In the cheerful words of classicist Mary Beard, a recipient of the Library Lions honor for 2022, libraries are sexy, thrilling places—and the furthest thing from boring. That was proven in abundance at the glamorous annual Library Lions Gala which took place on Monday after dark at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue.
The event honored this year’s Lions, aka literary and art world heroes, and raised critical funds to support the NYPL’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities—something that the city of New York is always in need of. Joining an illustrious hall of fame, this
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