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. ...more

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. ...more

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 expression, reject hatred, and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation.

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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! ...more

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.

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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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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 city.

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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 you’re being chased by an elephant?

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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 carried me through all these years, is my relationship with Toni Morrison,” and as one of the NYPL’s 2013 Library Lions, he got the chance to speak with her at length onstage.

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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 and Staten Island.

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Forgiveness is Priceless

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This one goes out to all those young delinquent readers who live in guilt-ridden fear of the public library.

That is, if you are one of the 143,000 kids who have been banned from the NY Public Library due to overdue fees over $15, you are being forgiven, freed from the shame, and welcomed into a whole new world of literacy because the library is deducting one dollar for every 15 minutes of reading as part of their Summer Reading Program.

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