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

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Commemorating World AIDS Day at the Tompkins Square Library branch

On World AIDS Day this Thursday (Dec. 1), the Tompkins Square Library branch is presenting an online viewing of  "Silence = Death," a video performance by Blow Up Percussion (Rome).

Per the library's website:
The 24-minute-long video, which will be available from noon to midnight on the Library’s website, includes a list of the names of many New Yorkers who died of AIDS; the list of names continues long after the music climaxes and ends in a silent memorial to the friends and family members lost to a pandemic that continues to this day. AIDS has killed more than 40 million people.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

A plant exchange at the Tompkins Square Library branch this Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, the Tompkins Square Library branch is hosting a plant exchange.

Per the invite
Meet your neighbors while exchanging cuttings, seedlings and plant care tips! Bringing plants to the exchange is encouraged, but not required.
The exchange starts at 5:30 p.m. at the branch, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

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:

Friday, September 10, 2021

Tompkins Square Library screening Luigi Cazzaniga's '9/11: What I Saw'

The Tompkins Square Library is screening Luigi Cazzaniga's documentary "9/11: What I Saw" tomorrow afternoon at the branch on 10th Street. 

Here's more about the premiere of this film via the library's invite: 
A documentary masterpiece featuring rare footage shot on the morning of 9/11 by Italian artist Luigi Cazzaniga... While some of Cazzaniga’s now-historic footage of 9/11 has been shown on CNN, HBO, RAI, and other television networks around the world as well as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan, Cazzaniga had never edited it into a film of his own. Until now. 

It was during the pandemic when Cazzaniga, a longtime correspondent for Italian television, was able to sit down with this heartbreaking footage and reckon with what he saw that day. With editorial help from Hernan Valle and producers Ilka Scobie and Exquisite Pandemic editor Rick Whitaker, Cazzaniga was able to actualize his vision for this nearly hour-long film in time for the 20th anniversary of that tragic event with so many global consequences. 
The in-person screening takes place tomorrow afternoon at 3. You can register to attend at this link. Masks are required at the branch, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Friday, July 30, 2021

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

As noted back on Monday, the Tompkins Square Library is hosting a mobile vaccination clinic outside the branch at 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. (It's across the street from the library.)

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

No appointments are necessary, though you can schedule an appointment for the Pfizer vaccine here.

 And according to the city's COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, the $100 incentive is available here...

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tompkins Square Library hosting an online discussion with Grant Shaffer

East Village-based artist and illustrator Grant Shaffer, who contributes the NY See panel to EVG, is the guest tomorrow (Tuesday, June 1) evening during an online discussion with Tompkins Square Library manager Corinne Neary. 

Per the invite, Grant "will show and talk to us about his work. He will discuss his process and inspirations, including the work he has created inspired by life in NYC during the COVID pandemic." 

Grant's illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Interview

The discussion is from 6-7 p.m. Sign up at this link

And coming up on Saturday: Longtime East Village resident Sarah Schulman will discuss her upcoming book "Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993." Details here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

NYPL plans to expand services at all branches by mid-July



New York Public Library (NYPL) officials announced yesterday that they plan to reopen all available branch libraries with expanded service by mid-July.

This means that you can expect "the full complement of services such as general space use, programs and classes incrementally reinstituted as quickly as circumstances allow," per the NYPL's announcement. 

In addition, starting yesterday, officials said that they expanded service at select locations to include limited browsing and desktop computer use. The Seward Park branch on East Broadway is the closest location with these additional offerings.

The Tompkins Square Library on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B still has its grab-and-go service. (The Ottendorfer Library on Second Avenue between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street remains temporarily closed.)

Tompkins Square also continues to offer an array of online programming. Check out the free offerings here.

