1. Kids scramble for candy during their “Gobble of Thanks” Thanksgiving Party at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh branch in Staten Island. 
In all, over 80 local kids visited their local library for treats, a Turkey Scavenger Hunt, a theatrical production featuring character Gustafer Yellowgold, and a piñata! Happy Thanksgiving fun!
Stop by the Todt Hill branch and check out more of the great youth programs the branch has coming up!

    Kids scramble for candy during their “Gobble of Thanks” Thanksgiving Party at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh branch in Staten Island. 

    In all, over 80 local kids visited their local library for treats, a Turkey Scavenger Hunt, a theatrical production featuring character Gustafer Yellowgold, and a piñata! Happy Thanksgiving fun!

    Stop by the Todt Hill branch and check out more of the great youth programs the branch has coming up!

  2. Guess who’s coming to the Library’s landmark 42nd Street building on Friday, Aug. 3? That’s right, Sesame Street's one and only Cookie Monster is joining celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 10 a.m. for a free cooking demonstration for kids, part of our KidsLIVE series. Rocco will make (and distribute) healthy cookies, teaching children that food can be both healthy AND delicious. Rocco’s Now Eat This! Food Truck (a non-profit venture that sells healthy comfort food to raise money for hungry kids) will be outside the Library selling goodies that day, as well. We are psyched for this event (which is connected to our free Lunch Hour NYC exhibition), as is Cookie Monster, who actually told us, “Oh boy, oh boy! Me so excited!” (he really did - it’s in our press release). Space is limited, so reserve a few slots now!

    Guess who’s coming to the Library’s landmark 42nd Street building on Friday, Aug. 3? That’s right, Sesame Street's one and only Cookie Monster is joining celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 10 a.m. for a free cooking demonstration for kids, part of our KidsLIVE series. Rocco will make (and distribute) healthy cookies, teaching children that food can be both healthy AND delicious. Rocco’s Now Eat This! Food Truck (a non-profit venture that sells healthy comfort food to raise money for hungry kids) will be outside the Library selling goodies that day, as well. We are psyched for this event (which is connected to our free Lunch Hour NYC exhibition), as is Cookie Monster, who actually told us, “Oh boy, oh boy! Me so excited!” (he really did - it’s in our press release). Space is limited, so reserve a few slots now!

  3. Want to work with kids in a public library? Here’s the inside scoop, from the NYPL's Betsy Bird. →

  4. Meet the Girl Scout Troop of PS 41 in New Dorp, Staten Island. Yesterday, the girls set up shop outside their beloved local library (New Dorp Library, natch) and encouraged local residents to sign letters of support for NYPL and against the $43 million budget cut proposed by the City. With the girls help, in just one hour more than 100 people submitted their letter to their local Council member.

    Thank you Girls! We know your spirit will inspire others to visit their local library and send their own letter OR even easier, visit www.nypl.org/speakout and voice their support online.

  5. It’s the weekend, and your kids are bugging you for something to do. How about exploring the wonders of science and making your own “tornado in a bottle”?
Click here to read the NYPL’s how-to.

    It’s the weekend, and your kids are bugging you for something to do. How about exploring the wonders of science and making your own “tornado in a bottle”?

    Click here to read the NYPL’s how-to.

  6. Stop by the Ottendorfer Library's children's room to see the amazing work of local Brooklyn artist Naoko Stoop. Naoko has graciously lent the Ottendorfer Library several of her pieces from her series “Red Knit Cap Girl.”
Raised in Tokyo, Japan, Naoko is a self taught artist who captures the colors, energy, and essence of childhood. Her whimsical illustrations take you on the adventures and experiences of the Red Knit Cap Girl and several of her woodland friends.
Naoko’s newest picture book, Red Knit Cap Girl, will be on shelves this June, so be sure to reserve your copy today. This beautiful exhibit will be on display in our children’s room through April.

    Stop by the Ottendorfer Library's children's room to see the amazing work of local Brooklyn artist Naoko Stoop. Naoko has graciously lent the Ottendorfer Library several of her pieces from her series “Red Knit Cap Girl.”

    Raised in Tokyo, Japan, Naoko is a self taught artist who captures the colors, energy, and essence of childhood. Her whimsical illustrations take you on the adventures and experiences of the Red Knit Cap Girl and several of her woodland friends.

    Naoko’s newest picture book, Red Knit Cap Girl, will be on shelves this June, so be sure to reserve your copy today. This beautiful exhibit will be on display in our children’s room through April.

  7. Meet Mr. Rhinocerous. A current boarder at the Children’s Center at NYPL.

    Meet Mr. Rhinocerous. A current boarder at the Children’s Center at NYPL.

  8. This image from the Library’s Print Collection (found by our own Jeremy Megraw) combines our two favorite themes: cats and reading. It is also appropriate for the celebration this weekend of Read Across America Day. The NEA’s national reading celebration happens every year on or near the birthday of the creator of The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (March 2).
So, curl up with a book this weekend, or better yet, take your kids to story time at your local NYPL children’s Room and sound it out! Happy Caturday! Meow.

    This image from the Library’s Print Collection (found by our own Jeremy Megraw) combines our two favorite themes: cats and reading. It is also appropriate for the celebration this weekend of Read Across America Day. The NEA’s national reading celebration happens every year on or near the birthday of the creator of The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (March 2).

    So, curl up with a book this weekend, or better yet, take your kids to story time at your local NYPL children’s Room and sound it out! Happy Caturday! Meow.

  9. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

    — Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! We have lots of books by and about Dr. Seuss in our collection (as well as eBooks) - check one out today! 

  10. Guess who visited the Children’s Room at our landmark Stephen A.  Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street this morning? That’s right - Elmo!  The Library partnered with WABC and Sesame Street Live to present a special play-date with Elmo for a few lucky kids, who won  their spots in a contest held by WABC. So today, the Library was Elmo’s  world. By the way, if you missed him this time, don’t fret. Elmo will be  back in NYC for a series of live shows at the Theater at Madison Square  Garden in February.

    Guess who visited the Children’s Room at our landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street this morning? That’s right - Elmo! The Library partnered with WABC and Sesame Street Live to present a special play-date with Elmo for a few lucky kids, who won their spots in a contest held by WABC. So today, the Library was Elmo’s world. By the way, if you missed him this time, don’t fret. Elmo will be back in NYC for a series of live shows at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in February.