In honor of Memorial Day, we share the plaque erected at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building commemorating the men and women from NYPL who served in the armed forces during World War II. And to all the heroes among us, we thank you.
We’re all mad here … about cats. Which is why we’re celebrating Caturday by sharing this rare (and somewhat strange) 1982 Martha Swope photo of actress Kate Burton holding an adorable little cat while promoting the Broadway revival of “Alice in Wonderland”! The image is held at our Library for the Performing Arts, and is part of an interesting series of promotional photos for the play (a series that includes more of Alice with the cat, Alice by herself, Alice with a pig, etc). So check them out! And while you’re at it, check out Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and get reading! PS - we’re closed this weekend for the holiday, so if you can’t wait until Tuesday, check out an eBook version right now!
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.
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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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.