The Dorothy Parker Society is a major fan of the New York Public Library. We have to say that no other library system in the world can touch it.
We have two favorite branches: The Mid-Manhattan Branch, which houses the largest circulating collections of the entire NYPL, and the 1902 Yorkville Branch, which is the first Andrew Carnegie funded library in the city. (OK, we also love the NYPL For the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, but it doesn’t have the charm of the other two).
We got word at DPS HQ that March is going to make short story fans happy at Mid-Manhattan, located at 455 Fifth Avenue at 39th Street. “Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups” a program every other Wednesday, will be devoted to Parker short fiction classics. Mark your calendar:
Wednesday, March 7, 1:00-1:45 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 1:00-1:45 pm
The library encourages you to bring your lunch (or your knitting) and a friend.
Lois Moore, senior librarian, reads the stories to an appreciative crowd of adults. (You have to appreciate the synchronicity: the January theme was dogs and a February reading of Zora Neale Hurston, both dear to Mrs. Parker). We know the lineup: you will love each one.
The library is wheelchair accessible and the program is free and open to the public. It is on Twitter @midmanhattanlib and has a fantastic blog. Don’t miss the entry about the Mad Men mystery. Check out the calendar for all the events at Mid-Manhattan, which has one of the busiest schedules in the city. If you are visiting from out of town, pay a visit, you’ll be knocked out.