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NaNoWriMo @ MML: the Dreaded Week 2

After the optimistic glow of the first full week of National Novel Writing Month fades away, writers are met with a mammoth challenge: staying on task! Read More ›

What are you Reading: Carlos Alazraqui

Find out what the Rocko's Modern Life and Reno 911 star likes to read.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 ›

NaNoWriMo@MML Week 1: So Far, So... Okay

Week one of National Novel Writing Month is officially underway! We're just getting into the swing of things. Our writers have been diligently working on their books, and share what they've accomplished so far.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Harlem Globetrotters Edition

I caught up with a few of the Harlem Globetrotters while they were on a shoot at the William F. Passannante Ballfield in the West Village. A nearby elementary school uses the park as a playground during school hours, and the Globetrotters mingled with the kids, juggling balls and answering questions between takes. Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Colleen Green

While pop music may not have a reputation for particularly deep lyrics, Colleen Green smashes this stereotype. It comes as no surprise that such a skilled writer has been a lifelong reader. Check out her literary predilections and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

November Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Come join us for an Author @ the Library talk this November at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions.Read More ›

End of the World Reading

Are we really ready for alien invasions, zombies, and other end-of-the-world events?Read More ›

NaNoWriMo @ Mid-Manhattan: Meet Our Novelists!

Once per week, we’ll be posting an update so that the greater NYPL community can get to know our writers and follow their progress. Who knows—maybe the next big best-seller will be written right here on the 4th floor! Read More ›

Kikimora, Domovoi, Baccoo, and Other Strange and Spooky Creatures

This Halloween, staff of the Word Languages Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library would like to introduce our readers to some unusual creatures from around the globe.Read More ›

The Creepy, the Quirky, and the Occult: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night began with a 19th-century slasher story. We discussed Lizzie Borden and the fascinating tale of how she murdered her mother and father, and got away with it. Many more creepy suggestions followed.Read More ›

Books We Know by Heart

Reading a book aloud to a child is one of life’s sweetest pleasures, and children sometimes ask to repeat the experience with the same book over and over. And over. And over.Read More ›

What’s Making Us Happy, Part 2

What’s making us happy in the realms of TV, cooking, art and design, libraries, and online thingamabobs, and then happinesses that defy categorization.Read More ›

What’s Making Us Happy, Part 1

We asked our library staff members to tell us what’s turning their pages. Here’s the first installment, covering podcasts, music, and—of course—books.Read More ›

Me, My Hair, and I: Hair Obsession

Never has a topic been more talked, bought, dyed, and cried about as much as the subject of "hair." Hair beliefs, attitudes, and styles vary across cultures and time periods, but the most common interest in hair is growth.Read More ›

October Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Culinary tours…global entrepreneurs…dangerous political weapons in America…Nazi art theft and the quest for justice…forensic DNA…the Tappan Zee Mega Project…the Gowanus Canal…. If any of these topics have piqued your interest, then please join us for an Author @ the Library program in October at the Mid-Manhattan Library.Read More ›

'That’s a Library?': The Many Stories of Mid-Manhattan

Deborah Elliott, a clerical supervisor at the Mid-Manhattan Library, has been with the branch for 40 years. As the Mid-Manhattan branch looks toward renovations, Elliott remembers when the now-haggard building first opened.Read More ›

New York: A Reading List from Open Book Night

“And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? “It is not far from it. No urban nights are like the night there. “I have looked down across the city from high windows. It is then that the great buildings lose reality and take on their magical powers. They are immaterial; that is to say, one sees but the lighted windows. “Squares after squares of flame, set and cut into the Aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to  our will.”  —Ezra Pound, Patria Mia (1950) Frankly, we were a bit hesitant to ... Read More ›

The Blacklist: What is Red Reading?

Passing through Bryant Park on the way to work recently, I came upon a shoot for the upcoming season of The Blacklist and decided to find out what Reddington himself was currently reading. Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano, Part 3

If you are looking for another war novel to get you fired up about the battlefield or home front, or if you are itching to find a protagonist dealing with the trials and tribulations caused by the world around them, take a look at these suggested titles.Read More ›
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