1. Believe it or not today marks the 25th Anniversary that one of our all-time favorite films was released… Big (1988) starring the one and only Tom Hanks. The film was a BIG success and of course gave Mr. Hanks his first Oscar nomination (he lost to Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man). Big would go on to inspire a 1990’s Broadway Musical whose Playbill we happened to find in our Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. And you can check out a dvd copy of Big at multiple branches of the NYPL. Find out what is so special about Baskin!!!!

    Believe it or not today marks the 25th Anniversary that one of our all-time favorite films was released… Big (1988) starring the one and only Tom Hanks. The film was a BIG success and of course gave Mr. Hanks his first Oscar nomination (he lost to Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man). Big would go on to inspire a 1990’s Broadway Musical whose Playbill we happened to find in our Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. And you can check out a dvd copy of Big at multiple branches of the NYPL. Find out what is so special about Baskin!!!!

  2. Fort Washington Library, A Stop on the Uptown Art Stroll, June 1-30, 2013  →

  3. Earlier this week kids at the NYPL’s Todt-Hill Westerleigh branch in Staten Island held a rally day to protest the city’s proposed budget cuts for libraries. Some of the libraries young users - such as John and Kayla Marsh - expressed opposition to the cuts by designing paper hands with reasons why they love the library. You can see NY1’s profile on this here.

    Earlier this week kids at the NYPL’s Todt-Hill Westerleigh branch in Staten Island held a rally day to protest the city’s proposed budget cuts for libraries. Some of the libraries young users - such as John and Kayla Marsh - expressed opposition to the cuts by designing paper hands with reasons why they love the library. You can see NY1’s profile on this here.

  4. Kingsbridge, Jefferson Market and Todt Hill Libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island (respectively) will be participating in a city-wide rally - organized by our friends Urban Librarians Unite - advocating for their fellow local libraries. NYPL, itself, is currently facing a $47 million proposed budget cut from the City. 

    If you’re in the neighborhood we hope to see you! But, if not - you can show your support online by visiting www.nypl.org/speakout

    (Photos of Kingsbridge, Jefferson Market and Todt Hill Libraries from Elizabeth Felicella’s exhibition Reading Room at Mid-Manhattan Library.)

  5. Chatham Square Library has been an integral part of the Chinatown neighborhood since its earliest days, with a circulating Chinese language collection available since 1911. This beautiful library also offers classes in ESOL, technology, and job search help. Like its fellow branches, Chatham Square Library is depending on your support to prevent the budget cuts proposed. Visit your local library to sign a letter or visit us online!
This glorious image was captured by the talented Elizabeth Felicella, who will be visiting Mid-Manhattan Library on June 1st to discuss her latest exhibition at the branch.
 

    Chatham Square Library has been an integral part of the Chinatown neighborhood since its earliest days, with a circulating Chinese language collection available since 1911. This beautiful library also offers classes in ESOL, technology, and job search help. Like its fellow branches, Chatham Square Library is depending on your support to prevent the budget cuts proposed. Visit your local library to sign a letter or visit us online!

    This glorious image was captured by the talented Elizabeth Felicella, who will be visiting Mid-Manhattan Library on June 1st to discuss her latest exhibition at the branch.

     

  6. There’s just something beautiful about a book-strewn aisle, like this one at 58th Street Library, which was beautifully captured by photographer Elizabeth Felicella. The possibilities seem endless! Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Suspense - they’re all available at the Library! 58th Street is even hosting an evening of Downton Abbey on June 3rd. 
Help us continue the great work of 58th Street and its sister libraries and speak out against the proposed budget cut, which will reduce the services we’re able to offer. 

    There’s just something beautiful about a book-strewn aisle, like this one at 58th Street Library, which was beautifully captured by photographer Elizabeth Felicella. The possibilities seem endless! Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Suspense - they’re all available at the Library! 58th Street is even hosting an evening of Downton Abbey on June 3rd

    Help us continue the great work of 58th Street and its sister libraries and speak out against the proposed budget cut, which will reduce the services we’re able to offer. 

  7. Literary Landmarks in the Village: Goodnight Moon | The New York Public Library →

    In honor of Margaret Wise Brown’s birthday today - we present an oldie, but a goodie… in blog form, anyway. The Library’s own Billy Parrott shares a little NYC history in connection with the iconic Goodnight Moon author.

     

  8. NYPL’s Fort Washington Library made the news earlier this year when it received an overdue book. A 54-year-old overdue book! After its 15 minutes of nationwide fame, the branch continues to be a local celebrity every day. So why not stop by and sign a letter to support this branch and its fellow libraries throughout the three boroughs. You can help us stop the City’s proposed $47 million dollar budget cut!
This beautiful photo of the first floor of  Fort Washington Library is currently on display on Mid-Manhattan Library’s third floor. And at the same library on June 1st, you can meet photographer Elizabeth Felicella and hear all about her experiences photographing the public libraries in all five boroughs.

    NYPL’s Fort Washington Library made the news earlier this year when it received an overdue book. A 54-year-old overdue book! After its 15 minutes of nationwide fame, the branch continues to be a local celebrity every day. So why not stop by and sign a letter to support this branch and its fellow libraries throughout the three boroughs. You can help us stop the City’s proposed $47 million dollar budget cut!

    This beautiful photo of the first floor of  Fort Washington Library is currently on display on Mid-Manhattan Library’s third floor. And at the same library on June 1st, you can meet photographer Elizabeth Felicella and hear all about her experiences photographing the public libraries in all five boroughs.

  9. This photo of Van Nest Library - from Mid-Manhattan’s exhibition Reading Room - was taken in the winter, but just a few weeks ago the Library was the recipient of a generous donation of 26 floor mats from the Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association to the old and worn out mats in the Children’s section. You can help your local library too! Speak out against the City’s $47 million budget cut by visiting the Library’s website and send a letter to your local councilmember to let them know how important libraries are to you. 
And to all those who have sent their letters, we THANK YOU!

    This photo of Van Nest Library - from Mid-Manhattan’s exhibition Reading Room - was taken in the winter, but just a few weeks ago the Library was the recipient of a generous donation of 26 floor mats from the Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association to the old and worn out mats in the Children’s section. You can help your local library too! Speak out against the City’s $47 million budget cut by visiting the Library’s website and send a letter to your local councilmember to let them know how important libraries are to you. 

    And to all those who have sent their letters, we THANK YOU!

  10. You can sharpen your pencil AND you can sharpen your mind at NYPL’s Baychester Library. (Yes, this is one of their pencil sharpeners) They even have a chess program for the kids! Now that takes some serious mental sharpening!
Visit this photograph at the exhibition, Reading Room at Mid-Manhattan Library, stop by Baychester Library for some interesting chess play, or you can just stop by your local branch and sign a letter to let the City know how awesome your library is. (That concludes the PSA portion of this post)

    You can sharpen your pencil AND you can sharpen your mind at NYPL’s Baychester Library. (Yes, this is one of their pencil sharpeners) They even have a chess program for the kids! Now that takes some serious mental sharpening!

    Visit this photograph at the exhibition, Reading Room at Mid-Manhattan Library, stop by Baychester Library for some interesting chess play, or you can just stop by your local branch and sign a letter to let the City know how awesome your library is. (That concludes the PSA portion of this post)