This Sunday, December 15, acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will present a memorable reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plus, Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, will share some unique items and interesting objects found in NYPL’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. It’s an event Dickens’ fans won’t want to miss! Reserve free tickets here.
'Tis the season… for shopping. This little cat knows the best way to go shopping. Let your human do it for you and watch all the hustle and bustle from a comfy perch on the balcony.
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, the cat on the balcony highly recommends a visit (online or offline) to NYPL’s Library Shop.
Today, we at the New York Public Library join the rest of the world in remembering the life of former anti-apartheid revolutionary and South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95.
A political stalwart for peace, equality and forgiveness, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years (18 of them on Robben Island) before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.
Click here to find books, recordings and other materials about President Mandela at your local NYPL branch.
Edie Adams was a Tony Award-winning actress and appeared in classic movies such as The Apartment and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She was one of the first women to produce and star in her own TV show, Here’s Edie, which aired in 1963. The variety show - which featured guests appearances from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Andre Previn, and more - lasted only one season but earned Adams multiple Emmy nominations and countless fans. Adams was also a preservationist, saving her late husband Ernie Kovacs’ archives from extinction as well as her own.
Head to The Library for the Performing Arts tonight for a conversation with Adams’ son Josh Mills, and Kovacs-Adams archivist Ben Model to learn more about her amazing career and see rare clips from Here’s Edie. More info here.
We were very excited this morning when Patience and Fortitude received new wreaths for the season! The lions haven’t worn the winter accessory for nine years, but these wreaths were created so they do not harm their marble. A beloved tradition returns!
Patience and Fortitude hope you’ll stop by to see them in their new finery!
In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!
It’s Black Friday, and we have a suggestion for all you super shoppers looking to kick off the season - check out our Library Shop for a host of incredible gifts for the readers or writers in your life, from journals to shirts and more. This year, we have a very special gift idea: we have all of our top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years (as curated by our librarians) available for purchase, either individually, as a whole set of 100, or in mini sets based on age (all the way up to teenagers). So for the young bookworm, we have you covered - what greater gift can you give than the gift of reading and imagination? You’ve got us! Visit our online shop, or if you’re in town, our store inside the 42nd Street Library. We’re open today!
Season’s Readings, everyone!
We are very excited to announce our very first window display with the help of our friends at the New York Public Library!
If you are in NYC, the window is located at the main branch (5th Ave and 42nd St) on the first floor next to the library shop.
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