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Freedom of Information Day: Five Questions With David Barstow, Investigative Reporter for the New York Times

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

We asked Barstow a few questions about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and its effect on the general public.

Verso: Looking Behind the Picture

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

A photographic print has two surfaces. The back side, or verso, can reveal just as much of a photograph's life story.

Enabling Social Change With Social Media: An Interview With Toby Daniels, the Founder of Social Media Week

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Toby Daniels is a proud, self-proclaimed enabler. The co-founder of Social Media Week has worked tirelessly for years to bring social media tools into the hands of individuals, businesses and non profits.

A Night with Patience and Fortitude

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

Had you noticed that the iconic main branch of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street has been wrapped Christo-esque for what seems to be forever?...

Radioactive Artist Lauren Redniss Talks of Love, Science, and Finding Inspiration at the Library

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

When Lauren Redniss is asked why she created Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, her reply is as striking as her work: "I wanted to create a visual book about invisible forces."

How to Cook Sri Lankan With Cabbage

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine is a wondrous mix of tropical produce, freshly pounded spices, and curries cooked slowly in clay pots over an open fire.

Breakfast for Champions

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

The last day of the year once again found Great Performances and me at the New York Public Library for the Mayors annual Interfaith Breakfast. It is ...

It's Alive: Mary Shelley's first Work Gets Remixed

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Back in 1808, a 10-year-old Mary Shelley broke into the book business. Her anarchist philosopher father owned a publishing company, and was creating a children's book called Mounseer Nongtongpaw.

Your Baby Can Read? That's Nice, But It's Not What Toddler Story Time Should Be About

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Reading to children isn't about pressuring your kid into becoming some sort of prodigy who can wow your friends at parties by reading index cards at six months.

Talking Turkey

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

While you're digesting yesterday's meal, feast your eyes on this: vintage Thanksgiving greeting cards from the early 20th century, along with seasonal posters and menus.

Recollecting an Image: Amy Arbus and Ann Magnuson Visit the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Integral participants of the downtown art scene in 1980's New York, photographer Amy Arbus and performance artist Ann Magnuson lived in the vortex of an edgy and fast-paced creative community.

Languages of God: The Word as Decoration

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

2010-11-10-language.jpgThe veneration of text and language went hand in hand in Islam, and the emphasis on both was strengthened by an even earlier aversion to figurative art.

Interview: How Libraries Changed Maya Angelou's Life

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

When legendary poet, author, and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou was a young girl, she truly believed that her words killed a man.

Get Thee to a Library! Unsung Hero of 41st St: Library Way

Lily Bevan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Bevan

Where better to joke about the tumultuous nature of literature than on a plaque the size of a puddle on the approach to one of the most important libraries in the world.

From Vault to Exhibition Gallery: Conserving Library Treasures

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Amid a treasure trove of the the major texts of the Abrahamic religions, embossed-wood covers, gold-tooled leathers, and fine linen papers are pages damaged in centuries past by insects, animals, food, fire, and water.

All That Is Godly Must Glitter

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

The need to beautify the sacred is one of most universal of religious impulses. As the exhibition Three Faiths amply demonstrates, it is shared by the three great monotheistic faiths of western civilization.

The Letter That Announced a New World: Revisiting the Roots of Columbus Day

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Christopher Columbus may not have been able to Tweet news of his first voyage to the New World, but his reports on the 1492-93 expedition reached readers in Europe fairly quickly.

A Picture Of Persistence: How a Photography Collection Was Born

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

In honor of the NYPL's new exhibition, we've asked Julia Van Haaften, the curator who founded our Photography collection 30 years ago, to share the story of the collection's creation.

Sex, Drugs and the History of an Epidemic (Slideshow)

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

A massive collection of material has been donated to the New York Public Library by the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the first organization to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.

Move Over Sparkly Vampires, There's a New Girl in Town

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The New York Public Library

Since the rise of the teen Twilight series, publishers are scrambling to find the next big thing. The surprise is that it's already here, but it's not what anyone could have predicted.

The Gutenberg Bible: A Question of Biblical Proportion

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Every year on Aug. 24, a spotlight is shone on the famous, world-changing Gutenberg Bible. Email inboxes flash the seemingly credible information that on this date in 1456, the Bible was completed.

Ninety Years of Women's Suffrage and Counting (Photos)

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

The images from the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery represent important holdings from the early women's movement in the United States and abroad.

Happy Birthday, Old Ironsides!

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Old Ironsides, we know that you were born the USS Constitution and that you were first launched in 1797. But it was today, August 19, in 1812, that you got your name.

Do's and Don'ts of Summer Wedding Season (Slideshow)

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Still waiting to receive an invite to Prince William and Katie Middleton's supposed impending nuptials? Improve your chances on receiving an invite of your own by taking a moment to learn the Do's and Don'ts of wedding etiquette.

Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lives On

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Harry Potter -- who just celebrated his birthday last week -- has left an impact on non-magic kids that is "still growing," according to Julia Chang, supervising librarian for children's programs at the New York Public Library.