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Wed, October 12
@ 12:30 p.m.
Orientation to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
One part workshop, one part building tour, this orientation will cover how to get a library card, how to use NYPL’s online catalog and databases, and where in the building to find what you’re looking for. Emphasis will be on using the research collections specific to the building, but anyone interested in using NYPL libraries is welcome.
Adults
Wed, October 12
@ 3 p.m.
New Perspectives on Postcolonial History: A Workshop on Using Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) in the 21st Century
This workshop will demonstrate how to utilize the FRUS series for non-diplomatic history research using examples of postwar history of decolonization and nationalist struggles and identity. Attention will also be given to demonstrating the history.state.gov website, NARA and other on-line resources now available.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, October 12
@ 6 p.m.
“Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire”: A Conversation about Security and Transparency in the Cold War Era Foreign Relations Series
Joint NYPL and U.S. Department of State Program and Workshop to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Foreign Relations of the United States series. The Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of United States foreign policy and diplomatic activity, has embodied the Department of State’s commitment to responsible transparency since 1861. The evolution of the series during the twentieth century, particularly debates in the 1950s surrounding the release of…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste AuditoriumAdults
Fri, October 14
@ 3:15 p.m.
Uncovering Your Family History: Introduction to Genalogical Research
NYPL boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find the name of an ancestor on a ship's passenger list or discover the names of family members in historical census records.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Sat, October 15
@ 2 p.m.
Hand-Made
Hand-Made Crafternoon: October 15, 2011.
Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free DIY day at the Library. Our special guest will be the crochet and knit designer (and opera singer) Lisa Daehlin, who will share her knowledge of--and love for--knitted and crocheted lace designs (hairpin, broomstick, and Tunisian lace crochet, as well as yarn-over lace knitting). She will demonstrate some beginners’ techniques for making knitted and crocheted lace. We'll have a limited a…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Tue, October 18
@ 5:30 p.m.
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Lecture Series: Beyond the Draft: WW1 Records in the National Archives
Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, lectures on military records at Samford University's IGHR and the Salt Lake Institute, and in the Smithsonian’s genealogical lecture series. This session provides the tools necessary to locate the regiment of a soldier who served during World War One, after which additional information on his military service may be obtained from records in the National Archives, College Park, Maryland. NARA Finding Aids and proper citation and documentation will also be discussed…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, October 19
@ 3:15 p.m.
Basic Email
Learn how email works, sign up for a free email account and learn about sending, replying to and forwarding messages.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
50+
Thu, October 20
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Newspapers and Periodicals
Interested in reading newspapers and periodicals online? This workshop will show you how to explore NYPL's online resources, both current and historical.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Fri, October 21
@ 2:15 p.m.
William Shakespeare: From Stratford-on-Avon to the New York Public Library
Discover the World of William Shakespeare at the NYPL. Ponder textual problems in the quartos and folios. Explore illustrated editions of the plays and poems. Experience Shakespearean research through 21st-century databases.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Thu, October 27
@ 2:15 p.m.
Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books
The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare. Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers
Sat, October 29
@ 10 a.m.
Citizen Cartography Workshop: Build a Virtual Atlas of New York. THE NEW SCHOOL
A special Session of Citizen Cartography for the New School Class in History of New Media.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsCollege & Graduate Students
Wed, November 2
@ 3:15 p.m.
Basic Internet
This introduction to the Internet covers getting connected,using a web browser, and navigating web pages.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
50+
Thu, November 3
@ 3:15 p.m.
Uncovering Your Family History: Introduction to Genealogical Research
NYPL boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find the name of an ancestor on a ship's passenger list or discover the names of family members in historical census records.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Sat, November 5
@ 10 a.m.
Citizen Cartography Workshop: Build a Virtual Atlas of New York
10am-1pm, Saturday, November 5 in the South Court Classrooms of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. 15 participants max. Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop (which takes place the three times a month) will get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georecti…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 9 a.m.
Cullman Center Institute for Teachers
Flaws in the Texture of Life Feeling, Imagery, and Weirdness in the Short Story with Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill, one of America’s master short story writers, leads a seminar on four brilliant stories: The 5:48 by John Cheever; Vandals by Alice Munro; Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor; and The End of FIRPO in the World by George Saunders. The class will discuss each work's apparent theme, style, and representation of character, and will pay special attention to the ways writers use words to create non-verbal experience through which readers sense the hidden and irratio…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumTeachers,
K-12 Educators
Tue, November 8
@ 12:30 p.m.
Orientation to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
One part workshop, one part building tour, this orientation will cover how to get a library card, how to use NYPL’s online catalog and databases, and where in the building to find what you’re looking for. Emphasis will be on using the research collections specific to the building, but anyone interested in using NYPL libraries is welcome.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Tue, November 8
@ 2 p.m.
Internet and Email (All Levels)
Blogging 101
Learn what a blog is, see examples of blogs, learn how to blog and to create your own, using Wordpress.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, November 9
@ 4:30 p.m.
Using Zotero in your Research
This hands-on workshop offers a quick introduction to Zotero, a free bibliographic tool that resides in your Firefox browser and helps you gather, manage, analyze, and share your resources. Learn the basic functionality of the program as well as how to integrate your Zotero library with word-processing software for footnotes and bibliographies. A basic knowledge of web-based research tools and resources is suggested.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms
Wed, November 9
@ 5:30 p.m.
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Lecture Series: The Road Less Traveled: Polish & Ukrainian Research
Matthew Bielawa, vice president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast and Jonathan Shea, AG, professor of languages at Housatonic Community College and Central Connecticut State University. This session incorporates basic and other record sources, which are infrequently used but invaluable to the family history researcher. Included are vital records, church censuses, marriage dispensations, population registers, cemetery records, passport applications, and more.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 2:15 p.m.
