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Rock 'n' Read: Screaming Females

Screaming Females are a three-piece indie rock band hailing from the storied New Brunswick, New Jersey music scene. Have they found time to read during their musical ascent? Check out our interview with Marissa Paternoster, Jarrett Dougherty, and Michael Abbate to find out!Read More ›

Carver vs. Cheever: Who Said It?

Two giants of the American short story and one NYPL quiz. Can you guess who said it?Read More ›

Elementary, My Dear Librarian: Celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were immortal, he’d celebrate his 156th birthday today. And the Scottish author IS immortal, in a way: He lives on in his most famous character, the detective Sherlock Holmes. NYPL staff picked out their all-time favorite stories about the inimitable detective. (Don’t worry — no spoilers.)Read More ›

Experimental but Approachable

You don’t need a Ph.D. in comparative literature to enjoy it, either: books that play with language or challenge normal expectations about linear plot developments can be creative, lighthearted, and fun.Read More ›

Art for a Lifetime: A Poetry Writing Workshop Review

Over the last two months, we brought together a group of people to read, write, and discuss poetry in the library. The eight week workshop, The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft, was led by poet/instructor Hermine Meinhard, who guided with a unique and playful approach to writing. Read More ›

Humans and Nature: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of nature at our recent Open Book Night, we heard about titles related to both the natural world and to human nature, with an emphasis on humankind’s relationship to nature.Read More ›

Hungry for Peeta? Memorable Secondary Characters in YA

Katniss wouldn't have been Katniss without her faithful companion by her side in The Hunger Games.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: May 2015 (New Nonfiction)

From magical realism to Nazi occupation, delve into essays, memoirs, and more.Read More ›

Books for the Twenty-Somethings

Can you recommend any books with female protagonists who are in their early to mid-20s?Read More ›

Book List: Can't Get Enough of Wolf Hall?

Reading (and watching) Wolf Hall was such an engrossing experience that it sent me into a tailspin where I read anything I could get my hands on about England during the Renaissance era. Here are some of the best books I found. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Paul Czajak

Don't miss Paul Czajak, author of the Monster & Me series, at KidsLIVE! Author Talk May 21 at the Battery Park City Library. Paul will be signing copies of two of his beautiful picture books, Seaver the Weaver and Monster Needs a Party. The first forty children in line will receive a free copy of one of the books!Read More ›

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Adults

It is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so to celebrate these writers we asked our staff here at NYPL to name some of their favorites. Here is what they had to say.Read More ›

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Young Readers

It is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so to celebrate these writers we asked our staff to name some of their favorites for kids, middle grade and YA readers. Here is what they had to say.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Journalism and Social Sciences

Narrative or creative nonfiction is somewhat newly recognized genre. Naturally, as librarians we have a great appreciation for the research, the primary source documents and interviews, but it is the narrative, the skillful pacing, the phrasing, and the insight that make it read like a thriller that set these books apart from other nonfiction.Read More ›

Happy Mother's Day to Our Reading Role Models

For Mother's Day, we asked our staff to tell us something about their mothers and share her favorite book, or a book they remember reading with her as a child. Here is what they had to say:Read More ›

Ask the Author: Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman author of The Tribe Book 1: Homeroom Headhunters is coming to KidsLIVE! May 13 at the Stapleton Library. We asked him a few questions about himself as a reader. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Sally Mann

Sally Mann comes to Books at Noon next Wednesday, May 13 to discuss her latest work, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs. We asked her six questions about what she likes to read.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories for Kids and Teens

The staff at New York Public Library love their city. Here are some books for young children, middle graders, and teens they feel deliver all the charm, mystique, and humanity that makes this place great.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories

The staff at the New York Public Library loves their city as well as a story that captures what is truly special and wonderful about this place. Here are a few of their favorites.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Memoirs

Narrative or creative nonfiction is somewhat newly recognized genre. Naturally, as librarians we have a great appreciation for the research, the primary source documents and interviews, but it is the narrative, the skillful pacing, the phrasing, and the insight that make it read like a thriller that set these books apart from other nonfiction.Read More ›
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