Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Posts by Marie C. Hansen

16 Block Photography

Every week, the Teen Advisory groups from Jefferson Market Library and Muhlenberg Library take a photo of what's happening during their meeting. Here's last week's photos:  Muhlenberg's Photo

Jefferson Market's Photo

Find a Teen Advisory Group close to you and 

... Read More ›

West Memphis Three: A Reading & Watching List

Damien W. Echols, 36, Jason Baldwin, 34, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., 36, known as "the West Memphis Three" were released from prison Friday morning after spending 18 years behind bars. Their trials and convictions have been under scrutiny, many people believing the three to be innocent. Brush up on your knowledge of this historical case with the following materials available through NYPL:

... Read More ›

"Small Town Sinners": An Interview with Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker's newest book, Small Town Sinners, is about a girl named Lacey that is torn between falling in love and keeping her faith — all while taking a lead role in her town's sin-depicting haunted house.

NYPL: What made you decide to write Small Town Sinners?

When I heard about

... Read More ›

Valhalla Hospital: The Art of the Moody Wallen Band

Jefferson Market Library's Summer Art Display, Valhalla Hospital: The Art of the Moody Wallen Band, exhibits over 50 line drawings, watercolors, acrylics, and oil paintings throughout the entire building, as well as a visual installation display and rotating video program every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. through August 18, inside the program room.

The Moody Wallen Band formed in early 2004 to collectively pursue the various music and art 

... Read More ›

An Interview with Author & Rolling Stones Insider Bill German

When Bill German was a teenager, he created a zine about his favorite band, The Rolling Stones, called Beggars Banquet. The year was 1978, and little did he know, but the pages he was diligently printing at his Brooklyn High School would later lead him to become the band’s official historian for over two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes, witnessed their concerts, recording sessions, and 

... Read More ›

The Ticketless Traveler: American Road Trip

Sometimes it isn't about the destination. Here's a list of all things that take me on a mental trip across America's highways.  

The staff of Jefferson Market Library on our last road trip!


On The Road by Jack Kerouac: The quintessential American road-trip novel. Read about the adventures of Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise in the standard form or in the form of the original 120 foot long 

... Read More ›

Essential Texts in Feminist Theory & Feminist Thought

In celebration of Women's History Month, I have put together a list of works that I feel are essential to feminist theory/feminist thought. From proto-feminism to third-wave post-modernist, here are some of my (mostly Western) favorites. What are some feminist works you favorite or feel are essential to the canon?

Read More ›

Suze Rotolo 1943-2011

Last week I finished an amazing book about Greenwich Village in the 1960s called A Freewheelin' Time. This weekend, I found out that the author of the book, Suze Rotolo, passed away on Friday. Her death also coincides with the 50 year anniversary of Bob Dylan's

... Read More ›

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month : Non-Fiction Books & Web Resources

On January 31st 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed February 2011 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In his proclamation Obama stated,

"Each year, about one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence.  Abusive relationships can impact adolescent development, and teens who experience dating violence may suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences.  Adolescents in controlling or violent relationships may carry these dangerous and unhealthy patterns into future 

... Read More ›

Non-Print Indie Film Series: Kryssa Schemmerling

On January 31st, Jefferson Market Library will hold its fourth presentation in the Indie Film Series, with Our Hawaii. The film challenges the assumption that all surfers are from California by looking at New York City's own Rockaway Beach surfing scene. Following the film will be a Q&A with the director, punk-rock sociologist

... Read More ›

Women, Creativity, & Madness: A Reading List

From addiction and cutting to depression and bipolar disorder: a list of memoirs and autobiographical books by women describing their struggles.

artwork courtesy of www.jolenesiana.comThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Prozac Nation and More, Now, Again by Elizabeth Wurtzel Live Through This: On 

... Read More ›

2010 New York Times Bestselling Young Adult Books: Free Downloads for Your eReader

Did you get an eReader for the holidays? If so, here are some digital versions of popular YA books you might want to check out.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Samantha Kingston has it all, a hot boyfriend, popularity, and three best friends—but after a wild party, she loses the most important thing: her life. Available in EPUB

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell Carrie Bradshaw, before New York City, 

... Read More ›

Non-Print Indie Film Series: Aaron Lehmann

One of the three components to NYPL's mission statement is to "strengthen our communities." At Jefferson Market Library we decided that one way to strengthen our community is to highlight the talents of those that live here. So, we created the Non-Print Indie Film Series. Every Monday in January and February a different local filmmaker will showcase their work. There will be 

... Read More ›

Reading with... Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres, ground-breaking sexual liberator, creative muse, groupie queen, and best-selling author lets us know her top five favorite books and what she loves about them. The books, she says, are "in no particular order except Number One..."

1. Leaves of Grass

"By my beloved Uncle Walt. Any page I turn to has me in his divine embrace, I can actually see the twinkle in his eye. I also call him Saint Walt. So ahead of his time in terms 

... Read More ›

Remember Alice? This is a Blog About Alice

For as long as I can remember, every Thanksgiving me, my mom, dad, and sister would pile into the family car and drive to my uncle’s house while listening to Arlo Guthrie’s song Alice’s Restaurant. The 18-minute 34-second song tells the story of Guthrie’s arrest on Thanksgiving Day as well as his experience as a draftee reporting to the New York City induction center during the Vietnam War. The song has become as much a part of Thanksgiving to me as turkey and gravy and my uncle's amazing baked clams. Before, during, and after the 

... Read More ›

Reading With... Vince Clarke

When I asked Vince Clarke, founding member of Depeche Mode and musical genius behind synth bands Erasure & Yaz, to list his top five favorite books of all time he said, "that's impossible." Therefore, Vince shares with us (in his words) just "5 books out of 1000" that he enjoys:

(1) A Scanner Darkly by 

... Read More ›

Incarcerated Teens: An Interview with the School Librarians of Passages Academy

Did you know that incarcerated teens attend school and go to the library? Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with some of the librarians at Passages Academy, a school program located inside correctional facilities for teens. Here's what they had to say:

Can you tell us a little bit about Passages Academy? Passages Academy is a New York City Department of Education program serving incarcerated and detained youth ages 11-17.  We are located in ten sites in three different boroughs.  Students who enroll in Passages Academy are able to earn high school 

... Read More ›

Gay Teen Suicide: Resources for LGBTQ Teens, Their Families, & Friends

In the past three weeks, a tragic pattern has arisen. Four gay teenagers have committed suicide because of repeating bullying about their sexual orientation. Two of the victims were just thirteen years old. Although it seems that we are making progress each day with the gradual adoption of gay marriage, these recent events are a painful reminder that there is still so much more work to be done. It is important that we support each other during this time. Remember that the New York Public 

... Read More ›

The Undercover Muffins: Summer 2010 Wrap-Up!

It's the end of the summer. Time for falling leaves, pumpkins, and going back to school. This week The Undercover Muffins, Jefferson Market's Teen Book Club, reflected back on summer with their favorite books, music, and movies from the "season of sun."

"Eclipse was not what I expected it to be but it was far more better than New Moon. My opinion is that the book turned out to be better."

"The best book I read over the summer 

... Read More ›
Page 1 of 3 Next

Chat with a librarian now