1. Happy Mustache Monday! This week’s subject is John Good. We’ll just quote from “A Biographical Dictionary of People in Engineering" (Carl A. Wall, 2008) to tell you who he was, because there’s no way we could say it better than this:

GOOD, John, 1841-1908, Irish American inventor; ropemaking, machinist, machinery to replace handmaking of rope, patented breaker, nipper, spreaders, regulators for rope-making, John Good Cordage & Machine Co. (1893-1898), organized John Good & Jennings Patent Machine Cordage Co. (1898), over 100 patents (DAB MEIA)

    Happy Mustache Monday! This week’s subject is John Good. We’ll just quote from “A Biographical Dictionary of People in Engineering" (Carl A. Wall, 2008) to tell you who he was, because there’s no way we could say it better than this:

    GOOD, John, 1841-1908, Irish American inventor; ropemaking, machinist, machinery to replace handmaking of rope, patented breaker, nipper, spreaders, regulators for rope-making, John Good Cordage & Machine Co. (1893-1898), organized John Good & Jennings Patent Machine Cordage Co. (1898), over 100 patents (DAB MEIA)

  2. Happy St. Patty’s Day! This postcard from 1910 was sent to someone named “Mr. W O’Haherty” on East 122nd Street in Manhattan, and is now in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. It portrays a “View of Lough Veagh.” Whoever sent the postcard asked Mr. O’Haherty, “Do you think you are ever going back?” Nice piece of history - and one of our picks of the day on our Digital Gallery.

    Happy St. Patty’s Day! This postcard from 1910 was sent to someone named “Mr. W O’Haherty” on East 122nd Street in Manhattan, and is now in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. It portrays a “View of Lough Veagh.” Whoever sent the postcard asked Mr. O’Haherty, “Do you think you are ever going back?” Nice piece of history - and one of our picks of the day on our Digital Gallery.

  3. Irish eyes are smiling at the Library this time of year, and not just because the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is going to pass in front of our landmark 42nd Street building on Thursday. We’re also opening our new exhibit  Ireland America The Ties that Bind today at our Library for the Performing Arts. The free, multimedia exhibit focuses on Irish American performance history from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are movies and public programs (all free) accompanying the exhibition so make sure you check it out!
Meanwhile, you can bring the St. Patrick’s Day spirit home by searching through our DIgital Gallery for St. Patrick’s Day cards - like the one above taken from a St. Patrick’s Day card in our Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection - or by checking out a few picture books on the subject for the child in your life. Betsy Bird from the Children’s Center at 42nd Street compiled this list of books about Ireland or St. Patty’s Day to get you started:
Great Irish Picture Books
The Banshee
Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale
Fergus and the Night-Demon: An Irish Ghost Story
O’Sullivan Stew
St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books
Fiona’s Luck
Leprechaun Gold
Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
Green Shamrocks
Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk 
A Fine St. Patrick’s Day

    Irish eyes are smiling at the Library this time of year, and not just because the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is going to pass in front of our landmark 42nd Street building on Thursday. We’re also opening our new exhibit  Ireland America The Ties that Bind today at our Library for the Performing Arts. The free, multimedia exhibit focuses on Irish American performance history from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are movies and public programs (all free) accompanying the exhibition so make sure you check it out!

    Meanwhile, you can bring the St. Patrick’s Day spirit home by searching through our DIgital Gallery for St. Patrick’s Day cards - like the one above taken from a St. Patrick’s Day card in our Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection - or by checking out a few picture books on the subject for the child in your life. Betsy Bird from the Children’s Center at 42nd Street compiled this list of books about Ireland or St. Patty’s Day to get you started:

    Great Irish Picture Books

    The Banshee

    Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale

    Fergus and the Night-Demon: An Irish Ghost Story

    O’Sullivan Stew

    St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books

    Fiona’s Luck

    Leprechaun Gold

    Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun

    The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow

    Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato

    Green Shamrocks

    Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk

    A Fine St. Patrick’s Day