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Frankenstein and the Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle, the second edition of NYPL's collections-based app Biblion, shows how the questions we ask ourselves everyday — about technology, prejudice, gender — are all contained in a classic work of literature: Mary Shelley's 200 year old novel Frankenstein.


In Biblion, you'll how the same ideas get remixed over time, and how the classics continue to inspire and inform the world around us. Articles from experts and inspiring thinkers are paired with more than 550 photographs, prints, and maps from the unparalleled collections of The New York Public Library.

Plus, each article is linked to one of more than 750 pages of original source documents including the entire original handwritten draft of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, begun in 1816. We've paired this manuscript with a transcript of the novel's 1831 edition so you can toggle the published transcript over the original draft to see how Shelley changed and developed this classic work over time. 

Biblion: Frankenstein also includes new social reading features that allow you to participate in conversations about big ideas, vote on polls, and create new questions for other readers.

Download the groundbreaking iPad app from The New York Public Library, launching June 7, 2012

Or, browse the edition online

Backstage at LIVE from the NYPL, with The Daily Beast

Go Backstage at LIVE from the NYPL... with The Daily Beast!

September 21, 2009 (All day)
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LIVE from the NYPL programs are long on intellectual content, but these “LIVE Shorts” videos provide short bites suggesting a flavor of the full program.

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LIVE from the NYPL

Flash Rosenberg is a freelance photographer and artist-in-residence for LIVE from the NYPL. She draws discussions in front of live audiences to create real time “Conversation Portraits.” These drawings are an amorphous portrait of what it feels like to translate complex ideas into simple lines. She squeezes 90-minute blabs into five- to eight-minute animations, edited by Sarah Lohman.

LIVE Conversation Portraits

Flash Rosenberg is a freelance photographer and artist-in-residence for LIVE from the NYPL. She draws discussions in front of live audiences to create real time “Conversation Portraits.” These drawings are an amorphous portrait of what it feels like to translate complex ideas into simple lines. She squeezes 90-minute blabs into five- to eight-minute animations, edited by Sarah Lohman.

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The New York Public Library has several picture books, non-fiction books and e-books for children and a few titles for teens observing or wish to learn more about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Touchable Fiber Art Exhibit by Auspicious Stitches

Hanging quilt with appliques and beads, featuring a green Tara and clouds    Close up of two triangular banners, one of multilayered crocheted flowers and one of a roaring, needle-felted lion's head surrounded by sequins

From June 24th through the summer, the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library's Community Room will host a display of fabric art made by our Auspicious Stitches crafting group. Much of the work was inspired by Himalayan art and culture and features themes of Buddhism and nature. Most of the work is invitingly touchable – check out the techniques of silk knotting, bead work, paper rolls, applique, embroidery, yo-yos, and other skills on the fabric art pieces, including a sampler of skills made exclusively for Heiskell to pique your interest. 

Auspicious Stitches is a volunteer-run, non-affiliated,  long standing, two-hour coming together of participants who range from new to experienced handcrafters who enjoy discovering and creating individual and/or group needlework and fabric art projects. It is free and open to all. Meets Mondays from 12 Noon to 2:00 PM

Open now. Ends September 8th, 2017.

Window Reflection by Ner Beck

NER BECK: Manhattan Madrid Barcelona

Come visit the Riverside Library, just adjacent to Lincoln Center, for a special four-part photography exhibition of Ner Beck’s strange and wonderful images shot in New York City, Madrid and Barcelona. First see his collection of quirky found faces lurking within inanimate objects, that seem to possess many of the same emotions and feelings that everyone can relate to. Then view the reflections exhibit wall with prism-like colors that were built naturally from mirrored building windows, water and glass, that then merge into one final layered composition. Enjoy a quad of photos of lost, dropped and discarded personal objects haphazardly lost or left on the streets by fellow New Yorkers. Finally take a stroll down the streets of Madrid and Barcelona to see what buried visual-treasures were discovered and uncovered there. SOME RECENT LIBRARY VISITORS’ COMMENTS: “The artist has eyes and he can see.” “My 17-month old daughter always says “Hi” to one of your smiling face pictures.” “For someone interested in photography your exhibit was really inspiring.” “Charming and whimsical, makes you look at New York City with new eyes.” “This exhibition depicting the streets of our wonderful and historically rich city is breathtaking and bold.” “This way of looking should be an assignment for NYC high school photography students.” “This exhibit is a must for those of us who love photography!” “Thanks for making me laugh, makes me appreciate the city in a friendly way, perfect for NYPL.” “So amazing. I dream of being a photographer when I grow up.”

 

Open now. Ends July 27th, 2017.

Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!

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