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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Wed, May 23
@ 1 p.m.
Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing professionally or personally. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Wed, May 23
@ 4 p.m.
Fox Fables
What makes you - YOU? When the fox and his precious tail are separated, he decides to try out being other animals in order to discover a new identity. A literary mashup of Aesop's Fables! Best for ages 2-7 with parent/caregiver. Presented by WonderSpark Puppets
Hudson Park LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Tue, May 29
@ 4 p.m.
Rad Iliad Reading Group
Learn about the foundational text in the Western literary tradition in this five part discussion group on Homer's Iliad.
Roosevelt Island LibraryAdults
Wed, May 30
@ 10 a.m.
Where Are My People?: A YA Panel on Diversity in Literature
We are at capacity for this event. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist, please call us directly at MMLteens@nypl.org. Please join our panel for a talk on representation in YA literature and, if they have ever felt this way, how these writers answered the question of: "Where are my people?" This talk will be geared to middle-school and high-school students. Featuring: Jenn Baker, Moderator Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publish…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumBook Lovers,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Teachers
Wed, May 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Thinking Out Loud
Samuel Kassow and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett: “Who Will Write Our History?” Emmanuel Ringelblum and the "Oyneg Shabes" Warsaw Ghetto Archive
On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Library commemorates the great act of unarmed defiance that helped to preserve the wartime story of Polish Jewry—a story that was almost lost to history. Milk can from the Oyneg Shabes archive © David Kurland In April 1943, as Jewish fighters prepared an insurrection against their Nazi occupiers, a clandestine group of Jewish historians, writers, teachers, and students packed records of life under Nazi occupation into ten metal boxe…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
NYPL Supporters,
Adults
Thu, May 31
@ 1 p.m.
Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing professionally or personally. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Thu, May 31
@ 6 p.m.
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self A Five Session Course: Thursdays, 6pm to 7:30: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 The self is one of the central issues in Indian philosophy. It is commonly believed that an accurate understanding of the true nature of the self is the ticket to liberation. According to Buddhists, on the other hand, liberation requires learning that there is in fact no self at all. Over the centuries, philosophers from various religious traditions in Indi…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Sat, June 2
@ 2 p.m.
Drag Queen Story Time
A program for children aged 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. In this 45-minute program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity. Children love the bright colors, glamorous outfits, and larger-than-life personalities of the drag queen performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to accept and celebrate…
Hamilton Grange LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, June 4
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Mid-Sentence | Drawn Together
Three award-winning graphic novelists reveal the medium's power to tell stories of family and loss. Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do Kristen Radtke, author of Imagine Wanting Only This Gabrielle Bell, author of Everything is Flammable From Wonder Woman to Fun Home, comics have always reflected their creators' lived experience. Now graphic novelists are breathing new life into the medium, sharing personal stories in the form of graphic memoir. These artists weave together emotional…
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street
Front Lawn / Tappen Park
Adults
Mon, June 4
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Mid-Sentence | Drawn Together
Three award-winning graphic novelists reveal the medium's power to tell stories of family and loss. Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do Kristen Radtke, author of Imagine Wanting Only This Gabrielle Bell, author of Everything is Flammable From Wonder Woman to Fun Home, comics have always reflected their creators' lived experience. Now graphic novelists are breathing new life into the medium, sharing personal stories in the form of graphic memoir. These artists weave together emotional…
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd StreetAdults
Tue, June 5
@ 1 p.m.
The Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing either professionally or personally. Regardless of your experience level, we’re here to help one another along in the journey of self-expression and creativity. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Thu, June 7
@ 6 p.m.
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self A Five Session Course: Thursdays, 6pm to 7:30: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 The self is one of the central issues in Indian philosophy. It is commonly believed that an accurate understanding of the true nature of the self is the ticket to liberation. According to Buddhists, on the other hand, liberation requires learning that there is in fact no self at all. Over the centuries, philosophers from various religious traditions in Indi…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Fri, June 8
@ 2 p.m.
