Li­brary li­ons have bug mes­sage cov­ered

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Leonard Greene

They’ve been so­cially dis­tanc­ing for decades, and now the iconic li­ons that guard the main branch of the New York Pub­lic Li­brary are wear­ing masks, too.

Work­ers out­fit­ted the mar­ble li­ons, named Pa­tience and For­ti­tude, with Juras­sic-sized masks to re­mind New York­ers to stay safe and fol­low ex­pert guide­lines to com­bat the spread of COVID-19.

“Pa­tience and For­ti­tude are the per­fect sym­bols for the strengths our city and our na­tion need now even more,” said New York Pub­lic Li­brary Pres­i­dent An­thony Marx. “Like them, New York­ers are strong and re­silient and can weather any storm. We will get to the other side of this pub­lic health cri­sis to­gether. But to do so, we must re­main vig­i­lant, we must have pa­tience and for­ti­tude, and we must fol­low what ex­perts tell us, es­pe­cially as we con­tinue to re­open our ci­ties.”

The li­ons, who cel­e­brated their 109th birth­day in May, sit 90 feet apart, flank­ing the steps of the ma­jes­tic li­brary build­ing at Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. They wear wreaths ev­ery De­cem­ber, wore Mets and Yan­kees caps dur­ing the 2000 Sub­way Se­ries, and wore top hats to cel­e­brate the li­brary sys­tem’s cen­ten­nial in 1995.

The 3-by-2-foot blue sur­gi­cal masks were made with non-erod­ing ma­te­rial to en­sure that they don’t dam­age the mar­ble.

The lion-hearted ges­ture comes as 22 li­brary branches across the five bor­oughs pre­pare to re­open July 13 for grab-and-go ser­vice.

New York Pub­lic Li­brary li­ons Pa­tience and For­ti­tude re­mind New York­ers to stay safe as li­braries pre­pare to re­open.

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