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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Today
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Masha Gessen: The Stories of a Life: Robert B. Silvers Lecture
The award-winning journalist and author Masha Gessen delivers this year's annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, “The Stories of a Life.” Born in Moscow, Gessen immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1981, at the age of 14. She returned to Moscow as a correspondent ten years later and stayed, becoming a Russian-language journalist in addition to her work for American magazines. She re-immigrated to the United States in 2013, after her family was targeted by Putin’s anti-gay campaign. She is a cont…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Thu, December 21
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Moll Flanders by Daniel Dafoe Location: Room 216
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Thu, January 11
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers
Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through NYPL
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom BAdults
Tue, January 16
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
The Accusation: Dissident Fiction From North Korea
The Accusation by Bandi is believed to be the first piece of dissident fiction ever smuggled out of North Korea. Writers, activists, and musicians mark its paperback publication with readings, performances, and conversation. FEATURING Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko and finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, and acclaimed translator and author Heinz Insu Fenkl reading from The Accusation. Musical performance with composer Theo Popov from his opera in progress inspired by the Bandi stor…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Wed, January 17
@ 11 a.m.
Ancestry Library Edition E-Resource Training
This training will teach patrons how to effectively and expertly use the Ancestry Library Edition database. At the conclusion of this training patrons will understand all of the basic and advanced search features; how to navigate the different content categories, including historical records, publications, and photographs; and how to make the most of the database’s advanced research features. Ancestry Library Edition is one of the best genealogical collections available to the public. Resear…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, January 17
@ 2 p.m.
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, January 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
The Square and the Tower: Niall Ferguson with Gillian Tett
The renowned historian asks: From the Freemasons to Facebook, how have networks been true sources of power and drivers of change throughout history? Most history is hierarchical: it’s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It’s about states, armies, and corporations. But what if that’s simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that have had as much of a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Adults,
Teachers
Thu, January 18
@ 10:30 a.m.
Friends Special Preview of You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering The 60s
This event is for Friends Level $50+ THURSDAY, JAN 18 | 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM Tours start on the hour, beginning at 10:30 AM The New York Public Library Gottesman Hall, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street Please use the Fifth Avenue entrance As a special membership benefit, Friends at the $50 level and up are invited to the Library for a docent-led tour of our newest exhibition, You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering the 60s. From communa…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman HallNYPL Supporters
Thu, January 18
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is My Antonia by Willa Cather Room Location: provided on registration
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Thu, January 18
@ 3 p.m.
Ancestry Library Edition E-Resource Training
This training will teach patrons how to effectively and expertly use the Ancestry Library Edition database. At the conclusion of this training patrons will understand all of the basic and advanced search features; how to navigate the different content categories, including historical records, publications, and photographs; and how to make the most of the database’s advanced research features. Ancestry Library Edition is one of the best genealogical collections available to the public. Resear…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, January 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering The 60s
This event is for $1,000+ members and above Discover the counterculture of the 1960s and ’70s. Celebrate the opening of the Library's new exhibition, You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering The Sixites. From communal living and forays into expanded consciousness, to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment, the exhibition explores the breadth and significance of this period. Items on display include Timothy Leary’snotes on acid trips, San Francisco Diggers broadsides, a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman HallNYPL Supporters
Tue, January 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Bunk: Kevin Young with Rebecca Carroll
The Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on the “Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News” In his most recent book, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, poet and critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon—the legacy of P.T. Barnum’s “humbug“ culminating with the currency of ”fake news.“ Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being the…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Adults,
Teachers
Wed, January 24
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
Ready to start researching your family history? This class will help guide your investigations, and provide: * an overview of library resources * an introduction to essential research methods and strategies * tips on how to locate relevant records and documents * a framework to keep your information organized
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom BAdults
Thu, January 25
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) and the census are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices and the U.S. federal census, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy Part I: An Introduction
From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage. Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical resources. This class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African-American family history.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, February 1
@ 12 noon
Writing Your Family History
Genealogy lovers, now is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, learn tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Thu, February 8
@ 12 noon
What DNA testing can (and can’t) tell you
Can DNA testing help you trace your family history? If you are adopted, can DNA testing identify your biological parents? This class will help you determine whether DNA testing is right for you. We will explore what DNA tests can reveal, explain the different types of DNA tests, and dispel common misconceptions about DNA testing.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, February 13
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Ship Passenger Lists
Learn to use the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, February 15
@ 2 p.m.
Finding Clues in Family Photos
This class invites attendees to explore genealogy research through family snapshots and other historic photographs. Attendees will gain insights on how to solve family mysteries and find genealogy clues through close inspection of photographic imagery - from newspaper images to heirloom portraits.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, February 15
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Rise of Silas Lapham by William D. Howells Room Location: provided on registration
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, February 21
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy Research
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to research methods using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, February 22
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Naturalization Records
In this class we explore the history of how your ancestors became citizens of the United States of America, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, February 27
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Newspapers in Genealogy Research
Newspapers are abundant sources of genealogical and local history information. This class introduces researchers to the multiple uses of historical newspapers in the numerous microfilm and digital collections available at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, March 7
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Research with Maps
New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division collections are national and international in scope, and comprise 433,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases, an invaluable resource for genealogists the world over. Holdings include: Topographical maps that describe where our ancestors lived, the names of settlements, towns and cities, the effect of the landscape on the migration routes our ancestors took, the kinds of work they did, and the location of cultural feature…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, March 8
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers
Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through NYPL
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom BAdults
Thu, March 8
@ 2 p.m.
Finding Clues in Family Photos
This class invites attendees to explore genealogy research through family snapshots and other historic photographs. Attendees will gain insights on how to solve family mysteries and find genealogy clues through close inspection of photographic imagery - from newspaper images to heirloom portraits.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, March 15
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) and the census are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices and the U.S. federal census, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, March 15
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Room Location: provided on registration
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Fri, March 16
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Irish Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
Have an Irish ancestor? Use NYPL's large free public collection of genealogical tools to help you find information on an Irish ancestor, especially those who passed through New York. Participants will learn about print and electronic sources of information and work on developing a research plan for genealogical quests.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, March 21
@ 2 p.m.
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, March 22
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, March 27
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy Part II: Next Steps
From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage. Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical research material. This class aims to recommend next steps in the pursuit of African-American family history that might be useful after exhausting basic introductory…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 10
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Ship Passenger Lists
Learn to use the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, April 11
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Naturalization Records
In this class we explore the history of how your ancestors became citizens of the United States of America, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, April 18
@ 12 noon
Writing Your Family History
Genealogy lovers, now is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, learn tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Thu, April 19
@ 2 p.m.
Discuss Great Books in a Great Setting
Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Europeans by Henry James Room Location: provided on registration
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Tue, April 24
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, May 9
@ 2 p.m.
Preserving Your Family Archives
Acid-free folders and archival boxes, mylar sleeves and scrapbooks, filing cabinets and shelves, what's the best way to keep your family treasures from disintegrating into dust? What records should you keep? How do you decide? From basic preservation guidelines, to storage and handling methods, to general best practices, this class will review resources to help organize your collections, and help researchers set priorities for personal materials care and maintenance. This class will help indiv…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, May 10
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers
Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through NYPL
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom BAdults
Tue, May 15
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) and the census are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices and the U.S. federal census, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
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