1. On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

    On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

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  3. America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

    America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

  4. The Library is open today! So, if you’re out there facing the elements, stop by one of our branches and pick up a good book to keep you company in the snow.
We know this picture is a little sunny for a day like today, but the open door just looked so inviting… plus, we can’t help but love this vintage photo of Great Kills Library from 1935.

    The Library is open today! So, if you’re out there facing the elements, stop by one of our branches and pick up a good book to keep you company in the snow.

    We know this picture is a little sunny for a day like today, but the open door just looked so inviting… plus, we can’t help but love this vintage photo of Great Kills Library from 1935.

  5. Did you know today is #libraryshelfie day? Well, it is!  Post your best #libraryshelfie here or on NYPL’s Instagram. We’ll feature some of our favorites on Instagram, so be sure to follow us.

    Did you know today is #libraryshelfie day? Well, it is!  Post your best #libraryshelfie here or on NYPL’s Instagram. We’ll feature some of our favorites on Instagram, so be sure to follow us.

  6. It’s a good day to play and a great day to head over to the Schwarzman Building and enjoy our exhibition, Play Things, in the Print Gallery on the third floor. Drawing from a broad range of works in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs— including stereo views, a kite, paper dolls, and visual word games—the exhibition explores the long and varied connection between art and play.

  7. 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!!!

  8. Sure, you could take a selfie on your phone to celebrate Oxford Dictionary naming “selfie” word of the year…. Or you could go big and visit the Schwarzman Building or Mid-Manhattan Library on Fifth Avenue and use NYPL’s photo booths (like one of our favorite librarians above)

    Sure, you could take a selfie on your phone to celebrate Oxford Dictionary naming “selfie” word of the year…. Or you could go big and visit the Schwarzman Building or Mid-Manhattan Library on Fifth Avenue and use NYPL’s photo booths (like one of our favorite librarians above)

  9. It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.

    It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.

  10. Today, the Library joins the rest of the US in saluting the country’s veterans. Above are three photos from the Library’s collections depicting vets: one shows disabled veterans putting together poppies in 1947, another shows 93-year-old Civil War vet L.A. Wilcox explaining his medals to a young girl at the 1940 World’s Fair, and a third shows three veterans of WWI - including Brooklyn boy Harry Bauman, who wore two artificial limbs as a result of battle injuries - also at the 1940 World’s Fair. In addition to the images, the Library also has audio from the NYC Veterans Oral History Project, a community-based project supported by volunteer interviewers who record the personal accounts of American war veterans in neighborhoods around the city so that future generations may understand an important part of history from the people who lived it. So check it all out, and salute these brave men and women. 

    Just a reminder - NYPL branches are closed today to mark the holiday, but will be open again tomorrow.