About 500 years ago, some genius had the idea to strap improvised rocket packs to the backs of small animals to create the world’s next super weapon. It was only recently that University of Pennsylvania researchers uncovered the plot.
Well, technically they’re bombs. But it’s still ridiculous and amazing.
From Humans of New Yorks Facebook page:
"Because of all the attention of this morning’s library post, I thought it’d only be fair to post the NYPL’s response. I’m quoting four points that they’ve asked me to clarify:
*The man says “I work at this Library.” Ends up, he doesn’t “work” for the library in the sense of being an employee. He is probably doing his work at the library (millions do each year!). We fear the confusion might make people think he is offering his opinion as an employee.
*The vast majority of research books will remain on the site (in far superior storage conditions)
*None of the public spaces he and others enjoy will change, and we’ll be returning a circulating collection to this main library (it had one for its first 70 years).
*This plan will be greatly expanding access to the library. The renovation will allow all New Yorkers–scholars, students, educators, immigrants, job-seekers– to take advantage of this beautiful building and its world-class collections.
Obviously the issue is more complex than soundbites from either side, so feel free to educate yourself further and form your own opinion:
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me.” via Humans of New York
I am at the New York Public Library’s research library EVERY THURSDAY working on my book. This change will be a major pain in the ass. Also, a really sad end to a long time institution. Not every book is online; a surprising number of resources I use aren’t. It’s a blessing to have a library, 20 minutes away, where I access them all.
The NYPL needs to adapt to the modern era to survive—but I think a library of rare volumes has far more use and importance today than a lending library of books I could get instantly delivered to my kindle.
Also, the Main Reading Room is packed every day. I don’t get it.
Presidents’ Day has never really resonated for me. If you are like me, a holiday just isn’t a holiday unless there is some kind of food involved. No food memories, no holiday.
I did some digging and realized that there is no holiday called Presidents’ Day. The holiday we celebrate is officially called Washington’s Birthday….(read more)