1. Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim Parsons, Neil Gaiman, Mindy Kaling, Cookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

    Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim ParsonsNeil GaimanMindy KalingCookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

  2. The Library’s #ireadeverywhere campaign has reached new heights - and just in time for Caturday. Brian (Twitter handle @brianlinek) shared this amazing image of himself reading To Kill A Mockingbird, up a tree, with (we presume) his beloved, scheming cat. We can’t decide which part of this photo we like best. It’s just, well, purrrrfect. Thank you for sending it, Brian! And happy Caturday, all! Want to share your love of reading (and your favorite reading spot)? Join our #ireadeverywhere campaign (just like LeVar Burton and Hillary Clinton and Mindy Kaling and Jim Parsons, to name a few) and share with us where you read. Maybe you’ll inspire someone else to pick up a book and start an adventure (one that does not actually involve killing birds of any kind, of course)! 

    The Library’s #ireadeverywhere campaign has reached new heights - and just in time for Caturday. Brian (Twitter handle @brianlinek) shared this amazing image of himself reading To Kill A Mockingbird, up a tree, with (we presume) his beloved, scheming cat. We can’t decide which part of this photo we like best. It’s just, well, purrrrfect. Thank you for sending it, Brian! And happy Caturday, all! Want to share your love of reading (and your favorite reading spot)? Join our #ireadeverywhere campaign (just like LeVar Burton and Hillary Clinton and Mindy Kaling and Jim Parsons, to name a few) and share with us where you read. Maybe you’ll inspire someone else to pick up a book and start an adventure (one that does not actually involve killing birds of any kind, of course)! 

  3. We thought this 1892 sheet music from our Library for the Performing Arts would make a nice Father’s Day Caturday installment. It would seem, based on the illustrations, that the composer’s daddy wouldn’t buy him a dog, or a “bow-wow.” Perhaps he brought home a kitty instead, as there are multiple cats on the cover. Oddly, though, the actual lyrics seem to indicate that this is somehow a fairly serious English political song. Well … whatever. Happy Father’s Day! And Happy Caturday!

    We thought this 1892 sheet music from our Library for the Performing Arts would make a nice Father’s Day Caturday installment. It would seem, based on the illustrations, that the composer’s daddy wouldn’t buy him a dog, or a “bow-wow.” Perhaps he brought home a kitty instead, as there are multiple cats on the cover. Oddly, though, the actual lyrics seem to indicate that this is somehow a fairly serious English political song. Well … whatever. Happy Father’s Day! And Happy Caturday!

  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. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

    Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

  8. It’s a good day for frolicking, like these playful kitties by artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen.  And if you need a reminder to enjoy the day, you can purchase this picture and many others from the Library’s Print Collection. 

    It’s a good day for frolicking, like these playful kitties by artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen.  And if you need a reminder to enjoy the day, you can purchase this picture and many others from the Library’s Print Collection. 

  9. It’s Caturday! You know what that means? Time to play a game of croquet without rules with a sweet young kitty, according to this 1885 print from Harpers Young People from the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection.  

    It’s Caturday! You know what that means? Time to play a game of croquet without rules with a sweet young kitty, according to this 1885 print from Harpers Young People from the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection.  

  10. From NYPL’s Art and Architecture collection, the Century Company published Cheerful Cats Illustrated by Joseph G. Francis.around the turn of the 19th Century. We admit we’re pretty cheerful the weather is sunny and more springlike today and we’d hazard a guess cats are pretty pleased with it as well. 

    From NYPL’s Art and Architecture collection, the Century Company published Cheerful Cats Illustrated by Joseph G. Francis.around the turn of the 19th Century. We admit we’re pretty cheerful the weather is sunny and more springlike today and we’d hazard a guess cats are pretty pleased with it as well.