5 NYPL Shop Must-Haves for Teachers August 17, 2017 12:22

Best back-to-school ever! It’s time to set up the classroom and get ready for the new semester. This year, we've got a great selection for teachers of all kinds. Plus, stay tuned for a chance to win one of our favorite back-to-school titles! And don’t forget to visit the Shop for our in-store 10% discount for all students, teachers, and librarians.

1. For the Art Teacher


Take it from the master, we all are still learning every daywhich is exactly what this NYPL tote bag proclaims with its timeless quote. Michelangelo would also approve of this gorgeous, leather bound, marble edged journal that is reminiscent of the Renaissance but perfect for your ideas today. Top it off with a Blackwing pencil set: an incredibly popular writing tool of choice for authors like John Steinbeck and E.B. White.

Pack it up, and get ready to write!

2. For the New Teacher


New teachers need all the help they can get. These two titles, Why Teach and How Children Succeed are full of inspiration and insight for the brand new school year. Plus, there’s the perfect accessory for your fridge or desk: a magnet that proudly declares “Teachers Always Welcome!”

Read for success, and get magnetic.

3. For the Musical Teacher


We’re only a little obsessed with this new gadget from Hoveric! A gravity-defying wireless speaker that rotates above a magnetic base, offering 360 degrees of fantastic sound; an incredibly cool gift for anyone with high standards for their music listening sessions. Pair it with How Music Works, a comprehensive and fascinating book about the musical arts, by Talking Heads alum David Byrne.

Listen well, and read the music.

4. For the Elementary School Teacher


Hauling all of the necessary materials to mold tomorrow’s minds can be daunting. Thankfully, this teacher’s tote bag is up to the task! Beautifully decorated in the style of a vintage art nouveau notebook, it can hold workbooks, gold stars, and more without breaking a sweat—including She Persisted, a new picture book from Chelsea Clinton. Featuring 13 American women who changed the world, this is a perfect storytime for feminists of all ages.

Tote your new favorite picture book!

5. For the Science Teacher


It’s a lamp…that looks like a lamp! This desktop accent is two-dimensional, and is wonderfully alight. Use the gentle, LED beam to read the fun, educational Women in Science. Rachel Ignotofsky writes and illustrates the lives of 50 awesome ladies who changed the world. Her books are positively bursting with fun facts and inspiration from STEM women, from ancient times to today. Stay tuned for our next post: it includes a conversation with Rachel and a chance to WIN a copy of her book!

Light up your favorite reading nook; dive into your new favorite science book!


5 Awesome NYPL Shop Items Made Right Here in the USA July 03, 2017 10:11

The Library Shop is home to the creations of many independent artists and designers. This Independence Day, explore what they have to offer with these amazing products made in our very own U.S. of A!

1. Mini Works of the Revolution 

Fireworks, shmireworks! These renowned documents, published by Applewood Books in Carlisle, MA, are downright explosive. Don’t let their size fool you; small-but-mighty works like the U.S. Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation quite literally hold the power to change the world.

Read some lit literature!

2. A Sturdy Place to Keep Things Handy 

Peg and Awl designs beautiful and practical household items out of reclaimed materials (see our interview with the shop’s founders below!). The Philadephia, PA-based shop has created a stunning series of NYPL-branded caddies, decorated with a vintage stamp. Perfect for home, work, or the classroom!

Keep it organized!

3. A Coast-to-Coast American Tote

Western Textile, a manufacturing company based in Sausalito, CA, has built durable, classically-styled totes and pouches that will last a lifetime. Available in a variety of colors, each bag is stamped with NYPL’s vintage logo and is spacious enough for your entire summer reading stack.

Tote it across the country!

4. A Home Decor Classic

Since 1930, the iconic Kit-Cat Clocks have hung in kitchens for generations. A true American design classic, these adorable timepieces are built by the California Clock Company in Fountain Valley, CA. Add a smiling, tail-wagging clock to your home for a playful touch on your walls!

Get the classic!

