Dude. What’s Up With Your Library?
. . . . is what you might say to me if you met me on the street.
Apparently a frightening number of you read The New York Times architectural section on Wednesdays. Who knew? Had you done so yesterday you might have stumbled on a lovely little piece by Robin Pogrebin called, New York Public Library’s Donnell Branch to Share Space With Hotel. For those of you wondering why this should even matter, allow me to inform you that the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library is located in the Donnell Branch. Where I work.
Here’s the point where I wimp out on you. Obviously I can’t give you scintillating bits of heresay and conjecture relating to the sale of my branch or what that might mean for yours truly. I can tell you the following bits of information, however.
Everyone will be out of Donnell in one year’s time
Winnie-the-Pooh and the N.C. Wyeth paintings will go the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (a.k.a. the-one-with-the-lions) while we are closed.
There will be a temporary Donnell site during the construction
More details as information is released (preferably through a nice little news source like the Times).
Stay tuned, faithful readers.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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