Public Programs Calendar


Don't miss these special programs hosted in conjunction with the exhibition Shelley's Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet, open February 24–June 24, 2012, in the Wachenheim Gallery at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Monster Film Festival features classic horror flicks that take their inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; the Shelley's Ghost Lecture Series offers an in-depth look at the writers and stories featured in the exhibition; and Mary's Fancy Ball introduces popular entertainment from the 19th century.


Children’s Programs

Blown Away by Poetry
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the most celebrated poets of the Romantic period. Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by getting in touch with your creative side. Find your inner voice and write your own poems! Presented by Urban Stages. For ages 6 and older.
Grand Concourse • Wednesday, April 4 • 4 p.m.
Hunt's Point • Tuesday, April 10 • 4:30 p.m.
Francis Martin • Wednesday, April 11 • 4 p.m.
Kingsbridge • Thursday, April 12 • 4 p.m.
Eastchester • Tuesday, April 17 • 4 p.m.
Clason's Point • Thursday, April 19 • 3:30 p.m.
125th Street • Friday, April 20 • 4 p.m.
Countee Cullen • Saturday, April 21 • 2 p.m.
Epiphany • Monday, April 23 • 4 p.m.
Jerome Park • Tuesday, April 24 • 4 p.m.
Great Kills • Wednesday, April 25 • 4 p.m.

Spooky Stories of New York State
Mary Shelley set her classic tale of horror Frankenstein in Switzerland, Scotland, and the Arctic. But what monsters, ghosts, and ghoulish tales lurk closer to home? Storyteller Robin Bady shares some haunted tales of New York State. For ages 5 and older.
Children's Center at 42nd St • Saturday, March 3 • 3 p.m.
Castle Hill • Wednesday, March 7 • 4 p.m.
Morningside Heights • Friday, March 23 • 4 p.m.
Fort Washington • Tuesday, April 3 • 4 p.m.
Roosevelt Island • Monday, April 23 • 4 p.m.
Epiphany • Monday, April 30 • 4 p.m.
Belmont • Thursday, May 3 • 4 p.m.
West New Brighton • Tuesday, May 8• 4 p.m.
Dongan Hills • Wednesday, May 9 • 4 p.m.
Clason's Point • Thursday, May 10 • 4 p.m.
Baychester • Saturday, May 12 • 11 a.m.
Inwood • Tuesday, May 15 • 4 p.m.
City Island • Monday, May 21 • 4 p.m.


Teen Programs

Anti-Prom: Monster Prom
It's alive — and a night of monstrous fun! Come in your best creature costume, check out teen-created horror movie clips, and see samples of manga monsters. Snack on tasty treats and dance with your friends before the Design NYPL runway show reveals the future of Frankenstein Fashion. Check out the Teen Advisory Group projects and see how you can get involved with your library. Anti-Prom provides an alternative, safe space for all teens who may not feel welcome at official school proms or dances because of their sexual orientation, the way they dress, or for any other reason. Visit for more details.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor Hall • Friday, June 8 • 6:30 p.m.

Creature Feature
Write poems and short stories to combine with your monster and ghastly sketches as you work with teachers from the Community Word Project to create a zine. Get a printed copy to keep and get a link to send it to your friends. All materials provided.
Teen Central at Grand Central • Eight Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29, March 7 • 4 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all eight sessions.

Going Goth with Nina Malkin
Discover the dark side of romance with author and poet Nina Malkin. Explore the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Gothic horror of Mary Shelley as you create your own poetry and short stories inspired by monsters, moonlight, and more. All materials provided.
Mott Haven • Four Wednesdays, February 15, 22, 29, March 7 • 4 p.m.
Bronx Library Center • Four Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 • 4 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

Monster Manga with Ivan Velez
Create creatures with the manga master Ivan Velez! Whether you're inspired by Frankenstein's Creature, vampires, or zombies, learn how to sketch basic body shapes, expressions, and settings. Build a storyboard and bring your beasts to life. All materials provided.
Hudson Park • Three Wednesdays, February 22, 29, March 7 • 4 p.m.
Throg's Neck • Three Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26 • 4 p.m.
Parkchester • Three Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17 • 3:30 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

Monster Movie Mash
Jump back to the early days of film and get a laugh instead of a scream. No slashers here! Use classic B-movies to inspire your own horror masterpiece.
Hamilton Grange • Seven Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 • 4 p.m.
Castle Hill • Seven Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 • 3:30 p.m.
Wakefield • Eight Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 • 4 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Stage Fright with Action Racket Theater Labs
Bellowing, growling, snarling, and howling — create your own theater performance inspired by the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley and the writings of Mary Shelley. Learn how to project, step, and direct before taking to the stage for your closing bow.
125th Street • Five Thursdays, May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 • 4 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions.

Well Versed with Urban Word
Do you have a journal full of poetry and want to share it? Explore the writings of the Shelleys and join this poetry-writing workshop to improve your writing style.
Van Nest • Three Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22 • 3:30 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

We’re Open, Step Up!
Do you have a poem or song inside waiting to burst forth, or a bit of a dramatic persona you want to show off? Inspired by the Shelleys? The stage is all yours during this open mic session.
Van Nest • Wednesday, February 29 • 3:30 p.m.


Major support for children's and young adult programming is provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Barakett Endowment for Children's and Young Adult Programs and Services.

