16mm Film, LIVE from NYPL, The Library After Hours: The Library After Hours: Pride

Date and Time
June 7, 2024
Event Details

Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the city’s most cerebral happy hour.

Celebrate Pride at the Library! Join us for curator talks, artist presentations, rare 16mm films, and more.

Plan your evening!

All start times approximate.

Collections Display
(First Floor: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division)
A one-night-only display curated from the special collections at the Library for the Performing Arts highlights LGBTQ artists, writers, and performers.

History of Queer Picture Books
(First Floor: DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room)
Discover historic queer picture books—including works that are out of print or only available in our research collections—that trace the shifting attitudes, norms, and realities of queer life over a half century.

16 mm Films
(Third Floor: Edna Barnes Salomon Room)
Selections from the Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection spotlight lesbian cinema and documentaries. Read more about the films here.

  • A Woman’s Place is in the House (1976) at 7:15 PM
  • Lavender (1972) at 7:50 PM
  • Fire (1996) at 8:05 PM
  • A Litany for Survival Part I (1996) at 8:50 PM
  • A Litany for Survival Part II (1996) at 9:20 PM

Musician Be Steadwell
(Third Floor: Rose Main Reading Room)
Enjoy performances by musician Be Steadwell at 7:30 PM, 8:15 PM, and 9:15 PM.

NYC Trans Oral History Project Listening Stations
(Third Floor: Bill Blass Public Catalog Room)
Listen to interviews from the New York City Trans Oral History Project, a community archive devoted to the collection, preservation, and sharing of trans histories, organized in collaboration with the Library.

Book Matchmaking
(Third Floor: Bill Blass Public Catalog Room)
Librarians are here to set you up with your next great read.

Also taking place all night:

  • Music by DJ Mike Borowski (First Floor: Astor Hall)
  • Library Card Sign-Up (Third Floor, Bill Blass Public Catalog Room)
  • Coloring, Crafts & Games (Second Floor: Margaret Liebman Berger Forum)
  • The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History (First Floor: Wachenheim Gallery, Ispahani-Bartos Gallery; Third Floor: Print Gallery, Rayner Special Collections Wing)
  • Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures (First Floor: Gottesman Hall)

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Tickets for this event are Pay What You Wish, with a suggested cost of admission of $15. Your contribution benefits The New York Public Library and helps us cover the costs of this event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

If you miss your chance to get a ticket in advance, we may have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Doors will open at our 42nd St entrance and the Marshall Rose Plaza (located at 40th St and 5th Ave) at 7 PM, with final entry at 9:30 PM. Both of these entrances are accessible. 

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This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs (enter at 42nd Street or the Marshall Rose Plaza, located at 40th St and 5th Ave). Assistive listening devices and large-format programs are available on-site. ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

For other accessibility information, please contact accessibility@nypl.org.


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The Library After Hours is made possible with the generous support of Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos.