1. Happy 115th birthday to E.B. White! During his life, White wrote some of best known children’s books of the past century, such as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. He captured the imagination of children everywhere with his talking animals, while at the same time teaching them important lessons, like the value of friendship.

    Here at NYPL, we love children’s books! So much, in fact, that we decided to create an exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, where you can actually hear E.B. White read from Charlotte’s Web! If you want relive some memories of your childhood, come check it out at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building through September 7th. Or, you can always stop by your local NYPL branch and pick up a copy of any of E.B. White’s stories today!

  2. And Maxthe king of all wild thingswas lonelyand wanted to be where someone loved himbest of all. 
It’s a great day to celebrate the wonderful work of Maurice Sendak. Today, for the great author’s birthday, take a trip down to the Schwarzman Building and visit our children’s book exhibition, The ABC Of It.

    And Max
    the king of all wild things
    was lonely
    and wanted to be 
    where someone 
    loved him
    best of all. 

    It’s a great day to celebrate the wonderful work of Maurice Sendak. Today, for the great author’s birthday, take a trip down to the Schwarzman Building and visit our children’s book exhibition, The ABC Of It.

  3. 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. 

  4. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

    — William Shakespeare (via his play “Twelfth Night”),  who on this day in 1564 is believed to have been born in the English parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Happy 450th Birthday, Bard of Avon!

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

    Happy Birthday Henry James! 

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

    — Vincent Van Gogh

  9. 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!

  10. 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.