1. 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!) 

  2. On this day in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine. (the ancestor to your iPhone) This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. 
The More You Know… Happy Friday!

    On this day in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine. (the ancestor to your iPhone) This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. 

    The More You Know… Happy Friday!

  3. We’re all mad here … about cats. Which is why we’re celebrating Caturday by sharing this rare (and somewhat strange) 1982 Martha Swope photo of actress Kate Burton holding an adorable little cat while promoting the Broadway revival of “Alice in Wonderland”! The image is held at our Library for the Performing Arts, and is part of an interesting series of promotional photos for the play (a series that includes more of Alice with the cat, Alice by herself, Alice with a pig, etc). So check them out! And while you’re at it, check out Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and get reading! PS - we’re closed this weekend for the holiday, so if you can’t wait until Tuesday, check out an eBook version right now!

    We’re all mad here … about cats. Which is why we’re celebrating Caturday by sharing this rare (and somewhat strange) 1982 Martha Swope photo of actress Kate Burton holding an adorable little cat while promoting the Broadway revival of “Alice in Wonderland”! The image is held at our Library for the Performing Arts, and is part of an interesting series of promotional photos for the play (a series that includes more of Alice with the cat, Alice by herself, Alice with a pig, etc). So check them out! And while you’re at it, check out Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and get reading! PS - we’re closed this weekend for the holiday, so if you can’t wait until Tuesday, check out an eBook version right now!

  4. 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! 

  5. Absurd Vintage Skating Photos Even Non-Sports Fans Will Love →

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!!