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Empowering Communities Libraries Make Us All Stronger For more than 100 years, The New York Public Library has upheld the core beliefs of open and free access to knowledge. Library cards open doors to worlds of information, which empowers people to learn, grow, and engage with their community. That’s why this fall, we’re inviting every New Yorker into our ­branches to get a free library card and u ­ nlock the power of the Library. On ­September 29, our system-wide fall open houses will help you connect with everything you need to thrive— including resources for kids and teens (p. 16), job seekers (p. 20), and new immigrants (p. 24). This fall we’re proud to offer voter registration in every branch to make it easier to participate and ensure your voice is heard. Plus, all ­season long, local branches are ­hosting ­community conversations to e­ ncourage frank d ­ iscussions about the topics that ­matter most to you (p. 9). This is just the beginning. Read on for more programs plus book lists, podcasts, and ideas on ways big and small you can have a positive impact on your community.

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Events, Exhibitions & More Check out the latest, then connect with the Library for book picks, exhibitions, events, and much more:

Voter Registration Day Your vote matters. Get help registering at Library locations across the city.

From the Collections Visit the Schomburg Center’s powerful new exhibition honoring history’s unsung female heroes.


Note: Visit or call ahead for the latest information, as programs and hours are subject to change or cancellation.

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Back to School at the Library Find out everything you need to get school ready at our fall open houses.



Culture Pass Your library is the key to free access at dozens of New York City’s top museums and cultural spots.

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Author Talks & More Performing Arts Programs at the Schomburg Career, Small Business & Finances 22 Tech Training 24 Adult Education

Book Picks for Kids, Teens & Babies Get inspired by stories about strong kids who are making a difference.


Image: Firelei Báez, Luminously Indiscreet, 2018, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist Firelei Báez and Kavi Gupta Gallery. Chicago. The New York Public Library Now is published by the Department of Communications & Marketing. © The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, 2018

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Susan Orlean: Five Books on My Nightstand Author Susan Orlean visits LIVE from the NYPL on October 24 to launch her latest work, The Library Book, an impassioned love letter to libraries and their importance in times of great change. NYPL caught up with Orlean to find out what she’s reading now.


There There Tommy Orange

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Muriel Spark

3 Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

Albert O. Hirschman 4 The Girls

Emma Cline 5 Treat Your Own Back

Noah Fecks

Robin A. McKenzie

SimplyE Discover 300,000+ Free E-Books Borrow and read anywhere with the Library’s free e-reader app. 4 The New York Public Library Now


Stand & Be Counted To honor this season of civic engagement, our expert librarians shared their recommended books about people who use their voices to make a change.


The Last Ballad Wiley Cash

Conversations with Myself Nelson Mandela

Southernmost Silas House

The New York Public Library Podcast is now Library Talks! With fresh looks, plus new ideas and perspectives every week, there’s never been a better time to discover the Library’s podcasts.

Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata

Don’t Call Us Dead Danez Smith

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt Sarah Jaffe

L I B R A RY TA L K S Hear conversations and interviews with the writers and thinkers who bring context to our culture. Recorded in front of a live audience.

THE LIBRARIAN IS IN Listen in on the experts from The New York Public Library as they share their insights on books, libraries, and what to read next. The View from Here Lynne Hinton

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson

If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi Neel Patel

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S T E P H E N A . S C H WA R Z M A N B U I L D I N G Author Talks Winners Take All Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas investigates efforts of the global elite to preserve the status quo while branding themselves as thought leaders who will solve inequity. In conversation with MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid. TUES, SEPT 4 | 6:30 PM

Lies That Bind Author Kwame Anthony Appiah, in discussion with Annette Gordon-Reed, shows how the collective identities that define us are created by conflict and riddled with contradiction. MON, SEPT 17 | 6:30 PM

Discover the Library After Hours After the sun goes down, join us at the Schwarzman Building for a behind-the-scenes look at the Library. Enjoy limited-time displays of items from the Library’s special collections and 16mm film screenings, plus drinks, dancing, and more. Halloween Masquerade FRI, OCT 26 | 7 PM

A Moment in Time: Photography

The Improbable Wendell Willkie Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer David Levering Lewis discusses his portrait of the businessman–turned– presidential candidate who nearly saved America’s dysfunctional political system. THURS, SEPT 20 | 6:30 PM

Good and Mad Rebecca Traister shares her newest book, an examination of the transformative power of female anger. TUES, OCT 2 | 6:30 PM FOR MORE AUTHOR TALKS SEE P. 8


Please register in advance for the above programs:

The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, The von der Heyden Family Foundation, John and Constance Birkelund, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and with additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Merilee and Roy Bostock, and Cullman Center Fellows. The Library After Hours is made possible by the generous support of Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos.

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Thinking Out Loud Who Owns the Word? In conversations moderated by Richard Russo, journalists, screenwriters, and others discuss the publishing landscape in our highly digital contentdriven world. THURS, NOV 15 & MON, DEC 10 | 6:30 PM In partnership with the Authors Guild

Art Talks Bill Cunningham in Words & Photographs Published posthumously this fall, Cunningham’s memoir Fashion Climbing captures the famed street photographer’s infectious joy and legendary images. Cultural critic Hilton Als speaks with Christopher Richards about Cunningham’s legacy. WED, SEPT 12 | 6:30 PM

Bioscleave House Robert Bowen discusses his experimental documentary, focused on the Bioscleave House, a work of architecture meant to extend life. Bowen is joined by artist Bryan Whitney and poet and critic Don Byrd. WED, SEPT 26 | 6:30 PM

How We See: Photobooks by Women To commemorate the 150th anniversary of pioneering photographer Anna Atkins’s first photobook, creatives Olga Yatskevich, Lesley Martin, and Daria Tuminas explore the world of avant-garde photobooks created by women. THURS, OCT 25 | 6:30 PM

LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund. Wolfgang Tillmans, an annual program on photography, is generously underwritten by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos. The Robert B. Silvers Lecture was created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers. Anne Carson is co-presented with the Onassis Cultural Center New York. Simon Winchester and Kim Leine are co-presented with the Royal Danish Library and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York, as part of the Arctic Imagination series. The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lecture is made possible by an endowment established by family and friends of the late Richard B. Salomon.

For more programs at the Schwarzman Building:

16mm Film Nights Films from the North Country A series of short films, selected from the Library’s collections by a guest curator, illustrates a range of voices from our neighbors to the north. WED, DEC 5 | 6:30 PM

More Book Programs Old Books, Rare Books WED, SEPT 12, OCT 17, NOV 14, DEC 12 | 3 PM

Preserving Your Family Archives MON, SEPT 17 | 12 NOON TUES, JAN 22 | 10:30 AM

Irish Genealogy: Resources & Research Methods

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

African American Genealogy PART 1: WED, SEPT 5 | 2 PM TUES, NOV 6 | 12 NOON PART 2: WED, SEPT 12 | 12 NOON WED, NOV 14 | 2 PM

WED, NOV 28 | 6 PM

WED, SEPT 26 | 6 PM

Newspapers in Genealogy Research TUES, OCT 2, JAN 29 | 12 NOON

WED, OCT 10, DEC 5 | 12 NOON TUES, JAN 15 | 12 NOON


Genealogy Workshops

Research Workshops

Conversations with notable writers, artists & thought leaders, hosted by Paul Holdengräber

