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Rock 'n' Read: Screaming Females

Screaming Females are a three-piece indie rock band hailing from the storied New Brunswick, New Jersey music scene. Have they found time to read during their musical ascent? Check out our interview with Marissa Paternoster, Jarrett Dougherty, and Michael Abbate to find out!Read More ›

The New Museum Presents: The IDEAS CITY Festival 2015

Stop by the streets around the New Museum between Thursday May 28th and Saturday May 30th, and you'll see the invisbile city come alive with new, progressive ideas as part of the Ideas City festival for the future. To tie in with the theme of Invisible Cities, we polled our patrons at the Mulberry Street Library to see how the library helps them uncover hidden resources that make the city seem less invisible. Read More ›

The Bronx Book Fair @ the Bronx Library Center

Now in its third year, the Bronx Book Fair (formerly the Bronx Literary Festival) will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 12-6 p.m. at the Bronx Library Center.It promises to be a great day for book lovers, literacy enthusiasts, creative writers, and the curious of all ages. Read More ›

Booktalking "Librarian on the Roof" by M. G. King

This is a story about the oldest library in Texas, the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. This library is over a century old, and it was suffering from disuse due to its old, outdated books. Then, RoseAleta Laurell changed all of that.Read More ›

Booktalking "Do You Know Dewey?" by Brian Cleary

Melvin Dewey loved to read, and he made up a system to classify nonfiction books in 1876 that is still used in public and school libraries today.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 1)

Throughout the month of May, as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library, we will be discussing Nick Harkaway's 2014 novel Tigerman.Read More ›

Schomburg Center To Receive Prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service

We are excited to announce that the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a celebration in Washington, D.C., in May! The Schomburg Center is among ten recipients of the National Medal, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries, in recognition of service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Read More ›

How did YA Become YA?

“Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?” The short answer: librarians.Read More ›

Booktalking "Otto the Book Bear" by Katie Cleminson

Otto is a book bear. He loves books, and he also lives inside one. Read More ›

Booktalking "Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile" by Gloria Houston

Dorothy missed librarianship, but then the people had a town meeting in which it was brought up that they used to have a rolling library. Read More ›

30 Days of Poetry: A Kid's Eye-View of WPA-Era New York City

The Doughnut Boy and Other Poems offers a glimpse of New York City through the eyes of a sassy little beret-wearing, doughnut-loving, public-transit-taking, library-visiting child.Read More ›

The Book on the Book: Biographies of Works of Literature

There has been a mini-boomlet in book biographies recently. Wouldn't you love to read a book about your favorite book?Read More ›

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 ›
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