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Books Win! NYPL drops makeover, Freakonomics on Libraries May 8, 2014 – Posted in: public libraries

Books Win! Books Win! In what will be remembered as one of the biggest victories for the printed book in the digital age. The New York Public Library has reversed direction on the proposed renovation of its mothership, the Bryant Park branch in mid-town Manhattan. The New York Times called it “a striking about-face” and added: “Library officials had heralded the renovation as part of a significant effort to rethink the flagship building in preparation…

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Books for Soldiers: World War I Style October 16, 2012 – Posted in: public libraries, Reading / Literacy

During World War I the American Library Association undertook a massive campaign to get reading material in the hands of our soldiers. One of their initiatives to bolster Army libraries was to set-up camp outside the New York Public Library. These images portray the campaign’s efforts and astounding success. The history of these efforts is covered in-depth in the seminal work by Theodore Wesley Koch; Books in the War: The Romance of the Library War Service that…

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The Fight for the NYPL: The Next Madison, Wisconsin? May 13, 2011

The iconic main branch of the New York Public Library is about to celebrate its 100th birthday. Unfortunately, any celebration will be muted and short-lived as the libray and its supporters brace for the fight of their lives. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest budget proposes a $40 million cut to the library budget; it is the most severe cuts ever faced by the library in its 100+ year history. And one cannot think of…

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NYPL Goes Underground November 20, 2009

The Velvet Underground with Nico (far left) and Andy Warhol (left). Nearly 45 years after their formation, The Velvet Underground, the most influential band to emerge from the New York City rock scene of the 60’s, is reuniting at the city’s public library. On December 8 three of the group’s surviving members, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lou Reed, drummer Maureen Tucker, and bassist Doug Yule will come together for a question and answer session, and appropriately, to promote…

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From The Tippy-Top Floor Of The Plaza Hotel to NYPL: Eloise Makes A Move November 5, 2009

New York Public Library better ramp up security: a gum chewing six-year-old holy terror is about to take up permanent residence in their archive. Yes, Eloise is prepped and ready to write on the walls and skate down the halls, thanks to the only man who’ll ever own up to being her father, illustrator Hilary Knight. On November 3, 2009, Knight donated his personal papers, including sketches for over 60 books, theatrical posters, contracts, and…

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