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NEW HOURS! Beginning Tuesday, September 7, the Library will be open
Mondays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Thursdays 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Saturdays 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sundays 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Visit the time of the salons, of the Bloomsbury Group, or another great era of conversation with these books recommended by member Heidi K. Weber.

It's been 20 years since the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Here are some books to help remember and show younger generations, recommended by our children's librarians.

All our winter/spring event recordings are now available to stream.
One-Question Survey
Are you a class act, the class clown, in a class by yourself? In honor of back-to-school time, we're looking for your favorite English-language expression or common phrase. Knowledge is power, after all. ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE.

Last month we asked what book (story, poem...) inspires you to make the world a better place. We got a wonderful range of replies across genres and media.
CHILDREN'S EVENT | ONLINE | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Young Poets Society
Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 PM
recommended for children in Kindergarten and up | free of charge | registration required

Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime. Our 2021-22 elementary-age program explores the rhymes, rhythms, and pizzazz of poetry. This month, we'll get to know each other with name acrostics.
CONVERSATION | LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hilma Wolitzer, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 PM
$10 per person | registration required
 
The Boston Globe has called Hilma Wolitzer an "American literary treasure." Here she discusses her new volume of uncannily relevant, deliciously clear-eyed collected stories with beloved novelist Meg Wolitzer.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
CHILDREN'S EVENT | LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alan Gratz, Ground Zero
Monday, September 13, 2:00 PM
free of charge | presented by the Center for Fiction - Kids Read | registration required
 
In his new novel Ground Zero, bestselling author Alan Gratz weaves together a tale of two devastating days in modern world history, separated by exactly 18 years.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
SEMINAR | ONLINE | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns
Wednesdays, September 22, October 13, November 3, November 17, 11:00 AM
$60 for the four sessions | registration required

This seminar looks at two of the most renowned novelists in the Portuguese language, José Saramago and Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (pictured).
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the first date.
CONVERSATION | LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian: A Novel
Thursday, September 23, 6:00 PM
free of charge | registration required
 
A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
CONVERSATION | LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat, and Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 PM
$10 per person | registration required
 
A one-of-a-kind conversation between rising star fiction writers Deesha Philyaw (2020 Pen/Faulkner Award winner) and Dantiel W. Moniz (“a gorgeous debut” - Lauren Groff).
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
LECTURE | LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature
Thursday, September 30, 6:00 PM
free of charge | registration required
 
The brilliant scholar who served as guest curator for the Library's Black Literature Matters exhibition imparts the lessons bequeathed by the Black community and its remarkable artists and thinkers. This event is by-invitation for Members' Room seats; the livestream is free and open to the public, with registration required.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
Plus
We're excited to be presenting in-person events beginning in October. All individuals attending in-person Members’ Room or Whitridge Room events will be required to show proof of vaccination (Excelsior Pass, vaccination card, photo of vaccination card) at check-in. Please note that we continue to monitor all the news about COVID-19, and we reserve the right to make changes to any or all events including postponement, cancelation, or a change to livestreaming only. Registrants will be contacted as far in advance as possible in the case of any such change.



Online: Writing Life Prompt! Fall 2021 (October 8, November 12, December 10)






Digital Teatime (Fridays)

Exhibition: Black Literature Matters (through May 1, 2022)

Request a Book Bundle from our Children's & YA librarians!



More events are added throughout the season. If you were forwarded this message, sign up here to get our newsletter in your inbox.
The Black Literature Matters exhibition is presented with generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation.

The Joseph J. Ellis event is a Henry S.F. Cooper Jr. Lecture on Early American History and Literature.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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Library Hours
Monday and Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Library will be closed Saturday, September 4, Sunday, September 5, and Monday, September 6, for Labor Day Weekend.

Hours Beginning September 7
Monday and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM