Category Archives: Events

Novelist Zadie Smith Speaks at Purchase Wed. 10/7 4:30pm in the P.A.C.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a lecture, reading, and conversation with acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith! Smith will speak on Wednesday, October 7th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing.

portrait of author zadie smith in a red head covering

Zadie Smith is one of the most accomplished writers working today.  She has published four critically acclaimed novels, White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), and NW (2012). She is also a prolific and distinguished essayist, publishing non-fiction in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other venues. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Smith was named in 2003 and again in 2013 as one of Granta ’s 20 “Best Young British Novelists.” She is currently a professor of Creative Writing at New York University. This event is part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which is made possible by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment.

Smith’s work explores themes of multiculturalism, identity, class, the nature of art, and the ethics of modern science through richly-drawn, nuanced characters set in contemporary England and the United States.  She’s also witty: look no further than her frequent New Yorker essays, including this interview and meditation on sketch comedy duo Key & Peele.

You can check out these novels and essays by Zadie Smith from the Purchase College Library, including:


All aboard! Library Open House TODAY Wed. 9/30, 4pm to 10pm

Ready for an adventure? The first annual Library Open House is TODAY Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 4pm to 10pm, on the Main Floor of the Purchase College Library.

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Take a trip around the Library and explore our hidden treasures and services, including our CD collection, Artist Books, Graphic Novels, Popular Reading, our Film & DVD collection, Moodle, Interlibrary Loan, and more!

Sign up for a public library card with the Westchester Library System (WLS) to gain access to even more amazing resources including, Freegal, Overdrive, and audiobooks! Just bring your More Card plus a state-issued ID. (Note: permanent residents of Westchester County must apply for a library card at their hometown WLS branch.)

Stop by any time between 4pm and 10pm and join us for fun interactive activities, free food, a “shelfie” selfie station, and button-making.

This event is in partnership with the Westchester Library System and the First-Year Seminar Program, but everyone on campus is welcome to attend!  **First-Year Seminar Students: please check in at the table near the Reference Desk for attendance and to receive your Library Passport.  All other students– skip this step and dive right into the fun!

You can review the Menu of Stations at RSVP at our Facebook Event and follow the festivities on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr. Share your photos of the event with the Library by posting to our Facebook wall and tagging us on Twitter and Instagram (@sunypurchaselib or #sunypurchaselib).

Bon voyage!

airplane and passport stamp logo reading "Library Open House September 9 2015 Purchase College New York State University of New York"

Reading & Talk by Lydia Davis

Thursday, September 24th @ 4:30 PM
in the Reading Room, 2nd Floor of the Library

Acclaimed writer Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations in 1999, and won both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit medal and the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Known for her idiosyncratic and extremely short stories, her books include The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), a compilation of stories written over 30 years, and most recently, Can’t and Won’t (2014).

Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014 på bildet Forfatter Lydia Davis, på togperrongen i Hudson, Upstate NY, foto: Johannes Worsøe Berg

[Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014. Photo by: Johannes Worsøe Berg]


This event is sponsored by the Purchase College Library, The Creative Writing Program, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student Affairs.

See an exhibit of her works (novel, stories, translations) in the display kiosk on the Library’s main floor, near the Reference Desk.

Acting & Writing Workshop Series at Harrison Public Library

Harrison Public Library is hosting a six-part acting and writing workshop series lead by playwright/poet/stage-director James B. Nicola. The “Performance in Practice” series will take place on six Sundays between September 27th and November 1st, 1:30-3:30pm. It is open to everyone, but advanced sign-up is required.

For Purchase College students (as well as faculty and staff!), this might be a great opportunity to share your acting and writing talents with a new, wider audience beyond campus. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own original pieces-stories, poems, short plays, monologues-suitable for sharing with a live audience. Choose your own level of involvement, as writer, performer, or both. Writers may adapt material from others or come up with something entirely new. Performers may perform their own material, or someone else’s. Participants who are willing will then get up on their feet to rehearse the polished pieces toward a live performance where we will invite family, friends, and library patrons.

Space is limited and sign-up is required. Sign up on online or call the Harrison Public Library at (914) 835-0324.


