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 April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 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 @ 3 PM April 8, April 22, April 29 Join us on Google Meet as we read chapter books together, discuss, and enjoy reading activities and games that include rhyming, alliteration, and more!
Virtual Comics Chat Thursday, April 15 @ 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 offer suggestions on titles to start reading about nature (for Earth Day) and nonfiction comics.
The Princeton Review’s SAT Practice Test Online Saturday, April 17 @ 9 AM – 1 PM 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. Please click on this link in order to apply!
Virtual Book Tasting Friday, April 30 @ 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!
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!
Doc Chat Episode 22: Place-Based History on NYC’s Broadway Thursday, April 1 @ 3:30 PM In Episode 22, NYPL’s Gregory Stall and Fran Leadon, Associate Professor of Architecture at City College, analyze maps, manuscripts, and menus that reveal the multilayered history of Broadway, one of New York City’s most iconic thoroughfares. Educators, scholars, students, and all primary source lovers are welcome to join this lively conversation. Each 30-minute episode takes place online.
You Are A Scientist! Thursday, April 8 @ 6 PM ALL AGES WELCOME to come learn about Citizen Science Month. Citizen Science is a way for members of the general public to work collaboratively with professional scientists to collect and analyze data. In this program we will introduce you more to the concept, highlight a few major projects you can participate in, and then we’ll work together to make an impact on Alzheimer’s research. Teachers, if you’re interested in using Citizen Science in the classroom this would be a great primer!
The Night the Rhythm Club Went Down: The 1940 Fire of Natchez, Mississippi Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:30 PM Join local historian Michael Starr for a presentation commemorating the anniversary of The Rhythm Club Fire – a fire in a dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi on the night of April 23, 1940, which killed 209 people and severely injured many others. Starr, a native of Natchez, will discuss little-known details about the event and draw upon his own research using the NYPL databases. Starr’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Join lifetime Stuy Town resident and former City Councilman Daniel Garodnick for an online conversation with Manhattan Borough Historian Robert Snyder on how Stuyvesant neighbors stood up to real estate interests and successfully fought to save their homes, delivering New York City’s biggest-ever affordable housing preservation win.
Monthly Mixtape Thursday, April 29 @ 7:30 PM For the month of April, The Monthly Mixtape will focus on works of fiction that make music a central theme in the plot. Think High Fidelity by Nick Hornby or Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, to name just a few. Come prepared to talk about your favorite work of fiction that incorporates music into its plot or style of writing!
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.
Love in a Hopeless Place: Modern Romance Writers Book Picks Romance novels come in many forms, but all share one defining element: the happily ever after. We recently invited some stars of modern romance to Branching Out to recommend books reflective of the inherent optimism of romance or just the restorative power of a happy ending. Click on the link for their picks!
Staff Favorites: Recent Books That Reflect Diverse Jewish Experiences One of the tenets of the Jewish faith,Tikkun Olam, is the concept of correcting and perfecting a broken world. As we reflect on the past year and the hardships we have faced—COVID-19, political divisiveness, and other social disparities—we often turn to our mentors, elders, and great authors to inspire us to find hope, vehicles for change, and tools for finding peace. It is our hope that whether you are Jewish, religious, spiritual, an avid reader, or none of the above, you will find something here to inspire, enlighten, and restore your vision of perfecting and correcting the world.
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.