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Blog Posts by Subject: Holidays and Customs

Let's Toast

The holiday festivities have us wondering... what is a toast? How do you toast someone?Read More ›

Readings for New Year's Resolutions

The Library is a great place to find information to help you start off the New Year on the right foot.Read More ›

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 ›

Celebrate the Holidays With the Schomburg

Schomburg Communications Pre-Professional Alicia Perez recently uncovered holiday treasures from our ample collections. Here, she shares a few of her favorites.Read More ›

Santa's New York Roots

How was the iconic image of Santa born? Several New Yorkers inspired the personality, appearance, and traditions of this holiday favorite.Read More ›

Check Out These Spuds! Eight 'Potatoes' for Hanukkah

What would Hanukkah be without potato pancakes? Read More ›

One for Each Night: Eight Great Books for Chanukah

It's Chanukah already?! Get in the mood for latkes and candles with this Chanukah sampler of eight books—one for each night, and for dreidel-players of all ages.Read More ›

Make DIY Gift Tags with NYPL Digital Collections

Looking to add a colorful, personalized touch to your gifts this year? Look no further than our Digital Collections! Read More ›

Dysfunctional Family Functions

Ah, Thanksgiving. Turkey dinners, football games, and lots and lots of family time—so check out some books and plays that feature families coming together for group meals or celebrations that ends in disaster. Read More ›

The Electric Pressure Cooker Saves the Holidays!

During the holiday season, an electric pressure cooker is like having an extra person in the kitchen. The library has books and information to help you get the most out of yours.Read More ›

Who is the Real Father of Labor Day, Maguire or McGuire?

Read the DOL blog post and cast your ballot for who you think is the real "Father of Labor Day."Read More ›

Independence Day Booths: Fourth of July Feasting in 19th Century New York

Ready for Fourth of July barbeques? Of course you’ll be having some pickled oysters, egg nog, and lobster, right? If you think these are some interesting cuisine choices for Independence Day festivities, 19th century New Yorkers would disagree.Read More ›

​For Dads Who Don't Play Golf (Not That There's Anything Wrong with That)

If you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out books for a wide variety of dads—as long as they’re readers.Read More ›

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 ›
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