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.
Come out tomorrow to join community poets, writers, and of course, book lovers of all ages at the 2014 Bronx Literary Festival, held at the Bronx Library Center.
The day will be chock-full of readings, workshops, and presentations—all featuring Bronx-based writers—and is sure to be an fun and informative event for readers and writers alike. So bring a friend (or two and or three!) and head uptown for what is sure to be an amazing day!
Jenee at NYPL’s Macomb’s Bridge branch has a blog post to get you up to speed and on track for the big books becoming big movies this year. Read the full blog on our website and learn about the books that will end up on your nightstand.
Libby Day was 7 when her mother and sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was her 15-year-old brother, Ben. 25 years later Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth.
The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. It’ll be very interesting to see how the book is translated in film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers.