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Tue, May 14
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Risk Takers: National Geographic and the New Age of Exploration with Lynsey Addario, James Nachtwey, Dr. Enric Sala, Dr. Zoltan Takacs, and Ann Curry
In celebration of National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary theme, The New Age of Exploration, photographers and explorers reveal the physical, personal, and cultural perils involved in pushing the boundaries of discovery and bearing witness. The event will feature a discussion moderated by Ann Curry about the risks of documenting war, conflict, and human rights issues with award-winning National Geographic photojournalists Lynsey Addario and James Nachtwey as well as presentations from National G…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
English Language Learners,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Parents/Caregivers,
Persons Without Homes,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Wed, May 22
@ 6 p.m.
A Swarm, a Flock, a Host - Mark Doty, Darren Waterston - An Art and Literature Series Event with an Accompanying Exhibtion
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m. In this event National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty and prominent artist Darren Waterston have an in-depth discussion about their stunning new book, A Swarm, a Flock, a Host: A Compendium of Creatures. Twelve original prints, created by Waterston for the book, are on exhibit during this event. Darren Waterston, intaglio print with aquatint. Plate IX from A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, 2012. Courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of S…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Wed, October 30
@ 4 p.m.
Showtime! Children's Films - Cat in the Hat: Tricks and Treats
Children's films from favorite picture book stories on DVD. For ages 3-8. In this spooky adventure, the Cat, Nick, Sally, Fish and the Things meet the eeriest creatures ever seen. There'll be lots of tricks and of course lots of treats, to share with the animals friends that the kids will meet! There's a coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with the Cat in the Hat.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, April 14
@ 6 p.m.
Banned! | Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Benita de Wit | Performance Art Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 6:00 p.m. The Secret Society of Forbidden Literature presents a one night interactive performance entitled Banned! taking place within Mid-Manhattan Library. Created by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo and Benita de Wit, the performance places viewers in an alternate library reality where censored books come to life in a series of secret bespoke performances throughout the library. The performance commences incrementally in the Corner Room on the 1st floor. This is no…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Wed, May 14
@ 7 p.m.
LGBT
The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
Christopher Isherwood was the celebrated middle-aged English author of Goodbye to Berlin when he met the Californian teenager Don Bachardy on a Santa Monica beach in 1952. Defying convention, the two created an enduring relationship out of that initial spark—living as an openly gay couple for more than three decades in the closeted world of Hollywood. The Animals is the testimony in letters to their extraordinary partnership, which lasted until Isherwood’s death in 1986—despite a thirty-year age…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults
Fri, July 11
@ 2:30 p.m.
Showtime! Children's Films: Born to be Wild
"An inspiring story of love, dedication, and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time." The film has a running time of 41 minutes and is rated for genereal audiences (G). Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Please note that the film will be shown in the South Court Auditorium. Summer camps are welcome with a reservation. Please…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Sat, July 26
@ 3 p.m.
The Amazing World of Animals
An all-around furry, scaly and feathery experience! Meet six live animals and discover the many wonders of the animal world. Presented by the New Canaan Nature Center for children ages 3 and up. Space is limited.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Sat, August 9
@ 3 p.m.
Butterfly Boogie
Bugs aren’t gross-they’re great! After our giant cockroach puppet explains why insects are the coolest creatures around, The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle, an interactive musical performance, demonstrates the interdependence among plants and animals. Presented by the Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theatre. Recommended for children ages 5 and older.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Wed, September 10
@ 6 p.m.
Epitome | Nick Cave, Nato Thompson | An Art Book Series Event
FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Artist Nick Cave discusses his breathtaking new book, Nick Cave: Epitome with Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time and contributing author. This definitive monograph surveys the artist’s exuberant and genre-defying Soundsuits, performance work, and sculptural installations, and explores the transformative power of one’s imagination and capacity for fantasy. Nick Cave’s work may also be seen at the Jack Shainman Gallery in a major solo exhibiti…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Sat, January 10
@ 3 p.m.
Tacky the Penguin and Other Frosty Tales
A multi-cultural program of folktales and stories celebrating winter and animals that live in cold climates. Each story also joyfully highlights the joys and foibles of ice, snow and celebrates why some animals hibernate in the cold times of the year! Recommended for children ages 4 and older. Presented by LuAnn Adams.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Fri, January 16
@ 1:15 p.m.
