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Tue, April 25
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
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
Tue, April 25
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Elif Batuman with Mary Karr: Playing the Fool
Elif Batuman’s first novel, The Idiot, is as much a story of self-invention as it is one of self-discovery. Dramatizing life on the cusp between child- and adulthood, she cleverly takes her book’s title from Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose own Idiot, Prince Myshkin, is “a perfect child, and even quite pathetic.” Batuman’s main character, Selin, travels from her first year at Harvard to Paris and the Hungarian countryside, where, much as it proves for Myshkin, circumstances in these new places are beyon…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Wed, April 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Until | Nick Cave, Helga Davis, Bob Faust, Denise Markonish | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. In celebration of Until, an enormous, elaborate journey through the workings of the artistic mind, the acclaimed artist Nick Cave discusses his newest work, currently on view at MASS MoCA, with the Museum's curator Denise Markonish, Faust principal and creative d…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, April 27
@ 12 noon
Writing Your Family History
If you have been collecting the information, now it 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, 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 Classroom AAdults
Fri, April 28
@ 4 p.m.
Scholar Roundtable: Reassessing Anne Sexton
One of America’s most influential writers, Anne Sexton has long been overshadowed by fellow confessional poets Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell and is seldom featured in literary criticism. This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (2016), reassesses Sexton and her poetry for the first time in two decades and offers directions for future Sexton scholarship. With new access to her archives, the scholars and poets featured in this volume explore her work, responses to her contemporaries, and…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Fri, April 28
@ 7 p.m.
The Library After Hours
Celebrate National Poetry Month at The Library After Hours. Join us for a private happy hour overlooking the lively gathering, featuring music, food, and drinks, performances, and behind-the-scenes access to The Library’s collections. Like the past two months, Young Lions receive VIP entry and complimentary cocktails! Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building RSVP This event is open to all Young Lions, click here to join or contact us at younglions@nypl.org or…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingNYPL Supporters
Mon, May 1
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Mon, May 1
@ 7 p.m.
Author Talks
Future Perfect: Recording the History of Now
The stories we tell today about our era of uncertainty and transformation will not only contribute to the shape of tomorrow but also will create the record that future historians will look to when studying our time. How writers see today’s events and how they choose to relate them are subjects for enduring exploration. What are the national events worth covering, the global picture that needs rendering, the perceived consequences of what is happening at the present moment? Sam Tanenhaus, the fo…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Adults,
Teachers
Tue, May 2
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Tue, May 2
@ 7 p.m.
Conversations from the Cullman Center
The Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lectures on American Civilization and Government: "The Half-Life of Freedom." Two lectures by Jelani Cobb, May 2 and 9
All events are free, but you must reserve seats. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. All unclaimed seats are released 10 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. THE HALF-LIFE OF FREEDOM To attend both events, you MUST reserve separately for each lecture. Part 1: Tuesday, May 2, at 7 pm: "The Media and Alternative Facts" To an unprecedented extent, the 2016 election raised questions about the role and function of the media, its responsibilit…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults
Wed, May 3
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Wed, May 3
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Cory Doctorow with Edward Snowden: Dystopia, Apocalypse, and other Sunny Futures
In Walkaway, Cory Doctorow imagines a world in which people are no longer needed by the super-rich and the clever machines that can print all of life's basic necessities -- food, clothing, shelter. The 99% might be obsolete, but they're not going to take it lying down. They walk away, living on the exhaust stream and stolen code of the default world, surviving threats, and, ultimately, war. Doctorow, co-owner of Boing Boing, Activist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab and special consultant for t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Thu, May 4
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Thu, May 4
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Anselm Kiefer with Paul Holdengräber: Art Will Survive Its Ruins
"I would say that there is no definition of art. The minute we attempt one, it disintegrates, much as art oscillates constantly between loss and rebirth. Art is never where we expect to find it or hope to grasp it. To paraphrase the Gospel According to John, I would say: ‘Where art is, we cannot reach.’" - Anselm Kiefer “My fear,” Anselm Kiefer once wrote, “is that the beauty art produces will dissolve into ashes when it is brought to the level of speech.” Nevertheless, he will be making a r…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Edna Barnes Salomon RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Fri, May 5
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Sat, May 6
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Sun, May 7
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Mon, May 8
@ 10 a.m.
