Events

The Library is here to help you learn and connect with your community through our wide array of free events, programs, classes, book clubs, and more. Please check listings to confirm if a program is in-person, online, or outdoors.

If you have any questions about the events listed below, please contact the branch for more information. See here for service updates at the Library.

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39 events found.

Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Today
@ 3 PM
Author Talks
REGISTER FOR REMINDERS NOW! View the livestream on NYPL's Teen Banned Book Club page on Thursday, July 25, 2024, at 3 PM ET. Join bestselling author Kalynn Bayron, The New York Public Library, and teens across the country for a special virtual discussion of Cinderella Is Dead, the latest title in our national Teen Banned Book Club. Do You Have Questions for the Author? Email us: booksforall@nypl.org Get the Book Today—Free! Readers anywhere in the U.S. can borrow Cinderella Is Dead for fr…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Today
@ 3 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Learn how to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive narrative of your family history. Explore different types of family history styles and writing manuals to guide your project. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE Image: Wade genealogy : miscellaneous notes and letters, 1900-1902. NYP…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Fri, July 26
@ 11 AM
Research 101
Whether you're new to the Library or just need a refresher, this in-person class will cover the basics of using all the resources that our flagship library at 42nd Street has to offer. This session serves as a baseline introduction for researchers of all levels, and a tour of the Rose Main Reading Room will follow. What you will learn: How to find and request materials. How to search our catalog and databases How to connect with Library staff for assistance How to feel confident conductin…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Lenox & Astor Room, Room 216Adults
Tue, July 30
@ 2 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. In this online class, Dorot Jewish Divison staff will help you get started researching Jewish Studies topics at The New York Public Library. You’ll learn how to make the most of a research visit to the Library by refining a research topic and navigating our catalog to discover our vast and varied collections and services. Participants will also learn about essential electronic resources available at the Library and from home. Captioning is provided. If you have a spe…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Dorot Jewish Division
Online only
Adults
Wed, July 31
@ 10 AM
Disability Pride Month
Explore the Library’s collections in a sensory-friendly environment with a special visit to our major exhibition, the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures. This time is specially set aside for families to enjoy the exhibit, which will not be open to the general public during these hours. We welcome children to take part in a range of specially designed accessible, engaging, and interactive activities! To reserve a spot at your preferred time or request an accommodation…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingChildren,

Infant (0-18 months),

Toddlers (18-36 months),

Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),

School Age (5-12 years),

Families,

Parents/Caregivers,

Persons with Disabilities
Tue, August 6
@ 4 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Librarians show how historical maps can be used to guide genealogical research and illustrate family histories. Discover how maps help researchers locate records, discover where their ancestors lived, and learn more about what their lives were like. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Wed, August 7
@ 12 PM
Summer at the Library
Calling all teens! Join us at the Library's flagship location on Wednesday, August 7, for workshops, art exhibits, giveaways, and an afternoon of teen creativity—all free! Get inspired by Marley Dias, Teen Activist, Author, Producer, Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks Take free storytelling and art workshops Connect with organizations that publish teens Check out artwork by NYC teens Hear from the winners of NYPL's Freedom to Read teen writing contest Prepare your submission for this year's…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Thu, August 8
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. “Local history” research pursues the textures, details, and character that flesh out a specific time and place in history. Research strategies can seem unwieldy: where do you start? Resources take a multitude of forms: how are they useful? Attend "Introduction to Local History" and become a better local historian. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, August 15
@ 3 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Join us, as we demonstrate how to use the collection at NYPL's Map Division to research local rail transit routes in New York City. In particular, we will focus on NYC's subway system, elevated rails, and commuter rail lines. During this class, we will cover the history of rail transit in New York City, show you how to utilize NYPL's catalogs to locate maps related to these transit lines, and provide examples of how these maps can be utilized as part of your research.…
Online onlyAdults
Wed, August 21
@ 6 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Registration is required. Please click HERE to register. Whether you're new to the Library or need a refresher, this virtual class will cover the basics of using all the resources that our flagship library at 42nd Street has to offer. No matter your level of expertise, it serves as a baseline introduction for all researchers and will equip you with the knowledge you need to make visits to the Library productive and fulfilling. What you will learn: How to find a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research Division
Online only
Adults
Thu, August 22
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Getting started using genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about the history of ship passenger lists, the information they contain, and where you can find them. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is req…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, August 29
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Join us for a librarian led exploration of 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. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE. Imag…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Wed, September 4
@ 3 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE. Image: U.S.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Tue, September 10
@ 3 PM
Research 101
Join us, as we show you how to navigate the collection at NYPL's Map Division. You will learn how maps can be utilized in your research and with other materials, how to navigate our catalogs to locate maps effectively, and how to search additional cartographic digital databases.
Room 216Adults
Wed, September 11
@ 12 PM
Research 101
Join an archivist from the Manuscripts and Archives division for an introduction to archival research at The New York Public Library. This class will help researchers learn more about searching and accessing the Library’s archival collections. After completing this course, participants will be able to navigate the Library’s collection guides, identify relevant archival collections, formulate research questions, and gain a better understanding of how primary sources fit into the research process.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Lenox & Astor Room, Room 216Adults,

