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Learning To Be A Reader In A Small-Town Library

Steven Kurutz, a reporter for The New York Times who now has the entire New York Public Library to look through: "I loved being in a room filled with books. Two rooms, actually. There was a small-town stillness, an atmosphere of benign neglect inside our little library that suggested the great works of Western lit […]

We treat them miserably, and yet immigrants keep making America great

By Brian Regal It was a chilly day in Manhattan with light flurries falling that I sat in the third floor portrait gallery of the New York Public Library. I loved to go to the library to sit and think and write (I still do). There was a crowd of people walking around slowly looking [...]Show More Summary

A Variety Show Takes Inspiration from a Forgotten Book on a French Painter

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Each month, the Necromancers of the Public Domain stages performances based on a little-known book from the New York Society Library. The post A Variety Show Takes Inspiration from a Forgotten Book on a French Painter appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Sex, drugs, activism, and war take center stage in New York Public Library's new exhibition

last monthArts : Artdaily

History repeats itself at The New York Public Library. Timothy Leary?s first-hand account of an LSD trip; Tom Wolfe?s notes about Haight-Ashbury for his book The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test; Gloria Steinem?s letter to the New York Times?...Show More Summary

What Met musicians do when Peter Gelb’s not looking

They give a free concert – today, at 4pm.   Members of the MET Orchestra will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Branch to perform a “Musical Read-Aloud!” Robert Miller, husband of MET Orchestra violinist Elena Barere (pictured above), has composed an original score to […]

Harvard endowment's Gupta named CIO of New York Public Library

Geetanjali Gupta, a senior vice president at Harvard University’s endowment, was named chief investment officer of the New York Public Library. Gupta will manage the public library’s... To view the full story, click the title link.

What The Resistance Can Learn From The Campaign To Save The New York Public Library

"In September, with no shortage of Trumpian Goliaths rising up to threaten ever more of the institutions we rely on, we checked back in with a number of the activists whose work [Scott Sherman's book Patience and Fortitude] documents. How, we asked, does the movement to save the NYPL look with a few years' hindsight? […]

Libraries Matter, No Matter What This New York Observer Columnist Says

2 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

I would have to agree! Watching New York Observer Columnist Andre Walker be publicly lambasted after tweeting about how "no adult" uses libraries anymore was definitely a bright spot of 2017. Libraries matter.

Under the radar: The NYPL, indie grit and women filmmakers

“Ex Libris: The New York Public Library”: Our greatest living filmmaker – never mind just documentarian — is Frederick Wiseman, so for him a subject like New York’s Public Library is about how we continue processing the world. It’s people with tools extending civilization, passing on knowledge,...

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates most checked out book of 2017 at NYPL

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

Between the World and Me, the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was The New York Public Library?s most checked out title in 2017. The thought-provoking book debuted at number two on the Library?s top checkouts list last year. Show More Summary

Masha Gessen at the NYPL

On Tuesday night, the journalist Masha Gessen delivered the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library. (The lecture is named for the late longtime editor of the New York Review of Books, for which Gessen often writes.)...Show More Summary

What Public Libraries Will Lose Without Net Neutrality

Topic: Internet Libraries News Via the Verge, New York Public Library’s CEO and president Anthony Marx and associate director of information policy Greg Cram broke the issue down further, explaining exactly which library resources an...Show More Summary

How killing Net Neutrality irreparably harms public libraries and the communities they serve

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

New York Public Library president Tony Marx presides over the largest public library system in America, in a city where 2,000,000 people lack broadband internet access, so he understands as well as anyone the way that libraries bridge the digital divide, a divide that gets deeper and more daunting every day, as key services and opportunities move online. (more…)

The Library as Scholarly Publisher An Informal History of the Bulletin of the New York Public Library

Several initiatives to develop, support, and enhance the library-as-publisher have emerged in the last few years. As digital information continues to transform libraries, it is useful to look back at the history of the library’s role as scholarly publisher. Show More Summary

The Most Festive Treasures of the New York Public Library's Maps Division

The current librarians in the New York Public Library’s maps division don’t know much about their motley stash of Christmas cards. They just inherited a trove of them—enough to fill six boxes—many of which are still unprocessed, meaning they haven’t been assigned records or detailed descriptions. Show More Summary

SF/F Saturday: The Old Kingdom

I had Garth Nix’s novel Sabriel on my reading list for so long, I forget where I heard about it. Then I made the happy discovery that the New York Public Library has an app that lets you check out e-books. This was the first one on my list that I could get, and I […]

The Selenophone, a Short-Lived, Highly Flammable Sound-Recording System

When Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was born in 1867, sound recording was a new technology. By the time he died in 1957, the Golden Age of Television was well underway. A new exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing...Show More Summary

Boston in 1774 with Notes from Later

Cortney Skinner alerted me to this item in the New York Public Library’s digital images collection.It’s a leaf from Isaiah Thomas’s Royal American Magazine in early 1774 that featured Paul Revere’s engraving of the eastern shore of Boston...Show More Summary

55 Fascinating Photos That Capture Street Scenes of New York City in the 1950s

Here is a collection of fascinating photos from Michael Donovan that show street scenes of New York City in the 1950s. 42nd Street toward 5th Avenue (New York Public Library on the right), circa 1951 Broadway & 47th Street, 1951 Times Square, 1951 Bowling Green, Manhattan, 1952 Columbus Circle, New York City, 1952 See more »

The Copyright Mavericks

The internet has made it easier than ever to access information that you once had to dig through stacks and archives to find. You don’t have to have a New York Public Library card to make use of the system’s holdings as long as they’ve been digitized and made findable online. There’s a hitch, though. Show More Summary

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