It’s finally spring in New York, so we’re diving into some of the nature-inspired design books in the Wallach Division’s Art and Architecture Collection to celebrate the intermittent sunshine. E. A. Séguy (1889–1985) was a master of the Art Deco pochoir technique, a labor-intensive hand-coloring process involving the use of stencil plates and thick, vivid washes of watercolor gouache. Art Deco artists employed both geometric abstraction and natural forms to develop vibrant and undulating patterns, as exemplified by the initial animal studies and final decorative motifs in Séguy’s Butterflies.
Spring is officially here and A. E Butler, Senior Librarian at Muhlenberg Library is sharing a list of children’s books that are sure to get you and your little ones excited for the new season!
The NYPL wishes you a Happy Opening Day! For those of you unaware, today marks Major League Baseball’s Opening Day! No matter who you root for, the NYPL wishes you and your team the best of luck in 2014! And for all you baseball lovers who can’t get enough of just watching the games throughout the season you can check out the many books about baseball that can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system. You should also check out the large amount of awesome vintage baseball photographs (including the one above from Yankees Opening Day in 1923) found on the NYPL’s Digital Gallery!
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.
— The first two stanzas of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To a Skylark,” 1820. Learn more about Shelley and his work at our exhibition Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet, on view at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building through June.
This week’s Village Voice cover is in like our lion and out like a lamb! Yes, that’s our lovely Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue in the background of this striking image. But where are the lions?! Looking at the angle of the photo, it would appear that Patience has been replaced by a lamb! Photo illustrator Randy Pollak created this cover, so thanks, Randy, a mighty lion roar out to you!
Yes, this is what spring looks and feels like! Sunshine, green grass, gurgling streams…and it’s soooo close! In celebration of our current season, here’s a list of fantastic picture books for kids ages 4-8 (and those who love them), selected by NYPL Children’s Librarian Betsy Bird:
(The scenic landscape shown above was published in 1907-1908 and is of spring in Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts. It’s from the Library’s Photography Collection.)