New York Public Library Visit: Tips
New York Public Library Visit: Tips for Visiting with the KIDS
Libraries might not seem like the most obvious thing to add to the sight seeing list, but this one needs to be! Walk through beautiful Bryant park on your way.
New York Public Library Visit: The Real Winnie the Pooh and friends
Yes, Christopher Robin was a real boy and Winnie the Pooh and the rest of the gang were his real toys. Kids LOVE knowing that kids just like them and toys just like theirs have been made into stories at the library. It will have them talking about the stories they create and stories you tell them. Ask them to think about making stories from their toys! Great idea for what to do while waiting on dinner later in the day!
All the gang is here except Roo who was lost back in the 1930s. These well loved toys are fresher now after being refurbished in time for Winnie the Pooh’s 95th birthday.
You’ll find Winnie and friends in the children’s section of the library. It was interesting to be ‘sight seeing’ in a room where there were moms and littles reading stories on their very normal day out to the library. Fun to see a glimpse into real New York life. Don’t miss the lego models of the lion statues there, too!
New York Public Library Visit: Lion Statues
This library is safely guarded by two very grand stone lions outside. They were named Persistence and Fortitude by the mayor of NY, F. LaGuardia (The airport was named after him!) during the 1930s.
The names come from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” They were aptly named for a city struggling to get through a tough time – the depression. Now, they stand proudly as a reminder that together – working hard – we can get through even the toughest of times.
Cool tidbit: Not too far away at the Morgan library you can find lionesses also sculpted by Edward Clark Potter. They are not as crisp but fun to see the rest of the lion pride.
New York Public Library Visit: Exhibitions
This library is host to some amazing exhibitions! When I visited last, there was a long line out the front door and down the steps of folks waiting to see the Alexander Hamilton exhibit. Go online to see what fascinating exhibit will be at the New York Public Library during your visit.
New York Public Library Visit: Notice the building
This glorious building is a sight to behold: huge, stately and ornate. Built in 1897, this building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
The kids will enjoy details like this lion. Is he guarding the ‘watering hole’ or is he wanting a drink?
This place is HUGE!! The main reading room stretches two full city blocks. The library has 88 miles of shelves which hold 7.7 million volumes.
New York Public Library Visit: You’ve seen it in movies.
This building has been shown in so many movies! Most recently you’ve seen it in movies like Oblivion (2013) and The Day after Tomorrow (2004). Also, the library is referred to in many works of literature (How fitting, right?) like the mystery Death Walks the Marble Halls by L. Blochman and Duplicate Keys by J. Smiley. See the entire list of the New York public library as seen in popular culture here.
New York Public Library Visit: Have a snack
Sit for a spell and look over the goodies you bought from the book store. Or, pour over the map before you head out the door to your next adventure destination. Amy’s Bread has a small kiosk in the front atrium. Great for getting everyone hydrated and caffeinated and sugared up 😉 before heading out for a walk! Full tummies make happy travelers.
New York Public Library Visit: Engage the kids
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Wherever your travels take you, The Educational Tourist can help you plan the perfect trip!
Happy learning travels!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist