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Books You Might Like! The New York Public Library Launches Recommendations by Bookish in Online Catalog

“The New York Public Library NYPL launched today a state-of-the-art book recommendation tool in its online catalog, BiblioCommons, to help Library users discover new books based on their reading preferences. Powered by Bookish Recommends from New York startup Zola Books, the online program connects people to a broader selection of the library’s vast collection by offering relevant book suggestions.“Discovering a new book is essential to further a love of reading.  Working with Bookish, the Library is able to offer our users with a unique resource that supports their interests and fosters the joy of discovery,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, NYPL’s Chief Library Officer.” (via The New York Public Library)

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If libraries can’t make it here in New York, can they make it anywhere?

“I’m the guy eating chicken in the viral photo of the New York Public Library. I’m a library nerd. But all nerds need a library” (via theguardian.com)

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‘Save Our Stacks!’ Activists to protest proposed New York Public Library renovation

“The writing’s on the library. Protestors will gather in front of the New York Public Library’s 42nd Street branch Wednesday night to rally against a controversial plan that would see seven floors of the beloved bibliotheca’s stacks demolished – and have chosen to illuminate their cause, quite literally. Library Lovers League blasted several images on the landmarked Fifth Ave. Stephen A. Schwarzman building, blaring out messages like, “Save Our Stacks!” “Not For Sale,” and another imploring Mayor Bill de Blasio to help save the public library.” (via New York Daily News)

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The New York Public Library reopens newly renovated, 100-year-old Washington Heights branch on March 3

“The New York Public Library (NYPL) is reopening its Washington Heights branch on March 3 following an extensive renovation of the 100-year-old Carnegie library – offering users a branch that features expanded public space, modern amenities and better accessibility for patrons with a new ADA elevator, LULA lift and exterior ramp. The completion of the renovation nearly coincides with the Library’s centennial anniversary on February 26. The 17,000 square foot branch at 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue will officially open with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 3 with community leaders and library staff. Residents and students from nearby schools are also invited to participate in the day-long festivities, which include programs throughout the day for all ages and a birthday cake to celebrate the Library’s 100th birthday the week before.” (via The New York Public Library)

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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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