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Wed, December 13
@ 12 noon
How to Haiku: A Workshop
Writing haiku poems is fun. Get started or sharpen your haiku skills. Indoor discussion followed by outdoor poetry composition. This workshop is part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, and will be held in our second floor community room. Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, November 22. The Instructor: JEFFREY RABKIN Jeffrey has lived in NYC his whole life and the EV for over 30 years. He’s been studying and writing haiku for over 25 years. His work has appeared in t…
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 1 p.m.
Acoustic Guitar Performance by Joseph Parisi
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, Joseph Parisi – guitarist/composer, will perform his own compositions for solo guitar from “Guitar Blossoms,” “Guitar Gumbo” and others. A native of New York City, Joe composes, arranges and performs in the guitar duo Nylon Wound and the NYC Guitar Orchestra. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by various guitar ensembles, dance companies and documentary filmmakers throughout the NY metro area. This performance will take place…
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 2 p.m.
Jewelry Making: A Workshop
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, we will be holding a jewelry making workshop, led by award winning local jewelry artist Joan Reinmuth, at 2pm in our second floor community room. This class will apply complex ideas by using up cycled elements simple tools and techniques. Bring your own lost broken jewelry pieces or dig through my curious collection. Pre-registration opens Wednesday, November 22.
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 2 p.m.
Shakespeare Reading
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, the Tompkins Square Library Shakespeare group will read and recite monologues and sonnets. They will also welcome participation and readings by others! This will take place in our first floor reading room at 2pm.
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 2 p.m.
Green Thumb micro-greens growing activity
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, Green Thumb organization will provide short and simple instruction on growing microgreens in your own home, as well as share information about the community gardens, upcoming GreenThumb events, workshops, and other programming (2-5 pm in the first floor reading room). GreenThumb is the community gardening program of NYC Parks. The organization provides programming, material support, and technical assistance to over 550 community gardens…
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 3 p.m.
Improvisational Composers Ensemble
As part of our East Village Arts Festival, The Improvisational Composers Ensemble will be playing in our first floor reading room on December 13, from 3pm-5pm. The Improvisational Composers Ensemble is a vehicle for music 
that features improvisation as a major compositional element. Aside from some new music, excerpts of this performance are from the album PEACE AND LOVE, Rocco’s fourth album as leader/composer; and his second on the UR label along with EMBRACE THE CHANGE. www.roccojohnmusic.…
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 3:30 p.m.
"Like Me" - A Performance Piece
"Like me" presents conflict between an old-fashioned stickler for correctness and a young social media addict. When brought together by circumstance, it becomes apparent that they speak their own unique forms of English, incoherent to the other. How can they communicate through the chasm? Performed by Anne Moss and Geneva Jenkins. This piece will be performed as part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, in the basement community room, at 3:30pm.
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 4 p.m.
3D Doodling!
3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Come and join us as we create physical structures from 3Doodler pens! Dates: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 4PM Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 4PM Monday, December 18th, 2017, 4PM All supplies will be provided. No registration required. Ages: 8 and up
Tompkins Square Library, BasementChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Children
Wed, December 13
@ 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: The Students of 6th Street Youth Program
The students of Sixth Street Youth Program, ranging in age from 6-13, will share from their collection of poems written this fall, exploring identity, emotions, dreams and social issues. Where I'm From, by Tatiana , age 13. I’m from loud music and sagging pants, I am from pride and pizza I’m from spitting bars and noisy classrooms I’m from trying to bring up your grades and aspiring to be great I’m from late nights out and always being awake I’m from diversity and m…
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorFamilies
Wed, December 13
@ 5 p.m.
16mm Film Screening
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, we'll be screening two short 16mm films from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts reserve film and video collection, both filmed on the Lower East Side. They'll be shown in our basement community room at 5pm. The Heart of Loisaida (1979; 30 min.) Producers, directors: Bienvenida Matias and Marci Reaven.Shows efforts on New York's Lower East Side to revive abandoned buildings through the work and persistence of the local, predomi…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 6 p.m.
"Ubuhlalu" South African Beading Workshop
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, please join us for a "Ubuhlalu" South African Beading Workshop with teaching artist Zola Dube, at 6pm in the second floor community room. Each participant will create a basic wire and seed bead bracelet, as well as view a mini photographic exhibition that supports cultural and philosophical location of beadwork, linked to Zulu Creation story where the colorful Chameleon is a central character, significantly responsible for the colorful nature…
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 6 p.m.
Musical Performance: Avon Faire
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, Avon Faire will be performing at 6pm in the basement community room. Avon Faire is a female singing group from New York City, featuring 3-part harmony vocal arrangements of Traditional Celtic & UK Folk songs. Their debut record, “Riddles and Love Songs”, was released in 2017 and the group completed their 2nd tour of England this summer. A European tour is in the works for summer 2018. Tim Carroll / FolkWords UK 2017 says, "Listening…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 7 p.m.
