1. Live All You Can: Henry James in the Village →

    Happy Birthday Henry James! 

  2. Today is the Fort Washington Library’s 100th birthday! NYPL and friends had a great day on Saturday celebrating the centennial of the Fort Washington Library. We look forward to the next 100 years!

    Today is the Fort Washington Library’s 100th birthday! NYPL and friends had a great day on Saturday celebrating the centennial of the Fort Washington Library. We look forward to the next 100 years!

  3. To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
    To gain all while you give,
    To roam the roads of lands remote,
    To travel is to live.

    — Hans Christian Andersen, born today in 1805.

  4. I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.

    — Vincent Van Gogh

  5. Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost!
Today, celebrate the works of beloved American poet Robert Frost on what would have been his 140th birthday!
Highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner is perhaps best known for his most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” published in 1916.
Also a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Frost is the author of over 80 poems including “Mending Wall,” “Paul’s Wife,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.
Head to your nearest NYPL branch to learn more about one of history’s most celebrated poets today!

    Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost!

    Today, celebrate the works of beloved American poet Robert Frost on what would have been his 140th birthday!

    Highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner is perhaps best known for his most popular poem, “The Road Not Taken,” published in 1916.

    Also a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Frost is the author of over 80 poems including “Mending Wall,” “Paul’s Wife,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”.

    Head to your nearest NYPL branch to learn more about one of history’s most celebrated poets today!

  6. Happy 80th Birthday to the iconic author and activist Gloria Steinem! You can of course check out many of Ms. Steinem’s books - as well as books ABOUT Ms. Steinem - at branches throughout the NYPL system.

    Happy 80th Birthday to the iconic author and activist Gloria Steinem! You can of course check out many of Ms. Steinem’s books - as well as books ABOUT Ms. Steinem - at branches throughout the NYPL system.

  7. Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! Did you know that Mr. Houdini was a fan of the Library? On August 31, 1911 the acclaimed magician sent NYPL’s first president John Shaw Billings a letter offering two bound sets of The Conjurer’s Magazine, two books on handcuffs published in Russia and Germany, and his assistance on the subject of “Magic and Mystery” should the Library need it. 
Today the Library has the archive of the Society of American Magicians, of which Harry Houdini was President. Now everyone can have his assistance on the subject of magic and mystery!
 

    Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! Did you know that Mr. Houdini was a fan of the Library? On August 31, 1911 the acclaimed magician sent NYPL’s first president John Shaw Billings a letter offering two bound sets of The Conjurer’s Magazine, two books on handcuffs published in Russia and Germany, and his assistance on the subject of “Magic and Mystery” should the Library need it. 

    Today the Library has the archive of the Society of American Magicians, of which Harry Houdini was President. Now everyone can have his assistance on the subject of magic and mystery!

     

  8. Happy 112th Birthday to John Steinbeck, American writer and author of literature favorites like The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men! This photo of him comes from our Berg Collection located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Step into one of our NYPL branches and check out a book on or about John Steinbeck.

    Happy 112th Birthday to John Steinbeck, American writer and author of literature favorites like The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men! This photo of him comes from our Berg Collection located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Step into one of our NYPL branches and check out a book on or about John Steinbeck.

  9. A very happy birthday to our friends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! We hope you enjoy this beautiful 1911 image from NYPL’s Millstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy.  What will you do to celebrate the birthday?

    A very happy birthday to our friends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! We hope you enjoy this beautiful 1911 image from NYPL’s Millstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy.  What will you do to celebrate the birthday?

  10. Happy 83th Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author, Toni Morrison!
In celebration, stop by one of our NYPL branches to grab any of Morrison’s books, which include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon. 
Also, watch this LIVE from NYPL video, where Morrison discusses races and writing with author, Junot Diaz.

    Happy 83th Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author, Toni Morrison!

    In celebration, stop by one of our NYPL branches to grab any of Morrison’s books, which include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon

    Also, watch this LIVE from NYPL video, where Morrison discusses races and writing with author, Junot Diaz.