The New York Public Library has been on fire with its creative media moments in recent years — its annual Black Friday “deal”, limited edition library cards, and more. 2020 also marks the institution’s 125th anniversary, and in honor of that milestone, the New York Public Library just revealed its top 10 checked out books of all time since opening in 1895. In conjunction with the top 10 checkouts, the NYPL will have a limited edition “Snowy Day Library Card” and a limited edition Metrocard available in 10 subway stations across the five boroughs.

New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx says,“For 125 years, the Library has uniquely sparked, supported, and fostered a true love of reading in the people of New York City and beyond. Among our many roles, we look to connect people with the stories that capture their imaginations, take them places, stay with them over time, encourage them to keep turning pages, and greatly impact and shape their lives. The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived. This list tells us something about New Yorkers over the last 125 years—what moves them, what excites them, what stands the test of time. It’s a perfect way to kick off our celebration of the Library’s 125th anniversary . . . and it’s just the beginning.” Without further ado, here are the top 10 books checked out of all time at the New York Public Library (text below by NYPL):

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: 485,583 checkouts

The Snowy Day Book Cover by Ezra Jack Keats

In print and in the Library’s catalog continuously since 1962, this charming, beautifully illustrated tale of a child enjoying the simple magic that snow brings to his city is one of the Library’s top circulated books every year, across all neighborhoods we serve. The story—available in a multitude of languages—has a universal appeal and is well-known, being both a Caldecott Medal winner and one of the earliest examples of diversity in children’s books. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the story—and how the brilliantly told tale of Peter and his wintry adventure transcends generations.

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