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Saturday, February 8, 2014
2:30 p.m."Crisis Mapping," with Colette Mazzucelli, PhD, EdM, MALD,, Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Crisis mappers are online teams who turn Internet data—tweets, Facebook posts, messages sent to crisis mapping sites, satellite images--into usable information which is then broadcast to people affected by the crisis, or analyzed and transmitted to such crisis responders as the United Nations. This illustrated talk is about the mechanics of crisis mapping, its potential futures, and ways to get involved. This event is co-sponsored by the New York Map Society.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.The Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English, with Peter A. Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster, Inc.
What makes a person look up a word? When do you use a dictionary? Looking up a word in the dictionary is an intimate act for each of us as individuals, but the words sought by millions of users put together tell us a surprising story about the English language. By watching trends of lookups on a heavily consulted online dictionary, lexicographers track which entries are being consulted at any given moment. Some words are perennial sources of curiosity, while others show spikes of interest tri…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, February 15, 2014
2:30 p.m.Gabriel Barcia-Colombo | Natural History Museums | What Inspires Artists Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room door opens at 2:00 p.m.Please join us for another event in the series What Inspires Artists with a discussion between new media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo and senior art librarian Arezoo Moseni. They converse about natural history museums the main source of influence on Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's work and his exhibition Secret Society of Forbidden Literature created specifically for the Corner Room at Mid-Manhattan Library.Lolita (perfume), glass, Acrylic, custom perfumes…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:30 p.m."Pathways to Publication," with moderator, Kate Lincoln, and panelists, Laura K. Curtis, Sharon Linnea, Laura Joh Rowland, and Cathi Stoler of Mystery Writers of America - New York Chapter.
You’ve written a novel and want to see it published. How will it reach your potential readers? Whether you’re aiming for a major publishing house, a small press, or one of the new e-book-only presses, the options—from traditional books to on-demand printing, e-books and recordings—are many. Come hear four members of Mystery Writers of America describe their journeys to publication. Learn what worked for them to find out what might work for you.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, March 3, 2014
6:30 p.m."Legendary Operatic Tenors," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Although many of you may know of the three tenors—Domingo, Pavarotti and Carreras—you may not know of three great tenors who preceded them: Jussi Bjoerling, Franco Corelli and Giuseppe Di Stefano. In this visual presentation, the audience sees videos of these singers that demonstrate just how wonderful they were.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:30 p.m."The Ins, Outs, Pitfalls, and Rewards of Self Publishing," with moderator, Heidi Russell, and panelists, Norman Beimand, Perry Brass and Kay Williams of The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association.
What is self-publishing? What are its goals, purposes, risks, and drawbacks? Why is there, even in today’s free-wheeling e-publishing environment, still a real stigma attached to self-published books? As part of March, National Small Press Month, the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association will be presenting an eye-opening panel discussion about self publishing in the Age of Self Publishing.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, March 24, 2014
6:30 p.m.The Art of Cartography: Connie Brown’s Hand-painted Maps, with Connie Brown.
For twenty years, Connie Brown has painted custom maps for clients—individuals, organizations, and companies. Each map presents cartographic and aesthetic challenges. She has mapped private properties, favorite places, exotic travels, family genealogies and diasporas, life histories, school campuses, and environmental /historical regions. In this illustrated lecture the audience sees examples of her maps, hears their backstories, and learns how a painter-cum-cartographer combines 21st century…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:30 p.m."Conflict: And the Writers Who Love It, " with moderator, Peggy Ehrhart, and panelists, Jillian Abbott, Deborah Nolan, Dirk Robertson, and Laura Joh Rowland from Mystery Writers of America -- New York Chapter.
What is it that makes our breath come quicker, our pulse beat faster, our eyes flash and our knees grow weak? Love? Hah! It’s Conflict! That spark-throwing feeling of tension that comes when two opposing sides have something to gain. Power. Vengeance. World domination. Come hear how some of our favorite mystery writers create it, nurture it, would be lost without it.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Tribute To Judy Garland," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Judy Garland was one of the finest female popular singers of the twentieth century. In this illustrated lecture, the presenter traces her career from her early days as one of the three Gumm sisters through her final decade, by which time she had become a popular concert performer. The audience sees videos of her performances in movies and television, specifically, her singing such songs as "Over the Rainbow," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," and "Chicago."
