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Bryant Park Reading Room Celebrates CavanKerry Press

September 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The original Reading Room began in August 1935 as a public response to Depression Era job losses in New York. The New York Public Library opened the “Open Air Library” to give out-of-work businessmen and intellectuals a place to go where they did not need money, a valid address, a library card, or any identification to enjoy the reading materials.

The Reading Room closed in 1944 due to an increase in jobs and World War II. In 2003, in partnership with HSBC, Bryant Park revived the park’s Reading Room. The modern day version is modeled after the original with the additions of custom-designed carts for books, periodicals, and newspapers; public readings and programs at lunchtime and after work; and kid-sized carts and furniture for children. The programming, publications, and environment of the Bryant Park Reading Room are available to everyone for free, still without any need of cards or identification.

The Reading Room is currently putting together the 2017 literary series, which will include author appearances, poetry readings, children’s events, and much more.

The Bryant Park Reading Room hosts emerging and established poets through the summer with evening readings. Sit under the park’s London Plane trees and listen to the artists read their own work.

Tuesday, September 5, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Reading Room featuring the Poets:

Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Joseph Legaspi
Kevin Carey
Tina Kelley

Bryant Park Reading
credit: Angelito Jusay Photography
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September 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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At CavanKerry Press, we firmly believe in making fine literature available to everyone. If you need accommodations to access any of our events or readings, please email Dimitri Reyes, Marketing & Communications Director, at least two weeks in advance in order for us to ensure we have ample time to make arrangements with necessary accessibility services. Click here to review CavanKerry's complete accessibility statement.
Made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

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