Visiting the library at night - what could be more mysterious! Library After Hours: Uncensored is a late-night takeover of sorts on the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman building at 576 Fifth Avenue, right off Bryant Park. After sunset, visitors will be able to dance, watch performances and gain exclusive access to the institution's collections, reports Time out.
The New York Public Library's most popular event of the year takes place on Friday, December 15th from 19:00 pm to 22:00 pm.
This year's event is dedicated to literary works that have been censored throughout human history. The official press release states that the “superstars” will read banned books, screen 16mm films from the reserve film and video collection on the topic, and “for one night only, exhibit a collection of once-banned materials.”
In addition, there will be a librarian-led book selection, lots of puzzles and games, crafts and coloring pages, live music by Grammy-nominated guitarist Gary Lucas in the main Rose Reading Room, and, of course, snacks and drinks.
The event is a “pay-what-you-wish” event, meaning you can technically attend for free, but given the scale of the project and the importance of the New York Public Library, we encourage you to make any donation that suits you. You can register for the event here.