5. A Puzzling Bestseller

Puzzle lovers and book lovers unite! White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson, NH has created two beautiful, literary-themed jigsaws to keep you puzzling for hours. This one features over fifty of the best-selling books of all time (and NO blue sky). And at 1000 pieces, it’s bound to be challenging, so find the corner pieces and get started!

Piece it together!

A Conversation with Walter and Margaux Kent, Founders of Peg and Awl

How did your shop get started? Where did the name "Peg and Awl" come from?
MK: Walter and I started making things the moment we met—but didn’t start Peg and Awl until two years later. During that time we had a baby (Søren, who is now nine!), got married in Iceland, and Walter spent a year in Iraq with the National Guard. When he returned I tried to convince him to start a business with me. He wasn’t certain we could make something out of nothing, but I felt confident we could! Shortly after his return, he made the tub caddy that I’d been wanting my whole life. We had extra antique wood from torn-down homes in our neighborhood that we had gathered to fix up our backyard. I had been using splintery 2x4s across my tub since I was a kid and with Walter’s creation, I now had a beautifully-crafted reclaimed wood board that spanned the tub and made for a dream drawing/reading space. We took a photograph of me in the tub, pregnant with Silas and using the caddy, and posted it on Etsy. The business was born!

The name comes from an old folk song about handmaking shoes by the Carolina Tar Heels called “Peg and Awl.” We initially wanted to make shoes, but a funny encounter led to Walter and I deciding to make what we know. We merged our love for woodworking, jewelry making, bookbinding, and photography, and eventually learned to make bags when the need for a diaper bag arose! Lucky for us, making objects that we want and use has been the very thing that propelled Peg and Awl. Photographing ourselves and our boys, using our objects in our home, and sharing our real life experiences was a natural transition!

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
MK: I am inspired every day. I love words, sounds, wind, and everything that comes with a storm. I love that things can be made out of nothing. I love wandering and travelling and gathering stories and treasures. I love the effects of time on objects and imagining the layers of people over time in a single place.

WK: It’s Margaux!

When did you each start creating?
MK: I’ve always been making things, but unlike Walter my process was solitary. I was always chaotic, filling every surface with a project (something my parents recall bittersweetly). Our home is like that now. Projects everywhere. I am a bit hard to contain.

WK:  I have been drawing and making stuff my whole life. My dad ran a custom woodworking and remodeling business out of the garage at our house, and my brother and I were always tinkering with the tools. We were home schooled, and would immerse ourselves in everything we learned. While studying medieval history, we spent an entire year creating a medieval world: tapestries, tunics, dresses, and armor out of fabric, wood, paint, and cardboard.

What inspired the NYPL-branded collection?
MK: We love working with the Library, and as a result, we often test our new toys and ideas there. I visited the library with a friend once, and the woman in the jewelry area, not knowing who I was, began to tell me all about our little book necklaces with such enthusiasm and knowledge. Everything that we make has a story—if that story is told, it draws people in to share that joy. When I told her I made them, she didn’t skip a beat and asked how she’d done! Amazing! We all laughed and celebrated her storytelling skills.

What are you reading now?
MK: I am reading The Treasure of the Barracuda, by Llanos Campos and illustrated by Júlia Sardà, to Søren and Silas. I’m also reading Living My Life by Emma Goldman, The Bad Seed (a childhood favorite) by William March, and oodles of picture books. My current favorite is The Liszts by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Júlia Sardà.

WK: I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to Søren and Silas. I haven’t read the Harry Potter books before and it’s amazing to experience them for the first time with them.

5 Father’s Day Gifts for the Classic Dad June 07, 2017 14:03

There’s not really a “classic” Dad: they’re all over the map in when it comes to style, hobbies, and interests. (Except when it comes to sweeping the garage. Every dad has a gold standard of perfection when it comes to sweeping the garage.) Father’s Day is June 18, and NYPL’s Shop has exactly what you need. (No, it’s not another tie, though we do have them!)

