1. To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

  2. This 1928 NYPL overdue book slip was miraculously discovered in the 1980s during the construction of the Tenement Museum. The Museum kept the card on display, stating that the title of the book on the card is “one of the great mysteries, we unfortunately do not know.” That is, until yesterday, when the Museum turned to Twitter for help deciphering the handwriting. Within a few hours, the mystery was solved. The book, which may have never been returned, was Israel by by Ludwig Lewisohn. A great example of the power of social media.

  3. Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. "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

  9. 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? 

  10. 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.