As part of our new Summer at the Library program, The New York Public Library has just launched an all-new "virtual branch" where readers everywhere can drop in and share their favorite books to help get more people reading this summer! The virtual branch is a custom-designed interactive augmented reality (AR) effect accessible via Instagram Reels.
We invite YOU to become a guest librarian and join celebrities, authors, and influencers throughout the summer giving book recommendations.
To kick things off, we have some fantastic picks from some very special guest librarians:
Now, you can share your go-to summer read. Follow the instructions below and add to the #NYPLSummerBookshelf
- Open Instagram Reels. Click the three stars above the record button and search "NYPL" in the effects library.
- Look around to find your favorite spot in our virtual branch to use as a background.
- Press the record button. Tell us who you are and what your favorite summer read is. Even better, show us your book!
- When you’re done filming, post the video to your account. Make sure to tag it with #NYPLSummerBookshelf so @NYPL can help spread the word!
- As always, don’t forget to add closed captions to make sure everyone can enjoy your post. Before uploading, click on the square with a smiley face, then select the “Captions” icon, and Instagram will do the rest.