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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66 events found.

Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Mon, June 24
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
Join us for a special time to bond with your little one, ages 0-18 months. We will explore the joys of movement, books, and songs, in addition to building early learning skills your can practice at home. Come prepared to sit with your child on your lap. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Infant (0-18 months)
Mon, June 24
@ 4 PM
Comics & Superheroes
This event will take place in person at 53rd St. It's Animonday in the 53rd St Library's teen zone! Every Monday, we'll be screening a handful of anime episodes on the TVs in our space. Come by and connect with other folks who love anime in a safe & fun enviornment!
53rd Street LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Mon, June 24
@ 4 PM
Join us each Monday at 4PM for storytime and crafts with Natasha and/or Hal! We'll read a book followed by a craft designed for ages 3-6. No registration needed. We will always have materials for 15 kids to make the craft and usually will have space for more, though more complicated crafts may have limited materials. Our themes for June are: 3 - Shark Art Read a book about sharks and make some shark-related art with Natasha! 10- A Pizza With Everything On It Join Hal to read the story of a…
53rd Street LibraryChildren,

Pre-schoolers (3-5 years)
Tue, June 25
@ 11 AM
Early Literacy
This event is online only. Children 18-36 months old and their caregivers can join us for songs, early literacy activities, and books! Any child under 5 also welcome! Missed out on family storytimes over the last year? Ready to move and sing and read books together? Catch up with Hal and Allison as we sing songs, read picture books, and move around together--virtually! This program will be held over Google Meets. After registering, you will receive the link to the program 24 hours before the…
Online OnlyChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Tue, June 25
@ 1:30 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library. Improve your English language proficiency! Drop in at the 53rd Street Library's ESOL "Conversation Tuesdays," an open dialogue where English language learners and fluent English speakers chat on a variety of topics including art, music, current events, leisure activities, and New York City life. Practice your speaking skills and socialize with other English language learners. No registration required.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults,

English Language Learners,

Immigrants
Tue, June 25
@ 4 PM
Join us each week at 4 PM on Tuesday on Google Meets to talk about fiction, stories and writing and freewrite short fiction, poems and more! This is a social writing workshop led by children's librarians Hal and Allison from 53rd St Library. We've been running this workshop since 2020. Kids ages 5-12 are welcome. We ask that kids have an adult around to troubleshoot issues with sound or wifi. Older kids may type their stories in a shared document; if you aren't comfortable writing yet, you can…
OnlineChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Tue, June 25
@ 6:30 PM
This event is online only. Don’t have time? Don’t worry. The Short Reads Book Club – a bi-monthly discussion group focusing on novels that are quick to read – understands your time is precious. But that doesn’t mean our selections won’t be chock full of literary vitamins and minerals, nor will they be dry intellectual exercises devoid of joy and humor. No! Every other month we will meet and discuss a beautiful little slab of goodness, books both old and new, that stimulate all the pleasure…
OnlineBook Lovers
Tue, June 25
@ 7 PM
Author at the Library
*This is an in-person program* Join the 53rd Street Library for the latest installment of This Month a Century Ago as we celebrate the centenary of American film director Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and many others). Widely regarded as a master of cinema with extensive technical knowledge and a skill for getting first-rate performances from his actors, Sidney Lumet shot most of his films in hi…
53rd Street LibraryAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students,

