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Blog Posts by Subject: Holidays and Customs

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

Even huge Charles Dickens fans may not know that A Christmas Carol is organized in five stanza-like sections called "staves." They might not know the author's only surviving "prompt" copy of the book, that is, Dickens' own annotated version used for live readings, is 

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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 ›

Celebrate Fathers at the Library

Need some ideas for Father's Day? We have two exhibitions your dad is sure to enjoy. Pick up some paternally-themed books too.Read More ›

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

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?

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