A new and exciting NYPL exhibition,The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter opens, tomorrow, June 21st in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building! This exhibition examines why children’s books are important, what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. It features more than 200 items from the Library’s collections including: Where the Wild Things Are, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, and many others. Be sure to visit The ABC Of It and see some of your favorite children’s books! Visit the NYPL site for more details.
In Mid-Manhattan’s exhibition, Reading Room, there is a photo of NYPL’s Riverdale Library. It look like a little ski chalet in the Alps! But, there is one thing… or actually two things missing in this photo taken during the winter months. Just this past April Riverdale received two lion statues courtesy of Loews Regency Hotel and the
ski chaletbranch held a naming contest, judged by NYPL’s President Tony Marx. He selected the very appropriate River (left) and Dale (right).
Continue to support branches like Riverdale and visit www.nypl.org/speakout!
We have one more week until Halloween, so what better way to celebrate than with this picture of a screaming spool by local artist Ner Beck? You can visit this photograph at Grand Central Library’s current exhibition of Mr. Beck’s work, which contains a plethora of inspiring images of objects and displays found during his daily walks in neighborhoods throughout the city.
We think you’ll be inspired to discover your own interesting images on your journeys about town! But, first take a stroll down to Grand Central Library!
On this beautiful Friday, we suggest you take a leisurely stroll down (or up) Fifth Avenue. Walk up the stairs of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Enter through the gorgeous doors and walk toward the end of Astor Hall. Turn left and you will see the majestic red curtain beckoning you to enter the Library’s new exhibition Charles Dickens: The Key to Character, where you can imagine yourself transported back to Dickens time and learn about his inspirations and how he inspired others.
Happy Flashback Friday!
(Image: J. R. Brown. “Dickens Surrounded by His Characters.” Engraving from Charles Dickens by Pen and Pencil, by Frederic G. Kitton (London: F. T. Sabin, 1890). NYPL, General Research Division.)
Lunch Hour NYC, the NYPL’s newest exhibition, opens on Friday!! Watch the video to learn more!
John Milisenda’s photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side during the 1960s will be on display at the Grand Central Library through June 20.
His photos are a candid portrait of everyday experiences, balanced between romanticism and mean streets. Many of these images were made when he was a teenager and even before he studied art at the Pratt Institute.
John Milisenda lives in Brooklyn. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.
Stylized tree decor for Shelley exhibition. One of many study breaks today.
It’s a beautiful installation!
Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet opens today. Head over to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to check out Mary’s Shelley’s original draft of Frankenstein, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s baby rattle, and much more. Some of the artifacts and manuscripts have never been displayed in the United States before, so don’t miss this chance to see them!
By Steven G. Fullwood, Co-curator of the exhibition GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images, and Project Director for the Black Gay & Lesbian Archive, Schomburg Center
I discovered Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) in 1998, four months after I moved to New York City. At the time GMAD’s…
“Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.” - Winnie the Pooh
Wishing all of our 20,000 followers a very happy day for today is A. A. Milne’s birthday. Our deepest gratitude to Mr. Milne for creating the wondrous characters of Hundred Acre Wood, who you can see in reality if you stop by the Library’s centennial exhibition, where Pooh and his friends are enjoying hundreds of historic items.