Teachers,

College/Graduate School Educators
Wed, June 26
@ 1 PM
Online
Re-visit the Tolkien-verse with our biweekly bite sized lunch time book discussion of the entire Lord of the Ring series. Each meeting we will be tackling 1 chapter until we eventually get through the entire book series (including The Silmarillion). Open to Tolkien nerds, anyone wanting to revisit the series, and people who are new to the story. This meeting we will be reading Chapter 22 of the Fellowship of the Ring. Copies are available from the New York Public Library as a physical book, e…
53rd Street LibraryAdults
Wed, June 26
@ 2 PM
Mercredi français is an advanced French conversation group that meets one afternoon a week to practice speaking the language we love. We start as a whole group, introducing ourselves and answering a silly “question profonde,” such as “What is your favorite color and why?” After about half an hour we break up into groups of three or four to allow for an hour of small, spontaneous group conversations. During our last hour, we break into two groups: an ongoing assigned reading group and a continued…
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults
Wed, June 26
@ 4 PM
This is a weekly online comics workshop on Google Meets for ages 5-12 where kids can draw in response to challenges and prompts, practice drawing skills, and share their art with peers. We focus on comics and also on drawing more broadly-- but always the sillier and zanier side of drawing. Please register online or email halschrieve@nypl.org or allisonameduri@nypl.org for the registration link. This link will be sent out within 24 hours of the workshop. Here are our themes for June 2024: Jun…
onlineChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Thu, June 27
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
This storytime is for children 18-36 months and their caregivers. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out as you help your active child build important early learning skills. Discover ways to promote early literacy at home and meet other caregivers in the neighborhood. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11 am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Thu, June 27
@ 1:30 PM
Cool Off with a Classic Film from the 40s, 50s, & 60s. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) A drifter falls for a devastating femme fatale and they murder her much older husband, the roadhouse owner who hired him. When the two are ultimately arrested, a slimy lawyer may be able to help them avoid jail. Directed by Tay Garnett. Starring: John Garfield, Lana Turner, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, and Leon Ames. Runtime: 113 minutes.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults
Thu, June 27
@ 4 PM
Online
This event is online only. Join us on Google Meet as we read chapter books together, discuss, and enjoy reading activites and games! Intended for children in grades K-2 who are growing, independent readers. You must register in advance to receive the link to participate. The link to our book group will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Participation limited to 15 child partici…
53rd Street Library
Online Only
Children,

School Age (5-12 years)
Fri, June 28
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library Please come and join us to watch a family friendly Movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) on Friday, June 28th at 2PM. The movie will be screened in the Theater area. Rating (G) Runtime: 98 minutes. Director: Mel Stuart Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, and Denise Nickerson Synopsis : Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in a splendiferous…
53rd Street Library, TheaterFamilies
Fri, June 28
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library. Please come and join us to watch a movie, The Station Agent (2003) on Friday,June 28th at 2 PM. The movie will be screened in the Community Room on the central level. Rating R Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes. Director: Tom McCarthy Starring: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale. A man born with dwarfism retreats to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, but meets a group of characters all coping with lonelines…
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults
Fri, June 28
@ 3 PM
Join us to build with legos and other tools and meet other creators at the library! We'll have all our materials out for your engineering projects.
53rd Street LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Sat, June 29
@ 1 PM
This is an in-person program which will take place at 53rd Street Library. The Instant Shakespeare Company, whose motto is "Shakespeare for Everyone!" is now in its 25th Season of presenting readings of all of Shakespeare's plays. Join us for the group's play reading of The Lying Valet by David Garrick. The play is a farce written by the great Shakespearean actor David Garrick. For further info, or if you would like to participate please email instantshakespeare@gmail.com.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults
Sat, June 29
@ 4 PM
Author at the Library
This event will take place in person at 53rd St. Join authors J.D. Netto (Gods and Mortals, Immortal Crowns) & Victor Manibo (Escape Velocity, The Sleepless) in a riveting conversation (to be morderated by John Friia) about queer representation in speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and the challenges of making these stories resonate with intersectional readers. Netto & Manibo will also discuss their favorite recent works that feature queer characters. An audience Q&A wi…
53rd Street LibraryAdults,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students,

