1. 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.

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. They taught us to love adventure. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion.
We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children’s books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?

    They taught us to love adventure. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion.

    We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children’s books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?

  6. Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

    Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

  7. books:

This summer, The New York Public Library is celebrating the excitement and personal joy of reading with the #ireadeverywhere campaign. My contribution comes to you live from the Tumblr HQ ping pong table. Where are you reading this month? Show the world and use the #ireadeverywhere tag!

    books:

    This summer, The New York Public Library is celebrating the excitement and personal joy of reading with the #ireadeverywhere campaign. My contribution comes to you live from the Tumblr HQ ping pong table. Where are you reading this month? Show the world and use the #ireadeverywhere tag!

  8. Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim Parsons, Neil Gaiman, Mindy Kaling, Cookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

    Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim ParsonsNeil GaimanMindy KalingCookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

  9. Author Dan Brown (and a feline friend) are flipped out over #ireadeverywhere! The author says that “reading helps change your perspective,” and we couldn’t agree more!

    Author Dan Brown (and a feline friend) are flipped out over #ireadeverywhere! The author says that “reading helps change your perspective,” and we couldn’t agree more!

  10. 

Who here is hooked on HBO’s The Leftovers? Based on a book by Tom Perrotta, each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious worldwide “rapture”. Before you start to binge on this suspenseful drama (or if you’ve already finished it), here are other books we recommend featuring interconnected stories you’re sure to enjoy. 

    Who here is hooked on HBO’s The Leftovers? Based on a book by Tom Perrotta, each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious worldwide “rapture”. Before you start to binge on this suspenseful drama (or if you’ve already finished it), here are other books we recommend featuring interconnected stories you’re sure to enjoy.