1. In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

    In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

  2. Books on Black Friday - Give the Gift of Reading

    It’s Black Friday, and we have a suggestion for all you super shoppers looking to kick off the season - check out our Library Shop for a host of incredible gifts for the readers or writers in your life, from journals to shirts and more. This year, we have a very special gift idea: we have all of our top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years (as curated by our librarians) available for purchase, either individually, as a whole set of 100, or in mini sets based on age (all the way up to teenagers). So for the young bookworm, we have you covered - what greater gift can you give than the gift of reading and imagination? You’ve got us! Visit our online shop, or if you’re in town, our store inside the 42nd Street Library. We’re open today!

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Season’s Readings, everyone! 
We are very excited to announce our very first window display with the help of our friends at the New York Public Library!If you are in NYC, the window is located at the main branch (5th Ave and 42nd St) on the first floor next to the library shop.

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    Season’s Readings, everyone!

    We are very excited to announce our very first window display with the help of our friends at the New York Public Library!

    If you are in NYC, the window is located at the main branch (5th Ave and 42nd St) on the first floor next to the library shop.

  4. In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

    In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

  5. There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?

    There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?

  6. Yesterday - just in time for Halloween - the NYPL launched in conjunction with the University of Maryland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library the brand new Shelley-Godwin Archive online. As The New York Times wrote yesterday, users can now examine online the various literary manuscripts of “the first family of English literature” which includes Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and of course Mary Shelley. The manuscripts will be released in four phases but you Frankenstein buffs can already get a chance to look at the original manuscript of that iconic work. 

    Yesterday - just in time for Halloween - the NYPL launched in conjunction with the University of Maryland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library the brand new Shelley-Godwin Archive online. As The New York Times wrote yesterday, users can now examine online the various literary manuscripts of “the first family of English literature” which includes Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and of course Mary Shelley. The manuscripts will be released in four phases but you Frankenstein buffs can already get a chance to look at the original manuscript of that iconic work. 

  7. Halloween is totally not just for kids! Check out this photo of Katie, dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She worked hard on this costume and is quite proud of it - and we don’t blame her! 
We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! We’ll keep posting tomorrow, as well, so don’t be shy!
Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy. 

    Halloween is totally not just for kids! Check out this photo of Katie, dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She worked hard on this costume and is quite proud of it - and we don’t blame her! 

    We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! We’ll keep posting tomorrow, as well, so don’t be shy!

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy

  8. We received not one, but two, cuties dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (true, this is the movie version, but hey it’s based on the book). Lauren, 7, and Maria, 2, both went down the yellow brick road for their Halloween inspiration, and both look amazing. 

    We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! 

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy

  9. Since she was four-months-old, little Katherine (who turns one on Nov. 6 - happy birthday, cutie pie) has loved her Hobbs doll. So, of course, she could only be Calvin for Halloween. And it’s a pretty darn cute costume if we do say so ourselves. 
We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! 
Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy. 

    Since she was four-months-old, little Katherine (who turns one on Nov. 6 - happy birthday, cutie pie) has loved her Hobbs doll. So, of course, she could only be Calvin for Halloween. And it’s a pretty darn cute costume if we do say so ourselves. 

    We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! 

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy

  10. Say hello to four-and-a-half-month-old Andrei, who is dressed as one of The Three Bears for Halloween. His mom Alla is Mama Bear (Papa Bear took the photo). Everyone together now … awwwwww. 

    We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! 

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy