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Noteworthy Debut Novels 2014

Home run, first time at bat! Here are a few debut novels published this year (2014) that are also worth a look.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of December 14

Please note this blog post will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of December 14 are available.Read More ›

How to Say "Merry Christmas" in 8 Languages

Have a flair for foreign languages? Then this year, learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in eight different languages: French, Polish, Icelandic, Swedish, German, Spanish, Czech, and Norwegian. Read More ›

Meet the Artist: Evan Chamberlain

On view at the Mulberry Street Library are two glass works by Brooklyn-based artist Evan Chamberlain.Read More ›

My Favorite Quotes From YA Books I Read In 2014

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” Read More ›

Podcast #40: Maira Kalman on Her Favorite Things

At a recent Books at Noon event, she spoke with us about her favorite things, including, Kantian walks, Pippi Longstocking, and Monet.Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas Part 2

This week I'd like to delve into the character of Horza, why he is nearly fanatical in his pursuit of the missing Mind and what you think makes him tick. Read More ›

You Must Remember This: The Jeff Kisseloff Oral History Interviews

Between 1986 to 1988, Kisseloff traversed the city with a cassette recorder to interview former longshoreman, bootleggers, pickle makers, butchers, community activists, housewives, and writers in an attempt to capture stories of old Manhattan. Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: WPA Artwork

The Schomburg Center's collection of WPA artwork is now available on the NYPL's Digital Collections site.Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Tenderloin

The show opened at the 46th Street (now the Richard Rodgers) Theater in October 1960 to mixed reviews and closed the following spring after only 271 performances. It has received respectful attention in performances off-Broadway and in City Center’s Encores! series, but has never been revived on Broadway. What exactly went wrong?Read More ›

Enforcement Matters: Wage Violations, Workers and the Economy

According to U.S. Census and earnings data from New York and California, 3 to 6 percent of all workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act experience minimum wage violations. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, in his blog post, Enforcement Matters, Wage Violations, Workers and the Economy, asserts that enforcement matters. Read More ›

Five Potentially Forgotten Figures From 1970s Baseball

Zany haircuts, facial hair, and afros ran rampant during 1970s baseball, as did iconic moments and historic changes to the game that still stand today. Read More ›

A Voice for Women Veterans

A Voice for Women Veterans is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Latifa Lyles, Director of the Department's Women's Bureau. In her blog, Latifa states that based on the Bureau's listening sessions with the homeless women veterans, as well as working with organizations that serve them, the Bureau developed Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers.Read More ›

MY Business is to Sing: Emily Dickinson, Musician and Poet

The daily musical activities of poet Emily Dickinson reveal a great deal about the cultural offerings available to a woman of her time, place, and class. For Dickinson, these experiences provided a vital and necessary backdrop for her identity and and more importantly, for her emerging poetic voice.Read More ›

Where Did Times New Roman Come From?

An interesting footnote to the development of Times New Roman trickles down to us in the present day. The original hardware for the typeface—the “punches” that helped create the molds for casting type—were created jointly by the Monotype Corporation and the Linotype Company, the two main manufacturers of automated typesetting machines and equipment at that time. Both companies subsequently made sets of the type 

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Five Facts About Women Veterans

Five Facts About Women Veterans is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Latifa Lyles, Director of the Women's Bureau. In this blog Latifa notes that women veterans are now the fastest growing segment of the veteran community. Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor" by Yin

Carlos is wheelchair-bound due to an accident that damaged his spinal cord. He is depressed due to the injury and the dramatic change in lifestyle, but luckily his best friend lives in the building. Read More ›

Other Great YA Books

Our reader asked: "I have read and loved all the popular YA books out there: We Were Liars, If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars... What else do you have for me?"Read More ›

Six YA Fantasy Books About Dragons

"Here be Dragons" in these book series by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, Mari Mancusi, Sophie Jordan, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, and Julie Kagawa.Read More ›

Gil Marks: Maven and Mensch

Gil Marks, the author of several cookbooks and of the indispensable Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, died last Friday morning at the age of 62. Read More ›
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