1. We are thrilled about our "Somebody Come and Play" exhibition celebrating 45 of Sesame Street - and it looks like we’re not the only ones! We caught Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster manning the desk at the Library of Performing Arts, hoping to get a sneak peek of the exhibit, which opens tomorrow! 

    We are thrilled about our "Somebody Come and Play" exhibition celebrating 45 of Sesame Street - and it looks like we’re not the only ones! We caught Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster manning the desk at the Library of Performing Arts, hoping to get a sneak peek of the exhibit, which opens tomorrow! 

  2. When you’re a reader, there’s little better than a trusted book recommendation, and who is more trusted than a beloved author? That’s why NYPL Ask The Author gets the skinny on author reading habits before Books at Noon and Live@NYPL events.  For our inaugural installment, Tom Perrotta discusses Tolkien, football stories, and how to eat alone. 
Make sure to spend your lunch break with us this Wednesday and hear more!

    When you’re a reader, there’s little better than a trusted book recommendation, and who is more trusted than a beloved author? That’s why NYPL Ask The Author gets the skinny on author reading habits before Books at Noon and Live@NYPL events.  For our inaugural installment, Tom Perrotta discusses Tolkien, football stories, and how to eat alone.

    Make sure to spend your lunch break with us this Wednesday and hear more!

  3. Get A Book Recommendation From NYPL!

    Looking for something to read? Give us any number of clues and we will make some recommendations. Tell us the title of a book you loved. Was it the story, the characters, the setting, or the language that appealed to you? Are you devoted to a particular genre or want to try a new one? We love a challenge - ask us today!

    We will be checking our inbox daily and post back at least one request a week!

  4. Happy Birthday Agatha Christie! Enjoy a list of her best work, recommended by the author herself. Dig in to one of her classic mysteries today!

    Happy Birthday Agatha Christie! Enjoy a list of her best work, recommended by the author herself. Dig in to one of her classic mysteries today!

  5. Homer, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Baldwin – the “classics”. These are the authors we remember from our high school required reading. But what about today’s high schoolers? We took a look at their reading lists from the NYC DOE. Featuring graphic novels, YA titles, and plenty of stories of adventure, we have to admit we’re a little jealous of that list. Which books do you remember from your high school reading list? 

    Homer, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Baldwin – the “classics”. These are the authors we remember from our high school required reading. But what about today’s high schoolers? We took a look at their reading lists from the NYC DOE. Featuring graphic novels, YA titles, and plenty of stories of adventure, we have to admit we’re a little jealous of that list. Which books do you remember from your high school reading list? 

  6. Tomorrow at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building artist Nick Cave discusses his breathtaking new book, Nick Cave: Epitome with Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time and contributing author. This definitive monograph surveys the artist’s exuberant and genre-defying Soundsuits, performance work, and sculptural installations, and explores the transformative power of one’s imagination and capacity for fantasy.

    Tomorrow at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building artist Nick Cave discusses his breathtaking new book, Nick Cave: Epitome with Nato Thompson, Chief Curator of Creative Time and contributing author. This definitive monograph surveys the artist’s exuberant and genre-defying Soundsuits, performance work, and sculptural installations, and explores the transformative power of one’s imagination and capacity for fantasy.

  7. New York Public Library awards restaurant entrepreneurs $15,000 for LES eatery - am New York →

    You can begin your entrepreneurial dreams too! The 2015 competition begins next month. Attend one of the orientation sessions held at branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island and you’ll be well on your way to being NYC’s next class of entrepreneurs.

  8. The world lost a great performer and comedian today: Joan Rivers. In her memory, we’re sharing some beautiful images of her from our Digital Collection, including this photo of her with her daughter Melissa. Let us fulfill what Melissa considered her mother’s final wish; “that we return to laughing too.”

    The world lost a great performer and comedian today: Joan Rivers. In her memory, we’re sharing some beautiful images of her from our Digital Collection, including this photo of her with her daughter Melissa. Let us fulfill what Melissa considered her mother’s final wish; “that we return to laughing too.”

  9. Which classic children's book character are you? →

    With the help of children’s librarian extraordinaire Louise Larreau, the NYPL created this fantastical quiz for all you good people! Are you Charlotte, Eeyore, the Little Prince? Take the quiz to find out.

  10. We must be dreaming! Today, we learned that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but instead a little girl who lives in England with her parents and twin sister Mimmy. To ease our discombobulation and orient ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of characters who not only look like cats, but are cats! And they’re jolly good entertainment, as well: 
Felix the Cat - because any list about anthropomorphised cats must include  this important ancestor. Plus his cartoons are available for watching at the Library for the Performing Arts!
Garfield - Garfield’s not quite like other cats, sending kittens to Abu Dhabi and eating lasagna… but he’s still a cat! See for yourself and check out one of his books at your local library.
The Cat in the Hat - Although this Seuss classic has been translated into many different languages, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a cat, a somewhat troublesome cat who talks, but still… a cat.
Koko and Yum Yum - the stars of Lillian Jackson Braun’s profilic mystery series. Cats all the same, with Koko exhibiting a profound sixth sense.
We could go on and on with Heathcliff, Beatrix Potter’s Tom Kitten, and many more… but who are some of your favorite cats?

    We must be dreaming! Today, we learned that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but instead a little girl who lives in England with her parents and twin sister Mimmy. To ease our discombobulation and orient ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of characters who not only look like cats, but are cats! And they’re jolly good entertainment, as well: 

    Felix the Cat - because any list about anthropomorphised cats must include  this important ancestor. Plus his cartoons are available for watching at the Library for the Performing Arts!

    Garfield - Garfield’s not quite like other cats, sending kittens to Abu Dhabi and eating lasagna… but he’s still a cat! See for yourself and check out one of his books at your local library.

    The Cat in the Hat - Although this Seuss classic has been translated into many different languages, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a cat, a somewhat troublesome cat who talks, but still… a cat.

    Koko and Yum Yum - the stars of Lillian Jackson Braun’s profilic mystery series. Cats all the same, with Koko exhibiting a profound sixth sense.

    We could go on and on with Heathcliff, Beatrix Potter’s Tom Kitten, and many more… but who are some of your favorite cats?