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. Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

    Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

  3. Happy Bastille Day! We found a great photo in our Digital Collection showing a Bastille Day celebration at the Statue of Liberty in 1936. Celebrate this French holiday by perusing through some more great Bastille Day images from our collection (and maybe enjoy a croissant or two!) 

    Happy Bastille Day! We found a great photo in our Digital Collection showing a Bastille Day celebration at the Statue of Liberty in 1936. Celebrate this French holiday by perusing through some more great Bastille Day images from our collection (and maybe enjoy a croissant or two!) 

  4. Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

    Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

  5. To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

  6. This 1928 NYPL overdue book slip was miraculously discovered in the 1980s during the construction of the Tenement Museum. The Museum kept the card on display, stating that the title of the book on the card is “one of the great mysteries, we unfortunately do not know.” That is, until yesterday, when the Museum turned to Twitter for help deciphering the handwriting. Within a few hours, the mystery was solved. The book, which may have never been returned, was Israel by by Ludwig Lewisohn. A great example of the power of social media.

  7. Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

  8. Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

    Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

  9. 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

  10. Have you gone to see the NYPL’s copy of the Declaration of Independence yet? We’ve just added some extended hours for your viewing pleasure!

    Have you gone to see the NYPL’s copy of the Declaration of Independence yet? We’ve just added some extended hours for your viewing pleasure!