1. Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)
A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)

    A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

  2. Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.
And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

    Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.

    And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

  3. Tonight’s LIVE from the NYPL with artist Kara Walker and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad is sold out, but if you can’t join us in person, join us via live-stream at 7pm sharp

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  4. Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

    Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

  5. After years of budget cuts, the city’s three library systems need $65 million more in public funding to provide more hours, more programs, and more vital resources to New Yorkers.

    Located in every neighborhood and open to all, New York City’s public libraries are priceless community assets. They help new immigrants, educate and entertain children, prepare job seekers, provide computers and internet access to millions of residents without it at home, and make the world’s cultural and literary treasures available to everyone—regardless of age, income, or nationality. 

    Your support can make a difference! Please sign a petition to tell the city to increase funding for NYC libraries.

  6. Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

    Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

  7. Tomorrow! Bronx Literary Festival at the BLC!

    Come out tomorrow to join community poets, writers, and of course, book lovers of all ages at the 2014 Bronx Literary Festival, held at the Bronx Library Center.

    The day will be chock-full of readings, workshops, and presentations—all featuring Bronx-based writers—and is sure to be an fun and informative event for readers and writers alike. So bring a friend (or two and or three!) and head uptown for what is sure to be an amazing day!

    For more information, click here.

  8. From Books to the Big Screen!

    Jenee at NYPL’s Macomb’s Bridge branch has a blog post to get you up to speed and on track for the big books becoming big movies this year. Read the full blog on our website and learn about the books that will end up on your nightstand. 
     

    This memoir is filled with suspense and humor, it greatly captures a young woman learning to deal with life’s obstacles and her journey to move forward and start over. 

    Everything is perfect! 

    This film will unearth the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage…. 

    A very emotional read that would most likely have you in tears at the theater.

    Libby Day was 7 when her mother and sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was her 15-year-old brother, Ben. 25 years later Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth. 

     The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. It’ll be very interesting to see how the book is translated in film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers.

    All of these titles can be found at your local library or placed on reserve in our catalog.

  9. It’s finally spring in New York, so we’re diving into some of the nature-inspired design books in the Wallach Division’s Art and Architecture Collection to celebrate the intermittent sunshine. E. A. Séguy (1889–1985) was a master of the Art Deco pochoir technique, a labor-intensive hand-coloring process involving the use of stencil plates and thick, vivid washes of watercolor gouache. Art Deco artists employed both geometric abstraction and natural forms to develop vibrant and undulating patterns, as exemplified by the initial animal studies and final decorative motifs in Séguy’s Butterflies.

    It’s finally spring in New York, so we’re diving into some of the nature-inspired design books in the Wallach Division’s Art and Architecture Collection to celebrate the intermittent sunshine. E. A. Séguy (1889–1985) was a master of the Art Deco pochoir technique, a labor-intensive hand-coloring process involving the use of stencil plates and thick, vivid washes of watercolor gouache. Art Deco artists employed both geometric abstraction and natural forms to develop vibrant and undulating patterns, as exemplified by the initial animal studies and final decorative motifs in Séguy’s Butterflies.

  10. It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.

    It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.