Showing posts with label Tompkins Square Library branch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tompkins Square Library branch. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Longtime East Village artists bring 'Double Trouble' to the Tompkins Square Library branch

Starting tomorrow, you can check out the unique work of longtime East Village artists Ruth and Valery Oisteanu at the Tompkins Square Library branch. 

The exhibit is titled "Double Trouble: Ruth and Valery Oisteanu Illuminated Landscapes Lighter Than Air." Read more about the show, on display through May 31, right here. The opening reception is tomorrow (March 16) at 5 p.m. 

The couple has been married for nearly 50 years, living in the same East East Village apartment for almost that long. (Read more about them in this amNY feature from 2019.)
The Tompkins Square Library branch is at 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and B.

Images via the NYPL

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Tompkins Square Library to screen doc on East Village artist Jeffrey Cyphers Wright on Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, the Tompkins Square Library branch is hosting an in-person screening of "Cuckoo O'Clock," a 30-minute documentary about EV artist Jeffrey Cyphers Wright "and the creative community he is part of." 

Per the NYPL description:
From Allen Ginsberg to John Sex. From Cover Mag to Live Mag! From the gardens to the poetry bars. From La Mama to Howl! Romance, lyricism, grafitti, tall tales… please join us for this intimate, informative, and amusing portrait of a quintessential East Village resident. 
Filmmaker Luigi Cazzaniga rejoins Wright (Cazzaniga was Cover Mag's art director and fashion editor and photographer) to create a humorous and historic portrayal. Fast paced and cram-packed with EV lore, this is haute entertainment dressed up in rowdy downtown style.
A panel discussion will follow the film, which starts at 3 p.m. at the branch, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

The screening is free, though the NYPL suggests that you register online ahead of time here.

In an email about the documentary, the library says this is "the first in a series of films highlighting East Village artists and writers." 
Image via the NYPL

Monday, January 24, 2022

If you are heading to the Tompkins Square Library branch

Several readers have noted that the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B has been closed since Friday...
The NYPL previously noted that staffing shortages have impacted some locations. (They also paused in-person programming until Jan. 31.) The Tompkins branch will be open today (Monday, Jan. 24) with the reduced hours of 1-5 p.m. 

You may want to check online before visiting this or any NYPL outpost. The Ottendorfer branch on Second Avenue between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street is open during its usual hours. 

Thanks to Stacie Joy for the photos!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Corinne Neary checks out of the Tompkins Square Library branch

Photo by Stacie Joy

After five-plus years as the manager of the Tompkins Square Library branch, Corinne Neary is moving on this holiday season.

Neary is heading to the Jefferson Market branch on Sixth Avenue when it reopens later this winter. (She worked there as a trainee and senior librarian before coming to Tompkins Square in November 2016.)

Patrons of this branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B have said that they appreciated Neary's attention to the neighborhood's history ... especially its writers and artists — past and present — with events such as the East Village Arts Festival and various walking tours. Her programing was also top-notch... and she has excellent taste in classic films (a Myrna Loy triple feature!).

We talked with her during the EVG podcasting days for a session in early 2019. Find that conversation here.

A 15-year NYPL veteran, Will Hall, takes over for Neary at Tompkins Square.

Welcome, Will, and thank you, Corinne... 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

An art fair at the Tompkins Square Library branch

That's a wrap on the fifth annual East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library, a four-day event at the branch on 10th Street.

On Thursday afternoon, a group of local writers and artists were on hand with their work. EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by for a visit with ...

... Eve Packer and Ron Kolm... 
... Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges... 
... Greg Masters...
... J. Scott Orr of B Scene Zine... 
 ... Ruth Oisteanu...
... Frank New...
...Delia Anne Parker...

... Carpo...
... Delphine le Goff...
... Sara Ann Rutherford...

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Happy birthday to the Tompkins Square Library branch!

The Tompkins Square Library branch — one of our favorite places in the neighborhood — celebrated its 117th birthday yesterday (Dec. 1) at 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

The library's Instagram account shared the top photo yesterday... showing an early look at the crowds gathered after the 1904 opening. 

