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Ep. 10 "Nobody Writes Stories About Apartments" | Library Stories

This week, children's book author Johanna Hurwitz shares her love of books, the importance of writing what you know, and the joy she gets from knowing her books are in libraries.Read More ›

The Man From Nowhere vs. Taken

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." (

These are the famous 

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Korean Drama: Boys Over Flowers

So you've read the famous manga Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio and now you want more, more, MOAR! Well never fear, Asian dramas are here!

Boys Over Flowers, the Korean version of the series, tells the story of Geum Jan Di (Ko Hye Sun), a dry-cleaner's daughter, who one day delivers a uniform to the elite Shinwha High School.

There she witnesses, for the 

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Korean Drama: Goong

Goong, based on the manhwa (Korean comic book) of the same name, is one of those dramas that are so colorful and beautiful that you can overlook how much it drags at times or how the characters talk so slow as if there is just too much time in the day.

The story is set in an alternative South Korea, where the country is still a monarchy instead of a democracy.

It begins when the King of South Korea dies. The Royals are losing popularity so they decide that Prince Lee Shin (

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11 Free Websites to Practice English at Home

RTlibrary on FlickrAt the New York Public Library's Adult Learning Centers, where adults work on basic English and literacy skills, we're often asked for recommendations of websites for adults to practice English at home. Below you'll find eleven sites, some with a focus on listening, some on vocabulary, others on grammar, and some with a range of activities. Happy learning!

Easy World of English

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Korean Dramas: City Hunter Review

City Hunter on the shelves of Tompkins Square... for now. While browsing the shelves to see if we had recent Korean Dramas, I chanced upon City Hunter. This drama is definitely one of my top 10 dramas because 1) It is an action drama 2) The dad is so evil and sexy and I love great villains but most importantly is reason number 3) Lee Min Ho is the star of the show.

Lee Min Ho is known in Korea and all over the world not only as the sexy guy in the Camry commercials but 

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Korean Drama Collection at Tompkins Square Library

Korean dramas at the libraryBefore the craze of Psy's "Gangnam Style", the Korean Wave had already overwhelmed the masses and continues to spread throughout the world today. The Wave does not only include famous, catchy Korean Pop songs but also great dramas and movies that rival any Spanish soap opera I've ever watched.

Here at Tompkins Square Branch Library aside from the usual collection of great American movies there is a small collection of DVDs 

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Poetry Writing With Adult New Readers, Strategy 1: The List Poem

You have not crossed the bridges I have crossed. You have not listened to the music I have listened to. You have not been in the top of the World Trade Center the way I have been there. You have not seen the waves I have seen. You have not fallen from horses the way I have fallen. You have not felt the guns on your neck the way I have felt them. You have not been in the sea with a big storm in a little boat the way I have been.

—Excerpt from "Don’t Give Me Advice," by Luis Marin, Tompkins Square CRW

This month is

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Read for Your Life: Resources for Teaching Health Literacy to Adults

A woman came into the Library's Center for Reading and Writing, where she was enrolled in a basic literacy class. Visibly shaken, she pulled a staff member aside and confided that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to continue in the class. She had felt some pain in her breast, and her doctor had recommended that she have a mammogram. Not having any idea what a mammogram was, she understood it to mean that she had cancer. The staff member showed her how to find information about

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From Masailand to Tompkins Square Library: A Journey in Literacy

Last year, Victoria joined a basic reading and writing class at Tompkins Square Library's Center for Reading and Writing. She agreed to speak with me about her experience so far and what brought her here.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Kenya, in the Masailand, in a village with 10 huts.

What other languages do you speak besides English?

I speak the Masai language and Swahili, and other tribal languages: Kikuyu, Luo, and Kamba. I came to America in 1986. I speak English every day, but 

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Learning to Read and Write at the Library: Pedro's Story

Pedro, a native New Yorker, faced up to a number of personal challenges before he enrolled in the Tompkins Square Center for Reading and Writing (CRW), the library's adult literacy program last year. I asked Pedro about his journey this past year as a student.

