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Who's the King of Ohio?

Stephen King asked Twitter to come up with great novels about Ohio, and we rose to the challenge.Read More ›

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations. Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: February 14, 2016

This week's top five brings us new novels from popular series: NYPD Red, Ghostwalker, and the Mistborn.Read More ›

Presidential Biographies for Presidents' Day

Here is a list of biographies that will take the reader well beyond high school history and National Gallery portraits to understand these men as anything but clear-cut themselves. Read More ›

In With the New! A Reading List from Open Book Night

We had asked readers to tell us about a book that helped them explore or learn something new or to share a recently discovered book or author they loved.Read More ›

February Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

A musical heritage of the Jewish community...uncovering psychological tricks of a hustler...racial inequality and a call to action...revisiting Folk City, New York...Woody Allen—a life...the intersection of word geeks and grammar police...criminal negligence in the U.S. armed forces...exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square...transformation of urban gardens...New York’s first and oldest charter school... beauty, culture and the fascination of Cuba...Read More ›

The Podcast That Must Not Be Named: The Librarian is In, Ep. 4

Go behind the scenes at BookOps, the Library's special secret spy agent— er, the "technical services" unit. Also: the Helen Ellis/Shirley Jackson/Anita Brookner triumverate, Frank's shocking Harry Potter confession, and more.Read More ›

The Journalist’s Journey

Long-form nonfiction can be a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at not just the "what" and the "why," but also the "how."Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: January 31, 2016

A welcome infusion of new titles this week! A frontier survival story, a steamy romance, a thriller, and a mother-daughter story join the list.Read More ›

Mental Health: A History

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now in its fifth edition, is used as an authority for psychiatric diagnosis and is constantly under criticism, in controversy, or under revision. Clearly, the diagnosis of mental disorders in an ever-evolving practice. Here are a few books on the history of mental health.Read More ›

Our YA Movie Wishlist

Hollywood has officially gone YA, and blockbusters that started as young-adult fiction abound. So, we asked our team of expert librarians for their wishlists: What’s a YA book you’d like to see turned into a movie, and whom would you cast in the leading role?Read More ›

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.Read More ›

Stressed Out? Try a Literary Rx

Here’s a selection of recent titles, ranging from personal stories to practical self-help guides, that tackle different approaches to easing our minds and breathing through the stress.Read More ›

Bibliotherapy: A Little Self-Help

If the gray days of winter have you feeling blue, try a little self-help reading. Warning! May cause mindfulness, self-awareness, and a better psychic state. Read More ›

#TeamEdith: The Librarian is In Podcast, Ep. 3

We talk about how to fit more reading into busy schedules, Lin-Manuel Miranda, horror books and movies, childhood favorites, David Bowie, Lin-Manuel Miranda again, and our love for Downton Abbey’s kind Anna and unstoppable Edith.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: January 24, 2016

Did you love Girl on the Train? The Martian? All the Light We Cannot See? We've got some read alikes for you.Read More ›

Following in Winnie's Pawprints

Kids cannot live by Winnie-the-Pooh alone, so we asked our picture-book experts here at NYPL to tell us about their favorite stories that feature bears as the protagonists.Read More ›

Move over, Binge-Watching...

... because it's time for some binge-reading. Start 2016 with some series that you might want to race through the same way you raced through Master of None and Making a Murderer.Read More ›

Fascinating Histories

Question: What do vitamins, autism, rain, the Chamber of Commerce, DARPA, St. Mark's Place, and the Vatican all have in common? Answer: Recently published, well researched, and reported histories. Read More ›

2015 Schomburg Bestsellers List

From memoirs, to science fiction, and beautiful photo collections, take home a copy of each from the Schomburg Gift Shop before they sell out!Read More ›
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