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The Library is honored to announce the election of a new Chair of our Board of Trustees: Ellen M. Iseman.

Now accepting submissions from budding writers grades 3-12: The 20th Annual Young Writers Awards!

Stream events from our Fall 2021 season - wonderful presentations on short stories, Virginia Woolf, American history, and more.

The checkout numbers have been culled and crunched, and we are pleased to present our most-circulated titles of 2021.

Old, new, solemn, funny, informative: Favorite books staff read in 2021.

We celebrated members who published books in 2021 at a special reception on December 16. Browse and buy member books here.

One-Question Survey
New Year, New Books: We want to know what you're looking forward to reading in 2022 - whether it's hot off the press or found buried in the stacks. ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE.
MEMBERS' ROOM & LIVESTREAMING | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ted Widmer, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington
Thursday, January 20, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person
Livestream - $10 per person

A winner of the Lincoln Forum Book Prize, Lincoln on the Verge tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic.
NEW! SEMINAR | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
The Oresteia of Aeschylus with Donald McDonough
Thursdays January 27, February 17, March 10, 11:00 AM
Whitridge Room | $45 for the three sessions | registration required

Aeschylus' three-play cycle presented his Athenian audience with murder within a royal family poisoned by previous crimes and wartime decisions. What is justice and where does it lie in these plays, the only single day's trilogy to survive from the classic period of Athens' festival of Dionysius?
MEMBERS' ROOM & LIVESTREAMING | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Colm Tóibín, The Magician: A Novel
Thursday, January 27, 6:00 PM
Livestream - $10 per person

From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War - the story of novelist Thomas Mann.

NEW! ONLINE | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
18th-Century Libraries: Book of the Month Club: Hume's History of England
Friday, January 28, 10:00 AM (US Eastern time)
free of charge | drop in

Libraries, Reading Communities and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic is a three-year project based in the History Department at the University of Liverpool, investigating the contribution of books to social, cultural, and political change in the eighteenth century. The project's online team, together with partner libraries, will be running a Book of the Month Club throughout 2022, drawing attention to books that appealed to eighteenth-century library goers. As our inaugural Book of the Month, the team has selected David Hume's History of England. Read an optional excerpt to discuss and learn about this book's popularity and impact.
MEMBERS' ROOM & LIVESTREAMING | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Thursday, February 3, 6:00 PM
Members' Room - $15 per person
Livestream - $10 per person

Moon and the Mars explores NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl. In this one-time-only event, the winner of the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize converses with beloved fiction writer Meg Wolitzer.
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Please note: 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.
Coming Up from Our Fellow Membership Libraries
FROM THE ATHENAEUM OF PHILADELPHIA
January 10, 6:00 PM | online | registration required

FROM THE BOSTON ATHENAEUM
Thursday, January 13, 7:00 PM | Zoom | registration is requested

Tuesday, January 18, 12:00 PM | Zoom | registration is requested

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00 PM | Zoom | registration is requested

Wednesday, January 26, 7:00 PM | Zoom | registration is requested
The Black Literature Matters exhibition is presented with generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation.
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