1. For the Dad Who’s an Old Soul

Penned in 1858, Walt Whitman's Guide to Manly Health and Training is a collection of recently-discovered columns and essays the American poet wrote under a pseudonym. Filled with eclectic advice on health, diet, and fashion, it’s a perfect guide for the classic gentleman. 

Read the guide, and learn the rules!

2. For Dad’s Night In

We all need some time to ourselves! For the dad who likes his creature comforts, this NYPL-branded bistro mug is perfect whether he prefers coffee, tea, or cocoa. Pair it with a beautiful leather catch-all, crafted in Italy by Luca Natalzia (see our interview with their co-owner below!). Stamped with NYPL’s vintage logo, the classic design goes with any interior, and keeps necessities like keys and cards at his fingertips.

Catch it all while you have a cup.

3. For the Meticulous Dad

A perpetual calendar and ruler, this exquisite tool is a beautiful desktop decoration that measures time and space! One side displays the month and day of the week; the other is a 12-inch, brass ruler.

Measure it out.

4. For the History Buff Dad

If he’s an avid armchair historian, History by the Meter is the perfect (practical!) gift. From year 0 CE to present day, this ruler lists the major events of 2000 years in as many millimeters. Plus, there’s a colonial-era George Washington’s Rules of Civility, the founding father’s guide to decent behavior. All 110 maxims are brief but powerful rules of etiquette and moral issues, including the timeless, final rule: "Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience."

Learn by the meter, and get civilized!

5. For the Refined Dad

Simple, elegant, and versatile! This leather case, engraved with a vintage NYPL stamp, is another beautiful creation by Luca Natalzia. Designed to carry and protect important items like reading glasses, this Italian design is timeless and endlessly useful.

Carry it classy!

A Conversation with Laura Natalzia, co-owner of Luca Natalzia

Luca Natalzia is the bindery and design studio that handmakes the Shop’s NYPL-branded journals and accessories.

Where are you from?
We are located in Italy, near Rome.

How did the bindery get started?
The bookbinding workshop is a family-owned company that first opened in 1910.

Who is your biggest design inspiration?
Our inspiration comes from the past. Our journals are inspired by medieval- and Renaissance-era materials and workmanship. But we never forget that we live in the present, and that above all a journal, or a leather object, is meant to last for many years. The past, present, and future must live in every article we craft.

When did you start creating?
It started before me! Our generation is continuing and enhancing the work started by the generation before us. We strive to keep the secrets and passions of those who came before us.

What's your favorite part of creating these items?
Journals! We do bookbinding, bags, and leather accessories, but journals are the most important business for us. We produce about 15-20 new leather designs per year. We express our creativity best through our leather journal collection.

What inspired the NYPL-branded collection?
We visited the Library and were inspired by both its charm and sense of history. The collection was born!

What are you reading now?
A thriller by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, L’altro capo del filo (The Other End of the Thread).

5 Gift Ideas for the Class of 2017 May 31, 2017 11:21

Another class of graduates is moving on and up! Whether they’re wrapping up kindergarten or a PhD, the Library Shop is stocked with gifts for your favorite grad.

1. A timeless classic and an elegant desk globe

A timeless classic and an elegant desk globe

Dr. Seuss's adventure book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is an undisputed inspiration for all ages. For a personalized gift, have your grad’s family and friends sign and customize a copy for a priceless memory! Pair it perfectly with a MOVA globe, a state-of-the-art wonder powered by the energy of room light and the force of the earth's magnetic field.

“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

Read the classic, navigate the globe!

2. Words of wisdom

Words of wisdom

Life after school doesn’t mean life after book bags! This bright NYPL tote features the Library’s logo and poet Mark Strand’s encouraging quote, “The future is always beginning now.” And, if your grad is struck in the heart with fear at the thought of “adulting,” Stuff Every Graduate Should Know has ‘em covered, with tips for staying in shape, building a professional wardrobe, throwing a real dinner party, and everything else a newly minted grown-up needs to know.

Load up your tote with some post-grad literature.

