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The Great Library Way

“I bet you didn’t know that the New York Public Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Library Way this month. You may have no idea where it’s even located. Library Way extends from Park to Fifth avenues along 41st Street. And it’s distinguished by 44 bronze sidewalk plaques featuring quotes from the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Julia Alvarez, Mark Twain and Tom Stoppard. There are actually 98 plaques, according to library spokeswoman Amy Geduldig—an equal number on both sides of 41st Street that are identical to each other. I have to take her word for it, because when we strolled the street Monday afternoon with library officials Ann Thornton and Christopher Platt, we stuck to the north side.” (via WSJ)

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New York City Public Library Branches Need $1.1 Billion in Repairs: Report

“New York’s public library branches need $1.1 billion in repairs to fix leaky roofs, broken air-conditioning systems and a host of other problems, according to a report released Monday by the Center for an Urban Future, a New York-based think tank. The report argues that the city has a “broken funding system” in which libraries rely too much on discretionary funds from City Council members. It calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a citywide capital plan for libraries and double capital spending on libraries over the next 10 years.” (via WSJ)

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The New York Public Library Receives $200,000 Grant From The New York Life Foundation For After-School Programming

“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has received a $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its after-school programming for middle school students.  The grant will be used to expand the Library’s Enrichment Zones, where trained educators work directly with students in grades one through eight, providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring to help with homework and improve academic performance in select subject areas.” (via The New York Public Library)

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The New York Public Library To Offer Pop Up Reading Room Outside Iconic 42nd Street Building

“The New York Public Library is kicking some of its key services to the curb this summer – and is inviting the public to take advantage.For nearly two weeks in August, the Library will offer an outdoor reading room outside of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. “The Library Inside Out: Read Everywhere” will be open from Tuesday, August 5 until Friday, August 15, staffed by dedicated volunteers and offering wi-fi, books recommended by librarians, library card sign ups, and a seating. All readers are welcome in the space, which is being offered in partnership with Bryant Park Corporation and will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.” (via The New York Public Library)

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NY Public Library Pilots Program to Rent Out Free Wifi

“Libraries are known for lending books. Libraries have recently also become known as a place to use computers and the internet. Now though, libraries are combining the two in their latest effort to try to close the so-called “Digital Divide”—made up of those who do and do not have access to the internet. The New York Public Library recently completed a pilot project during which certain patrons were able to check out wireless routers giving them free, unlimited internet access at home.” (via NY1)

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The big city library as Internet provider

“As our Brian Fung detailed last week, some of the United States’ bigger urban library systems have begun lodging a public protest against the formula federal rulemakers are considering for the distribution of billions of dollars for wireless Internet infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission is thinking of divvying up so-called E-Rate funds to libraries based on square footage rather than users or some other metric, a calculation that city libraries argue gives an unfair advantage to their more sprawling suburban counterparts. And now perhaps the biggest name in the U.S. public libraries has dipped into the debate.” (via The Washington Post)

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New York Public Library Looks at Innovative Models for Renovation

“The New York Public Library is looking south for inspiration as it goes back to the drawing board for a planned renovation of its landmark Fifth Avenue building and the branch across the street. Library officials say they are considering two innovative libraries in Tennessee and North Carolina as models for creating high-tech, collaborative spaces. Chattanooga Public Library’s “4th Floor” is a so-called maker space stocked with 3-D printers and even a loom. North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh features writable surfaces on walls and tables, and massive video screens for displaying data.” (via WSJ)

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New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase In Six Years

“The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council. The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal Year 2008 – brings NYPL’s total city operating budget to about $144 million. It is part of a $10 million increase in funding to all three of the city’s Library systems, including the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Book Collector Shares His Passion for Liberty With New York Public Library

“As Sid Lapidus sees it, he has only a few options for his extensive collection of books and pamphlets centered around the theme of liberty in American history.He can sell the collection, which he amassed over more than 50 years, donate it or keep it in the family. But his children aren’t particularly interested, said Mr. Lapidus, who is 76 years old, and he has no interest in selling it off piecemeal. So his plan now is to “creatively give it away,” he said in an interview Wednesday.On the receiving side of that plan will be the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. On Thursday, it will announce that Mr. Lapidus and his wife, Ruth, are giving the center $2.5 million—the largest donation in its history—along with a cache of rare historic books and other texts from his collection related to the topic of slavery.” (via WSJ)

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The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Receives Single Largest Individual Gift In Its History

“The New York Public Library today announced the single largest individual gift ever made to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The $2.5 million gift from Ruth and Sid Lapidus will establish and endow the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Trans-Atlantic Slavery, the only facility of its kind based in a public research library. The Center – which will be housed within the Schomburg Center’s Scholars in Residence program – will focus on the interdisciplinary and transnational study of the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to people of the Atlantic World.” (via NYPL)

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