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Booktalking "Tyrannoclaus" by Janet Lawler

Ready for Christmas with dinosaurs? Then this is the book for you. Tyrannoclaus (a Tyrannosaurus rex) has presents for stegosaur girls. He has tasty treats for 

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Booktalking "The Christmas Wombat" by Jackie French

This wombat likes eating, sleeping, and getting Christmas stockings. He particularly likes eating carrots. When he finds Christmas reindeer eating his carrots, the wombat gets grumpy. Creatures stealing his carrots is not acceptable behavior.

Luckily, however, he finds a way to get the reindeer to help him find more carrots! He rides on the runners of the reindeer's sleigh in search of carrots across the globe, from toucans in Central American rainforests to igloos in Canada.

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Booktalking "Dewey's Christmas at the Library" by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

It is Christmas at the library for the kitty! Dewey has come a long way since last winter when he was rescued by Spencer Library director Vicki from the book-return drop. This year he is ready and enthusiastic for Christmas at the library. He loves everything about the season: gift bags, red yarn galore, and a Christmas tree that 

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AppVice: Santa's Bag Christmas Gift List

Are you shopping for Christmas on a budget? Santa's Bag - Christmas Gift List app will help you to stay organized and on budget for Christmas. This app by Clay Pot Software, LLC is amazing. You can add recipients manually or add them by importing your contacts from you device or Facebook. The budget portion is great because you can set an overall budget for what you want to spend and as you get a gift for each person it will automatically update the amount you have left in your budget to spend on gifts. You can even set a budget for how much you want to spend on each person on the 

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Booktalking "The Twelve Bots of Christmas" by Nathan Hale

Santa glides across the sky in a spaceship-like vehicle pulled by four metallic reindeer above a city that is reminiscent of Futurama cartoons. 

On the first day of Christmas, the robot gets a cartridge in a gear tree. Every day, for a week and a half, the happy robot receives mechanical approximations of the gifts bestowed in the original

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Booktalking "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup

Jim and his mother were making gingerbread men on Christmas eve one year, and Jim suggested transforming the cookies into gingerbread pirates. His mom concurred. However, Jim did not want Santa to eat Captain Cookie (complete with a toothpick peg leg), so he took him to his bedroom that 

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I Pledge Allegiance... Becoming a Citizen at The New York Public Library

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Color GuardHave you heard those words—the Pledge of Allegiance—recited recently, by a group of adults?

I hadn't, until I attended a naturalization ceremony at the Library. This past September 17, one of 180 special naturalization ceremonies held across the country to commemorate

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Celebrating America: A Book List for Kids

In college, I studied American History and Politics, but my interest in these subjects was sparked long before that, when as a child, I was exposed to several books, movies and TV shows that celebrated American history.

Three items in particular had a tremendous impact on me, and made me want to learn more about my country. Schoolhouse Rock was a series of educational shorts that ran in between the cartoons on Saturday mornings. Almost anyone of my generation will tell you that 

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Researching Sex, Sexuality and Sexology

Sexology, the interdisciplinary scientific study of sex has been an integral component to the study of humanity. If you are currently researching any topics relating to the areas of sexology, sexuality or sex, consider visiting The New York Public Library's research collections! Whether you find sexology to be 

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Mother's Day Reads

Making plans with your mother, grandmother, in-laws or kids this weekend? Consider stopping by the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to see Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt on display.

If you had to say, who is the person most responsible for instilling your love of reading? Was it your local librarian? Was it your mom?

My mom is not a librarian, but she often says she wanted to be. She volunteered at school and public libraries when I was growing 

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Anti-Valentine? Join the Club!

If you are like me, then the one thing you would like about Valentine's Day is the day after: chocolates on sale!

Godiva, Ferrara, chocolate truffles, M&Ms, you name it — all those brand name sweets at 50% off or on a buy-one-get-one-free basis totally makes up for this senseless tradition.

