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Winter Books to Get You Through the Season

The wind may bite. The snow may fall. And your stoop may be a treacherous ziggurat of ice. But there's no reason to get cabin fever this year.Read More ›

What's on the Bookshelves at Downton Abbey?

Season 5 starts in 1924 and ends in December of 1925, so what world or local events will they experience? What will they be wearing? What will they be reading?Read More ›

We Know You Love to Talk About Books: Announcing the 2015 Reader's Den Online Book Discussion Schedule

Are you making your New Year's Resolutions? Is one of them to read more or to connect more with other readers? We would love to see you in the Reader's Den, NYPL's online book discussion, in 2015! Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas Part 3

Considering the scale of destruction wrought in a galaxy-wide war, can either civilization fit Horza's bill as being on the side of life?Read More ›

The Legacy of Walter Dean Myers

What made Walter Dean Myers stand out was his tireless belief that the telling and reading of all kinds of stories mattered, that teens mattered, communities and families mattered, and that libraries and librarians mattered.Read More ›

Epiphany Recommends: Horror for Beginners

Think you don't like horror? These titles might change your mind.Read More ›

NYPL's Best Books of 2014

We asked our staff here at the New York Public Library to tell us about the best book they read this year.Read More ›

NYPL Staff Picks (Available in "E")

Recent ebooks in several genres available to check out.Read More ›

Doorways to Romance

How do you like your romance? Driven by story, character, setting or language? (Passion is a given.)Read More ›

Noteworthy Debut Novels 2014

Home run, first time at bat! Here are a few debut novels published this year (2014) that are also worth a look.Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas Part 2

This week I'd like to delve into the character of Horza, why he is nearly fanatical in his pursuit of the missing Mind and what you think makes him tick. Read More ›

Other Great YA Books

Our reader asked: "I have read and loved all the popular YA books out there: We Were Liars, If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars... What else do you have for me?"Read More ›

Find Winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards at the Library

The books listed below were chosen as winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, "the major book award decided by readers." There is something for everyone! Children, teens, and adults.Read More ›

Metropolitan New York Library Council: Training for Librarians

One of the many advantages of large urban areas is increased opportunities for professional development. METRO is one of the most helpful librarian professional organizations that I have found in New York City. Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2014!

The list includes a selection of 25 novels, non-fiction books, and graphic novels chosen by a committee of Young Adult librarians who work with teens in NYPL’s neighborhood branches. Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas

Iain Banks's debut novel is a terrific space opera to while away the cold hours with. It's the kind of meaty science fiction the mind will digest for days or weeks after reading.Read More ›

While You Wait For "Yes Please" Why Not Try...

Like Yes Please by Amy Poehler , these humorous and engaging memoirs transform readers into the personal and professional lives of celebrities. Some titles also incorporate advice.Read More ›

December Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The lost tribe of Coney Island... building the Statue of Liberty... a culinary history of America in 100 bites... the sinking of refugee ship The Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II... a close-up of the planet Mars... forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts... a road trip through presidential libraries... curious New York activities... what online data can tell us about ourselves... reducing inequality in the 21st century... the history of New York's mass transit systems between 1940 and 1968... tales from a world traveler...Read More ›

Accessible Classics

One of our readers asks: Hi NYPL! I am looking to beef up my reading resume with some "classics." Only, time is precious and I don't want to be bored out of my skull. What "classics" do you think a 21st century person can really dig into? Read More ›

Memoirs with Recipes

Memoirs with recipes: two great book categories that taste great together!Read More ›
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