1. Saturday Fun For the Whole Family!

    Weekend events for the whole family happening this Saturday, March 23:

    This event is great for kids ages 10-18 who want to explore science, technology, engineering, and math with fun, hands-on activities. NYPL Youth S.T.E.M. Fair starts at 10:00 am. 

    Now for a little dance…

    NYPL Performing arts and the Schomburg Center celebrate Women’s History Month by highlighting the contributions and achievements of women in hip-hop. Join NYPL at 4:00 pm for the Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women in Hip-Hop event. 

    Stay tuned to Tumblr for any upcoming NYPL events!

  2. Today marks the 109th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s historic first flight at Kitty Hawk. (December 17, 1903). To mark the occasion, we’ve selected this image of the brothers Wright in 1903, courtesy of the Library’s Digital Gallery, where you can find (if you’re so inclined) a wide array of aeronautical images to satisfy anyone’s care for air -planes.

    Today marks the 109th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s historic first flight at Kitty Hawk. (December 17, 1903). To mark the occasion, we’ve selected this image of the brothers Wright in 1903, courtesy of the Library’s Digital Gallery, where you can find (if you’re so inclined) a wide array of aeronautical images to satisfy anyone’s care for air -planes.

  3. We just had to share this with you! While taking a look at the Library’s Timothy Leary archives with our good friends at The Verge (piece coming to a computer near you later this winter), we discovered that Mr. Leary had a nintendo wrist controller  Power Glove (immortalized in the 1989 film The Wizard aka A 100 Minute Long Commercial for Super Mario Brothers 3)… and Adidas sneakers. Very clean, red-laced Adidas sneakers. This made us very happy.

    We just had to share this with you! While taking a look at the Library’s Timothy Leary archives with our good friends at The Verge (piece coming to a computer near you later this winter), we discovered that Mr. Leary had a nintendo wrist controller  Power Glove (immortalized in the 1989 film The Wizard aka A 100 Minute Long Commercial for Super Mario Brothers 3)… and Adidas sneakers. Very clean, red-laced Adidas sneakers. This made us very happy.

  4. The stars at night are big and bright… TONIGHT! (actually more like REALLY early tomorrow morning.) The Leonid meteor shower is scheduled to arrive at 4:30 tomorrow early morning. EL Trouvelot created this beautiful illustration of the meteor shower’s appearance on November 14, 1868. This print and many of Trouvelot’s other observations are available in NYPL Point: E.L. Trouvelot’s Astronomical Drawings. We strongly encourage you to see his amazing astronomical drawings and then witness the beauty of tomorrow’s display.   

    The stars at night are big and bright… TONIGHT! (actually more like REALLY early tomorrow morning.) The Leonid meteor shower is scheduled to arrive at 4:30 tomorrow early morning. EL Trouvelot created this beautiful illustration of the meteor shower’s appearance on November 14, 1868. This print and many of Trouvelot’s other observations are available in NYPL Point: E.L. Trouvelot’s Astronomical Drawings. We strongly encourage you to see his amazing astronomical drawings and then witness the beauty of tomorrow’s display.   

  5. Solar protuberances. Observed on May 5, 1873 at 9h, 40m. A.M. (1881-1882). Chromolithograph from The Trouvelot astronomical drawings: Atlas.

    Solar protuberances. Observed on May 5, 1873 at 9h, 40m. A.M. (1881-1882). Chromolithograph from The Trouvelot astronomical drawings: Atlas.

  6. It’s the weekend, and your kids are bugging you for something to do. How about exploring the wonders of science and making your own “tornado in a bottle”?
Click here to read the NYPL’s how-to.

    It’s the weekend, and your kids are bugging you for something to do. How about exploring the wonders of science and making your own “tornado in a bottle”?

    Click here to read the NYPL’s how-to.

  7. livefromthenypl:

Engraving of the brain and cranial nerves by Thomas Geminus from the mid 16th century.  On Wednesday, March 28, Nobel Prize winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel will be discussing the brain and how it makes us feel the way we do when we look at art. He’ll be drawing from his upbringing in Vienna, as well as his extensive work in memory.
Tickets are almost sold out, so we advise purchasing yours now!

    livefromthenypl:

    Engraving of the brain and cranial nerves by Thomas Geminus from the mid 16th century.  On Wednesday, March 28, Nobel Prize winning neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel will be discussing the brain and how it makes us feel the way we do when we look at art. He’ll be drawing from his upbringing in Vienna, as well as his extensive work in memory.

    Tickets are almost sold out, so we advise purchasing yours now!

  8. In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.
Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.

    In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.

    Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.

  9. Our friends at LiveScience and Flavorwire love NYPL’s collection of planetary illustrations from E.L. Trouvelot. We think you’ll love them too!

  10. There seems to be some sort of impulse in us that’s altruistic.

    — 

    Paul Bloom,  Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

    Give Paul Bloom one hour, and he’ll teach you “the psychology of everything.”  Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building / South Court Auditorium tomorrow morning at 10:15 for a fascinating look at human nature, made possible by The Floating University.