New York Public Library Turns 100!!

Happy 100th birthday on May 23rd, 2011 to the New York Public Library!

Not only did I just complete a brief video tour of this magnificent gem of a library, but MSNBC.com ran a great article on some interesting facts about the NYPL, including that:

  • It has a collection of more than 50 million items and 20 millions books
  • The stone Lions outside of the library have names: Patience and Fortitude

Equally exciting is how the library has been, and will be, celebrating its centennial birthday:

  • Over the weekend of May 20th, 2011, five hundred people spent the night at the library using a smartphone app to search for artifacts such as the cane found after Virginia Woolf drowned herself and the taxidermied paw of Charles Dickens’ cat (does that get an ewww, or what?)

NYPL, 100 Years of Glory

 

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