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, April 5, 2014
2:30 p.m.The Maps of Jan Huyghen van Linschoten," with Frederik Muller, who specializes in voyages of discovery.
In 1583, young Jan Huyghen sailed to the Portuguese colony of Goa, where he was employed as a clerk to the Archbishop. During his six years there, he had access to information about wind patterns, currents, coastlines, charts, pilot’s notes, customs, and countries—top-secret data which enabled the Portuguese to maintain their monopoly of European trade in the Far East for a hundred years. While in Goa, Huyghen (he added “van Linschoten” later) kept detailed travel accounts; when he returned to t…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:30 p.m.Crime in Translation with moderator, Shizuka Otake and panelists, Annamaria Alfieri, Chris Pavone and Jeffrey Siger of Mystery Writers of America -- New York Chapter.
Skip the security line and the jet lag, and travel comfortably by mystery novel. Our panelists expertly combine suspense with a foreign setting. One writes crime stories set in Greece, so current they are almost ahead of the headlines. One wrote a novel about nice American families in Luxemburg, right in the heart of Europe. Only, they are keeping some dark secrets, not nice at all. And what does the author have planned for his new book? Travel in both time and space for mysteries about th…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:30 p.m."The Architects and Architecture of Brooklyn: 1870-1930," with Suzanne Spellen, a tour guide, writer and architectural historian, and aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com.
This illustrated lecture features residential, civic and sacred architecture by some of Brooklyn’s most important architects and developers. It will focus on the best of the best, taking a look at the architect's lives, the times they lived in, their legacy, and how society and technology shaped their work. The authors of Brooklyn’s fine streetscapes will be anonymous no longer. Find out what else is occuring at Mid-Manhattan here : MAY EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, May 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Library Way with its Designers, Jennifer Andrews and Gregg LeFevre, the artistic team, which created dozens of site-specific art installations in cities across the country.
The artists share stories about the authors featured in Library Way and speak about their design process for the iconic bronze inset series leading up East 41st Street to the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue. Anecdotes and experiences from related public art projects in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Miami, and Dallas will be interwoven throughout the visual presentation. Find out what else is occuring at Mid-Manhattan here : MAY EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:30 p.m.Live Long and Prosper: Planning for a Successful Retirement, with Kathleen Kalmes CFA, Financial Resources Specialist at The New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.
What are your retirement plans? You will need to plan how to fund your retirement. Social Security benefits will provide some income, but will that be enough? With average life expectancies now exceeding 80 years, the retiree of the future will likely need additional income. What can you expect from your pension plan? Is it a defined benefit plan, or a defined contribution plan? We will discuss the different types of pension plans and the many tax-free and/or tax-deferred savings plans ava…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:30 p.m."We're All Mad Here: The Marx Brothers in Context," as part of Marxfest, a month-long celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the nicknaming of the Marx Brothers, with Trav S.D., an author, journalist, playwright and stage performer.
This visual presentation explores the vaudeville origins of the Marx Brothers, introducing the audience to the many performers who inspired them and paved the way for their unique style of performance. Among their mentors were Weber & Fields, the Avon Comedy Four, Smith and Dale, and the team of Gallagher and Shean (one whom was the Marx Brothers’ uncle, Al Shean). The talk will also feature many comedians and teams who were contemporaries of the Marx Brothers in films including Clarke and…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Saturday, June 7, 2014
2:30 p.m.Stephanie Hightower, Dorothea Hokema and Cyriaco Lopes | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:30 p.m. Stephanie Hightower and Dorothea Hokema discuss with artist and moderator Cyriaco Lopes, their Art Wall on Third and Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibitions titled Urban Arcadia: Landscapes of New York and Berlin and the existence of aesthetic harmony within even the most anti-Arcadian environments. They examine the Arcadian idyll and contemporary landscape as constructions, interpreted within the classical genres of landscape painting and ph…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
6:30 p.m."Why Does Formal Logic Start With the Classical Greeks?" with Michael Shenefelt, Ph.D., and Heidi White, Ph.D., authors of "If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic," and Master Teachers of Liberal Arts Studies at New York University.
