Great words of advice on the anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird’s publishing.
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Happy 115th birthday to E.B. White! During his life, White wrote some of best known children’s books of the past century, such as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He captured the imagination of children everywhere with his talking animals, while at the same time teaching them important lessons, like the value of friendship.
Here at NYPL, we love children’s books! So much, in fact, that we decided to create an exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, where you can actually hear E.B. White read from Charlotte’s Web! If you want relive some memories of your childhood, come check it out at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building through September 7th. Or, you can always stop by your local NYPL branch and pick up a copy of any of E.B. White’s stories today!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!