Researching Census Records

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

THURS, NOV 15 | 2 PM

WED, DEC 12 | 6 PM


TUES, NOV 20 | 2 PM

DNA Testing: What It Can & Can’t Tell You


The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Genealogy Research with Maps Researching Vital Records

Researching Ship Passenger Lists

THURS, OCT 18 | 2 PM

FRI, NOV 16 | 12 NOON


Writing Your Family History Discuss Great Books in a Great Space

Finding Clues in Family Photos

Getting Started in Genealogy Research TUES, SEPT 18 | 12 NOON WED, OCT 24 | 6 PM FRI, NOV 30 | 12 NOON

Researching the History of Your New York City Home THURS, OCT 25 | 2 PM TUES, DEC 4 | 2 PM

Researching Naturalization Records THURS, NOV 15 | 2 PM WED, JAN 9 | 2 PM

Researching with E-Resources: Newspapers & Periodicals THURS, SEPT 13, NOV 8, JAN 10 | 2 PM

Ancestry Library Edition TUES, SEPT 18 | 2 PM WED, SEPT 19 | 11 AM

Latina/o Historical Research WED, SEPT 19 | 2 PM

Rare Books Online TUES, OCT 16 | 11 AM WED, OCT 17 | 2 PM

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition TUES, OCT 23 | 11 AM WED, OCT 24 | 2 PM

Fold3: Researching Military Ancestry TUES, NOV 6 | 11 AM WED, NOV 7 | 2 PM

FALL SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Wolfgang Tillmans | SEPT 5 Roberto Saviano | SEPT 13 Gabriel Orozco | SEPT 14 Laurie Anderson & Sjón | OCT 3 Rebecca Solnit | OCT 22 Susan Orlean | OCT 24 Teju Cole & Ishion Hutchinson | NOV 8 John McPhee | NOV 26 ROBERT B. SILVERS LECTURE

Alma Guillermoprieto | DEC 4 Anne Carson | DEC 7 Kim Leine & Simon Winchester | DEC 12 RICHARD B. SALOMON DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

Ethan Lipton | DEC 13

CONVERSATIONS FROM THE CULLMAN CENTER Fellows of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers discuss their work. The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress & the Road to Civil War Joanne Freeman & Eric Foner WED, SEPT 12 | 7 PM

A Terrible Country: A Novel Keith Gessen & Michael Vazquez TUES, SEPT 25 | 7 PM

Climate in

Motion: Science, Empire & the Problem of Scale Deborah Coen & Daniel Kehlmann MON, DEC 10 | 7 PM

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M I D - M A N H AT TA N L I B R A RY AT 42 N D S T R E E T Author Talks

Demonstrators march on 125th Street during the Harlem Riots of 1964.

Pop in to meet the authors as they share their original nonfiction works on a range of intriguing and timely topics. Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World Melissa A. Schilling shares the science behind the traits and quirks that drive creative geniuses to make spectacular breakthroughs. WED, SEPT 12 | 6:30 PM

The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace David B. Woolner provides a revealing portrait of the end of Roosevelt’s life and presidency and sheds new light on how he made his momentous final policy decisions.


WED, SEPT 26 | 6:30 PM

Author Talk: Revolting New York With new and noteworthy authors stopping by each week, Mid-Manhattan Library is the place to be for readers. This fall, Donald Mitchell visits and shares his book, Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City. Hear Mitchell’s account of the historical geography of revolt in New York, from the earliest uprisings against Dutch occupation of Manhattan in the 17th century to the Black Lives Matter movement and unrest in the Trump era. WED, SEPT 5 | 6:30 PM

Temporarily Relocated Mid-Manhattan Library’s permanent location on Fifth Avenue is currently closed for renovation. Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street is an interim space on the ground floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—accessible via the 42nd Street Entrance. Learn more:

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A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond Experts Pamela Hanlon and James Wurst deliver their take on the UN and New York City’s evolving relationship and the important partnership they have sustained. WED, OCT 10 | 6:30 PM

TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy David Pietrusza and Kevin Fitzpatrick delve into the history of the 1916 presidential campaign, America’s entry into the Great War in 1917, Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, and Roosevelt’s last years. WED, OCT 24 | 6:30 PM

The Illustrated History of the Snowman Award-winning illustrator, writer, and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein travels back in time to shed light on the snowman’s enigmatic past and its role in present-day culture. WED, NOV 28 | 6:30 PM

Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation Indie authors and cult favorites explore the intersections between literature and lived experience. Food Writing Unpacked Bon Appétit Senior Food Editor Andy Baraghani hosts a panel discussion that explores topics in modern food writing and identity. MON, SEPT 10 | 6:30 PM

Riddance Shelley Jackson shares her new novel, a disquieting supernatural investigation into life after death. MON, OCT 22 | 6:30 PM

She Would Be King Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. MON, NOV 5 | 6:30 PM

Celebrating Lucia Berlin Belletrist co-founder Karah Preiss leads a discussion on literary sensation Lucia Berlin following the posthumous publication of two new books. WED, NOV 7 | 6:30 PM

For more programs at Mid-Manhattan Library:

Those Who Knew In the wake of #MeToo, translator and novelist Idra Novey’s explosive novel offers an empowering response to victimhood.

National Voter Registration Day Tues, Sept 25

MON, NOV 19 | 6:30 PM


Your vote matters. Visit any New York Public Library branch for help signing up!

More Book Programs at MML Contemporary Classics Book Discussion Read the selected literary fiction title, then join in the discussion. PLUS! Look for more voter registration events in your community branch.

FRI, SEPT 21, OCT 19, NOV 16, DEC 21, JAN 18 | 2 PM

Chinese Book Discussion Drop by to discuss your favorite books in Chinese. WED, SEPT 12, OCT 3, NOV 14, DEC 12 | 6:30 PM

Open Book Hour Gather with fellow patrons and library staff to exchange book recommendations. FRI, SEPT 14, OCT 12, NOV 9, DEC 14 | 2 PM

Free Writing Happy Hour Experience an evening of freeform creative writing! No formal writing experience is required, just curiosity to see where your mind can take you. TUES, SEPT 25, OCT 30, NOV 27, DEC 18, JAN 29 | 6 PM

Literature Out Loud Celebrate literature in bite-sized servings. Each session features librarians reading aloud and discussing literary passages. SELECT THURSDAYS | 1 PM

Reel to Read Enjoy free film screenings picked by local authors and film experts, then check out the recommended reading related to the movie. SELECT SATURDAYS | 2 PM


Engage with Your Community Across every borough, the Library offers ways to get involved, learn more about your neighbors, and make your voice heard. Let’s Talk Democracy Would you like to understand our political system better and have the tools to improve it? Join the Library for a weekly series of talks to learn how the federal, state, and city governments are structured and how you can make an impact.

Community Conversations One of the Library’s newest programs, this series introduces a space for discussion of the topics that matter most to you. Check out these upcoming events, where branch librarians facilitate dialogues that invite everyone to the table to share and listen:


Current Events Café: Midterm Elections Vote on the election-related topics you’d most like to discuss, then swap views with fellow patrons.

