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NYPL to Host a ‘Sesame Street’-Themed Multimedia Exhibit

Sesame StreetThe New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host a Sesame Street-themed exhibition called “Somebody Come and Play.”

This multimedia exhibit was organized to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show and celebrate its 45 years of great success. It will run from September 18, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Visitors will not be charged an admissions fee.

According to the press release, this art show “will feature items from the archives of Sesame Workshop and The Library for the Performing Arts including scripts, storyboards, lead sheets, designs, photographs, animation cels, scores and more. Snuffy and Super Grover will be on display in a child-friendly area where children can enjoy Sesame Street books, games, apps and e-books. Visitors will also learn about Sesame Street international programs and view Muppets from other countries.”

NYPL to Host the ‘Over Here: WWI & The Fight For The American Mind’ Exhibit

NYPL 42nd StThe New York Public Library will host a history exhibition called “Over Here: WWI And The Fight For The American Mind.”

According to press release, Michael Inman served as the curator of this exhibit. Visitors will enjoy posters, sheet music for popular songs of that era, literature, clips from propaganda movies, sound recordings of speeches, and more.

This display opens on July 28th inside the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This date was deliberately chosen to remember the 100 years that have passed since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, a decision that ignited World War I. What do you think?

Early Reading Apps for Kids

mystoryAt the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas last weekend, librarians from around the country showed how apps and digital media can encourage literacy–dispelling fears that digital media will destroy our love of reading.

Chip Donohue, the director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute, reminded readers that technology presents a powerful opportunity to expand children’s reading experiences:

It’s not either/or. It’s books AND iPads. These are the tools of the culture, these are the tools of their world. Show parents how this can be used wisely.  We are not talking about the end of books as we know it.

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NYPL & William Morris Endeavor to Host a Conversation Event On Amazon vs. Hachette

nypl live 304x200The LIVE from the NYPL team has partnered with William Morris Endeavor (WME) to organize a conversation event to explore the dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

Those who wish to attend may do so free of charge, but advanced reservations are required. It will take place on July 1st at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City.

The event, called “Amazon: Business as Usual?”, will feature appearances from author James Patterson, Grove Atlantic president and publisher Morgan Entrekin, EMusic.com founder Bob Kohn, law professor Tim Wu, and the elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board Danielle Allen. WME literary agent Tina Bennett has agreed to serve as the moderator.

NYPL to Close the Rose Main Reading Room For 6 Months

Rose ReadingThe New York Public Library will close off the famous Rose Main Reading Room for the next six months. This decision was made following an incident in May where a plaster rosette fell from the ceiling.

Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal: “The other spaces in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building will remain open. Services previously rendered in the reading room, such as book requests, will take place on the second floor’s central corridor. Rooms previously closed to the public will be opened and outfitted with seats and Wi-Fi, and tables and chairs will be added to rooms already open to the public.”

The Rose Reading Room has become a treasured space for New York City library patrons; it attracts approximately 2.3 million visits annually. A few years ago, Improv Everywhere staged a Ghostbusters themed prank there. Do you have a favorite public spot for reading?

Judge Rules Fair Use in Authors Guild Appeal in HathiTrust Case

hathitrustThe Authors Guild has lost its appeal in a case against digital book scanning service HathiTrust. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2012 verdict that HathiTrust is allowed to provide digital access to books and a full text search database, determining the action fair use.

Publishers Weekly has more: “In its decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit upheld Baer’s fair use analysis, holding that the scanning of entire works for the purpose of creating a full‐text searchable database is “a quintessentially transformative use.” The court also held that scanning entire works—and, indeed creating multiple copies of those works—was also permissible.” Read more

NYPL Opens Pop-Up Exhibit in Honor of Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouThe New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting a pop-up exhibit in honor of the late Maya Angelou.

According to the NYPL website, this exhibit has been installed in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It will run from May 30th to June 30th.

Back in 2010, Angelou donated hundreds of boxes filled with her personal papers to the NYPL. Many of the items sourced for this display comes from that donation. Visitors will see letters, handwritten notes, typed drafts of Angelou’s works, a portrait, and more. Will you be making a trip up to Harlem? (via Time Out New York)

OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner

overdrive304Digital book distributor OverDrive has partnered with Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo to bring more Japanese content to public libraries and school libraries worldwide. MediaDo has already gotten the right to distribute about 9,000 Japanese eBooks through OverDrive’s global network.

The partnership will bring manga and Japanese adult fiction titles to the OverDrive network. In addition, OverDrive’s 1 million+ eBook ad audiobook catalog and digital distribution platform will now be available in Japanese libraries and schools.

“We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” explained Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a statement. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead the world in making it available to libraries and schools around the world, initially in the Japanese language and ultimately in English and other languages via translation.”

Coldplay Fans Hunt for Lyrics Inside Libraries

coldplayColdplay (pictured, via) launched a library-themed scavenger hunt to reveal the lyrics of the nine songs featured on their forthcoming CD, “Ghost Stories.” The seven-time Grammy Award-winning band left sheets containing the lyrics, handwritten by lead vocalist Chris Martin, in libraries all over the world.

Clues have been shared on the official Coldplay twitter account with the hashtag #lyricshunt. Some of the hiding spots include the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City, the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, and the Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki. Each one was nestled inside the pages of a book. Thus far, fans have uncovered eight out of nine sheets.

Visit the Coldplay website to view scans of the lyrics sheets. The band unleashed the final clue at 8:08 a.m. EST. They also shared a blurry photo to go with it. We’ve embedded the two tweets below. Where do you think they hid the final sheet? (via The Gothamist)

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Stamford’s First Little Free Library On Kickstarter

Little Free LibrarySteven Wood hopes to raise $400 to install the first Little Free Library in Stamford, CT.

As is the case with other similar street libraries, this structure encourages people to “take a book, leave a book.” By constructing a Little Free Library, Wood hopes to deepen the sense of community with his neighborhood. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The finished project will look similar to the library that is pictured above. We will need to design and build this library from scratch. The library will hold enough space for approximately 20 or 30 books of various types for children and adults.”

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