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The New York Public Library turns 100

By May 18, 2011

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New York Public Library - NYPL - circa 1911

The New York Public Library, one of the most venerated libraries in the world, turns 100 on Monday, May 23. The collections, visitor numbers, and network of New York Public Libraries have grown since the flagship library on Fifth Avenue opened to the public on May 23, 1911. But the NYPL is still united behind the belief that one book can change a life.

As part of the NYPL's Centennial celebration, on Thursday, May 19 from 6 - 8 p.m., Penguin Classics and the MTA will present a special evening in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station. The even is free and open to the public.

Jay Walder, Chairman, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Paul LeClerc, President, The New York Public Library; and Kathryn Court, President and Publisher, Penguin Books; for a special book launch for Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100, NYPL's free Centennial book. There will be a special guest appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters, and readings by actress and singer Martha Plimpton, musician and writer Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), and 2009 National Book Award Winner Colum McCann, with music by Tin Pan Blues Band from Music Under New York.

New Yorkers can also pick up FREE copies of Know the Past, Find the Future, generously published by Penguin Classics to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Library's iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42 Street. Books will be distributed at the Times Square, Grand Central, Bryant Park, Herald Square, and Union Square MTA subway stations, and will also be available at all 90 NYPL locations on Thursday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

Read more about the New York Public Library's weekend of Centennial celebrations.

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