Color Without Borders In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, enjoy an exhibition featuring works by Dominican-born artist Lic. Pedro A. Gaston and guests that explore modern questions of borders, nationality, and identity. BRONX LIBRARY CENTER, BRONX ON VIEW SEPT 1–OCT 30

Rafael Hernandez Music Festival Celebrate Puerto Rico’s rich musical heritage with live music honoring one of the island’s most prolific composers. BRONX LIBRARY CENTER, BRONX SUN, NOV 11 | 2 PM


The Death of a Once Great City Writer Kevin Baker believes he’s seeing the decline of New York City—from dynamic cultural hub to a stale consumer center. Do you agree? Discuss the changes you’ve witnessed across our beloved city. SEWARD PARK LIBRARY, MANHATTAN THURS, SEPT 20 | 6:30 PM

For more events in your neighborhood:

Sponsored by the Association for Puerto Rican Hispanic Culture, Inc.

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Catch a new spin on Robbins’s Goldberg Variations on January 7.

Honoring Jerome Robbins Suite of Dances: Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello Cellists perform Bach before a screening of Jerome Robbins’s Bach suite ballet, first performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. SAT, OCT 27 | 1 PM

Folk Songs & Lullabies Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek sings lullabies and folk songs. SAT, SEPT 29 | 2:30 PM

Annie Reunion with Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse* Annie’s creators reunite on the Library stage to reflect on one of Broadway’s most beloved hits. THURS, OCT 25 | 6 PM

Songs at a Gathering: A Sing-Along Show & Tell of Robbins’s Broadway Hits On the Town, Gypsy, Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story—Jerome Robbins’s beloved Broadway hits are too numerous to count. To commemorate the Robbins centennial, LPA presents a sing-along variety show and look at his career. SAT, DEC 1 | 2:30 PM

Collages/Refaire Cabaret artist and pianist Bill Lewis returns to the stage with an eclectic program. SAT, NOV 3 | 2:30 PM

Elizabeth Swados Celebration* This tribute to Swados features live performances of her hits plus memories from colleagues and an archival display. THURS, NOV 15 | 6 PM

Everything’s Coming Up Robbins In celebration of the new Jerome Robbins exhibition at the Library for the Performing Arts (p. 15), the fall season showcases programs and performances inspired by the choreographer’s legendary career. In 2015, contemporary artists Pam Tanowitz & Simone Dinnerstein came together to create their New Work for Goldberg Variations. Hear their insights about the creative process and compare performance footage of their work with Robbins’s own Goldberg Variations. New Work for Goldberg Variations: Pam Tanowitz & Simone Dinnerstein on Bach, Robbins, Creation & Collaboration* MON, JAN 7 | 6 PM

*Advance registration recommended: For email updates on the latest at LPA: The Library gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.

Goldberg Variations: Bach & Robbins The New York Classical Players present Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s string trio transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, accompanied by a digital collage of Jerome Robbins’s original work. SAT, JAN 5 | 1 PM

Concerts & More Music from China Enjoy an East–West musical dialogue featuring Chinese two-string fiddle and cello. SAT, SEPT 15 | 2 PM

Across a Crowded Room: New 20-Minute Musicals* Emerging theater makers present live performances of their new works. THURS, SEPT 20 | 6 PM

An Afternoon of Opera & Song Hear vocals from soprano Deborah Thomas and guests. SAT, SEPT 22 | 2:30 PM

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Shelf Life: New Works, Made from the Archives* New School University students share music and theater works inspired by Library archives. MON, DEC 3 | 6 PM

Conversations Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater* Acclaimed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman discusses Tectonic Theater Project’s new book, which shares a novel method for devising new theater works. THURS, SEPT 13 | 6 PM

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A Life Among Legends: Dr. Glory Van Scott in Conversation with Jennifer Dunning and David Robertson* Celebrate the legacy of inspiring ballet dancer and Broadway performer Dr. Glory Van Scott, and the release of her memoir.


Books Across the Boroughs More than 40 NYPL branches host book discussions where you can meet up with your fellow bookworms. Check out these reads being discussed soon across the Library, then find a group in your neighborhood:


Film & Audio Ruminations* Artist Rumi Missabu has lived many lives, from his start as a child actor to his rebirth as a counter-culture icon. Rumi returns to the Library to share a screening of the award-winning documentary, Ruminations. THURS, OCT 4 | 6 PM

A Tribute to Camille Billops and James V. Hatch: 50 Years of Breaking Rules & Building the Arts* This evening of discussion and film pays tribute to the duo’s activism and their works that reflect social and political issues still relevant today.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien Two generations of young women carry Thien’s epic about a fractured ­family ­navigating the sweeping changes across China. ROOSEVELT ISLAND LIBRARY, MANHATTAN THURS, OCT 18 | 6:30 PM

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue A nominee for NYC’s 2018 city-wide read, Behold the Dreamers captures the life of Jende and Neni, Cameroonian immigrants working toward the elusive American Dream.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman When a small community hangs its hopes for survival on its youth hockey team, unspoken secrets and one player’s conscience threaten to unravel everything.



MON, OCT 15 | 6 PM Presented in partnership with Third World Newsreel.

The Awful Truth Gotham Radio presents a screwball comedy epitomizing the humor of the late 30s and 40s. Hear the play written in 1921, later adapted by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga for radio, and memorialized in the movie with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. THURS, OCT 18 | 6 PM

Film: Lest We Forget* Works from the Library’s 16mm film collection will accompany a discourse on the significance of remembering the Holocaust. THURS, JAN 24 | 6 PM

Help Us Stock Our Shelves

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson PARKCHESTER LIBRARY, BRONX TUES, OCT 16 | 6 PM

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve SOUTH BEACH LIBRARY, STATEN ISLAND WED, OCT 24 | 11 AM

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis WEST NEW BRIGHTON LIBRARY, STATEN ISLAND FRI, NOV 2 | 11:30 AM

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton MUHLENBERG LIBRARY, MANHATTAN THURS, DEC 6 | 5:30 PM

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S C H O M B U R G C E N T E R F O R R E S E A R C H I N B L A C K C U LT U R E From the Archives Joy Out of Fire Schomburg Center librarians and archivists display selected items from the collections highlighting the life and careers of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Bennett, Katherine Dunham, and other ­influential women featured in the exhibition Joy Out of Fire. Get up close with the archives, then join a Q&A with curators. WED, SEPT 19 | 1 PM In partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Looking for Lorraine with Imani Perry Dr. Imani Perry culled the Schomburg Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Papers for her new illuminating biography on Hansberry’s multi-faceted life. Join Dr. Perry as she presents Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which explores the life of a remarkable activist, playwright, public intellectual, and artist. THURS, SEPT 20 | 6:30 PM

Between the Lines: Darnell L. Moore & Charlene A. Carruthers Two dynamic leaders committed to intersectional liberation in movements for Black lives share what they’ve learned from their lifetimes of activism. Join us for a conversation with Darnell L. Moore, author of the debut memoir No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America, and Charlene A. Carruthers, author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. A book signing will follow.

Charles White’s Harlem Schomburg archivists share selected items from our coveted collection of materials related to gifted painter, printmaker, and draftsman Charles White focused on his time in New York during the 1940s and early 50s. WED, NOV 14 | 1 PM In partnership with The Museum of Modern Art and the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, on view October 7, 2018–January 13, 2019.

