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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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Library to release Timothy Leary papers

“A trove of Timothy Leary files, much of it previously unpublished, could shed new light on the LSD guru, his controversial research into psychedelic drugs and the emergence of the ’60s counterculture. The New York Public Library, which acquired the vast archive for an undisclosed sum from the Leary estate in 2011, is making the material available for the first time Wednesday to scholars and the public.” (via HeraldNet.com)

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New York Public Library Rethinks Design

“The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal about alternatives it had considered to the $300 million renovation, which has sparked two lawsuits brought by scholars and preservationists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, aiming to block the stacks’ destruction.” (via WSJ.com)

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Library Fires Back at Historians Suing to Block Renovation

“The New York Public Library fired back at a group of scholars and writers suing to stop its planned renovation, arguing in a court filing Friday that the historians have their history wrong. The library is facing two separate lawsuits aiming to stop it from dismantling the 102-year-old book stacks in its landmark Fifth Avenue building in a $300 million renovation.” (via WSJ)

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Shrinking the Library System Is A Loss for New Yorkers

“The usage of New York City’s libraries is way up: 40 percent programmatically, nearly 60 percent in terms of circulation. The public demand for physical books is up too. More people visited public libraries in New York than every major sports team and every major cultural institution combined. Why then are we selling city libraries and shrinking the library system? Why are libraries being underfunded, when we know the they cost a fraction of the city’s budget to fund them.”via Huffington Post)

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