The NYPL closed all branches in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic. The limited grab-and-go service commenced in August

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Tompkins Square Library's East Village Arts Festival continues online this week

As mentioned last week, the fourth annual East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library branch went virtual this year... there are several free events remaining this week. Details below. And you may register for the events here.
Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.: Mom and Pop Storefronts: Online Curator Talk with Karla and James Murray. James and Karla Murray, acclaimed photographers and authors of "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" will discuss and show the work created by the participants of their 2020 Mom and Pop Storefronts workshop. In partnership with the East Village Community Coalition, James and Karla taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community and encourage advocacy. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.: Virtual Walking Tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians of Tompkins Square. Please join us for a fun online walking tour hosted by library manager Corinne Neary and local photographer Michael Paul. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.: Online Book Discussion. Village Preservation will host an online discussion with author Miranda Martinez, and her book, "Power at the Roots: Community Gardens, Gentrification, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side."

Saturday, Dec. 12 at  3 p.m.: Online Discussion with an Artist: Delphine le Goff. Among many other projects, le Goff has recently started sketching East Village buildings and businesses. She will show some of her work, discuss her process and inspirations, and answer questions. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Tompkins Square Library's annual East Village Arts Festival starts online this Friday

The fourth annual East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library starts this Friday, and runs through Dec. 12.

And as you might expect, this year's event is online, though the work of some of the featured artists will be on display at the branch, 331 E. 10th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Below are some of the daily highlights via the EVG inbox. You may register for the free events here.

Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.:  "SONIC GATHERING XIX," a performance of John King's micro-opera "Disappearant." Sonic Gatherings started in March in response to the pandemic. King, along with choreographer Brandon Collwes began a weekly series of performances with a rotating cast of dancers and musicians, now in its 29th iteration. 
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.: Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Online Discussion with Artist Paul Adrian Davies. Among many other projects, Davies, a longtime resident of the Lower East Side, has recently been working on photographs of the East Village's streets during the pandemic. He will show us his work, discuss the process and inspirations, and answer questions. There will also be a display of the work at Tompkins Square Library. 

Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.: Mom and Pop Storefronts: Online Curator Talk with Karla and James Murray. James and Karla Murray, acclaimed photographers and authors of "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" will discuss and show the work created by the participants of their 2020 Mom and Pop Storefronts workshop. In partnership with the East Village Community Coalition, James and Karla taught participants how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community and encourage advocacy. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.: Virtual Walking Tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians of Tompkins Square. Please join us for a fun online walking tour hosted by library manager Corinne Neary and local photographer Michael Paul. 

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.: Online Book Discussion. Village Preservation will host an online discussion with author Miranda Martinez, and her book, "Power at the Roots: Community Gardens, Gentrification, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side."

Saturday, Dec. 12 at  3 p.m.: Online Discussion with an Artist: Delphine le Goff. Among many other projects, le Goff has recently started sketching East Village buildings and businesses. She will show some of her work, discuss her process and inspirations, and answer questions. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Another Book Swap on 10th Street

Back in the summer, some East Village residents started a Book Swap Saturday outside the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B... the swap is making a return ... tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can find Book Swap Sunday.

Via the EVG inbox:
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 from last summer by Stacie Joy 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Tompkins Square Library reopens today for grab-and-go service



The Tompkins Square Library on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B is one of 22 NYPL branches reopening today for grab-and-go service. (This follows eight city branches returning on July 13.)

What does grand-and-go entail? Per the NYPL website:

Our new grab-and-go service allows you to pick up items you've reserved and return materials you currently have checked out, all while safely maintaining distance from others.

What's new: The pickup process is contactless. Once the items you've reserved are ready for pickup, they will immediately be checked out to your account. This way, all you have to do when you get to the library is grab your items from the holds shelf — then go! There will be no need to stop by the circulation desk for checkout. The same goes for returns — rather than visiting the desk, there will be a designated bin where you can return any items you currently have.

Note: The process of reserving an item is the same as always. You can place a hold on an item online or over the phone, which will put your request into a queue until a copy becomes available. The wait time will vary depending on how many others have reserved the item and how many copies we have. Once your item is read, you will be notified via email, and then you can head to the branch to pick up your item. Learn more here about how to reserve items and what to expect when visiting one of our grab-and-go branches.

And the branch's hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Masks are required for entry.

Meanwhile, the Tompkins Square Branch will continue to offer their online programming.

