Monday, August 30, 2010

Open Mic Excitement!!

This blog has yet to reach a substantial audience (or any audience at all, it sometimes seems), and I am aware that I am wholly responsible for this very sad situation.

Whatever. I shall endure and it will get better. I promise.

In the meantime, to reward the 10 of you who may be reading this, I am now opening up the registration for the limited reading spots at the highly anticipated....ta da!

OPEN MIC NIGHT III at The New York Society Library

Reading spots at the last two Open Mics booked up quickly, so if you want to grab an advance spot to read your original fiction, non-fiction or poetry* email me now, because after Labor Day, the date will be announced to the entire membership via the Fall Events newsletter.

Email me at I am currently on a little vacation, so hold tight and I will respond to all your emails and confirm your spots after Labor Day.

*remember, readers must be current New York Society Library members

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Renovation Update: Library Will Be Closed September 10

Mark your calendars...the Library will be closed Friday, September 10 for renovation work.

However, the good news is that the following day, we will enjoy our first open weekend of the season. We will be open 9-5 on Saturdays and 1-5 on Sundays until next summer.

For renovation questions, please contact us by phone 212-288-6900 or e-mail

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Perfect Writing Spot

I thought I would share this post I came across yesterday on The Millions, a terrific online magazine.

Many of you will relate to this piece, those of you who come here to write because your apartment is too small, too big, too cluttered, too pristine, too quiet, too loud or because you can only drink so much coffee at Starbucks. There's something about working in the Library, though. It's certainly quiet (those of you who work here make sure that's so), and it's reasonably inexpensive, but I don't think that's really it.

I suspect that it's the community of writers here that makes the place so conducive to work. You're all in this together, even if you don't know what your fellow tablemate is so earnestly working on. How could you not be productive when everyone around you seems to be?

Tell me, what is it about The New York Society Library that inspires you to write here?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sex on the Beach

Member Hilary Thayer Hamann will be reading from her Anthropology of an American Girl at the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series at the Happy Ending Lounge.

Thursday, August 19, 8 - 10 pm
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome Street (between Eldridge and Forsyth)

oh, and did I mention the free cupcakes?
More information here

Monday, August 16, 2010

Library Reopens TODAY!

It's Monday, August 16, 2010.
Welcome back, everyone! We can't promise there won't be noise...but we are open for business!

Remember that the fifth floor remains closed for renovation, but the Whitridge Room is available as a quiet study and work space with desks and wireless access.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dolores Rice directs Neil LaBute's "Romance"

The Summer Shorts 4 Festival of New American Plays is now on!

Member Dolores Rice directs Neil LaBute's "Romance", which the New Yorker calls the "the most intriguing" one-act of the festival. And The New York Times writes that "this affecting, carefully drawn piece, an excavation of a failed simply devastating, and devastatingly delivered".

Tickets for the Summer Shorts Series A featuring "Romance"
59E59 Theaters
59 E. 59th Street
on now through August 31