In this lecture Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White tell the story of logic’s development during the days of Aristotle, and they also trace its development in later periods, including those of the Stoics, through to the medieval world of Peter Abelard, and then to a violent and fanatical world of religious warfare that was observed by René Descartes. They trace logic’s history up to its current incarnation as modern symbolic logic, which underlies modern digital computers, and they also argue tha…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, June 12, 2014
6:30 p.m."Chills and Fever: The Tell-Tale Signs of a Really Good Mystery," with moderator, Sheila York, and panelists, Laura K. Curtis, Mary Anna Evans, Mitchell Scott Lewis and Lisa Shiroff from Mystery Writers of America -- The New York Chapter.
How do you like your crimes served up? Cold and calculating? Or burning with passion? It takes all kinds, right? Come hear what our panel of mystery writers have to say about when and how they turn up the heat... or send in the big chill. And bring some searing questions of your own. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
6:30 p.m."What Ever Happened to the Gay Revolution?" with Ronald J. Brown, Ph.D., an authority on the history and religions of New York City.
When the gays resisted police oppression at the Stonewall Tavern in June 27, 1969 little did they know that they were launching a sexual revolution that would liberate gays and lesbians and other sexual minorities and allow them to create their own gay utopia. They wrote the rules, chose the spaces, founded the neighborhoods, organized the bars, confronted the AIDS epidemic, and declared independence from heterosexual society. But heterosexual society fought back and sought to overthrow the sex…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:30 p.m."Visiting Iraq: The Impossible Becomes the Possible in Kurdistan," with Michael T. Luongo, a New York City based freelance writer, editor, photographer and a lecturer of travel writing at New York University.
This slideshow photo lecture features Iraq as a tourist destination. Tourism in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, and Baghdad and ancient Babylon in the south are explored. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf VISITING IRAQ FLYER.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, July 3, 2014
6:30 p.m."Jewish New York," with Marty Schneit, a Licensed New York City Tour Guide.
Take a fascinating guided journey through the sites of Jewish life in New York. How Jewish America started in New York is explored. Among the topics included are: The Brownsville Girls, Temple Emanuel, Jews of Brighton Beach, the Andrew Freedman house in the Bronx, Eldridge Street Synagogue, Rebbe Schneerson, Washington Heights (Frankfurt on the Hudson), Zabars, the egg cream and Henny Youngman. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JULY EVENTS 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:30 p.m.Pizza City: The Ultimate Guide to New York's Favorite Food, with Peter Genovese, a feature writer at The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey).
Nowhere is pizza taken more seriously than New York City. In this illustrated lecture, the journalist surveys the city’s pizza scene—the food, the business, the culture—by profiling pizza landmarks and personalities and rating pizzerias in all five boroughs. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our July Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JULY EVENTS 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
6:30 p.m.English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR! an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! Seating is l…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryEnglish Language Learners
Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30 p.m."From Above and Beyond: Photography of Unusual Urban Perspectives, Travel, and Science Advocacy," with Navid Baraty, a self-taught, Brooklyn-based photographer.
From the serene and remote landscapes of Alaska, to the steep rooftops of NYC skyscrapers, to the profoundly human drive to reach out into space,this illustrated lecture explores a selection of striking images from the photographer's recent work. Whether the subject is a rural village in India or a vertigo-inducing look down from a 40th floor, his work evokes human stories in a sometimes raw and almost poetic way. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: JULY EVENTS 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
6:30 p.m.English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR! an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! Seating is l…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryEnglish Language Learners
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
After the death of Larry Hart in 1943, Richard Rodgers needed to find another lyricist. In Oscar Hammerstein, he found a wonderful partner with whom he continued his successful career for many years. Together, they wrote music for quite a few successful Broadway musicals: Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Songs from these and other musicals, including, "People Will Say We're in Love," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "If I…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
6:30 p.m.Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis, with James W. Russell, an authority on retirement policy in the United States, Europe, and Latin America and the author of eight books, including "Double Standard."
This illustrated lecture tells the story of a massive and international retirement robbery—a substantial transfer of wealth from everyday workers to Wall Street financiers via tremendously costly hidden fees. The sociologist puts into plain language for ordinary Americans the arcane terminology used by retirement-fund managers, and uses his own real-life experiences to build an empathetic bond with an anxiety-laden audience. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Libr…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, August 7, 2014
6:30 p.m.Point of View New York City: A Visual Game of the City You Think You Know, with Janko Puls, photographer and writer.
