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Sci-Fi Summer Television We Love to Watch: Mulder, Scully, and "The X-Files"

The truth is (probably) out there.

When I was a kid and it was Friday night, I can tell you... I got very excited. Why? The X-Files was on. I was in elementary school at the time, so it was probably wildly inappropriate that I was even watching this show. Those who have seen it know what I'm talking about. If it wasn't one of the overly confusing episodes about the government hiding some sort of sophisticated alien conspiracy, then it was an hour of pure, abject horror.

Like, for 

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Sci-Fi Summer Television We Love to Watch: "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

We are about to boldly go where many people have gone before.

I mean, let's face it. If you've never heard of Star Trek before, you've basically been living under a rock. The Original Series starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, cementing their status as pop culture icons to this day.

It also spawned

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Celeb-Readies: Bossypants by Tina Fey

I would say that I am rather familiar with Tina Fey’s work and I would declare myself quite a fan of her talent. From watching her in Mean Girls on the big screen and laughing at her hilarious Sarah Palin impressions to officially making Date Night one of the top five movies to make me laugh so hard I had tears streaming down my face — she is indeed 

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From Book to TV: Television's Literary Inspirations

Creators of TV shows get their inspiration from many places, but lately they seem to be turning more and more often to books for their source material. And with quality programs doing justice to the books that inspired them, it's a welcome trend, especially if it leads fans of the shows who have never read the books to seek them out. Here are some to get you started.

In the following booklists, RC indicates Recorded Cassette, DB indicates Digital Book, and BR indicates Braille. NYPL indicates a book or video available in branches of The New York Public 

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Kingsbridge Teens Recommend: More of our Favorite Books, Music, Movies, and TV

As the school year ends and the members of our Teen Advisory Group plan to ride off into the sunset (or at least take a vacation or go to summer camp), I thought I would share some more of their favorite books, CDs, and DVDs that they enjoyed this year.


Mistwood by Leah Cypess

This book is about a shape-shifter named Isabel who doesn't remember anything from the past.  She only knows that she exists to protect the handsome king.  Mystery and magic fans 

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Comedy! (insert witty subtitle phrase here)

It is my day off and I have some errands to do! However, that shouldn't keep me from what I really love: WRITING BLOG POSTS.

8:08am Queens: I start thinking about doing a piece on comedy while on the subway. I am wedged neatly between the door, a large Polish construction worker and what I think are three old Chinese women, possibly triplets, but I'm not sure because I can't see them. Someone knocked off my Todd Ford* glasses at the last stop and I dislocate one of my upper vertebrae to make room for a gaggle of rowdy junior high students. I then 

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"Walking Dead": Libraries vs. Zombies

The television series Walking Dead, as seen on the cable channel American Movie Classics, was recently released on DVD. The hit TV show has been renewed for a second season, which will most likely air in the fall. If you need your zombie fix sooner than later and need to know what happens to the survivors, visit your local library and check out the graphic 

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The Sally Draper Reading List

Last week I started a Tumblr account for The Battery Park City Branch.   I'm thinking it will be used for content too long for Twitter and too short for this blog.  The majority of the first few posts have been about library related ephemera: comic book art depicting libraries, things found in library books, and anonymous snapshots.

I've always been 

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Spencer Collection Book of the Month: A Wotton Binding

Volume bound for Thomas Wotton (Detail)After I'd spent four Sunday evenings in January engrossed in the doings of the Earl of Grantham and his household on the PBS "Masterpiece Classic" series Downton Abbey, this month's choice for Spencer Collection Book of the Month was obvious: a book that lingered for more than three centuries in the company of barons and earls, before being exiled from their presence in exchange for cold, hard cash.


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The Ticketless Traveler: England

Daydreaming of an English holiday that you just can't afford to take? Keep saving your money, and in the meantime, use your New York Public Library card to take you to your destination. These books, albums, and DVDs will transport you to England without leaving home.

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Pretty Little Liars: Better Than the Book?

Fans of the ABC Family television series Pretty Little Liars rejoice – new episodes began airing on January 3, 2011! The hit drama, based on Sara Shepard’s series of books by the same name, premiered this past summer to less than favorable critical reviews, but the fans ate it right up. The series won the 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show, with awards also going to Ian Harding (Ezra) and Lucy Hale (Aria) for Choice Summer TV Star: Male and Female, respectively.

There are 8 

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For Newbies - A DVD to Bite Into, part 1: The Complete First Season of The Vampire Diaries

It’s often difficult to explain The Vampire Diaries to someone who’s never seen it. The best way to describe it would be as the modern lovechild between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the early years of Dawson’s Creek. Kevin Williamson, who wrote Creek and Scream among others, developed the show for The CW along 

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The Heidi Game

Sure, there is still the postseason.  The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series, but with the Yankees out of the picture for many New Yorkers the 2010 season of baseball is officially over. This seasonal end to the national pastime combined with the current seasonal change in temperature always brings to mind 

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One more talent for W. C. Fields

On the set of “It’s a Gift”This summer, LPA is currently presenting a wonderful exhibition developed by the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W. C. Fields will be on view here through August 21st.  There is also a screening series of Fields silent and sound films on Tuesday aftenoons. 


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What Do the Ladies of SATC Have In Common With the Patrons of NYPL?

Okay so we can't all have a wedding at the beautiful Schwarzman Building like Carrie... but, we all can access the same great works of literature, cinema and music that the awesome and trendy ladies of SATC are seen enjoying throughout their movies.

Sex and the City (TV Series)

Click on the title to request the item from NYPL. 

Love Letters of Great Men

Edited by Ursula Doyle.


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Silence, Exile, Cunning: The Anonym as Celebrity: A Critical Bibliography

 "What ails you, Polyphemos? Why do you cry so sore/in the starry night? You will not let us sleep./Sure no man's driving off your flock? No man/has tricked you, ruined you?/ Out of the cave/the mammoth Polyphemos roared in answer:/ 'Nobody, Nobody's tricked me, Nobody's ruined me!'"

The Odyssey, Book IX

 As any librarian today knows, 

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Highlight from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List: Strange Angels

Fans of Supernatural or Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, meet Dru:

What if Buffy had to fight vamps and other monsters without the help of Giles and her seemingly super healing powers? What if the Winchester brothers weren’t searching for their demon-hunting father, just for the monster who turned him into a zombie?

16-year-old Dru Anderson moved from sunny Florida to North Dakota in the dead of winter because her father said they had to. Dru 

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The Triumph of the Gleek!

Gleeks Rejoice!

The start of the new batch of episodes of "Glee" starts on April 13th. This is a moment 4 months in the making or 16 weeks or …oh, who am I kidding, I’m a theater geek not a math major and I just know that it has been a very long time since my favorite show was on.

Like me, have you been desperate to fill the "Glee" void? Have you been religiously watching the first half of the season on dvd? Is your ipod filled with the songs from the

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First in a series

Each day, professional, aspiring and student film and media-makers come through the doors of the Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) seeking resources that will aid in making their creativity become a reality.

If the 16th century focused on painting, the 19th on photography and the 20th on cinema, the 21st is all about integrated media.

Better stated, it is all about integrated performing arts media, and for the casual to the academic, there is no better place then

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Kingsbridge Teens' Picks from the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List

Teens at the Kingsbridge Library have a LOT to say about DVDs, games, and graphic novels on the Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List.

Glee You know that wistful sighing noise that girls make sometimes? The sound they make when the sun comes out from behind the clouds, the boy / prince / sparkly vampire of their dreams is walking towards them (smiling and/or sparkling at them), and 

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