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We're celebrating STACKS WEEK November 15-24! It's a celebration of our 300,000-strong collection of print books and magazines.

Join in by sharing an underappreciated favorite book or a fun, quirky, or historic item you've found in our stacks - in the Reference Room, in the lobby, or by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram (@nysoclib) with the hashtag #StacksWeek.

...and Head Librarian Carolyn Waters conferred, conversed, and otherwise hob-nobbed with her fellow subscription library directors at the 175-year-old St. Louis Mercantile Library.

Holiday shopping season is upon us - find just the right books for the young people in your life with this overflowing list from our Children's & YA Librarians.

Limited seating is now available in the Children's Library - see the latest in our COVID-19 response.
This Month's One-Question Survey
Winter's coming on, so we're looking for some coziness. Share your favorite comforting book, author, or story. Cozy mysteries, cozy children's books, cozy recipe collections - all warmly(!) welcomed. ADD YOUR ANSWER HERE.
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Susan Nagel, Patriotism and Profit: Washington, Hamilton, Schuyler & the Rivalry for America's Capital City
Thursday, November 18
Members' Room, 6:00 PM: $15 per person
Livestream, 6:30 PM: $10 per person

The untold story of how America’s beloved first president, George Washington, borrowed, leveraged, and coerced his way into masterminding the key land purchase of the American era, which led to the creation of the nation’s capital city.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
THE WRITING LIFE | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Prompt! Fall 2021

Come write with us on Friday mornings. Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour and a half of prompts, writing, and sharing. Sessions are separate - attend any or all.
IN THE WHITRIDGE ROOM:
Fridays November 19, December 3, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
free of charge | registration required
ON THE ZOOM MEETINGS PLATFORM:
Friday December 10, 11:00 AM (separate sessions)
free of charge | registration required
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Barbara Ascher, Ghosting: A Widow's Voyage Out and Peter Duchin, Face the Music: A Memoir, moderated by Linda Donn
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 PM
Members' Room: $15 per person
Livestream: $10 per person

In this unique event, author and journalist Barbara Ascher and celebrated bandleader Peter Duchin share memoirs reflecting on love, family, grief, and what comes after the life one expected.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
MEMBERS' ROOM and LIVESTREAM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Ronald Koury and special guests, Places Lost and Found: Travel Essays from the Hudson Review
Thursday, December 9, 6:00 PM
Members' Room: $15 per person
Livestream: $10 per person

Ronald Koury and writers from the Hudson Review celebrate a treasury of unique and wide-ranging contributions, all establishing a sense of place, its history and significance.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
MEMBERS' ROOM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Clover: A New Play by Ty Hallmark and Laura Rocklyn
Saturday, December 11, 2:00 PM
$20 per person | registration required

Clover is a new full-length play by Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark exploring the life of Gilded Age Washington socialite and pioneer female photographer Clover Adams. Upon arriving in D.C., Clover dives into the political and social scene - but then the death of her beloved father and possible philandering of her husband subject her to the darker forces that run in her family line.
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
ON THE ZOOM MEETINGS PLATFORM | FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Seminar: Nostalgist or Liberator? The Fiction of D.H. Lawrence with Nicholas Birns
Wednesdays December 15, January 5, January 26, February 16, 11:00 AM
$60 for the four sessions | registration required

How does the 20th-century British novelist's combination of the visionary, the robust, and the outlandish have new relevance for the 21st century?
Interested but not yet ready to register? Get a reminder closer to the date.
NEW! MEMBERS' ROOM | FOR MEMBERS AND GUESTS
Celebration of Member Writers, December 2021
Thursday, December 16, 6:00 PM
free of charge | registration required

Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books in 2021. Enjoy wine and light refreshments with writers of many backgrounds and genres.

Have you published a book this year? Let us know - title and publication information - at writers@nysoclib.org!
Plus
We're excited to be presenting in-person events this fall. 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.

Online Seminar: Two Great Portuguese-Language Novelists, with Nicholas Birns (September 22, October 13, November 3, November 17)

(October 6, October 27, November 17, December 8)

Whitridge Room Writing Life Workshop: The Library of Memory: Recovering Your Story with Julia Ain-Krupa (October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16)

Whitridge Room Seminar: Literature from Hell with Jane Mallison (October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2)

Digital Teatime (Fridays)

Exhibition: Black Literature Matters (through May 1, 2022)

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



More events are added throughout the season. If you were forwarded this message, sign up here to get our newsletter in your inbox.
The Black Literature Matters exhibition is presented with generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation.

The Susan Nagel event is a Henry S.F. Cooper Jr. Lecture on Early American History and Literature.

The December 9 event is co-sponsored by the Library and the Hudson Review.

The December 11 performance of Clover is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger.

The Writing Life events in 2021 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.
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Monday and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Library closes at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and is closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.