With more time on your hands at home these days, you can finally catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read.

Social distancing, though, may make it impossible to head to your local bookstore, but you can still borrow books from the library simply by being a New York City resident. Despite closing its physical locations, the New York Public Library has more than 300,000 titles you can read digitally.

To gain access, NYPL’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android.

There is a limit of three books that you can borrow because there has been a surge in the app’s usage now that we’re all at home, according to the library.

You can also search the library’s collection of 800,000 digitized items, including historic prints, photographs, maps, and manuscripts and check out Mango Languages and Career Cruising with your library card.

And if you don’t have a library card, now’s the time to sign up. You can do that on the SimplyE app, too!

The Brooklyn Public Library also has titles you can borrow on its website if you have a card, and the Queens Library system, which is purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films for this occasion, uses a number of e-reader apps. You can get a Queens Library eCard here.

Happy reading!

Courtesy of Timeout.com

Grand Opening Next Week For Temporary Glendale Library At The Shops At Atlas Park


With renovations underway at the Glendale Library, the Queens Borough Public Library will welcome the community to the branch’s temporary location at the nearby Shops at Atlas Park next week.

The library announced that the grand opening festivities will take place on May 24 from 1 to 4 p.m., with the library officially opening to the public at 3 p.m. The event will include crafts, story time, giveaways and the discovery team from the Children’s Library Discovery Center. Those who attend will also have the chance to sign up to support the library in its advocacy efforts. Continue Reading ›