Tomorrow, May 10, is the last day to see the Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! exhibition at The Library for the Performing Arts. We’re really tempted to make a bunch of Beatles-related puns to mark the occasion (examples include: “the exhibition is free, so all you need is love,” or “get a ticket to ride the train and come see it,” or something clever with “and in the end…”). But instead, we’ll just remind you that the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival here in the U.S. and includes a recreation of a Beatles-obsessed teenager’s bedroom at the height of Beatlemania, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, a virtual drum lesson from Ringo, and an oral history booth where you can record your own Beatles remembrances.
Let’s play! There are only a couple days left to enjoy Play Things: 600 Years of Games and Other Merriments, an exhibition that explores the long and varied tradition of how works on paper not only participated in but actively facilitated conditions of playfulness. From early paper dolls, to kites, word games, photos, and optical illusions, the exhibition invites you to literally play and interact with some materials, and engage with other artifacts in a more figuratively playful way.
Play Things is on display through Sunday, March 16 in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’s Print and Stokes Gallery.
Tonight at 7pmat The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building we will have the special free program HOW TO ACT UP. Learn the nuts and bolts of grassroots political activism from current and former members of the historic AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Veteran activists will share their experience with outreach, planning demonstrations, working with media, and civil disobedience. To attend you can register online or e-mail Jason Baumann at JasonBaumann@nypl.org
This program is in conjunction with the fantastic exhibition WHY WE FIGHT: REMEMBERING AIDS ACTIVISM currently on display through April 6 at the Schwarzman Building.
On this day in 1921 A.A. Milne gave his son Christopher Robin a teddy bear for his first birthday. Today, that very same bear and a few other stuffed animals from Christopher’s childhood — you may know them better as Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Kanga, Eeyore and Tigger — reside here at The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and are currently on display as part of the exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Come by and say hello to Pooh and his pals!
Can you guess who the person is in the photo?It is none other than Norton Juster, author of the classic children’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth!Last week, Mr. Juster visited the Library’s new exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,where his book — along with protagonist Milo’s toy car — is on display. Talk about an unexpected treat!If you love The Phantom Tollbooth as much as we do, be sure to check out this free exhibit at the main library on Fifth Ave and 42nd street!Who knows who else you’ll see!
If you weren’t one of over 2,500 people who saw our Foundations of Freedom exhibit yesterday, you still have two days to stop by the main library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd street to check them out!
This free exhibit displays a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. They are on display in the Wachenheim Trustees Room (second floor) until 8 p.m. tonight and from 10 am.- 4 p.m. tomorrow (but tomorrow, you must be on line by 3 p.m. to see the exhibition - this is very important! Tonight you can get on line as late as 8 p.m.).
While you’re here don’t forget to check out the 1909 Honus Wagner card displayed throughout the month of July on the third floor and our children’s book exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter on the first floor. All of this, of course, is free!
In the spirit of Independence Day, we’ll feature the famous mustaches of former U.S. presidents throughout the month of July.
This week we’ve got Theodore Roosevelt! Happy Mustache Monday.
And while we’re on Independence Day, don’t forget to head to our 42nd Street Library and check out the free exhibition Foundations of Freedom, featuring a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence written in Thomas Jefferson’s and, and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. It opens today at noon and goes through Wednesday - don’t miss it!
Photo: NYPL Digital Collections
Next week, for three days only, the New York Public Library is celebrating Independence Day by displaying two rare pieces of American history from its collections — a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand (which includes his denunciation of slavery) and an original copy of the Bill of Rights (featuring 12 amendments, not 10). Starting at noon on Monday, July 1, the public will be able to view these incredible treasures on the second floor of the main library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The exhibition — called "Foundations of Freedom" — will close on July 3 at 4 p.m. So make sure you visit! Don’t miss it! And while you’re here, you can check out our 1909 Honus Wagner card, being displayed in honor of the All-Star Game throughout the month of July, or our critically-acclaimed exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all free!
Lewis Carroll's Letter to Alice Liddell and Other Artifacts From the NYPL's Children's Books Exhibition →
We do SO enjoy a good slideshow. Particularly a slideshow of fascinating items from NYPL’s collections. And especially a slideshow of The ABC Of It exhibition, currently on display at the Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue!
LIVE from the NYPL will be celebrating Federico García Lorca’s life and legacy on June 4, the day before what would have been the Spanish poet and playwright’s 115th birthday. The program features poetry and performances from a powerhouse lineup of guests, including John Giorno, Will Keen and María Fernández Ache, Philip Levine, Christopher Maurer, Paul Muldoon, Patti Smith, and Tracy K. Smith.
So if you want to see not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prize-winning poets plus Patti Smith plus other renowned guests all in one night, grab your tickets for Tuesday’s event here.
And be sure to check out NYPL’s exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet In New York,” which includes the original Poet In New York manuscript, and other events happening throughout the city as part of Lorca in New York: A Celebration.