1. Happy Fourth of July!

    Happy Fourth of July, all! On Wednesday, July 2, the Library hosted a naturalization event in which 150 immigrants from 46 different countries became US citizens. The Library’s copy of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s handwriting (which the New York Times wrote about today) was on display to provide inspiration. The ceremony - attended by NY Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Secretary of State Cesar Perales - was incredibly touching, and we thought the perfect thing to share on Independence Day. Enjoy! More photos below (we also displayed our copy of the Declaration to the public for seven days, and over 16,000 people saw it!). Little note - NYPL is closed this weekend for the holiday, but we’ll see you Monday!

  2. Today is one of the most exciting and emotional days at NYPL, as 150 people from 46 different countries will become US citizens in front of our copy of the Declaration of Independence. Follow along as we live-blog the ceremony on Instagram

  3. Tonight, July 1st, at 7pm, LIVE from the NYPL will be hosting a panel discussion on the Amazon-Hachette battle and the future of the publishing industry in the age of e-books. Authors, agents, and publishers will take to the stage to tackle these urgent questions. Make sure to tune in live! 

    Tonight, July 1st, at 7pm, LIVE from the NYPL will be hosting a panel discussion on the Amazon-Hachette battle and the future of the publishing industry in the age of e-books. Authors, agents, and publishers will take to the stage to tackle these urgent questions. Make sure to tune in live

  4. Do you love cats? Then you should love our weekly Caturday feature - above is our latest installment. Do you love libraries? Then you should roar like the lion in this 1911 cigarette card from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and be heard! Come to Brooklyn today (10 Grand Army Plaza) and participate in a 24-hour “read in” to support libraries, and convince the city to restore library funding to 2008 levels - meaning we can offer more programs, more services, more materials, more everything. All of this “more” is extremely important to the people of New York City and beyond. So come to the rally - by Urban Librarians Unite - sometime between 3 pm today and 4 pm tomorrow and watch or participate (yes, you can read whatever you want)! If you can’t be in Brooklyn, sign a letter of support online! Or at one of our branches! Tell your friends! It takes only two minutes, and could make a serious difference for The New York Public Library. We appreciate it - thank you!

    Do you love cats? Then you should love our weekly Caturday feature - above is our latest installment. Do you love libraries? Then you should roar like the lion in this 1911 cigarette card from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and be heard! Come to Brooklyn today (10 Grand Army Plaza) and participate in a 24-hour “read in” to support libraries, and convince the city to restore library funding to 2008 levels - meaning we can offer more programs, more services, more materials, more everything. All of this “more” is extremely important to the people of New York City and beyond. So come to the rally - by Urban Librarians Unite - sometime between 3 pm today and 4 pm tomorrow and watch or participate (yes, you can read whatever you want)! If you can’t be in Brooklyn, sign a letter of support online! Or at one of our branches! Tell your friends! It takes only two minutes, and could make a serious difference for The New York Public Library. We appreciate it - thank you!

  5. "I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."
— RIP Maya Angelou, a literary legend and longtime supporter of The New York Public Library, which holds her papers at its Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where she spoke). Angelou also once discussed her love of libraries with us - take a look. 

    "I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts."

    — RIP Maya Angelou, a literary legend and longtime supporter of The New York Public Library, which holds her papers at its Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (where she spoke). Angelou also once discussed her love of libraries with us - take a look

  6. As you may have heard, the band Coldplay is revealing lyrics from its upcoming album “Ghost Stories” by hiding them in actual ghost stories located in libraries around the world. The band then offers clues on its Twitter feed and asks fans to track them down. Well, guess where one set of lyrics wound up - the Children’s Center in The New York Public Library’s own Stephen A. Schwarzman Building! The lyrics to a song called “O” were found by one New Yorker in Jeff Belanger’s book Who’s Haunting the White House?  It was found 15 minutes after the Library opened after Coldplay posted the clue, “In the library where ghosts were famously busted, look for Jeff B’s kids’ book about spooks in the President’s residence.” Our 42nd Street building was featured in the film Ghostbusters back in the 1980s - that really turns the “clocks” back. Get it? 

    As you may have heard, the band Coldplay is revealing lyrics from its upcoming album “Ghost Stories” by hiding them in actual ghost stories located in libraries around the world. The band then offers clues on its Twitter feed and asks fans to track them down. Well, guess where one set of lyrics wound up - the Children’s Center in The New York Public Library’s own Stephen A. Schwarzman Building! The lyrics to a song called “O” were found by one New Yorker in Jeff Belanger’s book Who’s Haunting the White House?  It was found 15 minutes after the Library opened after Coldplay posted the clue, “In the library where ghosts were famously busted, look for Jeff B’s kids’ book about spooks in the President’s residence.” Our 42nd Street building was featured in the film Ghostbusters back in the 1980s - that really turns the “clocks” back. Get it? 

  7. ALL NYPL LOCATIONS TO OPEN AT 12PM TODAY

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    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. 

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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! 

  10. 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).