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Roar for reading! The Whitney partners with the NY Public Library for free story times

whitney nypl lion
whitney nypl lion

They’re roaring into reading.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is partnering with the New York Public Library to offer free story times on the second Sunday of every month beginning on March 10.

The program, Story Time with NYPL, will welcome librarians to the Whitney, which is located on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, to read to its guests of all ages.

Patience also stopped to look at Edward Hopper’s painting “Early Sunday Morning.” Whitney Museum of American Art
Patience also stopped to look at Edward Hopper’s painting “Early Sunday Morning.” Whitney Museum of American Art

The library’s lion mascot, named Patience, stopped by the museum on Thursday and playfully posed for a photo with a portrait of the museum’s founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, painted by artist Robert Henri in 1916, on view on its 7th floor.

The Whitney’s Second Sundays program, where admission is free all day on the second Sunday of every month, launched in January.

It is funded by Art Bridges Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides financial support to museums.

Since late December, the NYPL is no longer opened on Sundays, due to budget cuts, so the museum is happy to host the NYPL.

“This is the perfect partnership; it ensures New Yorkers continue to have access to great art, culture and books,” the Whitney’s director said. Whitney Museum of American Art
“This is the perfect partnership; it ensures New Yorkers continue to have access to great art, culture and books,” the Whitney’s director said. Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney’s Second Second program, where admission is free all day on the second Sunday of every month, launched in January. Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney’s Second Second program, where admission is free all day on the second Sunday of every month, launched in January. Whitney Museum of American Art

“This is the perfect partnership; it ensures New Yorkers continue to have access to great art, culture and books,” said the director of the Whitney, Scott Rothkopf.

“The winners here are New Yorkers.”