The Ultimate Library Adventure of Marley and Pearl: Exploring NYPL

To celebrate a milestone in her life, Carly (aka Pearl thereby making me Marley) wanted to go to the Big Apple and one of the things she wanted to do there was visit the New York Public Library. It’s been something we’ve talked about doing maybe even before our library hopping days and I decided I should join her. So I did! And so we went!

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I don’t think any one could have been more excited than we were to go the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Even seeing the building from a distance and then reaching the main entrance getting to meet Patience and Fortitude, the Library Lions, was thrilling!

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We followed the large crowd of people in- after taking some pictures with Patience and Fortitude and in front of the library. We wanted to make sure we got tickets for the free guided tour. Then we had an hour to kill beforehand. But there was lots to see!

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The tour was helpful in focusing on certain aspects of the library because it can get overwhelming.

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I was confused that I hadn’t seen the circulating part of the library yet, I didn’t realize the building was mostly research- or for tourists. But the ground floor was a whole other story! And, unless I’m mistaken, this is the interim location called Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street.

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Naturally, I wanted to explore the Children’s Center at 42nd Street, particularly seeing the Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh.

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There were also two current exhibitions going on.

The one I was excited about was Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50.

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The second was Walt Whitman: America’s Poet.

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I still can’t believe that I was at the New York Public Library. It was more than I thought it would be. Bigger. Better. I’m glad we were able to experience this together!

Update July 11, 2019: I found some more pictures from this adventure!

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