1. It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.

    It might be snowing outside, but at NYPL it’s still summer! Join us tonight when photographer Wayne Lawrence and journalist David Gonzalez discuss Lawrence’s new book, Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera. This collection of engaging and beautiful portraits by Wayne Lawrence celebrates the diversity and community of one of New York City’s most popular beaches.

  2. There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?

    There is breaking news this afternoon as we have learned that the 2013 Class for The National Toy Hall of Fame has been announced! Unfortunately those of you hoping that 2013 was finally going to be the year of the talking Macaulay Culkin Doll will have to continue to wait. Making the cut today is the iconic game of Chess and the beloved Rubber Duck. Benjamin Franklin - illustrated above playing chess - would be proud. To celebrate, the NYPL encourages you to check out the many books and dvds we have on chess - and even the Rubber Duck -  that can be found at branches throughout the entire system. The NYPL congratulates all you chess lovers and… and…uhm… Ernie?? on this prestigious honor.  What toy do you want to see get inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame?

  3. Help Bring New York City's Past Back to Life From Your Phone - Wired Science →

    Our friends at Wired Map Lab want you to know about the Library’s latest web app, Building Inspector. The game-like app, created by the folks at NYPL Labs, helps us digitize building shapes and other information from the Library’s collection of historical NYC maps. But we need people! We need you to help make sure our computer programs are getting the details right. You can start right now, just grab your nearest mobile device and visit buildinginspector.nypl.org to get instructions and start inspecting! 

  4. BORN TO BE WILDE! Happy 159th birthday to the great Oscar Wilde! You can check out most of Wilde’s books at your local New York Public Library branch. The New York Public Library’s Berg Collection is also fortunate enough to have many of the Oscar Wilde Papers within its research collection. So Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde you WILDE and crazy guy! 

    BORN TO BE WILDE! Happy 159th birthday to the great Oscar Wilde! You can check out most of Wilde’s books at your local New York Public Library branch. The New York Public Library’s Berg Collection is also fortunate enough to have many of the Oscar Wilde Papers within its research collection. So Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde you WILDE and crazy guy! 

  5. The NYPL’s Billy Parrott has already had one successful blog examining one classic television show set in the 1960’s in MAD MEN. Now he examines another iconic show set in the 1960s in THE WONDER YEARS. In what will be the first of several entries, Billy takes on the daunting task of examining all of the musical and cultural references that The Wonder Years references in its first season. 
So in celebration of Billy’s awesome new blog, we have to ask what is your favorite episode of The Wonder Years? We would like to get a lot of responses to this question but WE’LL NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS out there… 

    The NYPL’s Billy Parrott has already had one successful blog examining one classic television show set in the 1960’s in MAD MEN. Now he examines another iconic show set in the 1960s in THE WONDER YEARS. In what will be the first of several entries, Billy takes on the daunting task of examining all of the musical and cultural references that The Wonder Years references in its first season. 

    So in celebration of Billy’s awesome new blog, we have to ask what is your favorite episode of The Wonder Years? We would like to get a lot of responses to this question but WE’LL NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS out there… 

  6. Share your favorite NYC reading haunts, local library, and more! The City of New York has launched #LoveNYC Instagram Photo Contest and is looking for a Photo Ambassador who can capture the essence of NYC. The winning images will be digitally displayed at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building!

To get started - sign up for the contest and share your photos with NYPL by following us on  Instagram .

    Share your favorite NYC reading haunts, local library, and more! The City of New York has launched #LoveNYC Instagram Photo Contest and is looking for a Photo Ambassador who can capture the essence of NYC. The winning images will be digitally displayed at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building!

    To get started - sign up for the contest and share your photos with NYPL by following us on  Instagram .

  7. We asked Brain Pickings' Maria Popova to curate a selection of books for The Library Shop, and to our surprise and enormous delight, we got something more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. As Maria explains:

    "…my chronic maximalism soon kicked in — the single reading list soon became four reading lists (wisdom on writinggreat reads about New York Cityheart- and brain-stirring books on pets and animals, and timeless treats for young readers) and the simple tabletop display became an elaborate installation in the bookstore’s main window.

    Check out a time-lapse video of the installation process above, and visit Brain Pickings for more behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the amazing display Maria created with artist Kelli Anderson, plus info on all her book recommendations.  

    And visit The Library Shop to see the masterpiece yourself! 

  8. The New York Public Library presents the Young Dancemakers Company today at 2 pm at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. The Young Dancemakers are a summer ensemble of NYC teens touring city-wide performing original choreography created by teens. This is a free event and no registration is required! Be sure to come watch what is sure to be an amazing performance!

    The New York Public Library presents the Young Dancemakers Company today at 2 pm at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. The Young Dancemakers are a summer ensemble of NYC teens touring city-wide performing original choreography created by teens. This is a free event and no registration is required! Be sure to come watch what is sure to be an amazing performance!

  9. Come See Our New Exhibition on Children’s Literature NOW!

    Our new, incredible exhibition on this history of children’s literature — The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matteropened today at our landmark Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street! It’s like stepping into a children’s book. It’s free, and truly amazing (see this fantastic NY Times review, which calls the exhibition, curated by Leonard Marcus, “incredibly rich”). So come by today, this weekend, or sometime soon to see amazing items and learn about the history of children’s literature.

  10. Ever wonder about the origin of your public library’s name? Today - with the help of Elizabeth Felicella’s photographs from her exhibition Reading Room - we’re introducing you to Francis MartinGeorge Bruce and Hamilton Fish. All three (and quite a few others) have local library branches named in honor of their achievements in New York City. 

    Francis Martin Library was eponymously named after the distinguished Bronx judge, who served as the first District Attorney of Bronx County. 

    George Bruce Library was established by the daughter of George Bruce,  an enterprising young Scotsman who sailed to the United States before he was 15 and became a well-known typefounder and inventor of printing machinery in New York. 

    Hamilton Fish Library is named in honor of the distinguished American statesman who was Governor of New York and Secretary of State under Ulysses S. Grant.

    You can visit these three branches (or any branch in NYC) and speak out against the proposed City budget cut.  We think their namesakes would be proud of your support!