Reading Publics: New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754-1911.
By Tom Glynn.
Fordham University Press, 460 pp., $35.00.
Reviewed by Rob Koehler
Tom Glynn’s Reading Publics provides a richly detailed history of the development of libraries in New York City from the first -- the New York Society Library, founded in 1754 as a library for the new King’s College -- to the coalescence of the New York Public Library in 1911. In nine chapters, he examines a variety of institutions, including subscription, circulating, research, and collegiate libraries, giving a sense of the breadth of individual, corporate, and institutional sponsors who founded libraries in the city and the various purposes those libraries were to serve.
By Erin Schreiner
West 10th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues was an exciting place to live in the last decades of the nineteenth-century. Mark Twain lived on the 5th Avenue end of the block at number 14. At number 51 stood the Tenth Street Studio Building, which housed creative tenants like John La Farge, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and many others. Directly across the street at number 57, the stained-glass artist David Maitland Armstrong lived and worked with his wife and children -– daughters Margaret and Helen were successful artists as well –- in their studio-home. And just around the corner, the New York Society Library stood at 67 University Place.
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