Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As One Reading Room Closes, Another Re-opens

From famous authors to Spelling Bees, our 2016 season saw tons of great speakers, workshops, and literary events at the Bryant Park Reading Room. But like every good novel, this story has completed its arc. The Reading Room closed for the season on September 28th.

We were pleased to present more than 100 literary programs at the Reading Room in 2016, including appearances by writers of fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, writings workshops, and programs for children.

Summer Saturdays were filled with stories, music, magic and visits from our favorite literary characters. Comic-Con kids presented an afternoon filled with superheroes, action-adventurers, and graphic novels. Photo: Angelito Jusay
This year, we tapped into the popular culture of crosswords by introducing Coffee & Crosswords, a program that included two workshops filled with valuable tips and advice on solving puzzles, as well as our first-ever crossword tournament. This program was a big hit, and we’re looking forward to bringing it back in 2017.

This year we saw Bryant Park's first ever Crossword Tournament. Solvers competed on three original puzzles by crossword guru Mike Shenk. Photo: Angelito Jusay
While this marks the end of the Reading Room for now, think of this season as an anthology: simply one of many great editions. Keep on the look out for announcements about our indoor Word for Word Winter Poetry lineup as well as details about our 2017 season!

The Reading Room is home to the Park's annual Spelling bee, co-hosted by comedians Olivia Petzy and Kevin James Doyle. Unlike the spelling bees of your youth, these are adult-only affairs with cheeky commentary to boot. Photo: Angelito Jusay

If ever there were a consolation prize, here is it: the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library has finally re-opened! After shuttering in May of 2014 for much-needed renovations, the iconic Beaux Arts space has finally returned to provide one of the most tranquil public co-working spaces in the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the "Book Train," which whisks material from the Milstein Research Stacks deep below the park.
Make sure to check out NYPL's Reading Room during your next visit to the park!

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