3. A place for real-world thoughts, ideas, and grocery lists

A place for real-world thoughts, ideas, and grocery lists

If anyone ever had it together, it was probably the endlessly talented Michelangelo. But his motto “ancora imparo,” Italian for “I am still learning,” is a reminder that we are all ongoing students of life, and the next great discovery is just ahead. This beautiful, leather-bound journal bears his words in gold script, and can be accompanied with an exquisite Kaweco fountain pen.

Put pen to paper!

4. Letters for the present and future

Letters for the present and future

Perfect for grads of all ages, this installation of the Letters to...Series is a paper time capsule! This set includes fold-and-mail letters for friends and family to write, seal, and send at a later date. Prompts such as “I wish someone had given me this advice!” ensure memories and wisdom are preserved for a lifetime.

Start writing today!

5. An opportunity of a lifetime
An opportunity of a lifetime

The Young Lions is a membership group for New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s who are committed to supporting the work of The New York Public Library. Yearly members’ events include talks with authors and industry leaders, cocktail parties, and more—a truly priceless gift of access and entertainment. For more information, see our Young Lions Q&A below!

Sign your grad up!

A Conversation with Taylor Dietz, who leads the charge for NYPL's Young Lions program

In a nutshell, who are the Young Lions (YL)?

The Young Lions is comprised of a dynamic group of patrons in their 20s and 30s who are committed to supporting the Library’s mission of providing free and open access to knowledge, education, and opportunity. YL meets throughout the year for a variety of events — literary salons, author talks, happy hours, and tours of cool and unusual places in the city.

Who are some of the members (then & now)?

One of our most prominent and engaged Young Lions was Ethan Hawke, who helped found the Young Lions Fiction Award, whereby each year we award a prize to an emerging writer. We've also had members evolve within the life of the Library to become members of the Board of Trustees, which is incredible. Generally, YL members represent myriad different industries—from publishing to finance to law—but share a common desire to engage with the world through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

When does the group meet?

We hold 15-20 events throughout the year at a variety of places: the Library, members’ homes, cultural institutions throughout the city, and the occasional rooftop bar! One of our most popular events is the Fiction Awards ceremony, a special spring event which attracts more than 400 guests—from Library donors to celebrity attendees. It’s a spectacular celebration and important literary event that honors the most exciting new voices in literature today.

What are events like?

YL events are fun and engaging. We create totally unique experiences and provide exclusive access, like an opportunity to see a Shakespeare First Folio in the flesh, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of a recently-opened exhibition.

How does YL affect the Library and the community?

The YL program exposes the Library’s critical mission to younger generations. Some people still view the Library as a stuffy place that holds dusty old books—irrelevant in today’s fast-paced, digital world. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Library is a vital resource that serves so many diverse communities and constituencies: from artists, researchers, and scholars to underprivileged students, adult learners, and immigrants seeking English language instruction. YL members spread this urgent message to their friends and colleagues.

Why should a recent grad become a Young Lion?

There is truly no better place to meet intellectually curious, socially engaged—and fun!—people your own age. Plus, you get to hang out in one of the most iconic buildings in all of New York City. A YL membership is an introduction to a welcoming peer community and a fulfilling city life.

5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Unstoppable Mom April 27, 2017 13:22

Of course you could show her some love with flowers, a nice card, and a hug, but this Mother’s Day (psst, it’s May 14!) we’ve got exactly what you need for the strong, paradigm-shattering mom (or mom-figure) in your life.

1. A Guide to Breaking the Rules
Bad Girls Throughout History

What do Sojourner Truth, Marie Curie, and Joan Jett have in common? They made history by behaving badly. Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen documents the impact of these rule-breakers with beautiful illustrations and compelling essays. Don't miss our author interview below, where we sit down with Shen to hear about what inspires her, and what she's learned from these 100 remarkable women.

Read up on these trailblazers!

2. Feminist Tote and Pin
Feminist Tote

Haul your feminist literature in style! Even better: add a simple, bold pin to any accessory, including your favorite knitted hat.

Tote it loud. Pin it proud.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Gear
Adichie Books

Adapted from the author’s radical TED Talk, the short, powerful essay We Should All Be Feminists speaks a big message that everyone should hear. And don’t miss Adichie’s follow-up, the epistolary Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

Read it, love it, become a fan.

