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Unexpected Sources: Slave Cloth in the Richard Henry Lee Letters

One of the most surprising letters I have recently come across is held in a small group of Richard Henry Lee correspondence: a passing reference that serves as an indication of slavery’s enormous economic influence.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano

Join us this month as we discuss the psychological impact of comradeship, family, and war taken on by a platoon of Italian soldiers based in Afghanistan.Read More ›

Technology Gone Wrong… for Grownups

Seven scary tech stories—this time, for grownups.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: September 6, 2015

A couple of popular suspense series enter the top five this week with new additions. Read More ›

Booktalking "Lilacs in the Rain" by James Peinkofer

A baby nurse in the 1950s was a serial killer.Read More ›

Who is the Real Father of Labor Day, Maguire or McGuire?

Read the DOL blog post and cast your ballot for who you think is the real "Father of Labor Day."Read More ›

Booktalking "Death Dealer" by Kate Clarke Flora

Maria Tanasichuk was loved by her sister, Sharon, her dear friend, Darlene, and her son, B. J., until his tragic death. Then, Maria went on a mysterious trip, and she was never seen again.Read More ›

Blue Pencil in the Blue Room: City Tabloids, Old Laws, and the Painted Ladies

This past month in New York City, political issues have surrounded the Painted Ladies of Times Square like googly-eyed tourists with cameras on selfie sticks. The uproar fittingly abides the municipal brouhaha over the last 100 years that has possessed the behavioral pressure cooker of Times Square. 'Twas ever thus.Read More ›

Start a Career in Manufacturing September 4

Brooklyn Navy Yard Employment Center offers this FREE program that provides 5 weeks of training in skills manufacturing employers are looking for, plus job placement assistance.Read More ›

Booktalking "Stella by Starlight" by Sharon Draper

Stella, her brother, Jojo, and her parents struggle to survive in the segregated southern United States in the 1920s. Read More ›

Love and Ambition: Advice from the Latin Poets

On the subject of love and ambition I am reminded always of the Latin poets (of course!) Who would not shed a tear at the parting of Aeneas from Dido as he is spurred on by the gods to found Rome? Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

If you'd like to understand why more wild animals are venturing into urban environments; to discover how the great impressionist Monet ate; to examine the Polaroid-Kodak patent war; to celebrate the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen; to learn how to beat fatigue; to explore the economic consequences of climate change; to relive a harrowing but heroic moment in Armenian history; to argue against suicide; or learn how to cope with the narcissists in your life, please join us this month!Read More ›

10 Awesome Quotes from The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath And The Dawn is an innovative retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. Here are some of my favorite moments of the epic tale.Read More ›

Blurred Lines: Animated Movies For Adults

With all the attention given to movies like Frozen, Up and Wreck-It Ralph, it's easy to forget that not all animated films are made with kids in mind. If you're in the mood to watch something animated but not too kid-friendly, here are just a few of your many options.Read More ›

17 Things We Wish Had Happened in Harry Potter

Everyone’s favorite boy wizard became the star of millions of new stories that J.K. Rowling never put in her books through a new vehicle: fiction written by thousands of passionate readers all over the world.Read More ›

Small But Mighty: Woodlawn Heights Celebrates 60

Whole families come here to work, study, and play; Smith not only recognizes patrons by sight, but knows their mother, father, and brother who visit this branch. Generations of readers return again and again.Read More ›

In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and one of the great public intellectuals of our time. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're remembering Sacks's talk on hallucinations.Read More ›

A Hidden Gem in Midtown Manhattan

Neatly, elegantly tucked away behind New York construction is a hidden gem. It quietly, stoically, and impressively holds its own amidst the cacophony of Midtown Manhattan. Read More ›

Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 2

Discussion questions for A Walk in the Woods.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Killer's Cousin" by Nancy Werlin

David's parents send him to live with his cousin, Lily, in an attempt to escape the contempt that the community casts down upon him. Read More ›
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