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Mon, October 31
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, with Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
This lecture brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, October 31
@ 7 p.m.
Story Time for Grown-Ups- Thrills & Chills
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as we read you a story or two! All readings will take place on the First Floor - Room 101 October 2016 — Thrills & Chills Male Lion ; Female [Lion] With Cubs. Wednesday, October 5, 1:00 pm Monday, October 17, 7:00 PM The Yellow Wallpaper byCharlotte Perkins Gilman How ugly must wallpaper be to drive this poor woman insane? The Veldt by Ray Bradbury A nursery with the ability to change landscapes based on the children’s im…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Adults
Tue, November 1
@ 2 p.m.
Biblio File
Election Film Festival @ Mid-Manhattan Library! SWING VOTE
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Swing Vote DVD | Color | 2008 | 120 minutes | Walt Disney Pictures | PG-13 Synopsis When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United States presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since passed him by is reluctantly thrust into the national spotlight in this political-the…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
Families,
Immigrants,
Teachers
Tue, November 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers, with Michael Gross, author of New York Times bestsellers House of Outrageous Fortune, 740 Park, and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, Rogues’ Gallery, and Unreal Estate.
This illustrated lecture brings to life the wild genius, ego, passion, and antics of the men (and a few women) behind the camera. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Tue, November 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
Basic Chinese Conversation — Level I
Learn Mandarin with an experienced instructor using the Mango Languages database Walk-in class | No registration required | No placement test Fall 2016 10 Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm September 6 October 4 November 1 September 13 October 18 November 8 September 20 October 25 November 15 September 27…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Adults
Wed, November 2
@ 2 p.m.
Biblio File
Election Film Festival @ Mid-Manhattan Library! THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Manchurian Candidate DVD | Color | 1962 | 126 minutes | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. | PG-13 Synopsis An unusually tense and intelligent political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate was a film far ahead of its time. Its themes of thought control, political assassination, and multinational conspiracy were hardly common currency in 1962, and while its outlook is sometimes informed by Cold War parano…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, November 2
@ 6:30 p.m.
"Hollywood on the Campaign Trail," with Max Alvarez, an author and public speaker with over 20 years of experience in the areas of journalism, media criticism, archival research, teaching, and cultural programming.
This illustrated lecture features a journey down the Hollywood campaign trail with scenes and discussions of such poli-sci classics as The Candidate (1972), The Best Man (1964), The Great Man Votes (1939), and others. Truth may be stranger than fiction during this election year, but these and other films of the machinations behind U.S. political campaigning never cease to be timely, provocative, and entertaining. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attendin…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food, with Catherine Price, an award-winning journalist.
This dialogue takes the audience on a lively journey through the past, present and future of the mysterious micronutrients known as human vitamins -- an adventure that includes poison squads and political maneuvering, irradiated sheep grease and smuggled rats. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Fri, November 4
@ 2 p.m.
Biblio File
Election Film Festival @ Mid-Manhattan Library! ALL THE KING'S MEN
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Friday, November 4, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM All the King's Men DVD | Color | 1949 | 109 minutes | Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. | NR Synopsis Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men is a roman à clef inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by buck…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants,
Teachers
Mon, November 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In session
Do you dream of becoming a novelist? Always wanted to write a best-seller? You're full of great ideas, but you've just never gotten around to actually writing them down? Now is the time to quit making excuses and finally write that novel! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Mid-Manhattan Library is here to help you meet your 50,000-word goal! This two-hour session is an opportunity for you to quietly work on your novel, brainstorm plot points, and workshop writing techni…
Mid-Manhattan Library, 4th Floor PC LabAdults
Mon, November 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 with Esther Crain, a writer, who launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city's past through photos, newspaper articles, art, and other artifacts.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of how New York transformed from a small-scale post-Civil War city lit by gas and powered by horses into a mighty metropolis of skyscrapers, subways, blazing electric light, and rapid social change. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 2 p.m.
Biblio File
Election Film Festival @ Mid-Manhattan Library! SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Tuesday, November 8, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Seven Days in May DVD | Color | 1964 | 118 minutes | Warner Bros. | NR Synopsis Adapted by Rod Serling from the best-selling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey II, Seven Days in May was allegedly inspired by the far-right ramblings of one General Edwin Walker. Burt Lancaster plays General James M. Scott, who, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) is soft on America'…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants,
Teachers
Tue, November 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan, with Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate, author of "Times Square Roulette" and scholar of major urban reconstruction projects.
This illustrated lecture offers the definitive account of one of the greatest reconstruction projects in modern world history. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Tue, November 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Basic Chinese Conversation — Level I
Learn Mandarin with an experienced instructor using the Mango Languages database Walk-in class | No registration required | No placement test Fall 2016 10 Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm September 6 October 4 November 1 September 13 October 18 November 8 September 20 October 25 November 15 September 27…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Adults
Wed, November 9
@ 6 p.m.
Estate and Gift Planning Seminar
Are you working on your estate plans or need to update them? How can you best provide for family and loved ones while also supporting your favorite charities? Do you understand the probate process or want to avoid it? Are you confused by the continued estate tax changes? Most importantly, what will be your legacy? We are pleased to present an educational seminar for Library patrons and supporters. John Bacon, Director of Planned Giving, will present estate planning concepts in easy-to-und…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
50+,
Parents/Caregivers,
Adults
Wed, November 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, with Lester J. Levine, a management consultant and poet.
This illustrated lecture tells the personal stories of more than 170 designers whose creative perspective translated an horrific event, giving deeper thought to the relation of memorial spaces to history, geography, technology and cultural diversity. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division, with Michael A. Cohen, national political columnist for The Boston Globe.
