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The Value of Historical Fiction

My romanticized view of history was crushed in college when my history professor explained that historians in writing history sometimes create fictional narratives around the facts to make it coherent and more interesting to read. I much prefer reading that George Washington cut down the cherry tree or that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.Read More ›

Looking for a Good Book? Try an Award-Winning Read

Each year multiple literary prizes are awarded to recognize the works of great writers. Some of these awards are well known and much anticipated like the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature, while others are lesser known. Here is a list of some of the more popular literary awards given out this year.

The Nobel Prize for Literature was established in 1901 at the bequest of Alfred Nobel (Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator and inventor of dynamite). It is awarded by the Swedish Academy in 

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Pura Belpré, In Her Own Words: NYPL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Pura Belpré reading to children at the New York Public Library. (Photo credit - Centro Archives)This year as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Public Library is celebrating its premier Latina Librarian, Pura Belpré. An exhibit at the Bronx Library Center highlights the professional life of Pura Belpré—Children's Librarian, 

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The Summer of "The Harbinger" - 9/11 Revisited

Ten years after 9/11, Jonathan Cahn presents a brand new theory about 9/11- The Harbinger: the Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, 2012. It's a supernatural theory based on Biblical prohecy. Written in an allegorical style, a mysterious prophet meets a New York Journalist and shares with him nine harbingers (signs). Drawing parallels between Ancient Israel, America's dedication in Lower Manhattan and events following 9/11, Cahn chronicles a mindblowing 

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A Library as Beautiful as the Bronx: NYC's First Municipal Green Building

Photo credit - Dattner ArchitectsI remember it vividly. It was the morning of January 17, 2006, I was on my way to work—when an MTA bus zoomed pass me. It was then I noticed it, on the side of the bus, a poster size picture of the building with the caption "A library as beautiful as the Bronx." I looked in astonishment, then with pride and joy as I recognised the building—it was where I was headed!

Such was the start of the day which 

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Give it up for the Bronx! Events May 9-19

This year the Bronx will be celebrating its 41st Annual Bronx Week. What is unique about Bronx Week? It's a 10 day (May 9-19) celebration showcasing the best the Bronx has to offer.

At the Bronx Library Center (the central library of the Bronx and NYC's premier green building) a Bronx-centric week awaits—featuring some of the top talents and events of the Bronx.

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God in the Stacks: The Scoop on Christian Fiction

You can say it started in 1678 with the publication of John Bunyan's Pilgrim Progress. Then along came Hall Caine's The Christian (1897) and C.S Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia in the 1950s. Fast forward to the 21st century, major news magazines such as Time were talking about the Left Behind series.Read More ›

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Bronx Library Center

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the U.S. each year from September 15 to October 15. This year's national theme is "Diversity United, Building America's Future Today." At the Bronx Library Center - NYPL's premier Latino/Puerto Rican Heritage Center, we have a variety of programs and events to learn and celebrate the Hispanic experience. Listed below are just a few of 

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Many Backgrounds, Many Stories ... One American Spirit

Photo: Pura Belpre (1899-1982) Author, Storyteller and first Puerto Rican Librarian at the New York Public Library

It's Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), the time of year to celebrate and recognize the contributions made by people of Hispanic descent to this great nation. This year's national theme is Many Backgrounds, Many Stories... One American Spirit.

According to the 2010 Census, 16 percent of the US population is Hispanic. Hispanic Americans include people from the following 

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Black History Month: Celebrating African American Heritage

Black History Month was first observed as Negro History Week by Historian

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NYPL celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The New York Public Library’s premier Puerto Rican/Latino Cultural Center—The Bronx Library Center—kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948–1998, an exhibit from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. The exhibit is based on the ... Read More ›

9/11/01: A select list of materials available at the New York Public Library

Primary documents, personal accounts, commentary and video covering the events of nine years ago today.

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What do the New York Public Library Lions, the Capitol Dome and the Abraham Lincoln statue have in common?

They were all made in the Bronx. The New York Public Library Lions (1911) and the Abraham Lincoln statue (1923) at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington were carved by the Piccirilli Brothers in their studio on 142nd Street near St. Ann Avenue. The cast iron dome (1858) crowning the Capitol Building in Washington was cast by the James & Kirtland Foundry located in the vicinity of St. Mary's Park.

The Borough of the Bronx recently celebrated its 40th Annual Bronx Week. Part of the celebrations included a “Highlights 

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Catch the Wave @ the Bronx Library Center - Adult Summer Reading 2010

Courtesy Desk - Bronx Library CenterHey, Adults, looking for that great summer read for the beach or something lengthier than Poetry in Motion while commuting through dark subway tunnels – look no further than the Bronx Library Center. This summer the Bronx Library Center is looking to reward four readers who read and post the most book reviews online at

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Job Ready and Dress Ready, too: BLC Employment Expo

On May 26 from 10 am – 3 pm the Bronx Library Center will be having its 3rd Annual Employment Expo.  All will receive critical job skills.  However, especially unique about this year’s expo is the first 100 women job seekers who attend will receive free business appropriate attire provided by the non-profit Dress for Success.   Highlights of the day are as follows:   10-11 am: ... Read More ›

A Trailblazer in Immigrant Services: The New York Public Library

THEN

The year was 1910 and there was a huge influx of immigrants into New York so much so that the foreign-born population rose to 41 percent. Meanwhile, the New York Public Library, a free public library of New York was being birthed into existence. In 1895, an agreement was signed to consolidate the Tilden Fund and the Lenox and Astor Libraries, two private libraries in New York. The Tilden Fund financed the construction of The Research Library located on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Construction was completed and the

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Edgar Allan Poe in the Bronx

About 20 yards from the Bronx Library Center is the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. Nestled quietly in a corner of the Poe Park, this small wooden farmhouse built in 1812 shows no sign of the great legacy of its occupant. It was here that Edgar Allan Poe spent the last 3 years of his life. Poe penned some of his famous poems in this cottage ( "Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka”). And it was in this cottage he experienced his 

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Free Holiday Performances To Warm Your Heart

Looking for just the right music to get you into the holiday mood? This holiday season the Bronx Library Center will be featuring holiday music as part of its regular Saturday afternoon cultural performances. The following free performances are scheduled in the 150-seat auditorium located on the Concourse Level of this fabulous library.

Saturday, December 19 @ 2:30 p.m.

Members of the Bronx Symphony Orchestra will perform “Music Inspired by Christmas” George Frederick Handel: Overture and Pastorale from Messiah Arcangelo Corelli: Christmas Concerto 

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Free Cultural Performances at the New York Public Library

Economy has you down? Can’t afford to go away this summer? Cheer up! Plan a vacation right at home in New York City. Go library hopping and enjoy a plethora of high quality cultural performances at the New York Public Library - for FREE! Last Saturday, I visited the Bronx Library Center (where a free performance is offered every Saturday at 2:30 pm), and was treated to the finest quality of Latin Jazz performed by an ensemble led by one of the masters of Latin Jazz – Read More ›

Reader's Den May Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Please join us this month as we discuss Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The Bronx is currently having its first ever NEA Big Read hosted by the Bronx Council on the Arts and the New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center. The title – To Kill A Read More ›

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