics, but my interest in these subjects was sparked long before that, when as a child, I was exposed to several books, movies and TV shows that celebrated American history.

Three items in particular had a tremendous impact on me, and made me want to learn more about my country. Schoolhouse Rock was a series of educational shorts that ran in between the cartoons on Saturday mornings. Almost anyone of my generation will tell you that 

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Matinee Memories: Annie

In my "real" life, I work here at the Morningside Heights Library, but outside of work, theater is my "thing." And, everyone says if you are going to write a blog, it should be about something you feel passionately about. So, every other Wednesday (hopefully) I plan to share some of my favorite theater-going memories and experiences, and point you towards some library materials that relate to those experiences. It will be interesting to see if readers share my tastes, and hopefully I can introduce you to new plays, musicals, 

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LiveStories: A Writing Workshop for Older Adults

In connection with the organization Lifetime Arts, NYPL will once again be holding some fabulous workshops specifically geared toward older adults. At St. Agnes Library, we will host a writing workshop called LiveStories: Using Writing And Drama to Share Your Personal Story. The workshop will be led by professional teaching artists Lauren Jost and Annie Montgomery, with whom I worked on a similar program last year at NYPL's Grand Central 

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The Perfect Program... Creative Aging in Our Communities

We're all looking for programming that is easy, effective, and not a burden on staff resources.  You may think that such a program does not exist, but luckily for NYPL, the nearly perfect opportunity has presented itself in the form of a new initiative called "Creative Aging in Our Communities." Administered through an organization called Lifetime Arts, the Creative Aging initiatives are designed to enrich the lives of New York City seniors by providing ongoing instruction in the visual or performing arts.  Programs run 

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LiveStories: Nearing Journey's End

It's hard to believe that the LiveStories memoir writing workshop at the Grand Central Library is nearing its conclusion.  This has been a fascinating, emotional, cathartic, and educational journey for us all.  With the help of our two wonderful teaching artists, Annie and Lauren, and our generous funders at Lifetime Arts,  we have learned how to craft our personal stories, and in some cases, even to dramatize them. We have made new friends and, in just a short time, 

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LiveStories: A Personal Journey Through Memoir and Performance

Have you always wanted to write?  Do you have a personal story you've been yearning to share?

This fall, the Grand Central Library will be offering a unique opportunity for  seniors to participate in an ongoing writing and performance workshop.  Professional teaching artists will guide members in how to share their stories through the written word, and even incorporate aspects of the performing into their work. 

Through a generous grant provided by 

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