1. The upcoming 2014 season will be Yankee great Derek Jeter’s last as he announced this afternoon that he will be retiring at the end of the season. If there was ever a baseball player who exhibited the virtues of having both “Patience” and “Fortitude” it was Derek Jeter. He also was just a flat out awesome shortstop and winner. So we here at the NYPL congratulate the Yankee Captain and future Hall of Famer on his upcoming retirement… Of course for you folks who want to read more about this Yankee great you can check out several of the books that have been written about him and that can be found at multiple branches of The New York Public Library in Manhattan, Staten Island, and especially the Bronx.   

    The upcoming 2014 season will be Yankee great Derek Jeter’s last as he announced this afternoon that he will be retiring at the end of the season. If there was ever a baseball player who exhibited the virtues of having both “Patience” and “Fortitude” it was Derek Jeter. He also was just a flat out awesome shortstop and winner. So we here at the NYPL congratulate the Yankee Captain and future Hall of Famer on his upcoming retirement… Of course for you folks who want to read more about this Yankee great you can check out several of the books that have been written about him and that can be found at multiple branches of The New York Public Library in Manhattan, Staten Island, and especially the Bronx.   

  2. Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Of course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume! 

    Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingOf course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume! 

  3. The world is mourning today the passing of legendary child actress Shirley Temple. Ms. Temple was arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic stars in the history of motion pictures and during the mid-1930’s she was the biggest movie star on the planet… doing it all under the age of 10. And although she retired from acting at the age of 22 and went on to have a successful career as a diplomat in the 1960’s, it is her film work that most will remember her from. Here at the NYPL you can find an assortment of great Shirley Temple images from our digital gallery including the image above, a cigarette card, from our George Arents Collection. You can also find books about Ms. Temple and dvd’s of some of her films at several branches of The New York Public Library. RIP to a legend. 

    The world is mourning today the passing of legendary child actress Shirley Temple. Ms. Temple was arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic stars in the history of motion pictures and during the mid-1930’s she was the biggest movie star on the planet… doing it all under the age of 10. And although she retired from acting at the age of 22 and went on to have a successful career as a diplomat in the 1960’s, it is her film work that most will remember her from. Here at the NYPL you can find an assortment of great Shirley Temple images from our digital gallery including the image above, a cigarette card, from our George Arents Collection. You can also find books about Ms. Temple and dvd’s of some of her films at several branches of The New York Public Library. RIP to a legend. 

  4. Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org
This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

    Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org

    This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building. 

  5. Happy 81st Birthday to Radio City Music Hall which opened today in 1932. This image - taken from our Digital Gallery - is of the iconic building from 1934. You can check out several books and materials related to Radio City Music Hall that can be found at branches of The New York Public Library throughout the system.

    Happy 81st Birthday to Radio City Music Hall which opened today in 1932. This image - taken from our Digital Gallery - is of the iconic building from 1934. You can check out several books and materials related to Radio City Music Hall that can be found at branches of The New York Public Library throughout the system.

  6. 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!!!

  7. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so for this week’s Caturday, we’re sharing some photos of cat balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The photos are from the 1931 and 1932 parades, and are currently in our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. Yes, they’re a little small (and affixed to paper along with photos of other balloons) but you can still see them! If you want to see other old school photos of the parade, we have plenty here. Happy Caturday!

  8. In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

    In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

  9. Help Bring New York City's Past Back to Life From Your Phone - Wired Science →

    Our friends at Wired Map Lab want you to know about the Library’s latest web app, Building Inspector. The game-like app, created by the folks at NYPL Labs, helps us digitize building shapes and other information from the Library’s collection of historical NYC maps. But we need people! We need you to help make sure our computer programs are getting the details right. You can start right now, just grab your nearest mobile device and visit buildinginspector.nypl.org to get instructions and start inspecting! 

  10. 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! 

    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!