This note was found on the back of a letter from birthday boy Herman Melville to Nathaniel Hawthorne. It reads: “If you find any sand in this letter, regard it as so many sands of my life, which run out as I was writing it.” You can see the full letter here, complete with writing advice and other gems like “…I shall lay eyes on you one of these days however. Keep some Champagne or Gin for me.” Happy Birthday Herman Melville!
Summer in New York can leave you melting into the pavement. That’s why a mystery that chills you to the bone may be the best thing you do to beat the heat this season.
Enjoy the weekend!
South African author Nadine Gordimer, honored many times for her work including receiving a Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, has passed away. Here is a selection of her titles from our circulating collections.
If you were surrounded by books all day, what would you read next? Here, librarians from around the country reveal what’s on their nightstands.
Check out what NYPL’s own Lynn Lobash has to say about some of her favorite books!
Summer is coming … Season four of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” ended last night. Are you sad? Can you not wait another second to learn what’s going to happen next? Are you pulling your hair out at the thought of not knowing for several months? Here’s the good news: you don’t have to wait. You can find out right now … and the information is totally free. You can read the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin! They’re available at The New York Public Library - in paper and ebook form - for no cost! Then you can truly enjoy “Watching People Who Haven’t Read The Books Watch Game of Thrones,” as the above video (posted on CollegeHumor) explains. PS - there are some minor spoilers in this video.
Is your dad a climbing mountain? Is he the captain of family adventures, or the king of bedtime stories? I have it on good authority that my dad is in fact the best dad in the world. If your dad is also the best in the world (and he probably is) celebrate Father’s Day by letting him read a story to you. As Little Jumbo the elephant will tell you, the best way to cheer up Dad might just be to do the things that you like to do to with him! This blog offers a Father’s Day reading list for the whole family to enjoy.
the king of all wild things
and wanted to be
best of all.
It’s a great day to celebrate the wonderful work of Maurice Sendak. Today, for the great author’s birthday, take a trip down to the Schwarzman Building and visit our children’s book exhibition, The ABC Of It.
Do you love cats? Then you should love our weekly Caturday feature - above is our latest installment. Do you love libraries? Then you should roar like the lion in this 1911 cigarette card from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and be heard! Come to Brooklyn today (10 Grand Army Plaza) and participate in a 24-hour “read in” to support libraries, and convince the city to restore library funding to 2008 levels - meaning we can offer more programs, more services, more materials, more everything. All of this “more” is extremely important to the people of New York City and beyond. So come to the rally - by Urban Librarians Unite - sometime between 3 pm today and 4 pm tomorrow and watch or participate (yes, you can read whatever you want)! If you can’t be in Brooklyn, sign a letter of support online! Or at one of our branches! Tell your friends! It takes only two minutes, and could make a serious difference for The New York Public Library. We appreciate it - thank you!
"I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."
— RIP Maya Angelou, a literary legend and longtime supporter of The New York Public Library, which holds her papers at its Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where she spoke). Angelou also once discussed her love of libraries with us - take a look.
Jenee at NYPL’s Macomb’s Bridge branch has a blog post to get you up to speed and on track for the big books becoming big movies this year. Read the full blog on our website and learn about the books that will end up on your nightstand.
This memoir is filled with suspense and humor, it greatly captures a young woman learning to deal with life’s obstacles and her journey to move forward and start over.
Everything is perfect!
This film will unearth the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage….
A very emotional read that would most likely have you in tears at the theater.
Libby Day was 7 when her mother and sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was her 15-year-old brother, Ben. 25 years later Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth.
The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. It’ll be very interesting to see how the book is translated in film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers.
All of these titles can be found at your local library or placed on reserve in our catalog.