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Factcheck Your Friends: Misinformation on Social Media

New Yorkers experienced two major life events in the past few weeks: a superstorm and a hotly contested presidential election. Those two events have more in common than you might think. They both stressed us out. They both left us blurry with some of the details... what happened and what didn't, what was said and what was only hearsay. What was underreported and what was blown way out of proportion.

With social media 

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Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information

This post had a temporary home while nypl.org was offline during the storm. Many on the East Coast are still without power or in the process of cleaning up their homes; some public services and transit routes are still affected. There are also still opportunities to volunteer and to help those in need. We'll try to keep this page updated to reflect the latest information.

Information | Assistance | Volunteer |  

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Age of Power and Wonder

Browsing the Digital Gallery today, I came across this interesting set of cigarette cards. And since I don't think there is anyone who doesn't love space, science, retrofuturism,

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eBook Update: OverDrive for Nook, and New Titles in 3M Cloud Library

Great news for Nook tablet owners and readers looking for more new titles in ebook format.

OverDrive Media Console is now available for

NOOK HD NOOK HD+ NOOK Tablet™ NOOK Color™

You can get it right from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Apps storefront on your device.

This means you no longer have to "side-load" ebooks using your computer. You can download library ebooks direct from our catalog 

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September 2012 NYPL Blog Highlights

September was back to school month. (And back to homeschooling month too.) In that spirit, here is a short quiz.

Cheating is ok.

Which of the following were commemorated this month?

a) World Alzheimer's Month b)

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A List of Lists: September 2012

Visit NYPL's BiblioCommons for these lists and many more. You can also create your own and share them with us in the comments! See below for some interesting staff picks from the past month, on topics both timely and timeless:

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Election 2012: Register, Research, and Vote

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are over, and the presidential nominations from the two major U.S. political parties are official: incumbent President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. With the general election less than two months away, here are resources to help you get ready to vote.

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A List of Lists: August 2012

It's the end of August, which means soon we'll be trading in our fluffy beach reads for heartier winter tomes. NYPL librarians have plenty of suggestions for you.

Back to School! Back to School Books for Kids Favorites for Third Graders Lindsy's Top Ten ... Read More ›

Catalog Power Users: Save Your Searches

You know who you are. Your hold requests are always maxed out. You have "nypl.bibliocommons.com" saved in your browser. You read a book review in the paper or hear an author interviewed on the radio and immediately think, "I should see if NYPL has that yet." You are a mystery nut, a nonfiction devotee, or a knitting enthusiast, always tracking down the latest titles by your favorite writers or on the subjects that matter to you most.

You are a library catalog power user, and we salute you!

A brand new feature now allows you to 

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July 2012 NYPL Blog Highlights

July blogs were as bright as fireworks and as cool as ice pops on a hot summer day.

Oh say did you see...

how to rescue your files from ancient floppy disks. how to find word meanings. how to crochet without tears. how to get ... Read More ›

How to Return eBooks Early

When you check out an ebook from the library, you get to keep it for the full loan period (7, 14 or 21 days) before the file is no longer accessible to you.

Which means you will never get an overdue fee!

But there may be times when you want to return a book early once you finish it, decide you don't like it, or want to make room to check out more books — and that way the next person in line for it will have access that much sooner. Think of it as being a good digital neighbor.

What you need to do to return depends on the device you are using and 

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On the Trivial Pursuit of Useless Information

I don't have a very good memory of the fiction books I read and enjoyed as a child. What I do remember is an obsession with encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, the

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A List of Lists: July 2012

Visit NYPL's BiblioCommons for these lists and many more. You can also create your own and share them with us in the comments! See below for some interesting staff picks from the past month, on topics both timely and timeless:

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eBooks, New and Improved: Place Holds, Download, and Manage Your Account in BiblioCommons

It's now easier to download and request holds on EPUB, PDF, Kindle and e-audio, music and video (a.k.a. OverDrive) while in the library catalog, BiblioCommons. You no longer have to sign in to a separate site with your barcode.

Your electronic holds and checked out items will appear alongside physical books and materials you have out, so you can better prioritize your must-read list!

Here's an overview of the changes.

Here you can see an ebook and a print book appearing together in search results. Choose "Check availability," "Request 

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Grow, Preserve, Pickle, Cure, Brew, Do It Yourself: Homesteading in the City

The first time I made my own cheese, it was a revelation. It was so simple and easy, it was ridiculous to me that I had spent years buying it at the store like everyone else.

I wasn't making brie or cheddar or anything fancy or aged at all, just the standard fresh ricotta that usually comes in a tub in the dairy case. Making your own ricotta is only slightly more involved than brewing tea. You slowly warm up whole milk in a pot. When it gets to a 

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A List of Lists: May 2012

Visit NYPL's BiblioCommons for these lists and many more. You can also create your own and share them with us in the comments! See below for some interesting staff picks from the past month, on topics both timely and timeless:

Genre Fiction While You're Waiting for Fifty Shades of Grey, Try... ... Read More ›

April 2012 NYPL Blog Highlights

A is for April (the month that just took place. The one with all the wonderful blog posts?) and American Museum of Natural History.

B is for Business Books, Bernstein Book Award, Billy Parrott, and Billy 

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A List of Lists: April 2012

Visit NYPL's BiblioCommons for these lists and many more. You can also create your own and share them with us in the comments! See below for some interesting staff picks from the past month, on topics both timely and timeless:

April is Poetry Month, and April 26 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Don't be caught unprepared; NYPL staff can help you find the perfect poem.

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Find 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners at NYPL

To see all past Pulitzer winners, visit the Awards section of the NYPL BiblioCommons catalog.

Fiction

Winner: None.

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (... Read More ›

Cracking the Code: Learning Computer Programming Languages

I learned to code when I was in fourth grade. Okay... maybe that's an exaggeration. I learned Logo when I was in elementary school, using an Apple IIe (in the school library, naturally) and later a Macintosh.

Logo is a programming language that was developed as an educational tool for kids. You issue commands to the "turtle" (pictured at left) and receive output as his simple or complex path on the screen. I didn't know it at the time, but I was solving puzzles and making cool geometric 

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