The Seward Park Branch on East Broadway also reopens today.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Tompkins Square Library is hosting this online discussion with Alan Kaufman

The Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street continues to offer compelling online programming.

This conversation is happening tomorrow night (Thursday, July 9) from 7-8 p.m.:

You're invited to join us as we host celebrated neighborhood author Alan Kaufman, who will be reading and discussing his work. Now a San Francisco resident, Alan was a long-time East Villager, and our neighborhood has had a major influence on his work. He will be discussing his works "Jew Boy," "The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry" and "The Berlin Woman."

You can register via this link.

Meanwhile, the NYPL has eight branches opening on Monday. Unfortunately, the East Village locations are not among those reopening on Monday. For now, the closest open branch will be Epiphany on 23rd Street and Second Avenue.

Photo of Alan Kauffman by Stacie Joy

Friday, June 26, 2020

About Book Swap Saturday on 10th Street

While the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street may be temporarily closed, you still have a chance to fetch some books from the sidewalk outside.

Some East Village residents started a free book swap last Saturday outside the branch between Avenue A and Avenue B. They plan on doing it again tomorrow (Saturday!) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (To be clear, the library isn't involved in this swap.)

Via the EVG inbox:

Let's share our used books to help us get through this pandemic together. Leave some and take others.

Thanks for making the last one such a wonderful success. There were so many donations that East Villagers were still browsing books into the next day — late Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tompkins Square Library launches online programming this week



The Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street, currently closed during the COVID-19 crisis, is launching some online programming starting today.

In the weeks ahead, the library will be offering sessions for kids and adults, from book discussions to guitar lessons to yoga sessions via the video conferencing Zoom platform. (You can set up a free account on your computer or smartphone.)

Upcoming programs include:

Thursday, April 2, 6-6:40 p.m.: Book Discussion Group. This is our regularly scheduled monthly discussion, and we will be talking about "In West Mills" by De'Shawn Charles Winslow.
Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/329408695.
Meeting ID: 329 408 695.

Monday, April 6, 1-1:40 p.m.: Short Story Discussion Group. We will be reading Edith Wharton's short story, "The Other Two." You can read it for free online by clicking the link.
Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/261814141.
Meeting ID: 261 814 141.

Tuesday, April 7, 6-6:40 p.m.: Vinyasa Warrior Yoga. Out longtime yoga teacher, Maggie Frey, has kindly volunteered to lead a class from home! Open to all levels. No experience required.
Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/193598517.
Meeting ID: 193 598 517.

Keep this in mind, per branch manager Corinne Neary: "This is very new to us, so we might experience some growing pains as we learn."

Visit the branch's website here for more programs.

Meanwhile, the NYPL's main website has a lot of resources to explore, such as their historical NYC postcards collection and maps.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Your chance to visit a library in a coffee shop today



As we've noted, the folks from the Tompkins Square Library on 10th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B have been bringing their pop-up cafe branch to Ninth Street Espresso — the location a few doors away at 341 E. 10th St. — on a bimonthly basis

This is happening again today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

EVG regular Greg Masters shared the above photo and this recap after the branch's visit on Feb. 6:

The Tompkins Square Library is bringing its collection to the people with a pop-up presence. Every other Thursday, from 11-1, librarian Alyona Glushchenkova, here seen with poet Jeff Wright, sets up shop with treasures to borrow at the Ninth Street Espresso.

Today’s selection included the script for the Robert Frank film "Pull My Daisy," a book on Richard Hell’s LP Blank Generation, Ken Schless’s photo book "Invisible City," and Ed Sanders’ "Tales of Beatnik Glory," as well as the new issue of Live Mag, Wright’s poetry/art magazine.

With each visit, the library will offer books about the neighborhood, its history, culture and artists. You may even check them out right from Ninth Street Espresso.

And upcoming library-Ninth Street Espresso dates:

• Thursdays, March 5 and 19, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
• Thursdays, April 9 and 23, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
• Thursdays, May 7 and 21, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A visit to the Tompkins Square Library branch on 10th Street