MON, SEPT 10 | 6:30 PM Presented as an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

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Between the Lines Walter Mosley Walter Mosley, author of more than 50 critically acclaimed books, reads from his latest novel, John Woman. Book signing to follow. TUES, DEC 11 | 6:30 PM

Talks at the Schomburg Cut from a Different Cloth: The Queer Black Voice in Fashion Behind many of today’s shimmering fashion campaigns is a queer person of color. Join us for a panel discussion with current insiders who explore the world of Black, queer fashion. WED, SEPT 5 | 6:30 PM

The Startling Life of Pauli Murray Lawyer, activist, and priest Pauli Murray was a keen strategist for the Civil Rights movement. To honor the re-publication of her memoir and poetry collection, feminist scholars Patricia ­BellScott and Brittney Cooper lead a discussion and poets deliver readings from and inspired by Murray’s work.

Please register in advance for all Schomburg programs: Sign up to receive the latest news and events at the Schomburg Center: Schomburg Center programs and exhibitions are supported in part by the City of New York; the State of New York; the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus; the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; the Rockefeller Foundation Endowment for the Performing Arts; and the Annie E. and Sarah L. Delany Charitable Trusts.

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TUES, SEPT 18 | 6:30 PM

In a Changing America What Will Historians Do? More than ever, historical scholars are responding to U.S. government policy shifts and the decisions of their peers to speak out, or remain silent, on current affairs. This Schomburg Center discussion will explore the ethical and responsible role of historians in public discourse, particularly when “alternative facts” have become commonplace and history itself is often called into question. TUES, OCT 3 | 6:30 PM Co-curated with Brian Tate as part of the series, What Will Be Different: Conversations on a Changing America.

A History of Voter Suppression and the Leadership of Black Women in Politics Dr. Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote, discusses disenfranchisement efforts across history and the power of Black voices in politics. THURS, OCT 25 | 6:30 PM

Home to Harlem Talks Little Man, Little Man James Baldwin, son of Harlem and world famous public intellectual, penned his only children’s book Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood in 1971. Hear readings and conversation celebrating this work with author Jacqueline Woodson, Baldwin’s niece Aisha Karefa-Smart and nephew Tejan “TJ” Karefa-Smart, author Kia Corthron, and more. A reception will follow. THURS, SEPT 10 | 6:30 PM Co-sponsored by the Schomburg, the NYU Department of English, and the Dean of Humanities at Stanford.

Gwendolyn Bennett A lively panel celebrates the immense accomplishments of Gwendolyn Bennett, artist during the Harlem Renaissance and political activist in the late 1930s and 40s. WED, OCT 17 | 6:30 PM

More Programs Carnegie Hall Citywide: Billy Childs Pianist, composer, and arranger Billy Childs has performed with an honor roll of jazz luminaries. Join the Schomburg Center as he takes center stage. MON, OCT 22 | 7 PM

Mr. Soul! Filmed from 1968 to 1973, the PBS documentary series Mr. Soul traveled through the nation to capture the undiluted conversations happening across Black America. The screening will be followed by a talk back and reception for the closing of the Black Power exhibition. TUES, OCT 30 | 6:30 PM

GALLERY TOUR Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire Join us for a tour of our exhibition Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire. Visitors will explore the artist’s practice of using photographs, letters, and other archival materials to create large-scale, imaginative portraits. For more about the exhibition, see p. 15. FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS, SEPT, OCT, NOV | 1–2 PM In partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem.


Our annual open house is an opportunity for you to meet our librarians, archivists, and curators. Visit our renovated divisions, learn how to conduct your own research using our collections, get tips on creating a personal archive, visit the current exhibitions, and attend engaging programs.

Support the Schomburg Center Join the Schomburg Society and support the Schomburg’s mission of preserving and celebrating the global Black experience. Members receive exclusive benefits, including shop and ticket discounts. Learn more and join:

Schomburg Education Educator Book Talk: Teaching for Black Lives Authors Jesse Hagopian, Dyan Watson, and Renée Watson provide educators with critical perspectives on the role of schools in perpetuating antiBlackness, while also offering concrete examples of what it looks like to humanize Black people in curricula, teaching, and policy. SAT, OCT 13 | 3 PM

From Jim Crow to Black Power: Vitalizing Black History in the Classroom Join us for a daylong exploration of the Black experience from Reconstruction through the Black Power movement. TUES, NOV 6 | 8:30 AM–3 PM

For details, email professional.learning@ Registration fee: $35 per person ($30 for New-York Historical Society members) Sponsored by the New-York Historical Society in partnership with the Schomburg Center Education Department.

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One of the earliest female photographers, artist and botanist Anna Atkins published the first book using the newly discovered cyanotype process. Today, her bright blue images continue to resonate in the art world. Discover her work and the work she has influenced in these companion exhibitions.

Anna Atkins Refracted: Contemporary Works SEPT 28, 2018–JAN 6, 2019 Rayner Special Collections Wing & Print Gallery

Erica Baum, Acquas Paleatus from the series The Naked Eye The Natural World, inkjet print, 2018 © courtesy the artist Erica Baum and Bureau, New York.

Anna Atkins, "Dictyota dichotoma, in the young state; and in fruit," ca. 1849, cyanotype.

Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins OCT 19, 2018–FEB 17, 2019 | Wachenheim Gallery Anna Atkins (1799–1871) created the first book to be illustrated with photographs, and the first substantial application of photography to science. In 1843, Atkins began making cyanotypes—a photographic process invented just the year before—in an effort to visualize and distribute information about her collection of seaweeds. Her visual inquiry expanded to flowering plants, feathers, and

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other subjects, resulting in ethereal, deeply hued, and astonishingly detailed images. This exhibition draws upon more than a decade of careful research and sets Atkins and her much-admired work in context, shedding new light on her productions and showcasing the distinctive beauty of the cyanotype process, which is still used by artists today.

Today, 175 years after the publication of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, Anna Atkins’s landmark project—compelling in its fusion of science and art, its modernity, and its realization by a woman in an age marked by the feats of men—remains a touchstone for viewers and artists alike. This exhibition brings together a spectrum of works by 19 contemporary artists whose respective practices attest to the wide reach and generative nature of Atkins’s continuing legacy.

For more:


LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center | Shelby Cullom Davis Museum

Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire THROUGH NOV 24, 2018 | Latimer/Edison Gallery

Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York SEPT 26, 2018–MAR 30, 2019 | Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery

ABOVE Firelei Báez, magnitude and bond (detail), 2018, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Photo: John Lusis

In this exhibition, artist Firelei Báez features women whose legacies are preserved by the archives of the Schomburg Center, reimagining them through portraits that incorporate reproductions of archival photographs, notes, diaries, letters, and manuscripts. Through these works, the artist brings together women from different eras and walks of life, including those whose contributions have historically been overlooked or thought of as tangential to their male counterparts.

Black Power! THROUGH OCT 31, 2018 | Main Exhibition Hall Extended due to popular demand, this multimedia exhibition contextualizes and interprets the Black Power movement through various points of view. Like no other ideology before, Black Power—a multiform and ideologically diverse movement—shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.

Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, Jonathan Altman, and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach. Additional support is provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc. in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein. Voice of My City is made possible by the generous support of Jody and John Arnhold; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Mikhail Baryshnikov*; Edward Brill and Michele Levin; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; William J. Earle*; Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; Michael Gabay; Pat and Alex Gabay; Perry and Marty Granoff;

Jerome Robbins and Mikhail Baryshnikov rehearsing Other Dances, ca. 1976. From The New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

Jerome Robbins put New York City at the center of his artistic imaginings. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to West Side Story on stage (1957) and his ballets, Robbins explored the joys and struggles of the city and its inhabitants and in the process found a place for himself. Through diaries, drawings, paintings, story scenarios, and poems, Voice of My City traces Robbins’s life and inspires viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home.