Here's another early look at the building... 
Daytonian in Manhattan has an excellent history of the branch from earlier this year:
The library was instantly popular among the locals. Before the doors opened in the mornings lines would form down the block. Finding a chair in the reading rooms was often no easy task, and children and adults alike competed for popular books to read at home.

On October 21, 1911, for instance, The Sun noted, "In the Tompkins Square branch of the public library...there are twenty-five copies each of 'Oliver Twist' and 'David Copperfield' on the shelves. No, not on the shelves. For even with these twenty-five copies apiece it is almost impossible to keep one on hand."
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building as an individual landmark on May 18, 1999. 

Meanwhile, the fifth annual East Village Arts Festival is taking place at the branch through Saturday. Find programming details here. And find more of the library's offerings at this link

Previously on EV Grieve:

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Details on the 5th annual East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library branch

This week, the fifth annual East Village Arts Festival returns to the Tompkins Square Library branch with a handful of free in-person programs starting tomorrow afternoon. 

Highlights include (via the EVG inbox)

Join us in our main reading room as the Rocco John Quartet plays adventurous jazz standards

East Village Arts Festival Bonanza!  
We are happy to have local writers and artists showing their work in our library. Featuring B Scene Zine, Carpo, Delphine Le Goff, Eve Packer, Frank New, Greg Masters, Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes, Ron Kolm, Ruth and Valery Oisteanu, and Sara Ann Rutherford. 

Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary: A Graphic Novel.  
For the first time, photographer and videographer Clayton Patterson ... is the subject of a biographical graphic novel anthology. Patterson will discuss the graphic novel with author Julian Voloj.

Visit this link for all the programs. 

The library is at 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Tompkins Square Library hosting mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week

This week, the Tompkins Square Library hosts a mobile vaccination clinic outside the branch at 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

The City's Test + Trace Corps will be here today through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

According to the flyer, anyone age 18 and over is eligible. No appointments are necessary. And a form of ID is required.

Data from the NYC Department of Health shows that 65 percent of adult residents in all five boroughs have been fully vaccinated.
Here's a look at zip codes in this area for adults age 18 and older via the DOH's map of vaccinations...

Partially vaccinated: 76.04 percent 
Fully vaccinated: 71.72 percent 

Partially vaccinated: 74.58 percent 
Fully vaccinated: 70.3 percent 

Partially vaccinated: 86.01 percent 
Fully vaccinated: 80.56 percent

In other developments... with the delta variant driving up infection rates, Mayor de Blasio called on private employers to consider mandating employees get vaccinated.

As The Hill reported:
"I'm calling upon all New York City employers, including our private hospitals, to move immediately to some form of mandate," the mayor said Friday while appearing on "The Brian Lehrer Show." "Whatever the maximum you feel you can do."

The Democratic mayor said the vaccination system that was in place for over half a year has been effective enough to restore some sense of normalcy, but that New York City has "reached the limits of a purely voluntary system." Mandates, he argued, are the next step.

It was reported last week that just 43 percent of the NYPD's workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19. (The FDNY said that about 55 percent of its employees have been vaccinated.) An NYPD spokesperson told the Post that the department is working to educate workers and combat misinformation about the vaccine.

Meanwhile, with the increase in positive COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated population, some elected officials, like City Council member Mark Levine, are making a case for the return of indoor mask requirements — even for the fully vaccinated. 

Updated noon
• NYC Will Require Vaccination Or Weekly Testing For All City Workers (Gothamist)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Penny Arcade 'History' lesson this Saturday via the Tompkins Square Library branch

Get ready for a career-spanning virtual session with Penny Arcade this Saturday afternoon via the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street:

Per the Library:
We are very excited to host a performance of Penny Arcade, New York's undisputed queen of the underground, and the grande dame of downtown performance art. 

This bespoke segment created specifically for the Tompkins Square library will focus on a survey of Penny's 50-plus year residency in the East Village and her larger-than-life mentors.
The session, titled "My Life As History," is from 3-4 p.m. this Saturday. You can register here to receive the online meeting link (Zoom).

