1. Love kids’ books? Love discussing them, reading them and sharing them with others, including your kids? Take a listen to this great appearance by our Youth Materials Coordinator Elizabeth Bird on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday. She talked about a whole host of fun stuff, from her favorite stories to why books become classics. So listen and enjoy! And while you’re at it, check out the Library’s list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, and plan a trip to our 42nd Street Library to see the free, critically-acclaimed exhibition The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It’s open until Sept. 7, and it’s pretty darn amazing (just ask The New York Times). 

    Love kids’ books? Love discussing them, reading them and sharing them with others, including your kids? Take a listen to this great appearance by our Youth Materials Coordinator Elizabeth Bird on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday. She talked about a whole host of fun stuff, from her favorite stories to why books become classics. So listen and enjoy! And while you’re at it, check out the Library’s list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, and plan a trip to our 42nd Street Library to see the free, critically-acclaimed exhibition The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books MatterIt’s open until Sept. 7, and it’s pretty darn amazing (just ask The New York Times). 

  2. Check out this very cool photo of the real, true blue Christopher Robin playing with the real, true blue Winnie The Pooh. Would you like to see the real Winnie The Pooh in person? Get down to the Library’s 42nd Street building this weekend and check out the free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. Winnie and his friends (who are shown in the other photo, and are part of the Library’s vast collections) are on display as part of the show, and would love to have visitors! So come on down. 

  3. Happy Summer! Tomorrow looks to be a beautiful day. The perfect day to visit your local library. (Of course we think every day is a perfect day to visit your local library!) But tomorrow we have some lovely things planned:

    Harlem friends, it’s time to get your knit and perl on. Join Harlem’s Knitting Circle tomorrow at the Harlem Library! But, BYOY (Bring your own yarn). Or you could stop by Harbor Day on 104th Street between Madison and 5th Aves. Boys & Girls Harbor are hosting  a day of free outdoor activities, giveaways, community resources, and refreshments - and NYPL will be there too!

    For our library lovers in the Bronx, Spuyten Duyvil Library will be showing the movie Les Miserables. Yes, the one with Hugh Jackman! 

    And for those of you on the lovely Isle of Staten, New Dorp Library will be hosting a meditation workshop, which will help clear your mind and help you enjoy the day even more!

    Of course, if you haven’t already done so - you should visit Mid-Manhattan Library to see their exhibition Reading Room, which showcases all 87 of NYPL’s local libraries! But, n
    o matter which branch you visit, don’t forget to sign your letter opposing the $47 million budget cut! 

  4. It’s a Cassatt Caturday. This 1908 painting by famed artist Mary Cassatt depicts a little girl holding an adorable kitten - perfect Caturday fodder. It’s also a perfect opportunity to shamelessly promote a brand new (totally free) exhibition at the Library’s landmark 42nd Street building - Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt. Here’s a description: “Spanning twenty years of Cassatt’s career as a printmaker, from 1878 to 1898, this exhibition documents her first tentative steps in the medium and culminates with her highly accomplished and technically dazzling color prints.” So come on down today (before 6 p.m.) and check it out on the third floor - there won’t be any paintings as seen here, but the prints from our Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs are pretty amazing (you can some of them here). You have something better to do on this glorious Caturday? See you later!

    It’s a Cassatt Caturday. This 1908 painting by famed artist Mary Cassatt depicts a little girl holding an adorable kitten - perfect Caturday fodder. It’s also a perfect opportunity to shamelessly promote a brand new (totally free) exhibition at the Library’s landmark 42nd Street building - Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt. Here’s a description: “Spanning twenty years of Cassatt’s career as a printmaker, from 1878 to 1898, this exhibition documents her first tentative steps in the medium and culminates with her highly accomplished and technically dazzling color prints.” So come on down today (before 6 p.m.) and check it out on the third floor - there won’t be any paintings as seen here, but the prints from our Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs are pretty amazing (you can some of them here). You have something better to do on this glorious Caturday? See you later!

