1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. Mexican pop star Thalia stopped by NYPL yesterday to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Chupie, The Binky That Returned Home. After her reading, she popped downstairs to Astor Hall and snapped this gorgeous photo of herself at NYPL’s photobooth. You can get your picture taken at one of our photo booths too. Stop by today and let us know about your visit!

    Mexican pop star Thalia stopped by NYPL yesterday to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Chupie, The Binky That Returned Home. After her reading, she popped downstairs to Astor Hall and snapped this gorgeous photo of herself at NYPL’s photobooth. You can get your picture taken at one of our photo booths too. Stop by today and let us know about your visit!

  5. Translation? Interpretation? Mediation? What do we mean when we talk about art? 

    Join us tomorrow when art historians Robert Atkins and Raphael Rubinstein and artists Pablo Helguera and Mireia Sentís for a wide-ranging discussion of the relationship between art and language, and the thorny task of choosing the words to encapsulate the last quarter-century of contemporary art. This event celebrates the publication of the revised and updated twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Atkins’s best-selling ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present.

  6. There are only a few more days until Halloween! Still unsure of what to wear? Our Digital Gallery has inspiration enough for all of you, but if you need a little help, here are a few ideas to get you started.

  7. Having difficulty figuring out what to do costume-wise this Halloween? No need to fear, NYPL has got you covered. We took a trip to our Digital Gallery and found some inspiring possibilities. Today, we’re going to share our list of notable notables. There’s Teddy Roosevelt, Mae West, and our favorite Paul Newman. 

    There are quite a few we couldn’t add here due to space constraints, but we encourage you to check out Lillian Gish, James Dean, even Christopher Walken among many others. 

  8. The early 20th century saw a mania for panoramic group photographs, some encompassing hundreds of people and spanning a full 360 degrees. Celebrated in a new book, The Big Picture: America in Panorama, the panoramic photo is an ostensibly faithful record that can blur the line between fact and fiction. Join editor Josh Sapan and critic Luc Sante next Wednesday as they discuss these astonishing images and show examples of some of their favorites.

    The early 20th century saw a mania for panoramic group photographs, some encompassing hundreds of people and spanning a full 360 degrees. Celebrated in a new book, The Big Picture: America in Panorama, the panoramic photo is an ostensibly faithful record that can blur the line between fact and fiction. Join editor Josh Sapan and critic Luc Sante next Wednesday as they discuss these astonishing images and show examples of some of their favorites.

  9. Join us tomorrow at Mid-Manhattan Library when artist Liz Sales and internationally renowned photographer Adam Fuss discuss awakening nineteenth-century photographic traditions as a means of  rediscovering photography as well as the work Sales created for her site-specific exhibitions The Eye’s Mind as part of Photo Walls in Picture Collectionand Art in the Windowsexhibition series.

    Examples of Liz Sales nineteenth-century photographic traditions included here. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

  10. Podcast: This Is the Day - The March on Washington →

    This Spring NYPL welcomed Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Farber, Eli Reed, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Willis and Brigitte Freed to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to celebrate the photography of Leonard Freed. Freed photographed the March on Washington 50 years ago and his work is featured in a new book, This is The Day.

    A podcast of the event is available online!