So, at several of our branches, we have been asking NYPL users to share what they’re currently reading, first by scribbling the titles down on a flyer and then sharing the info on social media (hashtag #readnypl). It’s an opportunity to share a love of reading, but also make useful recommendations to fellow bookworms. We’ve gotten lots of great responses … and a few hilarious ones, like this one from our Todt-Hill-Westerleigh branch on Staten Island. “I am reading this flyer,” it says. OK, OK, that’s pretty funny, wise guy. Can’t help but appreciate that humor. So - what are you guys out there actually reading (and don’t say this Tumblr post)? Tell us here, on Twitter, or Facebook. We want to know!
BORN TO BE WILDE! Happy 159th birthday to the great Oscar Wilde! You can check out most of Wilde’s books at your local New York Public Library branch. The New York Public Library’s Berg Collection is also fortunate enough to have many of the Oscar Wilde Papers within its research collection. So Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde you WILDE and crazy guy!
Guess who visited the Library’s 42nd Street building today? Yep, it was Grover, and he was super! Grover and his friend Alan (who both took pics in our photo booth - the same one that Judy Blume posed in last week) made the trek all the way from Sesame Street to help Sesame Workshop kick off a new literacy initiative. NYPL hosted the kick off event (we’ll share more about that later), and was VERY excited to have these special guests in our building. And they seemed happy, as well. In fact, Alan said, “This is one of my favorite places in the entire world, The New York Public Library.” Like Grover and his friends from Sesame Street? Check out some books featuring them at the Library!
We have pulled a classic out of our caps for this week’s Caturday - the cover of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (which our librarians believe is the most checked out children’s book in the history at NYPL). Of course, the book made our list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, released this week to much fanfare. You can pick up a hard copy of the list for free at any of our branches, or download/view it online. How many have you read? Try to read them all - you can check them all out for free at the Library! After all, as Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Go, Dog. Go!
by P.D. Eastman
I would sit absorbed for hours lost in the fantastic illustrations!
- Frank, Jefferson Market Library
Children’s poet Shel Silverstein was born September 25, 1930. Happy Mustache Monday!
Check out NYPL’s collection of Silverstein’s most iconic work.
Photo: The Academy of American Poets
Shel Silverstein’s birthday was Wednesday, so it seemed only fitting that this week’s favorite children’s book belongs to him.
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
In honor of Banned Books Week, The Library is presenting a special on-air Google+ Hangout featuring three of our librarians. NYPL’s Billy Parrott, Anne Rouyer, and Stevie Feliciano will discuss books you didn’t know were banned and why, as well as the Library’s favorite banned book titles and different ways to celebrate the freedom to read at your library. Join NYPL on Google+ to tune in and watch this Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. (EDT).
Today’s Mustache Monday goes to one of the greatest authors in American history, William Faulkner, who was born on September 25, 1897.
Happy Mustache Monday!
Image: NYPL Digital Gallery
Check out this very cool photo of the real, true blue Christopher Robin playing with the real, true blue Winnie The Pooh. Would you like to see the real Winnie The Pooh in person? Get down to the Library’s 42nd Street building this weekend and check out the free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Winnie and his friends (who are shown in the other photo, and are part of the Library’s vast collections) are on display as part of the show, and would love to have visitors! So come on down.