4. Fearless Necklace
Joan of Arc Necklace

Channel your inner warrior with this hand-cast necklace from Chocolate and Steel. Joan of Arc’s timeless quote, “I am not afraid. I was born to do this,” is etched in gold.

Wear that courage!

5. A Complete Prep Set

With a mini sewing kit, emergency bandages, and more, the Pinch Mom Kit will keep her ready for whatever the future brings. Plus, there’s Stuff Every Mom Should Know, a handy guide that serves up indispensable wisdom, such as “Comebacks for Unsolicited Parenting Advice.”

Stay prepared and know your stuff.

A Conversation with  Ann Shen, Author and Illustrator of Bad Girls Throughout History

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is not one person, but lots of different people who run their own businesses and lives according to their own rules. I feel so inspired when I read interviews and when I meet people in my daily life who are fully in charge of their own lives, and remain warm, grounded, and positive.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Southern California, and I currently live and work in Los Angeles.

When did you start creating?

I always wrote and illustrated books when I was a kid, but I decided to go pro in my mid-twenties when I went back to school to study illustration. After graduation, I dove headfirst into design and illustration work and haven't looked back since!

How did this book come to be?

Bad Girls Throughout History started out as a zine I made in art school; it was an illustration for a publishing class. I decided to make the kind of work I wanted to see, and the kind of dream work I wanted to do. At that time in my life, I was looking for role models who made their own paths and listened to their hearts because that's what I needed to hear about.

I read an article about Ada Lovelace and was absolutely inspired and surprised to find out that she was the world's first computer programmer – not first FEMALE, but FIRST. In my research I found out more about her salacious and complex personal life, and that inspired me even more. It sparked this realization that all the women who achieved incredible things were complicated, real people with doubts and fears, but overcame them anyway. That was a super inspiring concept to me, and I couldn't stop sharing all that I found with everyone who would listen.

Fortunately, the word spread with the people who really got the idea, and a few years later my literary agent found the project on a blog and reached out to me about turning it into a book (only my hope and dream in life!) and we connected with great people at Chronicle Books to make it happen.

What are you reading now?

I'm always reading a few books at a time. I like a balance of learning, self-improvement, and fun. So in the mornings I'm currently reading Eat Pretty Every Day by Jolene Hart, which has really easy-to-read daily pages of great nutritional info. In the evening, I'm reading The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds, and a fun fiction book, Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

by Toni Rachal

9 Presents for Jane Austen Fans December 12, 2016 12:02

As the weather grows colder, blankets, fireplaces, and hot cocoa seem more and more inviting. And every winter night needs a good book, who better to read than the keen pen and page-turning wit of Jane Austen?

1. Prideful Purple Socks

Jane Austen Socks

Snuggling up with a good book shouldn't give you cold feet. Keep your toes toasty with this quote from Pride and Prejudice.

Slip on some cozy quotes.

2. Cover Design T-Shirt

Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt

For those of you who thought, "well, socks are nice, but I want something a little more visible."

Try this shirt on for size.

3. Quote Covered Mug

Jane Austen Mug

Sip, quaff, and swig your favorite beverage from this mug filled to the brim with choice quotes.

Fill that mug shaped hole in your life.

4. Wise Words Tote

NYPL Jane Austen Tote Bag

When it's time to venture out of the house, where are you going to put your books? In this tote bag, of course!

Your book toting tote awaits.

5. What Would Jane Do?

What Would Jane Do?

If you're lost, in need of direction, or yearning for a proper quip, this tiny (but mighty) book will have the perfect pithy phrase.

Crack open your book.

6. Book Cover Pouch

Pride and Prejudice Pouch

Need a stash for the letters from your secret admirer? This pouch can hide them perfectly. (Also perfect for phones, pens, wallets, and the bits and bobs at the bottom of a bag.

Pick yours up.

