Skip to content
New York City
This event was part of New York City

Write Your Own Six-Word Memoir®

What if you were asked to tell your life story in six words? Think you can’t do it, we think you can! Join us at various New York Public Library branches in Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx where you and fellow New Yorkers can post your own Six Word Memoir on a memory wall. (Click "Learn More" for additional details and to see which branches are participating.)

For Reimagine Week, we are partnering with the Six-Word Memoir® project and asking you to tell us how you’d like to be remembered; your last wishes; your legacy; advice to friends or family; a six-word obit, elegy, epitaph, note to a friend, however you’d like to think about it.

Tell the essence of who you are and what matters most to you – your life, your story. It can be about lots of things: who you are now or what want for the future; a story that’s at once personal and that others can relate to (“Finally learned that ‘weird’ is a compliment.”); an idea about something very specific (“I seriously love school bean burritos.”); a very real, perhaps hard personal sentiment (“Can say I beat depression, finally.”); a personal philosophy (“Life is better with headphones on.”); and it’s always okay not to take yourself too seriously (“The psychic said I’d be richer.”)

See who your community is and what they’re thinking! Tools to help you think about your own Six-Word Memoir® will be available at participating NYPL branches. Six Word Memoirs will be posted at the participating branches for the duration of Reimagine week.

Participating Branches (please check the links to confirm library hours):

St. Agnes Library

Kingsbridge Library

St. George Library Center

67th Street Library

Seward Park Library

Grand Central Library

Drop in anytime. No need to RSVP, but if you do, we'll send you updates and special Reimagine offers.

Storytelling Writing & Literature