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Adopt a Fur-ever Friend!

June is, in addition to usually being a resplendent, glorious month in terms of weather, a month replete with (hopefully!) permanent pairings in the form of weddings.While the tradition of humans of various backgrounds gazing into each other’s eyes whilst professing lifelong fealty and devotion, under all circumstances is a touching and noble one, there is another tradition that occurs all year round as well, but that is specially emphasized during the month of June: National Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month. Read More ›

Pomp, Circumstance and Advice!

Spring brings ceremonies and advice for new graduates starting out in the world.Read More ›

Great Kills Book Discussion: Ronald Kessler's The First Family Detail

Ronald Kessler’s The First Family Detail provides riveting and highly astonishing facts as well as firsthand accounts of agents whose role is to protect United States Presidents and their families.Read More ›

Stomping on Ye Old Sod... Celebrating Ireland at the Library

Resources on Ireland for the greenest of St. Patrick's Days.Read More ›

Finding Spiritual Support at the Library

It's the first day of Lent, but our collections can offer insight and guidance for any spiritual path. Read More ›

Cultivating Cupid at the Library

Resources on heart health and <3 health, both available with your library card.Read More ›

We Are New York: Language Learning at the Library

Learn about WANY and other opportunities to improve your language skills at the library.Read More ›

Going Back in Time: High School Reunion

Books and DVDs to help you prepare for your next blast from the past.Read More ›

Reading About Book Discussion Groups

October is National Reading Group Month, so let's read something together.Read More ›

Birthdays Are For Celebrating!

How many candles on that cake? Books and other library materials about birthdays.Read More ›

For the Hale & Hearty! July is Park and Recreation Month

I recently learned that July has been designated "Park and Recreation Month." I do not begrudge those hearty souls who simply adore inhaling the scent of the soil while lying awake in a perfectly pitched tent, listening to the nocturnal sounds of life in the woods, of starting a campfire to cook breakfast with a glorious sunrise serving as backdrop to the sound of bacon frying and who regard possible contact with a patch of poison ivy as a minor nuisance. However, I may not be properly numbered amongst those hearty outdoor types. Read More ›

Celebrate Fathers at the Library

Need some ideas for Father's Day? We have two exhibitions your dad is sure to enjoy. Pick up some paternally-themed books too.Read More ›

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Books for Barbecue Season

My nephew and niece read a few articles online on the topic of May being "National Barbecue Month" and "National Salad Month" and desired to host a barbecue. Fortunately for my nephew, niece and their respective guests, the NYPL contains a literal plethora of books and DVDs concerning the topic of barbecuing.Read More ›

Send Me a Letter: Books on Card and Letter Writing

While engaging in some much-needed but rarely performed spring cleaning in my apartment, I recently encountered several letters written to me by a maternal great-great aunt years ago. This dovetailed nicely with my supervisor's request that I write my April blog post on the topic of card and letter writing. Read More ›

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Art Class at the Library

Whether you are the parent of a budding Picasso or a child who imbues the term "abstract art" with new meaning, the library is sure to have resources to support his or her creative pursuits.Read More ›

Here a Cat, There a Cat: TNR in NYC

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. Find out more about TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs in New York City.Read More ›

Interview with Gaslight Mystery Author Victoria Thompson

I recently had the distinct honor and utter delight of posing interview questions to an author as talented as she is gracious, Ms. Victoria Thompson. This Edgar and Agatha award-nominated writer is the author of over thirty books, including one that is the featured work (Murder in Chelsea) of the upcoming Great Kills Library Book 

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Find New Hobbies at the Library

My father was a fan of George Bernard Shaw, and I myself firmly believe in the wisdom of the quote often misattributed to Mr. Shaw, "Youth is wasted on the young." This adage, as well as my late father's utter exasperation when I refused to heed his wise counsel, which was a product of a combination of his prescience and a long life of various experiences, came full circle when I recently received a telephone call from my sixteen year old niece, Amanda.

After expressing my shock at receiving communication from my niece that was not of the avant l'heure kind, 

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Welcome to Modernity! Learning About Computers at the Library

Readers of some of my prior posts may have garnered the (correct) impression that I hopelessly long for a return to yesteryear. However, since H.G. Wells' The Time Machine does not yet refer to an actual, functioning invention, I am coerced to resign myself to acclimating, to a degree, to this century. (Sigh.)

I freely admit that there are some perks of modernity that I am exceedingly glad to avail myself of—antibiotics, butter that I needn't arise at 3 a.m. to churn, modes of transport 

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Vicariously Visit Yesteryear, Courtesy of the Library

Recently, while I was mentally present in the early 1900s while ensconced in an absolutely riveting historical mystery, my physical body answered the insistent trill of my cellular phone. I was rather unhappily jolted out of the land of gramophones and petticoats by a question from a friend, inquiring concerning the health of one of my cats who is afflicted with allergies.Read More ›
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