Grand Central Library Events & News: February 2021
Resources & News: February 2021
ALL BRANCHES OF NYPL CLOSED TODAY 2/1, ONLINE PROGRAMS WILL STILL TAKE PLACE.
Welcome to the Grand Central Library Newsletter, a monthly showcase of recommendations, programs, and services offered by NYPL staff and partners for our community.
ATTENTION: While Grand Central remains closed to the public, 50 branches are still open for returns and for grab-and-go service (picking up materials on hold). All items need to be checked out before you leave the building. We strongly recommend you try our new app for contactless checkout while still on the premises, and for accessing services while at home. Download on Android or Apple devices.
We hope that you and your loved ones remain cautious and safe, but that you also continue to engage your curiosity with the great e-resources the Library provides. We’re all looking forward to being back with you in person soon. Please stay in touch.
The Princeton Review’s SAT Practice Test Online Saturday, February 13 @ 9 AM Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your SAT score. Try a full-length free practice SAT online today via The Princeton Review. After the practice test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses.
Virtual Comics Chat Thursday, February 18 @ 3:30 PM Join us as three librarians talk about some of our personal favorite comics that we hope you’ll check out! This month, we will go over the basics of different styles of manga and offer suggestions on titles to start reading.
Virtual Book Tasting Friday, February 26 @ 3 PM Need a new book for the month? Then come to our Virtual Book Tasting! Get a “taste” of a variety of new and popular books. Come and hear about the great books from our librarians that are in our collection!
Love in a Hopeless Place: Writing Modern Romance Wednesday, February 10 @ 6:30 PM Authors Kate Clayborn, Alexis Daria, Courtney Milan, EE Ottoman, and Rebekah Weatherspoon join moderator Alyssa Cole for a conversation about the power and pleasures of romance writing. A Q&A follows.
An Existential Threat: A Book Club about Climate Change Wednesday, February 24 @ 6 PM To affirm our commitment to climate survival, we invite you to meet monthly to discuss a section of a book about climate change.
TALKING EMPOWERMENT IN BOOKS AND FILMS: Women’s Rights are Human Rights Thursday, February 25 @ 4 PM This month we will be discussing Khan-Cullor’s memoir about the Black Lives Matter movement. We encourage you to also view the one-person play available through PBS, Twilight: Los Angeles by Anna Deavre Smith. (TW: footage where death is shown is included in this recording).
The Monthly Mixtape: A Book Club for Music Lovers! Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30 PM Read a good music book lately? Together we will meet once a month to share what we are reading and listening to. Be inspired and get Recommendations from fellow music book lovers and library staff from Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library and Grand Central Library.
1:1 Tech Help You can set up a 30-minute, one-on-one, meeting with library staff for assistance with technology and library resources/website. Please reach out to GrandCentral@nypl.org to set up an appointment.
NEW PROGRAMS ALERT
Hayao Miyazaki: A Hero’s Journey Five family-friendly talks on the culture and impact of Miyazaki’s classic Studio Ghibli films hosted by Steele Filipek. The presentations will additionally showcase rare and seldom-seen images from the NYPL Digital Collections and Recommendations from our circulating collections. Tuesday, February 2 @ 6PM – The Castle of Cagliostro Tuesday, February 9 @ 6PM – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Tuesday, February 16 @ 6PM – Porco Rosso Tuesday, February 23 @ 6PM – Princess Mononoke Tuesday, March 2 @ 6PM – Spirited Away
The pandemic had an impact on sports leagues all over the world, including the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Our beloved baseball too, saw its Opening Day postponed all the way to the end of July, with a season of just 60 games taking place, as well as the bulk of the postseason being played in spectator-free, neutral sites. So why don’t we close out (or start out?) the year in the best way we can, and that’s by spotlighting some of the best baseball books released in 2020.
NYPL Storytime: Hal Schrieve Reads ‘Frog and Toad’ and ‘Should I Share My Ice Cream?’
The New York Public Library App You can use the new app for contactless checkout while still on the premises. Download on Android or Apple
Get free, online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2 PM to 11 PM through our partnership with Brainfuse. Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Video content and other resources are also available 24 hours a day.
Scholastic Teachables Sign in with your library card to explore this database for mini-books and printable activity sheets. Topics include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Writing, and more. (Grades Pre-K–6)
Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) If you or someone you know has been hurt by sexual or intimate partner violence, below are some options available to you. • For emergencies, please dial 911 or visit your nearest Emergency Department • To reach SAVI during our regular business hours (M-F, 9 – 5 PM EST): (212) 423-2140 or firstname.lastname@example.org • To reach the 24-hour NYPD Special Victims Hotline: (212) 267-RAPE • To reach the 24-hour SAFE Horizon Hotline: (800) 621-HOPE
NYC Well Trouble coping? We’re here to listen and help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. For you or someone you care for. Text “WELL” to 65173, Call 1-888-NYC-WELL, or Chat here.
In February of 1926, the accomplished author, editor, historian, educator, and Black rights advocate Dr. Carter G. Woodson used his scholarly organization the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and its scholarly publication The Journal of Negro History to establish Negro History Week (which eventually was expanded to Black History Month in the 1970s).
During Black History Month 2021, a group of NYPL workers will facilitate programs, provide services, and disseminate information that speaks directly to the Black community. From hosting public community conversations with community members about the multitude of identities that lies within the Black community TO providing craft activities for the youth to learn about the great past and present Black STEAM influencers,
The Woodson Project is here to let the people of the community know that we stand with them in facing Anti-Black racism. In addition, The Woodson Project will specifically Amplify Black Content (Books, Movies, Websites, etc.) through booklists, resource lists, blogs and many more platforms. In all, The Woodson Project was created to give the New York City public the opportunity to learn, reflect, and progress towards a society where Black folks can no longer be denied the right to live a life full of joy and prosperity. The Woodson Project contributors wish that this project serves as a reminder to everyone why Dr. Carter G. Woodson began Negro History Week in the first place.