  5. Looking for something to do on Black Friday (besides shop and eat leftovers)? Check out one of our totally free exhibitions, like the acclaimed Lunch Hour NYC exhibit highlighting the storied history of the midday meal (pictured). That’s at our landmark 42nd Street building (check out our Library Shop while you’re there for gift ideas). Or, head uptown to our Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for an amazing (and also acclaimed) exhibit on the fashion of Katharine Hepburn, which includes outfits she wore in some of her most famous productions. Or keep going uptown to our Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for yet another acclaimed exhibit, Visualizing Emancipation, which displays 171 pre- and post- Civil War photographs of both enslaved and free black men, women and children to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Did we mention these exhibitions are all free and easily accessible by subway? Check them out!

    Looking for something to do on Black Friday (besides shop and eat leftovers)? Check out one of our totally free exhibitions, like the acclaimed Lunch Hour NYC exhibit highlighting the storied history of the midday meal (pictured). That’s at our landmark 42nd Street building (check out our Library Shop while you’re there for gift ideas). Or, head uptown to our Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for an amazing (and also acclaimed) exhibit on the fashion of Katharine Hepburn, which includes outfits she wore in some of her most famous productions. Or keep going uptown to our Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for yet another acclaimed exhibit, Visualizing Emancipation, which displays 171 pre- and post- Civil War photographs of both enslaved and free black men, women and children to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Did we mention these exhibitions are all free and easily accessible by subway? Check them out!

  6. Looking for something to do today (something easily accessible by subway)? Why not check out the Library’s totally free Lunch Hour NYC exhibition at our landmark 42nd Street building? It tells the story of the midday meal, from power lunches to street carts to Sardi’s cartoons. Check out other images from the exhibition, and this (very enthusiastic and positive) NY Times review. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today - come on down.

    Looking for something to do today (something easily accessible by subway)? Why not check out the Library’s totally free Lunch Hour NYC exhibition at our landmark 42nd Street building? It tells the story of the midday meal, from power lunches to street carts to Sardi’s cartoons. Check out other images from the exhibition, and this (very enthusiastic and positive) NY Times review. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today - come on down.

  7. It’s December already (seriously, how did that happen). So for this week’s Caturday, we thought we’d share a holiday-ish item from our collections - the cover of a book from the 1880s called “The Three White Kittens” by the McLoughlin Brothers. So happy Caturday!! Speaking of the holidays, NYPL is holding its annual "Holiday Open House" tomorrow for Friends of the Library complete with music, face painting, refreshments, tours of the stacks (first come, first served), etc. If you’re a Friend, come by the flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street at 1 pm. If you’re not, come by anyway, sign up to become a Friend and party! Hope to see you there!

    It’s December already (seriously, how did that happen). So for this week’s Caturday, we thought we’d share a holiday-ish item from our collections - the cover of a book from the 1880s called “The Three White Kittens” by the McLoughlin Brothers. So happy Caturday!! Speaking of the holidays, NYPL is holding its annual "Holiday Open House" tomorrow for Friends of the Library complete with music, face painting, refreshments, tours of the stacks (first come, first served), etc. If you’re a Friend, come by the flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street at 1 pm. If you’re not, come by anyway, sign up to become a Friend and party! Hope to see you there!

  8. Check out “Wikipedia, The Musical!”

    Looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 22)? Head to our Library for the Performing Arts anytime between noon and 6 pm and use our collections to help edit Wikipedia pages for musicals and theater music. This all-day “editathon” - called “Wikipedia, The Musical!” - is a partnership between NYPL and Wikipedia, and you can read more about it in the NY Times. Participants require ZERO experience with Wikipedia, so come on down!

  9. 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!

  10. Looking For Something To Do Tonight?

    Internationally acclaimed writer Ariel Dorfman will be at our Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue tonight to discuss his time as an exile from Pinochet’s Chile, a time he discussed in his memoir Feeding on Dreams. So pick up a ticket and come on down! It’s guaranteed to be fascinating! And while you’re at it, check out the rest of our season - we’ve got John Lithgow, Diane Keaton, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Hope to see you!