The People’s Theater: Celebrating 75 Years of New York City Center OCT 23, 2018–MAR 2, 2019 | Plaza Corridor Gallery For the first time ever, a striking new exhibition will tell the story of “The People’s Theater” through a wide range of material including photographs, costumes, props, theater seats, posters, mosaic tiles, and other ephemera that provide a fresh perspective on City Center’s first 75 years.

Allen Greenberg*; The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Inc.*; Morgan Stanley; Marie Nugent-Head; Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation; Chris Pennington*; Michèle and Steve Pesner; The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Inc.; Meryl S. Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman*; Robert A. Schulman*; Randi Schuster; Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts; Barbara J. Slifka*; Ellen Sorrin*; Michael and Susanna Steinberg*; The Geraldine Stutz Trust; William Morris Endeavor; and an anonymous donor. *in loving memory of Aidan Mooney

Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire is an inHarlem project presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Support for archival research is provided by the Leon Levy Foundation. New York City Center’s 75th anniversary season is sponsored by Stacey and Eric Mindich and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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Babies, Toddlers & Preschool The Library is an essential partner for parents and caregivers of young children, offering a wide range of programs and resources to help kids develop early literacy skills. For locations and information:

Books for Bold Babies

Family Literacy Workshops Now held at almost every NYPL branch, these workshops teach families how to read, talk, sing, write, and play with their children to help them build essential literacy skills. Plus, pick up the Library’s free early literacy kit, including a board book with rhymes and fingerplays and other engaging materials available in Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, French, Arabic, Korean, and Russian at select locations.


Read Together Story Time Kits

Story Time It’s never too early to start reading. From learning new shapes and sounds to beginning to read independently, our story times are designed for young children from birth to preschool. Visit us online to find a story time near you. • Baby Story Time (Birth–18 months) • Toddler Story Time (18 months–3 years) • Preschool Story Time (3–5 years)

PLUS! Meet the Library’s famous lions in the new picture book Lost in the Library by Josh Funk and Stevie Lewis, read aloud during special story times at select locations.

Now available at five locations, and expanding to more in the coming months, these story time kits are take-home backpacks for children ages 0–5. Each backpack has a special theme and comes with books, educational toys, and activities for pre-reading skills. Visit one of the following locations to check out a story time kit today! BRONX Morrisania Library Tremont Library West Farms Library MANHATTAN Harlem Library STATEN ISLAND Stapleton Library

Maya Angelou Lisbeth Kaiser & Leire Salaberria Counting on Community Innosanto Nagara Feminist Baby Loryn Brantz Courageous People Who Changed the World Heidi Poelman Skin Again bell hooks

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Fall Open Houses

Hands-On Science

Saturday, September 29 ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS Find what you need for school—and all year! The Library has everything you and your family need to succeed both in school and all year-round. Visit your neighborhood library to learn about all the great educational resources available to you—from millions of books to programs, computer access, online resources, and more—all for FREE.

Participate in a fun, interactive STEM workshop series: The Library is your ­laboratory. Explore the world of science and tech with our ­interactive workshop series for kids and teens of all ages. Use your imagination to create new ­inventions and learn how things work, hone your science and engineering skills with special software, and more!

PLUS! Don’t have a library card yet? Questions about your account? Have books to return? We can help make sure you’re all set and have everything you need to access the Library’s free books and resources for school and beyond.


Teen Programs

resources for ALL

The Library is the place for teens to discover new ideas, get ready for college, and more. Find more programs and information:

Culture Pass Discover your city with free access to museums and more: Using your library card, you and your family can get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions across all five boroughs. Reserve your pass online to get started.

College Access at the Library Questions about college? The Library offers resources and programs to help teens on their path to higher education. Find test prep, learn about the application process, explore career options, and more. Visit the following College Access Hubs, or go online for more information: BRONX Bronx Library Center

College Fair

MANHATTAN Hamilton Grange Library Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street Washington Heights Library

Meet representatives from more than 50 colleges and community organizations to help you prep for your next steps after high school.

STATEN ISLAND St. George Library Center


For more:

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After-­School Programs for Kids & Teens Discover essential educational resources offered at select libraries. To register, call the branch or go online:

Enrichment Zones

BRONX Baychester Library 718-379-6700

GRADES 1–8 This customized homeworkhelp program lets students sharpen their math and reading skills through one-onone tutoring and specialized computer software.

Jerome Park Library 347­-277­-4839

Literacy Leaders

BRONX Mosholu Library 347-697-9969

GRADES 11–12 High school students earn school credit while training as literacy coaches to help first and second graders improve their reading comprehension and phonics skills. GRADES 1–2: STAY TUNED! First and second graders will be paired with our trained high school literacy coaches during the winter/spring term. Check back in January 2019 for registration information. Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch. Major support for children’s and young adult programming is provided by the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences. Additional major support for educational programming is provided by Arthur W. Koenig; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children’s and Young Adult Programs and Services; The Jacqueline K. Gadomski Living Trust; Lisa and Jeff Blau; The Hearst Foundation, Inc.;

MANHATTAN Inwood Library 347-821-8388 STATEN ISLAND West New Brighton Library 347-­277-­4591

MANHATTAN Hamilton Fish Park Library 347-­­326-2312 Harry Belafonte– 115th Street Library 347­-697-9911 Washington Heights Library 347-­697-­9967

Homework Resources Need help? The Library offers a wide array of online resources that can help you find the information you need to succeed with your homework, school projects, and more. Visit where you can browse by subject or search by keyword.

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund; The Bok Family Foundation; Beth and Christopher Kojima; The New York Life Foundation; Mitch and Joleen Julis; the Estate of Charles J. Mauro; The Pinkerton Foundation; The Joseph H. Flom Foundation; the E.H.A. Foundation; Con Edison; The Walt Disney Company; and the Estate of Brooke Russell Astor. Support for the Early Literacy Initiative was generously provided by the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences, Lisa and Jeff Blau;

The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Lisa E. Javitch Early Literacy Initiative, the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, the Gray Foundation, New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program, the NYPL Council Committee for Education, Staten Island Foundation, HBO®, with additional support through City’s First Readers, an initiative made possible with funding from the New York City Council.

Books for Kids & Teens Who Want to Change the World Every day, kids and teens are making their mark. Our fall book picks celebrate heroes of every kind who are brave enough to stand up for what they believe in, live their truth, and try to make the world a better place.


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For Kids We March Shane W. Evans

The Pink Hat Andrew Joyner

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi, art by Yutaka Houlette

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Vashti Harrison

Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper The Color of My Words Lynn Joseph Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation Duncan Tonatiuh Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Rob Sanders, art by Steven Salerno

Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists Nancy Lublin Rad American Women A–Z and Rad Women Worldwide Kate Schatz, art by Miriam Klein Stahl NEW! The Story Collector Kristin O’Donnell Tubb Uncover secrets of The New York Public Library in this new book, based on the life of a real girl who lived in the Library’s iconic 42nd Street building.

For Teens How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Sandra Uwiringiyimana

The Ms. Marvel Series G. Willow Wilson, art by Adrian Alphona et. al.