7. Pocket-Sized Enamel Book Pin

Pride and Prejudice Enamel Book Pin

A mini Elizabeth Bennet who would look stunning on your jacket, your bag, your hat, your shirt, your-- you get the picture.

Wear your pride on your sleeve.

8. Silver Heart Necklace

Jane Austen Heart Necklace

A quote from the Jane Austen Prayers, a simple reminder in sterling silver, and beautiful heart to wear by your own.

Inspiration awaits.

9. Inspiring Journal

Jane Austen Journal

Whether you're journaling, observing life, or writing drafts of your future memoirs, you can't do better than this leatherette journal.

Let your pen write on gilded edge paper.

Get your order in by December 14th to ensure arrival by December 24th.

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Gifts for the Library Lover December 06, 2016 16:53

1. Neil Gaiman Tote Bag

Neil Gaiman Tote Bag

Fill this canvas bag from our Wise Words collection with dreams and still have space in the inner pocket for material things. Like your keys.

Begin your literary journey here.

2. Mini Book Light

Mini Book Light

Read in any circumstance with this powerful LED lamp that can fit in your pocket. Did we mention it can charge your phone, too?

Find your pocket sized super book here.


3. Library Card Scarf

Library Card Scarf

We’re all a little nostalgic for date stamps and paper library cards. Wear your happy memories with style in this cotton/silk scarf.

Celebrate nostalgia here.

4. When in Doubt Tee

When in Doubt Go to the Library T-Shirt

Whether you’re a fan or looking for some sage advice, Hermione’s words ring true. Show that proudly with this 100% cotton shirt.

For witches and wizards of all sorts.


5. Library Stamp Desk Caddy

Library Stamp Desk Caddy

The stamp is from the start of the New York Public Library. The wood is reclaimed heart of pine. Your desk is infinitely cooler and a touch neater. You’re welcome.

Treat yourself here.


6. Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird

Filled to the brim with literary references and puns (Gin Eyre anyone?). This cocktail book is the ideal chaser to a long day for those more liquidly inclined.

Get your literary drink on here.


7. Card Catalog

Card Catalog

Invigorate To Do lists into by writing them on the back of classics like Moby Dick. Then put them in the matching envelope and file away. Like a real card catalog!

Spruce up your notecards here.

8. Due Date Tie

Due Date Tie

This silk tie transports you back to the time when library books had to be stamped by hand, marginalia roamed free, and the scent of books filled the air. (Scent of books not included.)

But you can get the tie here.


9. Quote Magnet Set

Quote Magnet Set

Does that wall/fridge/lamp look a little bare? Is life lacking that certain dose of inspiration?


Spruce it up with our Wise Words magnet set.


10. Shakespeare Quote Necklace

Shakespeare Necklace

A gift for fierce ladies of all statures. That Hermia is sure to love the sterling silver quote and lion. (Reads: “Although she be but little, she is fierce.”)

Get your bold necklace here.


11. Banned Books Bracelet

Banned Books Bracelet

This lead-free banned book bracelet is a perfect accessory for that librarian who wishes Banned Book Week could be every day of the year.

Serious banned swag here.


12. Fran Lebowitz Quote Mug

Fran Lebowitz Mug

This 11 oz mug from our Wise Words collection does have some good advice and another reason to love books. (And it’s dishwasher and microwave safe, to boot.)

Fill your head here.


13. Punk Rock Authors Tote

Punk Rock Authors Tote

Finally! A tote for the book lover with an attitude.

Click here to get yours.


14. Library Stamp Pouch

Red Vintage Library Stamp Pouch

Tote too big? Try a canvas pouch adorned with the vintage stamp once used at the NYPL.

Comes in Red (pictured), Light Denim (also pictured),Gray, Black, and Dark Denim, too!


15. Raven Scarf

Raven Scarf

Share your darker side by wearing this cotton infinity scarf with the entire Poe poem. Soon enough, you’ll be looking at other scarves and saying “Nevermore!”

Make Poe proud and head here.


16. Book Stack Earrings

Book Stack Earrings

Never be too far from a good book with these earrings.

Available in Gold and Silver.


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