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Booktalking "This is How I Find Her" by Sara Polsky

Sixteen-year-old Sophie has essentially been her mother's caregiver for the last five years. Not by her choice. However, Sophie loves the capriciousness carefree nature of her mom, her lovely paintings, and her terrific sense of fun. The mother she can be when not crippled by bipolar disorder.Read More ›

Librarians Choose the Best Teachers in Children's Literature

Recently, we published a list of the most outstanding teachers in adult fiction, but now it's time to turn the spotlight on the teachers of children's literature! We asked NYPL librarians to share the children's books with the best teacher characters and to tell us what makes them extraordinary. Read More ›

If You Like Murakami...

This week's readers advisory request comes to us in the form of two books and an author our reader has enjoyed in the past: The Secret History, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Haruki Murakami. Here is what our staff recommended for this reader. Read More ›

Spies Among Us: World War I and The American Protective League

In the wake of the United States’ war declaration against Germany on April 6, 1917, dozens of extralegal vigilance organizations such as the Knights of Liberty, American Rights League, Boy Spies of America, American Defense Society, Sedition Slammers, National Security League, and the Terrible Threateners sought to ensure Americans’ full participation in the war effort, often through measures of intimidation, harassment, surveillance, and outright violence. Read More ›

Sesame Street at LPA: About That Tomato...

I love collaborative exhibitions because I learn so much about our partners. Working with Susie Tofte, the archivist of the Sesame Workshop and curator of the exhibition, I learned about the Workshop’s outreach programs for families dealing with the challenges of military service and incarceration. Now that the exhibition is available for viewing, I see that section’s impact on visitors who expected only fun, children’s content.Read More ›

All the Lovely Bad Ones: Creepy Children in Scary Books

Forget the terrible twos, last week’s blog Horror Books that Go Bump in the Night list led to a discussion of Rosemary’s Baby and other similar tales in which parents suffer at the hands of their offspring. None of the children in the following books are supernatural and I suppose that's what make them so terrifying. Read More ›

Three Authors of Contemporary Romance: Sylvia Day, E.L. James and Zane

New books and movies from these three authors.Read More ›

Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces

Unite magazine, a bi-monthly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business publication, featured Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez in an article "Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces" in its October/November issue. Read More ›

Booktalking "Wild Things!" by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta

Want to know more about the authors of children's literature, where they came from, and why they write the books that they do? This book will provide some elucidation, as well as a brief chronology of the evolution of kid lit.Read More ›

Philip K. Howard on the Constitution, Washington Finger-Pointing, and Why It's So Hard to Change a Broken Legal System

Philip K. Howard is a renowned legal reformer and the author of three books. His latest work is The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is our next guest at Books at Noon this week.Read More ›

Eastern Conference of Homophile Organizations, 1964

Given the dramatic remapping of marriage equality this past week, it is useful to look back to a very different kind of map of LGBT rights drafted 50 years ago from the archives of a pioneering gay rights group whose records are held in the Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division.Read More ›

The Young Elites by Marie Lu and Proxy by Alex London

Author Marie Lu describes her new novel as an inspired mixture of X-Men, Game of Thrones and Assassin’s Creed 2! The novel, The Young Elites, is set during a 1300s Renaissance Italy, inspired dystopian land. The novel tells the tale of Adelina Amouteru.Read More ›

October 2014 Reader's Den: "Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist" by Erich Kästner, Part 1

This month we’re taking a trip to Weimar Germany via Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist by Erich Kästner, translated from the German by Cyrus Brooks. This novel, originally published in Germany in 1931 under the title Fabian, follows Jakob Fabian, a well educated but underemployed youngish man, as he moves through a decaying Berlin after the economic crash of 1929.Read More ›

The Nobel Prize in Literature Goes to Patrick Modiano

Who is Patrick Modiano? For our purposes, I'll just say that he is a French novelist whose first book, La Place de l'Etoile was published in 1968. Since then he has written more than two dozen books and several screenplays. Many of his novels deal with the experience of Jews during the Occupation of France during World War II. Read More ›

Booktalking "Prisoner 88" by Leah Pileggi

Imagine being stuck in a dark, dank cell overnight with men twice or thrice your age, or more. At least 10-year-old Jake had his own cell in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary.Read More ›

Patrick Modiano, lauréat du prix Nobel de littérature 2014

Le romancier Patrick Modiano est le quinzième auteur français à recevoir le prix Nobel de littérature.Read More ›

Become a NYC Sanitation Worker: Job Nature and Exam Overview

This is the first time The Department of Sanitation is giving the NYC sanitation worker written exam in seven years. Come and learn about the profession, how to become a Sanitation Worker and the Examination process.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of October 13

Please note this blog post will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of October 13 are available.Read More ›

Mentor a Middle Schooler

The New York Public Library is building a large-scale Out of School Time presence throughout its three boroughs, where we serve tens of thousands of children and youth every day. We are building a team of talented, committed and enthusiastic volunteer educators who recognize the NYPL’s role in enriching the lives of the young people we serve. Please consider joining us...Read More ›
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