Rani Patel in Full Effect Sonia Patel

Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself Luke Reynolds

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World Sarah Prager March John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives Dashka Slater All American Boys Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word Nadia Abushanab Higgins Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Susan Kuklin Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Sara Saedi The Nowhere Girls Amy Reed

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C A R E E R , S M A L L B U S I N E S S & F I NA N C E S

Science, Industry and Business Library Find everything you need to take your career, business, or finances to the next level. For full program listings or to make an appointment:

Events & Classes CEO Series Renowned entrepreneurs, CEOs, authors, and business leaders visit the Library to discuss their careers and share valuable insights. New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition Mark your calendar! Each year aspiring entrepreneurs compete for $15,000 to help them make their business dream a reality. Look for details this fall. Investing Programs Expert staff lead programs on the basics of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Experts introduce the ins and outs of Medicare during FInancial Planning Day.

Boost Your Financial Fitness Each year, Financial Planning Day brings patrons from across the city to the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) to hear from and meet with experts about how to improve their finances. Featuring 12 classes on life and financial issues, one-on-one meetings with counselors and credit experts, an intro to SIBL resources for investing and beyond, and a financial fair, Financial Planning Day is a must-attend for everyone who’s ever wondered about their personal finances. Financial Planning Day FRI, OCT 26 | 10 AM–5 PM Made possible by the generous support of Bank OZK.

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Expert Discussions Business experts host talks on key financial and investing topics from wills to taxes to retirement.

Career Finders Bootcamp Learn proven techniques to accelerate your search. Preregistration is required. Library Resources & the Job Search Mindset THURS, OCT 11 | 10:30 AM

Resumes & Cover Letters THURS, OCT 18 | 10:30 AM

LinkedIn & Other Social Media in the Job Search THURS, OCT 25 | 10:30 AM

Networking THURS, NOV 1 | 10:30 AM

Interviewing THURS, NOV 8 | 10:30 AM

Services Make your appointment today for one-on-one professional assistance: CAREER Job Search Help Get one-on-one help with your resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and more. SMALL BUSINESS Video Business Consultations Learn about Library resources for your business in a free 15-minute video consultation. By appointment only. Business Librarian Meetings Book a 30-minute appointment with an expert librarian for help researching your business.

Business Counseling Advisors from partner organizations will help you create a path to success. FINANCES Credit Crisis Counseling Find help getting your personal finances under control. Financial Counseling What’s your retirement plan? Get personal help saving for your future. Medicare Counseling Get your Medicare questions answered.

For more programs and services at SIBL:


Career & Business Books

Stop by SIBL to access dozens of elite databases, all free, plus discover resources you can access from anywhere: CAREER Career Cruising Resume samples, career guides & skills assessments LearningExpress Library Resources for job search and workplace skills improvement & exam prep DISCOVER

Lynda Get free online training any time, anywhere. Access more than 2,000 online video courses and learn new professional skills to make yourself more marketable:


SMALL BUSINESS eMarketer Research for digital marketers

The New York Public Library’s circulating collection offers an expansive selection of business books covering everything from test prep to job search tips to insights for entrepreneurs. Check out these recommended titles and explore the full catalog online:

ReferenceUSA Information on 25 million businesses in the US & Canada SimplyAnalytics Business and consumer analytics & mapping FINANCES Bloomberg Information on stocks, bonds, options & futures Morningstar Library Edition Reports on stocks & mutual funds Value Line Research Center Exclusive access to publications covering the stock market


Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer Consider the positive reasons for seeking power and learn how cultivating relationships and authority can help advance your career.

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman Discover the core principles and strategies of business, including the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more.

From books to computer help, every branch across NYPL offers resources to help you advance your career. Stop by your local library to learn more. Career Services in the Bronx Get free career coaching, cover letter and resume help, interview prep, and college application assistance. BRONX LIBRARY CENTER, BRONX DAILY BY APPOINTMENT

Reserve today: Accessing Financing for Your Business Review products and options for small business owners

looking to obtain financing. 53RD STREET LIBRARY, MANHATTAN THURS, SEPT 20 | 1 PM

FastTrac® NewVenture™ This free, 10-session course gives entrepreneurs the skills needed to refine new business concepts for launch.

Expert Resumes for Career Changers Wendy S. Enelow & Louise M. Kursmark

Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit & Debt Richard Sylla & David J. Cowen

Strengths Finder 2.0 Tom Rath

Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies Rhonda Abrams


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TechConnect Connect with your future at the Library—for free. TechConnect offers more than 80 technology classes at NYPL branches throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. It also provides computer labs across the city and helpful online training and resources.

Computer Labs

Online Resources Learn at your own pace with video tutorials and class handouts in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Russian. Want to measure your progress? Use TechConnect’s online assessments to test your knowledge of hardware, software, and other skills you learn in class.

The Library’s computer labs are the place for hands-on training and one-on-one help with TechConnect experts. During designated hours with extended computer sessions, students can ask questions, practice new skills, create an email account, polish a resume, and more. Visit our 11 specialized locations to receive help, practice your skills independently, or gain access to more online learning.

Public Computers & Reservations NYPL has thousands of computers and laptops across its 92 locations, along with free Wi-Fi. Reservations for desktop computers are not required but can be made up to a day in advance:

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Technology Classes From learning the basics of how to use a computer to mastering essential business software, there is a class for every student at every level. Many classes are also taught in Spanish and Chinese. To see a full list and find a class near you:

Computer Basics

Software & More

ALL ABOUT COMPUTERS Computer Basics Learn to Type & Use a Mouse PC vs. Mac Windows Basics

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 Advanced MS Excel 2010 Advanced MS Word 2010 Excel Genius Workshop MS Excel 2010 for Beginners MS PowerPoint 2010 for Beginners

INTERNET, EMAIL & MORE Advanced Internet Searching Digital Media Basics Email for Beginners Getting More out of Google Protecting Your Privacy & Security SOCIAL MEDIA Google+ LinkedIn for Job Seekers Twitter Basics DIGITAL DEVICES Android Basics Apps on Tablets Everything You Need to Know About Your Smartphone or Tablet iPad/iPhone Basics Making Music with GarageBand

GET CREATIVE 3D Modeling for 3D Printing Create a Website with HTML & CSS iMovie: Green Screening & Effects Photoediting for Beginners Programming Fundamentals with Python MAC CLASSES Illustrator for Beginners Mac Computers for Beginners Photoshop for Beginners Stop Motion Animation

Classes by Audience Ages 50+ Job Seekers People with Disabilities*

Series-Based Courses

Borrow tons of helpful titles from your local branch, or use the SimplyE app to borrow e-books from anywhere:

Gain an in-depth understanding of key career computer skills with the Library’s ongoing courses. Online registration is required—classes fill up quickly, so secure your spot today! To register or learn more about our series-based courses: Office Readiness Improve your tech skills to help advance your career. Project <Code> Learn coding languages used to build websites.

Design 360 Develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with this series of classes, then show off your talent by completing a project at home or in one of the Library’s computer labs.

*Available at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Major support for the Library’s adult literacy, English language programs and technology training is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development; Arthur W. Koenig; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the NYC Connected Communities, a program of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications; The JPB Foundation; The Pasculano Foundation; Lisa and Jeff Blau; and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II funding administered through the New York State Education Department.

