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.

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47 events found.

Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Wed, June 26
@ 1 PM
Join us for an 8 week writing workshop every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm beginning May 8th and ending on June 26th with a reading scheduled for July 3rd. Professional writer, Ellen Aug Lytle will teach the free writing method where you will learn how to turn memories, events and ideas into poetry, stories and memoirs. Participants should bring a pad and pen to each session. **Ellen has been a teaching artist on Staten Island for 40+ years in libraries and schools.…
St. George Library CenterAdults
Thu, June 27
@ 10 AM
Online
Want to read more poetry, but don’t know where to start? Not sure you know how to really read poetry? Join Mulberry Street staff on the last Thursday of every month to discuss a few poems! This month we’ll explore poetry by LGBT+ authors for Pride month. Here are the poems we’ll discuss at our June meeting: ‘The 17-Year-Old & the Gay Bar’ by Danez Smith ‘Trans Study: Untitled 4 (Facial Expression)’ by Cameron Awkward-Rich ‘Yr Not Exotic, but Once Ya Wanted to Be’ by Tarfia Faizullah…
Mulberry Street Library
Online via Google Meet
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Thu, June 27
@ 6 PM
Book Discussion Group
Victorian Rendition of Knights and Ladies by Albert Kretschmer, 1882 The Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (1135-1191) have mesmerized readers for centuries. So much more than mere adventure tales or simple love stories, Chrétien's five romances (Erec & Enide, Cligés, Lancelot: the Knight of the Cart, Yvain: the Knight with the Lion, Perceval: the Story of the Grail) written between the years 1170 and 1191, are works of profound psychic depth, exploring the tensions between male a…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Sat, June 29
@ 1 PM
Poetical Afternoons – an Adult Poetry Program Last Saturday of Each Month, from 1-2 PM Dear Library Patrons, join us for this exciting new program dedicated to Poetry! Please, come and share with us your favorite poetry book; discuss with us Saint George Library Center’s rich poetry collection; bring the poem you’ve penned and let us all embrace the complex, layered, magical poetical universe that surrounds us! We are looking to create a poetic community that dedicates its pursuits to eternal…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Sat, June 29
@ 4 PM
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of live music and poetry at our Open Mic at Stapleton Saturdays Open Streets! Whether you're a seasoned poet or a first-timer, this is your chance to shine. Share your poem with an enthusiastic and supportive audience, and enjoy a night filled with creativity and community. Special Guest: DJ Girl on the Rocks! Get ready to groove to the electrifying beats of DJ Girl on the Rocks! Known for her electric mixes and infectious energy, she'll keep the vibes hi…
Stapleton Saturdays - Open Streets by 63 Water Street, Staten Island, NY 10304Adults
Tue, July 2
@ 3 PM
Come join us for a journey into poetry and all the ways it has influenced your life! We will talk about our original work, influences, favorites, and what we take away from the artform. Please join us at the branch for a fun discussion about how our words can be rhytmic and fun!
Francis Martin LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Tue, July 2
@ 4 PM
Poetry Programming
This event is in-person. Come write with us! Want to start writing poetry but don't know how? Want to share your work in a stress-free environment? Love writing but haven't in years? Drop in as often as you'd like for our twice-monthly, beginner-friendly workshop at the Hudson Park Library. Class will be guided by poet and Cave Canem fellow Mya Matteo Alexice, recipient of writing degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University-Newark and author of A Shape We've Yet to Name…
Hudson Park LibraryAdults,

College & Graduate Students
Sat, July 6
@ 2 PM
Join the Riverside Poets for an afternoon of poetry.
