NYC Public Library Visit
Places to Visit in New York City – NYC Public Libary
How to Visit a library with the Kids
Libraries might not seem like the most obvious thing to add to the sightseeing list, but this one needs to be! Walk through beautiful Bryant park on your way to the NYC public library. Libraries are familiar places for kids. We take them to story time and introduce them to reading. Children usually like the library because they associate it with the fun of storytime.
This library has all that and more! Before you head to New York be sure to read Winnie the Pooh if you already haven’t. The new Winnie the Pooh movies are great fun, too! Then, tell the kids you are going to see the REAL Winnie the Pooh!
NYC Public Library – The Original 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 make the whole gang smile to see the original Winnie the Pooh.
It will have them talking about the stories they create and the stories you tell them. Ask them to think about making stories from their toys! Great idea for what to do while waiting for dinner later in the day! For extra credit, have the kids write and illustrate their toys in a travel journal. Kids love this activity and you’ll enjoy looking back on them later.
All of the original Winnie the Pooh 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 original Winnie the Pooh and friends in the children’s section of the NYC public library. It was interesting to be ‘sightseeing’ in a room full of moms and littles reading stories on a very normal day out to the library. It is really fun to see a glimpse into real New York life.
Don’t miss the Lego models of the lion statues there, too! Imagine how long it took to make these Lego creations!
NYC Public Library Visit: Famous Lion Statues
The NYC public library is safely guarded by two very grand stone lions outside. The NYC library lions were named Persistence and Fortitude by the mayor of NYC, F. LaGuardia, The airport was named after him, during the 1930s.
This is a great opportunity for a vocabulary lesson. What do the those words mean? Why did they choose these names for these statues?
The NYC famous library lion names come from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”
Famous Lion Names
These great famous lion names were chosen for a city struggling to get through a tough time – the depression. Now, they stand proudly as a reminder that together, by 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.
While you are walking, ask the kids: What would you name these lions?
Here are some famous lion names to get you thinking! Be sure to ask the kids why they would choose a certain name. Explaining why they made a decision is a great opportunity to practice those critical thinking skills so needed in life!
Famous lion names for boys:
Leo means lion which is why is it a common name for lions. Did you know that? I thought it was popular because it started with an L. L for Leo and L for Lion! The roaring lion of Metro Goldwyn Mayor that you see at the beginning of films from that company is named Leo.
Mufasa is the lion in Lion King.
Simba is Mufasa’s son in the Lion King.
Scar is the bad guy lion in the Lion King.
Alex is the main character in the movies – Madagascar.
Alex’s father in the animated Madagascar movies is Zuba.
Brave Heart Lion
One of the care bears, named Brave Heart Lion, has a red heart with a crown on his tummy.
In Disney’s animated Robin Hood, the evil king is a lion named Prince John.
The mayor of the city Zootopia, in the movie of the same name, is Mayor Lionheart.
In the book and film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the lion is Asian.
The Cowardly Lion
In the Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion was in search of bravery.
In Greek mythology, Hercules has 12 missions to complete and killing the Nemean lion was the first. Is his name Nemean or is Nemean the type of lion? I’m not sure but this is a great introduction for kids!
Famous lion names for girls:
The lioness in the Lion King is named Kiara.
Nala is the queen lioness in the Lion King.
Simba’s mother in the Lion King is Sarabi.
The female version of Leo, which means lion.
NYC Public Library Visit: Exhibitions
This library is host to some amazing exhibitions just like a museum! 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.
NYC 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.
NYC 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.
Introducing your kids to things that are a part of popular culture is such a valuable gift. We often don’t understand our world as fully if we don’t get the subtle connections.
NYC Public Library Visit: Coffee Break
Take a coffee break, sit for a spell and look over the goodies you bought from the bookstore. Or, pour over the map before you head out the door to your next adventure destination. Let the kid help you figure out where you are going. Then, double check with the popular online apps.
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.
NYC Public Library Visit: Engage the kids
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