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It’s another cute Caturday, courtesy of the legendary Beatrix Potter. This 1907 Potter image is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. Like Beatrix Potter? Then head to our new free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It’s at our 42nd Street building, and discusses the history and impact of children’s literature on people and societies. It’s chock full of amazing items from our collection - including an original Beatrix Potter drawing. So go! Visit! Check it out! Have some fun this Caturday! 

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New York’s public Wi-Fi is fast, free and secure. So, where’s the catch?

Last week, New York City started rolling out what is expected to be the largest public Wi-Fi project in the world: new Wi-Fi hubs placed in the old telephone booths around the city. At over 200 Mbps, the network is super fast, and with end-to-end encryption it’s more secure than most public networks. Who’s paying for it and how? That’s where the catch comes in.

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NYC high school students: take free studio art classes at MoMA this spring! Make art, create community, meet artists, and explore new techniques and materials. No experience required. Applications are due Friday, January 8. 


[Artist Jaimie Warren and a student in the 2015 In the Making program. Photo: Kaitlyn Stubbs]

Sunday! Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield

This Sunday, December 15, acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will present a memorable reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - with the edits made by the great author in his own hand for his own readings 150 years ago! Plus, Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, will share some unique items and interesting objects found in NYPL’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. It’s an event Dickens’ fans won’t want to miss! Reserve free tickets here

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We’re hosting the launch for this awesome illustrated edition of “Song of Myself” by Allen Crawford on 5/27. Don’t miss it!

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Films at the Schomburg: Closure

Saturday, January 25 at 6:30 pm

Closure, a documentary by filmmaker Bryan Tucker, looks at trans-racial adoption through the story and two-year journey of Angela Tucker, an African-American woman, raised by a white couple, as she searches for her birth parents.

Angela Tucker and Susan Harris O'Connor, transracial adoptee, author of the groundbreaking essay collection on transracial adoption and identity The Harris Narratives will take part in a panel after the screening. April Dinwoodie, transracial adoptee and Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, will moderate the discussion

To register for this free event, visit our event’s page.

Free NYC K-Pop Concert on the verge of cancellation

We’ve just received a bit of unfortunate news for fans, as the Free NYC K-Pop Concert which was supposed to happen in October, may be on the verge of cancellation.

A concert organizer revealed to allkpop today that they had difficulties securing Randall’s Island Park, due to capacity issues.

Concert organizers are currently looking into alternative venues, and will provide allkpop with an update as soon as details are settled. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for more info.

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Next week, for three days only, the New York Public Library is celebrating Independence Day by displaying two rare pieces of American history from its collections – a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand (which includes his denunciation of slavery) and an original copy of the Bill of Rights (featuring 12 amendments, not 10). Starting at noon on Monday, July 1, the public will be able to view these incredible treasures on the second floor of the main library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The exhibition – called “Foundations of Freedom” – will close on July 3 at 4 p.m. So make sure you visit! Don’t miss it! And while you’re here, you can check out our 1909 Honus Wagner card, being displayed in honor of the All-Star Game throughout the month of July, or our critically-acclaimed exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all free!

Friday, January 31, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Schomburg Center is proud to present “In the Tradition: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Progressive Activism and Black America," a dialogue between actor, author, and activist Harry Belafonte and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, MSNBC Host and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America on the tradition of black activism, the role of activist intellectuals, the critical lessons of past movements and the challenges of organizing in the twenty-first century. How has the landscape for social justice become more complicated? What are the responsibilities of the black community to its advocates in times of attack? 

Join us for an enlightening conversation to be moderated by Dr. Jelani Cobb. 

For more information and to register, visit our event’s page.

For one night only, we’re going corporeal, with a reading at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on November 3rd. Come hear new work from some of your favorite Catapult guests. The event is free; drinks and snacks (and books!) will be on sale to benefit Housing Works’ mission (fighting homelessness and AIDS).

And in line with our mission, all of these readings will be accessible to those who can’t make it to the event—between The Catapult and Housing Works’ own podcast, On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, you’ll be able to hear it all, wherever you are.

Read Away Your Overdue Book Fines!

So let’s face reality - everyone forgets to bring back Library books sometimes. And when they do, they rack up fines. Sure, the fines aren’t that steep, but over time, they can add up. Here at NYPL, if you rack up $15 or more in fines, your card gets blocked and you can’t check out books anymore … and that’s sad. In this economy, even a small amount of money might be too much for some families, so one forgotten returned book becomes the end of the library for a while. So this summer, we are helping kids eliminate those fines (whether they be $1, $15 or more) with our new Read Down Your Fines program! Kids should sign up for our Summer Reading Program, then head down to their local library and explain that they want to read down their fines. For every 15 minutes they read, they get $1 off their fine. Great, right? We think so. Our priority is to get kids in the library, reading and learning all summer. So this is what we’re trying. This program goes until Sept. 9 - so hop to it! And in the meantime, enjoy the image above from the early 20th Century of “Heidi and Her Uncle Reading” from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection.

Join us Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm for Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana.

Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.

For more information and to RSVP, click here