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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?

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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)

Adam Levin Wins NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

Last night, writer Adam Levin was named the winner of this year’s New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award for The Instructions. The award includes $10,000 in prize money.

Levin’s 1,000-page title was released in November 2010. The image embedded above showcases the book’s three different covers. McSweeney’s will publish his short story collection, Hot Pink, later this year.

Library Lion Ethan Hawke hosted last night’s ceremony. Levin’s fellow nominees included John Brandon‘s Citrus County, Patricia Engel Vida, Suzanne Rivecca‘s Death is Not an Option, and Teddy Wayne‘s Kapitoil. (via Doree Shafrir)

Tiger Beat & Y.A. Authors Rock Out at New York Public Library

Usually you can’t talk inside a library, much less have a rock concert. Last night, Tiger Beat (a band comprised of Y.A. authors) played inside the 42nd Street New York Public Library.

Jack Martin hosted the NYC Teen Author Festival event, titled “Y.A. Rocks.” The night included music-related-readings from Philana Marie Boles, Jon Skovron, Jeri Smith-Ready, and Rita Williams-Garcia. Band members Libba Bray, Daniel Ehrenhaft, and Barney Miller also read.

The video embedded above shows Tiger Beat playing their original song, “Y.A. Song.” The lyrics make references to The Hunger Games, The Chocolate Wars, Catcher in the Rye, and several other titles. As they played, NYPL intern Zach held up specially-made illustrated cue cards with the lyrics to the song. It was his first day on the job.