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“Reading is the ultimate escape – the chance to get lost in a book and travel to faraway places from the comfort of your seat, stoop, or local library,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “For 100 years, The New York Public Library has helped and encouraged the public with this journey. This summer, we’re even offering you a special outdoor space to sit and get started.”

New York Public Library, New York Public Library outdoor reading room, outdoor reading room, summer events nyc, nyc green events, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, nyc libraries, reading nycPatience and Fortitude, NYPL’s famous Library Lion statues, demonstrate that you can read anywhere – even perched atop a giant marble platform.

The tree-covered reading room also offers a book swap where you can bring your own new or gently used book and trade it in for another, and a wall where you can share books you want to recommend for summer reading.

And even if you haven’t checked out the outdoor reading room, don’t forget to share what you’re reading this summer by posting it on social media with #ireadeverywhere and @nypl. The library will post their favorite book selfies daily.

The Outdoor Reading Room will be open until 7 p.m. today (weather permitting) before it closes for the summer.

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