View of large reading room with high wood paneled ceiling
– Photo: Jiahui Huang CC BY-SA 2.0
May 6th, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM

A recording of this program is available. 


Open House New York invites you to a conversation with OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner and Brian Bannon, the Merryl and James Tisch Director at the New York Public Library.

Bannon is the chief librarian responsible for directing NYPL’s 88 neighborhood branches as well as the Library’s educational strategy. Prior to joining NYPL, he was most recently commissioner and chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Library, serving as chief library officer for one of the largest urban public library systems in the world. This conversation will explore the importance of access and information, and how urban libraries serve as civic anchors for their neighborhoods.


This conversation is free and open to the public and will be hosted live on GoToWebinar. Register today to receive an access link to the live webinar and to be notified once a recording is available after the event.

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Conversations on the City 2020 is a series of conversations about the enduring value of cities at a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life. Each conversation is organized around a broad theme, but all will explore the abiding joy of living an urban life–why cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, and why our need for the human connection that cities make possible will always prevail over whatever challenges that may arise.