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Mon, July 1
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
Join us for a special time to bond with your little one, ages 0-18 months. We will explore the joys of movement, books, and songs, in addition to building early learning skills your can practice at home. Come prepared to sit with your child on your lap. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Infant (0-18 months)
Mon, July 1
@ 4 PM
Summer at the Library
Using his magical talents, slapstick comedy, and zany humor, Magical Matt will have the entire audience amazed and cracking up as he performs his engaging age-appropriate magic show. Presented by Magical Matt Summer at the Library 2024 Join us on a journey of discovery all summer long at The New York Public Library! Discover free programs for kids and teens, events and activities for adults, reading recommendations, exhibitions, and much more. Plus, use your library card to book free passes…
53rd Street LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Tue, July 2
@ 11 AM
Early Literacy
This event is online only. Children 18-36 months old and their caregivers can join us for songs, early literacy activities, and books! Any child under 5 also welcome! Missed out on family storytimes over the last year? Ready to move and sing and read books together? Catch up with Hal and Allison as we sing songs, read picture books, and move around together--virtually! This program will be held over Google Meets. After registering, you will receive the link to the program 24 hours before the…
Online OnlyChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Tue, July 2
@ 1 PM
Online
This event is online only. 53rd Street Library is continuing our successful remote music series in collaboration with the Library for the Performing Arts. This disc discussion will focus on Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. We are offering a monthly music club (1PM & 5PM options) via Google Hangouts/Meetup selecting and focusing on a classic album with a distinct cultural impact. To give the club an intimate feel--Like a book club for music. An LP Club!--and for us to get to know one another a bit…
ONLINEAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Tue, July 2
@ 5 PM
Online
This event is online only. 53rd Street Library is continuing our successful remote music series in collaboration with the Library for the Performing Arts. This disc discussion will focus on Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. We are offering a monthly music club (1PM & 5PM options) via Google Hangouts/Meetup selecting and focusing on a classic album with a distinct cultural impact. To give the club an intimate feel--Like a book club for music. An LP Club!--and for us to get to know one another a bit…
ONLINEAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Fri, July 5
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library Please come and join us to watch a family friendly Movie, Migration (2023) on Friday, July 5th at 2PM. The movie will be screened in the Theater area. Rating (PG) Runtime: 82 minutes. Director: Benjamin Renner Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Kumail Nanjiani, Keegan-Michael Key Synopsis : The animated film tells the story of a family of ducks dreaming of the perfect getaway vacation. Mack, the overprotective…
53rd Street Library, TheaterFamilies
Fri, July 5
@ 3 PM
Join us to build with legos and other tools and meet other creators at the library! We'll have all our materials out for your engineering projects.
53rd Street LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Mon, July 8
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
Join us for a special time to bond with your little one, ages 0-18 months. We will explore the joys of movement, books, and songs, in addition to building early learning skills your can practice at home. Come prepared to sit with your child on your lap. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Infant (0-18 months)
Tue, July 9
@ 11 AM
Early Literacy
This event is online only. Children 18-36 months old and their caregivers can join us for songs, early literacy activities, and books! Any child under 5 also welcome! Missed out on family storytimes over the last year? Ready to move and sing and read books together? Catch up with Hal and Allison as we sing songs, read picture books, and move around together--virtually! This program will be held over Google Meets. After registering, you will receive the link to the program 24 hours before the…
Online OnlyChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Wed, July 10
@ 4 PM
Book Discussion Group
Please join us for our July book discussion. We will be reading I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai. Bodie Kane, a podcaster/film professor, is invited back to the New Hampshire boarding school she attended as a teenager. She soon finds herself drawn to investigate the murder of her roommate, who was killed in her senior year of high school. This book discussion meets in person at the 53rd Street Library.
53rd Street Library, Classroom AAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Thu, July 11
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
This storytime is for children 18-36 months and their caregivers. Join us to hear stories, sing songs, and get those wiggles out as you help your active child build important early learning skills. Discover ways to promote early literacy at home and meet other caregivers in the neighborhood. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11 am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Thu, July 11
@ 1 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library. Come join us each month to watch the monthly Cinema Scene film selection. This month's selection is Fireworks Wednesday directed by Asghar Farhadi (2006, 102 minutes). The Cinema Scene is a monthly meet-up of film enthusiasts. It's much like a book club, but instead of discussing a book, we discuss a movie. Click HERE to learn more and register for June's discussion of Fireworks Wednesday, which will take place online July 1…
53rd Street LibraryAdults
Thu, July 11
@ 4 PM
Online
This event is online only. Join us on Google Meet as we read chapter books together, discuss, and enjoy reading activites and games! Intended for children in grades K-2 who are growing, independent readers. You must register in advance to receive the link to participate. The link to our book group will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Participation limited to 15 child partici…
53rd Street Library
Online Only
Children,

School Age (5-12 years)
Fri, July 12
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library Please come and join us to watch a family friendly Movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2025) on Friday, July 12st at 2PM. The movie will be screened in the Theater area. Rating (PG) Runtime: 118 minutes. Director: Tim Burton Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, and Noah Taylor Synopsis : What wonders await you in Willy Wonka’s Factory? Explore fields of soft minty sugar grass in the…
53rd Street Library, TheaterFamilies
Fri, July 12
@ 3 PM
Online
This event is online only. Need a new book for the month? Then come to our Virtual Book Tasting! Get a "taste" of a variety of new and popular books. Come and hear about the great books from our librarians that are in our collection! This event will take place over Google Meet.
Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library
Online
Adults,

Book Lovers,

Children,

Families,

Teachers,

Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Fri, July 12
@ 3 PM
Join us to build with legos and other tools and meet other creators at the library! We'll have all our materials out for your engineering projects.
53rd Street LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Sat, July 13
@ 1 PM
Summer at the Library
Calling all teens! Get inspired by local author Melissa Rivero at our special creative writing workshop series for teens at 53rd Street Library. Learn about her creative journey and get started on a creative writing piece that you could submit to our Teen Voices Magazine Contest for a chance to be published and win $100! Dates: Saturday, July 13, 1–2:15 PM Saturday, July 20, 1–2:15 PM Saturday, July 27, 1–2:15 PM Register for one or all of the workshops here! You can attend any of the…
53rd Street LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Sat, July 13
@ 2 PM
Careers, Jobs, Small Business Seminars
This is an in-person program at the 53rd Street Library. Join us for “EVERYTHING TO GAIN: Starting and Building a Nonprofit” - A FREE Workshop Series. Hosted by the Founder of the Center for Bronx Nonprofits, these exclusive events will empower you to create your own nonprofit today! Each session will be able to be attended as a stand alone offering but attendance at all five sessions will be encouraged. The goal of the series is to familiarize attendees with the process of creating a nonprofit…
53rd Street Library, Community RoomAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

Businesspeople,

College & Graduate Students,

Teachers,

College/Graduate School Educators
Mon, July 15
@ 11:30 AM
Early Literacy
Join us for a special time to bond with your little one, ages 0-18 months. We will explore the joys of movement, books, and songs, in addition to building early learning skills your can practice at home. Come prepared to sit with your child on your lap. Limited to 15 families. First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 11am on the day of the program.
53rd Street Library, Community RoomChildren,

Infant (0-18 months)
Tue, July 16
@ 11 AM
Early Literacy
This event is online only. Children 18-36 months old and their caregivers can join us for songs, early literacy activities, and books! Any child under 5 also welcome! Missed out on family storytimes over the last year? Ready to move and sing and read books together? Catch up with Hal and Allison as we sing songs, read picture books, and move around together--virtually! This program will be held over Google Meets. After registering, you will receive the link to the program 24 hours before the…
Online OnlyChildren,

Toddlers (18-36 months)
Tue, July 16
@ 5 PM
This event is online only. REGISTER FOR THE DISCUSSION VIA THE LINK ABOVE. Interested in reviving the cinema experience? Want to talk about classic and contemporary films with your community? Join our NYPL film club, Cinema Scene! Our format is nearly identical to a book club but instead of discussing a book, we will discuss a movie. July's feature will be Fireworks Wednesday (2006) d. Asghar Farhadi (102 minutes). HOW TO WATCH: Each month we will select a film from PROJECTR, NYPL's platfor…
OnlineAdults