Girl Power: Books for Bold Women -
Smart, strong women of all ages deserve books filled with smart, strong female characters. Luckily, there are many young adult books with protagonists who speak out for justice, make courageous choices, and know that womanhood is beautiful. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of recommendations for the woman who expects her fiction to be as bold as she is. From Haitian short fiction to literature of the southern immigrant experience, these books will make you believe in girl power
The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent.
(H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)
For those of you interested in great 1970’s films or the world of television do we have an awesome free event tonight at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at 6:00pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium. The New York Times Culture Reporter Dave Itzkoff stops by to discuss his latest book MAD AS HELL: THE MAKING OF NETWORK AND THE FATEFUL VISION OF THE ANGRIEST MAN IN MOVIES. Dave is no stranger to The Library for the Performing Arts as he researched much of his book by using the Paddy Chayefsky Papers that can be found within The Billy Rose Theatre Division. You can also read an article Dave wrote about the collection for The Times from 2011 here.
It’s World Read Aloud Day! You can celebrate with us this afternoon at the Jefferson Market Library where there will be crafts, performances, and (of course) readings from very special guests author Jacqueline Woodson and NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton!
See you there!
Here is something for you to do during your lunch break - NYPL kicks off an awesome new author series today. Free and open to the public, NYPL BOOKS AT NOON will take place every Wednesday at noon, from March 5 through May 7. What makes this series so cool is it takes place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall!
Programs will last a half-hour with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The event is standing room only, so don’t think about it too much and just come on over. The series kicks off with acclaimed author and famed WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME panelist - P.J. O’Rourke.
See you soon!
On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some magnificent mustaches!
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Today the Washington Heights Library celebrated it’s grand reopening and centennial! The building turned 100 on February 26th and received a beautiful renovation. There’s a full-day’s worth of activities happening today, so don’t take our word for it - stop by and visit it yourself!