1. This 1928 NYPL overdue book slip was miraculously discovered in the 1980s during the construction of the Tenement Museum. The Museum kept the card on display, stating that the title of the book on the card is “one of the great mysteries, we unfortunately do not know.” That is, until yesterday, when the Museum turned to Twitter for help deciphering the handwriting. Within a few hours, the mystery was solved. The book, which may have never been returned, was Israel by by Ludwig Lewisohn. A great example of the power of social media.

  2. If you’re a fan of Orange is the New Black than you know that the best place to work at the Litchfield Correction Facility is in the library! (At least according to Poussey and Taystee, pictured above).  From Jane Austen to Harry Potter to Shakespeare and beyond, OITNB does not discriminate against literature. Visit your local NYPL branch today to take out a copy of the book Orange is the New Black (it was a book first!) or any of the other books mentioned throughout the past two seasons. Can’t remember all of the books that are mentioned? Well, we have a blog post from NYPL list to get you started.
And, if you’re you’re free from July 23-25th, come to the St. Agnes Library to watch a marathon of the first season of this critically acclaimed show.  Escape the heat and let yourself get trapped inside the funny, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking world of the Litchfield Correctional Facility.

    If you’re a fan of Orange is the New Black than you know that the best place to work at the Litchfield Correction Facility is in the library! (At least according to Poussey and Taystee, pictured above).  From Jane Austen to Harry Potter to Shakespeare and beyond, OITNB does not discriminate against literature. Visit your local NYPL branch today to take out a copy of the book Orange is the New Black (it was a book first!) or any of the other books mentioned throughout the past two seasons. Can’t remember all of the books that are mentioned? Well, we have a blog post from NYPL list to get you started.

    And, if you’re you’re free from July 23-25th, come to the St. Agnes Library to watch a marathon of the first season of this critically acclaimed show.  Escape the heat and let yourself get trapped inside the funny, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking world of the Litchfield Correctional Facility.

  3. Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

  4. Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

    Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

  5. Happy Fourth of July!

    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 Times wrote 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!

  6. "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

    "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

  7. Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as “Monster,” “Fallen Angels” and “Hoops,” has died at 76. He was a longtime friend of NYPL. Myers’ work includes six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He won the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

    Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as “Monster,” “Fallen Angels” and “Hoops,” has died at 76. He was a longtime friend of NYPL. 

    Myers’ work includes six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He won the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

  8. pbsamericanmasters:

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway, passed away on this day in 1961. 

    pbsamericanmasters:

    "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway, passed away on this day in 1961

  9. Today is one of the most exciting and emotional days at NYPL, as 150 people from 46 different countries will become US citizens in front of our copy of the Declaration of Independence. Follow along as we live-blog the ceremony on Instagram

  10. Have you gone to see the NYPL’s copy of the Declaration of Independence yet? We’ve just added some extended hours for your viewing pleasure!

    Have you gone to see the NYPL’s copy of the Declaration of Independence yet? We’ve just added some extended hours for your viewing pleasure!