Open Book Hour: Long Reads
We're having a book social! We hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read ! What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social. 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell us what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. We want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends.…
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street, Room 67AAdults,
Book Lovers
Tue, June 12
@ 1 p.m.
The Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing either professionally or personally. Regardless of your experience level, we’re here to help one another along in the journey of self-expression and creativity. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Tue, June 12
@ 4 p.m.
Rad Iliad Reading Group
Learn about the foundational text in the Western literary tradition in this five part discussion group on Homer's Iliad.
Roosevelt Island LibraryAdults
Wed, June 13
@ 6 p.m.
3 Poets * 3 Books
3 Poets * 3 Books Book Release Party and Reading Wednesday, June 13 at 6 pm A trio of New York City-based poets goes offline to read from their new books—Amy Barone, with We Became Summer, from New York Quarterly Books; Francine Witte, with Café Crazy, from Kelsay Books; and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, with Blue Lyre, from Dos Madres Press. The poets belong to brevitas, an online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. Twice a month, affiliated poets share one or two poems and invite fee…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Thu, June 14
@ 3:30 p.m.
Summer Reading
Summer Reading Kick Off: Drag Queen Story Hour
A program for children aged 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. In this 45-minute program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity. Children love the bright colors, glamorous outfits, and larger-than-life personalities of the drag queen performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to accept and celebrate…
St. Agnes LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Thu, June 14
@ 6 p.m.
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self A Five Session Course: Thursdays, 6pm to 7:30: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 The self is one of the central issues in Indian philosophy. It is commonly believed that an accurate understanding of the true nature of the self is the ticket to liberation. According to Buddhists, on the other hand, liberation requires learning that there is in fact no self at all. Over the centuries, philosophers from various religious traditions in Indi…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Fri, June 15
@ 11 a.m.
Summer Reading Kick Off: Drag Queen Story Hour
A program for children aged 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. In this 45-minute program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity. Children love the bright colors, glamorous outfits, and larger-than-life personalities of the drag queen performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to accept and celebrate…
Epiphany LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, June 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author Talks
Mid-Sentence | The Recovering: Leslie Jamison with Cutter Wood
Stories of addiction and recovery, desire and destruction. Blending memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reporting, Leslie Jamison upends the traditional addiction narrative. In addition to her own struggle, she reflects on creative geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and dependence, drawing connections between intoxication and creation. In a similar way, the disappearance of a small island motel owner sends Cutter Wood careening head first into a murder invest…
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street, Program RoomAdults
Tue, June 19
@ 1 p.m.
The Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing either professionally or personally. Regardless of your experience level, we’re here to help one another along in the journey of self-expression and creativity. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Tue, June 19
@ 4 p.m.
Rad Iliad Reading Group
Learn about the foundational text in the Western literary tradition in this five part discussion group on Homer's Iliad.
Roosevelt Island LibraryAdults
Thu, June 21
@ 6 p.m.
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self A Five Session Course: Thursdays, 6pm to 7:30: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 The self is one of the central issues in Indian philosophy. It is commonly believed that an accurate understanding of the true nature of the self is the ticket to liberation. According to Buddhists, on the other hand, liberation requires learning that there is in fact no self at all. Over the centuries, philosophers from various religious traditions in Indi…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Tue, June 26
@ 1 p.m.
The Island Writers
This is a group for all who are interested in writing either professionally or personally. Regardless of your experience level, we’re here to help one another along in the journey of self-expression and creativity. All are welcome, so come join in on the literary fun!
City Island Library, Community Meeting RoomAdults
Tue, June 26
@ 4 p.m.
Rad Iliad Reading Group
Learn about the foundational text in the Western literary tradition in this five part discussion group on Homer's Iliad.
Roosevelt Island LibraryAdults
Thu, June 28
@ 1 p.m.