Riverside LibraryAdults
Tue, July 9
@ 2:30 PM
Disability Pride Month
This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Floor 1M. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. For Disability Pride Month we will explore poetry that celebrates the cultures, communities and unique experiences of people with disabilities living at…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Floor 1M
Adults
Tue, July 9
@ 6 PM
This event is virtual. Join the Hudson Park Library for an electric, incisive virtual poetry reading featuring poets Sarah Ghazal Ali, Saba Keramati, and Mya Matteo Alexice as they read from their debut collections, all of which are available in the New York Public Library catalogue. About the readers: Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of Theophanies (Alice James Books, 2024). A Stadler Fellow and recipient of The Sewanee Review poetry prize, her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review,…
VirtualAdults,

Book Lovers
Tue, July 9
@ 6:30 PM
7 Stories Up at SNFL
Acclaimed translator and vocalist Haleh Gafori returns to SNFL to perform original music, stories, and selections from her translations of Rumi's poetry, GOLD RUMI. This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on the 1st floor. In GOLD RUMI, the cross-media performance piece named after her book (published by New York Review Books in 2022), Haleh Liza Gafori weaves her acclaimed translations of Rumi’s poetry with music, original text, and songs, sung in Persi…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
1st Floor, Corner Space
Adults
Wed, July 10
@ 4:30 PM
Please join us for our poetry discussion group, held in the third floor Mae West room. This month, we are discussing Ilya Kaminsky's National Book Award Finalist, Deaf Republic, published in 2019. We have copies available at our second floor desk, while supplies last. Additionally, we have PDF copies available at our desk, or as an attachment to this webpage, under "download transcript" above. Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breakin…
Jefferson Market Library
Third Floor
Adults
Wed, July 10
@ 5:30 PM
Poetry Programming
Are you brand new to poetry and looking to hone your craft? Or are you a seasoned writer looking for a space to share and discuss your work? Join Mulberry Street Library staff for a new, in-person poetry writing workshop and craft talk! You will have the opportunity to share your own poetry to discuss and receive feedback. This workshop will help writers of all skill levels grow as poets in a collaborative and supportive environment. Before the workshop, please email a copy of the poem you'd l…
Mulberry Street Library
Community Room
Adults
Thu, July 11
@ 3 PM
Graffiti artists express themselves in colorful, bold messages that detail who they are and how they feel. Join us for this in-person program at which children will create, then decorate their own expressive poems in similar fashion, We won't be writing on walls, but we will have markers and motivation to visually communicate our ideas. All materials will be provided.
Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, Children's RoomChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Thu, July 11
@ 6 PM
Book Discussion Group
Victorian Rendition of Knights and Ladies by Albert Kretschmer, 1882 The Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (1135-1191) have mesmerized readers for centuries. So much more than mere adventure tales or simple love stories, Chrétien's five romances (Erec & Enide, Cligés, Lancelot: the Knight of the Cart, Yvain: the Knight with the Lion, Perceval: the Story of the Grail) written between the years 1170 and 1191, are works of profound psychic depth, exploring the tensions between male a…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Fri, July 12
@ 12 PM
Poetry Programming
This event is online only. Do you love beautiful words? Do you enjoy writing poetry? Have you always wanted to try writing, but never put aside the time for it? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then grab your favorite cup of tea and join us virtually for a casual hour of discussing our favorite poems, sharing some poetry that you have written yourself, and participating in some poetry writing exercises together! *This is an event for adults, ages 18+ * You must register wit…
Richmondtown Library
Online Only
Adults
Sat, July 13
@ 3 AM
Join us as we celebrate with a reading the release of Keith Walker's collection of poems All That Names Us. Presented in the first floor Willa Cather Room. Free and open to the public. "Eloquent and indelible, these plainspoken poems are full of sharp observations, surprising turns of phrase, and tough compassion. They are intensely real, evoking people and places in postwar America, both the rural South and the rustbelt North. Like my favorite books of poetry, this collection is also a sec…
Jefferson Market LibraryAdults
Tue, July 16
@ 4 PM
Banned Books
