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Putting a New Spin on STEM

Books for kids and teens that tie into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are all the rage nowadays. Here is a list of books for kids and teens that are related to those subjects but which you’ll find in some unexpected areas of the library -- fiction, graphic novels, and poetry!Read More ›

Creating a Tech Talent Pipeline in New York City

During the opening session of Internet Week New York 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the keynote address in which he presented a set of reforms and initiatives that would change New York City into the most technology friendly and innovation-driven city in the world.Read More ›

中國烹調書籍 = Chinese Cook Books

民以食为天,现代人要讲究食得健康,要美观,昧道要好,也要注意生活的质素。一道有特色的小菜,即使是放到宴席上也丝毫不逊色。圖書館有不同地方的菜譜書籍给我们参考和阅读。Read More ›

July Reader's Den: "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It" by David Ewalt

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from its roots in the games of the Ancient World and 19th Century Europe, through its many incarnations and editions and the hysteria that came with it, to its current incarnation in video games.Read More ›

Anti-Prom 2014: Punk Rock

Halfway through the event, students from the High School of Fashion Industries had a fashion show. They modeled their outfits by walking up and down the curved staircases in Astor Hall. Chic and funky punk rock outfits abounded. Read More ›

Summer Science Clubs!

Join the New York Public Library as we collaborate with the Children's Museum of Manhattan for the Summer Reading Challenge's Science Clubs! Educators will lead weekly workshops exploring simple machines and their unique functions.Read More ›

John Quinn's Art Collection

When few American collectors or museums were investing in the European avant garde, New York lawyer John Quinn (1870–1924) built an art collection primarily comprised of Modernist works. Through social connections and advice from trusted consultants, Quinn became discerning connoisseur and patron of new art.Read More ›

Captain Cook's Mouldy Bread

A prosaic letter from Captain James Cook gives us a glimpse into preparations for his epic second voyage.Read More ›

Musical of the Month: Show Boat

In the following blog post, Professor Todd Decker examines four of the early typescripts of Show Boat that can be studied at the Library for the Performing Arts. He uses the Library's call numbers to identify the four copies. There are two copies in box 5 of the Billie Burke/Florenz Ziegfeld papers, one of which was once separated from the papers under the classmark: RM7430. One is in our collection of older musical theater libretti (NCOF+) and other remains separate under classmark (RM7787). Digital images of all four copies, presented here with the kind permission of the rights Read More ›

Novedades de Julio 2014: Disfrutando el verano ¡con un libro en la mano!

He aquí una lista de nuevos libros ficción actualmente disponibles en su biblioteca local para el disfrutar el verano con una variedad de temas de interés.Read More ›

Digital Railroad Materials, Part 2

Is there anybody out there who does not like trains? OK, perhaps more than a few people are fed up with their daily commute. Also, trains do sometimes fail us. It was very unfortunate that during the March Snowstorm of 1888 about seventy-five miles of the Long Island Railroad system was blockaded by the snow and that the street railroad system of Brooklyn became useless.Read More ›

Booktalking "Gifted Grown Ups" by Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Gifted children are considered special education students: smarter than 95% of the population, with an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 130 or higher. An IQ of 100 denotes average intelligence. There are also qualitative measures of people's abilities. Howard Gardner conceptualizes people's strengths in terms of multiple intelligences. Gifted adults are also characterized by quick mental speed, sophistication of thought, high levels of sensitivity, drive, and a sense of humor.Read More ›

Pic Pick of The Century: An Homage to Walter Dean Myers

It is with sad news that I write here today, a very short poem of a great writer that has just gone away. A man who's presence is no longer here, But whose words and spirit would remain and never disappear.Read More ›

Summer Reading: A Literary World Cup

Are you following the World Cup? Has that intense international feeling inspired you to look for some reading from around the globe? We’ve been inspired by the Los Angeles Public Library’s brilliant virtual #Literary World Cup to create our own Literary World Cup book display featuring authors from these competing countries. We hope you'll discover some new writers to enjoy!Read More ›

Harlem Week 2014

Harlem Week began in 1974 as Harlem Day, a one-day tribute that was so well received and unexpectedly successful that an entire week was given for the historic community to showcase and celebrate its rich economic and political culture. Celebrating its 40th anniversary HARLEM WEEK will offer hundreds of events throughout the summer to millions of attendees from many parts of the world. Come celebrates the neighborhoods assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, 

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Job and Employment Links for the Week of July 7

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

June is Pride Month and the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America project is highlighting books that explore the relationship between work and the LGBT experience. New additions to the list, which include Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" and Brian McNaught's "Gay Issues in the Workplace," show how members of the LGBT community advocated for greater protections against discrimination and harassment while demonstrating the societal and economic benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workplace.  


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Bustles, Bear Grease, & Burnt Brandy: 19th Century Self-Improvement Manuals in the Art & Architecture Collection

Rapidly evolving developments in printing technology and paper manufacture during the 19th century were a democratizing process which lowered costs and made books of all kinds accessible to a wider audience. In that context it is interesting that, even early on, one of the most popular genres of these inexpensive books was self-improvement. The selection that follows is the barest tip of the iceberg of what is available in the Art & Architecture 

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Justice and Identity

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by the Secretary of Labor Tom Perez on June 30, 2014.  In his blog he asserted that our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest and the American Dream excludes no one.

As we celebrate Pride Month and approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Labor Department is reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all. That’s why we are updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination 

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