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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 ›

Feeling Healthy: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Our conversation about FEELING HEALTHY at Open Book Night in April tended toward books on eating well and understanding the industry and labeling around food in America.Read More ›

Experiments with the New York School of Poets

Our March poetry workshop discussed the New York School of poets, their influences, their style, and their writing habits as it captured the spirit of the 1950s and 60s in New York City. Taking some of these habits, we wrote poetry, trying for a slice of life or a walk down a New York street, using drips and splashes of collaged ideas.Read More ›

Love Makes the World Go 'Round: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Participants at our book social reached out to share on romantic love, artistic passion, brotherly love, love of a place, love of an idea for our February Open Book Night. Read More ›

Writing for Wellness

There are many takes on how to use writing and creativity to relieve stress, to find peace, or to organize one’s thoughts and increase the output of one’s ideas. Listed here are a few titles to take on the task of helping to find a sense of wellness in life.Read More ›

Fashion Illustration Inspiration from Print and Digital Collections

There are a number of books in our collections to help you fine tune your fashion drawing style, but have you also seen our digital collections of original hand colored and reproduced fashion illustrations?Read More ›

Children and Nature: A Booklist for Parenting

When you reminisce about your childhood, is it filled with summertime freedom to traverse the neighborhood without your parents always watching? Here are resources to support children learning how to commune with nature and express their independent spirit.Read More ›

Open Book Night at the Outdoor Reading Room: A Reading List

Readings and recommendations at the Outdoor Reading Room.Read More ›

Art for a Lifetime: A Poetry Writing Workshop Review

Over the last two months, we brought together a group of people to read, write, and discuss poetry in the library. The eight week workshop, The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft, was led by poet/instructor Hermine Meinhard, who guided with a unique and playful approach to writing. Read More ›

Invitation to a Book Social: Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan

Our February Open Book Night discussion was a success! We shared books over hot tea on a very cold evening and talked about books we love.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger, Part 3

For further reading on themes found in The Stranger, try these titles.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger, Part 2

This week we look at the author, Albert Camus, and offer a few questions for discussion.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger by Albert Camus

I hope you will find it a relief to spend January reading a novel that takes place in the full sun of the Algerian summer, although the story may not bask so lazily in your mind. Also, it is a novella, so it won’t be too difficult to stick to your New Year’s resolution to read more.Read More ›

Art Books: Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books By Ed Ruscha

“In plain sight, but overlooked, the gas station excites interest in Ruscha” (p. 21), but also serves as a document of the everyday world that co-exists with our routine and triggers our nostalgia as we see it change over time. Read More ›

Art Books: Mother by Elinor Carucci

When mothers think about mothering, there are a certain set of emotions that come rolling over them combined with images of their children that are not always smiling and cute. It is more often a warm hand reaching for yours, a tear-wetted cheek pressing your arm, the waking in the middle of the night, an open mouth showing you missing teeth. So, when I opened Elinor Carucci’s book of photography called Mother, I was welcomed into a familiar world.Read More ›

The Reader's Den: Epistolary Poetry for April

The Den is warm today With April sun Just in time For Poetry Month! More epistolary poetry: letters in the form of a poem.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Conclusion

Having arrived safely back to your everyday existence, I hope you enjoy the comfort of your own bed and convenient grocery store, but feel as if you have had a bit of retreat into nature and your own thoughts.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Week 3

Welcome back for the third week of our reading and discussion of Sylvain Tesson’s The Consolations of the Forest. This week I’d like to offer a few more questions to consider and discuss while you are reading the book:Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Week 2

The Consolations of the Forest is Sylvain Tesson’s first title available in English and it won the Prix Médicis for nonfiction. But, he has written many other works on his travels around the world by bike and in Central Asia, including crossing the Himalayas on foot. He was born in Paris, France in 1972.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson

This month’s Reader’s Den will encourage you to try an exploratory journey to Siberia with Sylvan Tesson as he lives alone for six months in a cabin taking in the beauty of winter and the arrival of spring in The Consolations of the Forest.Read More ›
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