Classes & Workshops

The New York Public Library offers more than 93,000 programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors. Use any or all of the filters below to find a class that interests you. All classes are free unless otherwise noted.

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37 classes found.

Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Mon, April 22
@ 3:30 AM
Poetry Programming
This program is held in person. Come and write a poem for National Poetry Month. Let your creativity flow!
Pelham Bay LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Mon, April 22
@ 12 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! Finding Freedom in Spoken Word: Writing Workshop with Poet Jasmine "JRose" Rosario Participants will join a workshop that is centered around the empowerment of writing a spoken word poem. Poet in Residence Dates: April 10: 10 AM - 3PM April 17: 10 AM - 3PM April 22: 12 PM…
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults
Mon, April 22
@ 4 PM
Poetry Programming
This program will take place in person at Wakefield Library. It's Poetry Month! Celebrate your love of poems through buttonmaking with a twist. We're making Blackout Buttons. Using the art of erasure, we'll be making buttons out of your poetic creations.
Wakefield LibraryChildren,

Infant (0-18 months),

Toddlers (18-36 months),

Pre-schoolers (3-5 years),

School Age (5-12 years)
Tue, April 23
@ 12 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! Confessionalist Poetry: Writing Workshop with Ahmed Elguindi Participants will dive into various poets of the confessionalism era from the 1950s-1970s, as well understanding a handful of poetic forms; sestina, sonnet, villanelle. Poet in Residence Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 12…
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults
Tue, April 23
@ 5 PM
Writing Workshops
Are you interested in learning how to write poetry, but don't know where to start? Well look no further! Take your skills to new heights with our Creative Writing Workshop! Learn the structure and elements of poetry and also read examples of poetry. We will also work on creating our own poems.
Community RoomAdults
Wed, April 24
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at Woodstock Library. Let's get crafty! Kids will engage in hands-on activities using craft materials and their imagination. What can you create? April 10: Water Color Flowers These watercolor flowers are so fun and easy for kids to make, they will want to make more than one. Using easy watercolor techniques gives each flower a unique look and adding in a 3D center makes the whole art project really pop! You wont want to miss it! April 17: Poetry…
Woodstock LibraryChildren
Wed, April 24
@ 4 PM
This event will take place in-person at Morningside Heights Library. Create buttons that match your style and personality using the library's button maker. For April, we will make butons to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Morningside Heights LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Thu, April 25
@ 12 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! Finding Freedom in Spoken Word: Writing Workshop with Poet Jasmine "JRose" Rosario Participants will join a workshop that is centered around the empowerment of writing a spoken word poem. Poet in Residence Dates: April 10: 10 AM - 3PM April 17: 10 AM - 3PM April 22: 12 PM…
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults
Thu, April 25
@ 3 PM
Are you a Krafty Kid? Join up and create some awesome projects each week. Materials will be provided. Let's work on a craft in honor of National Poetry Month!
Pelham Bay LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Thu, April 25
@ 3:30 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! Finding Freedom in Spoken Word: Writing Workshop with Poet Jasmine "JRose" Rosario A workshop centered around the empowerment of writing a spoken word poem. Workshop: April 25 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Jasmine Rosario Jasmine Rosario, better known as…
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults
Thu, April 25
@ 3:30 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! Finding Freedom in Spoken Word: Writing Workshop with Poet Jasmine "JRose" Rosario Participants will join a workshop that is centered around the empowerment of writing a spoken word poem. Workshop: April 25, 3:30 PM - 5 PM ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Jasmine Rosario Jasmi…
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults
Thu, April 25
@ 3:30 PM
Dive into the enchanting world of poetry as we gather for an evening filled with inspiration, connection, and shared experiences. Come join us for an in person, warm and inviting space where your unique voice is celebrated and cherished. Let's unlock the power of words together and uncover the magic that lies within!
Tremont LibraryAdults
Thu, April 25
@ 4 PM
Book Discussion Group
We're doing things a bit differently for our April edition of Books & Banter. April is National Poetry Month, and we'll be spending our Thursdays doing all things poetry! The first two events will be virtual (registration will be required) and the third event will be in-person On Thursday, April 4th, we celebrate the work of our very own Bronx Poet Laureate, Kay Bell. *VIRTUAL* On Thursday, April 18th, we celebrate National Poem in your Pocket Day. *VIRTUAL* On Thursday, April 25th, we…
Grand Concourse LibraryAdults,

50+,

Book Lovers,

College & Graduate Students,

Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Thu, April 25
@ 4 PM
Poetry Programming
This event will take place in person at the Clason's Point Library. Join us to chat about what you've been reading! This month, we will spotlight some great poetry books in our collection for National Poetry Month. We'll share book recommendations and provide a calm space to read and relax. Snacks will be provided.
Clason's Point LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),

Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Thu, April 25
@ 5:30 PM
Online
This event is online only. Must register with a valid email address. Learn to use features like graphical elements, tab stops, and section breaks to format poetry in Google Docs. You will receive an email 2 hours before the class starts with the virtual class link.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), Pasculano Learning Center
Online Only via Zoom
Adults
Fri, April 26
@ 11 AM
Join us for Poetry Month as we blend creativity, reflection, and community in our free Virtual Poetry Journaling Program. With daily prompts, weekly workshops, and vibrant sharing sessions, discover the poet within you. Engage online, connect on social media, and explore our virtual library – your poetic adventure awaits! Reserve your spot now and let your words dance with ours in this celebration of verse! #PoetryJournaling. Class format: Lecture/ demonstration
Tremont LibraryAdults
Fri, April 26
@ 12 PM
Poetry Programming
Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYPL and Poetry Society of New York This April, join us for writing workshops across the three boroughs, uplifting poetry of all types; free verse, form, and everything in between! How to Change Your Life: Poetry Society of New York Poet Venus Solomon in Residence Through a careful analysis of art from Rodin, Rilke, Oliver, and Butler, we will learn how to change our lives. The poets have been having a secret conversation throughout the millennia — would y…
St. George Library CenterAdults
Fri, April 26
@ 1 PM
Americo Casiano was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and came to the Bronx when he was an infant. Americo enrolled at Brooklyn College where he studied English with Charles Lynch and Puerto Rican literature with Alfredo Matilla; whom became his mentors & friends. Both were instrumental in his evolution as a writer. The first session will be a get to know meeting where the participants will inform me of their primary interest (e.g., poetry or creative prose). Based on the feedback, I will…
Morris Park LibraryAdults,

50+
Sat, April 27
@ 1 PM
Poetry Programming
This event will take place in person at the Kingsbridge Library. Come and create some art. Each month, we do something different. Examples in the past include bookmark-making, painting, button-making, and more. This month, in honor of Poetry Month, we will be creating paintings to go along with a poem of your choice. The library will provide all materials, and craft/artistic experience is not required. Let's create and have some fun!
Kingsbridge LibraryAdults
Sat, April 27
@ 2 PM
Banned Books
Closeout National Poetry Month and Books For All Campaign honoring the voice of life's bravest, strongest, and wisest poet, the Phenomenal Woman herself, Maya Angelou with this special poetry writing workshop for teens at Eastchester Library. Participating teens will practice writing expressive poetry, exchanging constructive notes and impressions of each other's works, and have fun during the creative process! Snacks are given to participating teens.
Eastchester LibraryTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Sat, April 27
@ 2 PM
This event will take place in person at Macomb's Bridge Library. Let's celebrate National Poetry Month with our creation of ripped word poem! Let your creative juice flow! Join us for fun experiments, crafts and interesting adventures every week. Registration is not required for this event.
Macomb's Bridge LibraryChildren,

School Age (5-12 years)
Sat, April 27
@ 3 PM
This event will take place in person at the 53rd Street Library. This workshop is designed to help patrons unlock their creative potential. We will engage in fun idea generating exercises and work together to get results and find joy in the writing process. All writers of any experience level are welcome. If you're curious, come check it out! This workshop, the sixteenth in an ongoing series, will continue to explore foundational writing techniques and best practices. Prior attendance is…
53rd Street LibraryAdults
Mon, May 6
@ 2 PM
Publish Your Verse! Do you write poems and dream about seeing them published in a literary magazine? This presentation demystifies the process. From market research, to tracking submissions, to corresponding with editors-- this instructional session is offered to those who are beginners in the ways of print and electronic publication. All poets, writing in all styles and levels, are welcome. The Presenter: Ian Brand is a librarian at NYPL with almost 30 years of publishing experience. H…
Webster LibraryAdults
Mon, May 6
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+
Tue, May 7
@ 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 Mya Matteo Alexice, recipient of writing degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University-Newark and author of A Shape We've Yet to Name (Game Over Books). Gu…
Hudson Park LibraryAdults,

College & Graduate Students
Wed, May 8
@ 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
Mon, May 13
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+
Wed, May 15
@ 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
Wed, May 15
@ 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
Fri, May 17
@ 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
Mon, May 20
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+
Tue, May 21
@ 5:30 PM
Poetry and Growth The One Page Poetry Circle is free and open to all who are interested in poetry. Bring a single page of poetry by a known poet on the monthly theme, with copies for others if you can. We’re back for the sixteenth spring season of the One Page Poetry Circle where people examine the works of established poets. While there is no instructor and this is not a workshop for personal writing, once a month OPPC gives everyone a place to become teachers and learners to explore the for…
St. Agnes Library, Community Program RoomAdults
Wed, May 22
@ 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
Wed, May 29
@ 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
Mon, June 3
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+
Mon, June 10
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+
Mon, June 17
@ 2 PM
Hone your creative writing skills and get helpful feedback from other writers! This program series will be held in person at the Battery Park City Library. Join us for Creative Writing, a weekly writing session co-presented by the Battery Park City Authority and led by author and poet Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, attendees will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode. Beginners welcome! About the instructor: Jon Curle…
Battery Park City LibraryAdults,

50+