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Blog Posts by Subject: Holidays and Customs

Pomp, Circumstance and Advice!

Spring brings ceremonies and advice for new graduates starting out in the world.Read More ›

Mother's Day for Working Moms

Mother's Day turned 101 this year. While we associate this holiday with cards, gifts, and more, Director of Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor, Latifa Lyles points out that there are other ways we can value mothers. Read More ›

Chinese New Year Books for Children

Here are some recommendations of books on Chinese New Year stories, traditions and food. Read More ›

Love Letters 101: Epistolary Lessons from Rare Books

Universal letter-writers were guidebooks meant to teach young men and women the art of writing and speaking fluently on a variety of subjects—including love.Read More ›

What NYPL Has Learned About Love

It's LIVE on love: clips from our past programs.Read More ›

Valentine's Day Books For Children

Valentine's Day is a day when love and friendship are celebrated. Read More ›

Novedades de Febrero 2015: Celebrando el Amor y la Amistad con Historias del Alma, el Corazón y ¡Mucho Más!

Mientras tanto podemos seguir disfrutando de la tradición regalando afectos por doquier y por supuesto, no deben faltar ¡historias para leer!Read More ›

Cultivating Cupid at the Library

Resources on heart health and <3 health, both available with your library card.Read More ›

Adorable Vintage Valentine's Day Cards to Love

Don't keep your darling on the fence. Just say the word, with one of these cards from our Digital Collections.Read More ›

14 Literary Conversation Hearts That Should Exist

Literary conversation hearts we wish existed. Which bookish candy hearts do you think would make Valentine's Day even sweeter?Read More ›

好看的新年故事 New Year's Stories for Children

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Podcast #41: Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

Neil Gaiman reads from the only surviving "prompt" copy of the book, that is, Dickens's own annotated version used for live readings.Read More ›

Charles Dickens and His Christmas Stories

A Christmas Carol continues, year after year, to be reworked, adapted, dramatized, enjoyed at home, and read in public settings. Perhaps less familiar are the dozens of Christmas stories that Charles Dickens penned in the twenty-five years that followed its publication. Read More ›

Find Christmas Albums at the Library

Now that Christmas is approaching get in the holiday spirit with one of these wonderful Christmas albums from the circulating collection: Read More ›

How to Say "Merry Christmas" in 8 Languages

Have a flair for foreign languages? Then this year, learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in eight different languages: French, Polish, Icelandic, Swedish, German, Spanish, Czech, and Norwegian. Read More ›

Christmas Books for Children

The holiday season is just beginning and I would like to recommend some holiday books in the library collections.Read More ›

Evacuation Day: New York's Former November Holiday

A once-annual holiday local to New York City, Evacuation Day was formerly equal in importance to the Fourth of July. Referring to the evacuation of British troops from New York City following the Revolutionary War, the celebration of the troops’ departure was observed yearly throughout the early 20th century. Read More ›

Constitution Day at the Bronx Library Center

The birth of our government is celebrated on September 17, also known as Constitution Day.Read More ›

Birthdays Are For Celebrating!

How many candles on that cake? Books and other library materials about birthdays.Read More ›

Father's Day Read Alouds

Is your dad a climbing mountain? Is he the captain of family adventures, or the king of bedtime stories? I have it on good authority that my dad is in fact the best dad in the world. If your dad is also the best in the world (and he probably is) celebrate Father's Day by letting him read a story to you. Read More ›
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