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The Adams Street Library in Dumbo; Photo Credit: Gregg Richards

Think you know the library? Prove it during a citywide scavenger hunt next month. Hosted by Open House New York, “Library Love: Five Borough Scavenger Hunt” is a challenging “urban adventure” that will have participants racing across the city, deciphering clues, and deepening their knowledge about the city’s public libraries. If you have a library card, it’s free to compete.

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Construction Update, Greenwich Village

All images courtesy of The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library on Thursday reopened its Jefferson Market branch in Greenwich Village following a three-year renovation of the historic building. The $10 million project included installing much-needed accessibility features, renovating public and staff spaces, reconstructing ADA-compliant bathrooms, and improving electronic services for the communities tech needs.

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City Living, Events

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

The New York Public Library will give away half a million brand new books to families, part of a series of programs aimed at keeping kids and teens engaged while school is out for the summer. The free books are available at all branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as during select outdoor programs. In addition to distributing 500,000 free books, NYPL’s “Summer at the Library” program includes outdoor pop-up storytime, writing and reading challenges, and hundreds of free programs for readers of all ages.

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Architecture, City Living, Design, Green Design, Staten Island

All images courtesy of The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library on Wednesday opened its 14th branch on Staten Island and the first net-zero energy library in New York City. Located in the Bricktown Commons shopping center on the South Shore in Charleston, the $17 million, 10,000-square-foot building was designed by Ikon 5 Architects to be energy efficient, with solar panels providing nearly 100 percent of the energy the building will use. Managed by the city’s Economic Development Corporation with the Gilbane Building Company, the new branch offers patrons a variety of amenities, including dedicated spaces for adults, teens, and children and flexible multi-purpose rooms for programs and classes.

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Events, Features, History, holidays

How to celebrate Black History Month 2022 in New York City

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, February 7, 2022

“Renaming Project” Exhibition, Photo Credit: Daniel Avila / NYC Parks

In the United States, February is a month dedicated to the celebration of African American history and culture. Ahead find a variety of events to commemorate Black History Month in New York City, ranging from community service and walking tours to jazz concerts and live performances.

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City Living

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In another year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, New Yorkers looked to the public library system for solace. New York City’s public libraries on Tuesday released their annual list of the most checked-out books of 2021. At the New York Public Library, which includes branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, the most borrowed book for the second year in a row was Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. In Brooklyn, Bennett’s novel also took the top spot. In Queens, the most borrowed book was The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.

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City Living, Museums

Photograph of Sondheim at the piano by Friedman-Abeles (Firm) Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The New York Public Library has opened a new exhibit honoring the legacy of the late Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, considered one of the best musical theater composers of our time. Sondheim, the mastermind behind works in West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and many others, died last week at age 91. Free and open to the public until early next year, the display features letters and other objects related to Sondheim found in the archives of the Library of the Performing Arts.

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City Living

Here are the best books of 2021, according to the NYPL

By Devin Gannon, Tue, November 23, 2021

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

The New York Public Library on Tuesday released its annual list of the best books of the year, a tradition that started nearly 100 years ago. This year, committees of expert librarians selected nearly 300 titles across categories for kids, teens, and adults. From fiction to fantasy to graphic novels and poetry, the Best Books of 2021 list has something for every reader in your life.

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City Living

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

The marble lions that have guarded the New York Public Library’s mane branch for 110 years are now wearing oversized red bandages. The library last week announced Patience and Fortitude received their Covid-19 vaccine, with newly applied 14-by 4.6-inch bandaids as proof. The library hopes the lions’ new look encourages more New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

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City Living, Policy

Late fees canceled at all of NYC’s public libraries

By Devin Gannon, Tue, October 5, 2021

Brooklyn Public Library’s recently renovated Central Branch. Photo by Gregg Richards

All of New York City’s public libraries have permanently eliminated late fees and will not charge for overdue books and other materials starting Tuesday. This shift in policy, which was first established at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last March, aims to create a more equitable and open system for communities in need, according to an announcement by library officials. Combined, the city’s three library systems, made up of over 200 branches, are now the largest municipality in the country to eliminate fees.

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