Here is a feel-good Caturday for you all. This photo from sometime between 1898 and 1905 is in the “animal friendships” section of our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, and shows a little cat and his or her canine companion sniffing something out together as a team (likely food). How cute is that? In addition to being adorable, it gives us an excuse to use this line from “Ghostbusters,” one of many films shot at our landmark 42nd Street building (and one that we had a little fun with to fight budget cuts with group Improv Everywhere): “Cats and dogs living together - mass hysteria!” Do you like this crazy Caturday feature? Check out all of our previous entries, too. Hey, it’s raining. You need something to do!
News flash: The NYPL just won two major prizes at the PR News’ Non-Profit PR Awards at the National Press Club in Washington DC. One for use of Twitter (we are the number one public library in the country with 82,000 followers - a 1,000-plus percent increase since January). Another for this year’s advocacy campaign, “Don’t Close The Book On Libraries,” which resulted in 130,000 letters to the Mayor and City Council and $144,000 in donations. The campaign also helped reduce a $37 million proposed budget cut (the largest city cut in our history). One memorable piece of the campaign was our partnership with the group Improv Everywhere, which did a hilarious skit in the Rose Main Reading Room to call attention to the cause. It went viral and has over 2 million hits on YouTube. Click the photo to watch.