A Message from the Head Librarian
I haven’t updated Our COVID-19 Response page since my early December message. I think that is a positive and hopeful sign. I’m thrilled to hear from so many of you who have already gotten your first – and second vaccine shots. Congratulations! I’ll be heartened when more of my staff are able to get theirs – and no, we’re not considered essential workers (but it puts a smile to my face hearing from those of you who think we should be)!

The situation is improving, slowly, but we have not reached the end of the story yet. And until further notice, our extensive health and safety protocols remain in place.

Compliance by members and visitors has been exemplary and the staff and I thank you all so much for your continued vigilance and adherence to our rules.

But we are making one important change to our mandated mask policy.

News and Links
THIS WEEK: "One of the great storytellers of war" brings his magisterial narrative of WWII in the Pacific to a close - Ian W. Toll, March 4, introduced by W.W. Norton's Starling Lawrence.


Digital magazines are back, and with many more titles than before. Try out our new OverDrive subscription.

March is Women's History Month - choose your related reading from this big list of women's history books we've added since last year!

To all the Steves in our lives...participants in our Writing Life workshop with Esther Cohen offer some fun new poems.

April is National Poetry Month, and we're celebrating with 30 Days of Poetry! Full details on how to contribute your favorite poem here.

See our gorgeous exhibition The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings before it closes April 3. Open to the public in the Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery.

For kids in grades 3-12: Our Young Writers Awards are accepting submissions through April 6!
One-Question Survey

This Women's History Month, we're looking for your number-one literary heroine - whether she wears a cape, runs a business, runs a household, or displays other strengths of character entirely. ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE.

Many juicy responses to last month's request for your favorite literary villain ranged from the cosmic (two votes for Paradise Lost's Satan) to the intriguing (the tobacco-apologist protagonist of Christopher Buckley's Thank You for Smoking) - but the Victorians and Edwardians dominated: Austen's Mr. Wickham, Dickens' Mr. Tulkinghorn and Uriah Heep, Trollope's Obadiah Slope, Thackeray's Becky Sharp, Stevenson's Long John Silver (two votes), Wharton's Gilbert Osmond and Undine Spragg, and of course Doyle's infamous Professor Moriarty (three votes).
THE WRITING LIFE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursdays March 4, March 18, 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 through the winter.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the next date.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ian W. Toll
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945

Thursday, March 4, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, “one of the great storytellers of War” (Evan Thomas). Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material, Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on the battles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabled the Allied victory in the Pacific.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Janice P. Nimura,
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
This richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. "Nimura casts a thoughtful and revelatory new light onto women’s and medical history." (Publishers Weekly).

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NEW! TECHNOLOGY ORIENTATIONS - FOR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Meet Our Electronic Resources
online | free of charge | registration required
 
Get acquainted with the Library's many electronic resources, from our large and growing e-book collection, to scholarly databases like J-STOR and Project MUSE, to our brand-new e-magazine collection on OverDrive! Open to current members and anyone interested in the Library's digital offerings.

Thursday, March 11, 6:00 PM: Focusing on our new e-magazine platform
Monday, March 15, 10:00 AM: Broadly introducing our electronic resources
THE WRITING LIFE - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell

Friday, March 12, 11:00 AM
online | by donation | registration required
 
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Victoria Shorr, The Plum Trees

Monday, March 15, 6:00 PM
online | $10 per person | registration required
 
From the author of Midnight, a poignant tale about one woman’s quest to recover her family’s history, and a story of loss and survival during the Holocaust.

This event is co-sponsored by the Corner Bookstore.

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SPECIAL EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Black Literature Matters: 1900-1959

Thursday, March 25, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | registration required
 
Black Literature Matters celebrates Black writers in four extraordinary evenings. This third event of the series features writers from 1900 through 1959 including James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston (shown here), LeRoi Jones, Paule Marshall, and Richard Wright. Head Librarian Carolyn Waters and Columbia University's Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin introduce the writers, their worlds, and the impact they had on readers of their time, with samples of their own speech and dramatic readings by actors Shontelle Thrash and Geoffrey D. Williams.

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NEW! SPECIAL EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beth Kobliner and Geraldine Woods, So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That'll Knock Your Socks Off

Tuesday, March 30, 6:00 PM
online | free of charge | registration required
 
A fun interactive evening celebrating everyday expressions from "under the weather" to "on top of the world," perfect for any lover of language.

Interested in this event, but not ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
PLUS
Black Literature Matters events are presented with generous support from the Florence Gould Foundation.

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