Kanopy Video: Mary Shelley and the Birth of Science Fiction
Kick off your adventure into science fiction by clearly defining what science fiction is, and more importantly, what science fiction is not. Learn how science fiction is distinguished from--yet often confused with--other literary genres such as fantasy and horror. Take a look at the concept of the "monster" through horror, fantasy, and science fiction to help define the differences in the genres. Explore what is often considered the first science fiction novel: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Huguenot Park LibraryAdults
Thu, June 28
@ 6 p.m.
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self
Like a Dancer's Brow: Buddhists and Brahmins Debate the Self A Five Session Course: Thursdays, 6pm to 7:30: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 The self is one of the central issues in Indian philosophy. It is commonly believed that an accurate understanding of the true nature of the self is the ticket to liberation. According to Buddhists, on the other hand, liberation requires learning that there is in fact no self at all. Over the centuries, philosophers from various religious traditions in Indi…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Thu, July 5
@ 5:30 p.m.
Chelsea Talks Book Discussion: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
This classic masterpiece from 1902 dramatizes the conflict between nineteenth-century values and twentieth- century passions. Of the three late masterpieces that crown the extraordinary literary achievement of Henry James, The Wings of the Dove is the most personal and the most elemental. A 1997 film based on the novel starred Helen Bonham Carter.
Muhlenberg Library, Conference RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Mon, July 9
@ 3 p.m.
Summer Reading
Drag Queen Story Hour (A Summer Reading Program)
A program for children aged 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. In this 45-minute program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity. Children love the bright colors, glamorous outfits, and larger-than-life personalities of the drag queen performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to accept and celebrate…
Yorkville LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Tue, July 10
@ 4 p.m.
Rad Iliad Reading Group
Learn about the foundational text in the Western literary tradition in this five part discussion group on Homer's Iliad.
Roosevelt Island Library
SASB
Adults
Wed, July 11
@ 6 p.m.
The Proust Center~New York
The Proust Center~New York The Boni Salon: Open House: Celebrating Marcel Proust’s 147th Birthday Please join us in celebrating the opening of The Proust Center~New York and Marcel Proust's 147th birthday. Beginning in July 2018, 'The Boni Salon' will meet the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:00-7:30pm, offering a variety of Proustian events: lectures, book talks, concerts, films, trivia nights, and readings. Who was Albert Boni? Due to England's obscenity laws, the Engl…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Tue, July 17
@ 4 p.m.
Summer Reading
Drag Queen Story Hour (A Summer Reading Program)
A program for children aged 3-8 that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance, and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. In this 45-minute program, a drag queen trained by children’s librarians reads picture books, sings songs, and leads children in a simple craft activity. Children love the bright colors, glamorous outfits, and larger-than-life personalities of the drag queen performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to accept and celebrate…
Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Fri, August 10
@ 2 p.m.
Open Book Hour: Literary Swindlers
We're having a book social! We hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read ! What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social. 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell us what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. We want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends.…
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street, Room 67AAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, September 12
@ 6 p.m.
The Proust Center~New York
The Proust Center~New York Dedication of The Boni Salon, with Proustian Anka Mulhstein “People don’t read any more,” declared Proust to his editor. This was not his case: he had read everything and forgotten nothing. In the fitting venue of the Jefferson Market Library, Anka Muhlstein will talk about the importance of books for the characters of In search of Lost Time. Proust is unable to create a character without putting a book in his hands and thus gives literature an actual role…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 12
@ 6 p.m.
The Proust Center~New York
The Proust Center~New York The Boni Salon: Music Regained: A Belle Époque concert Marcel Proust was a 'mélomane'. Music was so important to him, that he wove it through his great novel Á la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Music Regained recaptures music Proust heard in the Parisian salons and concert halls. The program will include works by composers Proust knew personally, such as Reynaldo Hahn, Debussy, and Fauré. Soprano Kate Hurney, an enthusiastic student of Proust and all things F…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults