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While our Mid-Manhattan Library is closed for a much-needed renovation, we’re accommodating patrons by opening a temporary circulating space across Fifth Avenue! The new space—called Mid-Manhattan at 42nd Street—opens today, August 29, and is accessible to patrons via the 42nd Street entrance of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Check out this short video to see the brand new space, or drop by and see it for yourself!

“You want to photograph me eating chicken?”
“Yep.”
“Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.”
“What’s that?”
“I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me.”

humantrampoline85  asked:

One word prompt: Library!

Tony calls himself a futurist and he certainly acts the part, with all his holograms and technology Steve doesn’t even have a name for. He has no time for Steve’s newspaper at the breakfast table, although he’s not above stealing the crossword and solving it if he’s got thirty seconds to spare before he has to be at Stark Industries for a meeting. 

No, Tony isn’t the one who gives him grief for the old-fashioned newspaper delivery.

“Seriously, old man,” Clint teases him. He flicks the edge of the newspaper, making it cave in toward Steve’s face. “What’s next? You gonna start yelling at kids to get off your lawn?" 

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Happy 115th Birthday to the Master of Suspense!  For over 50 years, Alfred Hitchcock created dozens of some most recognizable and praised horror movies of the 20th century.  In the coming weeks, the New York Public Library will be showing two different Hitchcock films at two different locations. On Sunday, August 17, Family Plot (1976) will be playing at the Mid-Manhattan Branch at 2pm. The following Thursday, Psycho (1960) will be playing at Epiphany Library. Come escape the August heat and enter his chilling world for an afternoon of thrills.

idescendintomadness  asked:

What do you recommend for someone interested in trying some fantasy?

Valiant by Holly Black!

For a modern take: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

- Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library 

Urban fantasy with a tough guy wizard?  Try Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.

Fun and funny satirical fantasy with amazingly profound and poignant moments?  Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library

Caitlin R. Kiernan for someone interested in urban fantasy.

For someone looking for fantasy with a more traditional sci-fi bent, I’d suggest C.J. Cherryh.

- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market Library

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This week, hundreds of New Yorkers visited our Mid-Manhattan and Bronx Library Center branches to apply for their IDNYC card: a free municipal ID for all New Yorkers can be used as a library card, gets you free memberships to cultural institutions, and a multitude of other benefits. We are thrilled to help New Yorkers gain access to all the incredible resources our city has to offer!

mecmikvarkhar  asked:

my favorite book is lord of the rings, song of ice and fire, american gods

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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Perdido Street Station is the first book set in China Miéville’s fictional world of Bas-Lag and melds urban fantasy with steampunk-tinged science fiction.

It parallels the expansive world building of Tolkien’s Middle-earth and Martin’s Westeros and Essos and, in another interesting connection, Perdido Street Station was nominated for the 2002 Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novel, both of which went to Gaiman’s American Gods.

- Thomas Knowlton, Muhlenberg Library

Here’s a non-fantasy pick for GoT readers:

If you savored the intrigue, plotting, and parricide involved in the ruthless quest for power in A Song of Ice and Fire, its epic battles and detailed world building, you may enjoy Robert Graves’s Claudius the God. Graves recreates ancient Rome with the same care that GRRM uses in creating the fictional Westeros, and I defy even the Lannisters or Littlefinger to best Livia and some of her Claudian descendants in any game of thrones. While there are no dragons in the Claudius novels, Graves does recount how elephants were used to great effect in the Roman conquest of Britain in 43 A.D. 

- Elizabeth Waters, Mid-Manhattan Library

Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series

This is detailed epic high fantasy with an ensemble cast of characters and a battle that will ultimately decide the fate of the world. It includes it’s own unique system of magic and powers and strong amount of world building.

- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library

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In the spirit of our love for food and upcomingModern Art Cookbook: Art and Food Series Event, we thought we’d share this berrylicious image of A Carload of Mammoth Strawberries and hope that it inspires you to take part in our NYPL Food Challenge! We are asking our followers to step into their kitchens and have some fun using David Hockney’s Strawberry Cake recipe (as seen above). Be sure to post your final results on your Tumblr page and share them with us here at NYPL by using #NYPLFoodChallenge. We can’t wait to see your strawberry cakes and hope you enjoy!

Also, join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesday, February 26th as author and food historian Andrew F. Smith,poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, and author and art historian Mary Ann Caws come together for a conversation centering on the newly published The Modern Art CookbookWe will be giving away a free copy of The Modern Cookbook to the first person that attends our Art & Food Series and asks a question to our guest speakers during the Q&A portion of the event. Be sure to mention our Tumblr post!