College & Graduate Students,

Teachers,

College/Graduate School Educators
Wed, September 11
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Please join us for a librarian led class that will provide tips and suggestions for organizing your genealogy research, with the goal of making you a better researcher. Attendees will learn about information organizers, citations, and planning for research trips. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, September 19
@ 2 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. In this online class, Dorot Jewish Divison staff will help you get started researching Jewish Studies topics at The New York Public Library. You’ll learn how to make the most of a research visit to the Library by refining a research topic and navigating our catalog to discover our vast and varied collections and services. Participants will also learn about essential electronic resources available at the Library and from home. Captioning is provided. If you have a spe…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Dorot Jewish Division
Online only
Adults
Tue, September 24
@ 5 PM
Research 101
This event is online only Join us, as we show you how to research and recreate historic routes with NYPL's collections. You will learn what types of material are useful for researching this topic and how to search for these materials within NYPL's collections. With these tools, you will see how you can utilize this information in genealogy, local history research, writing projects, and many more. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@n…
Online onlyAdults
Wed, September 25
@ 4 PM
The Library holds a vast collection of New York City newspapers. However, locating specific issues can be challenging due to frequent title changes and the availability of multiple formats. This class will focus on navigating these complexities, teaching you how to efficiently locate and access the newspapers in our collection. By the end of this class, you will be able to: Find New York City newspapers in the Research Catalog. Identify the various newspaper formats and how to access them.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Sat, September 28
@ 2 PM
Research 101
Whether you're new to the Library or need a refresher, this virtual class will cover the basics of using all the resources our flagship library at 42nd Street offers. No matter your level of expertise, it serves as a baseline introduction for all researchers and will equip you with the knowledge you need to make visits to the Library productive and fulfilling. What you will learn: How to find and request materials. How to search our catalog and databases How to connect with Library staff f…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tue, October 1
@ 4 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. 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. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories you will learn how to construct a narrative history of your home. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please e…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Wed, October 9
@ 10 AM
College & Career Pathways (CCP)
You are invited to join The New York Public Library at our sixth annual College Fair at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in midtown Manhattan! Explore everything the Library and our partner organizations offer to help teens navigate college applications and admissions. More than 30 colleges, universities, and community-based organizations will be present to share information and resources with students and families. We will also have workshops and hands-on activities to help build your colleg…
Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Wed, October 9
@ 12 PM
Research 101
Join an archivist from the Manuscripts and Archives division for an introduction to archival research at The New York Public Library. This class will help researchers learn more about searching and accessing the Library’s archival collections. After completing this course, participants will be able to navigate the Library’s collection guides, identify relevant archival collections, formulate research questions, and gain a better understanding of how primary sources fit into the research process.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Lenox & Astor Room, Room 216Adults,

