This issue includes
The Book Beautiful Exhibition | Great Women Songwriters | What's New in Publishing
News and Links
The 18th Annual Young Writers Awards are accepting entries through March 31! Full details and entry form here .

Member writer Nancy Novick profiled Head Librarian Carolyn Waters - a Rutgers University alum - in the Rutgers magazine.


One-Question Survey
What's the best book you read in 2019 (regardless of when it was published)? ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE .
EXHIBITION - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

January 16-August 31, 2020
Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public whenever the Library is open | free of charge

Margaret Armstrong was one of the most sought-after artists in an almost forgotten chapter in the history of book publishing—the golden age of the decorated book cover. Today Armstrong’s covers are once again prized by scholars, educators and collectors. This exhibition showcases some of Armstrong’s most exquisite covers, along with historic photographs and documents.


Exhibition Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 PM
Members' Room | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required

Join us for light refreshments and a first look at this gorgeous new exhibition.



Gallery Talks
Every two weeks beginning Tuesday, January 28, 11:00 AM
Peluso Family Exhibition Gallery | open to the public | free of charge | drop in

Gallery talks are for anyone interested in learning more about artist Margaret Armstrong and her family. Talks last roughly 30 minutes.


THIS EXHIBITION IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE H.W. WILSON FOUNDATION. ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS PROVIDED BY THE THOMAS E. DEWEY FUND AND THE FELICIA FUND.
THE WRITING LIFE - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! with Carol Weston

Friday, January 10, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | drop in

Come write with us on second Fridays based on prompts from novelist and advice columnist Carol Weston.


THE WRITING LIFE EVENTS IN 2020 ARE GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY JENNY LAWRENCE.
SOCIAL EVENT - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Happy Hour

Thursday, January 16, 5:30-6:30 PM
Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in

Join your fellow members for an informal hour of wine and light refreshments.
LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Adrienne Brodeur
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | advance registration required

A daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Member Orientations

Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 PM
Monday, January 27, 10:00 AM
Monday, February 3, 10:00 AM
Little Whitridge Room | free of charge | drop in

It's your Library. Learn about all the ways to make use of our collections, building, and services in a friendly presentation/Q&A with a staff member. Sessions last 45-60 minutes.
SEMINAR - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Jane Mallison
Herman Melville: Mostly Moby-Dick

Thursdays January 23, February 20, March 19, April 9, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required

This challenging and rewarding novel deserves a fresh start or a revisit with educator and popular seminar leader Jane Mallison.

CHILDREN'S EVENT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Folktales and Fun Tunes with Bob “Bobaloo” Basey

Saturday, January 25, 3:00 PM
Members’ Room | for all ages | $10 per child | registration required

Discover stories through songs with Bobaloo: a musician, storyteller, and Pied Piper of Song.


THIS EVENT IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE RICHARD PECK FUND.
PERFORMANCE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Deborah Grace Winer with Karen Ziemba and Mark Hummel
Baby Dream Your Dream: An Evening with the Great Women Writers of the American Songbook

Monday, January 27, 6:00 PM
Members’ Room | $25 per person | registration required

American Songbook expert Deborah Grace Winer tells the story of the female pioneers of songwriting – those few who crashed the boys’ club and wrote hit shows and songs like On the Town, ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street,’ and so much more - with performances by Tony award-winning Broadway star Karen Ziemba and musical director Mark Hummel.  (At right: Dorothy Fields, writer of 'The Way You Look Tonight' and many other classics)

YOUNG WRITERS' WORKSHOP - FOR MEMBERS AND GUESTS
Ruth Chan
Graphic Novels

Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 PM
Whitridge Room | for members and guests in grades 3 and up | $15 per person | registration required

Explore visual storytelling and make your own comics with author and illustrator Ruth Chan.


THIS EVENT IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY JEANETTE SARKISIAN WAGNER.
SEMINAR - FOR MEMBERS ONLY - SOLD OUT!
Nicholas Birns, A Life in the Wide World: The Fiction of Joseph Conrad
Wednesdays January 29, February 26, March 25, April 29, 11:00 AM | Whitridge Room | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required

This seminar takes place as listed but is fully registered. To join the waitlist, email events@nysoclib.org .
MEET THE PUBLISHING PROS - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mike Shatzkin
How Book Publishing Has Changed in the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM
Members' Room | $15 per person | registration required

In this occasional series, writers and patrons interested in the publishing world are invited to an insightful discussion with one of its stars. Here, a widely acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry shares cutting-edge insights and answers questions from writers and anyone interested in publishing.

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Registration is required for all events unless individual listings state otherwise, and space is limited. Please see individual listings for details on time, format, and location. Many events are open to the public, with some for members only; check individual listings for details.

The house opens for each event thirty minutes prior to the stated start time. Registrants are asked not to arrive for check-in prior to that time. A seat cannot be guaranteed after an event has begun.

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The Writing Life events in 2020 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

Children's events are generously supported by Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner and by the Richard Peck Fund.
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The Library will be closed Monday, January 20, in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
 
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