Photographs of New York City taken from unusual angles, or ones that give a hint about the location through an easily overlooked detail are exposed. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: August Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
6:30 p.m.English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR! an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! Seating is l…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryEnglish Language Learners
Monday, August 11, 2014
6:30 p.m."New York Power," with Joseph J Cunningham, coauthor of a definitive three-volume "History of the New York City Subway System."
This illustrated lecture explains the birth, development, and growth of the New York City electric power system and although it centers on New York City in general and Manhattan in particular, it is really telling the story of the electric power system that served as the prototype for such development in many urban centers elsewhere. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: Au…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language, with John H. McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics at Columbia University and author of many books, including "The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language."
In this illustrated lecture, the linguist celebrates the diversity of languages and the cultures that speak them. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: August Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
6:30 p.m.“Myths About the Mafia: Exploring the Truth behind Popular Images of the Mob,” with Alex Hortis, author of "The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York."
Americans love the Mafia. But what we really know about the mob? In this illustrated lecture the popular myths of the Mafia are compared with primary source documents that the author unearthed in archives and Freedom of Information Act files. Among the topics explored are: Who was the actual founder of Cosa Nostra in New York City? What was the Mafia’s role in the drug trade? and Did the early “Men of Honor” adhere to the code of omertà? Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhatta…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:30 p.m.Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America, with Joseph Tirella, a Queens-born writer, editor and a widely published journalist, who has covered Queens, N.Y., for the New York Times’ City section.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York World’s Fair, this illustrated lecture follows New York’s fair from its earliest days as a seed of an idea to 18 months after the last visitor left the fairgrounds and the land was rechristened Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and ties the fair to many of the significant events of the turbulent 1960s. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occ…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
6:30 p.m.English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR! an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! Seating is l…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryEnglish Language Learners
Monday, August 18, 2014
6:30 p.m.The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway, with Doug Most, a veteran journalist and now a deputy managing editor at The Boston Globe.
This illustrated lecture explores the feuds, debates, obstacles and momentous achievements that ultimately led to the building of the first two subways in America. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: August Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:30 p.m.Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America, with Kevin Cook, a journalist and the award-winning author of "Titanic Thompson" and "Tommy’s Honor."
This illustrated lecture re-examines the Kitty Genovese murder in Kew Gardens in March 1964 and clears up the misconceptions surrounding the famous New York City murder case. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: August Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
6:30 p.m.The Birth of Electric Traction: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Inventor Frank Julian Sprague, with John L. Sprague, the author of "Revitalizing US Electronics: Lessons from Japan."
In this illustrated lecture, the speaker discusses the importance of 'the father of electric traction,' his grandfather, to New York City and the electrification of Grand Central Terminal and to electric transportation systems, both vertical and horizontal, and industry all across America and much of the rest of the world. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our August Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: August Events…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, August 21, 2014
6:30 p.m."Graves of Arthur Kill: Staten Island's Boat Graveyard," with Gary Kane, a former newspaper reporter, who started 3 Fish Productions more than 12 years ago, and William Van Dorp, director and writer and a photojournalist for "Professional Mariner."
This documentary and discussion focuses on a curiosity you won't find on any tourist maps of New York City: an accidental maritime museum, a ship graveyard where the remains of random tugboats, ferries and military and civilian vessels "rust" in peace. This film offers a rare look inside a private scrapyard that has fascinated historians, artists and sightseers for decades. Graves of Arthur Kill is an official selection for the 2014 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in May 2014. Find out what…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
6:30 p.m.English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR! an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! Seating is l…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryEnglish Language Learners
Monday, August 25, 2014
6:30 p.m."Women of New York," with Marty Schneit, a Licensed New York City Tour Guide.
This illustrated lecture details the history of fourteen women, who made significant contributions to New York, and the world at large, at a time in United States history, when full equality for women was not yet recognized. Rose Schneiderman, Emma Lazarus, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Bess Myerson, Alva Smith Vanderbilt and Mae West are included with the many talented and dedicated women, who made a difference then, and still affect us all today. Find out what else…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
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