Top Tech & Computer Books & E-Books

through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; New York State Coordinated Outreach Services Program; The Earl Bailey Trust; in memory of Susan Goodstein Lerner and her commitment to the ESOL program; New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program; and an anonymous donor. NYPL TechConnect is funded in part by:

HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett Become a savvy web designer with this popular book on common markup languages.

Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows Steve Schwartz Design for 3D Printing: Scanning, Creating, Editing, Remixing, and Making in Three Dimensions Samuel N. Bernier

Additional support provided by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity; Altman Foundation; Funding from the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative administered

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A D U LT E D U C AT I O N & M O R E R E S O U R C E S Adult Literacy Classes NYPL provides free adult literacy classes and tutoring for adults who speak English but have difficulty reading and writing. Attend an information session to get started (see below) or learn more online:

Information Session Locations BRONX Bronx Library Center MON, SEPT 17 | 12 NOON, 3 PM, OR 6 PM


English Classes

STATEN ISLAND St. George Library Center

NYPL offers free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at more than 40 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Registration for the Fall 2018 session takes place September 15–29. Classes begin the week of October 1 and run for 12 weeks. Winter 2019 registration takes place in January. Space is limited. To begin, students must attend an information session (see right) and schedule an assessment. For more information:

MON, SEPT 17 | 11 AM WED, SEPT 19 | 6 PM

MANHATTAN Aguilar Library MON, SEPT 24 | 1 PM, 3 PM, OR 6 PM

Harlem Library SAT, SEPT 15 | 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, OR 3 PM WED, SEPT 19 | 12 NOON OR 6 PM

Tompkins Square Library MON, SEPT 17 | 12 NOON, 2 PM OR 6 PM

Citizenship Resources

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NYCitizenship, offered at four Library locations, provides free legal help with citizenship applications:

Offered at all 88 NYPL neighborhood branches, New Americans Corners connect immigrants with books, brochures, and more resources about citizenship and other related topics.

• Meet one-on-one with a trusted lawyer for free • Apply for citizenship easily • Find out if you can apply for free • Get free, confidential financial counseling

Learn more:

Get started:

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Get immigration consultations and legal help services at select Library locations: • Full legal immigration consults and screening for immigration benefits • Assistance filing applications • Referrals made to trusted immigration specialists Find your nearest location:

ACCESSIBILITY Clases de inglés y grupos de conversación Mejore sus habilidades de comunicación en inglés con clases en más de 40 sucursales en el Bronx, Manhattan y Staten Island: La inscripción para la sesión de otoño de 2018 tendrá lugar del 15 al 29 de septiembre. Las clases comienzan la semana del 1 de octubre y duran 12 semanas. La inscripción para el invierno de 2019 tendrá lugar en enero. El espacio es limitado. Para comenzar, los estudiantes deben asistir a una sesión de información (ver a la izquierda) y programar una evaluación. Para más información:

Rincón de Nuevos Americanos Visite cualquiera de nuestras sucursales para obtener información y recursos útiles sobre cómo convertirse en ciudadano estadounidense:

NYCitizenship Consiga asistencia legal gratuita para la solicitud de ciudadanía y asesoría financiera en ciertas sucursales. Tiene que programar una cita. Llame al 311 y diga “citizenship appointment” (cita para ciudadanía):

英語課程和對話小組 通過遍佈布朗士、曼哈頓和史坦頓島的40多個分 館的課程提高英語 溝通技能:

紐約公民身份 (NYCitizenship)

在選定的地點獲得公民身份申請和 財務諮詢的免 費法律援助。需要預 約。撥打311並說,“公民身 份預 約(citizenship appointment)”:

新美國人之角 訪問我們的任何場館獲取幫助成為 美國公民的資訊和資源:

AUDIO ACCESSIBILITY Patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing can request free ASL interpretation or CART captioning for any NYPL program. Please request two weeks in advance: BOOKSHARE Instantly get 600,000 accessible e-audiobooks with simultaneous text on screen, free for all eligible users! Learn more: BOOKS BY MAIL Eligible patrons can get books and other materials delivered right to their homes. Get started: For more accessible resources:

Vi s i t us!

ANDREW HEISKELL BRAILLE & TALKING BOOK LIBRARY The only NYC library created for people with print disabilities, Heiskell Library offers free braille, talking books and magazines, book machines, and home delivery service, plus accessible programs, and assistive technology coaching. 40 West 20th Street, Manhattan 212-206-5400 Fall/Winter 2018 25

U S I N G T H E L I B R A RY Library Cards

Free library cards are available to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or pays property taxes in New York State. Apply at any library location or online:


Need assistance? Ask NYPL is the Library’s virtual reference and support service. Contact us via email, chat, or phone (917-ASK-NYPL). For more information:

E-Books with SimplyE

SimplyE, the Library’s e-reader app, makes it easy to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 free e-books with your library card. Learn more:

Research Materials

Researchers can use NYPL’s research collections at our four research centers. For guidelines or to make an appointment with a research specialist:

Digital Collections

The Library’s Digital Collections database holds more than 700,000 items, including photographs, manuscripts, maps, and more accessible for free online:

Movies & Magazines On the Go

Cardholders have free access to Kanopy, a service that streams over 30,000 films online and Flipster, a digital interface for reading magazines. Get started: |



The Library is proud to serve as an enrollment site for IDNYC, the City’s free municipal identification card. Patrons can apply for this government photo ID at two NYPL locations: Bronx Library Center and Grand Central Library. For more information:

Culture Pass

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions.

Public Benefits Assistance

Single Stop provides free, confidential, one-on-one advice and help with public benefits, unemployment, health insurance, SNAP, and more. To learn more:

Support for Culture Pass is provided by The New York Community Trust, Charles H. Revson Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Directory of Locations

For hours, directions, and closure information:

Grand Central · 135 East 46th Street · 212-621-0670

New Amsterdam** · 9 Murray Street · 212-732-8186

Hamilton Fish Park · 415 East Houston Street · 212-673-2290

Ottendorfer** · 135 Second Avenue · 212-674-0947

53rd Street · 18 West 53rd Street · 212-714-8400

Hamilton Grange · 503 West 145th Street · 212-926-2147

Riverside · 127 Amsterdam Avenue · 212-870-1810

58th Street · 127 East 58th Street · 212-759-7358

Harlem · 9 West 124th Street · 212-348-5620

Roosevelt Island · 524 Main Street · 212-308-6243

67th Street · 328 East 67th Street · 212-734-1717 96th Street · 112 East 96th Street · 212-289-0908

Harry Belafonte–115th Street · 203 West 115th Street 212-666-9393

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture* 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) · 212-491-2200

125th Street · 224 East 125th Street · 212-534-5050

Hudson Park · 66 Leroy Street · 212-243-6876

Aguilar · 174 East 110th Street · 212-534-2930

Inwood · 4790 Broadway · 212-942-2445

Science, Industry and Business Library* · 188 Madison Avenue (at 34th Street) · 917-275-6975

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library 40 West 20th Street · 212-206-5400

Jefferson Market** · 425 Avenue of the Americas 212-243-4334

Seward Park · 192 East Broadway · 212-477-6770

Battery Park City · 175 North End Avenue · 212-790-3499

Kips Bay · 446 Third Avenue · 212-683-2520

Bloomingdale** · 150 West 100th Street · 212-222-8030

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building* · Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street · 917-275-6975

Chatham Square · 33 East Broadway · 212-964-6598

Library for the Performing Arts* · 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (at 65th Street) · 917-275-6975

