Fifty Specialty Libraries of New York City: From Botany to Magic

It’s amazing what one can do with an unlimited subway card and a mood to celebrate a lifetime in libraries!

Terry Ballard set a goal to celebrate 50 years of library service and 25 years of living in New York. The result of his adventures is the book "Fifty specialty libraries in New York City: From botany to magic," published by Chandos/Elsevier.

The book covers libraries in all five boroughs, including access information and transportation details for each. The original working title for the project was "A city of treasures," and along the way Terry found that the libraries in this city more than lived up to that name.

Join us at METRO on April 5 to hear about Terry’s quest to visit unique collections throughout our beloved city. A few trivia questions he’ll answer at the event:

Which three subscription libraries have been in continuous operation for a combined 650 years?

  • Which famous politician’s portrait can be found in at least four NYC libraries?
  • What do e.e. cummings, Helen Keller, Charles Dickens and Al Hirschfield have in common?
  • Which library maintains three human skulls? Hint: it’s neither a medical library nor a magic library.
  • What integrated library system is most used by our libraries?

Terry’s project is dedicated to people who love libraries and people who love New York. Those who fit both categories should come to METRO on April 5 for an exciting and mind-expanding book talk!

This event will feature a bounty of snacks AND a book signing. Win / win!

Eventbrite - Fifty Specialty Libraries of New York City: From Botany to Magic


Tue, Apr. 5, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. America/New_York


METRO Training Center (4th floor)
57 E. 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States