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New York Public Library makes banned books available for free : NPR

By Deepa Shivaram, April 15, 20225:18 PM ET

Visitors look at a globe in the map division at the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York. The library announced an effort this week to make commonly banned books available through their app.
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In response to the more than 1,500 books challenged to be removed from libraries in the last year, the New York Public Library launched an effort to make some banned books available for everyone — for free.

The initiative is called Books for All and allows any reader aged 13 and older to access commonly banned books through the library’s app until the end of May. There are no wait times to access the books and no fines, the library said. Typically, access to books at the New York Public Library are only available to New Yorkers with a library card.

“The recent instances of both attempted and successful book banning —primarily on titles that explore race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history — are extremely disturbing and amount to an all-out attack on the very foundation of our democracy,” said Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library.

“Knowledge is power; ignorance is dangerous, breeding hate and division … Since their inception, public libraries have worked to combat these forces simply by making all perspectives and ideas accessible to all,” Marx said.


The New York Public Library’s efforts launched on April 13. The books currently available are Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Source: New York Public Library makes banned books available for free : NPR

An App Called Libby and the Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books | The New Yorker

Increasingly, books are something that libraries do not own but borrow from the corporations that do.

By Daniel A. Gross, September 2, 2021

Illustration by Seba Cestaro

Steve Potash, the bearded and bespectacled president and C.E.O. of OverDrive, spent the second week of March, 2020, on a business trip to New York City.

OverDrive distributes e-books and audiobooks—i.e., “digital content.” In New York, Potash met with two clients: the New York Public Library and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

By then, Potash had already heard what he described to me recently as “heart-wrenching stories” from colleagues in China, about neighborhoods that were shut down owing to the coronavirus. He had an inkling that his business might be in for big changes when, toward the end of the week, on March 13th, the N.Y.P.L. closed down and issued a statement: “The responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

The library added, “We will continue to offer access to e-books.”

Source: An App Called Libby and the Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books | The New Yorker

Let’s Dig Through The NYPL’s Most Treasured Items – Gothamist

by Jen Carlson, Aug 23, 5:49 PM

Gottesman Hall at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building being prepared for Treasures
Jonathan Blanc / NYPL

Over the years we have dipped into the unending well of treasures stored away at the New York Public Library time and again — in doing so, we’ve gotten an extremely rare look at Sylvia Plath’s childhood manuscripts; listened to Shirley Chisholm’s victory speech upon becoming the first Black congresswoman in U.S. history; dug through 1970s photos of Brooklyn homes; discovered that Charles Dickens’s cat’s paw is tucked away in the Berg Collection and still shedding; and even found the answer to the age-old question: is the 1960s World’s Fair Underground Home still buried in Queens?

The NYPL’s 5th Avenue building itself is even a historical treasure, with remnants of the old Croton Reservoir hiding in plain sight.

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Source: Let’s Dig Through The NYPL’s Most Treasured Items – Gothamist

Glorious return: New York Public Library reopens all branches Tuesday, including Rose Main Reading Room | amNewYork

By Kevin Duggan, Posted on

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New York City bookworms can rejoice as Gotham’s three public library systems will return to almost full service this month, starting with a bunch of branches reopening Tuesday.

The New York Public Library will open nearly all its outposts on July 6, including the iconic Rose Main Reading Room at its Main Branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, lending honchos announced.

“We know how important public libraries are to New Yorkers and to the reawakening and recovery of our great city,” said NYPL President Anthony Marx in a statement Monday. “We, like all New Yorkers, have been eagerly moving toward the moment we can more fully restore a familiar, near pre-pandemic service model throughout the system, and are so excited that —thanks to the vaccination progress — that moment is now.”

Source: Glorious return: New York Public Library reopens all branches Tuesday, including Rose Main Reading Room | amNewYork