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Open Book Night at the Outdoor Reading Room: A Reading List

Readings and recommendations at the Outdoor Reading Room.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: Independence Day Edition

The Fourth of July: Fireworks, hot dogs, potato salad, parades, washing the dog (hey, not everyone has the same rituals). These are just a few of the things that most people will be partaking of this Saturday.Read More ›

美国, 美国 (Part Two)

移民到美國, 無論是初來步到或已落地生根, 每人背後都有一段故事. 七月四日是美國國慶. 在這歡樂的日子, 讓我們細細回味過去的甘苦, 以敞開心扉面对美好的將來.Read More ›

Seven New YA Nail-Biters

Teens (and us adults who love young-adult mysteries) looking for a new read this summer—do we have some picks for you! Read More ›

Booktalking "Miracle" by Elizabeth Scott

Megan is the lone survivor of the Flight 619 crash. Memories of the disaster and aftermath are conspicuously absent when she awakes in the hospital. Read More ›

The World of Sports: A Reading List from Open Book Night

We asked patrons to share a sports-related book for our June 12th Open Book Night and got a selection of titles that was as fascinating and varied as the subject of sports itself.Read More ›

Novedades de Julio 2015: ¡Disfrutando el Verano con un Libro en la Mano!

Qué estás leyendo este verano? He aquí una breve selección de nuevos temas sobre la salud para enterarte este verano como puedes mantenerte fuerte y sano!Read More ›

Color Philosophy and Synesthesia in Literature

Color perception changes with how different people view different wavelengths of light, and depending on where you live and when you live/lived, you may have a very different experience.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Negotiator" by Ben Lopez

A first-hand account of a fascinating and high stakes career. A Security companies, such as the one that employs Ben Lopez, work on negotiating ransom sums with the kidnappers and keeping everyone safe.Read More ›

Is 2015 Still 1984?

In honor of George Orwell's birthday, we're thinking about his classic, 1984, and all the prescient authors who told stories that still seem painfully topical.Read More ›

美国, 美国

移民到美國, 無論是初來步到或已落地生根, 每人背後都有一段故事. 七月四日是美國國慶. 在這歡樂的日子, 讓我們細細回味過去的甘苦, 以敞開心扉面对美好的將來.Read More ›

Booktalking "#Girlboss" by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia remembers her favorite pair of jeans at age six, and all of the clothing phases that she passed through. She never envisioned herself as the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, but that is exactly what she became. Read More ›

Seven Times Helen Keller Captured What it Means to Love Books

An author, political activist, and lecturer, Keller became one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century after publishing her autobiography The Story of My Life at age 22. What you may not know about Helen Keller, however, is that she was also a great lover of literature. Celebrate her birth with these seven Helen Keller quotes that capture what it means to love books.Read More ›

Love (& Reading) Make a Family

Readers of every age can celebrate PrideFest with new picture books (plus new editions of two honored classics) for LGBTQ families to read together.Read More ›

Summer of STEAM

Last week, we brought you Summer of STEM; so this week, we're adding the arts into the mix. Here’s some new nonfiction for kids who want to get creative this summer.Read More ›

Summer Reading 2015: A Women's Literary World Cup

Are you watching the Women’s World Cup? The tournament began on June 6 with teams from 24 countries competing in cities around Canada, and the Round of 16 starts tomorrow. If you'd like to indulge in some reading between matches, we've got lots of suggestions for you. Whether or not you're a soccer fan, you can cheer on your favorites in the Women's Literary World Cup. All readers are welcome!Read More ›

Sartre, Camus, or Louis C.K.?

It's the 110th birthday of existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. In his honor, we present a quiz with a touch of the ridiculous.Read More ›

June 2015 Graphic Novel Guidance: The New York Four

There are only constant three things in life that have the ability to never get old, and cause everyone to gush indescribable joy: baseball, foreign cinema, and anything inside the genus of comic books/graphic novels/manga. Here, we'll help you reach nirvana by giving you a nudge in the right direction.Read More ›

What's Your Literary Waterloo?

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s infamous defeat, we asked our NYPL staff members: What’s a book you’ve never been able to conquer? Read More ›

Going Southern Goth

Dark in tone and set in an atmosphere of decay and decline, Southern Gothic lit is colored by that intense, damp, uniquely Southern heat pressing down on its characters and stories.Read More ›
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