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Down the Rabbit Hole

Lewis Carroll’s creative masterpiece turns 150 this fall, and NYPL is celebrating with a major exhibition—and, of course, with book recommendations.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Very Best Pumpkin" by Mark Kimball Moulton

Pumpkin Hollow Farm is where Peter lives with his grandparents and parents. Life is delicious on the farm, and the boy enjoys corn, strawberries, and pumpkins when they are in season. Read More ›

The Natural History of Early Modern Needlework

From the sixteenth century on, men -- rather than women -- developed pattern books on which women based their needlepoint work. This blog explores the works of two late sixteenth and seventeenth-century women, Isabella Parasole and Maria Sibylla Merian, who overthrew these conventions, first by creating textile patterns for women and then by branching out into the study of natural history, a field that was dominated by male explorers and discoverers. Read More ›

Hispanic Heritage Month: Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

In 1990 the U.S. Department of Education established The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. On the initiative's 25th anniversary, learn about 230 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, which are evidenced-based organizations, models or initiatives that are working to increase the educational attainment of the Latino community.Read More ›

The Banned Books We Love

Eleven of our favorite challenged titles.Read More ›

Curating Alice Live!

Guest blogger, Charlie Lovett, Curator of the exhibition, 'Alice Live,' at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts, October 2, 2015 - January 16, 2016, writes about his lifelong passion for Alice and his experience curating the exhibition. Read More ›

Printing Women: Julia Jacquette

The exhibition, 'Printing Women' focuses on Henrietta Louisa Koenen’s (1830–1881) collection and signals women’s continuing participation in printmaking as well as the Library’s longstanding commitment to acquiring and exhibiting prints made by women from around the world. Working with the Library’s Digital Experience team, the exhibition's curator, Madeleine Viljoen will feature a new artist's work on the exhibition's web page every two weeks throughout the exhibition's run. The features will also connect to blog posts to which several of the artists contributed writing.Read More ›

Bruce Jay Friedman, A Story Teller: Humanizing Humility

The term Black Humor was coined in the 1960s by critics who regarded him as a founder, and although Friedman admits that he was never fond of the term, it is true that he helped pioneer this darker comic tone that was grimmer than conventional satire.Read More ›

Pride & Prejudice: Which Bennet Said It? Quiz

Show off your Jane Austen knowledge: tell us which Bennet said each of the following quotes. Then prepare your dance moves for the Netherfield Ball.Read More ›

Classroom Cross-Connections: Infectious Diseases

Teach students about Infectious Diseases in the context of Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts through nonfiction and other primary source material. Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of September 27

Local employment events for the upcoming week.Read More ›

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Selections

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we will showcase a selection of readings from our collections, chosen by NYPL staff.Read More ›

The Gatsby Effect

Our NYPL experts named other books, written from the first-person perspective, that aren’t really about the narrators. Read More ›

NYPLarcade: First Person Games

NYPLarcade is an opportunity to play, watch, and discuss independent, experimental, and thought-provoking games in a library setting. Our fall series will take place at Mid-Manhattan Library and focuses on games utilizing the first-person perspective.Read More ›

Macomb's Bridge Library: The Little Engine That Could

Macomb’s Bridge Library, situated at the border of Harlem and the Bronx (think Yankee Stadium, which is a stone’s throw away), is part of the Harlem River Houses. The library is located just at the edge of this massive complex.Read More ›

Zine Machine

Imagine, if you will, a time when photocopiers had supplanted the lowly mimeograph machine. This technology gave way to the birth of the zine.Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon

Books about runners and different running cultures. For children, dreams and goals start when they pick up a book at the library. Even now, I experience the same feelings picking up these running books and still get inspired to set new goals.Read More ›

Origin Stories

There are a couple kinds of origin stories. There are the backstories that super heroes have to explain how they got their powers. There are origin stories that describe how some reality came into existence. Our staff recommend some favorites here.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Smart Girl's Guide: Money" by Nancy Holyoke

Tips for young girls on saving and managing money.Read More ›

Podcast #79: Alice Waters on the Pleasures of the Palate

Self-described "restaurantrice, forager, teacher, mother, romantic, purist, rebel" Alice Waters has been one of the most instrumental figures in drawing attention to the Slow Food movement.This week on podcast, we're happy to present Alice Waters discussing the pleasures of good food and wine.Read More ›
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