Not all afternoons at the library need be spent with your nose deep in a book. The New York Public Library hosts a number of free special exhibits -- and you don't even need a library card to get in.
Here are two exhibits that might not make a Saturday afternoon at the library look so bad after all...
On Stage in Fashion
Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery
What: NYPL brings together performers and fashion designers in a multimedia exhibit. On display are garments from the fashion and costume collections of the Museum of the City of New York and designs, photographs and media from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to illustrate over 100 years of these collaborations for mutual benefit.
When: Now through Saturday, January 22, 2011; Monday-Saturday
Want more? Visit http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/stage-fashion
Alwin Nikolais' Total Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Vincent Astor Gallery
Theater of Motion
What: Innovative and influential choreographer Alwin Nikolais was renowned for his stage illusions, lighting effects and costume designs (see image). On display for the first time will be the artifacts, documents, designs, and photographs from the archival collections of the Performing Arts Library that defined his career.