June 26, 2015

The view from the second floor

Food trucks setting up for the Jazz Festival, Thursday, June 25th

June 18, 2015

Jazz Festival parking & street closures advisory

It's always so energizing to see all the activity in our neighborhood as people prepare for the two weeks of the Jazz Festival. There are some adjustments, though, that library staff and patrons may need to make during this period.

Tents are now up in two parking lots close to the library - AllPro Parking at 86 Gibbs Street and Regents Park Station at 61 East Avenue. Please see our Transit & Parking page for alternatives.

Street closures
The street closings for this year are detailed below.

Gibbs St. (from East Ave. to E. Main)
Mon., June 15 (Midnight) to Mon., June 29 (Midnight)

Chestnut St. (from E. Main to East Ave.)
Fri., June 19 (6AM) to Sun., June 21 (2AM)
Fri., June 26 (6AM) to Sun., June 28 (2AM)

East Ave. (from E. Main to Scio) & Chestnut (from Broad to East Ave.)
Fri., June 19 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 20 (5PM-Midnight)
Fri., June 26 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 27 (5PM-Midnight)

Main St. (from Gibbs to Chestnut, not including Gibbs or Chestnut)
Fri., June 19 to Sat., June 27 (5PM-Midnight)

June 15, 2015

Magna Carta display

Today's the big day, the eight hundredth anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.

To observe the occasion we've put together an exhibit we hope you'll find interesting. We're pleased to highlight an item from our Rare Book collection, the first volume (Volume the First) of The statutes at large, from Magna Carta, to the end of the last Parliament, 1761. This title was commonly found in the libraries of the American founding fathers. Also featured are some very fine brand-new books, from the lavishly illustrated Magna Carta : the foundation of freedom 1215-2015 to the pocket-sized, accessible Magna Carta : a very short introduction.

Please visit us through November to view them and the rest of the display.

June 1, 2015

800 candles

In exactly two weeks will be the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. The British Library has pulled out all the stops in its commemoration of the event, including a diverse and extensive online exhibit. For your enjoyment and edification we feature two videos from the exhibit, narrated by none other than Monty Python's Terry Jones. Watch for King John's coffee mug.

What is Magna Carta?

Eight hundred years of Magna Carta