Telling Our Stories at Jefferson Market Library

Registration is sold out! You may register for the waiting list.

In-Person EventThis will be an Open House style event that kicks off at 6:00pm and runs through 7:30pm. Arrive by 6:30 for timed programming.

Join Village Preservation for a preview of the renovations to and re-opening of the Jefferson Market Library. We’ll celebrate the stories of the Village with multiple areas for exploration, sharing, and learning. You can share your own story in the new, beautiful lobby space of the library. Frank Collerius, Jefferson Market Library’s manager, will display and show artifacts from the library’s archive as a jumping off point for participants to share their memories and stories from the Village. With other installations and opportunities to explore the library, you will get a sneak peek into this beloved community space that has its own unique and rich history. We’ll end the evening with an opportunity to celebrate the library, its staff, and impact on Greenwich Village, in the past, present, and looking toward the future.

Frank Collerius (he, him) has been the branch manager of the Jefferson Market Library (JML) since 1999 and won a Village Award in 2017.  Frank has truly succeeded in making this beloved landmark very much a living breathing component of the neighborhood, teeming with activity that resonates throughout Greenwich Village. He most recently guided the library’s involvement in the historic library’s renovation.

Under Frank’s management, the JML has become one of the most creative and proactive libraries in the New York Public Library system.  He helped design and implement a wide range of programming that has both engaged and educated the community.  Among the many successful programs he implemented, one of the standouts is the “JMU,” or “Jefferson Market University.” Going beyond the standard curriculum of library education (self-help, computer training, tax prep, etc.), JMU draws on the community talent of volunteer teachers to offer classes in subjects such as Shakespeare, Proust, The Civil War, Drawing, Italian Film, the Nature of Evil, and many other subjects that would be more common in a private university than a public library.

Please note: Village Preservation will still be using COVID-19 protocols for entrance to indoor events. Please note: Village Preservation is following COVID-19 protocols for entrance to indoor events. Village Preservation currently requires everyone to wear a mask at our indoor events, and reminds you that K95 or similar masks are strongly suggested rather than cloth masks, which are much less effective. We encourage participants to be vaccinated and boosted. As this is an evolving situation, if the current situation changes, we may reach out to participants and ask that all are vaccinated prior to the event.

Public Library Requirements: Masks are strongly recommended at all NYPL locations. 

Frank Collerius accepts a 2017 Village Award
Frank Collerius accepts his 2017 Village Award from Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
6:00 pm

Limited spaces available! Register early to reserve your spot.


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