Watch: Reading Brings Us Together
On May 23, 1895, The New York Public Library was founded. To honor the 125th anniversary of our founding, we asked 125 people to tell us about a book that inspired them to #LoveReading. This video follows the release of our new anniversary list, 125 Kids Books We Love, featuring children’s titles that inspire those both young and young at heart to #LoveReading. Explore the list here.
Join a wide array of book-lovers—from celebrated authors to actors, musicians, and our own expert librarians—to celebrate the power of reading to bring us together, even when we’re apart.
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The Power of Reading
Find out what these cultural luminaries had to say about the power of reading here.
Now, we want to hear from you! Join the festivities by tagging @nypl on social media with a video telling us about a book that inspired you to #LoveReading.
Bill T. Jones
Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy
Francis Ford Coppola
Jason Robert Brown
Mahogany L. Browne
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Michael John LaChiusa
Ruben Diaz Jr.
The Kid Mero
Watch all the videos on NYPL's YouTube playlist.
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The Library's 125th anniversary is a moment to honor and reaffirm the enduring power of libraries. Our values of trust, respect, and free and open access to knowledge and opportunity are as essential today as ever before.
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Celebrate the Library’s anniversary with 125 books for kids, selected by our expert librarians from the last 125 years, that inspire those both young and young at heart to love reading.