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Booktalking "The Cruisers: Checkmate" by Walter Dean Myers

The Cruisers: Checkmate by Walter Dean Myers, 2011

Alexander, "Zander" for short, is a student at the elite Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented. There, he belongs to a club known as the Cruisers that publishes an alternative newspaper, The Palette. Each member of the Cruisers has a special talent. Kambui, Zander's best friend, is into

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Cycling in the City

via flickr, macz_outCycling is not only great for your health; it’s better for the environment and less expensive than other forms of travel. Currently the city is working toward making NYC more friendly to cyclists and as a library we're trying to make information regarding cycling a little easier to find.

So, here are some helpful resources regarding cycling programs, biking clubs, books, blogs, and other practical guides. At the end of this post you’ll also find a list of library locations equipped with bike racks!

The

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2012 Summer Olympic Reading List

Excited to see just how many more gold medals Michael Phelps will take home? Stoked to see if Beach Volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will bring home the gold with a third Olympic win in a row?

In just a week, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London and there is no better way to prep for the Games of the XXX Olympiad than with some light 

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The Summer Olympics: History and Resources

The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially called The Games of the XXX Olympiad kicks off on July 27th in London, United Kingdom!

For about two weeks, the world will be watching their top athletes compete for medals of honor in a multi-sport event.  These sports range from

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Baseball Books for Kids

Whether you're a loyal fan of the Bronx Bombers or believing in the Amazin' Mets, New York is a great place for baseball. With the season well underway, and a second Subway Series around the corner, now is the time to get your kids in the spirit. Check out these NYPL books on America's favorite pastime!

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of An Amazing All-brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick. Travel back 

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This Magic Moment: A Magic the Gathering Interview

Get Moving NYC: Where’s Your Fitness Fun?

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Every year, spring sparks my desire to get out of my stuffy apartment, stretch my legs, and enjoy what the city has to offer. I want to enjoy a little time outside or find an event that requires some movement.

Certainly getting out, exercising, and discovering a new activity has many great benefits to your general health, but finding the activity that puts a smile on your face can also give you 

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Hidden Chess Gems

Care for a game of chess? Here are some hidden gems you'll find in our collection.

Digital Gallery

J.R. Capablanca. (ca. 1921-1929) Considered by most experts to be one of the strongest players of all time. He was often referred as the Chess Machine.

Max Euwe (1901-1981) Max Euwe was the Fifth World Chess Champion, mathematician, author and former FIDE president.

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And So You're Back From Outer Space: An Interview About Dual Survival

So we're taking a little break from the music scene, to get a little more in touch with Mother Nature.

I've got us sitting out here on 'The Lane' admiring the cement jungle surrounding us. I can see many opportunities for protein and nutrition, that can easily be acquired as long as you have the fundage. I can see numerous opportunities for shelter, as long as 

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Game Review: Unstoppable Gorg

Futuremark's Unstoppable Gorg is a refreshing take on the tower defense genre that swaps fixed turrets for rotating orbits, tweaks the typical resource management mechanic, and borrows its aesthetics straight from a 1950s science fiction B-movie.

What will probably grab players first are the game’s stunning production values and campy, overacted cut-scenes that generally feature one of three arch-villains: seductive femme 

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Linsanity at NYPL: Resources

For the past several weeks, the world has been eyeing a young rising athlete named Jeremy Lin. Lin plays as a point guard for the New York Knicks. At age 23, he has been captivating the globe with his personality, skills, and victories.

Over the course of one evening, Lin became an international superstar in the field of basketball. 

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Books Based On: Video Games

Welcome to a new blog series that shows you books that are based from another form of media. This could include the novelization of a movie, movies that were originally books, or in this case, books that are based on video games.

There are more and more books coming out that come from video games. As video games get more intricate plots, players want to know more about the characters. What motivates the villain or hero? What happened before or after the game? Books can answer these questions and are released faster than a game, which usually takes a year or more to 

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Happy Families and Vintage Games

Marathon Reading

Now that the ING New York City Marathon has wrapped up, here are some titles to inspire you to take on next year’s marathon, or to participate vicariously through them. Some runners like to listen to long audiobooks to while away the hours spent training. Of course, you can always read them and just consider it sports nutrition for your mind.

Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete by

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Yankee Stadium Celebration — End of Summer Reading

There were dark clouds over Yankee Stadium on August 25, 2011 and a steady downpour was soaking the field. Frankly, it seemed like an ideal day to stay inside and read a good book, not play baseball. But for those intrepid individuals who had logged the most library materials as participants in Summer Reading, it was not a day to be inside but a day to see themselves on the Jumbotron.

Soon after the rain delay ended and the tarp was removed from the baseball diamond, The New York Public Library’s lion logo appeared on the 

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U.S. Open Tennis Booklist

It's that time again! Summer is winding down and the final major tennis tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, is about to begin.

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing 

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Recipes from the Reluctant Camper

Summer is in full swing. Maybe you've taken a cruise, a roadtrip, a European jaunt or a trip to the beach, but summer would not be complete without a night spent with only a thin layer of nylon separating you from the starry sky and the cool night air... am I right?

No?! Well 

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The Ticketless Traveler: Into the Woods

"We just passed two huge black bears on the trail. They're not cute."

Photo by Kerri WallaceMy hike in Harriman State Park started off with the only concern being the chance of rain and ticks. I had packed my 99 cent rain poncho and doused myself in OFF bug spray to the amusement of my friends. I could handle seeing snakes, bucks, and other wild animals, but ticks were the last thing I wanted to find on my body or in my hair. My fears soon changed when we passed a father and daughter who mentioned 

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A Venture Outside...

Greenery and flowers, birds singing and warmer temperatures ... it's a perfect time to venture outside into the nearest natural spot to find respite. New York City's parks and natural spaces provide enjoyment for millions of people and habitats for plants and animals, some of them rare or endangered.

When you think of New York City images, the first thing that comes to mind might be a bit different than the scenery in the photo below. 

No, it's not a photo of an Appalachian forest, but of a wetland in Staten Island. You can bring the Library with you on 

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