1. Renowned game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal addresses the crowd of 500 lucky folks (some from as far as Canada) chosen to play her "Find The Future" game at The New York Public Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This photo was taken at the beginning of the night while Jane addressed the excited, cheering crowd in the Rose Main Reading Room. From there, it was just a CRAZY fun night - and it’s still going on. Check out more pics, all by Jonathan Blanc. Have your own pics? Tumble ‘em, and tag them “Find The Future.” PS - you can play this game on your own at the Library this weekend while we celebrate our 100th birthday with a free weekend festival that includes programming, free ice cream, rare Stack tours and amazing LEGO Lion sculptures. So come to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, wish the building happy birthday and check out all we’re offering. 

    Renowned game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal addresses the crowd of 500 lucky folks (some from as far as Canada) chosen to play her "Find The Future" game at The New York Public Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This photo was taken at the beginning of the night while Jane addressed the excited, cheering crowd in the Rose Main Reading Room. From there, it was just a CRAZY fun night - and it’s still going on. Check out more pics, all by Jonathan Blanc. Have your own pics? Tumble ‘em, and tag them “Find The Future.” PS - you can play this game on your own at the Library this weekend while we celebrate our 100th birthday with a free weekend festival that includes programming, free ice cream, rare Stack tours and amazing LEGO Lion sculptures. So come to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, wish the building happy birthday and check out all we’re offering

  2. Want To Win A Spot To Play The “Find The Future” Game?

    Are you dying to play Jane McGonigal’s “Find The Future” game at The New York Public Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman building on 42nd Street? Can you not wait to be in the presence of awe-inspiring objects from our collections while locked in the Library all night? There are only 500 coveted spots - and Tumblr and NYPL are giving you the chance to win one. In honor of the Schwarzman building’s 100th birthday, NYPL and Penguin Classics are releasing a book called, “Know The Past, Find The Future,” with images of notable folks (like Lou Reed, pictured here in a behind-the-scenes photo by Beowulf Sheehan) interacting with their favorite items in our collections. Most of them also wrote essays discussing their object or the Library. This book will be given out for free in NYC starting on May 19 - and now we’re asking you to mimic it. Take a photo of yourself outside your favorite NYC landmark or with your favorite object and post it on your Tumblr with the hashtag “findthefuture” and an explanation of why it’s your favorite landmark or object. A team of judges from both NYPL and Tumblr will choose the most compelling entry to play the game on May 20. You have until end of day May 13. The only rule - you have to be 18 to play the game and participate in this contest. Good luck!

  3. We have another chance for you to participate in the Library’s overnight scavenger hunt: Find the Future: The Game! Check out the New York Public Library on Twitter and Facebook this week for chances to win!

  4. This is definitely the most bizarre Caturday yet. Legendary writer Charles Dickens was a big, big lover of cats. In fact, he once said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted” and “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” He loved his own cat - Bob - so much, that when the little guy died, Dickens wanted to keep a piece of him, specifically at his desk, where Bob used to sit and inspire him. So, of course, he took one of Bob’s paws, had it stuffed and slapped it on a letter opener. Of course. The paw letter opener is in our Berg Collection, and is one of the items Jane McGonigal is using in "Find The Future: The Game," which she created in honor of the 100th birthday of our 42nd Street building. Want a chance to play all night at the Library on March 20? Register now to put your name in the running!

    This is definitely the most bizarre Caturday yet. Legendary writer Charles Dickens was a big, big lover of cats. In fact, he once said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted” and “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” He loved his own cat - Bob - so much, that when the little guy died, Dickens wanted to keep a piece of him, specifically at his desk, where Bob used to sit and inspire him. So, of course, he took one of Bob’s paws, had it stuffed and slapped it on a letter opener. Of course. The paw letter opener is in our Berg Collection, and is one of the items Jane McGonigal is using in "Find The Future: The Game," which she created in honor of the 100th birthday of our 42nd Street building. Want a chance to play all night at the Library on March 20? Register now to put your name in the running!

  5. Not only did we launch the registration page for “Find The Future: The Game” by renowned designer Jane McGonigal (and, yes, it IS real, even if we are launching it on April Fool’s Day) we also launched the website for our overall Centennial celebration, marking the 100th birthday of our landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Right now we’re featuring  Q and A with Jane McGonigal, as well as a calendar of events celebrating the Centennial (which officially takes place on May 23, 2011). There is a big festival with all sorts of free programming for the public the weekend before so mark your calendars!

    Not only did we launch the registration page for “Find The Future: The Game” by renowned designer Jane McGonigal (and, yes, it IS real, even if we are launching it on April Fool’s Day) we also launched the website for our overall Centennial celebration, marking the 100th birthday of our landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Right now we’re featuring  Q and A with Jane McGonigal, as well as a calendar of events celebrating the Centennial (which officially takes place on May 23, 2011). There is a big festival with all sorts of free programming for the public the weekend before so mark your calendars!

  6. Want to spend all night at the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, exploring everything from the Rose Main Reading Room to The Stacks (yes, The Stacks, which are rarely open to the public)? Well, on May 20, you have your chance. Renowned game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal has created “Find The Future: The Game" in honor of the 42nd Street building’s 100th birthday. Five hundred lucky people will be the first to play it on the evening of May 20, collectively completing 100 "quests" in teams of eight overnight (the first time NYPL has ever had an overnight event). Players - using smart phones - will receive missions to find objects from our collection, which will be strategically placed around the building. Once an item is found, players look at it, study it, feel its power and then complete a writing "quest." For example, players might be asked to look at an old menu from our menu collection. After studying it and getting inspired, they use a laptop (either their own or one we provide) to answer the quest, "Design your ideal menu." Each team will complete three or four of the quests. At the end, the most innovative answers will be made into a book that will wind up in our collections forever. I know, this sounds cool, right? So how do you participate in opening night? Complete a quest online - the most creative responders (18 and older only) will get a coveted slot. You can apply starting today. Registration ends at the end of April. If you don’t get a slot, don’t fret - anyone can play the game either online or at the Library’s 42nd Street building (with a smart phone) starting May 21. No Stacks, though - that’s only for opening night. So go!!! Register!!! And in the meantime, watch the amazing trailer McGonigal’s team put together above.