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.

NYC: City-Wide Day of Rallies 5/28/2013



Come out, come out, wherever you are and show some love Tuesday, May 28, 2013!

(Via Urban Librarians Unite)

Citywide Day of Rallies In Support of NYC’s Public Libraries
Rallies in Across the City Call to Restore Proposed Budget Cuts

New Yorkers love their libraries and they show it but the current NYC
budget proposed cuts of more than $106 million threaten to shut down
community libraries across New York City. In response to this, a
citywide day of action will take place on Tuesday May 28th. NYC’s
three public library systems will participate along with the Queens
Library Guild Local 1321 and Urban Librarians Unite. There will be
library love going on across New York City.

3:00 – 4:00PM
Kingsbridge Library, 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

Wrap yourself up in library love. The activists in the Bronx will be
hugging the library with the help of local students and community
groups. These crafty activists have been knitting furiously in
protest of the cuts. They expect lots of pint-sized protesters as
their youngest supporters, the storytime set, will be out in force.

Bushwick Branch, 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY
Council Member Diana Reyna will attend

Park Slope Branch, 431 Sixth Ave. at Ninth St., Brooklyn
Council Member Brad Lander will attend

Hug the Libraries! Two Brooklyn Libraries will be literally embraced
by their communities. The Bushwick Branch and the Park Slope Branch
will be surrounded by crowds clasping hands and embracing the library

3 to 4 PM
Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY

Manhattanites are hoping the city will “cut it out” with slashing
library budgets. Children of all ages will attend a craft event,
featuring a special paper cut-out celebrating the Library, which will
be displayed for all New Yorkers who love their libraries, and to make
a statement about their importance.

11:00 – 1:00PM
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Council Member Leroy Comrie expected to attend

The Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 Rally at the Queens Central
Library will be a vocal celebration of love for the library. Staff and
customers will take it in turn to come forward and speak up about
their personal love for the library.


The Bloomberg Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposes slashing funding to libraries citywide by $106.7 million. Read more here: Albor Ruiz – New York City’s public libraries need their patrons to stand up against mayoral budget cuts (Daily News).

And while you are at it PLEASE sign a petition to let your city council member know that you love your library.

Queens Library

Brooklyn Public Library

New York Public Library



Early Literacy Through Play: BIG Brooklyn Play Date @ BPL

big_brooklyn_playdate_2013Got kids? Stop by!

When? Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Where? Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, Dweck Center

Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to enjoy fun games and activities that delight young children and encourage early literacy. Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects in your home into your child’s favorite toys. The Big Brooklyn Playdate is just one wonderful way to play at the Library; Read, Play, Grow! programs are ongoing at many neighborhood libraries this spring. Visit for more information.