The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the landmark beaux arts structure that houses the main branch of the New York Public library turns 100 years old this year and the NYPL is celebrating. A Free Centennial Festival starts today with an event at Grand Central Terminal at 6 pm where Martha Plimpton and other contributors to Know the Past, Find the Future, NYPL’s Centennial book, will talk about their favorite library item. Free copies of the book will be distributed around the city today on subways, in parks and in libraries. The festivities continue through the weekend with a series of events designed around the theme Find the Future.
A tribute from The New Yorker
The library is also staging "Celebrating 100 Years”, a major exhibition "of more than 250 thought-provoking items from NYPL's collections"—among them a bookmark Charles Dickens made from one of his cat's paws, one of Malcolm X's journals and Virginia Woolf's walking stick.