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#FridayReads Roundup: Summer in the City

Hit us up for a recommendation on Twitter @NYPLRecommends between 10-11 AM EDT on Friday mornings.Read More ›

The Writing on the Wall: Documenting Civil War History

As June turned into July in 1863, the residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi faced an increasingly dire summer. The city's newspaper, the Vicksburg Daily Citizen, was remarkable in that it both documented and physically represented the effects of the siege.Read More ›

Mary Katherine Goddard's Declaration of Independence

Most Americans in the revolutionary period found out who signed the Declaration of Independence in print, not parchment. Publicizing the signers’ names was a bold step considering that they were endorsing treason.Read More ›

Volunteering with NYC Department for the Aging

Lead health and wellness activities, mentor a child as a foster grandparent, or provide health insurance counseling and money management assistance. Short term projects are also available.Read More ›

Ep. 36 "The Best Place for My Baby" | Library Stories

Khadijah Haman loves the Library for all the resources it offers for her baby. As the mother of a young child, she has observed the gap between educational opportunities for the rich and the poor—and how the Library helps bridge that gap.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. Read More ›

The Pregnant Librarian Recommends

This time in my life made me realize that finding the right reading material and entertainment is necessary during these nine months of nesting at home. Luckily for me, I am a librarian surrounded by endless resources!Read More ›

When 'The Man' Wins

Inspired by a reader’s comment on our Angry Birds post, we’re thinking about books where the non-underdogs—a.k.a., those little round pigs with the helmets—wind up on top.Read More ›

Summer Reading Kickoff 2016 at Edenwald

The kickoff event in the Bronx featured singing, dancing, and of course—reading.Read More ›

Take the Summer Reading Challenge at Port Richmond Library

We're inviting adults to play the Summer Reading Bingo game at Staten Island's Port Richmond Library: check off a square with every category of book you read.Read More ›

Podcast #118: Geoff Dyer on Class in America and Good Books

Like many of his previous works, Dyer's latest book White Sands is a book that refuses simple categories. The author discussed his sense that books ought not be understood through a crude matrix of genre.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Comics & Graphic Novels

Check out our Best Books for Teens committee's favorite new comics and graphic novels. Read More ›

Introducing Explora

This new platform from EBSCO is designed to assist students of all ages with their learning and research. There are three versions of Explora for elementary, middle, and high school students. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Half Life of Molly Pierce" by Katrina Leno

A fascinating and realistic portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: June 26, 2016

If you are among the many readers who read one of these five titles and want more of the same adventure or romance or thrills, here are some suggestions for you.Read More ›

Celebrating Queer Voices in Black Music History

Housed in our vast collection of materials and resources on black LGBTQ identity, which includes the In The Life Archive, are the portrait collections of blues singers Gertrude Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith in the Photographs and Prints Division.Read More ›

Water, Water, Everywhere... Except Not

Quite a bit of excellent nonfiction has been written about water scarcity; this list presents recent fiction about dystopian visions of a too-dry future.Read More ›

Escapism: A Reading List from Open Book Night

In the corner room at Mid-Manhattan, appropriately surrounded by the travel guide collection, we spent our June Open Book Night sharing books that help us escape. Read More ›

Are You Spoken For? An Ad Campaign and A Cultural Stereotype

The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library for the Performing Arts has an extensive collection that documents the development of television, including many examples of pitches made by networks to specific companies, like AT&T or Coty Cosmetics, outlining how each network’s programming would be a match for the company’s ideal consumer. Read More ›

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker Diary, June 24, 1802

One woman's account of a parade of Freemasons in early-nineteenth-century New York City.Read More ›
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