Due to severe weather conditions, all branches of The New York Public Library (covering The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island), Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library will open at 12 pm on Friday, January 3. New Yorkers are encouraged to check nypl.org, bklynpubliclibrary.org and queenslibrary.org for the most up to date information. 

  2. Yesterday was a special day as the Mariners Harbor Library in Staten Island became the 88th branch of The New York Public Library system! To celebrate this grand opening, the acclaimed PS22 Chorus - photographed above with their new buddy Patience the Lion - joined the festivities to sing a few songs during the ribbon cutting ceremony. If you want to visit this stunning new branch (it is designed to resemble an open Oyster shell!!)  you can find it at 206 South Avenue in Mariners Harbor. Please officially welcome the Mariners Harbor Library to the New York Public Library family!!!

  3. Guess who visited the Library’s 42nd Street building today? Yep, it was Grover, and he was super! Grover and his friend Alan (who both took pics in our photo booth - the same one that Judy Blume posed in last week) made the trek all the way from Sesame Street to help Sesame Workshop kick off a new literacy initiative. NYPL hosted the kick off event (we’ll share more about that later), and was VERY excited to have these special guests in our building. And they seemed happy, as well. In fact, Alan said, “This is one of my favorite places in the entire world, The New York Public Library.” Like Grover and his friends from Sesame Street? Check out some books featuring them at the Library! 

  4. Banned Books Week Google Hangout Sept. 27!

    In honor of Banned Books Week, The Library is presenting a special on-air Google+ Hangout featuring three of our librarians. NYPL’s Billy Parrott, Anne Rouyer, and Stevie Feliciano will discuss books you didn’t know were banned and why, as well as the Library’s favorite banned book titles and different ways to celebrate the freedom to read at your library. Join NYPL on Google+ to tune in and watch this Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. (EDT).

  5. Here’s a treasure from the NYPL’s archives - a photo taken exactly 107 years ago today of our iconic Rose Main Reading Room being constructed. The final product can be seen below. 

  6. Are We Good Luck For The Grandy Man?


    Yesterday, NYPL’s top summer readers had a chance to visit Yankee Stadium, get honored on the field, watch a game … and meet Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson. It’s the fourth year in a row that The Grandy Man met our top readers to congratulate them - in 2010, 2011 and 2013, he homered on Summer Reading day. The one year that he didn’t go yard - 2012 - he was still the Yankees’ best hitter with a double and three RBIs. Coincidence? We think not. In fact, we think it’s safe to say that the Library just might be Grandy’s good luck charm. So if ever we’re needed again at the Stadium, Mr. Granderson, let us know. Meanwhile, the summer may rapidly be coming to a close, but there’s still some time to do some summer reading. Check out our summer reading book lists and flip some pages before Labor Day!




  7. Shark Week is finally here and we’re sharing a few of our favorite  Selachimorpha images from our digital gallery. 

    Visit your local NYPL branch this week for all things Shark Week! Click here to check out books on sharks (fact and fiction) Or bring home a copy of one of our favorite shark movies, Jaws.

  8. Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling! Today, celebrate the bloody brilliant author who wrote the beloved Harry Potter series by checking out one of the Potter books (or, if you prefer, one of the films on DVD). It’s also Harry’s birthday, so this is a particularly appropriate way to celebrate. Or, if you’re not in a wizard / dragons / Quidditch sort of mood, check out a copy of Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, or her new book, The Cuckoo’s Callingwritten under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith (there is a definite wait for that one - sorry, we didn’t know she wrote it!). In conclusion, do we love J.K. Rowling? Always.

  9. Listen up music lovers! Here’s our list of our 10 Favorite Albums of the Year (So Far). You can check out or reserve these albums or your favorite albums at your local NYPL branch and online. Also be sure to check out our Freegal Music service, which allows you to download up to three songs a week using your NYPL card!

  10. Buzzfeed posted a list of 49 Breathtaking Libraries from around the world, and the New York Public Library made the list! Check it out here!

    Buzzfeed posted a list of 49 Breathtaking Libraries from around the world, and the New York Public Library made the list! Check it out here!