One of the 7th Grade English classes paid a visit to the local public library on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 10. Immediately following lunch, the troupe of fourteen teenagers walked to the nearest branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) for a few hours of exploration and discovery. While the experience of studying or even just hanging out in the York Prep library has already made many of these students familiar with the types of resources a library can provide, there was still much to learn. Unlike the school’s collection of pleasure reading and reference tomes, the NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system. Boasting a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four research centers, this gem of New York City has brought together a richness of resources and opportunities for the public for over a century.
Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and even more online, the NYPL holds more than just books. Through the NYPL system anyone can access and one of the 51 million books, e-books, audio-books, CDs, or DVDs. Needless to say, the fourteen additional guests visiting the Library that afternoon found out all of this and more. While the primary purpose of the trip was to learn about the clsses, workshops, free programs and other services the NYPL provides, these 7th graders also had the chance to listen to the librarian give a book talk about a book on their level. Lastly, students were each able to choose from among the large selection of books, a story that interests them for an upcoming book report, putting their library cards to good use.