January 9, 2015

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New York City Tours & Sightseeing | M2M Tours – NYC’s Public Library

Checking Out One of Our Favorite New York City Landmark Destinations, The New York Public Library’s Main Branch

M2M NYC Tours | New York Public Library - LionsHaving just celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, more widely known as the Main Branch or simply as “the New York Public Library,” is the flagship building in the New York Public Library system and a prominent historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan. The branch, opened in 1911, is one of, and the largest of, four research libraries in the library system. Fronted by its two marble lions ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ as you approach the entrance, you walk through a spectacular building that was designed in the same Beaux-Arts style as Grand Central Station.
M2M NYC Tours | New York Public Library - Reading Room

The library is like a museum, educational space, and art gallery all rolled into one. Within, one can find the famous Rose Reading Room with its original Carre and Hasting’s lamps and the spectacular mural in the McGraw Rotunda. There are original writings from John Keats, and located in a glass case in the children’s area on the ground floor are the original Winnie the Pooh doll, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, and Roo owned by the real Christopher Robin whose father A.A Milne bought for him and later wrote tales about in 1925. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for more than 70 years and make the library and excellent choice for

M2M NYC Tours | New York Public Library - Kids

The original Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927

At the New York Public Library, you can see the Guttenberg Bible: The first major book published with movable type created in 1452-1455, a draft of the Declaration of Independence hand written by Thomas Jefferson, music written by Ludwig van Beethoven, a handwritten letter by George Washington, the first published copy of the Star Spangled Banner, Charles Dickens personal copy of David Copperfield (with hand written notes) and letter opener and the original illustrations for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). If you miss these items, the library does own 50 million items, so keep checking their rotating displays on the Ground floor.
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Iain Cameron

Category: Architecture, Attractions, Children, History, Landmarks

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