Dec 272011
 

Celebrate Kwansaa at African Burial Ground Naitonal MonumentGet festive at the New York Public Library with a special Kwanzaa crafts workshop for teens ages 12 to 18, and make a special Kwanzaa ornament for family, friends, teacher, or another special someone to show your holiday wishes.   All materials will be provided.  The free crafts program is at the 125th St. Branch, Thursday, December 29th, at 4 PM.

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Dec 242011
 

Get those toes tapping at this free performance by the six-piece Gotham Jazzmen.  It’s the last performance of 2011 for Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays  at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in Lincoln Center.  The music is Tuesday, December 27th, noon to 1:30 PM at the Bruno Walter Auditorium.  There are no reservations or reserved seats, so get there by 11:45 AM for a seat close to the front.

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Dec 132011
 

Reminder — the next few days are the final special free performances of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, at different branches of the New York Public Library throughout New York City.  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is the timeless and universal tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. The free performances are presented by Hampstead Stage Company, and suitable for kids ages 4 and older.  Performances are free, and there are no reservations — it’s first-come, first-seated – to be sure you and your kids — or grandkids — get there early. Double-check the NYPL website for any schedule changes –

  • Fort Washington | Tuesday, December 13 | 4 p.m.
  • Hamilton Grange | Wednesday, December 14 | 4 p.m.
  • Inwood | Thursday, December 15 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Parkchester | Friday, December 16 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Bronx Library Center | Saturday, December 17 | 2 p.m.
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Dec 092011
 

Get ready for the holidays with these special free performances of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, at different branches of the New York Public Library throughout New York City.  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is the timeless and universal tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. The free performances are presented by Hampstead Stage Company, and suitable for kids ages 4 and older.  Performances are free, and there are no reservations — it’s first-come, first-seated – to be sure you and your kids — or grandkids — get there early.  Here’s the performance schedule and NYPL branch — and double-check the NYPL website for any schedule changes –

Today and tomorrow  –

  • St. Agnes | Friday, December 9 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Center at 42nd Street | Saturday, December 10 | 3 p.m.

Next week –

  • Bloomingdale | Monday, December 12 | 4 p.m.
  • Fort Washington | Tuesday, December 13 | 4 p.m.
  • Hamilton Grange | Wednesday, December 14 | 4 p.m.
  • Inwood | Thursday, December 15 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Parkchester | Friday, December 16 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Bronx Library Center | Saturday, December 17 | 2 p.m.
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Dec 012011
 

Get ready for the holidays with these special free performances of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, at different branches of the New York Public Library throughout New York City.  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is the timeless and universal tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. The free performances are presented by Hampstead Stage Company, and suitable for kids ages 4 and older.  Performances are free, and there are no reservations — it’s first-come, first-seated – to be sure you and your kids — or grandkids — get there early.  Here’s the performance schedule and NYPL branch — and double-check the NYPL website for any schedule changes –

  • Belmont | Tuesday, December 6 | 4 p.m.
  • Richmondtown | Wednesday, December 7 | 4 p.m.
  • 96th Street | Thursday, December 8 | 4 p.m.
  • St. Agnes | Friday, December 9 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Center at 42nd Street | Saturday, December 10 | 3 p.m.
  • Bloomingdale | Monday, December 12 | 4 p.m.
  • Fort Washington | Tuesday, December 13 | 4 p.m.
  • Hamilton Grange | Wednesday, December 14 | 4 p.m.
  • Inwood | Thursday, December 15 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Parkchester | Friday, December 16 | 3:30 p.m.
  • Bronx Library Center | Saturday, December 17 | 2 p.m.
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Nov 302011
 

You won’t meet legendary dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov live and in person, but see him in photos, video footage and more, including personal letters from other legends of film and dance and culture including Frank Sinatra, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Fred Astaire.  This FREE exhibit is at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located appropriately in Lincoln Center.  The display was curated by the staff of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division and represents a rare chance to see this material before it is catalogued, a process expected to take three years.  There are more than one hundred digitized photographs spanning incredible Baryshnikov’s career; and excerpts of film and video footage, including a performance by a ten-year-old Baryshnikov and rehearsal sessions with greats like like George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham.  The exhibit is free, and on display through December 20, 2011, so dance yourself over to the NYPL before the final curtain.  Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-8 PM, and noon-6 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Exhibits at New York Public Library branches are always free.  Click here for a list of free days at NYC museums.

