Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.
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On the left she’s reading “The Mummy, The Will And The Crypt,” by John Bellairs. On the right she’s reading to her son "Ribsy," by Beverly Cleary.

The Mummy, The Will And The Crypt: Borrow I Read

Ribsy: Borrow I Read

UNYPL in 2012: Kids

It was an extra pleasure to photograph and interact with these reading-riders. From the past year, here are the kids in the Underground New York Public Library:

  1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw," by Jeff Kinney &"Warriors," by Erin Hunter
  2. "Blueberries for Sal," by Robert McCloskey
  3. "The Year of the Hangman," by Gary Blackwood
  4. "Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy," by Tui T. Sutherland
  5. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," by J.K. Rowling
  6. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," by Jeff Kinney
  7. "Callie’s Rules," by Naomi Zucker
  8. "The Mother-Daughter Book Club," by Heather Vogel Frederick
  9. "The Adventures of Tintin," by Hergé
  10. eReader

"Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy," by Tui T. Sutherland

Borrow I Read

"The Mother-Daughter Book Club," by Heather Vogel Frederick

Borrow I Read

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," by Jeff Kinney

Borrow I Read

"The Year of the Hangman," by Gary Blackwood

Borrow I Read

"Callie’s Rules," by Naomi Zucker

Borrow I Read

"Blueberries for Sal," by Robert McCloskey

Borrow I Read

on the left he’s reading "The World Without Us," by Alan Weisman. on the right he’s reading "The Adventures of Tintin," by Hergé.

Read The World Without Us I Read The Adventures of Tintin

on the left he’s reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw," by Jeff Kinney. on the right he’s reading "Warriors," by Erin Hunter.

Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid I Read Warriors

I was delighted by these two the moment I saw them. I wished very much to bring them to the library. Candidly photographing children is an even trickier area of street photography, so I was glad that their parents (pictured at left) were present. I approached them and asked if I could photograph their kids as they were reading. They were so enthusiastic about the underground library when I told them about it! They said “yes! sure!”, both of them in sync with their agreement. What was even more marvelous was the way these kids quietly observed our exchange, looking at their parents the entire time. When their parents expressed their agreement to me, they went back to reading and allowed me to photograph them, all without saying a word. 

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone", by J.K. Rowling on Flickr.

Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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