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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 ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano, Part 2

I take my hat off to you for continuing this discussion of The Human Body on Reader's Den. See below some questions to consider for your reading.Read More ›

The Banned Books We Love

Eleven of our favorite challenged titles.Read More ›

The Gatsby Effect

Our NYPL experts named other books, written from the first-person perspective, that aren’t really about the narrators. 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 ›

Origin Stories

There are a couple kinds of origin stories. There are the backstories that super heroes have to explain how they got their powers. There are origin stories that describe how some reality came into existence. Our staff recommend some favorites here.Read More ›

Классика в Иллюстрациях - New Illustrated Classics in Mid-Manhattan's Russian Collection

Предлагаем нашим читателям ряд замечательно изданных классических произведений. Иллюстрированные книги из нашей коллекции будут интересны всем поколениям вашей семьи.Read More ›

Не хлебом единым: питайтесь разнообразнее и лучше! Recent Russian Cookbooks

В библиотеку Мid-Manhattan поступило большое количество новых кулинарных книг. Предлагаем нашим читателям большой ассортимент трудов об отечественной и зарубежной кулинарии.Read More ›

The Long and the Short of It

We love 1000+-page novels here at NYPL—but we also love to see our favorite long-form writers apply their talents to shorter pieces.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Chastity Belt

"He was just another man trying to teach me something" is a Chastity Belt lyric taken from a popular book... read on to learn the source, and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano

Join us this month as we discuss the psychological impact of comradeship, family, and war taken on by a platoon of Italian soldiers based in Afghanistan.Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

If you'd like to understand why more wild animals are venturing into urban environments; to discover how the great impressionist Monet ate; to examine the Polaroid-Kodak patent war; to celebrate the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen; to learn how to beat fatigue; to explore the economic consequences of climate change; to relive a harrowing but heroic moment in Armenian history; to argue against suicide; or learn how to cope with the narcissists in your life, please join us this month!Read More ›

Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 2

Discussion questions for A Walk in the Woods.Read More ›

Never Bored: Great Books for Tweens

"I'm bored!" is a dreaded phrase for most parents. I prefer to view such a situation as an opportunity. Precocious tween readers often have difficulty finding books that are challenging and appealing at the same time, so here are some suggestions.Read More ›
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