Posts Tagged: NYPL

Sound & Vision: Bob Egan

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Allyson McCabe talks with Bob Egan, a man widely known as one of New York’s foremost “pop culture detectives,” about why and how he does the work he does.

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The Rumpus Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar

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Larissa MacFarquhar discusses her book Strangers Drowning, why she finds nonfiction so compelling, and how she gets inside the minds of her subjects.

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Writers Resist: #LouderTogether

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This Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m., PEN America hosts the flagship New York City event of a national rallying effort under the banner of WRITERS RESIST. This literary protest will bring together hundreds of writers and their fellow New Yorkers on the steps of the New York Public Library in a collective stand to defend free […]

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The Rumpus 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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We’ve gathered up our favorite gifting ideas this holiday season and put them together into one handy list!

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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As Barnes & Noble prepares to leave Bronx, New York, an independent store is already being planned by the winner of New York Public Library’s New York StartUP! Business Competition. Only Prime Members receive Amazon’s insane discounts in the store’s physical locations. An upstate New York bookstore wins its battle to display anti-Trump signage. An […]

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Reading in New York

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At the New Yorker, Alexandra Schwartz writes about the New York Public Library’s newly renovated Rose Main Reading Room, which was closed for two and half years for restorations. “The room is one of the city’s great public spaces, a shared chamber devoted to private mental endeavors, and it’s looking good,” Schwartz says.

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Living in the New York Public Library

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For Atlas Obscura, Sarah Laskow delves into the secret apartments of the New York Public Library system. Most people only dream of living in a library, but for some people, this was reality. The apartments—which were in the Carnegie libraries—were branches of the New York Public Library. Unfortunately, they’re not much to look at anymore, but we […]

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The Many Libraries of the New York Public Library

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Not every library can be a grand palace. Consider for a moment the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library, a far less glamorous workhorse than the more famous cathedral of books located at Bryant Park. Over at the New Yorker, Ada Calhoun recounts her experiences in some of the smaller library branches around the […]

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Library Queries

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Before there was Google, there was the New York Public Library. Library patrons could query librarians by writing out questions on notecards. The NYPL found a set of vintage cards, and has been publishing them on Instagram. The Guardian shares some of the best questions, like this one from 1947: What does it mean when you dream […]

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Morrison and Díaz on Writing, Editing, and Race

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We’re all very excited about the new Beyoncé album (especially the track featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), but there’s another must-hear event for literary types: a Live from the New York Public Library conversation between Junot Díaz and Toni Morrison. Díaz once said in an interview that “the most sustained love of mine, the one that’s […]

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NYC Public Libraries Are Happenin’

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Despite the surge of e-literature and the fact that since 2008, the city has cut back library funds by $68 million, NYC public libraries have become exceedingly more popular in the last year. There has been a 40% increase in program attendance and a 59% increase in circulation throughout the branches of Manhattan, the Bronx […]

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Help the NYPL

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Help keep the New York Public Library open! The library is taking a severe blow due to major budget cuts (the highest cut in 100 years). They’re asking for donations and letters to elected officials, hoping to prevent the shutdown of services that the cuts would bring about. Unfortunately the $40 million reduction in library […]

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