The Bryant Park Corporation has repeated history by recreating the Bryant Park Reading Room. It is modeled after the original with the additions of custom-designed carts for an extensive and eclectic selection of books, periodicals and newspapers; readings and programs at lunchtime, after work and for kids; movable furniture to create a more intimate environment; and kid-sized carts and furniture for children to use. The programming, publications, and environment of the Reading Room are available to everyone for free, without any need of cards or identification.
The Houston Public Library is a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas—both in population and area—in the United States. The library system is comprised of forty-four public service units including thirty-one Neighborhood Libraries, four Regional Libraries, three Special Collection Libraries, and four Express Libraries, as well as the HPL Mobile Express and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston. They host the Houston Public Poetry quarterly reading series and other literary events throughout the year.
Inspired by the country’s earliest libraries, often called athenaeums, Folio provides access to discerning private book collections that have been donated, and a home for reading, writing, dialogue, and learning. Public programming includes book-based discussions, readings, presentations of book arts and rare volumes, and musical, cultural, and civic events.
2nd Friday Poetry Reading Series is often hosted at the library by Poetry of Johnson County (https://www.facebook.com/poetryjohnsoncounty) or Fort Worth Poetry Society (https://www.facebook.com/FortWorthPoetrySociety). The poetry program strives to be different and to challenge poets and their audience, and invites poets to read and perform; sometimes music, dance, and other arts are involved. There is always an open mic segment.
Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume poetry library, a reading room, an exhibition room, and a children’s room, all free and open to the public. Poets House offers a wide range of literary programming, including readings, talks, panels, performances, poetry workshops, and the annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
This free monthly reading series provides an outlet for the work of an array of poets, memoirists, and fiction writers—seasoned youth and midlife innovators, published and unpublished—from New Paltz and the Hudson Valley. Two featured writers will read for twenty minutes, followed by an open mic for five readers. Refreshments are available.
The Denver Zine Library is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the culture of zines and self-published original work through archival collection, workshops, and a variety of events. It currently houses a preserved collection of over fifteen thousand independent and alternative zines. The organization is run by volunteers, and the public can access the library and archives during open hours.
Since 1995, the Denver Public Library Central branch has been the largest library between Los Angeles and Chicago. Central Library is located next to the Denver Art Museum and has its own art collection. Designed by postmodern architect Michael Graves, the library features a coffee shop and is home to several book clubs.
The Mercantile Library maintains and expands a large, historic collection of books while presenting a healthy schedule of events including author and writer visits and events, book discussions, lectures, workshops, and forums. Additionally, the library is home to a diverse collection of artworks including portrait busts, paintings, and sculpture.
The Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Public Library holds frequent book group meetings, reading clubs, author readings, children's storytime hours, and other events throughout the year.