Though the only people actually winning from this scheme are your dentists and candy makers, who's really counting your cavities when the most-ridiculous "holiday" of the year just ended?! (In my humble opinion...)

Don't get me wrong, I am not 

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Chinese New Year Memories

As I prepare for the upcoming Chinese New Year, my thoughts often go back to my favorite childhood memories of our family celebrations.

The best part of Chinese New Year was being allowed to stay home from school. My sisters, brother and I would dress in new clothes, eat the special pastries my Mom made and wait for our relatives to arrive. Then, while the adults sat and talked, my cousins and I would have the entire day to play. And before my Aunts and Uncles left, we would all be given hongbao (red envelopes) containing "lucky money" for the new 

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2013: The Year of the Snake

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. In the Chinese zodiac, the snake is equivalent to the Taurus in Western tradition. February 10th, 2013 to January 30th, 2014 will mark the Year of the Snake.

In the Chinese zodiac calendar, the snake is the sixth animal and symbolizes grace and calmness — it is introspective, cunning, and modest, but also mysterious, deceptive, and possessive. Those born in 2013, 2001, 1989 

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Winter Fun for Kids and Cats

This snowy Saturday afternoon has brought to mind a couple of scenes from nineteenth-century children's books in the Rare Book Division. First, a scene of "Wintervergnügen" (winter fun) from Jugendspiele zur Erholung und Erheiterung (Tilsit, 1846). This is a two-volume work, one devoted to girls and one to boys. Sledding is categorized as one of the boys' games (Knabenspiele), but of course that needn't stop 

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Transmissions from the Timothy Leary Papers: Season’s Greetings from William S. Burroughs

Timothy Leary first made acquaintance with William S. Burroughs in Tangier, Morocco in the summer of 1961.[1] During this heady time, Leary was reaching out to beat poets and artists for participation in his early drug experiments at Harvard University, and Burroughs made an obvious comrade. Despite Burrough's disappointment with Leary's scientific method, their friendship managed to survive 

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Novedades de Diciembre 2012: Historias, Música, Sabor y un Toque de Creatividad - y ¡Feliz Navidad!

La ciudad de Nueva York es ciertamente un gran centro de multiplicidad étnica. Al final de cada año, personas de diversas culturas tienen la oportunidad de celebrar muchas de sus fiestas de invierno, entre las más populares están

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Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups Featuring Charles Dickens

Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups is a short story read-aloud program that meets every two weeks on Wednesday at lunch time (1:00 p.m). Mixed Bag PM meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday every two weeks. In December we are reading Holiday Classics, including an excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and

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What to Draw? A Turkey, of Course

Happy Thanksgiving to you! In honor of the holiday, here's a page from one of my favorite drawing manuals in the collection, 1913's What to Draw and How to Draw It by E. G. Lutz.

This turkey (along with his tiny companion, the fantail pigeon) is just one of dozens of possibilities — like owls, elephants, pelicans, pigs, castles, cats, and men and ladies — you'll find in these pages. Want to see the entire book? It's been digitized and you can

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Cooking for the Holidays, or, Bourbon Makes It Better

Although the rapidly approaching holidays usually only induces feelings of anxiety, I do look forward to getting out the cookware and making my tried and true holiday desserts and side dishes such as English trifle, Danish rice pudding (risengrød a la mande) and sweet potatoes baked in a sauce of maple syrup, butter and BOURBON!

You heard me, a little bourbon makes something I used to dislike when I was younger into the talk of any Thanksgiving get-together. Basically, after gently boiling 3 lbs. of scrubbed sweet potatoes in their skins for about 15-20 

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Holiday Open House @ the New York Public Library

On Sunday, December 4, 2011, the annual Holiday Open House was held at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on an unseasonably warm day. Prior to 1 p.m., the start of the party, the line outside the 42nd Street entrance near the Children's Center at 42nd Street ran alongside the building to the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, then snaked back on 42nd Street to the entrance again.Read More ›
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