Have a few hours to spare this afternoon? Why not spend it with your nose in a book at the New York Public Library's Outdoor Reading Room. The "Read Everywhere"-themed space located in the shady plaza of the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street features an assortment of librarian-recommended reads that can be enjoyed on bright yellow chairs and loungers. But today is the last day to relax in this rare reading room, so head on over before it closes up shop for the summer.
“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.”
Patience 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.