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.
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Live Virtual Toddler Storytime Tuesdays @ 11 AM March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30 Children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers can join us for songs, early literacy activities, and books!
Young Readers Book Club for Grades K-2! Thursdays @ 5:30 PM March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25 Join us on Google Meet as we read chapter books together, discuss, and enjoy reading activities and games that include rhyming, alliteration, and more!
COVID-19 and College Admissions Info Session Wednesday, March 3 @ 5 PM The landscape of college admissions has changed significantly due to COVID19, and will continue to evolve through the foreseeable future. Advice on how to handle the SAT, ACT, AP exam results, test-optional policies, and admissions requirements will be explored in an hour-long information session, including the chance for participants to ask questions and raise concerns.
The Princeton Review’s ACT Practice Test Online Saturday, March 13 @ 9 AM Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your ACT score. Try a full-length free practice ACT online today via The Princeton Review. After the practice test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses. Please click on this link in order to apply!
The Monthly Mixtape: A Book Club for Music Lovers! Thursday, March 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.
Jane Austen, Emma, and Music Thursday, March 18 @ 6 PM In this lecture on Jane Austen’s “Emma”, join Grand Central Library and NYPL Music staff for a look into Jane Austen’s relationship with music and how it affected her writing.
An Existential Threat: A Book Club about Climate Change Wednesday, March 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, March 25 @ 4 PM This month we will be discussing Feldman’s memoir, Unorthodox, about her experiences and separation from her ultra-orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We will compare how her story is portrayed in her memoir against the dramatization of her story in the mini-series about her life.
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
Brain Games Thursdays @ 10:30 AM March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25 Each session will feature some relaxing centering time, along with everything from word games to trivia, to get your needed mental fitness workout with the library. We will also feature some tips, books, and resources on how you can continue your exercise with Library resources from home! Hope to see you there!
The following are 30 commonly used words and phrases that pertain to the election process. Read it all through, refer back to it as needed, and share it with others, because a strong democracy is powered by an informed population.
Interview with Cartoonist Gabrielle Bell Recently we reached out to cartoonist Gabrielle Bell to ask her about art and libraries. Originally born in London, Bell has been a resident of New York City for the past twenty years. Her work has been featured in multiple editions of the Best American Comics anthologies, and she has contributed work to numerous publications including McSweeney’s, Bookforum, The Believer, and VICE magazine.
Manga in Libraries: Chatting with New York Public Librarian Emily Drew Welcome to another Manga Worth Reading interview! This time we sit down and chat with Emily Drew of the New York Public Library (NYPL), the world’s third-largest library system. As a result of its size, many folks out there rely on Emily to get their manga fix! For anyone that’s ever wondered what goes into the thought process of selecting the material (most importantly, the manga) you find at your library, this interview may pique your interest!
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.