This is the story of an immigrant, coming to America in the 1880s, building an empire, and donating most of his millions to fund public libraries across the country. The man was Andrew Carnegie, who arrived in the U.S. at the age of thirteen with his family from Scotland. His family was dirt poor, but young Carnegie’s world opened up when he was invited to spend Saturday afternoons at a local private library by a wealthy Pittsburgh man. It was then that he resolved that if he would ever obtain wealth, it should be used to establish free libraries.
The Spring Season for LIVE from the NYPLis upon us, engaging notable writers, artists, and leaders in conversation with host, Paul Holdengräber. Take a look at who is heading to the Library Stage + more at NYPL.
Oracle/City of Los Angeles 1, no.5 (August 1967). Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival The 60s, the New York Public Library is launching an exploration of the most influential elements of culture from 1960-74, and how they carry forward today.