Library Blog

Beat the Winter Blues with Books

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Library closes at 5:00 PM Thursdays December 24 and December 31 and is closed December 25, 26, and 27, and January 1. But there's still plenty for both members and nonmembers to do on our website.

For the most access, join the Library - all levels of membership are currently available including our e-membership. Due to a matching gift, your Annual Fund donation doubles its impact through December 31!

If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gifts, how about Library memberships (starting at $100) - or one of our sturdy, stylish tote bags?


We asked these great authors why they love the Library...
...and we heard how the Library is like a spy movie.

Our whole fall season makes its streaming debut now-early January! Full dates here.

Two dozen short and fun original storytimes (plus cookies) in this playlist from our Children's Library.

All our past event recordings can be found here - from Brett Helquist way back in 2007 to this month.

And sign up for events starting mid-January - more to come.

Enjoy this online gallery of beautiful book covers designed by Margaret Armstrong. Learn more about Armstrong's covers in this article by Barbara Bieck and our online gallery talk. There's also a downloadable coloring book, a wonderful related presentation by three Met Museum curators - and this new and fabulous slideshow by Armstrong collector Lowell Thing.

Learn a little something on our blog - recent posts include the most-circulated books of 2020, a celebration of the seasons, and original poetry from our workshop poets.

Visit the Library's COVID-19 Community Archive.

Plan your reading with book recommendations - the latest include an all-new big list of In Case You Missed It.

Find fun and educational resources for children and more for tweens and teens. Here's a big list of screen-free activities including crafts and coloring.

Discover the Library’s historic past through digital materials from our print and archival collections in City Readers.

There's lots more on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


It's your Library - learn about it in our video orientations. Here's the full one, and here's one focusing on online resources.

Read an e-book. (Remember you can log in to Cloud Library with your Library Card ID, visible in My Tab on our website or on your NYSL card. Cloud Library instructions are available here.)

Listen to an audiobook.

Flip through an e-magazine.

Take a peek at the Loeb Classical Library, the historic Times Literary Supplement, or another of our many electronic resources.

Bring the kids to an online children's event.

Email our Children's/YA Librarians about a handpicked book bundle to pick up.

Happy reading and a happy 2021 to you and yours.

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