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August Reader's Den: The Circle by Dave Eggers, Part I

Welcome to August in the Reader's Den! This month we will be discussing Dave Egger's novel The Circle, about an all too familiar social media mega-corporation (called The Circle) that is slowly but surely invading every single aspect of our daily lives. The central theme posits—do we even have a right to privacy anymore? What if we were forced to share the details of our private lives with everyone, and would it make for a more open and just society? Or just the opposite... Read More ›

Booktalking "How to Save a Life" by Sara Zarr

"Do you have a heart that needs a home? I have a home in need of a heart." Robin posted this query on a random adoption web site in hopes of finding a baby to love. Mandy clicked on it.Read More ›

Misfit Memoirs: A Book List

I love a great memoir, and I noticed recently that I tend towards a certain sub-genre of memoirs, those of the mistfit variety. These memoirs are usually brutally honest, self-deprecating, and describe life at the fringes of society, or at least behavior that most of us would be embarrassed, horrified or shocked by. Most are funny and tend to be insightful, and whether it’s a well-known celebrity or someone I’ve never heard of, I find them relatable and refreshing. Read More ›

What We're Reading: August 2014

I asked and they answered—here's what an assortment of staff across the system are reading right now.Read More ›

The First-Ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship

At the beginning of this year there were 375,000 apprentices in America. This fall, President Obama will make available $100 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to increase apprenticeship in high-growth fields; align apprenticeships with further learning and career advancement opportunities.Read More ›

Novedades de Agosto 2014: Combatiendo el calor del verano con un libro en la mano

Leer es un arte que se domina leyendo en todas partes. He aquí una lista de libros nuevos de ficción y no ficción para disfrutar el final de la temporada de verano leyendo en casa, cerca de casa o en cualquier lugar lejano... Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of August 18

Please note this blog post will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of August 18 are available.Read More ›

Booktalking "Life, After" by Sarah Littman

Daniella, little sister Sarita, and parents emigrate from Argentina to Twin Lakes, NY in an attempt to start a new life, free from terrorism.Read More ›

The Leftovers Reading List

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Before it was an HBO hit, The Leftovers was a book by Tom Perrotta. Each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious "rapture" that disappeared 2% of the world's population. Before you 

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Community Training and Employment Resources: Free Training Programs

Community Training & Employment Resources helps underemployed and unemployed New Yorkers prepare to succeed in today's very challenging job market. CTER programs benefit job seekers, workforce professionals and employers.Read More ›

Booktalking "Want to Go Private?" by Sarah Littman

Fourteen-year-old Abby is starting ninth grade, and nothing is more comforting to her than venting about her daily trials and tribulations to BlueSkyBoi, aka Luke Redmond, on chezteen.com. Read More ›

Origami for All Ages!

When all age groups come together to fold paper into works of art, it creates an atmosphere unlike any other program. Origami is an interactive program, not just because they create something, but because they interact with other people—even outside of their age group.Read More ›

Robin Williams on Stage

While reading about riots in my hometown last night, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a headline announcing the shocking death of Robin Williams. I really can add very little to the many expressions of grief from those whose for whom his films were foundational stories of childhood. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Podcasting on April 19, 2014

I was happy to have Katie Davis, John Sellers and Matthew Winner as podcasters on the latest Children's Literary Salon panel. This event is hosted by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at BookOps. Katie Davis is a children's and teen author as well as the host of the podcast "Brain Burps About Books." John Sellers works for Publisher's Weekly, and he hosts the "PW Kids Cast." Matthew Winner is a school librarian, one of the 2013 Library Journal Movers and Shakers, and he hosts the "Let's Get Busy" podcast. Read More ›

Hirschfeld's Play of the Week

On exhibition on the 3rd floor currently are 3 of the lithographs—illustrating the Play of the Week productions of Henry IV, part 1, The Dybbuk, and Rashomon.Read More ›

SAGEWorks: Free Training Programs

SAGE Works - national employment support program targeted to lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people ages 40 and older - will offer the following three career programs in August and September, which are free and open to all job seekers ages 40 and up:Read More ›

Birthdays Are For Celebrating!

How many candles on that cake? Books and other library materials about birthdays.Read More ›

Booktalking "The One Left Behind" by Willo Davis Roberts

Mandy was used to doing everything exclusively with her sister; they even dressed alike. She feels as though half of herself, half of her person hood is gone forever. Amanda cannot express her feelings to her family since she thinks that they will not understand. The kids at school do not know what to say to her. Read More ›

From the Archives of the Century: The Century Foundation & NYC, Part II

My previous post detailed the Twentieth Century Fund’s relationship with New York City issues and its first task force on New York City’s economic troubles in the 1970s, the Task Force on Prospects and Priorities of New York City.Read More ›

美国常识 || Meiguo chang shi = Knowledge of the United States

這本書主要圍繞美國歷史丶地理丶經濟丶政治丶生活丶旅游丶移民丶科技丶文化丶軍事丶教育進行詳細描述,以使讀者更加了解美國。Read More ›
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