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NYPL #FridayReads: The What's Going on With Reality? Edition April 28, 2017

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary …

Libraries

Explore NYC's history with this amazing new interactive map database

It's hard to overstate the degree at which New York has evolved since its founding. The city's rich history is visible through the hundreds of …

Maps

Love The Savage Detectives? Here's 6 More Characters Looking for Authors

Roberto Bolaño. Image via Wikimedia. April 28 marks the birthday of Roberto Bolaño, the celebrated Chilean novelist who published <i>The Savage …

Books

5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Unstoppable Mom

Of course you could show her some love with flowers, a nice card, and a hug, but this Mother’s Day (psst, it’s May 14!) we’ve got exactly what you …

Libraries

This Is What An 18th Century Feminist Looks Like

In honor of Mary Wollstonecraft's 258th birthday on April 27, we're celebrating the achievements of women around the world who contributed to modern …

Feminism

New York: Home of Broadway, Wall Street and the fanciest public bathroom you’ll ever see

The $300,000 posh public toilet in New York City's Bryant Park comes compete with flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. And it’s free …

Bathrooms

The Quest To Build A Google Maps For Old New York

The New York Public Library used thousands of old maps to build what it calls “a digital time-travel service.”<p>In the 1870s and 1880s—long before its decline into dereliction in the 1960s—Coney Island was a rare example of a hybrid amusement park and fancy resort town. Developers put in luxury …

Maps

How Libraries Became Public

Blog: Library Babel FishOf all of our cultural institutions, the public library is remarkable. There are few tax-supported services that are used by …

Libraries

This Just In! New Picture Books For Spring

Check out some of the latest picture books to hit children's room shelves at a branch near you.<i>Wake Up!</i> poem by Helen Frost and photographs by Rick …

Flowers

Podcast #161: Lawrence Krauss w/ Alan Alda. Reality, the Real Story

The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. Listen to …

Libraries

NYPL’s ‘digital time travel’ maps let you compare today’s New York City with the past

6sqft previously reported on the “time machine” map function that allowed users to navigate overlaid maps from 1600 to the present to see what used …

Maps

City's public library hours not on par: Report

Despite expanded operating hours, New York City’s public libraries still lag behind other municipalities across the state and country, according to a …

Libraries

Studio portrait of singer Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1940s

Title<p>Studio portrait of singer Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1940s<p>Collection<p>Portrait collection<p>Ella Fitzgerald portrait collection<p>Dates / Origin<p>Date …

Libraries

6 maps to help you be a better New Yorker

Everyone who calls New York home ought to make an effort to make the city a better place. Whether it's getting involved and taking action in your …

New York City

George Elliott orderly book

CreatorElliott, GeorgeCall numberMssCol 917Physical description.21 linear feet (1 volume)Preferred CitationGeorge Elliott orderly book, Manuscripts …

Libraries

Descent into Limbo

Title<p>Descent into Limbo<p>Names<p>Altdorfer, Albrecht, approximately 1480-1538 (Printmaker)<p>Collection<p>German master prints<p>The Fall and Redemption of …

Genealogy

Fugs & Pieces, April 21st 2017

Unicorn drinks, favorite fictional librarians, Dana Scully's hair history, and more.

Fashion

NYPL Recommends: New Middle Grade Fiction

I can't stop marveling at the amazing Middle Grade Fiction being published these days. Character-driven, culturally diverse, multiple perspectives, …

Books

Inspiration from the Page: Literary Editorial Team Visits from LaGuardia Community College

Last month, a class from Laguardia Community College stopped by the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to get some inspiration for <i>The Lit</i>, a student-run …

Libraries

Great Graphic Books for Tweens, Teens Adults to be “Green”

pEnvironmental thinking should go beyond Earth Day. One holiday a year isn't enough time to celebrate the beauty of nature, help improve the planet …

Climate

Animal Poetry Game

Are you ready? It’s time….to play….<b>Name that Animal!</b> (Game show voice)<p>Hold your poetry book up high and share the cover – title, author and …

Poetry

Cubicle Vacations: New Music, Vol 5

Check out this list of some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs from our circulating collections for your listening pleasure. Click on the …

Web Development

The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Announces 2017-2018 Fellows

April 20, 2017 - The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected its 19th class of Fellows: …

Libraries

Informed Archives: The Environmental Action Coalition and the Birth of Earth Day

In January 2017, thousands gathered on Fifth Avenue and the surrounding area for the Women’s March. But this wasn’t the first time that this street …

Climate

The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

See the disaster that transformed the city from a galaxy of perspectives.<p>Of all the horrible scenes that poured out of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake—which killed roughly 3,000 people and injured 225,000 more—one of a refugee camp at the old Hamilton Square on April 19, a day after the quake, …

San Francisco

29 Inspiring Books About Immigration The New York Public Library Thinks You Should Read

Give yourself a literary reminder that most Americans today are, or came from, immigrants.<p>No week is the wrong week to dive into good books by or about migrants and immigrants. During a time of heightened scrutiny and inflammatory rhetoric directed at immigrants in the United States, these stories …

Publishing

"Hermione Was Black. Dumbledore Was Gay." The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 36

Welcome to The Librarian Is In, The New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.<p>We kick off our weekly podcast …

HTML

Elif Batuman with Mary Karr: Playing the Fool

<b>Elif Batuman</b>’s first novel, <i>The Idiot</i>, is as much a story of self-invention as it is one of self-discovery. Dramatizing life on the cusp between …

Libraries

Podcast #160: Gary Younge, Bernstein Award Finalist

p style=margin-top: 1em;The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative …

Podcasting

Ten Songs about Libraries and Librarians

The New York Public Library recently published a blog post about favorite fictional librarians. I'm a librarian who plays music—and the drummer in my …

Libraries