1. Help Save NYC Libraries With Just a Phone Call!  →

  2. queenslibrary:

There are few things more beautiful than the opening or reopening of a library.

Awesome.

    queenslibrary:

    There are few things more beautiful than the opening or reopening of a library.

    Awesome.

  3. queenslibrary:

Enamored with 1920s typography. Pictured: One of the 5,000 maps we have in our Archives, covering the years 1639 to the present.

    queenslibrary:

    Enamored with 1920s typography. Pictured: One of the 5,000 maps we have in our Archives, covering the years 1639 to the present.

  4. …in the new realities of today’s knowledge economy…it is difficult to achieve economic success or enjoy a decent quality of life without a range of basic literacy, language and technological skills. A distressingly large segment of the city’s population lacks these basic building blocks, but the public library has stepped in, becoming the second chance human capital institution. No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.

    — Center for an Urban Future, “Branches of Opportunity” (via queenslibrary)

  5. The contemporary library is about more than just digitizing documents and lending e-books to patrons on their Kindles and iPads.

    — 

    WNYC (via queenslibrary)

    Well yes.

  6. infoneer-pulse:

After Storm Destruction, Rockaway Libraries Help Keep Community Afloat
It was the little things, the sudden absence of everyday fixtures, that disoriented residents in the Rockaways in the days after the storm, as much as the loss of house and home. The traffic lights had gone dark. Where was one to get a prescription filled? And oh, what about books due at the library?
The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there — if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch. Days after the storm laid waste to four Queens Borough Public Library branches in the Rockaways, a colorful mobile library bus has hummed just outside its former location on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, offering warmth, power outlets, emergency information and books.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

    infoneer-pulse:

    After Storm Destruction, Rockaway Libraries Help Keep Community Afloat

    It was the little things, the sudden absence of everyday fixtures, that disoriented residents in the Rockaways in the days after the storm, as much as the loss of house and home. The traffic lights had gone dark. Where was one to get a prescription filled? And oh, what about books due at the library?

    The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there — if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch. Days after the storm laid waste to four Queens Borough Public Library branches in the Rockaways, a colorful mobile library bus has hummed just outside its former location on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, offering warmth, power outlets, emergency information and books.

    » via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

  7. queenslibrary:

Happy Election Day!
(Photo from the Archives at Queens Library)

Remember to vote today!
Don’t know where your polling place is? Find out.
Feel like your vote is being suppressed? Report it to Mother Jones or call the FBI’s hotline at 1-800-253-3931.
Just a reminder to New Yorkers: because of the hurricane, you can vote at any polling place in New York state. If you are a resident of New York City or Westchester, Long Island or Rockland County, you can vote anywhere in the state of New York.

    queenslibrary:

    Happy Election Day!

    (Photo from the Archives at Queens Library)

    Remember to vote today!

    Don’t know where your polling place is? Find out.

    Feel like your vote is being suppressed? Report it to Mother Jones or call the FBI’s hotline at 1-800-253-3931.

    Just a reminder to New Yorkers: because of the hurricane, you can vote at any polling place in New York state. If you are a resident of New York City or Westchester, Long Island or Rockland County, you can vote anywhere in the state of New York.

  8. queenslibrary:

With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, here’s a not so little something our archivists though you would enjoy: The Largest Pumpkin in Queens, 1982.

    queenslibrary:

    With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, here’s a not so little something our archivists though you would enjoy: The Largest Pumpkin in Queens, 1982.

  9. I maybe went overboard on the tags for the last post, but I mean every one.

    I maybe went overboard on the tags for the last post, but I mean every one.

  10. Matt Bell is reading at Culturefix (in NYC) tomorrow. →

    I like Matt Bell & I like Culturefix.

  11. (via Melville House Books » Lawsuit filed against NYC over “destroyed” People’s Library)
“A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement filed a claim on behalf of the group Thursday that the city had damaged or destroyed $47,000 worth of books and other property while clearing its protest site at Zuccotti Park last fall,” reports a New York Times story by Colin Moynihan. He calls the filing “a preliminary step toward lodging a civil lawsuit.” The person filing the claim, Peter Dutro, “is described in the notice as the ‘de facto treasurer’ of the group.”

    (via Melville House Books » Lawsuit filed against NYC over “destroyed” People’s Library)

    “A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement filed a claim on behalf of the group Thursday that the city had damaged or destroyed $47,000 worth of books and other property while clearing its protest site at Zuccotti Park last fall,” reports a New York Times story by Colin Moynihan. He calls the filing “a preliminary step toward lodging a civil lawsuit.” The person filing the claim, Peter Dutro, “is described in the notice as the ‘de facto treasurer’ of the group.”

  12. nypl:

bigevidence:

Lines around the block to get into late opening NYPL. People need their books.

Our libraries officially opened for business at noon today following the MTA shutdown and the hurricane - and it seemed people just couldn’t wait! We’re glad to hear it! Just FYI, except for some minor flooding at some of our locations, NYPL escaped Irene basically unscathed. Thanks for all your concern! Also, you should know that any items with due dates set for Saturday and Sunday (when we were closed) have been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 30. So no fines for those days. 

    nypl:

    bigevidence:

    Lines around the block to get into late opening NYPL. People need their books.

    Our libraries officially opened for business at noon today following the MTA shutdown and the hurricane - and it seemed people just couldn’t wait! We’re glad to hear it! Just FYI, except for some minor flooding at some of our locations, NYPL escaped Irene basically unscathed. Thanks for all your concern! Also, you should know that any items with due dates set for Saturday and Sunday (when we were closed) have been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 30. So no fines for those days. 

  13. Actually … NYPL Is Closed Saturday AND Sunday

    nypl:

    Slight update - because of Hurricane Irene, libraries are closed tomorrow and Sunday. STAY INDOORS, PEOPLE!! But don’t fret - you can still check out NYPL eBooks from the safety of your warm, dry home. So stay safe, stay inside and curl up with a good eBook.