Via markcoatney:

nypl:

Want to spend all night at the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, exploring everything from the Rose Main Reading Room to The Stacks (yes, The Stacks, which are rarely open to the public)? Well, on May 20, you have your chance. Renowned game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal has created “Find The Future: The Game” in honor of the 42nd Street building’s 100th birthday. Five hundred lucky people will be the first to play it on the evening of May 20, collectively completing 100 “quests” in teams of eight overnight (the first time NYPL has ever had an overnight event). Players - using smart phones - will receive missions to find objects from our collection, which will be strategically placed around the building. Once an item is found, players look at it, study it, feel its power and then complete a writing “quest.” For example, players might be asked to look at an old menu from our menu collection. After studying it and getting inspired, they use a laptop (either their own or one we provide) to answer the quest, “Design your ideal menu.” Each team will complete three or four of the quests. At the end, the most innovative answers will be made into a book that will wind up in our collections forever. I know, this sounds cool, right? So how do you participate in opening night? Complete a quest online - the most creative responders (18 and older only) will get a coveted slot. You can apply starting today. Registration ends at the end of April. If you don’t get a slot, don’t fret - anyone can play the game either online or at the Library’s 42nd Street building (with a smart phone) starting May 21. No Stacks, though - that’s only for opening night. So go!!! Register!!! And in the meantime, watch the amazing trailer McGonigal’s team put together above.

People of Tumblr: This is not an April Fool joke. Get cracking now. 

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  1. marquitaharris reblogged this from nypl and added:
    OMG…call me a nerd…but I’d so love to do this.
  2. intervital reblogged this from nypl and added:
    iwannagoiwannagoiwannago! slumber party at a huge library? overnight quest? be a part of history? damn it’d be like a...
  3. thejustinallen reblogged this from markcoatney and added:
    So proud to be associated with them as a client.
  4. mollyblock reblogged this from markcoatney and added:
    Via
  5. the-master-and-margarita reblogged this from markcoatney and added:
    I think I might give this a shot. I live in New York City and have a sort of love affair with large and old libraries,...
  6. itsbdell reblogged this from markcoatney
  7. ub14 reblogged this from nypl and added:
    In college, we played Assassin - a tense two week (?) period of not knowing which of your friends was playing, who might...
  8. markcoatney reblogged this from nypl and added:
    People of Tumblr: This is not an April Fool joke. Get cracking now.
  9. thepinakes reblogged this from nypl and added:
    Spend a night behind the lions in the halls of the NYPL. I envy New Yorkers their institutions.
  10. brewchacha reblogged this from nypl and added:
    I’m all over this. I’m so excited.
  11. danwmartin reblogged this from nypl
  12. petithiboux reblogged this from nypl and added:
    ARGH why do I have to be out of town for this.
  13. thesignaturething reblogged this from nypl and added:
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who wants
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