We recently returned from a visit to New York City with my son and his family. It was the first visit to the ‘Big Apple’ for my granddaughters so we focused the two day trip on the most noteworthy tourist attractions; Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Ground Zero etc.
One of our side trips included the New York Public Library. Since I got my ‘ Nook” a couple of years ago, I have downloaded most of my eBooks from our local library. I took advantage of this trip to the city to get a NYC library card so that I could access their extensive database also.
The library was first opened to the public in 1911. According to a 2009 article published in the New York Times, “The New York Public Library, with its headquarters at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, encompasses four major research libraries and 87 branches, a total of 20 million books, 50 million cataloged items and a growing demand in this recession for loaner laptops and other free services. Only the Library of Congress and the British Library are larger. But even the Fifth Avenue landmark by itself is a marvel of big numbers. It is undergoing a $1.2 billion makeover in preparation for its 100th birthday. Built from 1899 to 1911, it cost $9 million, contains 530,000 cubic feet of white Vermont marble and 125 miles of shelving, and opened with an inventory of one million items. ” Amazing!
My husband was taking some picture of the library architecture when I noticed the scroll work on the windows. What a perfect applique pattern. I had him take a picture for me. I’d love to draft a pattern for this.