1. Here is something for you to do during your lunch break - NYPL kicks off an awesome new author series today. Free and open to the public, NYPL BOOKS AT NOON will take place every Wednesday at noon, from March 5 through May 7. What makes this series so cool is it takes place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall! 
Programs will last a half-hour with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The event is standing room only, so don’t think about it too much and just come on over. The series kicks off with acclaimed author and famed WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME panelist - P.J. O’Rourke. 
See you soon!  

    Here is something for you to do during your lunch break - NYPL kicks off an awesome new author series today. Free and open to the public, NYPL BOOKS AT NOON will take place every Wednesday at noon, from March 5 through May 7. What makes this series so cool is it takes place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall

    Programs will last a half-hour with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The event is standing room only, so don’t think about it too much and just come on over. The series kicks off with acclaimed author and famed WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME panelist - P.J. O’Rourke

    See you soon!  

  2. Sad news this morning as the literary world mourns the passing of legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard who wrote such classics as Get Shorty and Rum Punch (later made into the feature film Jackie Brown directed by Quentin Tarantino). You can check out all of the great Elmore Leonard’s books at most branches of The New York Public Library. RIP

    Sad news this morning as the literary world mourns the passing of legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard who wrote such classics as Get Shorty and Rum Punch (later made into the feature film Jackie Brown directed by Quentin Tarantino). You can check out all of the great Elmore Leonard’s books at most branches of The New York Public Library. RIP

  3. The Library’s Fort Washington Branch got an unexpected delivery this week — a book that was last checked out 55 years ago. The extremely overdue book — The Fire of Francis Xavier by Rev. Arthur R. McGratty — was checked out on April 10, 1958 and returned Monday by mail in a plain brown envelope. There was no note, but there WAS a generous donation of $100 from those who sent it back. So big thanks to them - the Library greatly appreciates the support! If you want to read more about this, check out just a few recent accounts by DNA Info, NY Daily News, WCBS, and WNBC.

  4. Happy 111th birthday to the legendary American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes. At The New York Public Library you can find ample Langston Hughes information, including photos (the one featured here is from our Manuscripts and Archives Division), papers , books, and films. Of course, you can also go over to the NYPL’s great Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and visit the Langston Hughes Auditorium.

    Happy 111th birthday to the legendary American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes. At The New York Public Library you can find ample Langston Hughes information, including photos (the one featured here is from our Manuscripts and Archives Division), papers , books, and films. Of course, you can also go over to the NYPL’s great Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and visit the Langston Hughes Auditorium.

  5. Join us next week for an evening of conversation with Vanity Fair's legendary Editor-in-Chief, Graydon Carter and iconic society photographer Jonathan Becker, celebrating of Becker's 30 years at the magazine.
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
See you there!

    Join us next week for an evening of conversation with Vanity Fair's legendary Editor-in-Chief, Graydon Carter and iconic society photographer Jonathan Becker, celebrating of Becker's 30 years at the magazine.

    Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
    Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    See you there!

  6. Just a reminder to all you Bob Dylan fans that tonight at 6pm at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a free program in which the music of Bob Dylan is performed by Dylan interpreter Howard Fishman and his band. This program is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s debut album. 

    Just a reminder to all you Bob Dylan fans that tonight at 6pm at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a free program in which the music of Bob Dylan is performed by Dylan interpreter Howard Fishman and his band. This program is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s debut album. 

  7. It’s Flashback Friday… and it feels fine

    REM may have called it quits this time last year, but for today’s flashback friday we’re taking a fond look back at their three decades in the music business. If you’re an REM fan, listen to this e-version of the collector’s edition of their album And I Feel Fine…..The Best of the IRS Years 82-87. It’s not the end of the world; it’s just the beginning! See what else is here for your ears at NYPL.

  8. We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. But, you should join us tomorrow at 6pm when Helen Jennings, the author of New African Fashion, will be joined by members of Africa’s fashion industry to discuss the past, present and future of the continent’s style.

  9. To Be Seen AND Heard

    Mid-Manhattan Library presents Storylights, an exhibition featuring the work of artist Katherine Jackson,  celebrating the centennial of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The new work includes large scale abstract images - edge-lit or back lit etched glass sculptures - inspired by architectural elements of the iconic branch.

    Tonight there will be a public reception from 6-9pm in Mid-Manhattan Library’s first-floor reading room, featuring a free solo performance by renowned jazz guitarist Paul Meyers. Let your eyes and ears be inspired!


  10. Are You Experienced?

    Actually, the question we want to know is: Where will you be tomorrow night at 6pm? We think you should be at the Library where New York Times art critic Ken Johnson, author of Are You Experienced?: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, will discuss the book’s thought-provoking look at art through the lens of psychedelic experience and culture with artists Deborah Kass (of the image above) and Chris Martin. 

    Intrigued? See you tomorrow night!