The performance is designed and directed by Steve Zehentner and Arcade, and co-hosted by the Hudson Park Library. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

A virtual afternoon with 'literary masters of revolutionary charm'

A virtual event to note tomorrow at the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B ...
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. we are having a second and final event dedicated to the 17th issue of the LiVE MAG! neighborhood journal of art and poetry. Join us to hear literary masters of revolutionary charm — Patricia Spears Jones, Paco Marquez, Larry Sawyer, Lydia Cortés, Bob Heman. Your hosts, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Uncle Fun) and Ilka Scobie, guarantee to make it an erudite, witty and refreshingly impromptu afternoon. 
You can register at this link.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Downtown State of Mind Saturday courtesy of the Tompkins Square Library branch

The Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B continues to offer free virtual programming... here are two events of possible interest this coming weekend (descriptions via the NYPL) ... 

• Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m.: A Downtown State of Mind celebrating the launch of LiVE MAG! #17  The CoViVid Issue. Zoom Afternoon of Art, Poetry and Inspired Palavar. Jeffrey Cyphers Wright has been publishing art and poetry for decades. His vision has a decidedly downtown slant and the new issue of Live Mag! is true to its East Village roots. 

(Related programSaturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. — A Downtown State of Mind part II.)

Register here.

• Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m.: Lower East Side Art + Activism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Help the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), Interference Archive, Tompkins Square Library and Wikimedia NYC expand Wikipedia's coverage of the Lower East Side at the Museum's second virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon! 

In keeping with the MoRUS mission to preserve the history of grassroots activism and promote community-based urban ecologies, we will expand Wikipedia's coverage of the community gardens, community centers, grassroots movements, galleries, clubs, squats and homesteads that have contributed to our neighborhood's oversized cultural impact. No experience needed; we'll help you create a Wikipedia account and teach you how to edit content. The edit-a-thon runs from 2-4 p.m., but you can stay for as long (or as short) as you like.

Register here

Like other NYPL branches, the Tompkins Square Library is currently only open for grab-and-go service from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

New York residents ages 13 and older can get a digital library card through the NYPL's online card application and gain access to an array of digital resources.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Your Book Swap Sunday reminder for Sunday

A remnidner that there will be another Book Swap Sunday (tomorrow!) outside the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Per the organizers: 
Let's share our used books to help us get through this pandemic together. Leave some and take others... Thanks for making these such a wonderful success! And you don't have to donate. Taking is sharing also.
Photo by Kevin Farley

Sunday, December 27, 2020

A post-Christmas Book Swap Sunday

Perhaps you received a book or two as a Christmas gift... and need to make some room on your shelf... then consider dropping by the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B where today marks another Book Swap Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

As the organizers said: "Let's share our used books to help us get through this pandemic together. Leave your donations, and take home some others. Reading is a safe survival tactic!" 

Photo courtesy of Kevin Farley

Sunday, December 6, 2020

It's Book Swap Sunday

Today marks another Book Swap Sunday outside the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Per the organizers:
Let's share our used books to help us get through this pandemic together. Leave your donations, and take home some others. Reading is a safe survival tactic!

By the way, this is not an officially sanctioned NYPL event — the location just happens to be outside the Tompkins Library branch.

Photo from last Sunday by Stacie Joy

Monday, October 26, 2020

This week at the Tompkins Square Library branch

Two events to note this week happening at the Tompkins Square Library, currently open for limited Grab and Go service on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... via the EVG inbox...

• Tuesday Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.: Virtual Walking Tour: Macabre East Village 
Join library manager Corinne Neary and local photographer Michael Paul to explore some dark history of Tompkins Square Park and surrounding neighborhood. Murder, kidnapping, the living dead, rituals, cannibals, insanity, spirits and ghosts!

• Thursday Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: Online discussion with Frederic Tuten 
Celebrated author Frederic Tuten will be discussing his memoir "My Young Life," inspirations, dreams and plans. Frederic is a long-time East Villager and will tell us how the neighborhood influenced his works. Also, we will listen about his years spent in Europe and South America, and his passion for art.