Watch: Reading Brings Us Together

Red text that reads: Reading brings us together... even when we're apart

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.

Abi Daré

Al Roker

Alan Cumming

Alison Stewart

Amor Towles

André Aciman

Angela Yee

Anna Chlumsky

Annette Gordon-Reed

Anthony Doerr

Arden Myrin

Ayelet Waldman

Bill T. Jones

Bobby Berk

Brian Lehrer

Bruce Coville

Carl Heastie

Carla Hayden

Carole Radziwell

Chelsea Clinton

Chuck Schumer

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

Clemantine Wamariya

Colum McCann

Corey Johnson

Cynthia Nixon

Dagmara Domińczyk

Darren Walker

Deborah Roberts

Desus Nice

Elizabeth Levy

Elizabeth Strout

Ellie Kemper

Ethan Hawke

Francis Ford Coppola

Frederick Wiseman

Gale Brewer

Hillary Clinton

James Oddo

Jason Robert Brown

Jeffrey Siger

Jelani Cobb

Jenna Ushkowitz

Jennifer Egan

Jenny Xie

Jess Kidd

Jill Kargman

Jonathan Lethem

Karan Mahajan

Kevin Young

Logan Browning

Mahogany L. Browne

Marcus Samuelsson

Martha Plimpton

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Michael John LaChiusa

Michael Stipe

Miriam Shor

Monique Truong

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Ocean Vuong

Padma Lakshmi

Patrick Wilson

Roger Clark

Ruben Diaz Jr.

Sloane Crosley

Stacy Schiff

Sunny Hostin

Susan Minot

The Kid Mero

Tim Gunn

Vincent Piazza


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