This event will take place in person at the Tremont Library. Join us as we discuss our favorite stories! Chat about the book you are currently reading (manga, GN, fic, non-fic, poetry) and receive a free book. This month, we will discuss Cinderella Is Dead by New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron. The latest title in The New York Public Library’s Teen Banned Book Club is a fresh interpretation of the Cinderella story. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would rather marry Erin, her childhood…
In personTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Tue, July 16
@ 4 PM
Poetry Programming
This event is in-person. Come write with us! Want to start writing poetry but don't know how? Want to share your work in a stress-free environment? Love writing but haven't in years? Drop in as often as you'd like for our twice-monthly, beginner-friendly workshop at the Hudson Park Library. Class will be guided by poet and Cave Canem fellow Mya Matteo Alexice, recipient of writing degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University-Newark and author of A Shape We've Yet to Name…
Hudson Park LibraryAdults,

College & Graduate Students
Mon, July 22
@ 2 PM
Live Poem Society is a monthly poetry discussion group held at the Webster Branch Library. While it would be unfair to reduce poetry from Eastern Europe (a large geographical area including many cultures and nations) to a singular poetic style or approach, certain common aesthetic features are noticeable. A darkly humorous worldview, a penchant for fantastical metaphors, and a probing intellect-- these mark just some of the key aspects that make this group of poets so fascinating. The poets u…
Adults
Tue, July 23
@ 2:30 PM
Disability Pride Month
This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Floor 1M. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. For Disability Pride Month we will explore poetry that celebrates the cultures, communities and unique experiences of people with disabilities living at…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Floor 1M
Adults
Tue, July 23
@ 6 PM
The Golda Foundation is proud to present: "A Place for Poetry — Three Modern Voices" Edgar Oliver Theodore Schroetter Ron Riddell The event takes place in the Willa Cather program room on the first floor. Jefferson Market Library. 425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (212) 243-4334 Photo by Regina Betancourt Edgar Oliver first started performing in New York City at the Pyramid Club in the mid-1980s. Notable New York City productions include his roles in Edward II with Cliplight…
Jefferson Market Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, July 24
@ 4 PM
Summer at the Library
Calling all teens! Get inspired by local author Rebecca Keith at our special creative writing workshop series for teens at Bronx Library Center. 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: Wednesday, July 24, 4–5:15 PM Saturday, July 27, 4–5:15 PM Saturday, August 3, 4–5:15 PM Register for one or all of the workshops here! You can attend any of th…
Bronx Library CenterTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Thu, July 25
@ 10 AM
Online
Want to read more poetry, but don’t know where to start? Not sure you know how to really read poetry? Join Mulberry Street staff on the last Thursday of every month to discuss a few poems! For our July meeting, we will focus on two longer poems that are in conversation with each other: ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry’ by Walt Whitman ‘A Supermarket in California’ by Allen Ginsberg Poems are available online via the Poetry Foundation and Academic of American Poets websites. Registration is requi…
Mulberry Street Library
Online via Google Meet
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Thu, July 25
@ 5:30 PM
Poetry Programming
This program will be presented in-person at the Tompkins Square Library. Hosted and curated by Galinsky and Bodell, this event will feature poets and spoken word artists who capture the eclectic vibe of the Lower East Side, where activist influences and artistic expressions have converged for decades. Celebrate the neighborhood with ten unique voices in an intimate and inspiring setting. Registration encouraged. Please use the registration link above.
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Thu, July 25
@ 6 PM
Book Discussion Group
Victorian Rendition of Knights and Ladies by Albert Kretschmer, 1882 The Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (1135-1191) have mesmerized readers for centuries. So much more than mere adventure tales or simple love stories, Chrétien's five romances (Erec & Enide, Cligés, Lancelot: the Knight of the Cart, Yvain: the Knight with the Lion, Perceval: the Story of the Grail) written between the years 1170 and 1191, are works of profound psychic depth, exploring the tensions between male a…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Fri, July 26
@ 6 PM
Poetry Programming
You can attend this event in person at the Bronx Library Center (Room C-33) and online via Google Meet! Calling all writers: Join the staff at the Bronx Library Center for a Creative Writing Session where you can engage in free writing and poetry alongside your peers.