Friends Double-Discount Week at The Library Shop
From Monday, May 1- Monday, May 8 visit The New York Public Library Shop in the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street or online to find unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - and support the Library at the same time. You'll find books for readers of all ages, NYPL jewelry and apparel, and much more Enjoy 20% off your purchases during Double-Discount Week when you you show your Friends membership card or use the special members discount code online. Contact t…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library ShopAdults
Mon, May 8
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Alec Baldwin with Wesley Morris: The Personal Made Political
Acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin has been keeping busy playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, but his storied career spans decades and genres. Baldwin earned seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, and has received two Emmys, and Tony and Oscar nominations over the course of his career. Baldwin also penned the deeply personal book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce, and hosts WNYC's Her…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Wed, May 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Historian Holger Hoock in conversation with Lapham's Quarterly founder and editor, Lewis Lapham. When we think of the American Revolution, we think of brave patriots coming together to resist a tyrannical ruler in defense of noble ideals. It’s a stirring narrative, one the Founders did their best to encourage after the war. The truth, Holger Hoock argues, is far more complex: the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles; it was also a profoundly violent civil war—one that sh…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Teachers
Thu, May 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 AAdults
Fri, May 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Scholar Talks
The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
A conversation on civics and politics with New Yorker staff writer George Packer and National Review executive editor Reihan Salam, moderated by the President of The New York Public Library, Anthony Marx. These voices from different backgrounds and views will come together for a frank and challenging discussion on some of our most complicated sociopolitical questions. Packer and Salam will explore with Marx our age of anxiety. As the characters do in W. H. Auden's poem of the same name, many Am…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Adults,
Teachers
Mon, May 15
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Colm Tóibín with Louise Glück: Clytemnestra Revisited
In his forthcoming book House of Names, award-winning author Colm Tóibín inhabits the mind of one of Greek mythology’s most divisive characters, Clytemnestra, retelling her tragic story of power, deception, and murder. Tóibín’s humanizing portrait of Agamemnon’s wife and killer imagines the love, lust, and pain that must have driven her. Joining Tóibín for an exploration of the character's enduring intrigue and relevance is the beloved award-winning poet Louise Glück. This event is co-presente…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, May 16
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Journalism in the Age of Trump, Part 2
A second conversation on the shifting responsibilities, purposes, and even definitions of American journalism—part of a series of programs and podcasts celebrating the 30th anniversary of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. FEATURING PREVIOUS BERNSTEIN AWARD WINNERS Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New Yorker Katherine Boo, staff writer at The New Yorker Anand Giridharadas, writer and former New York Times columnist Missed the first c…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
NYPL Supporters,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Wed, May 17
@ 2 p.m.
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
Thu, May 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 The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton Location: Room 216 (Second floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, May 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
Invitation from the Apollo Circle: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
Young Lions are invited to a private curatorial presentation and viewing of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between with Amanda Garfinkel, Senior Research Associate at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Due to limited availability, this program is open to Young Lions members only. Monday, May 22 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Get on the Wait List **Please note, this event is now at capacity. Active Young Lions may use the link above to register for the Wait Li…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingNYPL Supporters
Tue, May 23
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, May 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Metamorphosis | James Welling, Quentin Bajac, Robert Slifkin | An Art Book Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. To celebrate the release of his new monograph, Metamorphosis, photographer James Welling is joined by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, and Robert Slifkin, Professor of Fine Arts at New York Unive…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Wed, May 24
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Genealogical Research with Newspapers and Periodicals
Historical newspapers and genealogy periodicals can reveal a wealth of information about your ancestors. Learn about NYPL’s vast collections of newspapers and periodicals and find out how these resources can supplement your family history research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, May 31
@ 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, June 1
@ 7 p.m.
The Seventeenth Annual Young Lions Fiction Award
Honoring the best of today's young writers. Join us for cocktails, music, and mingling as we toast our five finalists and announce this year's winner. 2017 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: Clare Beams, We Show What We Have Learned Brit Bennett, The Mothers Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun Kaitlyn Greenidge, We Love You Charlie Freeman Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs Judges: Amelia Gray, Susan Minot, Salvatore Scibona Thursday, June 1, 2017 7 p.m. Cockt…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumNYPL Supporters
Wed, June 7
@ 2 p.m.
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, June 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Art Talks
Architecture and the Art Museum | Hilary Ballon, Francesco Dal Co, Arezoo Moseni, Troy Conrad Therrien, Billie Tsien, Tod Williams | Architectural Explorations in Books Series Event
FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. What is the place of the museum in the modern city? What role does architecture play? How can these buildings be effectively interpreted? Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan broke with all existing conventions, setting a new standar…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, June 8
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library with an exploration of vital records and the census. First, learn how to search for and find your ancestors on birth, marriage, and death certificates. Next, we'll explore the history of the U.S. Federal Census, explore what other types of census records exist, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, June 14
@ 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
Thu, June 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 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Location: Room 216 (Second floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAdults,
Book Lovers
Thu, June 15
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Philip Glass with Paul Holdengräber: A Mind of Music
LIVE hosts one of the most important musical and creative minds of the 20th and 21st centuries: Philip Glass. The composer, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year, will be joined by Paul Holdengräber, to reflect on a lifetime of creation and composition. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A note to our patrons: LIVE from the NYPL programs begin promptly at 7PM. We recommend arriving twenty min…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, June 20
@ 7 p.m.
LIVE from the NYPL
Lee Friedlander with Giancarlo T. Roma: Passion Projects
Speaking in public for the first time in over three decades, the pioneering photographer Lee Friedlander will take to the LIVE stage in conversation with his grandson Giancarlo T. Roma. Friedlander is perhaps best known for his portraits of the social landscape, which have penetrated to the heart of American life for half a century. But his photographic contributions are rivaled only by his prolific bookmaking. In the 1970s, he established a self-publishing company called Haywire Press; 30 years…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos ForumAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, June 27
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
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 ClassroomsAdults
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