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Daniel Okrent's World Series Booklist

We asked acclaimed author, fantasy baseball innovator, and first public editor of The New York Times Daniel Okrent to share his Fall Classic themed booklist, perfect for any fan of America's pastime.Read More ›

Podcast #84: Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, and Slam Dunks

In 1992, as the number one NBA draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic. He would be named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and eventually win three consecutive NBA titles with the LA Lakers.Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon and Beyond

There are 9 days left until the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon! It’s time to get your New York on and your reading on!Read More ›

The Puck is Set to Drop! The Rangers, Islanders, and Devils Return to the Ice

The game is over but you've still got a thirst for everything hockey. Let us help you find something to quench your hockey thirst. Whether books are your thing or you prefer movie and even podcasts, we've got you covered.Read More ›

5 MLB Postseason Home Runs You May Have Forgotten

Let's look back at some of baseball's lesser-remembered postseason walk off bombs, in order to get you hyped up (as if you're not already) for the playoffs!Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon

Books about runners and different running cultures. For children, dreams and goals start when they pick up a book at the library. Even now, I experience the same feelings picking up these running books and still get inspired to set new goals.Read More ›

Bicycle Books for Beginners

Learning to ride a bike is a childhood rite of passage. Here a few titles to encourage kids through the many falls that precede those glorious, autonomous loops around the block or the park. Read More ›

August in the Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 1

Welcome back to the Reader’s Den! This August we’re making a virtual escape from the hot and steamy New York summer with Bill Bryson’s classic travelogue, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, originally published in 1996.Read More ›

Running Away With the Circus

Have you ever wondered why no one ever calmly joins the circus?Read More ›

Historic Central Park Maps

The Library's collection includes a diverse range of cartographic material including well-known topographic surveys depicting the landscape before the park’s construction as well as numerous maps published after its completion with indexes that list amenities and places of interest.Read More ›

The World of Sports: A Reading List from Open Book Night

We asked patrons to share a sports-related book for our June 12th Open Book Night and got a selection of titles that was as fascinating and varied as the subject of sports itself.Read More ›

Having Fun With Retired Baseball Numbers!

Induction to the Hall of Fame is one way players can be recognized for their greatness in the game. Another way? To have their number retired by one (or in some cases, more than one) Major League Baseball organization. Read More ›

Booktalking "The League" by Thatcher Heldring

Wyatt wants to play football. His father wants him to enjoy golf, as he and his daughter, Kate, do. Brother Aaron extols the virtues of football with Wyatt. Their mother does not want the injuries that come with tackle football. Read More ›

Origins of Yogi Berra's Finest "Yogiisms"

Last week marked the 90th birthday of one of baseball's living legends, Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra. Berra is also well-known for his "Yogiisms", statements that often either contradict themselves or state the glaringly obvious, yet they are lovable and charming all the same. In honor of Yogi's 90th, we take a look at some of his best Yogiisms.Read More ›

Booktalking "Roller Derby Rivals" by Sue Macy

In New York City in 1948, Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn and Gerry Murray duke it out on the roller rink for the benefit of thousands of TV viewers. Read More ›

5 Baseball Books That Recap A Single Season

Interested in what makes individual baseball seasons so special for certain teams? There are plenty of baseball books out there that help out with your history by just covering one year.Read More ›

Booktalking "Goal!" by Mina Javaherbin

Ajani and friends play football in South Africa... after he has finished his homework and gotten water from the well.Read More ›

Outlaw Baseball! The Federal League of 1914-1915

The baseball season is underway, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the folding of the Federal League.Read More ›

5 Umpires Who Are In The Hall of Fame

As players shed the rust that built up over the winter, let's keep in mind that the umpires will be doing the same as well.Read More ›

Skateboarding at the Library

Here are some tunes to thrash around to, some books to read up on and some movies to feel inspired by.Read More ›
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