“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.”
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!
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.
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?"
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.
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.
Invest in Libraries, Invest in New Yorkers! Our Mid-Manhattan Library staff is celebrating the last day of National Library Week, and you should too! There is no better time than now to help libraries get the crucial upgrades they need to serve their communities: vote for eligible branches on the NYC Participatory Budgeting ballot this week.
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 publishedThe Modern Art Cookbook. We 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!