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by Joann Jovinelly (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer/photographer living in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.
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The New York Public Library is a wonderful resource for all New Yorkers. Not only does the institution provide an amazing collection of books and media to borrow, but it also hosts a vast array of wonderful educational programs and exhibitions
at its branches all year long, such as talks with authors, arts and crafts programs, lectures, and more. Here's a selection of free upcoming events being held at the branch and main libraries this spring. Check the NYPL website for more up-to-the-minute information and read the library's quarterly newsletter, NOW, for seasonal schedules.

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue (at 40th St.)

Marianne Petit: Contemporary Handmade Books
Check out this amazing exhibit of handmade books by artist and telecommunications professor Petit, including accordion pop-ups and other three-dimensional varieties. Now through April 1.

Author Talk with Phoebe Hoban
Author Phoebe Hoban discusses the painter Alice Neel in this illustrated lecture that chronicles the artist's life. Hoban will explain her inspirations behind her book, Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty, while discussing how Neel became recognized as one of America's greatest twentieth-century painters through the help of the Feminist Movement. March 15 at 6:30 PM.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

Handmade Crafternoon with Librarian Jessica Pigza
Join Pigza and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for the final installment of DIY days at the NYPL. Event includes a hands-on project, a showing of vintage books and magazines, and special guest Liesl Gibson, author of Oliver S and Little Things to Sew. April 2 at 24PM, Room 227.

Out of the Blacking Factory: Charles Dickens at the NYPL
Robert Armitage, Humanities bibliographer in the NYPL's Research Division, presents this discussion about writer Charles Dickens that covers various aspects of the author's life as well as the various illustrators who added to his narratives. Notable Dickens' editions will also be on display. April 14 at 2:15 PM, Room 108.

Library of the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza

Behind the Doors of Notorious Covent Garden
From the series Life Upon the Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts, actress and author Elizabeth Sharland talks about her book with piano accompaniment by Steve Ross. March 10 at 6PM

Silent Clowns on Film
Pianist Ben Model plays live accompaniment for four film shorts from the "big three" of silent comedy: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton. April 2 at 2:30PM
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Why? Because New Yorkers Deserve a Lifetime of Learning.
When: Varies
Where: Various branches of the MYPL
Cost: Free
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