Patience and Fortitude, the iconic lion sculptures guarding New York City's 42nd Street library, have recently donned face masks to remind New Yorkers to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. The masks arrived on June 29, and measure three feet wide by two feet tall, according to a library statement. New York Public Library President, Anthony Marx, emphasized the symbolism of the aptly named lions, and said New Yorkers are similarly strong and resilient. "We will get to the other side of this public health crisis together," Marx said. "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, protectors of knowledge and truth who have seen 109 years of history, are setting that example."

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