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NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!

This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere

Ten Stories High  by Teo Zirinis
We love this, every story has a story!
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duttonbooks:

Books are the ultimate Christmas present

Agreed.

This post is part of our Margaret Atwood Riot Reading Day, a celebration of one of our favorite authors on the occasion of the publication of her new novel MaddAddam.

We asked Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova to curate a selection of books for The Library Shop, and to our surprise and enormous delight, we got something more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. As Maria explains:

"…my chronic maximalism soon kicked in — the single reading list soon became four reading lists (wisdom on writinggreat reads about New York Cityheart- and brain-stirring books on pets and animals, and timeless treats for young readers) and the simple tabletop display became an elaborate installation in the bookstore’s main window.

Check out a time-lapse video of the installation process above, and visit Brain Pickings for more behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the amazing display Maria created with artist Kelli Anderson, plus info on all her book recommendations.  

And visit The Library Shop to see the masterpiece yourself! 

"Reading can be a refuge from other people."

Artist-in-residence Flash Rosenberg’s artistic expression of the words of psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. 

Participate and let your tweets be heard! Be a part of NYPL’s first National Poetry Contest. Tweet three 140 character poems to @nypl. One of the three poems must be about libraries, books, reading, or New York City.

Register today and let your creativity fly! Submission period is March 1 -10

See Official Rules for details

"I’ve discovered there are a few ways to handle leaky tear glands while surrounded by a bunch of strangers. I’ve used them each depending on what book I’m reading and how sad it is."

To close out the weekend, read this highly amusing and all too relatable post about how to compose yourself when that pesky variety of sob-inducing literature makes you its victim. (via BookRiot)

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A gem from Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book, highlighted among George Saunders’s favorite children’s books. Saunders is also an Edward Gorey fan.

"Let me close by saying, from the perspective of someone with two grown and wonderful kids, that your instincts as parents are correct: a minute spent reading to your kids now will repay itself a million-fold later, not only because they love you for reading to them, but also because, years later, when they’re miles away, those quiet evenings, when you were tucked in with them, everything quiet but the sound of the page-turns, will, seem to you, I promise, sacred."

George Saunders — who will be at the library on Feb. 26 — may be a prodigiously gifted author and creative luminary, but at the end of the day, he’s also just a dad. His children’s book recommendations are, predictably, enchanting and original. Check them out above!

(via explore-blog)


I’ve also found that I can be drawn into ridiculous pissing matches online in ways that just wouldn’t happen otherwise, and I’ve never noticed any benefit. There is never a lesson learned, or a catharsis of victory or defeat. If you win anonymously, no one knows, and if you lose, you just change your pseudonym and start over, without having modified your point of view one bit.
If the troll is anonymous and the target is known, then the dynamic is even worse than an encounter between anonymous fragmentary pseudo-people. That’s when the hive turns against personhood….
When I criticize this type of online culture, I am often accused of being either an old fart or an advocate of censorship. Neither is the case. I don’t think I’m necessarily any better, or more moral, than the people who tend the lulzy websites. What I’m saying, though, is that the user interface designs that arise from the ideology of the computing cloud make people-all of us-less kind. Trolling is not a string of isolated incidents, but the status quo in the online world.

Currently reading: You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier.
What are you reading?

I’ve also found that I can be drawn into ridiculous pissing matches online in ways that just wouldn’t happen otherwise, and I’ve never noticed any benefit. There is never a lesson learned, or a catharsis of victory or defeat. If you win anonymously, no one knows, and if you lose, you just change your pseudonym and start over, without having modified your point of view one bit.

If the troll is anonymous and the target is known, then the dynamic is even worse than an encounter between anonymous fragmentary pseudo-people. That’s when the hive turns against personhood….

When I criticize this type of online culture, I am often accused of being either an old fart or an advocate of censorship. Neither is the case. I don’t think I’m necessarily any better, or more moral, than the people who tend the lulzy websites. What I’m saying, though, is that the user interface designs that arise from the ideology of the computing cloud make people-all of us-less kind. Trolling is not a string of isolated incidents, but the status quo in the online world.

Currently reading: You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier.

What are you reading?