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THIS MONTH: Join our celebration of National Poetry Month with 30 Days of Poetry! Record a video of yourself reading a poem - one you wrote, or a favorite. Add it to our collection anytime until end-of-day Friday, April 9, and we'll include it in our monthlong celebration. ADD YOUR POEM HERE.

COMING UP NEXT: April 5 is our all-new Live from Your Living Room - sign up to read your recent work (members) or to join the audience (everybody).

Meet painter/collagist/activist Romare Bearden (shown here) through those who knew him - including his distinguished biographer - April 12.


Last chance to see The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings before it closes April 3. Open to the public in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery.

And our new exhibition Black Literature Matters opens to the public beginning April 28!

For kids in grades 3-12: Our Young Writers Awards are accepting submissions through April 6.

Can we decolonize our bookshelves without barring anyone from what they enjoy? Marialuisa Monda explores Many Doors to the House of Wisdom.

On March 16, 2020, the Library closed for two weeks that turned into three months. A look back at the pandemic year by the numbers in a new Society Library Index.
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THE WRITING LIFE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Microphone
Live from Your Living Room, Spring 2021

Monday, April 5, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | registration required
 
Library members read from their own short stories, novels, poetry, criticism, memoir, and plays.

Reading slots are limited, and readers must be current Library members. To register to read, please contact Carolyn Waters at cwaters@nysoclib.org. Selections are limited to five minutes or less and must be material in progress or newly published work.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
THE WRITING LIFE
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursdays April 1, April 15, 3:00 PM
online | open to the public; free for members | registration required

It's an unusual season. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together. This popular workshop continues alternate Thursdays. REGISTER
FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell

Friday, April 9, 11:00 AM
online | by donation | registration required

Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing. REGISTER
SPECIAL EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mary Schmidt Campbell, An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, with special guests

Monday, April 12, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
An American Odyssey illuminates the life and work of Romare Bearden, whose art celebrated the traditions and ceremonies of African American culture. In this special event, biographer Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses Bearden's life and art and talks with gallery owners Sherman Edmiston and June Kelly.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Laurence Bergreen, In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire

Monday, April 19, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
In this grand and thrilling narrative, the acclaimed biographer of Magellan, Columbus, and Marco Polo brings alive the singular life and adventures of Sir Francis Drake, the pirate/explorer/admiral whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
SPECIAL EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, with dramatic readers

Wednesday, April 21, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | registration required
 
Edward Hirsch's new book presents 100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of How to Read a Poem. In this special event, Dr. Hirsch introduces the poems and their creators, with moving readings by actors R.J. Foster and Sarah Rose Kearns.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
NEW! LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Melissa J. Homestead, The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis

Tuesday, May 4, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
What would Willa Cather's widely read and cherished novels have looked like if she had never met magazine editor and copywriter Edith Lewis? A groundbreaking new look at the American novelist's creative process.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
30 Days of Poetry
Calling poets and poetry lovers of all ages! April is National Poetry Month, and we're celebrating with your favorite poems every day of the month.
 
Record a video of yourself reading a poem - one you wrote, or one by another poet. (Five minutes or less, please.) Add it to our collection anytime until end-of-day Friday, April 9, and we'll include it in our monthlong celebration.

 
And then join us on social media every day of April to enjoy the latest!
PLUS
Join a writing group: A few spaces are available for member writers working on fiction or memoir.




SAVE THE DATE! Black Literature Matters: 1960-Now (May 20)

SAVE THE DATE! The Young Writers Awards Ceremony (May 25)

Digital Teatime (Fridays, 3:00-3:30 PM, for members, drop in)

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



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The Black Literature Matters exhibition is generously supported by The Florence Gould Foundation. Photograph of Langston Hughes Copyright © Van Vechten Trust; Gravure and Compilation copyright © Eakins Press Foundation.

Black Literature Matters events are presented with generous support from the Florence Gould Foundation.

The April 21 poetry event is generously supported by the Lyn Chase Poetry Fund.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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