1. The world lost a great performer and comedian today: Joan Rivers. In her memory, we’re sharing some beautiful images of her from our Digital Collection, including this photo of her with her daughter Melissa. Let us fulfill what Melissa considered her mother’s final wish; “that we return to laughing too.”

    The world lost a great performer and comedian today: Joan Rivers. In her memory, we’re sharing some beautiful images of her from our Digital Collection, including this photo of her with her daughter Melissa. Let us fulfill what Melissa considered her mother’s final wish; “that we return to laughing too.”

  2. It’s been a particularly sad week in the world of entertainment - yesterday we lost another star, Lauren Bacall. In addition to a long career as an award-winning actress, she also won the National Book Award for her autobiography By Myself in 1980. We’re honoring her legacy with a compilation of her work on and off the screen. You can also view some rare images of the actress in our digital collection.

    It’s been a particularly sad week in the world of entertainment - yesterday we lost another star, Lauren Bacall. In addition to a long career as an award-winning actress, she also won the National Book Award for her autobiography By Myself in 1980. We’re honoring her legacy with a compilation of her work on and off the screen. You can also view some rare images of the actress in our digital collection.

  3. Hilary Clinton submitted a great #ireadeverywhere photo, adding: “For #ireadeverywhere w/ @NYPL, I’m reminded of moments reading to Chelsea when she was little. Let’s #closethewordgap.” We couldn’t agree more. 

    Hilary Clinton submitted a great #ireadeverywhere photo, adding: “For #ireadeverywhere w/ @NYPL, I’m reminded of moments reading to Chelsea when she was little. Let’s #closethewordgap.” We couldn’t agree more. 

  4. NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere

    NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!

    This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere

  5. 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!) 

  6. We hope everyone is having a St. Patrick’s Day! A few images for you today from the Picture Collection’s assortment of vintage holiday cards.

    May the wind be always at your back.

  7. The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 
(H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

    The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent. 

    (H/T to Book Pilgrim for sharing the poem on the Walt Whitman Archive, the finished text can be read here.)

  8. 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! 

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

  10. Can you guess what is celebrated on February 16th? Here’s a hint from 3 images created in the 1800s from NYPL’s Rare Book Division. Another hint, it’s not National Eggplant Day, 

    Happy Sunday!