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For National Library Week, Member writer Ellen Feldman gave us the gift of a beautiful ode to libraries .

We're pleased to offer a brand-new online orientation for members who want to brush up their skills on our e-books, electronic resources, and other digital activities. Log in to the website here to learn all about it.

The Library is closed, but collection development continues. The May New Books List includes something for every reader to look forward to.

How many of our Library Bingo activities have you found yourself doing this past month?

Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 30) inspired some of us to share a favorite poem, funny or grand.

Our historic Herman Melville materials have been visiting The Rosenbach in Philadelphia. Take a look at their exhibition from afar in this digital gallery .

Staffer Kirsten Carleton is using lockdown to get deeply into knitting - in the literary tradition of Miss Marple, Mme Defarge, and Dorothy Parker.

Our local Bible buff celebrated Easter with some "Bi-Fi": New Testament Fiction from the Sublime to the Ridiculous .

The party is ongoing for Beverly Cleary's 104th birthday! Ramona Quimby never gets old.

Meanwhile, William Shakespeare turned 456, and we enjoyed a visit to the witty, wacky world of cartoonist Good Tickle Brain .
One-Question Survey

WHERE are you reading these days? In bed? In Biloxi? SHARE YOUR ANSWER HERE.

Last month we asked what you were reading at home - and what great answers we got! All kinds of recommendations from classics to comedy here .
Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week is May 4-10. Celebrate with storytime online, trivia, and more!

In honor of the week, staffer Marialuisa Monda tells us why everyone, kid or adult, should read folk stories.
Add Your Voice to the Library's COVID-19 Community Archive

The Library is creating a COVID-19 Community Archive to document members’ lives during this outbreak.

The Library invites you to document your personal experiences and submit files to this Community Archive. You can send along a photo and accompanying story, a description of how you’re spending your days, or even snap a photo of a journal entry or an art project you’ve worked on.

NEW! ONLINE GALLERY TALK - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Book Beautiful
Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings

Video debut and interactive chat on YouTube
Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 PM
by donation | no registration required

Join Exhibitions staff for an intimate look at the world, family, and gorgeous art of early-20th-century book designer Margaret Armstrong. Following this debut, the video will be available on our website.

ONLINE WORKSHOP - FOR MEMBERS
Gessy Alvarez
The Tip of the Iceberg: An Introduction to Flash Fiction

Thursdays May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, 6:00 PM
 on the Zoom Meetings platform | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

This course will explore the growing popularity of flash fiction and examine how the elements of traditional storytelling like character, conflict, and plot play out in a condensed form with the editor-in-chief of the journal DIGGING THROUGH THE FAT.


THE WRITING LIFE EVENTS IN 2020 ARE GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY JENNY LAWRENCE.
STREAMING LECTURE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Eric K. Washington

Video debut and interactive chat on YouTube
Th ursday, May 7, 6:30 PM
by donation | no registration required

A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads.

Join us on YouTube at the time above for the premiere of this recorded lecture and interactive chat with the speaker.

THE YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Young Writers Awards 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 PM
free of charge | no registration required

The annual Young Writers Awards celebrate great writing by young authors in grades 3 through 12. Join us on YouTube for writing advice and inspiration in honor of this year's winners, from author-judges Robert Quackenbush, Carol Weston, Dave Johnson, and Edra Ziesk.

NEW! WEBINAR - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Virtual Exploration of the Library
with New York Adventure Club

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 PM
$10 per person | registration required

We're pleased to offer a virtual visit to the Library then and now, including discussion of our history, a digital building walk-through, tips from our Book Conservator, and a detailed look at our current exhibition.

NEW DATES! WRITING LIFE POETRY WORKSHOP - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Esther Cohen
Write What Life Feels Like Now

Thursdays May 14, May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, 3:00 PM
 separate sessions | on the Zoom Meetings platform | by donation | registration required

There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.

Esther Cohen is a writer and poet in New York City. She also teaches and is a cultural activist. Most days she posts a poem at esthercohen.com .


THE WRITING LIFE EVENTS IN 2020 ARE GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY JENNY LAWRENCE.
NEW! LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The New Work-Home Equation
A Q&A with Distracted Author Maggie Jackson on how to Flourish When Office and Life Are One

Conversation and interactive chat on YouTube
Monday, May 18 , 12:00 noon
by donation | registration required

Join us for an interactive chat with author and journalist Maggie Jackson on how to tame distractions, keep screens from taking over, and push back on the blur that work and home have become during the lockdown.

Want to submit a question ahead of time? Email the Events Office.

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity. Her books include Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention and What's Happening to Home: Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age.

NEW! SEMNAR - FOR MEMBERS
Nicho las Birns

Wednesdays May 20, June 3, June 24, July 15, 11:00 AM
 on the Zoom Meetings platform | $60 for the four sessions | registration required

Considered the first great novel and the origin of European fictional representation, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a book at once tragic, inspiring, thought-provoking and, above all, funny. Reading it in Edith Grossman's acclaimed recent translation, we will consider this timeless classic in its contexts.

INFORMAL GATHERING - FOR MEMBERS

Fridays, 3:00-3:30 PM
on the Zoom Meetings platform | by donation | drop in

Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members. Every Friday until further notice.

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