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WNYC News

Twenty Years of Life in Hidden Areas of New York City

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The New York Public Library is showing about 80 photos by William Meyers, who captured scenes from under-explored areas of the outer boroughs for 20 years.

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Death, Sex & Money

Librarians Share Their Death-Sex-Money Book Picks

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Public Library staffers send in their highly qualified suggestions for our death-sex-money reading list. 

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 376: The Bookmobile

Monday, June 02, 2014

Storm Reyes grew up in migrant farm worker camps outside Tacoma, Washington during the early 1960s. Most of the laborers were, like Storm, Native Americans. They were paid less than one dollar per hour for their work in berry patches and apple orchards throughout the state.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the NYPL Abandoned its Renovation Plans

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The New York Public Library's plans to remodel the 42nd Street building had been controversial and widely criticized.

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WNYC News

NY Public Library Scraps $300 Million Renovation

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Many scholars had opposed the plan, and patrons said they were relieved.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Libraries Reopen For First Time Since Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Coney Island library on Mermaid Avenue received a $2.7 million upgrade after it was damaged by Sandy. It re-opened Wednesday, see photos of the renovated library, which includes futuristic-looking chairs, a ceiling made of reclaimed boardwalk planks and vintage Coney Island photos on the walls.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York's Winning Libraries

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Did you vote for your favorite community library? Librarians from the five winners of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards talk about what they're doing right and how they might spend the prize money.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York Public Library President on the Library's Controversial Renovation Plans

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Last week we looked at the criticism of the New York Public Library's renovation plans for its Fifth Avenue building, and today, New York Public Library President Anthony Marx discusses the renovation project and the opposition to it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York Public Library Renovations and Lawsuits

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The New York Public Library’s plan to renovate its Fifth Avenue building, which includes removing research stacks, has been met with much criticism, with some opponents of the project filed a lawsuit to stop the project.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jeffrey Toobin; 2013 Mayoral Race; NYC Library Awards

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker talks about the federal stop and frisk trial and the legal issues raised by the case here in New York City, as well as other national legal news. Then, WNYC’s Brigid Bergin talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including Anthony Weiner’s status. Plus: the launch of the nomination process for the “NYC Neighborhood Library Awards”; and a life featured on today’s New York Times obit page.

Schoolbook

Summer Brings Pleasure of Learning Back to Some Teachers

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer may look like a big vacation perk for teachers, but many educators spend July and August teaching summer classes. They also plan for the year ahead. And still others use the time to be students again.

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Features

Library Presidents Urge City Council to Restore Funds

Monday, May 14, 2012

The New York City Council met Monday morning to discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed $100 million in budget cuts to the city's three library systems. Presidents from the libraries urged the council to restore the proposed cuts so they could avoid laying off hundreds of workers, closing library branches and limiting the number of books they can purchase.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jennifer Koh

Friday, March 16, 2012

Classical violinist Jennifer Koh honors John Adams at the Brooklyn Library Central Branch as part of Carnegie Hall's American Mavericks series on Sunday. Download her version of Adams's "Road Movies: I. Relaxed Grooves."

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Features

NY Public Library Chief Pleads Guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, Loses License

Friday, December 09, 2011

Judge Jennifer G. Schecter removed Marx's license for six months, fined him $500 and sentenced him to attend a defensive driving program, enroll in 16 sessions of counseling with a state-certified substance abuse counselor and install ignition interlock devices in his vehicles.

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Features

Got Overdue Fines at City Library Branches? Forget About It.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forgot to return a library book or DVD? Got library fines that you are reluctant to pay? The solution is here. Programs at libraries in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island are helping borrowers to wipe the slate clean of their overdue library fines — if they just read.

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WNYC News

New Bronx Library Branch Opens

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Kingsbridge branch of the New York Public Library turned a page Tuesday when it opened its new $18 million home in the Bronx.

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Features

Game On: Hundreds Spend the Night at the Library to Play Futurist Game

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Five hundred gamers are getting ready to spend the night in the stacks of the main branch of the New York Public Library on Friday. The contestants, who are between the ages of 18 and 35, were selected from a group of over 5,000 applicants to play the library's "Find the Future" game/scavenger hunt.

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Features

Kerouac's Harmonica, Malcolm X's Briefcase, Shelley's Locks on View at the New York Public Library

Friday, May 13, 2011

Beginning on Saturday, visitors can get up close and personal to 250 bizarre and rare artifacts at the New York Public Library — from a 4,300-year-old Sumerian tablet to Virginia Woolf's cane.

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Features

Experiencing Dance, Blindfolded

Friday, March 11, 2011

This month, the New York Public Library hosts free shows by Dana Salisbury and her dance troupe the No-See-Ums. The choreographed dances of movement, scents and sounds require audience members to be blindfolded and are meant to give a sense of what it feels like to lack sight. Listen to an audio montage of Staten Island residents reacting here.

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Features

New York Public Library Gets A Face-Lift

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

City officials joined New York Public Library President Paul LeClerc to celebrate the three-year, $50 million restoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman building on 42nd Street on Tuesday.

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