Purchase Student Leads Watercolor Workshop at Harrison Public Library

Milai Liang, an artist/illustrator and Purchase student, is leading a workshop series on Chinese Watercolor Painting at Harrison Public Library.  These hands-on workshops meet Tuesdays at 11:00am from September 22nd – October 27th.  All are welcome and all supplies are provided.

To sign up, call Harrison Public Library at (914) 835-0324 0r use this online form:

chinese brush painting in black & white

“Lively Scene in Chinese Brush Painting” from

Workshop description:

Learn how to introduce Chinese painting techniques while using watercolor brushes, paints, and paper. The brushstrokes and style of Chinese painting combined with methods of watercolor painting allow for spontaneity and help capture the essence of your subject.s Use your brush in new ways–and discover watercolor techniques to have fun while you’re painting. The blend of Eastern and Western art theories, materials, and techniques combine to encourage graceful simplicity.


Introduce yourself to our collections at the Library Open House, Sept 30th, 4-10pm

(Re) Introduce yourself to the Library’s collections at our first-ever Library Open House on Wednesday, September 30th.

Stop by any time between 4pm and 10pm and join us for fun interactive activities, free food, and arts & crafts. For full details see

picture of the library entrance with text "Hello there! Allow me to introduce myself" in a speech bubble

This is your chance to explore hidden treasures from the Library, including: CDs, Artist Books, Graphic Novels, Popular Reading, Films and more. You can even sign up for a public library card with the Westchester Library System (WLS) to gain access to even more amazing resources; just bring your More Card plus any state-issued ID card!

Save the date! We’ll see you there!

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Welcome Class of 2019!

If you’re on campus for Orientation this week, make sure you stop by the Library!  (New to campus?  We are the colorful glass building at the center of the plaza mall with a yellow column and a red overhang).

You can cool off from the heat, use our computers, get a snack in the 2012 Michelle MacNaught Student Lounge, explore our books, DVDs, CDs, and graphic novels, tour the Art Books and the Music Collections, and take a look at student artwork on display.

We know there’s a lot of information to digest at Orientation, so we won’t bombard you today.  You can get acquainted with the Purchase College Library at your own pace via social media.  If you’re reading this, you’ve already found our news blog,  “Behind the Stacks,” but you can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and check out photos of the library on Instagram and Flickr.  Find us on the social media site of your choice!  If you’d like to leave us a message or share your thought, just use #SUNYPurchaseLib.

And of course, whether you’re on or off campus, you can always Ask a Librarian a question via phone, email, text, IM/chat, or in person.  We are here to help you get oriented!

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Welcome SUNY Librarians!

Purchase College is hosting the SUNY Librarians Association’s Annual Conference from June 3rd to June 5th.  The Library extends a warm welcome to all attendees! SUNYLA is a chance for librarians from throughout SUNY, New York State, the NYC metro area, and beyond to come together, share knowledge & best practices, and discuss key issues in librarianship.  More information about SUNYLA 2015 can be found here:  (Note: registration is now closed).


Most of the conference sessions will take place in the Library and the Red Room.  Additional events will be held in the Performing Arts Center, Buffer, and Neuberger Museum.  The Library remains open to the public throughout the conference, but please bear in mind that conference activities may make the Library less quiet than usual and may impact public access to some labs and classrooms. Library patrons will continue to have access to our collections, circulation services, silent study areas, and computers in the DMZ and Reference Commons.

The Library will be open from 8:30am – 7:00pm on Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th and from 8:30am – 4:00pm on Friday June 5th.



Congrats Seniors! Commencement is live-streaming

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Not going to commencement?  You can cheer on your friends and relatives virtually. Commencement will be live-streaming at

The Library is closed today to celebrate Commencement and the Class of 2015, but you can still return books in our 24-hour book-drop located in the foyer, just inside the building’s main front doors.

image from Boston University

Free Tea at the Library! Today May 1st, from 1 – 3pm, 2012 Lounge

Join us for tea in the Library’s 2012 Lounge this afternoon from 1pm to 3pm! In honor of spring, we’re serving iced tea! Come relax or refuel with a selection of decaf and caffeinated teas including: Buddhas Delight, Ginger Peach, Marvelous Mango, Citrus Ginger Mint (decaf), and Berry-licious (decaf).

Feel free to stop by throughout the event to try different teas and take a study break during Finals Countdown. You can stick around and play boardgames in the Lounge or grab your tea and get back to studying!