"Hello friends and hello people. Have you ever considered that your public library —paid for by your tax dollars —is so sadly waiting for you to come in and see what it does?”
— Bill Cosby, Taxpayer
We're The New York Public Library and we're here to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for.
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
May 4, 1953, Mr. Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea. It’s a good day to revisit this classic! Happy Flashback Friday!
What greater gift than the love of a cat?
— Good question, Charles Dickens. Good question. Want to see some rare items belonging to him? Come to NYPL’s free exhibit "Celebrating 100 Years" at our 42nd Street building (the one, appropriately, with the big cats outside). We have over 200 items from people like Malcolm X, Emily Bronte, Bob Dylan, and more. Looking for something else to do? The Anthology Film Archives is playing a bunch of cat videos today in NY. Happy Caturday!
Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Gungahlin Library in Australia. The folks at Duke University Medical Center Library posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and reposted by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, library lover and source of the quote. Authors, libraries, librarians - it’s perfect!
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
— RIP, Steve Jobs
Oh, Virginia, we hear you, and we can also see this quote on Library Way, located on 41st Street between Park and Fifth Avenues, in Manhattan. Library Way provides thoughtful and inspirational quotes from talented authors, on the streets of New York City.