Author Reading: Alan Kaufman
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, East Village author ALAN KAUFMAN will read from JEW BOY, his riveting memoir of being raised by a Jewish mother who survived the Holocaust. Called “a classic” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “a remarkable document” by Publishers Weekly JEW BOY has just been reissued by Cornell University Press. Kaufman will also read from his other memoir, DRUNKEN ANGEL (“Kaufman's memoir will violently grab your attention”, Publishers Weekly) in which he…
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 7 p.m.
The Art of Love and Cooking
“I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh Letter #031 to Theo Van Gogh, 1875 As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, we'll be hosting The Art of Love and Cooking at 7pm in our second floor community room with Authors Nancy Addison and MaryAnn De Leo. We started the cookbook, “Alive and Cooking” as a way to help our parents. My father had emphysema and was sick for a few years and Nancy’s father had cancer. The cookbook grew out of our…
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 7 p.m.
Musical Performance: Broadway Show Tunes and Standards
Join us for an evening of music with Broadway show tunes, favorites from the Great American songbook, and familiar Disney hits that we all love! This 7pm performance is part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, and will be held in the basement community room. Jackie Schiffer Bio: Originally from Chicago, Jackie Schiffer's performance career includes work as an actor, and vocalist. As a cabaret artist she has performed at The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama and the M…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 6 p.m.
Popular Music
The Art of the Album / LIVE MUSIC!
**JOIN US AT TOMPKINS SQUARE LIBRARY THE 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR LIVE MUSIC AT 6PM** The Art of the Album: Landmark, Classic Records Performed Live in Their Entirety! Thursday December 14th: "Live in New York" by Nirvana. *Performed by special guest artists Jack'ed Up*
Tompkins Square LibraryAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 1 p.m.
Monday Matinee Movies: Top Hat
Top Hat (1935; 101 mins.) Dir: Mark Sandrich. An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers.
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 4 p.m.
3D Doodling!
3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Come and join us as we create physical structures from 3Doodler pens! Dates: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 4PM Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 4PM Monday, December 18th, 2017, 4PM All supplies will be provided. No registration required. Ages: 8 and up
Tompkins Square Library, BasementChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Children
Mon, December 18
@ 4 p.m.
American Girl Doll Party
Join us for some fun Arts and Crafts and celebrate the American Girl Dolls. All ages are welcomed.
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, December 18
@ 4 p.m.
Slime Party
Make some slime with your friends! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
Mon, December 18
@ 5:30 p.m.
Clone of Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, December 19
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Tue, December 19
@ 4 p.m.
Anime and Manga Club
Read Manga. Watch Anime. Earn and win prizes.
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Wed, December 20
@ 6 p.m.
Film Screening: Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944; 113 mins.) Dir:Vincent Minnelli. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Starring Judy Garland!
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, December 26
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Tue, December 26
@ 4 p.m.
Anime and Manga Club
Read Manga. Watch Anime. Earn and win prizes.
Tompkins Square Library, Second FloorTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Tue, January 2
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Thu, January 4
@ 4 p.m.
Early Literacy
Sensory Storytime
An inclusive, 4-session program that combines the best practices from special education and traditional storytime to create an interactive, engaging program for children of all abilities!
Tompkins Square LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
Children
Mon, January 8
@ 1 p.m.
Monday Matinee Movies: Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim)
Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim) (1962; 105 mins.) Dir: Francois Truffaut. Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. Starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre.
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Mon, January 8
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 9
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Thu, January 11
@ 4 p.m.
Early Literacy
Sensory Storytime
An inclusive, 4-session program that combines the best practices from special education and traditional storytime to create an interactive, engaging program for children of all abilities!
Tompkins Square LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
Children
Tue, January 16
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Thu, January 18
@ 4 p.m.
Early Literacy
Sensory Storytime
An inclusive, 4-session program that combines the best practices from special education and traditional storytime to create an interactive, engaging program for children of all abilities!
Tompkins Square LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
Children
Mon, January 22
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 23
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Thu, January 25
@ 4 p.m.
Early Literacy
Sensory Storytime
An inclusive, 4-session program that combines the best practices from special education and traditional storytime to create an interactive, engaging program for children of all abilities!
Tompkins Square LibraryChildren,
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),
Children
Mon, January 29
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 9:30 a.m.
TechConnect
Open Lab - Computer Basics
Need basic computer skills? Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Facebook? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance!
Tompkins Square Library, Adult Learning CenterAdults
Thu, February 1
@ 4 p.m.
Programs in a Box
Designing a Dream City
If you could create your own city what would it have? Would there be a playground? How would you get from place to place? Where would you live? Let your imagination run wild and create your very own city in this four-session workshop series using LEGO® bricks! Week 1: Where We Live- participants will plan and build a place to live using LEGO® bricks and pieces. Week 2: Where We Play - participants will work in groups to plan, design, and build their version of a playground with legos. We…
Tompkins Square LibraryChildren,
School Age (5-12 years),
Children
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