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! 

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

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.


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


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.

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.


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.

The Complete Schedule: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Updated April 9, 2014


10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)

Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of smiles. Geared for the 0–4 year old crowd but plenty fun for the grown ups joining them. To see what else Amy and Jo get up to, go to and, and come by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesdays at 10:30am to keep playing with them!

11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!)

Come celebrate what makes you uniquely you with award winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his friend, Mr. Nicholas (the sock puppet). A combination of puppets, music, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy, and just a smattering of tap dancing, this modern day Mr. Rogers will keep you smiling throughout the entire show. Perfect for all ages (grown ups too!) The Joshua Show was awarded Best in Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and you can catch Joshua and Mr. Nicholas online as well at

11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! With Amelia Robinson (ages 4–8)

Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills invites families with young children to discover a world of music through original interactive songs. She will be playing from the Mil’s Trills debut album, Everyone Together Now, featuring music that dips into the genres of urban funk, blues, honky tonk and calypso. She has previously performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was recently featured on Michelle Obama’s “Songs for a Healthier America.” Come sing and dance with us and then see more of Amelia at Perfect for ages 4–8.

12PM: Storytime With Rafael Jefferson and Guest Author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)

Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire , V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.


  • Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
  • Literary advice from Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson
  • Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
  • Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
  • No Regrets with n+1
  • Live tweeting from festival authors
  • Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM

BPC = Bowery Poetry Club, HWBC = Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Festival events will start on the hour indicated and last 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to move between venues when desired.

BPC 11AM: Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?

Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home. Moderated by John Freeman.

HWBC 12PM: The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories

Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.

BPC 12PM: Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review

Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.

HWBC 1PM: Graphically New York: The City as Character

From superheroes to antiheroes, the cityscape of New York has long played a crucial role in graphic stories. A visual presentation from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz.

BPC 1PM: Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation

Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.

HWBC 2PM: Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition

Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be Slaughterhouse 90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and Adam Wilson.

BPC 2PM: “The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley

Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read a cherished poem by Alice Notley. The festival celebrates a poet who epitomizes downtown literary culture each year; last year’s inaugural festival featured Frank O’Hara.

HWBC 3PM: Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues

It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Mike Doughty, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.

BPC 3PM: The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation

The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authors Richard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.

HWBC 4PM: NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s

The launch of a perennial event for the Downtown Literary Festival, in which each year the festival will focus on a single decade in New York City literary culture. This year, the 1950s: David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock's Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and Melissa Febos on Lorraine Hansberry.

BPC 4PM: After Hours: A Literary Cabaret

A celebration of literary culture after dark with Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, Uzoamaka Maduka, Rachel Syme, Colm Toibin, and Lucas Wittmann.

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.

Oh hey Bookternet, it’s former intern Colin. I didn’t actually leave yet because THE EVENT I ORGANIZED IS ON MONDAY. Come? It’s called Integrating Influence: A Poetry Reading and Discussion. Matthew Rohrer, Bianca Stone, and Michael Robbins will be reading and then talking about what inspires them with John Deming, Editor-in-Chief of Coldfront. You can RSVP/invite all your friends on Facebook here. See you Monday!

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