Friday, August 8, 2014

New York Public Library Steps Outside

The New York Public Library is in the process of renovating its Rose Reading Room, an iconic part of the building known for its long scholarly tables and high vaulted ceilings. As part of its "Read Everywhere!" campaign, and to provide a reading room while the main room is under construction, the NYPL has built a temporary outdoor reading room on the 5th Avenue Terrace in the park. The project, called "The Library Inside Out" encompasses many elements of the beloved Rose Reading Room with some new features.

The Rose Reading Room's iconic long tables, sturdy wooden chairs, and desk lamps re-create the feeling of the space. Just like the indoor version of the NYPL, there are also many books available to enjoy and free wireless internet. 

The Library Inside Out Exhibit includes gorgeous photos of the Rose Reading Room. There are also panels with vintage photographs and historical information about the NYPL.  

The Rose Reading Room photo serves as a "selfie" backdrop. Simply stand within the footprints on the ground, raise your camera, and take a photo. Be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere, and join the movement of authors, librarians, and other readers sharing their favorite and unusual reading spots. Your photo may inspire someone else to pick up a book and start his or her own adventure!

The exhibit opened on August 5, and runs through August 15. For more information, visit the NYPL blog.

Be sure to check out our permanent Bryant Park Reading Room, a hub for poetry, writing workshops, discussions, and of course, reading!

The Library Inside Out
August 5 - 15
Monday through Saturday
10am - 6pm
South side of 5th Avenue Terrace

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