NYC Floating Library at Pier 25 (9/6 – 10/3)


floatinglibraryAll aboard The Floating Library: a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City (September 6- October 3, 2014) offering free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops over the course of the month.  From their website: The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature. Readers can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) or browse the library. I hear there will also be rope swings. Rope swings in a library. The library on a boat. I’ll never leave.

NYPL’s Children’s Book Exhibit is Brilliant



The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and creative spaces, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. On exhibit at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, now through March 23, 2014. If you haven’t already, go experience it!


Goodnight Moon! Room at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall

“Librarians Belong In NYC Schools” petition


New York City Schools are seeking a waiver on state law which requires them to have school librarians in middle schools and high schools. Less than half of NYC schools have a librarian. This is an important resource for our kids and NYC DOE cannot give up on addressing this problem. Please add your name and signature to the following petition that is circulating in support of young people, education, and information literacy in New York City Schools, which says:

“School Librarians are essential to education. We the undersigned feel that the NYC DOE (New York City Schools), should NOT be granted an exemption to state law which requires school librarians and which they have been in gross violation of for some time. School librarians have been shown to improve student performance in numerous studies and New York City public school students have a right to this important educational resource.”

Click here to add your name:

Thank you!

Wild Thing



Today’s fabulously elaborate animated Google Doodle pays tribute to beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak, who died last year. Rotating stage-layers include some of the main characters of Sendaks’ illustrations from Where The Wild Things Are, In The Night Kitchen, and others. Sendak lived with his partner, Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years. Not featured: scenes from one of my personal favorites, Chicken Soup With Rice; read to me often as a kid by my own Jewish grandmother.

In June I saw a charming group
Of roses all begin to droop
I pepped them up with chicken soup!
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice
Sprinkle chicken soup with rice.

Hello Summer and An Outdoor Reading Room on Governors Island



A new Uni outdoor reading room will launch this Saturday, Jun 1, on Governors Island in NYC harbor, jointly run by all three NYC public library systems: the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library. The Libraries will provide staff and books, learning activities, and children’s programs for the benefit of island visitors all summer long. Visitors will be able to borrow books “in house”, register for library cards, sign up for summer reading, and find out about what’s happening in each of the three New York City public library systems. Score!

More information here.

Call for Readers! The 24-Hour Read In is Coming and We Will Not Be Shushed



June 8th -9th
4pm Saturday through 4pm Sunday


Speak out in support of the library by reading your favorite book in public. The 24 Hour Read In is looking for New Yorkers who are willing to stand up for libraries. Come out and help Urban Librarians Unite read right around the clock in support of libraries in New York City.

Once again libraries in the five boroughs are facing historic budget cuts. This year’s budget is proposing a $106 million cut for libraries. Should these cuts go through more than sixty neighborhood libraries across the city will be forced to close and services and hours at the remaining libraries will be slashed. More than a thousand library workers will be let go and public services including budgets for new books and materials will be severely cut.

Now in our fourth year the 24 Hour Read In on the steps of Brooklyn Public Library has become a staple of library advocacy in New York City. Urban Librarians Unite have had weather balloons hanging in the sky, enough donated food to feed an army, and storm winds that lifted a tent full of gear two feet into the air. It is an amazing and inspirational tribute to reading in the city.

Readers take it in fifteen minute shifts to read whatever they like. Readers can read anything they want with a couple of small caveats. We ask that people just read, not give long speeches, this is first and foremost a tribute to the library and the written word. Please don’t read erotica during family story time from 8AM – 1PM on Sunday. Likewise, the hours of midnight to 4AM can get a little racy so don’t read then if that kind of stuff will shock you. Please show up at least fifteen minutes early and don’t read over your allotted time. That is pretty much it for rules.

Notes From The Underground New York Public Library


What is he reading? “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero” by David Maraniss or “Tropic of Cancer” by Henry Miller? This is a fun game. This photo and the others you will see (if you click the link above) were taken by Ourit Ben-Haim. Her project, The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the reading-riders of the NYC subways.