From NYPL’s Arents Cigarette Card collection, we have instructions for anyone interested in sketching kittens from life. Suggestions include completing different sketches and using principle lines to create movement. The results here are just adorable and we would love to see what our followers can create! In fact, we’ll share our favorite sketches from followers next week. Tag your drawing #nyplkittens and share your work with the rest of the class.
From the collection of Major-General Hardwicke’s illustrations of Indian Zoology, today’s Caturday cat is the Beautiful Cat. (Yes you heard that right, THE BEAUTIFUL CAT) In addition to this regal feline, the Major-General shared his illustrations of many animals including the Allied Cat, the Bengal Civet and many others!
Saturdays are rife with cats and rightfully so, we say.
Because nothing is quite so grand as NYPL’s Caturday.
For today’s installment, we thought we’d share
An ode to cats, both bold and fair.
For some, black cats are luck gone bad.
And the long-haired white too pretty.
There are those who think the Tabby plain
And the tail-less Manx too gritty.
The Siamese that is much too chatty,
The Tortoiseshell, a little batty.
The solitude of the Russian Blue
And the Abyssinian… who?
But, we disagree with all of that, we love cats great and small.
The black cat or the siamese are both a living doll.
We like the short-haired house cat and the Maine Coon mane.
There’s no cat we do not like and so we shall refrain…
We love all cats great and small, of that you can be sure.
But now we ask of you, which cat do YOU adore?
This beautiful photo of a little one reading to a furry one has been making the rounds around the interwebs and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all! The photo was taken during a program held at the Animal Rescue League in Berks County, PA where kids read to shelter animals - helping the kids strengthen their reading skills in a non-judgmental environment and the cat or dog gets some well-deserved affection. The Library has a similar program, so if your little one needs a little reading encouragement, stop by Mulberry Street to Read with Theo the pooch or sign up at Epiphany Library where kids can read with Macaroni (the dog, not the pasta!)
Librairan Miranda at Grand Concourse Library shares a favorite book with… wait for it… cat poems! Happy Caturday!
I love the cat breed illustrations on the inside of the front and back covers of this book. All of the cats look so happy! The book is full of poems that indicate the nature of cats, and anyone who has experience with cats or who has lived with cats knows exactly what Crawley is talking about in these cat poems.
Chicks have invaded Caturday! Today’s edition of our Saturday ritual is a double feature from NYPL’s Wallach Print Collection: a set of publishers proofs from L. Prang & Co We’re partial to the banjo-playing cat in “Thomases Orchestra,” but on a snowy day, who can resist chicks wielding daisy umbrellas?
For today’s Caturday we have a print of Les Chat et les Fleurs - a beautiful rendering of a stoic cat by artist Edouard Manet from NYPL’s Print Collection. It looks like he’s hunting something… maybe for a book to read this weekend. What books are on your list this rainy Saturday?
The title of this sweet little copy of an illustration in Beatrix Potter’s story The Fairy Caravan reads ‘Louisa Pussy-cat sleeps late.’ Given the past couple of days of snow and cold, we understand wanting to stay warm and cozy in bed. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the library from the comfort of your home. Check out these ebooks by and about Beatrix Potter or visit our digital gallery for more wonderful illustrations online!
Have you ever heard of Jean de la Fontaine’s The Cat and The Fox? The 17th Century French author certainly had a way of translating ancient fables and this one is an interesting tale. This illustration from NYPL’s Picture Collection shows the two - the clever cat and the fox who thought he was cleverer. A pack of hounds declare the winner.