1. I heard this kid and I couldn’t get over her…. I went out to the lobby, found a telephone, called the head of the music department at MGM…. L. B. Mayer, the head of the studio, was brought in and he said, I want every producer, every director, every writer to hear this kid. Well, it turned out to be Judy Garland.

    — In honor of Judy Garland’s birthday today, we share a few words from popular songwriter Burton Lane about how he met the former Frances Gumm, Ms. Judy Garland. 

  2. If you’re looking for something fascinating this evening, we recommend tonight’s LIVE from the NYPL program with authors Elizabeth Kolbert and Nathaniel Rich, who will be discussing Kolbert’s new book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” which offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before our eyes. 

    If you’re looking for something fascinating this evening, we recommend tonight’s LIVE from the NYPL program with authors Elizabeth Kolbert and Nathaniel Rich, who will be discussing Kolbert’s new book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” which offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before our eyes. 

  3. Today, New York Cares will be showing their love for libraries citywide during the 3rd annual Love a Library Day. Volunteers will be leading children’s literacy and crafts projects, registering visitors for Library cards, and organizing books at 33 branches across the five boroughs. Visit your local library today and let us know how much you love your library!

    Today, New York Cares will be showing their love for libraries citywide during the 3rd annual Love a Library Day. Volunteers will be leading children’s literacy and crafts projects, registering visitors for Library cards, and organizing books at 33 branches across the five boroughs. Visit your local library today and let us know how much you love your library!

  4. Do you love cats? Then you should love our weekly Caturday feature - above is our latest installment. Do you love libraries? Then you should roar like the lion in this 1911 cigarette card from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and be heard! Come to Brooklyn today (10 Grand Army Plaza) and participate in a 24-hour “read in” to support libraries, and convince the city to restore library funding to 2008 levels - meaning we can offer more programs, more services, more materials, more everything. All of this “more” is extremely important to the people of New York City and beyond. So come to the rally - by Urban Librarians Unite - sometime between 3 pm today and 4 pm tomorrow and watch or participate (yes, you can read whatever you want)! If you can’t be in Brooklyn, sign a letter of support online! Or at one of our branches! Tell your friends! It takes only two minutes, and could make a serious difference for The New York Public Library. We appreciate it - thank you!

    Do you love cats? Then you should love our weekly Caturday feature - above is our latest installment. Do you love libraries? Then you should roar like the lion in this 1911 cigarette card from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and be heard! Come to Brooklyn today (10 Grand Army Plaza) and participate in a 24-hour “read in” to support libraries, and convince the city to restore library funding to 2008 levels - meaning we can offer more programs, more services, more materials, more everything. All of this “more” is extremely important to the people of New York City and beyond. So come to the rally - by Urban Librarians Unite - sometime between 3 pm today and 4 pm tomorrow and watch or participate (yes, you can read whatever you want)! If you can’t be in Brooklyn, sign a letter of support online! Or at one of our branches! Tell your friends! It takes only two minutes, and could make a serious difference for The New York Public Library. We appreciate it - thank you!

  5. Documenting Tiananmen Square →

    Jessica Pigza in the Rare Books Division of NYPL shares items from the collection that depict the demonstrations heard around the world.

  6. For today’s Caturday we have some fashionable men and women looking at blueprints. You might be wondering how in the world this lovely picture is related to cats. Interestingly enough, it was in a 1920s issue of Cat Fancy, a magazine for cat lovers! But for those who need a bit more feline companionship, we’ve also included a photograph from the 1939 World’s Fair of an adorable kitten meowing at a champagne glass of milk. Happy Caturday!

  7. "I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."
— RIP Maya Angelou, a literary legend and longtime supporter of The New York Public Library, which holds her papers at its Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where she spoke). Angelou also once discussed her love of libraries with us - take a look. 

    "I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."

    — RIP Maya Angelou, a literary legend and longtime supporter of The New York Public Library, which holds her papers at its Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where she spoke). Angelou also once discussed her love of libraries with us - take a look

  8. 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.

    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.

  9. 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!

    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!

  10. 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.