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6 Shop Favorites from Library Leaders

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The Library's leaders are some of the Shop's most loyal customers. This month, we talk to the movers and shakers of NYPL about their favorite things the Shop has to offer!

We recently visited with Library President Anthony Marx, who loves his Patience and Fortitude bookends.The pair of lions are familiar and beloved icons for New Yorkers and visitors to the city. These bookends are slightly smaller, but they’ll hold up your favorite volumes tirelessly and keep watch over your personal library.

Tony Marx

The New York Public Library's leaders are also some of the Shop's best collaborators! Jessie Swisher Spiers, Director of Events and Strategic Partnerships, helped facilitate a partnership between MZ Wallace and Raymond Pettibon which resulted in this NYPL-exclusive bag. All proceeds go to the Library’s special collections!

Jessie Swisher Spiers



George Mihaltses, the Library's VP for Government and Community Affairs, relies on his smarts and his charm when advocating for support of the Library, just like Einstein! When the sun is shining, this fun, solar-powered Einstein taps his head to remind you to do the same. Perfect for bookshelf, windowsill, or dashboard!

George Mihaltses

Imagination takes many forms. Our head buyer, Elana Sinsabaugh, draws inspiration from the NYPL's extensive collection. Along with her lifelong interest in art and creative expression, she produces a one-of-a-kind experience. This tote features the classically-designed Stephen A. Schwarzman building, our main branch on Fifth Avenue—and home to the Library Shop!

Elana Sinsabaugh



Frank Collerius, branch manager of the Jefferson Market Library, has created academic, theatrical, and art programs during the nearly two decades of his tenure in Greenwich Village. He, and the message on this tote, remind us of the vibrant role that libraries play in our communities every day: read more, think more!

Frank Collerius

As Chief External Relations Officer at the Library, Carrie Welch makes sure Library Stories are shared with patrons across the City, the country, and the world. An avid reader as well, many of her favorite stories are created right here in the Rose Main Reading Room. One of our most beautiful items, this silk scarf displays the colors and grandeur of the Library’s most iconic room.

Carrie Welch

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