Isabel Sawyer's picture

New York Underground Library

A Facebook friend just turned me on to a new Facebook page and website—The Underground New York Public Library. I am usually the last to discover anything new, exciting, or edgy…so this will probably be old news to you. If not, the website was created by a fellow who is a photographer. He rides the New York subway system taking pictures of folks reading books. The captions of the photographs always include the title of the book they are reading. Here are some of the ones I found intriguing:

woman reading The History and Power of Writing by Henri-Jean Martin, in the New York Subway

 The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss, in the New York Subway

 Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, in the New York Subway

Check out his website—it might inspire you! Not only are his photographs stunning, but his appreciation of literacy in our world is powerful. He writes:

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re all capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole. The NYC Reading-Riders are a plentiful and diverse group. They’re engaged in a simultaneous journey, one that takes them towards their daily pursuits as well as towards a greater sense of themselves and our world. This project takes a closer look at them in celebration and revelation.

Isabel Sawyer, PhD, is a Regional Director at Center for the Collaborative Classroom. She presents keynotes, workshops, presentations, and professional development for teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators across the country. Previously Isabel worked as a lead instructional coach for Albemarle County Public Schools and as an instructional coordinator for an inner-city school in Charlottesville, Virginia. Isabel holds her PhD from the University of Virginia and serves as an adjunct instructor in UVA's Curry School of Education. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences and worked with schools across the country as an independent consultant. 


Read more blogs by Isabel Sawyer