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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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City Living, Events

7 historic treasures to check out at the new NYPL exhibit

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 29, 2021

Photo: Max Touhey/ NYPL

More than 250 historic items and artifacts, many of which the public has never seen before, are now on display in New York City. The Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library’s Treasures opened at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building last week, showing off just some of the institution’s incredible collection of objects, images, letters, manuscripts, and more that spans 4,000 years in history. From a draft copy of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson to the stuffed bear that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, the library’s first permanent exhibition allows the public to connect intimately with history at no cost.

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City Living, Events, Midtown

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

The New York Public Library’s much-anticipated permanent exhibition of rotating rare objects and artifacts finally opens to the public next month. First announced in 2018, the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures features 250 unique, historic items from the library’s incredible holdings, which includes more than 45 million objects in its research collections. Highlights include Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Dickens’ writing desk, a letter written by James Baldwin to Angela Davis, the 1811 Comissioners’ Map and Survey of Manhattan Island, and much more.

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City Living

Courtesy of the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library this month has released a new list of reading recommendations to commemorate Pride. Curated by expert librarians across the system, the book list includes 100 titles for adults, children, and teens that highlight transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming voices. The new recommendations join the NYPL’s previous recommended LGBTQ reads, which vary in genre, from memoirs to manga.

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Design, Midtown

Photo © John Bartelstone courtesy of Mecanoo, Beyer Blinder Belle, New York Public Library

The New York Public Library this week opened a new central circulating library in Midtown following a major $200 million renovation project. Located at 455 Fifth Avenue, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) was built within the shell and steel frame of the existing building formerly known as the Mid-Manhattan Library. Designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, the new 180,000 square foot library boasts a dramatic light-filled atrium and an incredible rooftop terrace, which is now the only free and publicly accessible rooftop in Midtown.

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City Living

Collage of adult reading recommendations; Courtesy of the NYPL

To mark Asian American Pacific Islander Month in May, the New York Public Library this week released a recommended reading list featuring books written by AAPI authors. The curated list includes books for adults, young adults, and children that “celebrate and foster a better understanding of the AAPI experience,” according to the library.

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City Living

Photo credit: Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

During an unusually tough year full of challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, an election, and racial justice issues, New Yorkers relied on books to not only stay informed but to find comfort. The city’s three public library systems on Monday released their top checkouts of 2020 lists. At the New York Public Library, which includes branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, the most borrowed book of the year was Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. In Brooklyn, the top checkout was How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and in Queens, The Guardians by John Grisham.

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City Living

Photo courtesy of NYPL

As it wraps up its 125th anniversary year, the New York Public Library is paying tribute to the city it has called home for over a century. On Thursday, the library released “125 NYC Books We Love,” a list of titles recommended for adults, kids, and teens that celebrate the five boroughs. The book list is part of the library’s “Roar for NYC” campaign, which aims to lift up New Yorkers during a challenging time and remind us of the city’s resiliency.

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