Lectures from the Allen Room and the Wertheim Study
The Future : a Female Civilization Again?
While researching the histories of love and sexuality for his novel La Gula del Picaflor (The Gluttony of the Hummingbird, 2003) Juan Lechin found interesting clues of what appears to be the existence of lengthy cycles in history which go from female civilization to male, and, currently, heading back to a female era. The female societies of common property have been permanently overlooked, even though the very long processes of agriculture and animal domestication were some of their exceptional…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Sat, January 31
@ 2:30 p.m.
Insects and Arachnids
Many people don't realize just how amazing insects can be! Did you know that insects can provide food? Did you know that insects are the largest grouping of animals we have? Come learn what makes an insect an insect by identifying certain species. We will also explore their relatives, the arachnids, to discover what's similar or different. Through the use of multimedia presentations and live ambassador animals, participants can understand the benefit of insects and spiders in our world.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Fri, February 20
@ 9 a.m.
Cullman Center Institute for Teachers
The First Person: A Creative Writing Workshop with Justin Torres
The First Person: A Creative Writing Workshop with Justin Torres This workshop takes place during winter break. In this workshop, we will examine voice and structure in first-person narratives by Donald Barthelme, Stuart Dybek, Carolyn Ferrell, Janet Frame, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley. We will consider the difference between the often nostalgic and sometimes unreliable “I” voice that narrates events, and the active, embodied “I” who is a character in the story itself. We'll also see how associ…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & WritersAdults
Tue, March 10
@ 6 p.m.
Artifex Press | Tim Hawkinson, David Grosz, Peggy Fogelman, Hannah Barton | Tim Hawkinson Catalogue Raisonné
FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Artifex Press and artist Tim Hawkinson are pleased to announce the publication of Tim Hawkinson's digital catalogue raisonné. To mark the public launch of this catalogue, The New York Public Library hosts a discussion between Hawkinson; David Grosz, President of Artifex Press; Peggy Fogelman, Acting Director of the Morgan Library & Museum; and Hannah Barton, Editor of the Tim Hawkinson Catalogue Raisonné. A demonstration of the catalogue explores th…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Tue, May 12
@ 6 p.m.
Coney Island | Robin Jaffee Frank, Charles Denson, Red Grooms, Charles Musser, Terry Carbone | An Art Book Series Event
FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Frederick Brosen, Astroland, 2008–13, watercolor over graphite on paper, Courtesy of Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. Photograph by Joshua Nefsky; Image courtesy of Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York; © 2013 Frederick Brosen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Join us for a conversation inspired by the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008, on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and accompanied by…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Immigrants
Wed, October 14
@ 6 p.m.
Jean Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks | Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, Al Diaz, Michael Holman, Carlo McCormick, Mary Ann Monforton, Larry Warsh | An Art Book Series Event
FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. Celebrating the publication of Jean Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks a facsimile edition of eight composition books produced by the artist, and The Unknown Notebooks exhibition featuring them at Brooklyn Museum, Carlo McCormick moderates a panel discussion featuring Basquiat's close friends and collaborators Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, Al Diaz, Michael Holman, Mary Ann Monforton, and Larry Warsh. Focusing primarily on this previously little-known bo…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Mon, November 2
@ 6 p.m.
Poems for All! A Celebration of Knopf/Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets
Actors and poets gather to read favorite poems from the more than one hundred volumes on this extraordinary list of books, anchored in the 20th century and roundly flourishing in the 21st: Animal Poems, Poems of the Sea, Cat Poems, Dog Poems, Zen Poems, War Poems, Garden Poems, and more. Presented by the Poetry Society of America. All advanced reservations for this program have been claimed. The remaining tickets will be distributed first-come-first-serve, one hour before the program begins…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 19
@ 3 p.m.
Endangered Species
A species of animal can become endangered or threatened due to many factors, some of which we can’t always control and some we can. Through the use of live animals and multimedia presentations participants can learn about each animal’s story and the positive behaviors that are bringing them back. Recommended for ages 9 and older. Presented by New Canaan Nature Center.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Sat, February 6
@ 1:30 p.m.