Subversive Shaw: An Introduction to the Life and Work of George Bernard Shaw
Under the cloak of sublime comedy, Shaw sought to expose the hypocrisy of Victorian society and morality. He was the author of some sixty plays (including Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Caesar and Cleopatra), prefaces which were sometimes longer than the plays themselves, five novels, music and theatre criticism, innumerable socialist pamphlets and political tracts, and several thousand letters. This presentation will explore the life and work of this brilliant, witty, and subversive literary f…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students,
College & Graduate Students
Tue, November 15
@ 2:15 p.m.
Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books
The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare. Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, November 16
@ 3:15 p.m.
Basic Email
Learn how email works, sign up for a free email account and learn about sending, replying to and forwarding messages.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
50+
Wed, November 16
@ 5:30 p.m.
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Lecture Series: Applying for your Irish Passport: An Introduction to Irish Research
Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist, teaches classes on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research, and computer topics. Before you buy your ticket to Ireland you need to look at the roots your ancestor planted in America. Focusing on U.S. resources can give you a real passport to finding your way to the right place and time in Ireland.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Fri, November 18
@ 3:15 p.m.
Clues from Family Photos
The best clues about old family photographs are found in the images themselves. This class introduces techniques for dating images as well as resources for researching photographs.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Sat, November 19
@ 2 p.m.
Hand-Made
Hand-Made Crafternoon: November 19, 2011.
Update, 11/16/11: The hands-on project will be friendship bracelets. To make a friendship bracelet, you need about 2 yards EACH of four different colors of embroidery thread. We'll have some embroidery thread to share with everyone, but please bring your own if you have your heart set on a specific color combination. Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free DIY day at the Library. We'll be joined by Bust Magazine founders Debbi…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Tue, November 22
@ 2:15 p.m.
Elusive Jane: In Search of Jane Austen at the New York Public Library
An examination fo the life and works of Jane Austen as reflected in the collections of the New York Public Library.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Tue, November 29
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources : Catalogs
This class will concentrate on the use of the NYPL Online Catalog and of WorldCat, an online catalog of materials held in libraries worldwide. Effort will be made to focus on the specific needs of the class, so bring your current research projects
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Fri, December 2
@ 2:15 p.m.
Subversive Shaw: An Introduction to the Life and Work of George Bernard Shaw
Under the cloak of sublime comedy, Shaw sought to expose the hypocrisy of Victorian society and morality. He was the author of some sixty plays (including Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Caesar and Cleopatra), prefaces which were sometimes longer than the plays themselves, five novels, music and theatre criticism, innumerable socialist pamphlets and political tracts, and several thousand letters. This presentation will explore the life and work of this brilliant, witty, and subversive literary f…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
Book Lovers,
College & Graduate Students
Tue, December 6
@ 12:30 p.m.
Orientation to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
One part workshop, one part building tour, this orientation will cover how to get a library card, how to use NYPL’s online catalog and databases, and where in the building to find what you’re looking for. Emphasis will be on using the research collections specific to the building, but anyone interested in using NYPL libraries is welcome.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Tue, December 6
@ 2 p.m.
Internet and Email (All Levels)
Blogging 101
Learn what a blog is, see examples of blogs, learn how to blog and to create your own, using Wordpress.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, December 7
@ 3:15 p.m.
Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books
The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare. Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers
Wed, December 7
@ 4:30 p.m.
eNYPL: Access eBooks, Movies, and Music from Home
Electronic books, audio books, music files, and videos - a wealth of resources is available from the Library's web site. Learn how to check-out ebooks for your e-reader or music for your audio player. All is free with your library card!
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers,
Job Seekers
Fri, December 9
@ 3:15 p.m.
Uncovering Your Family History: Introduction to Genealogical Research, Part I
NYPL boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find the name of an ancestor on a ship's passenger list or discover the names of family members in historical census records.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Tue, December 13
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources : Catalogs
This class will concentrate on the use of the NYPL Online Catalog and of WorldCat, an online catalog of materials held in libraries worldwide. Effort will be made to focus on the specific needs of the class, so bring your current research projects
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, December 14
@ 3:15 p.m.
Basic Internet
This introduction to the Internet covers getting connected,using a web browser, and navigating web pages.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
50+
Thu, December 15
@ 2 p.m.
Researching with E-Resources: Newspapers and Periodicals
Interested in reading newspapers and periodicals online? This workshop will show you how to explore NYPL's online resources, both current and historical.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
College & Graduate Students
Fri, December 16
@ 2:15 p.m.
Out of the Blacking Factory: Charles Dickens at the New York Public LIbrary
Aside from Shakespeare, no writer has more thoroughly engaged the public’s imagination than Charles Dickens; no gallery of characters is more varied or memorable. This presentation examines various aspects of Dickens’s life and reputation, the broad range of his fiction, and the various illustrators who added a crucial visual element to his verbal design.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults,
Book Lovers
Sat, December 17
@ 2 p.m.
Hand-Made
Hand-Made Crafternoon: December 17, 2011.
Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free DIY day at the Library. We'll be joined by special guest Brett Bara, author of Sewing in a Straight Line, and she'll show us how to stitch up a little felt bowl or a holiday ornament. And I'll select a variety of inspiring books from the Library's collections for browsing fun as well. Here are the details on this event: This is a FREE event, but reservations are welcome because seat…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger ForumAdults
Wed, December 21
@ 3:15 p.m.
Basic Email
Learn how email works, sign up for a free email account and learn about sending, replying to and forwarding messages.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults,
50+
Wed, January 4
@ 3:15 p.m.
Introduction to Computers
An introduction to computer basics for adults and seniors. Learn about the parts of a computer and how to use a keyboard and mouse.
Adults,
50+
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