This lecture captures the full drama of a watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation's political discourse. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Mon, November 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In session
Do you dream of becoming a novelist? Always wanted to write a best-seller? You're full of great ideas, but you've just never gotten around to actually writing them down? Now is the time to quit making excuses and finally write that novel! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Mid-Manhattan Library is here to help you meet your 50,000-word goal! This two-hour session is an opportunity for you to quietly work on your novel, brainstorm plot points, and workshop writing techni…
Mid-Manhattan Library, 4th Floor PC LabAdults
Mon, November 14
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Subway Beats: Celebrating New York City Buskers, with Kurt Boone, a native New Yorker, freelance writer, and poet.
This illustrated lecture showcases performers who collectively express the soul of the Big Apple while entertaining thousands of commuters and visitors daily. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Canceled
Lincoln Center Local: Free SCREENING presents The New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES. DUE TO UNFORESEEN TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES THE LINCOLN CENTER LOCAL: FREE SCREENING OF "THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC GALA WITH YO-YO MA" HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Lincoln Center Local: Free SCREENING presents The New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 PM Mid-Manhattan Library - Sixth Floor First Come, First Served. The New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert features music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Tue, November 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Basic Chinese Conversation — Level I
Learn Mandarin with an experienced instructor using the Mango Languages database Walk-in class | No registration required | No placement test Fall 2016 10 Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm September 6 October 4 November 1 September 13 October 18 November 8 September 20 October 25 November 15 September 27…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Families,
Immigrants,
NYPL Supporters,
Adults
Tue, November 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Biblio File
TUESDAY EVENING MOVIES: A Warm December
Mid-Manhattan Library, Sixth Floor Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM A Warm December DVD | Color | 1973 | 100 minutes | Warner Bros. | PG Synopsis The second directorial effort from Academy award-winning actor Sidney Poitier, this romantic drama is about widowed American doctor Matt Younger (Poitier) who travels to London with his daughter, Stefanie (Yvette Curtis). There, he meets Catherine (Esther Anderson), the daughter of African Ambassador George Oswandu (Earl Cameron)…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Thu, November 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases From the Archives of the NYPD, From 1831 to the Present, with Philip Messing, a veteran journalist, Bernard Whalen, a lieutenant in the NYPD, and Robert Mladinich, a retired NYPD detective.
This illustrated lecture provides an insider's look at more than 80 real-life crimes that shocked the nation, from arson to gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thu, November 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Fri, November 18
@ 6 p.m.
Open Book Night: Food & Celebration
We are having a book social! We hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 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. Our theme this month is FOOD & CELEBR…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, November 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In session
Do you dream of becoming a novelist? Always wanted to write a best-seller? You're full of great ideas, but you've just never gotten around to actually writing them down? Now is the time to quit making excuses and finally write that novel! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Mid-Manhattan Library is here to help you meet your 50,000-word goal! This two-hour session is an opportunity for you to quietly work on your novel, brainstorm plot points, and workshop writing techni…
Mid-Manhattan Library, 4th Floor PC LabAdults
Mon, November 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War, with Alona Frankel, a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children's books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.
This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel's first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Trotsky in New York 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, with Kenneth D. Ackerman, a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of Leon Trotsky’s sojourn in New York City on the eve of the Russian Revolution in 1917. It presents a portrait not only of a towering yet all-too-human political figure on the cusp of history, but also of the city itself at a special moment in our collective memory. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Mon, November 28
@ 6:30 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In session
Do you dream of becoming a novelist? Always wanted to write a best-seller? You're full of great ideas, but you've just never gotten around to actually writing them down? Now is the time to quit making excuses and finally write that novel! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Mid-Manhattan Library is here to help you meet your 50,000-word goal! This two-hour session is an opportunity for you to quietly work on your novel, brainstorm plot points, and workshop writing techni…
Mid-Manhattan Library, 4th Floor PC LabAdults
Mon, November 28
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, with Ed Yong, an award-winning science writer on the staff of "The Atlantic."
This illustrated lecture explores the world of microbes, allowing us to see how microbes do everything from defending us from disease to guiding our behavior and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, with Elaine C. Kamarck, a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings and the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management.
This illustrated lecture explores the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how the next American president can not only recreate faith in leadership, but also run a competent, successful administration. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, November 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Wed, November 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
NaNoWriMo Write-In session
Do you dream of becoming a novelist? Always wanted to write a best-seller? You're full of great ideas, but you've just never gotten around to actually writing them down? Now is the time to quit making excuses and finally write that novel! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Mid-Manhattan Library is here to help you meet your 50,000-word goal! This two-hour session is an opportunity for you to quietly work on your novel, brainstorm plot points, and workshop writing techni…
Mid-Manhattan Library, 4th Floor PC LabAdults
Thu, December 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
English Conversation Hour! For Intermediate and Advanced Speakers
Would you like to practice your English conversation skills and meet English language learners from other countries? Drop in to the Mid-Manhattan Library's ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR, an open conversation where English language learners and fluent English speakers can discuss life in New York, art, music, films, food, culture, current events, and other topics of interest. Open to adult Intermediate & Advanced English speakers only. No registration required. Just come and talk! The…
Mid-Manhattan Library, The Corner RoomAdults,
English Language Learners,
Immigrants
Thu, December 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
W.C. Fields in Vaudeville, with Trav S.D., writer, performer, and author of "No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous" and "Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube."
As part of FieldsFest (November 8 - December 25), a festival commemorating the 70th anniversary of W.C. Fields' death, this illustrated talk explores the great comedian's early years (1900-1930), as a juggler in vaudeville and a revue comedian, and the many ways those experiences influenced his later motion pictures. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
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