Tag Archives: NYPL

Library Renovation Plan Awaits Word From de Blasio

“As a candidate last summer, Bill de Blasio told Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City should stop financing the ambitious renovation of the Fifth Avenue flagship of the New York Public Library until someone figured out how much it was all going to cost. Now that Mr. de Blasio is mayor, he holds that very power, and people on both sides of the question are weighing in on how he should wield it as the city budgeting process begins.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Bookworms: Library misled us in central-library plan petition

“Angry bookworms say they were duped into signing a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to support the New York Public Library’s controversial central-library plan. The top of the NYPL’s online pledge, launched Jan. 16, asks the mayor and City Council to generally support the library, praising the good it does for the city. But farther down, the letter calls for “a renovated central branch library” — with no mention that two branches, including the Mid-Manhattan Library, would be sold off to create it” (via New York Post)

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New York Public Librarys Renovation Project Clears City, State Reviews

“The New York Public Librarys planned renovation project has cleared city and state reviews on the condition it develop an engineering plan to protect its famous reading room and create a historical record of its century-old book stacks before they are dismantled.The project still faces two lawsuits, and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio also has called for a financial review of the project.” (via WSJ)

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New York Public Library’s Endowment Sets a Record

“The New York Public Library’s endowment has topped $1 billion for the first time, but it needs to grow by another $400 million to compensate for setbacks over the past decade, according to the chairman of the library’s investment committee. The endowment stood at $1.01 billion as of Oct. 31 – a milestone celebrated Wednesday at a meeting of the library’s board of trustees.” (via WSJ.com)

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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ACQUIRES TOM WOLFE ARCHIVE

“The New York Public Library has acquired the archive of journalist and author Tom Wolfe. The library board of trustees approved the $2.15 million acquisition on Wednesday. The collection includes manuscript drafts and outlines for most of Wolfe’s works, including “Bonfire of the Vanities.” (via The Associated Press)

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New York Public Library Delays Release of New Design

“The New York Public Library on Wednesday said that it is delaying the release of a new design for the controversial renovation of its landmark Fifth Avenue building. The Wall Street Journal in August reported that the library, in response to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, was developing a new design that would preserve a significant portion of them. The library’s president and chief executive, Anthony Marx, said then that the new design would be revealed this fall. The library now plans to release them “sometime after the New Year,” according to a statement posted to its website Wednesday.” (via WSJ)

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In High Demand at the Local Library, Spanish for Beginners

“Hola! Como estas?” Benjamin Lothson, a Spanish teacher, said to his students as his classroom at the Muhlenberg library in Chelsea slowly filled up. Among the group of students were Sun Ae Song, 65, and her husband, Harry Song, 76, a Korean couple who moved to the United States over 40 years ago and have wanted to learn Spanish for a long time. When the Songs learned that the library was offering a free class for beginners, they jumped at the chance to enroll. “There are so many Spanish-speaking people in the city, and we want to understand what they’re saying,” said Ms. Song.” (via NYTimes.com)

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New York City’s Turbulent Past Comes to Life in Maps

“Matt Knutzen has a job that any map geek would envy, and a title to match. As the geospatial librarian for the New York Public Library, he oversees one of the largest map collections in the world. The library has 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 atlases and books on cartography. The oldest maps in the collection date back to the 15th century. Knutzen and his colleagues at NYPL have some very innovative ideas about how to make the library’s map collection more accessible, more interactive, and more relevant in the digital age. I met some of these folks when I visited the library a few weeks ago, and I’ll write more about what they’re doing in a future post.” (via Wired)

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New York Public Library risks tears with list of 100 most popular children’s books of the last century

While classics like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and modern works such as ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ made the New York Public Library’s list of the 100 most popular children’s books of the last 100 years, favorites including ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ have been omitted.” (via New York Daily News)

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Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives $15 Million “Magic Grant” To Create The “NYPL BridgeUp” Program at Library Branches For At-Risk Youth

“The Helen Gurley Brown Trust today announced that it has given $15 million to The New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, an innovative, new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort, which aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success, will be based at New York Public Library branches. The five-year program will offer services to more than 250 New York City eighth graders each year at five Library locations in underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx and Manhattan. These students will stay together in groups of 10 for support over five years with a goal of attending college or technical school. The program will work in low-income neighborhoods, providing a safe space for participants during after school hours. BridgeUp is experimenting with a new approach that sets a record for the cost-per-student-served in an anti-poverty program in New York City at $20,000 per student, per year, the largest funded program of its kind in New York City.” (via The New York Public Library)

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