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MAY 2010

NYPL launches a successful "DON'T CLOSE THE BOOK ON LIBRARIES" campaign in response to proposed City budget cuts. Library supporters take action, writing 130,000 letters, donating more than $144,000 online, calling elected officials, and raising their voices on the steps of City Hall. Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council restore $27 million, allowing all of the Library's research centers and neighborhood libraries to remain open, and preventing hundreds of layoffs. The campaign is later honored by the 2010 Nonprofit PR Awards for its advocacy campaign and lobbying.

HIGH BRIDGE LIBRARY reopens! Following extensive renovations, the High Bridge Library welcomes the community back on May 15. The bright and modern space features new murals of the High Bridge, state-of-the-art public computer terminals, and a story tree where children can read.

Photo: Elena Parker
David Finkel receives the 2009 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM for his book The Good Soldiers, a first-hand account of "the surge," President George W. Bush's 2007 strategy for Iraq, reported from the front lines with Battalion 2-16 in Baghdad.

Photo: Dani Piderman
The Schomburg Center opens WHAT'S UP @ THE SCHOMBURG?, a retrospective celebrating its 85th anniversary. The exhibition features items from past exhibitions and from its rich collections, which chronicle the history of this world-renowned center.

A 1920 W. C. Fields cartoon of dance director Ned Wayburn and producers Charles B. Dillingham, A.L. Erlanger, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., and Edward Albee. Ned Wayburn Scrapbook Collection, Billy Rose Theatre Division.
THE PEREGRINATIONS & PETTIFOGGERY OF W. C. FIELDS, a tribute to the great vaudeville, revue, silent film, and sound film comedian, is on display in the Vincent Astor Gallery at the Library for the Performing Arts and features posters, photographs, correspondence, and a trove of memorabilia from the Fields family.

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