Bronx Library Center, Technology Training Center
Online
Adults
Sat, July 27
@ 1 PM
Poetical Afternoons – an Adult Poetry Program Last Saturday of Each Month, from 1-2 PM Dear Library Patrons, join us for this exciting new program dedicated to Poetry! Please, come and share with us your favorite poetry book; discuss with us Saint George Library Center’s rich poetry collection; bring the poem you’ve penned and let us all embrace the complex, layered, magical poetical universe that surrounds us! We are looking to create a poetic community that dedicates its pursuits to eternal…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Sat, July 27
@ 4 PM
Summer at the Library
Calling all teens! Get inspired by local author Rebecca Keith at our special creative writing workshop series for teens at Bronx Library Center. 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: Wednesday, July 24, 4–5:15 PM Saturday, July 27, 4–5:15 PM Saturday, August 3, 4–5:15 PM Register for one or all of the workshops here! You can attend any of th…
Bronx Library CenterTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Sat, August 3
@ 2 PM
Join the Riverside Poets for an afternoon of poetry.
Riverside LibraryAdults
Tue, August 6
@ 2:30 PM
Poetry Programming
This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Floor 1M. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. The relationship between humans and animals has been a feature of verse from epic poetry to haiku. This August, channel the outdoors an…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Floor 1M
Adults
Wed, August 7
@ 6:30 PM
7 Stories Up at SNFL
Join acclaimed poets Emily Lee Luan and Jimin Seo for a poetry reading and conversation. This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on the 7th Floor. In 回 / Return, Luan "is engaged in the act of looking back... The poems ask: What is feeling? What is melancholy? Can language translate either?" In his forthcoming collection OSSIA, Seo crafts poems written "across English and Korean" that are "rich with grief and radiant with the vivid charisma of spec…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Event CenterAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Thu, August 8
@ 6 PM
Book Discussion Group
Victorian Rendition of Knights and Ladies by Albert Kretschmer, 1882 The Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (1135-1191) have mesmerized readers for centuries. So much more than mere adventure tales or simple love stories, Chrétien's five romances (Erec & Enide, Cligés, Lancelot: the Knight of the Cart, Yvain: the Knight with the Lion, Perceval: the Story of the Grail) written between the years 1170 and 1191, are works of profound psychic depth, exploring the tensions between male a…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Tue, August 13
@ 3 PM
The summertime can be a feast for the senses! Join us for this in-person program at which children will experiment with language to describe how they communicate with the world around them during this season of activity, writing poems that capture their ideas. All materials will be provided.
Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, Children's RoomChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Fri, August 16
@ 3 PM
The summer season brings its own poetic bounties. Join us for this in-person program at which participants will write Triolets, a traditional form of French poetry. Care to know more details about this unique form? Come write with us! All materials will be provided.
Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural CenterAdults
Tue, August 20
@ 2:30 PM
Poetry Programming
This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Floor 1M. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. The relationship between humans and animals has been a feature of verse from epic poetry to haiku. This August, channel the outdoors and discuss rece…
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Floor 1M
Adults
Wed, August 21
@ 4 PM
Banned Books
This event will take place in person at the Tremont Library. Join us as we discuss our favorite stories! Chat about the book you are currently reading (manga, GN, fic, non-fic, poetry) and receive a free book.
In personTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Thu, August 22
@ 6 PM
Book Discussion Group
Victorian Rendition of Knights and Ladies by Albert Kretschmer, 1882 The Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (1135-1191) have mesmerized readers for centuries. So much more than mere adventure tales or simple love stories, Chrétien's five romances (Erec & Enide, Cligés, Lancelot: the Knight of the Cart, Yvain: the Knight with the Lion, Perceval: the Story of the Grail) written between the years 1170 and 1191, are works of profound psychic depth, exploring the tensions between male a…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students
Sat, August 31
@ 1 PM
Poetical Afternoons – an Adult Poetry Program Last Saturday of Each Month, from 1-2 PM Dear Library Patrons, join us for this exciting new program dedicated to Poetry! Please, come and share with us your favorite poetry book; discuss with us Saint George Library Center’s rich poetry collection; bring the poem you’ve penned and let us all embrace the complex, layered, magical poetical universe that surrounds us! We are looking to create a poetic community that dedicates its pursuits to eternal…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers
Sat, September 7
@ 2 PM
Join the Riverside Poets for an afternoon of poetry.
Riverside LibraryAdults