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Farewell Sir Pratchett, Welcome to Discworld

There is no way to accurately describe the impact Terry Pratchett and his works have made on the world. It is difficult enough to explain what they meant to me. I read my first Discworld book two years ago (Going Postal). As of this month, I have read 29 out the 40 books in the series and they have become an integral part of me.Read More ›

Three Reads: Baseball

No three words were ever sweeter to my ear than "Pitchers and catchers", followed by a date—this marks the very beginning of spring training! Here are some of my favorite non-fiction baseball reads to go with my favorite time of year.Read More ›

Meet Your Neighbor & Photographer Ner Beck

On view now through February 26, 2014 at the Bloomingdale Library is NER BECK: West Side Window Reflections. Read More ›

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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50+ Summer Seminars - How to Make the Right Choice


I would choose to have only 70 degree days throughout the summer, and a light breeze wafting through the air, plus a New York City to live in just as it is—but with affordable rents in midtown. Wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, these aren't choices I can make. But there is a world of choices that we can make to make our lives better, and to make an informed choice we should hear from the experts first.

Those over 50, or perhaps helping an older friend or family member with care and/or information, may want to come to one of the Consumer 

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Reader's Den Wrap Up

Thank you for joining this month's Reader's Den. I hope everyone enjoyed The Gathering, or at least got something out of the discussion. Please stay tuned for next month's book, The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga.

If you did in fact enjoy Anne Enright's book, here are some other similar authors for you to check out.

Joan Didion - especially The Year of Magical Thinking. James Joyce - Irish literature at its best. Flannery O'Connor Ian McEwan - try the lesser known On Chesil Beach, beautiful writing in this sad novel. John Banville - The Sea is another 

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New York Fire Department History Lecture

Bloomingdale Library Event, Local History Lecture

150 W 100th St New York, NY 10025 (212) 222-8030

Thursday, October 8, 2009 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Robert Holzmaier Chief, Eleventh Battalion Covering Manhattan's Upper West Side 36 Years in the Fire Department

Topics of lecture include: Fire Extinguishing from 1609; First Controversial Fire Tax; Hooks & Ladders; Horses and Dogs; Connection to the Water Supply; Great Conflagrations; Attempts to Burn Down the City; Company Feuds; Uses of Volunteers; 130 Years in this Neighborhood.  

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Family Book Swap and Cookie Social

Come swap books, and cookie recipes, listen to music, enter raffles, and chat at the Bloomingdale Library. Kids come in costume for stories and crafts!

For all ages.

Tue, Oct 27 @ 6:30 PM 150 W 100th St New York, NY 10025 (212) 222-8030

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Book Discussion: "The Gathering" by Anne Enright

More discussion questions about Anne Enright's The Gathering.

Liam’s suicide seems to be a sort of catalyst for Veronica to explore her childhood memories of him and search for the point in their family life that set him off course. Was the guilt she has about Liam’s abuse present throughout her life, or do you believe the memories have only resurfaced after his death?

Liam's child Rowan was previously unknown to the Hegartys but he is met with love and happiness. What is his role within the family?

What does the future hold for Veronica in regard to 

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Bloomingdale Library Book Swap Social

Book Swap Social at Bloomingdale Library! Tuesday September 15th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Bring one or more books to swap with other book lovers. Whole Foods snacks provided as well as music and raffle prizes. Price of admission is one book to swap. Please bring clean books, no ripped pages, and in working condition! Limit to one bag or box of books to trade at a time. All genres accepted.

Bloomingdale Branch Library 150 West 100th Street (btw Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) NY, NY 10025 212-222-8030

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The Reader's Den: "The Gathering" by Anne Enright

Continuing on with our discussion of Enright's novel, consider this quote from page 164. "There was great privacy in a big family... no one ever pitied you or loved you a little."

Coming from a large Irish American family myself, I focused a lot on Enright's Irish family dynamics. I found a lot of the writing rang true, although The Gathering is a novel, not autobiographical. Hegarty family events are remembered differently depending on who is relating the tale, certain subjects are off limits and not talked about for reasons that are not easily articulated, emotions 

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The Reader's Den: Book Discussion of "The Gathering"

The first words of Anne Enright's book, The Gathering are as follows:

"I would like to write down what happened in my grandmother's house the summer I was eight or nine, but I am not sure if it really did happen. I need to bear witness to an uncertain event. I feel it roaring inside me--this thing that may not have taken place. I don't even know what name to put on it. I think you might call it a crime of the flesh, but the flesh is long fallen away and I am not sure what hurt may linger in the ... Read More ›
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