Bryant Park


Bryant Park Reading Room Thanks Partners

Looking back on another great season of the city's premiere outdoor library.

Angelito Jusay

Bryant Park Reading Room closed for the season on October 4 and as we look back on 2017, we take immense pride in reviewing another successful year for this essential amenity.

Every day from April through September, visitors had free access to a large choice of newspapers provided by Mitchell’s NY, as well as magazines and periodicals provided by Conde Nast, Time, and Rodale. They could also pick up a classic book, provided by Oxford University Press, and kids could read books provided by Penguin Random House.

Throughout the season, the Reading Room also presented more than 100 literary events, all free and open to the public. There were appearances by writers of fiction, non-fiction, and history, poetry readings, writers’ workshops, and kids programming. Lovers of literary classics discussed their favorites at BookClub, film buffs listened intently at Reel Talks. Our sponsor, HSBC, brought in their management to host financials experts to discuss Business & Finance, and topics on American history were discussed by scholars at our Non-Fiction series, co-produced with New-York Historical Society. Attendees at our literary events could purchase the books being discussed, courtesy of Kinokuniya Books.

We also brought back Coffee & Crosswords, which included a workshop and a tournament conducted by Puzzability’s Mike Shenk and Amy Goldstein, and held two exciting Spelling Bees. In addition, we began a new book club dedicated to the graphic novel, with free product provided by Penguin Random House.

As always, we owe a big debt of gratitude to our generous partners. Leading the way as always was our financial sponsor HSBC. Ever since we revived the concept of an outdoor library at Bryant Park in 2003, HSBC has been there for us and we look forward to continuing this great partnership.

We’ll keep the fires burning with Winter Poetry at Kinokuniya Books beginning in January.  Then look for the Reading Room to return on April 1, 2018, and for Poem in Your Pocket Day to once again kick off a full season of events. 

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