|Left Entrance. Right Lego lion, by Nathan Sawaya.|
Extended through March 4, 2012, the library presents a centennial show of the library's history, Celebrating 100 Years. For FREE, you can see, among other things, a Gutenberg Bible, a manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence, and e. e. cummings' typewriter, which does indeed have a shift key. Learn more here: http://www.nypl.org/, and look under menu heading "Classes and Events".
There is a self-guided tour brochure available.
|Grand lobby. A Beaux-Arts Palace for books and people.|
One of the stations on the self-guided tour is the McGraw Rotunda, home to four realist murals painted by Edward Lansing as part of the Work Projects Administration program for artists. The oversize wall paintings were unveiled by Mayor LaGuardia in 1940. If the theme of the murals - the history of the recorded word - were continued, what would any murals depict today? Jeff Bezos holding a Kindle? My husband, who himself has a dozen high-tech patents, ready to toss his Mac out the window as he confronts yet another bug in Microsoft's Word?
|Medieval Scribe, Edward Lansing.|
The library continues to collect all manner of artifacts, including contemporary prints, many of which are on display.
|Details of prints by (left to right) Blanche Lazell, Ryan McGinness, and Sonia Delaunay.|
|Reading room with paintings of publishing headquarters, such as the Time building.|