College & Graduate Students,

Teachers,

College/Graduate School Educators
Thu, October 10
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. “Local history” research pursues the textures, details, and character that flesh out a specific time and place in history. Research strategies can seem unwieldy: where do you start? Resources take a multitude of forms: how are they useful? Attend "Introduction to Local History" and become a better local historian. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, October 17
@ 1 PM
Research 101
This event is online only Join us, as we demonstrate how to use maps to research international conflicts where the United States sent armed forces overseas for military action, starting in the 20th century. We will show you how to utilize NYPL's catalogs to locate maps related to international conflicts, locate a place, amidst changes in a location's name and boundaries due to conflicts, and utilize digital resources from NYPL and other reputable institutions. Captioning is provided. If you ha…
Online onlyAdults
Thu, October 17
@ 4 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Registration is required. Please click HERE to register. Whether you're new to the Library or need a refresher, this virtual class will cover the basics of using all the resources that our flagship library at 42nd Street has to offer. No matter your level of expertise, it serves as a baseline introduction for all researchers and will equip you with the knowledge you need to make visits to the Library productive and fulfilling. What you will learn: How to find a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research Division
Online only
Adults
Wed, October 30
@ 5 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. In this online class, Dorot Jewish Divison staff will help you get started researching Jewish Studies topics at The New York Public Library. You’ll learn how to make the most of a research visit to the Library by refining a research topic and navigating our catalog to discover our vast and varied collections and services. Participants will also learn about essential electronic resources available at the Library and from home. Captioning is provided. If you have a spe…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Dorot Jewish Division
Online only
Adults
Thu, November 7
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE. Image: U.S…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, November 14
@ 5 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Join us, as we show you how to navigate the collection at NYPL's Map Division. You will learn how maps can be utilized in your research and with other materials, how to navigate our catalogs to locate maps effectively, and how to search additional cartographic digital databases. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date This class is online. Registration is req…
Online onlyAdults
Tue, November 19
@ 2 PM
Research 101
Whether you're new to the Library or need a refresher, this virtual class will cover the basics of using all the resources our flagship library at 42nd Street offers. No matter your level of expertise, it serves as a baseline introduction for all researchers and will equip you with the knowledge you need to make visits to the Library productive and fulfilling. What you will learn: How to find and request materials. How to search our catalog and databases How to connect with Library staff f…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tue, November 19
@ 5 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Join us, as we demonstrate how to use the collection at NYPL's Map Division to research local rail transit routes in New York City. In particular, we will focus on NYC's subway system, elevated rails, and commuter rail lines. During this class, we will cover the history of rail transit in New York City, show you how to utilize NYPL's catalogs to locate maps related to these transit lines, and provide examples of how these maps can be utilized as part of your research.…
Online onlyAdults
Wed, November 20
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. 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. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, p…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Wed, December 4
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This event is online only. Join librarians from the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy and the Dorot Jewish Division as they walk you through the initial steps of Jewish genealogical research. This session will focus on genealogy basics, resources in the Local History and Genealogy collection, and utilizing online databases. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least tw…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online only
Adults
Thu, December 5
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This event is online only. Join librarians from the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy and the Dorot Jewish Division as they walk you through the initial steps of Jewish genealogical research. The focus of this session will be on resources located within the Dorot Jewish Division, as well as materials specific to Jewish subjects that could assist in providing context to your discoveries. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibi…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Dorot Jewish Division
Online only
Adults
Tue, December 10
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This class is online only. Please join us for a librarian led online class that will will explore how genealogists can find photographs and other images of their ancestors in resources available at The New York Public Library, and elswehere. The class will also show researchers how to examine those images for clues about family history. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@nypl.org at least two weeks before the program date. This clas…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Thu, December 12
@ 1 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Join us, as we show you how to research and recreate historic routes with NYPL's collections. You will learn what types of material are useful for researching this topic and how to search for these materials within NYPL's collections. With these tools, you will see how you can utilize this information in genealogy, local history research, writing projects, and many more. Captioning is provided. If you have a specific accessibility request, please email accessibility@…
Online onlyAdults
Thu, December 19
@ 4 PM
Research 101
This event is online only. Registration is required. Please click HERE to register. Whether you're new to the Library or need a refresher, this virtual class will cover the basics of using all the resources that our flagship library at 42nd Street has to offer. No matter your level of expertise, it serves as a baseline introduction for all researchers and will equip you with the knowledge you need to make visits to the Library productive and fulfilling. What you will learn: How to find a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research Division
Online only
Adults
Tue, February 18
@ 6 PM
The Library holds a vast collection of New York City newspapers. However, locating specific issues can be challenging due to frequent title changes and the availability of multiple formats. This class will focus on navigating these complexities, teaching you how to efficiently locate and access the newspapers in our collection. By the end of this class, you will be able to: Find New York City newspapers in the Research Catalog. Identify the various newspaper formats and how to access them.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Thu, February 27
@ 3 PM
Research 101
This class introduces the New York Public Library's vast collections for biography research. In this session, you will learn about common source types for biographical research, how to find these materials at the Library, strategies for fine-tuning your search, and how to connect with librarians for additional support. Researchers of all levels are welcome. This session is especially suitable for those beginning their research, those new to the Library, and those looking to enhance their project…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Lenox & Astor Room, Room 216Adults