1. Earlier this week kids at the NYPL’s Todt-Hill Westerleigh branch in Staten Island held a rally day to protest the city’s proposed budget cuts for libraries. Some of the libraries young users - such as John and Kayla Marsh - expressed opposition to the cuts by designing paper hands with reasons why they love the library. You can see NY1’s profile on this here.

    Earlier this week kids at the NYPL’s Todt-Hill Westerleigh branch in Staten Island held a rally day to protest the city’s proposed budget cuts for libraries. Some of the libraries young users - such as John and Kayla Marsh - expressed opposition to the cuts by designing paper hands with reasons why they love the library. You can see NY1’s profile on this here.

  2. Meet the Epiphany Branch. This wonderful photograph is part of a new exhibition, Reading Room, at the Mid-Manhattan Library on 40th Street.
As you guys know, the Library is currently facing a $47 million budget cut that we need your help to fight. So while you’re signing your letters to the City explaining how much you love your local library - we’ll  be sharing a photo or two every day of NYPL’s libraries, courtesy of Elizabeth Felicella - the photographer behind Reading Room. Enjoy! But, if you can’t wait, just stop by Mid-Manhattan! 

    Meet the Epiphany Branch. This wonderful photograph is part of a new exhibition, Reading Room, at the Mid-Manhattan Library on 40th Street.

    As you guys know, the Library is currently facing a $47 million budget cut that we need your help to fight. So while you’re signing your letters to the City explaining how much you love your local library - we’ll  be sharing a photo or two every day of NYPL’s libraries, courtesy of Elizabeth Felicella - the photographer behind Reading Room. Enjoy! But, if you can’t wait, just stop by Mid-Manhattan! 

  3. NYPL Thanks City for Restoring Majority of Funding Cut

    The New York City budget for Fiscal Year 2013 was approved on Thursday, June 28. The City’s three library systems will receive an $89.5 million restoration to the $96 million cut proposed to libraries. The adopted city budget restores $39.6 million of the $42.6 million proposed cut to The New York Public Library. Below is a statement from The New York Public Library about this restoration:

    "Over the past five years, libraries have faced significant economic constraints, which have strained the resources we are able to offer our patrons. With this year’s budget, we expect that all of our libraries will provide a minimum of five-day service and The New York Public Library will continue providing our communities with free essential services such as books, access to computers and the Internet, workshops and programs, job search resources and more. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our patrons for sharing the love they have for their libraries and making their voices heard. We also thank Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, and the City Council for their support of New York City’s libraries and our services, which offer education and inspiration for all New Yorkers."

    And we’d like to thank YOU for your letters, your donations, and your support! Thanks for loving the library!

  4. My dad likes to go to the library and he won’t be able to go anymore if it closes.

    — 

    Library user Claudia, age 9

    Protect Your Roots, Support Your Branches! Visit www.nypl.org/speakout.

  5. I was writing a book, to hope one day it would be in the library, but now if it closes it won’t be.

    — 

    Jacquelyn, age 9

    Visit www.nypl.org/speakout to learn what you can do to protect your roots and support your branches.

  6. The Library shouldn’t close because it’s like a second teacher to us. We can get a lot knowledge, just like school.

    — 

    Library user Taylor, age 9

    Protect Your Roots, Support Your Branches! Visit www.nypl.org/speakout.

  7. Meet the Girl Scout Troop of PS 41 in New Dorp, Staten Island. Yesterday, the girls set up shop outside their beloved local library (New Dorp Library, natch) and encouraged local residents to sign letters of support for NYPL and against the $43 million budget cut proposed by the City. With the girls help, in just one hour more than 100 people submitted their letter to their local Council member.

    Thank you Girls! We know your spirit will inspire others to visit their local library and send their own letter OR even easier, visit www.nypl.org/speakout and voice their support online.

  8. Speak out on behalf of NYPL! Your support is crucial to help stop a devastating $43 million proposed city funding cut. To have your voice heard, visit nypl.org/speakout and sign a letter to your local elected officials opposing the cut. It only takes a few seconds and could save thousands of free classes and programs, hours at your local branch and other resources and materials.

    You can also download a button that lets you support your neighborhood branch (similar to those pictured above). Follow the easy instructions to make it your online social media profile picture. Help our message go viral!

  9. Stress and the City

    We know that living in New York City can be stressful and a new report discussed in Time magazine reveals that city living may actually physically trigger stressful or anxious brain activity.

    So, in a city of millions of people, where can one go to escape it all? You guessed it - visit your local branch of the New York Public Library. It’s the ideal oasis in this crowded, complicated city. 

    Which branch are you going to visit? (and while you’re there, don’t forget you can help save the Library from the worst budget cut in Library history)

  10. What are these people doing? They’re waiting in line for our Mid-Manhattan Library to open, as they do every morning. Lines like this can be seen at our locations across The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island - what can we say, people love us. People need us. And now we need you. Want to help keep our libraries strong? Write a letter to the City to protest a proposed $40 million cut. It will only take a few seconds. You can read all about the worst cut in our history in today’s NY Daily News. And you can read this Village Voice story about a postcard written to the City by a young kid who most definitely loves her libraries and wants the cut restored … or else.

    What are these people doing? They’re waiting in line for our Mid-Manhattan Library to open, as they do every morning. Lines like this can be seen at our locations across The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island - what can we say, people love us. People need us. And now we need you. Want to help keep our libraries strong? Write a letter to the City to protest a proposed $40 million cut. It will only take a few seconds. You can read all about the worst cut in our history in today’s NY Daily News. And you can read this Village Voice story about a postcard written to the City by a young kid who most definitely loves her libraries and wants the cut restored … or else.