On a recent visit to the Inwood branch library, Anthony Marx was blown away by the 2001 renovations.
It wasn’t just the increased space or modern finishes that impressed him, but what he called “the aliveness of the place” and “the most amazing mix of New Yorkers” he found there.
“It was just inspiring and remarkable,” he said — and something he said hasn’t changed since his childhood, when he frequently visited the Inwood branch.
Marx will be the next president and chief executive of the New York Public Library system, the library announced in October.
Growing up in Inwood in the mid-1960s and 1970s, Marx attended P.S. 98 on West 212th Street and found the library a quiet refuge with a variety of books to explore. “It’s something we did pretty regularly,” he said of his library visits. His most vivid memories are of reading circles, when a librarian would read aloud to a group of children.
On his recent visit to the Inwood branch, he noticed immigrants looking at paintings, a school teacher looking for books for her students and patrons who came because the library was the only place they could use a computer.