By SÍLE MOLONEY
The New York Public Library will be hosting a special welcome week at all Bronx branches from Monday, October 18 through Saturday, October 23, along with free school supplies for children.
Branches will be offering free programs and activities throughout the week to encourage visitation and give visitors a taste of all that libraries have to offer. Sample programs include outdoor story time, crafts, writing workshops, and more. For a full list of programs, visit nypl.org/welcome.
In addition, NYPL will distribute 15,000 drawstring bags filled with school supplies to each library branch, including notebooks, USB drives, pencil cases with rulers, pens and pencils.
Additionally, for those wishing to explore some of the branches outside of the Bronx, one of the highlights of the week will be NYPL’s central circulation branch, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), located on the 40th. Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where a treasure hunt linked to the Polonsky New York Public Library Treasures Exhibit (a free permanent display of over 250 rare items from the library’s research collections in the iconic building of 42nd Street) will be held for all ages throughout the week. Customers can visit the reception desk, get a checklist, and find the treasure-related items on SNFL shelves.
The NYPL welcome week follows last week’s announcement that the library system has eliminated late fines for those who had books removed during the pandemic and were the subject of late fines. Like reported, According to NYPL, the library system erased all past overdue fines, “giving New Yorkers a fresh start and removing a key barrier to access for many.”
In other library news, Norwood News recently announced the launch by the NYPL of a series of new in-person educational programs that took effect Monday, September 20, and are designed to support New York City students and their families this fall. They are available at several library branches in the Bronx.
At Norwood, we also recently reported on the joy that the new outdoor space at Mosholu Library has brought to residents.
Meanwhile, NYPL’s Robert Sherwood said, “The Welcome Week is organized to encourage all New Yorkers, including those who have stayed away due to fines, to visit their local libraries, to return all their outstanding books without fear of expense, to be together after the isolation of the peak of the pandemic and take advantage of the strong suite of materials, programs and services offered free of charge. ”