Friday, April 15, 2016

Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Recognized As Literary Landmark By Empire State Center For The Book - Ceremonial Plaque Unveiled April 12

Image Of April 12 Roosevelt Island NYPL Branch Literary Landmark Ceremony

As previously reported by Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Branch manager Nicole Nelson:
The New York Public Library is pleased to have the Roosevelt Island Library named as a "Literary Landmark" by the Empire State Center for the Book and United for Libraries. It's a recognition not just of Nellie Bly's Ten Days in a Mad-House, but of the island's appearance in works by Horatio Alger (Ragged Dick), Stephen Crane (Maggie, A Girl of the Streets), O. Henry (The Cop and the Anthem) and Eugene O'Neil (The Hairy Ape)
Image Of Literary Landmark Books Available At Roosevelt Island NYPL Branch

On Tuesday, April 12, a ceremony was held unveiling the plaque

recognizing the Roosevelt Island New York Public Library branch as a Literary Landmark.

Here's what happened at the ceremony.

Part 1. Christopher Platt, Vice President Of NYPL Library Services, and a Roosevelt Island resident, introduced the Literary Landmark ceremony and congratulated the excellent staff at the Roosevelt Island branch library.

Part 2. Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center For The Book described the Literary Landmark program. Mr Staino said that the Roosevelt Island library is the 17th Literary Landmark in NY State and 2 other Literary Landmarks are in our NYC Council District 5 - Carl Schurz Park for Harriet The Spy and Yorkville Community School for the children's book The House On East 88th Street.

Part 3. Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos remembers reading Harriet The Spy and encourages people to read. Mr. Kallos provided $5 Thousand in member item funding for the Roosevelt Island Literary Landmark plaque.

Part 4. NYPL's Christopher Platt reads a Proclamation from US Senator Kristin Gillibrand commemorating Roosevelt Island Library as a Literary Landmark.

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's Chief of Staff Katerina Matic congratulates Roosevelt Island NYPL branch staff on being named a Literary Landmark and reads a proclamation from Ms. Seawright.

Part 5. NY Historical Society representative Liz Stern spoke about journalist Nelly Bly, author of 10 Days In A Madhouse, one of the books cited for Roosevelt Island's Literary Landmark award.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy gives a historical perspective on Roosevelt island literature.

Congrats to the Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Branch.