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METRO Conference on January 15, 2015

Highlights from the local library conference.Read More ›

Calling All Artists: Design Schomburg's Future!

On February 9, 2015, the Schomburg Center will launch its search for the perfect t-shirt design that captures the essence of the institution. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts and other merchandise and sold in the Schomburg Shop! Read More ›

13 Great Quotes About the Joy of Reading

At NYPL, we love to read. Why? you ask. Let us count the ways. Here are 13 quotes about the joy of reading that sum up how we feel about our favorite activity. So get ready to begin your next bookish conversation with, "A wise person once said..." Read More ›

Ottendorfer Over the Years

When the library first opened, its collections were half in German and half in English, and the purpose was to help German immigrants in the area assimilate and learn English. The Ottendorfer Library opened in 1885, a time when it was customary to have closed stacks in libraries. Much has changed in the East Village since the library first opened its doors. Read More ›

A Blast From the Past: Exploring Our YA Archives

It all started when I was looking for material for our Tumblr’s Teen Throwback Thursday posts. I suddenly remembered that I had access to a lot of retro YA material, including some stuff that’s older than I am. I’ll give you a moment to wrap your head around that idea.Read More ›

Association of College and Research Libraries, New York Chapter

The ACRL/NY chapter puts on an annual symposium and has a mentoring program as well.Read More ›

December Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The lost tribe of Coney Island... building the Statue of Liberty... a culinary history of America in 100 bites... the sinking of refugee ship The Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II... a close-up of the planet Mars... forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts... a road trip through presidential libraries... curious New York activities... what online data can tell us about ourselves... reducing inequality in the 21st century... the history of New York's mass transit systems between 1940 and 1968... tales from a world traveler...Read More ›

Conducting Genealogical Research Using Newspapers

Historical newspapers are useful tools for history and genealogy research. They can be searched for ancestors’ death notices/obituaries, personal announcements and celebrations, community involvement, social news and gossip, lodge and club news, employment ads, real estate transactions, legal notices, casualty lists, military news, criminal activity, and much more.Read More ›

What We're Reading: October 2014

This month I asked colleagues what they are reading and learning about in their spare time.Read More ›

Drop Everything And Read Day at the Bronx Library Center

Friday, October 17 is D.E.A.R. Day at BLC.Read More ›

Reading About Book Discussion Groups

October is National Reading Group Month, so let's read something together.Read More ›

A Digitized History of The New York Public Library

The History of the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations provides a thorough account of 19th century New York City libraries, their consolidation into a unified system, and the construction of NYPL’s central library (now known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building).Read More ›

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library: An Insider Look

This library provides services for blind customers in all five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.Read More ›

What Was on Your High School English Reading List?

It feels like it's been a long, long, long time since I've sat in a high school English class. I remember them really well, though. Read More ›

Generative eBook Covers

Here at NYPL Labs we’re working on an ebook-borrowing and reading app. This post explores automated ways for creating covers for public-domain ebooks.Read More ›

Misfit Memoirs: A Book List

I love a great memoir, and I noticed recently that I tend towards a certain sub-genre of memoirs, those of the mistfit variety. These memoirs are usually brutally honest, self-deprecating, and describe life at the fringes of society, or at least behavior that most of us would be embarrassed, horrified or shocked by. Most are funny and tend to be insightful, and whether it’s a well-known celebrity or someone I’ve never heard of, I find them relatable and refreshing. Read More ›

What We're Reading: August 2014

I asked and they answered—here's what an assortment of staff across the system are reading right now.Read More ›

The Networked Catalog

At NYPL Labs, we are fascinated with our catalog and the possibilities its data represents. Just as the catalog has changed in the past we wonder what other possible forms it could take today, and in the future. With this driving thought we conducted a preliminary experiment: what if the catalog had a "See All" button?Read More ›

Better Late Than Never

A recent Mental Floss article about overdue library books reminded me of a book the Mid-Manhattan Library received in the mail last year. It was mailed from Arizona. It was overdue. Its due date: August 17, 1959.Read More ›

Booktalking "Art & Max" by David Wiesner

Dinosaur and lizard minds collide in a shared attempt to create art. Arthur decides paint Max a panoply of colors that fragment and shatter all across the page!Read More ›
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