The New York Public Library and Macmillan this week announced a new agreement to create and publish a program of print and e-books for adults and children, inspired by the library’s collections. The deal was negotiated by NYPL chief external relations officer Carrie Welch and Macmillan executive v-p Will Schwalbe.
Among the first children's titles will be Coloring in the Lions, a coloring book featuring vintage art from the NYPL archive, and a yet-to-be-titled picture book starring Patience and Fortitude, the stoic lions who stand in front of the Library's main building. Among the first adult titles will be a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries, and a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library's extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus. Macmillan anticipates that the agreement will result in five to eight books per year in total.
"This partnership with Macmillan is a new, wonderful way to share our collections and celebrate the role of libraries with the public," said NYPL president Tony Marx, in a statement. " Macmillan CEO John Sargent said it was "an honor both personally and professionally to work with [NYPL] to disseminate this great wealth of content."