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Nov 012011
 

Walter Cronkite was called ‘the most trusted man in America’, and along with fellow CBS News icons Edward R. Morrow and Andy Rooney, possibly the most famous and influential TV news person in broadcast news history.  Spend a FREE evening with Sanford Socolow, executive producer of Cronkite Productions, Inc., and former executive producer of The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, to go behind the scenes at CBS News, and hear what he thinks — and what Cronkite thought — about current trends in American news and culture  (personal note — I have to wonder what Walter Cronkite would say about Snooki and the Kardashians).  The lecture is Monday, November 14th, at the NYPL Mid-Manhattan branch, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m., but get there by 6:15 for a seat.  The program is called “And That’s The Way It Is…..”, which was Cronkite’s signature sign-off for decades.  The NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch is at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street, across the avenue from the Main Branch with the stone lions out front.

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Oct 282011
 

Lower East Side Ecology Center,Brooklyn Bridge Park,recycle electronicsWho knew that there’s a National Gaming Day, and that it’s on Saturday, November 12, 2011.  Thousands of public libraries across the country — including the New York Public Library — are holding  events to help you get your game face on.  The Mid-Manhattan Branch second annual National Gaming Day program is from 1:00 PM to  5:00 PM in the Corner Room on the 1st Floor.   There will be  FREE video gaming on the Nintendo Wii & Xbox 360, as well as some classic board games like Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers, and Taboo, plus such new games as Apples 2 Apples.  Participants also are welcome to bring their own games.   Although it’s free, you must register to attend, since space is limited.  Here’s the link to register.   The program is an initiative of the American Libraries Association.

 

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Sep 102011
 
World Trade Center, Twin Towers before 9/11, 9/11 tenth anniversary

World Trade Center before 9/11

The New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan branch is focusing on 9/11 throughout the month of September, with a series of free lectures by authors and other experts on how the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center affected and changed us all, and how it changed the city.  Here’s what’s scheduled next week, the week after the Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001 –

Monday, September 12th — Sharon Zukin, author of “After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City”, lectures on the ‘new normal’ of Lower Manhattan, including controversies over what is built and where, and how to include Muslims in public discussions.

Tuesday, September 13th -- Author Kenneth Jackson offers a slide presentation  from his book “New York and 9/11: A Report Card on the City’s Response to the Emergency and the Way the Tragedy Changed the Metropolis”, including the sacrifice and bravery of first responders, and the many ways terrorism has changed our daily life in New York City.

Monday, September 19th — A photo lecture on how the World Trade Center went from an unloved white elephant to an active, integral part of city life, including its impact on architecture around the world.  This lecture features historic photos of the WTC, from 1977 to today.

All programs begin at 6:30 at the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NYPL, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch guarded by lions Patience and Prudence.  Reservations are not required, but be sure to get there by 6:15 for a good seat.

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Sep 052011
 
World Trade Center, WTC, Ground Zero, 9/11 Tenth Anniversary

World Trade Center, not Ground Zero

The images of the destruction of the World Trade Center are seared into our collective memory.   What’s the story of the people in those mages, and the photographers and videographers who took them?  David Friend was Life Magazine’s director of photography, and the author of the photo book Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11.  He’s giving a FREE  illustrated talk on Wednesday, September 7th at the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NYPL on the stories behind the images of the attack on the World Trade Center, the most watched event in human history. He traces the images back to their sources and charts their impact over the week immediately after 9/11.  That week changed our lives in many ways — including as  the beginning of a new digital age, a moment when all the advances in television, photography, and the Web converged on a single event.  This event is part of NYPL programming in honor of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  The lecture is at 6:30 p.m, Wednesday, September 7th..  The Mid-Manhattan Branch is directly across Fifth Avenue from the main New York Public Library, guarded by those two stone lions.

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