Friday, July 30, 2010


We miss you. You miss us. But we'll be apart for just a little bit longer, due to further renovation delays. Below is the text of the email and letter that has been sent to all members about the ongoing renovation:

July 30, 2010

Dear Library Member:

We are writing to inform you that because of further delays, the Library will be unable to reopen on Monday, August 2 as planned. At this point, we expect to reopen on Monday, August 16.

We wanted to provide a few answers to some common questions we've been receiving this summer:

How can I find out more information?
Call the main phone number, 212-288-6900
Check our website
Visit our Facebook page,

What about my books on loan and fines?
A staff member is outside the building Monday to Friday 9-5. You can return any Library materials during these hours.
The Library will be charging no late fines on any item until September 13.
Call the main phone number with any inquiries about books already checked out, books on hold, or new books you would like to request we order.
Check our Library catalog.

We apologize for the ongoing inconvenience and will do everything we can to ensure that the Library reopens on the 16th, and earlier if at all possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Mark Bartlett

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Michael Bergmann's Tied to a Chair

Member Michael Bergmann's new film Tied to a Chair will be screened this week as part of the New York Independent Film Festival.

Michael wrote and directed this comedy about a housewife who sets out to reclaim the acting career she gave up for her husband 25 years ago, which stars Bonnie Loren, Mario Van Peebles, and Robert Gossett. View the hilarious trailer here!

Thursday, July 29, 8pm
City Cinemas Village East
181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street
click here for tickets

Monday, July 26, 2010

One Flight Up with Susan Fales-Hill

Meet member Susan Fales-Hill as she reads from her debut novel
One Flight Up. Susan wrote part of this "irresistible comedic romp through the boardrooms, bedrooms, and ballrooms of Manhattan and Paris" right here in the library.

Tuesday, July 27, 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle
1972 Broadway
more information here

Thursday, July 29, 6 pm
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
more information here

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hannah Pakula at Asia Society

NYSL Member Hannah Pakula, author of The Last Empress, will join Alan Brinkley (The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century) in a talk about the complex ties between American publishing giant Henry Luce and the charismatic Chinese leaders Madame and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
for more information click here

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Renovation UPDATE!!

To paraphrase Robert Burns...the best laid plans often go awry.

And so it goes, the Library will be unable to reopen on July 19 as planned. At this point, we hope to reopen on August 2, and if we can open sooner than that, we will!

For renovation updates, please visit our website or our Facebook page. For other questions, please email or call the main phone number 212-288-6900.

*A staff member will be outside the building to accept any books you may wish to return. There will be no late fines assessed on any items until September 13.