Happy Fourth of July, all! On Wednesday, July 2, the Library hosted a naturalization event in which 150 immigrants from 46 different countries became US citizens. The Library’s copy of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s handwriting (which the New York Timeswrote about today) was on display to provide inspiration. The ceremony - attended by NY Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Secretary of State Cesar Perales - was incredibly touching, and we thought the perfect thing to share on Independence Day. Enjoy! More photos below (we also displayed our copy of the Declaration to the public for seven days, and over 16,000 people saw it!). Little note - NYPL is closed this weekend for the holiday, but we’ll see you Monday!
Is your dad a climbing mountain? Is he the captain of family adventures, or the king of bedtime stories? I have it on good authority that my dad is in fact the best dad in the world. If your dad is also the best in the world (and he probably is) celebrate Father’s Day by letting him read a story to you. As Little Jumbo the elephant will tell you, the best way to cheer up Dad might just be to do the things that you like to do to with him! This blog offers a Father’s Day reading list for the whole family to enjoy.
“I heard this kid and I couldn’t get over her…. I went out to the lobby, found a telephone, called the head of the music department at MGM…. L. B. Mayer, the head of the studio, was brought in and he said, I want every producer, every director, every writer to hear this kid. Well, it turned out to be Judy Garland.”—In honor of Judy Garland’s birthday today, we share a few words from popular songwriter Burton Lane about how he met the former Frances Gumm, Ms. Judy Garland.