1. Today as Scotland votes on independence, peruse this reading list of Scottish favorites to learn more about the country’s history, politics, and culture.

    Today as Scotland votes on independence, peruse this reading list of Scottish favorites to learn more about the country’s history, politics, and culture.

  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. Books about bullying. Today we’re hosting a special on air Google+ Hangout on overcoming bullying, using books to help solve the problem, and suggestions about how to do more. Our panel of authors and artists will be sharing their own personal struggles with bullies and how they learned to cope. Hear from authors Tim Federle, Eric Kahn Gale, and Laura Vaccaro Seeger; NYPL Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Bird will moderate the discussion. Tune in today, November 4 at 4 p.m. 

    Books about bullying. Today we’re hosting a special on air Google+ Hangout on overcoming bullying, using books to help solve the problem, and suggestions about how to do more. Our panel of authors and artists will be sharing their own personal struggles with bullies and how they learned to cope. Hear from authors Tim Federle, Eric Kahn Gale, and Laura Vaccaro Seeger; NYPL Children’s Librarian Elizabeth Bird will moderate the discussion. Tune in today, November 4 at 4 p.m. 

  4. Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?

    Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”

    So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?

  5. The New York Public Library is facing a $47 million city budget cut that would force cutbacks to key free services that the public relies on, such as programs, classes, library hours, and more. We need your help to stop these cuts! Go to nypl.org/speakout to sign a letter and tell the City that you and your communities need your library (it only takes a few minutes, and you don’t need to live in NYC)! Spread the word, support NYPL, keep libraries strong, and thank you! 

    The New York Public Library is facing a $47 million city budget cut that would force cutbacks to key free services that the public relies on, such as programs, classes, library hours, and more. We need your help to stop these cuts! Go to nypl.org/speakout to sign a letter and tell the City that you and your communities need your library (it only takes a few minutes, and you don’t need to live in NYC)! Spread the word, support NYPL, keep libraries strong, and thank you! 

  6. NYPL Archivist Talks About Her (Fascinating) Job With The NY Times  →

    Annemarie van Roessel - an archivist at our Library for the Performing Arts - was featured in today’s New York Times discussing her job and the collections she works with. She is the star of an accompanying video - check it out. 

  7. Now this is a cute picture (and we ain’t “lion.” Get it? Ha ha ha ha). These adorable little library lovers are showing some love to one of The New York Public Library’s newest additions -  two lion statues, donated by the Loews Regency Hotel, who will stand guard outside of our Riverdale Branch in the Bronx. We had a naming contest for the two “cubs” (who are, of course, reminiscent of our two famous lions Patience and Fortitude on 42nd Street) and we received over 300 submissions from all over the globe. The winning names, as chosen by our president Tony Marx and reported in The New York Times? River and Dale. “It was difficult to choose from such a wide range of creative names, but after looking over the finalists with much patience and fortitude, I couldn’t help but name the lions after their new home, a vibrant community with dedicated patrons,” Tony said. So welcome, River and Dale. And happy Caturday!!

    Now this is a cute picture (and we ain’t “lion.” Get it? Ha ha ha ha). These adorable little library lovers are showing some love to one of The New York Public Library’s newest additions -  two lion statues, donated by the Loews Regency Hotel, who will stand guard outside of our Riverdale Branch in the Bronx. We had a naming contest for the two “cubs” (who are, of course, reminiscent of our two famous lions Patience and Fortitude on 42nd Street) and we received over 300 submissions from all over the globe. The winning names, as chosen by our president Tony Marx and reported in The New York Times? River and Dale. “It was difficult to choose from such a wide range of creative names, but after looking over the finalists with much patience and fortitude, I couldn’t help but name the lions after their new home, a vibrant community with dedicated patrons,” Tony said. So welcome, River and Dale. And happy Caturday!!

  8. Everyone now … “awwww.” What better way to celebrate Caturday than with a photo of a cute kid sitting with a cute cat? This image is from the Library’s 1964 World’s Fair collection in our Manuscripts and Archives Division (a collection that is the basis for the Library’s free app Biblion), and is quite appropriate, since we at the Library have babies on the brain - a baby boy was actually born in our Clason’s Point branch Thursday! Shout out to employee Wanda Luzon, who helped bring the little guy into the world, right inside the entrance of the Bronx branch! Check out the story as told by the New York Post, NBC and CBS. And, of course, happy Caturday!

    Everyone now … “awwww.” What better way to celebrate Caturday than with a photo of a cute kid sitting with a cute cat? This image is from the Library’s 1964 World’s Fair collection in our Manuscripts and Archives Division (a collection that is the basis for the Library’s free app Biblion), and is quite appropriate, since we at the Library have babies on the brain - a baby boy was actually born in our Clason’s Point branch Thursday! Shout out to employee Wanda Luzon, who helped bring the little guy into the world, right inside the entrance of the Bronx branch! Check out the story as told by the New York Post, NBC and CBS. And, of course, happy Caturday!

  9. Regular Sunday Hours Feb. 10

    Please note that - after slightly changed hours yesterday because of the snow - regular Sunday hours are in effect at all NYPL locations today, Feb. 10.

  10. Delayed Openings On Saturday, Feb. 9 

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    Because of the snow, all New York Public Library locations will have delayed openings and limited hours today, Feb. 9. Most branches will be open from noon until 5 p.m. There could be slight variations at some locations, however, so check nypl.org before venturing into this weather. And, remember, NYPL eBooks are always available for download from the warmth and comfort of your home! The cold isn’t fun, after all - check out this 1888 image from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection depicting a New York City police officer rubbing snow on people’s frozen ears. Crazy. Want to look at other historic snow photos? We’ve got plenty on our Digital Gallery.

    Update:  Both our Macomb’s Bridge Library and our Eastchester Library will be closed today.