Children's Literary Salons
NYPL's Children's Literary Salon: Reading is Visual with author Michael Arndt
Please join us on Saturday February 6th at 1:30 pm for a guided presentation by the amazing Michael Arndt, a graphic designer and author of the book Cat Says Meow and Other Animalopoeia. Come discover the visual aspects (and more!) of how we communicate. For librarians, designers, and anyone who reads, writes, or draws. LOCATION: This program will take place in the Celeste Auditorium (formerly known as the South Court Auditorium) of the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building at 5th Avenue and West…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers
Sat, February 27
@ 3 p.m.
South African Storytelling and Mask Making
Watch a performance of King Lion's Gifts, Nelson Mandela's favorite story and then join us in making masks of theSouth African animals presented in the tale! Recommended for children ages 5 and older. Presented by Urban Stages. Limit to 20 participants only.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Tue, March 1
@ 2:30 p.m.
Arts on Screen Film Series - I’m a Creative Animal
Arts on Screen Film Series - Selections from the 33rd Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) I’m a Creative Animal Directed by Barbara Seiler 52 minutes, 2014 SCREENING WITH Jonas Kaufman - Berlin 1930 In German with English subtitles Directed by Thomas Voigt, Wolfgang Wunderlich 52 minutes, 2014 Series presented in collaboration with MUSE Film and Television and with the support of the Quebec Delegation in New York.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 1
@ 3:30 p.m.
Wildlife Superheroes
Have you ever wondered why some of our most popular superheroes are often named after animals? Spiderman, Batman, and Aquaman all share traits with their particular animal namesake whether it be great strength, great stealth, or the ability to live underwater. A visit by a New Canaan Nature Center naturalist will give participants an up close look at several creatures with an array of “super” qualities that makes each a “wildlife superhero” in its own right. Come discover the story behind an ass…
Mott Haven LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Tue, March 1
@ 4 p.m.
R.E.A.D. with BB!
Practice your reading skills with a licensed therapy dog! Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! BB and his, Jeff, owner can't wait for you to come by the library and read them a story. For ages 5-12. Pre-registration required for each 15 minute slot. The R.E.A.D.® (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) children’s literacy program is courtesy of Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) organization.
Bloomingdale LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 3
@ 3 p.m.
The Amazing World of Animals
Join the staff of the New Canaan Nature Center for an all-around furry, scaly, and feathery adventure into the world of the animal kingdom. Meet a variety of live animals and get an up close look at what makes them all so awesome! We will also look at some animal artifacts to help us better understand the amazing adaptations these creatures possess. Recommended for ages 4 and older.
Roosevelt Island LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 3
@ 4 p.m.
Animal Odyssey Series
Join the staff of the New Canaan Nature Center for an awesome animal adventure. We will start out with invertebrates and insects and work our way through the wonders of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Programs will take participants on a hands-on journey throughout the animal kingdom. Each week will feature up close visits from one (1) or two (2) live animal ambassadors, plus investigations and experiments using real animal artifacts to discover more about a variety of amazing cr…
Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural CenterChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 3
@ 4 p.m.
Bilingual Birdies - Spanish
This Winter, Bilingual Birdies invites you to warm up the colder months by singing and dancing to the sounds of magical guitars and drums. Get cozy and add some color to gray days by learning about your family, yourself, and even animals around the world, all in your favorite language! Our Bilingual Teaching Musicians are excited to teach basic vocabulary in Spanish, French, Mandarin or English to your whole family (geared toward children newborn through six years old.) Instruments are provided…
Yorkville LibraryChildren,
Infant (0-18 months),
Toddlers (18-36 months),
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 3
@ 5 p.m.
Ongoing
Crochet
Did you know that crochet and yarncrafting can benefit your health? 10 most health benefits of yarncrafting Learn the beauty of crochet and socialize with other aficionados. Interested in learning more? Check out a variety at your nearest library.
Parkchester LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
Fri, March 4
@ 10 a.m.
Fridays with FiDi Families at South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport is teaming up with FiDi Families and the New Amsterdam Library to bring you Fridays with FiDi Families. As part of the South Street Seaport’s SEE/CHANGE programming series. Fridays with FiDi Families invites children of all ages to join storytellers from the New Amsterdam Library for a free series of Friday fun. FiDi Families, a community organization for families in the financial district, is hosting a series of programs for young children and their families. The goal…
New Amsterdam LibraryFamilies
Sat, March 5
@ 12 noon
R.E.A.D. With Marconi!
