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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Today
@ 3 p.m.
Early Literacy
Family Storytime
Join us for stories and songs. For children ages 3-8.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren
Mon, April 24
@ 10:15 a.m.
Early Literacy
Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers (birth to 12 months)
Babies from birth to 12 months old (pre-walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Infant (0-18 months),
Children
Mon, April 24
@ 11:15 a.m.
Early Literacy
Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers (birth to 12 months)
Babies from birth to 12 months old (pre-walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Infant (0-18 months),
Children
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
@ 4 p.m.
Early Literacy
Preschool Storytime
Stories, songs and participation activities for children ages 3-5.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
Children
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
@ 2:30 p.m.
Toddler Crafternoon
Join us for stories and make an easy art project. For ages 18 months - 3 years. Pre-registration starts Saturday, April 22.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Toddlers (18-36 months),
Children
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
@ 10:15 a.m.
Early Literacy
Toddler Storytime
Toddlers from 13-36 months and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. The line for tickets (10:15 session) begins at 9:30 on the ramp at the 42nd Street door. Once 10:15 tickets run out, we begin distributing tickets for the 11:15 session.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Toddlers (18-36 months),
Children
Thu, April 27
@ 11:15 a.m.
Early Literacy
Toddler Storytime
Toddlers from 13-36 months and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. The line for tickets (10:15 session) begins at 9:30 on the ramp at the 42nd Street door. Once 10:15 tickets run out, we begin distributing tickets for the 11:15 session.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Toddlers (18-36 months),
Children
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
Sat, April 29
@ 11 a.m.
Early Literacy
Family Storytime: Stories, Songs and Rhymes for Little Ones
Stories, songs and rhymes for families to enjoy together. For children ages 2-4. Space is limited.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren
Sat, April 29
@ 3:30 p.m.
The Elves and the Shoemaker and Other Tales
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm. LuAnn Adams will be using puppets, visuals, sound effects and music to bring folktales from around the world 'to life.' "Little Red Riding Hood”, a Native American Cinderella folktale "Little Burnt Face", "No More Room or "I Have a Wonderful Life!" and more! Best for ages 3 and up with parent/caregiver. Pre-registration starts Tuesday, April 25.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Sun, April 30
@ 3 p.m.
Early Literacy
Family Storytime: Día de los Niños/Children’s Day
Join us as we celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) with a fun storytime for children ages 3-8. Kids will enjoy engaging picture book read-alouds and discover new favorites as we celebrate with stories and songs more. From http://dia.ala.org: Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, langu…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
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
@ 4 p.m.
Star Wars Crafts: May the 4th Be with You!
Did you know that you can make a lightsaber out of a pool noodle and some duct tape? Come in and make some Star Wars themed crafts. For children ages 5 to 11. Space is limited. Registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
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
Sat, May 6
@ 3 p.m.
Early Literacy
Drag Queen Story Hour!
Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous and unapologetically LGBTQ role models. A drag queen will read inclusive books as well as storytime favorites and lead participants in a simple craft! Best for children ages 3 and up. Space is limited. Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 2.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
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
Sat, May 20
@ 3 p.m.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Make a simple tabletop greenhouse. Grow plants from seeds in the structure you created. Best for ages 6 and older. Presented by ArchForKids. Space is limited. Registration will begin Tuesday, May 16.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd StreetChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
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
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