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NYPL Installs an Outdoor Reading Room

NYPL Outdoor Reading RoomThe New York Public Library has installed an outdoor reading room on the Fifth Avenue Plaza at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

According to the NYPL blog, visitors can enjoy this summer time retreat until August 15th. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays.

Patrons who snap selfies are encouraged to use the #ireadeverywhere hashtag on social media. What do you think? (via The Gothamist)

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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?

‘A Raisin in the Sun: Lorraine Hansberry’s Dream on Broadway’ Exhibit On View at the New York Public Library

nypl logoThe New York Public Library is hosting a pop-up exhibit called ”A Raisin in the Sun: Lorraine Hansberry’s Dream on Broadway.”

The curators organized this art show to celebrate Black History Month and honor Hansberry as well as her beloved play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” Some of the items on display include a documentary, diaries, and letters. It also features pieces that chronicle the conception and performance of the 1959 Broadway show.

According to the press release, visitors will find this art show inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. It will be on view until March 07, 2014. What do you think?

Al Hirschfeld Exhibit at New York Public Library

alThe New York Public Library is hosting a multimedia exhibition honoring illustrator Al Hirschfeld.

The Line King’s Library” art show opened on October 17, 2013 and will run until January 4, 2014.

Visitors will find this exhibit at the Donald & Mary Oenslager Gallery inside the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts building. The New York Times reports that archivist David Leopold curated the exhibit.

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NYPL Displays the Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights

Feeling patriotic? From July 1st until July 3rd, the New York Public Library invites the public to view historic copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

The “Foundations of Freedom” venture marks the first time that these two national treasures are being displayed together. Visitors will find this free exhibit on the second floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City. Here’s more from the release:

The Library acquired both of the cherished documents in 1896, when John S. Kennedy – a trustee of The New York Public Library – donated them along with other items he purchased from Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet, a noted surgeon and collector of Americana…The “Foundations of Freedom” exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3.

NYC Libraries Allowing Kids A Chance to ‘Read Down’ Their Fines

In New York City, any library patron with $15 or more in fines can’t check out books. To ease this restriction, the New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library will allow 143,000 blocked kids a chance to “read down” their fines this summer.

Children who sign up on Summer Reading can take part in this program. Every fifteen minutes of reading reduces an overall fine by one dollar. The kids then record the titles and the time they spent reading on their Summer Reading 2011 account. The program kicked off on July 25th and will run until September 9th.

NYPL official Jack Martin told The NY Daily News: “Kids might be afraid or ashamed because they are delinquent with the library. The idea of this program is to bring them back in. We are in such hard economic times and children and teens depend on the library.” Do you think this is a fair trade-off? Would adults be open to “reading down” their fines too? (via BookTV)

New York Public Library Seeks Birthday Cards for Winnie the Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh will turn 90 years old on August 21st.

The New York Public Library will collect birthday cards to celebrate the occasion. Three to twelve-year-old kids can make cards for Pooh Bear and his friends at a special craft event on Tuesday, August 9th.

Everybody can join the party inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Saturday, August 20th. While you’re there, you can take a peek at an original Winnie-the-Pooh & friends doll set.

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Laurel Croza & Tao Nyeu Win Ezra Jack Keats Awards

Last night the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the New York Public Library revealed the winners of the 2011 Ezra Jack Keats Awards. Laurel Croza won the New Writer Award for I Know Here. Tao Nyeu won the New Illustrator Award for Bunny Days.

The annual award honors two individuals who create picture books for children (age 9 and under). Library Journal editor Barbara Genco chaired a committee of nine industry professionals to select the two winners.

Here’s an excerpt from Croza’s acceptance speech: “In the fall of 2003, I enrolled in a creative nonfiction class called ‘True to Life: Writing Your Own Story’… my first writing assignment was ‘draw a map of your earliest remembered neighborhood. Bring this neighborhood to life and then tell a story from the map.’ And that’s why this award, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, is so fitting, so apt because brand new to writing, the very first story I wrote became the first draft for this book, I Know Here. “  (Photo Credit: Jori Klein)

New York Public Library to Host All-Night Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of the New York Public Library’s centennial festival weekend, game designer Jane McGonigal has crafted the “Find the Future” scavenger hunt.

500 players will join the “Write All Night” event on May 20th. Inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, they will use laptops and smartphones to find 100 objects from the library’s collection of treasures and perform a related-writing challenge.

The video embedded above features a promo clip for the event; it seems to mimic The Da Vinci Code‘s film trailer. If you want to participate, just answer this question: “In the year 2021, I will become the first person to __________.” Submit your answer before 11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 21st.

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Howard Jacobson at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library will host a funny evening with Man Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson tonight.

You can purchase tickets here. The video embedded above features Jacobson reading an excerpt from The Mighty Walzer while two people play ping pong.

Here’s more from the event description: “Being funny should go without saying if you’re a novelist, Jacobson insists. In conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Howard Jacobson will discuss why any novelist who doesn’t make you laugh is short-changing you.”

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