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Game of Thrones is Back! Now Where is it Going?

(Warning: I tried to eliminate any direct spoilers but links and comments may tell more then casual fans who are following the show's pace want to know. Fans who want to remain surprised can bookmark this post and come back after they have read the books or finished the show.) Read More ›

February 2014 DVD Releases...Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of February, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's Catalog.Read More ›

Supporting Our Students

Tony MarxThe NYPL has 20,000 kids who visit our neighborhood branches every day. Some days as a kid in Inwood, I was one of those.  

For some of these students, our branches are a place to do homework or attend programs. For others, they are comfortable places to hang out with their friends or use the computers. And for all of them, the library provides a place to stay safe after school.

Our library system serves a unique function in the lives of students that cannot be understated. Knowing this, NYPL, along with the Brooklyn and 

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Join the Club! Talk Books and Hang Out with NYPL Librarians on Google+

What could the NYPL have planned for the end of the summer? We know you’re on the edge of your seats! 

…Have you guessed it yet?

We're holding our first ever Google+ Hangout Book Club! (Did you guess correctly?)

Join us in reading this summer’s hit thriller, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. We’ll be broadcasting live on September 12th at 6 p.m. EDT 

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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Celebrates 25 Years

For 25 years the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism has highlighted in-depth, investigative reporting. It was established in 1987, through a gift from Joseph Bernstein to the NYPL, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein (now Helen Bernstein Fealy). The award plays an important role in safeguarding the first amendment and raising public awareness about significant world events and important issues. The 2012 finalists have all garnered acclaim this past year for stories that criss cross 

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Survivors: Sand Island

July 31, 1761: The French ship l'Utile, illegally transporting 160 Africans from Madagascar to Ile de France (Mauritius), approaches Sand Island. Because the captain worries about a potential revolt, he orders the hatches to be nailed shut. In the night, the ship runs into a reef and capsizes. 

What follows is, arguably, the most extraordinary story of survival ever documented.

More than 70 Africans trapped in the hold died that night, while 123 French crew and passengers (18 had died) escaped. Only 

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Best of Patron Requests: Music (February 2012 Edition)

This list is a monthly compilation of my own personal favorite patron requests for music. I hope you will check out some of the great music that Library users have suggested we acquire!

Provided are some great preview tracks for each. Just click on the titles to be taken to the catalog. 

Green Rocky Road by Karen Dalton

FIND OF THE MONTH!

Karen Dalton's early recordings 

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Searching Databases for African American History Month: Frederick Douglass

February is African American History Month! The New York Public Library's databases have loads of information on influential African Americans. Let's take a look at Frederick Douglass as an example.

The African American Experience This database explores the history and culture of African Americans.

Type "Frederick Douglass" in the bar labeled Quick Search. Click on the link under Topic Guides to get an overview of his life. To the left of the ... Read More ›

Teaching World War I: Treaty of Versailles (Databases for Use in Creating Lesson Plans)

To help in your lesson planning, we've highlighted some databases that feature information on the Treaty of Versailles:

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia — type in "Treaty of Versailles" or search "World War I" for more results Grolier Online — Type in "Treaty of Versailles." In the list of results, ... Read More ›

Discover a World of Information on Explorers

The New York Public Library’s databases will unveil loads of information on these pioneers.

BookFlix — Go to the “People and Places” link. On the last page, you will find a story and lesson plan on Christopher Columbus. Kids Search — Type in "Explorers" and you will get results like “Name the Explorers Crossword Puzzle.” Also, click on the “Books ... Read More ›

Teaching Prohibition: Databases for Use in Creating Lesson Plans

To help in your lesson planning, I've highlighted some databases available at the Library that are related to Prohibition.

Grolier Online — type in "Prohibition" and find articles on the topic in various reading levels and in Spanish. Kids Search — click on the “images” link and type in "Prohibition." You will find primary source information on the topic. ... Read More ›

Digital Defense: Strategies to Avoid Cyberbullying

We are all familiar with physical bullying: on the playground, after school, on the street. When we see it, we stop the bully from behaving in such a negative manner. Cyberbullying does not happen in the physical realm. Cyberbullying occurs “when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones” (definition from

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August 2011 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of August, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Highlights include raunchy comedies such as Your Highness and Paul, and animated family movies such as Rio, Mars Needs Moms, Fox and the Hound, Hoodwinked Too, and Bambi II. Many TV shows are making their way to DVD at the Library as well, such as Everwood, McMillan & Wife, and Gavin & Stacey. Get a jump start ahead of the rest, and reserve these August DVD releases now!

August 2, 2011 Rio (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway) / Coming soon to the catalog! ... Read More ›

Beach, BBQs, and Books! Summer Reading Activities for Young Readers

It’s summertime! Children are out of school, and I'm sure the only things on their mind are amusement parks, camp, swimming, beaches, and BBQs! But in between activities and adventures, be sure to remind them to READ.

“Summer Slump” is a phrase describing the decline in students learning skills over the summer months. As educators, we must make sure this doesn’t happen to our children. Here are some ways to make reading an important part of the summer day:

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July 2011 DVD Releases... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of July, many great DVDs are coming to the library. Highlights include sci-fi adventures such as Limitless and Source Code, and fun comedies such as Arthur, and Take Me Home Tonight. If you're a fan of TV shows on DVD, there are too many coming to the library this month to even name in this blurb. Get a jump start ahead of the rest, and reserve these July DVD releases now!

July 5, 2011 Hobo With a Shotgun (Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi ) ... Read More ›

Reader's Den: "Software" by Rudy Rucker (Discussion #2)

Thanks for tuning in for the second discussion of Reader's Den for June! This month we are discussing the science fiction classic Software by Rudy Rucker, which is the first book in The Ware Tetralogy.

This book exemplifies a style of writing Rucker has termed "transrealism." In his 1983 Transrealist Manifesto, he argues that the tropes of science fiction can be viewed as symbols for the "modes of perception," i.e. time 

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June 2011 DVD Releases (Plus May DVDs You May Have Missed) ... Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of June, many great DVDs are coming to the library. June is a big month for comedies, which include Just Go With It, Big Mommas, Hall Pass, Cedar Rapids, No Strings Attached and the Dilemma. Other highlights for the month include True Grit, the Adjustment Bureau, and the Mechanic. Get a jump start ahead of the rest, and reserve these June DVD releases now!

June 7, 2011

Company Men (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones)

Just Go With It 

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