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, many grab-and-go locations are now browse-and-go! You can walk in and browse the shelves for 30 minutes and make an appointment to use a computer for 45 minutes. Please see details at this link.
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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STEAM: Graphic Design With Canva Wednesday, June 2 @ 4 PM At this workshop, kids ages 9-12 can join Librarians from the Kingsbridge and Grand Central Branches and learn how to use Canva, a free digital graphic design platform! Here, kids will use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and layouts to create a digital poster.
Live Virtual Toddler Storytime Tuesdays @ 11 AM June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 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 June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24 Join us on Google Meet as we read chapter books together, discuss, and enjoy reading activities and games that include rhyming, alliteration, and more!
Manga Drawing Workshop for Beginners: The First Steps! Monday, June 14 @ 4 PM Beginner artists interested in Japanese anime and manga will learn basic drawing skills through step by step instruction from a professional manga artist. After the introduction of different manga styles, students will follow along with a demonstration to draw and complete a popular character from a Japanese manga or animation. By the end of the session, students will have the tools needed to set out being a manga artist on their own!
Virtual Comics Chat Thursday, June 17 @ 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 be discussing graphic novels and memoirs for LGBTQ+ Pride Month& Summer Reading.
Manga Drawing Workshop for Intermediate Students: Polish Your Skills! Thursday, June 17 @ 5 PM Young manga artists who have some basic drawing skills will polish and refine their manga skills with a professional artist. The artist will share various techniques for facial expressions, hands, accessories, clothing, and more through step by step instruction and demonstration. Students will gain artistic understanding of proportion, anatomical structure, movements, and perspective, as well as three dimensional effects on manga characters. Students will master “must-have” skills to being a successful artist!
Virtual Book Tasting Friday, June 25 @ 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!
Hayao Miyazaki: Flights of Fancy Tuesdays @ 6 PM
Join Steele Filipek for MORE family-friendly talks on the Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli and its co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.
The Refocus Project aims to transform the American theatre canon by highlight 20th-century Black plays and their playwrights that were left behind by history—not because of merits but because of the identities. Join us to foster reflection, conversation, and connection, striving to deepen an experience with the plays and each other.
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!
If you are interested in how you can use trusted resources to find out more about the candidates, please join us for this informative presentation. We will discuss how we choose our representatives, what we look for in a candidate, and how to get the information we need to make a good decision. Older teens are also welcome.
Ahead of the June 22 primaries, join us for a lively community discussion and Q&A featuring panelists from JASA, League of Women Voters of NYC. The panel will be moderated by Rachel Bloom from Citizens Union. Topics include information on researching candidates and their platform, how ranked choice voting works, and ways to get involved. Representatives of organizations will bring a wealth of knowledge and action-oriented information to share with you. Learn more and bring your questions! You will have the opportunity to ask panelists about key issues impacting older adult communities.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Climate change is an existential threat to our society’s survival, and there are so many factors that contribute to the destruction of our planet. In order to better understand what is at stake for our future, and who the stakeholders are in the overall decline of our environment, Grand Central and Webster libraries are hosting a monthly book club featuring dynamic and intersectional titles about climate change and climate solutions.
Online LP Record Club
The Kinks’ “The Village Green Preservation Society” (1967)
Empowerment Encounters Thursday, June 17 @ 4 PM This is a discussion group centered around women’s representation. 1:1 Tech Help You can set up a 30-minute, virtual, 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.
Noteworthy Manga for the Spring Hi again everyone! Joe Pascullo here once again penning a guest piece on my friend Tabrizia’s blog. And today our focus is going to be on some noteworthy manga that’ve debuted here in the States in 2021 (so far). On my podcast Manga Monthly, I booktalk all of the new titles that are making their English-language debut, and I’ve set aside a diverse group of 2021 manga that I’d love to thrust into the spotlight here today. Let’s dive in!
Autism: Recommended Reading Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today. It’s defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.” As a father with a son with autism, I want to recommend these books for anyone wanting to learn more about autism and the experience of living with it.
30 Stellar Spring Reads from Diverse Authors and Creators This Spring we’re showcasing voices and stories that may not always be celebrated in mainstream media. Check out these new 2021 gems from diverse writers for all ages—they deserve to be at the top of your reading list. Brought to you by NYPL’s BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) BookCommittee, chaired by Tiffany James, Amber Certain, and Lilian Calix, which is committed to highlighting and promoting diverse writers and their works.
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.
Grand Central continues its Pratt Institute collaboration with our latest Posters for a Cause exhibit: “Empowerment By Design” (April 23-June 4). Stay tuned to our social media for more information and student spotlights!