Major support for children's and young adult programming is provided by the Katerina and Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.

Additional support is provided by the Estate of Charles J. Mauro; the Estate of William C. Morris; the Estate of Esther Manes; New York Life Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Sandra Priest Rose; Con Edison; Mr. and Mrs. John Klingenstein; Beth and Christopher Kojima; Milton S. Teicher; Mr. and Mrs. George T. Votis; The Walt Disney Company; and an anonymous donor.


Adult Programs

Monster Film Fest
Don't miss the NYPL Monster Film Fest, a trove of classic horror flicks that take their inspiration from Mary Shelley's famous novel Frankenstein and its even more famous “monster.”

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Directed by John S. Robertson, 1920, 79 minutes
The good Dr. Henry Jekyll can transform into the evil and remorseless Edward Hyde at will in this classic Victorian tale of split personalities and doppelgangers, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Silent film accompanied by music.
Mulberry Street • Saturday, March 31 • 2 p.m.

Directed by Jan Svankmajer, 1994, 97 minutes
Live action, claymation, stop-motion animation and puppetry are used in this modern interpretation of the classic German tale of Faust, a scholar who sells his soul in return for all worldly knowledge and pleasure: the original “deal with the devil.”
Mott Haven • Friday, April 6 • 3:30 p.m.
Tompkins Square • Saturday, May 5 • 2 p.m.

The Golem
Directed by Paul Wegener, 1920, 86 minutes
A rabbi in medieval Prague constructs a living being out of clay in order to save his community from attacks,but cannot contain the creature as it takes on human emotions, including love. Based on the timeless Jewish legend of the Golem. Silent with musical score and English intertitles.
Dongan Hills • Friday, April 6 • 2 p.m.

The Headless Horseman
Directed by Edward Venturini, 1922, 94 minutes
This adaptation of Washington Irving's American Gothic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” features Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane, the besieged Yankee schoolmaster of a Dutch Hudson Valley town. Silent film with English intertitles; with musical accompaniments.
Allerton • Saturday, March 10 • 2 p.m.

Directed by F.W. Murnau, 1922, 81 minutes
Almost 90 years before Twilight, this is the original vampire movie. The story of Count Orlock (the blood-sucking Nosferatu, played by the German actor Max Schreck) is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Silent film with English intertitles; with musical accompaniments.
West New Brighton • Saturday, May 12 • 2 p.m.

The Phantom Of The Opera
Directed by Rupert Julian, 1929 version, 268 minutes
A man in a mask abducts the prima donna of the Paris Opera to his lair in the sewers below the city streets. Silent film with music score and English intertitles.
Kingsbridge • Saturday, February 25 • 2 p.m.
Mosholu • Saturday, March 24 • 2 p.m.
Richmondtown • Saturday, May 19 • 2 p.m.

Mary's Fancy Ball
Experience some of the popular dances that young Mary Shelley may have danced in the ballrooms of 19th-century England: lively quadrilles, charming country dances, the whirling waltz, and more. No prior dance experience is necessary; wear comfortable flat or low-heeled shoes. Presented by The New York Historical Dance Company. This program is made possible by Friends of Webster.
St. Agnes • Saturday, February 25 • 2 p.m.
Webster • Saturday, March 10 • 2 p.m. AND Thursday, March 29 • 6 p.m.
Richmondtown • Saturday, April 28 • 2 p.m.

Pre-Romantic Discourses on the Rights of Women: Wollstonecraft and Her Contemporaries
A lecture by Kathleen Lubey, assistant professor of English at St. John's University.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium • Friday, March 9 • 1:15 p.m.

Romantic Fandom
An examination of Shelley's cult of personality by George Mason University Professor Eric Eisner, the author of Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity (Palgrave, 2009).
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium • Friday, March 16 • 1:15 p.m.

Shelley Displayed
Stephen Hebron, the curator of the exhibition Shelley's Ghost and author of the book of the same title, will give a talk entitled “Shelley Displayed,“ in which he describes the making of the exhibition and tells the stories of some of its treasures.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Berger Forum (Room 227) • Tuesday, February 21 • 6 p.m.

Sparks and Ashes: the Afterlife of a Poet, His Widow, and His Manuscripts
An illustrated lecture by Elizabeth Campbell Denlinger, curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, one of the special collections of The New York Public Library. She is the author of Before Victoria: Extraordinary Women of the British Romantic Era.
Mid-Manhattan Library • Tuesday, March 13 • 6:30 p.m.

Vindicating the Writing Woman: Mary Robinson's Dialogues with Godwin and Wollstonecraft
A lecture by Professor Ashley Cross of Manhattan College.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium • Thursday, March 22 • 1:15 p.m.


Educator Program

Bring the Shelleys to Life in Your Classroom
This professional development session will feature a workshop led by American Place Theater on using process drama in the classroom to engage students with Frankenstein. The evening will also include a discussion with the curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, one of the world's leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism, as well as an educator-led tour of the exhibition. This workshop is made possible by a generous grant by the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.
Stephen A Schwarzman Building, Berger Forum (Room 227) • Thursday, March 8 • 4-6 p.m

Registration is required for Educator Programs. To RSVP for these events, or for more information, contact the Division of Teaching & Learning at or 212-576-0037.

For more information on opportunities for educators and on student group visits to Shelley's Ghost, visit



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