Epiphany Library’s very own service dog for the R.E.A.D. Program Do you love dogs? Do you love to read? Children ages 5 & up are welcome to sign up for a one on one time slot during which they share their favorite book with Marconi! All sessions are under the supervision of a certified therapy animal owner. This program will take place the first Saturday of every month, in the 2nd floor children's area.
Epiphany LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, March 7
@ 3:30 p.m.
Mutt-i-grees
The North Shore Animal League brings in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, teens unmask the hero in themselves by helping an animal to find a forever home – they give voice to the voiceless. We will give a brief on Animal League America, which is the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter, and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 years old.
Macomb's Bridge LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Tue, March 8
@ 10:15 a.m.
Treasures form the Heart
Multi-cultural stories of children and animal characters in folklore/literature celebrating things that children and families treasure all over the world. The Stories celebrate friends, teachers, grandparents, food, stories, the environment and the unique dreams and important things we hold dear in our lives and in our hearts. Recommended for children ages 5 and older. Presented by LuAnn Adams.
Eastchester LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Tue, March 8
@ 4 p.m.
Canceled
Mutt-i-grees
The North Shore Animal League brings in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, teens unmask the hero in themselves by helping an animal to find a forever home – they give voice to the voiceless. We will give a brief on Animal League America, which is the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter, and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 years old.
Mulberry Street LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Tue, March 8
@ 4 p.m.
R.E.A.D. with BB!
Practice your reading skills with a licensed therapy dog! Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! BB and his, Jeff, owner can't wait for you to come by the library and read them a story. For ages 5-12. Pre-registration required for each 15 minute slot. The R.E.A.D.® (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) children’s literacy program is courtesy of Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) organization.
Bloomingdale LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Wed, March 9
@ 10:30 a.m.
Bubbles Kids Show
The fantastic antics of Bubbles the Clown will keep you smiling. Performer Elaine Gil encourages the entire audience to get involved, making this a delightful experience for the whole family. Everyone will get their Face Painted, Balloon Animals, we will play parachute games, Bubbles and a whole lot of singing and dancing. For children of all ages.
Washington Heights LibraryChildren,
Infant (0-18 months),
Toddlers (18-36 months),
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Wed, March 9
@ 4:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Hand Creature
Use your hands to create crazy creatures that you can use to put on a show! First, we'll trace our hands and cut out the tracings. Then, we'll put them together to make animals, people, aliens - anything you like! Lastly, we'll make our own story and use our "hand creatures" to perform the story. Suitable for children ages 3 to 7 years old. Presented by Nicola McEldowney.
125th Street LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 10
@ 4 p.m.
Mutt-i-grees
The North Shore Animal League brings in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, teens unmask the hero in themselves by helping an animal to find a forever home – they give voice to the voiceless. We will give a brief on Animal League America, which is the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter, and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 years old.
Bloomingdale LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Thu, March 10
@ 4 p.m.
Butterfly Boogie
Bugs aren’t gross — they’re great! Let our super-sized cockroach puppet teach your students why insects are the coolest creatures around. We then take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with our butterfly themed show “The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle.” Learn about the interdependence between plants and animals through science, song, and audience participation. For children ages 5 and older. Presented by the Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theatre.
Richmondtown LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, March 10
@ 5 p.m.
Ongoing
Crochet
Did you know that crochet and yarncrafting can benefit your health? 10 most health benefits of yarncrafting Learn the beauty of crochet and socialize with other aficionados. Interested in learning more? Check out a variety at your nearest library.
Parkchester LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
Fri, March 11
@ 10 a.m.
Fridays with FiDi Families at South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport is teaming up with FiDi Families and the New Amsterdam Library to bring you Fridays with FiDi Families. As part of the South Street Seaport’s SEE/CHANGE programming series. Fridays with FiDi Families invites children of all ages to join storytellers from the New Amsterdam Library for a free series of Friday fun. FiDi Families, a community organization for families in the financial district, is hosting a series of programs for young children and their families. The goal…
New Amsterdam LibraryFamilies
Fri, March 11
@ 3 p.m.
Mutt-i-grees
The North Shore Animal League brings in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, teens unmask the hero in themselves by helping an animal to find a forever home – they give voice to the voiceless. We will give a brief on Animal League America, which is the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter, and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 years old.
Eastchester LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
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