1. NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere

    NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!

    This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere

  2. We are so excited about our LIVE from the NYPL Fall 2014 season, with speakers like Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and George Clinton! Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4th at 10:00am, but if you become a Friend of the Library you’ll get access to today’s presale, as well as receive 40% off tickets, and pay no service fees. Hurry - before tickets sell out! 

    We are so excited about our LIVE from the NYPL Fall 2014 season, with speakers like Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and George Clinton! 

    Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4th at 10:00am, but if you become a Friend of the Library you’ll get access to today’s presale, as well as receive 40% off tickets, and pay no service fees. Hurry - before tickets sell out! 

  3. Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

    Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

  4. Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

    Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

  5. Before he was the star of How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor was a student at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute. Radnor will be at The Library for the Performing Arts tomorrow (June 19) for a conversation with Donna Dinovelli (NTI faculty) and Rachel Jett (NTI Artistic Director) about NTI’s impact and legacy. More info on the free event here, and more about The Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibition celebrating the O’Neill Theater Center’s 50th anniversary here.

    Before he was the star of How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor was a student at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute. Radnor will be at The Library for the Performing Arts tomorrow (June 19) for a conversation with Donna Dinovelli (NTI faculty) and Rachel Jett (NTI Artistic Director) about NTI’s impact and legacy. More info on the free event here, and more about The Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibition celebrating the O’Neill Theater Center’s 50th anniversary here.

  6. Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)
A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)

    A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

  7. Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.
And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

    Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.

    And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

  8. Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

    Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

  9. It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.

    It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.

  10. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood - just ask Patience and Fortitude! Why not visit one of our branches, check out a good book, and read it in a park or under a tree somewhere? Prefer eBooks? We have those, too! 

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood - just ask Patience and Fortitude! Why not visit one of our branches, check out a good book, and read it in a park or under a tree somewhere? Prefer eBooks? We have those, too