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Books for Kids' Back-to-School Jitters

Six stories that might help ease the minds of kids feeling anxious about their first days of school.Read More ›

Technology Gone Wrong… for Grownups

Seven scary tech stories—this time, for grownups.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: September 6, 2015

A couple of popular suspense series enter the top five this week with new additions. Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

If you'd like to understand why more wild animals are venturing into urban environments; to discover how the great impressionist Monet ate; to examine the Polaroid-Kodak patent war; to celebrate the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen; to learn how to beat fatigue; to explore the economic consequences of climate change; to relive a harrowing but heroic moment in Armenian history; to argue against suicide; or learn how to cope with the narcissists in your life, please join us this month!Read More ›

17 Things We Wish Had Happened in Harry Potter

Everyone’s favorite boy wizard became the star of millions of new stories that J.K. Rowling never put in her books through a new vehicle: fiction written by thousands of passionate readers all over the world.Read More ›

Women, Activism, and Inspiration

Aug. 26 is Equality Day—so, we asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend some books about women and activism, for all ages and in cultures all around the world.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: August 30, 2015

Go Set a Watchman returns to the No. 1 spot this week, but two newcomers appear lower on the list. Read on!Read More ›

Building Young Brains

Yet more scientific evidence has emerged that—shocker!—reading books is good for young children. So, the question isn’t WHETHER to read to kids, it’s WHAT to read.Read More ›

Travel: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Books and destinations from around the world were discussed at the most recent Open Book Night, and lots of recommendations were picked up along the way.Read More ›

What Would Amanda Palmer Read?

Amanda Palmer—author, performance artist, and fabulous supporter of the New York Public Library—devoted some serious time and patience to help promote children's literacy on August 20.Read More ›

A Little Light Bibliotherapy

We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: August 23, 2015

A new thriller from an old favorite took the No. 1 spot this week, with familiar titles rounding out the rest of the list. Read More ›

Summer of Steampunk

High adventure, gears and gadgets, fantastical inventions, Victorian-era settings (or not)… the rise of steampunk gives authors of young-adult fiction rich new ground to tread.Read More ›

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Wordless Picture Books

Many parents feel intimidated when they first encounter a wordless picture book. Then the possibilities set in: the child can make up the story, the story can change from reading to reading. Not to mention, the art in these wordless books is stunning.Read More ›

The Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood

For the reader who just can't get enough of those busy city streets, or is just dying to know where exactly in the five boroughs their favorite characters are inhabiting, here is a list of famous New York City-based novels according to the neighborhood in which they take place—complete with an interactive map of nearby landmarks and attractions!Read More ›

Beyond Bond

We asked library staff to investigate Ian Fleming's legacy and go “beyond Bond”—to pick out other books starring secret agents.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: August 16, 2015

Romances are selling big this week—second chance romance, paranormal romance, dominance and submission. If any of these leave you longing for more, here are some read alikes to keep you satisfied. Read More ›

Get Away from It All: Seven Escapist YA Books

Escapist YA picks that transport readers to faraway lands.Read More ›

Unlikely Beach Reads

We asked our experts: “What’s your recommendation for a long, dense, serious beach book?”Read More ›

Middle Grade Mysteries

Who better to go undetected than a seemingly innocent middle grader. If you have a budding sleuth at home (hint—she probably loves Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated) here are some titles to hone her skills. Read More ›
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