1. On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

    On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

  2. The Work of Lincoln Kirstein, member of The Monuments Men →

  3. The Jefferson Market University: Spring 2014 →

    NYPL’s Jefferson Market Library is offering a series of classes for those who would like to stretch their brains - we like to think of it as yoga for the mind. You can’t go wrong with classes in Existential Philosophy, Intro to Physics, and even Evil in Literature. The classes - taught by college professors - are free, but head over to the Library quick to register, seats are limited! Click the link above for more information on the classes offered this semester.

  4. 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?

  5. America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

    America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

  6. The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.

    — Abraham Lincoln

  7. On September 19, 1796, the nation’s first President bid farewell to his “friends and fellow citizens.” The New York Public Library has his final draft of his remarks before they were printed and shared with the American public. You can read the address in a flip book on the Library’s Digital Collections site - it’s a good day to be inspired by the United States’ founding father.

    On September 19, 1796, the nation’s first President bid farewell to his “friends and fellow citizens.” The New York Public Library has his final draft of his remarks before they were printed and shared with the American public. You can read the address in a flip book on the Library’s Digital Collections site - it’s a good day to be inspired by the United States’ founding father.

  8. Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org
This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

    Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org

    This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

  9. Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

    Congratulations to Director Steve McQueen’s fabulous film 12 Years A Slave for winning the Golden Globe last night for Best Drama. The film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North (Saratoga Springs, NY to be exact) who is abducted and sold into slavery in the antebellum south. While the movie hasn’t been released on dvd yet you can check out the book the film is based on (published in 1853) which can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system. 

  10. … We hope you all had a chance to listen to the audio recording of Molly and Neil’s event with us last week and that you enjoyed it as much as all of us here at the Library! We couldn’t let the week go by without giving our thanks to all those who helped Dickensify the Library: Our Victorian singers, The Goode Time Carolers of NYC,  who entertained us before showtime and put us in the Christmas spirit, makeup artist Jeni Ahlfield for her expertise in bearding and mustaching our acclaimed speaker, and to Leading Lady costumes for the perfect Victorian gentleman’s suit (and that gorgeous purple vest).