1. Some of the most memorable life stories do not involve the powerful or famous, rather they uncover the lives of regular people in extraordinary circumstances. They can inspire us, humble us, make us laugh or make us cry. Here is a selection of memoirs that will stay with you long after you finish them.

  2. Today is one of the most exciting and emotional days at NYPL, as 150 people from 46 different countries will become US citizens in front of our copy of the Declaration of Independence. Follow along as we live-blog the ceremony on Instagram

  3. Tonight, July 1st, at 7pm, LIVE from the NYPL will be hosting a panel discussion on the Amazon-Hachette battle and the future of the publishing industry in the age of e-books. Authors, agents, and publishers will take to the stage to tackle these urgent questions. Make sure to tune in live! 

    Tonight, July 1st, at 7pm, LIVE from the NYPL will be hosting a panel discussion on the Amazon-Hachette battle and the future of the publishing industry in the age of e-books. Authors, agents, and publishers will take to the stage to tackle these urgent questions. Make sure to tune in live

  4. It’s finally spring in New York, so we’re diving into some of the nature-inspired design books in the Wallach Division’s Art and Architecture Collection to celebrate the intermittent sunshine. E. A. Séguy (1889–1985) was a master of the Art Deco pochoir technique, a labor-intensive hand-coloring process involving the use of stencil plates and thick, vivid washes of watercolor gouache. Art Deco artists employed both geometric abstraction and natural forms to develop vibrant and undulating patterns, as exemplified by the initial animal studies and final decorative motifs in Séguy’s Butterflies.

    It’s finally spring in New York, so we’re diving into some of the nature-inspired design books in the Wallach Division’s Art and Architecture Collection to celebrate the intermittent sunshine. E. A. Séguy (1889–1985) was a master of the Art Deco pochoir technique, a labor-intensive hand-coloring process involving the use of stencil plates and thick, vivid washes of watercolor gouache. Art Deco artists employed both geometric abstraction and natural forms to develop vibrant and undulating patterns, as exemplified by the initial animal studies and final decorative motifs in Séguy’s Butterflies.

  5. As part of the Washington Heights Library's grand reopening and centennial celebration earlier this week, students from PS 4 - Duke Ellington sang “Thank You for Being a Friend,” which you might recognize as the theme song to The Golden Girls.

    Thank you indeed.

  6. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Today the Washington Heights Library celebrated it’s grand reopening and centennial! The building turned 100 on February 26th and received a beautiful renovation. There’s a full-day’s worth of activities happening today, so don’t take our word for it - stop by and visit it yourself! 

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Today the Washington Heights Library celebrated it’s grand reopening and centennial! The building turned 100 on February 26th and received a beautiful renovation. There’s a full-day’s worth of activities happening today, so don’t take our word for it - stop by and visit it yourself! 

  7. ALL NYPL LOCATIONS TO OPEN AT 12PM TODAY

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    Due to severe weather conditions, all branches of The New York Public Library (covering The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island), Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library will open at 12 pm on Friday, January 3. New Yorkers are encouraged to check nypl.org, bklynpubliclibrary.org and queenslibrary.org for the most up to date information. 

  8. Yesterday was a special day as the Mariners Harbor Library in Staten Island became the 88th branch of The New York Public Library system! To celebrate this grand opening, the acclaimed PS22 Chorus - photographed above with their new buddy Patience the Lion - joined the festivities to sing a few songs during the ribbon cutting ceremony. If you want to visit this stunning new branch (it is designed to resemble an open Oyster shell!!)  you can find it at 206 South Avenue in Mariners Harbor. Please officially welcome the Mariners Harbor Library to the New York Public Library family!!!

  9. Flamenco: 100 years of Flamenco in New York is a multi media exhibition located at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts opened until August 3rd. The exhibition is an integral part of the collaboration between the New York Public Library for Performing Arts and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This exhibition features artifacts documenting the history of Flamenco in New York such as film and video of performances as well as costume pieces and performance regalia. Be sure to check out this amazing exhibition before it closes in one week from tomorrow!

    Flamenco: 100 years of Flamenco in New York is a multi media exhibition located at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts opened until August 3rd. The exhibition is an integral part of the collaboration between the New York Public Library for Performing Arts and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This exhibition features artifacts documenting the history of Flamenco in New York such as film and video of performances as well as costume pieces and performance regalia. Be sure to check out this amazing exhibition before it closes in one week from tomorrow!

  10. The NYPL exhibit, Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, closes this Saturday, June 29th in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The exhibition is of the life and art of Loïs Mailou Jones, in which her art is a reflection of a period when racial prejudices and gender discrimination were strong. So be sure to check out this exhibit before it closes!

    The NYPL exhibit, Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, closes this Saturday, June 29th in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The exhibition is of the life and art of Loïs Mailou Jones, in which her art is a reflection of a period when racial prejudices and gender discrimination were strong. So be sure to check out this exhibit before it closes!