How did you find out that the library has a program for adults to work on basic reading and writing skills?

Someone mentioned to me that the library had a program. I passed by that nice building on Sixth Avenue—

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Booktalk as Lifelong Learning Inspiration

The key to lifelong learning is that it should be just that—life long. As a living being, humans are always changing and with that comes advanced personal knowledge that can be used internally and to interact with the world. The hitch is that our lives are designed to learn when we are young. Despite the fact that our brains are most pliable when young, we are capable of learning at any age as long as we possess sufficient health. How then do librarians promote life 

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Lifelong Learning Never Ends

We are born with scarcely any of the skills or abilities we need to survive in the world and must amass skills to succeed. Without care and guidance from family, we would not survive the first day of life. While we all walk down different paths in life, the one common feature to all paths is that the path is never perfectly straight and narrow or clear of debris as we might like. There are pitfalls as the skills or abilities we possess don’t match the pavement we find ourselves on. Unexpected twists or bends change our world view as society evolves in unprecedented manners we are not 

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Library as Community: A Physical Vision of the Branch Library

What is the role of a library when it no longer needs to be a warehouse of books and when users can obtain information without setting foot in its doors? (p. vii)” There are potentially two ways to look at the previous question: one as a doomsayer and the other more optimistic in nature. The doomsayer would note that doing a search on Google for the phrase ‘demise of 

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Social Media as Public Expectation: The New Public Utility

"Balancing the demands of consumers, regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders is a daunting task… even under the best of circumstances. Add to this the ever increasing complexity of contemporary … issues and simply keeping up with the changing landscape can become a full time job." Sound familiar from the current debates between Facebook and users, or Google and users, or YouTube and users?

Counter to potential expectations, the previous quote did not come from any social media dispute, but from the 

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The Hyperlink: A Call to Writers

2008. Did your anxiety rise that year? That was the year Google measured 1 trillion unique websites spewing out information to you. I know my mind cannot begin to comprehend what the size means. I, like everyone else, want information, free information, but having more information than I can get a handle on is overwhelming. That’s where the anxiety comes in. Our brains simply are not designed to grasp the magnitude of information at our disposal and navigate the data. 

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Txt M3 Plz

Color, sound, flash—today’s web experience is experientially active. Surfing the Internet is a multisensory experience that puts the user in the midst of information and entertainment. The one catch is that you need a fast connection alongside the computer hardware. To download PDF a file while watching a music video that you are simultaneously twittering about certainly is beyond the reach of a cell phone. And while the glitz and sound of cutting edge technology is a lure, it is time to consider what we can achieve globally if we step back our 

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Monopoly: Google Takes the Game

For Internet searching, roughly 65% of computer users turn to Google. To see the popularity of Google, one has to look no further than ‘Google’ being 'declared' a verb by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. How is that for official proof that Google is big in the search world and winning prominence?

In its path to verbification

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The New Digital Divide: Outrunning the Unemployment Line

“With the emerging digital economy becoming a major driving force of our nation's economic well-being, we must ensure that all Americans have the information tools and skills that are critical to their participation. Access to such tools is an important step to ensure that our economy grows strongly and that in the future no one is left behind.”

— from Falling Through the Net, a letter from William M. Daley, U.S. Secretary of Commerce 1997-2000

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Follow the Money (part 3 of 3): Apple and the Company (app) Store

The day has come, and the sound of cash register bells still ring in your ears. Or, the bells would ring if the cashier's computer had sound effects. But it doesn't matter, for you are riding the surging thrill of attaining the hailed product of the latest media bliss.

You have bought the computer all the tech blogs and computer gurus are talking about. After shelling out a minimum of $499 dollars, US, you open the box, and there it lays in pristine shiny plastic with a black emblem - your new 

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