Children’s Center at 42nd Street · Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street · 212-621-0208

Macomb’s Bridge · 2650 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard 212-281-4900

Columbus · 742 Tenth Avenue · 212-586-5098

Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street · 476 Fifth Avenue


Countee Cullen · 104 West 136th Street · 212-491-2070

(42nd Street Entrance) 212-340-0863 (Interim Location)

St. Agnes · 444 Amsterdam Avenue · 212-877-4380

Terence Cardinal Cooke–Cathedral · 560 Lexington Avenue 212-752-3824 Tompkins Square · 331 East 10th Street · 212-228-4747 Washington Heights · 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue 212-923-6054

Epiphany · 228 East 23rd Street · 212-679-2645

Morningside Heights · 2900 Broadway · 212-864-2530

Webster · 1465 York Avenue · 212-288-5049

Fort Washington · 535 West 179th Street · 212-927-3533

Muhlenberg · 209 West 23rd Street · 212-924-1585

Yorkville · 222 East 79th Street · 212-744-5824

George Bruce · 518 West 125th Street · 212-662-9727

Mulberry Street · 10 Jersey Street · 212-966-3424

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BUILDING FOR YOU With 92 libraries across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, NYPL is committed to investing in our physical locations. Learn more about our latest projects:

Van Cortlandt Library, Bronx Construction began in summer 2018 for the new Van Cortlandt Library, just a few blocks from the existing branch. At approximately 6,000 square feet, the new location will be more than twice the size of the current one-room space. The state-ofthe-art library will feature modern technology and outdoor space, as well as meet ADA accessibility and expanded programming needs. 3,000 additional square feet • Dedicated space for kids & teens • Upgraded technology •

Status: Under construction Total Budget: $5.9 million Expected Completion Date: Spring 2019

More Capital Projects Macomb’s Bridge Library, Manhattan The new Macomb’s Bridge Library in Harlem will be located across the street from the current 685-square-foot branch and offer nearly five times the space.

Jefferson Market Library, Manhattan To improve ADA accessibility in this landmark building, this important renovation will rehabilitate the lobby, upgrade several restrooms, and install a new elevator.

Capital projects at The New York Public Library are made possible by the generous support of elected officials at the city, state, and federal levels. For more information on funding for specific projects, visit:

Holiday Closings: All locations will be closed Sept 1–3, Oct 8, Nov 12 & 22, Dec 25, 2018 | Jan 1 & 21, 2019 BRONX

Morrisania · 610 East 169th Street · 718-589-9268 Mosholu · 285 East 205th Street · 718-882-8239


Allerton · 2740 Barnes Avenue · 718-881-4240

Mott Haven · 321 East 140th Street · 718-665-4878

Dongan Hills · 1617 Richmond Road · 718-351-1444

Baychester · 2049 Asch Loop North · 718-379-6700

Parkchester · 1985 Westchester Avenue · 718-829-7830

Great Kills · 56 Giffords Lane · 718-984-6670

Belmont · 610 East 186th Street · 718-933-6410

Pelham Bay · 3060 Middletown Road · 718-792-6744

Huguenot Park · 830 Huguenot Avenue · 718-984-4636

Bronx Library Center · 310 East Kingsbridge Road 718-579-4244

Pelham Parkway–Van Nest · 2147 Barnes Avenue 718-829-5864

Mariners Harbor · 206 South Avenue · 212-621-0690

Castle Hill · 947 Castle Hill Avenue · 718-824-3838

Riverdale · 5540 Mosholu Avenue · 718-549-1212

Port Richmond · 75 Bennett Street · 718-442-0158

City Island · 320 City Island Avenue · 718-885-1703

Sedgwick · 1701 University Avenue · 718-731-2074

Richmondtown · 200 Clarke Avenue · 718-668-0413

Clason’s Point · 1215 Morrison Avenue · 718-842-1235

Soundview · 660 Soundview Avenue · 718-589-0880

South Beach · 21–25 Robin Road · 718-816-5834

Eastchester · 1385 East Gun Hill Road · 718-653-3292

Spuyten Duyvil · 650 West 235th Street · 718-796-1202

Edenwald · 1255 East 233rd Street · 718-798-3355

Throg’s Neck · 3025 Cross Bronx Expy Ext · 718-792-2612

St. George Library Center · 5 Central Avenue 718-442-8560

Francis Martin · 2150 University Avenue · 718-295-5287

Tremont · 1866 Washington Avenue · 718-299-5177

Stapleton · 132 Canal Street · 718-727-0427

Grand Concourse** · 155 East 173rd Street · 718-583-6611

Van Cortlandt · 3874 Sedgwick Avenue · 718-543-5150

High Bridge · 78 West 168th Street · 718-293-7800

Wakefield · 4100 Lowerre Place · 718-652-4663

Todt Hill–Westerleigh · 2550 Victory Boulevard 718-494-1642

Hunts Point · 877 Southern Boulevard · 718-617-0338

West Farms · 2085 Honeywell Avenue · 718-367-5376

Jerome Park · 118 Eames Place · 718-549-5200

Westchester Square · 2521 Glebe Avenue · 718-863-0436

Kingsbridge · 291 West 231st Street · 718-548-5656

Woodlawn Heights · 4355 Katonah Avenue · 718-519-9627

Melrose · 910 Morris Avenue · 718-588-0110

Woodstock · 761 East 160th Street · 718-665-6255

Morris Park · 985 Morris Park Avenue · 718-931-0636

New Dorp · 309 New Dorp Lane · 718-351-2977

Tottenville · 7430 Amboy Road · 718-984-0945 West New Brighton · 976 Castleton Avenue · 718-442-1416 *NYPL Research Center **Currently or soon to be closed for renovations. For dates and project information:

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Wakefield Woodlawn Heights



Van Cortlandt

88 Neighborhood Libraries | 4 Research Centers




City Island

Spuyten Duyvil Allerton

Kingsbridge Jerome Park

Pelham Bay

Pelham Parkway–Van Nest


Morris Park Belmont

Fort Washington

Francis Martin

Westchester Square

West Farms Sedgwick

Parkchester Clason’s Point Throg’s Neck Castle Hill


Grand Concourse Washington Heights

Macomb’s Bridge

Hamilton Grange

Countee Cullen

George Bruce


Morningside Heights

Harry Belafonte– 115th Street


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Children’s Center at 42nd Street

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Morrisania High Bridge Woodstock

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Melrose Hunts Point Bronx Library Center

125th Street

Mott Haven Aguilar


96th Street

St. Agnes

Yorkville Webster

67th Street

Riverside Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street*


53rd Street Columbus

Roosevelt Island

58th Street Terence Cardinal Cooke–Cathedral

Grand Central

West New Brighton

Mariners Harbor

Muhlenberg Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Jefferson Market

Kips Bay Epiphany

Todt Hill–Westerleigh

Tompkins Square Ottendorfer

South Beach

Dongan Hills

Hamilton Fish Park Hudson Park


Port Richmond

Science, Industry and Business Library

St. George Library Center


Mulberry Street

New Dorp Great Kills

Seward Park Chatham Square

Battery Park City New Amsterdam

Huguenot Park

Staten Island Tottenville

Research Center

Circulating Library

*For more information about the Mid-Manhattan Library renovation:


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The New York Public Library Now—Fall/Winter 2018