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NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2015

Saturday, November 21 is International Games Day, an annual event to encourage play and games at libraries all over the world. We will be celebrating IGD 2015 with games and coding for all ages, click for the full schedule!Read More ›

NYPLarcade: First Person Games

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Our fall series will take place at Mid-Manhattan Library and focuses on games utilizing the first-person perspective.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 3)

For our third and final Reader's Den discussion of Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, we will be looking at Chapters 7-21 of the book.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 2)

Welcome to our online book discussion of Nick Harkaway's Tigerman as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 1)

Throughout the month of May, as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library, we will be discussing Nick Harkaway's 2014 novel Tigerman.Read More ›

Books on Film: Celebrate the 2015 Oscars!

Are you planning to watch the Academy Awards this Sunday? Many of the featured films began life as books!Read More ›

Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2014

2014 was a banner year for great video game soundtracks. Below are ten of the best, all of which are available to stream or download for free!Read More ›

NYPLarcade Teen: Metroidvania Games

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. This fall at Muhlenberg Library we will be exploring the world of metroidvania-style video games.Read More ›

NYPLarcade: Ghost Games

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games.Read More ›

Monster Summer at Muhlenberg Library

All summer long at Muhlenberg Library, we will be delving into all things monster!Read More ›

NYPLarcade Teen: Sportsfriends

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting.Read More ›

NYPLarcade Teen: Local Multiplayer Games

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. Our second series at Muhlenberg Library focuses on the rise of local multiplayer games.

As social networks, mobile devices, and always-online consoles have popularized gaming virtually with others, there has recently been a movement towards designing games which rely on face-to-face interaction.

This series will highlight recent, 

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NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2013

This year's International Games Day takes place on Saturday, November 16. All over the world, libraries will be celebrating the annual event by inviting patrons of all ages to come in and play games together.

At Muhlenberg Library, we will be hosting a special Double Fine edition of IGD 2013 with a curated selection of video games for ages 12 and up as well as board games for the whole family throughout the day. The event is FREE and takes place between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. See the full schedule 

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NYPLarcade Teen: Spooky Action Roguelikes

NYPLarcade Teen is an opportunity for teens to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Think of it as a book club, but for video games. Our first series at Muhlenberg Library will focus on the roguelike genre.

The name "roguelike" comes from the 1980 dungeon crawler Rogue, which was developed for Unix, had procedurally-generated levels, and inspired other classics like Hack and Nethack. The general features are: permadeath (the player only has one 

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Reader's Den: The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner - Week 4

Thank you for joining us for this month's Reader's Den! Our discussion of Will Eisner's The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue is part of NYC Summer and we have many more events still to come.

If you'd like to comment on any of the previous posts in the discussion, please visit the following links:

Week 1: Introduction Week 2:

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Reader's Den: The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner - Week 3

This May, we've been reading Will Eisner's The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue. This online book discussion is in conjunction with Reader's Den and NYC Summer.

Here is a schedule of what we have covered so far, but please feel free to revisit and comment on any of these earlier posts as well:

Week 1: Introduction Week 2:

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Reader's Den: The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner - Week 2

Welcome back to our online discussion of Will Eisner's The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue. Throughout May, we'll be discussing the book as part of both Reader's Den and NYC Summer.

Below is our schedule, but please feel free to comment on any post over the course of the month:

Week 1: Introduction Week 2:

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Reader's Den: The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner - Week 1

For this month's Reader's Den, we'll be hosting an online book discussion of Will Eisner's The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Aveue. This is only the second time we have featured a graphic novel (the first was Joe Sacco's Palestine in October 2010).

However, as part of NYC Summer, we have two more graphic novel discussions coming up: Alan Moore's The Watchmen in 

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NYC Summer at Mid-Manhattan Library

NYPLarcade Spec Ops: The Line

Developed by Yager and published by 2K Games, Spec Ops: The Line (2012) has been one of the most-discussed video games of the past year.

Edge Magazine calls it "one of the most subversive shooters yet made" and notes: “It may not be subtle, but it engages with problems that the bellicose ilk of Modern Warfare and Medal of Honor have yet to acknowledge."

Despite mixed critical response and

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