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I have four bits of news about The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Studies. Starting this month, Books at Noon is a brand-new program featuring popular and acclaimed authors, under the center arch in the Schwarzman Building’s historic Astor Hall.

Completely free to the public, Books at Noon will take place every Wednesday at noon through May 7, 2014. These events consist of half-hour talks, Q&A, and book signings.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Schwarzman Building starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Presented by KidsLIVE and TeenLIVE, it is returning for its third year.

This annual video contest showcases young filmmakers who create movies that creatively compress the stories of Newbery Award-winning books into ninety seconds or less. The special New York City screening will be hosted by film festival founder and children's book author James Kennedy and Printz Medal-winner Libba Bray.

One can celebrate Women's History Month at the Schomburg Center at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard with the Schomburg's 21st Women's Jazz Festival, curated by Toshi Reagon on Mondays, March 10-31, 2014. This year's lineup includes The Blues Project, Spelman Jazz Ensemble, Meshell Ndegeocello and Mem Nahadr, and Carolyn Malachi and THEESatisfaction. It starts each night at 7:00 p.m.

The U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services (I.M.L.S.) named the Schomburg Center a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service awards. The medal is the federation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries. Learn more about the Schomburg and share how it has made a difference in your life and community.

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