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Kikimora, Domovoi, Baccoo, and Other Strange and Spooky Creatures

This Halloween, staff of the Word Languages Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library would like to introduce our readers to some unusual creatures from around the globe.Read More ›

The Moviegoer: Films That Give You the Heebie-Jeebies

When most people think of horror movies, they usually think of lots of blood and a large body count, but the films that creep me out the most are the ones that mess with your head.Read More ›

Hot Dogs in Space: Meet the Author Max Brallier

Max Brallier, author of Galactic Hot Dogs, is coming to KidsLIVE! November 13 at the Jerome Park Library. We asked him a 

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Houses of Horror

We went in search of some books that would be off the beaten path to the haunted house and asked our NYPL book experts to name some unusual, specific, super-cool sub-genres of horror.Read More ›

Kids Music That Won’t Make Parents Want To Die

Kids have an amazing capacity for repetition. Here are a few collections of kids’ music to listen to around the house or in the car that you will be less likely to throw out the window upon the hundredth play.Read More ›

Business Plan Winner: Chocoholics of the World, Get Ready!

Today is National Chocolate Day and, to our delight, The Harlem Chocolate Factory is here to stay. Learn about this “chocolate cultural experience” and its founder Jessica Spaulding, owner and founder, who has been living, breathing and eating chocolate for as long as she can remember.Read More ›

Daniel Okrent's World Series Booklist

We asked acclaimed author, fantasy baseball innovator, and first public editor of The New York Times Daniel Okrent to share his Fall Classic themed booklist, perfect for any fan of America's pastime.Read More ›

The Creepy, the Quirky, and the Occult: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night began with a 19th-century slasher story. We discussed Lizzie Borden and the fascinating tale of how she murdered her mother and father, and got away with it. Many more creepy suggestions followed.Read More ›

Paranoia, the Devil, and Witchcraft: Books on the Salem Witch Trials

Why did this happen and how could it have happened? You’ll have to read the accounts, the theories and stories and figure that part out for yourself. The following are recommended nonfiction and fiction books on the topic from children’s, YA and adult collections.Read More ›

Still Curious after 'Curious Incident'?

More YA books that echo the sense of mystery and fantastic storytelling of the novel and Broadway show.Read More ›

Podcast #84: Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, and Slam Dunks

In 1992, as the number one NBA draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic. He would be named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and eventually win three consecutive NBA titles with the LA Lakers.Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Part 2

"They didn't look at me because I was outside their field of vision and thus outside their world, but I could still sense it." Join us in this month's book discussion.Read More ›

Prepping for Book Riot Live

Get ready—or participate from afar, if you can’t make it to the Big Apple—with books from a few of the event’s featured authors.Read More ›

How to Research Dutch Ancestors

Primarily focusing on library collections, this guide presents a select list of materials useful for researching Dutch ancestors in New Netherland and colonial New York. Find information on research strategies, family histories, early directories, church records, Dutch genealogy periodicals, and more.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: November 1, 2015

Secret pasts, government coverups, global intrigue and, of course, The Martian. If you are looking for more, here are a few read alikes for the top 5 bestsellers this week. 

#5 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods, more global intrigue:

Secrets of State by Matthew Palmer

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Evelyn Waugh and His "Most Offensive Work"

While in Hollywood consulting on a potential film adaptation of Brideshead that never materialized, Waugh observed American West Coast culture up close. His reaction was... not flattering.Read More ›

Quiz: Which Poet Wrote It?

Some lines of poetry enter the zeitgeist, assuming a life of their own beyond the constraints of the poem. We've rounded up some of the most iconic, and we're asking you to match them to the poets who wrote them. Read, set, trochee!Read More ›

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015: Celebrating 70 Years

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Read More ›

Announcing the Five Library Lions Honorees of 2015

On November 2, we will be recognizing five outstanding individuals for their achievements in the fields of art, culture, scholarship, and letters by naming them Library Lions at The New York Public Library's annual Library Lions gala.Read More ›

12 YA Books I Can't Wait To Read In 2016

I love new books and continuations to my favorite series. Here are some recommendations of books I can’t wait to read next year.Read More ›
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