Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Posts by Courtney McGee

Random Acts of Kindness at the Library

From the Bronx through Manhattan to Staten Island, staff members at The New York Public Library regularly witness random acts of kindness. Here, we've collected just a few of these heartwarming interactions.Read More ›

5 Trash-Talking Letters Between Writers

From subtle burns to scathing critiques, here are a few choice examples of writers letting each other know how they *really* feel.Read More ›

8 (Totally Free!) Things You Can Do With Your Library Card

With your NYPL card, you get access to amazing resources. Learn a language, stream a movie, gain a career skill, and more.Read More ›

Stream 5 of AFI's Greatest American Films for Free

American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies is a list of the "100 greatest American films of all time." I found five of those films on Kanopy, the video streaming service available to New York Public Library cardholders age 13 or older.Read More ›

Writers on Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”

If you’ve ever thought of yourself as a writer, chances are that you have opinions about George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.” First published in 1946, it has since become required reading for intro-level writing classes, as well as an obligatory citation when discussing politics and rhetoric.Read More ›

11 Facts About NYPL for #AprilFactsDay

The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman building opened on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in 1911. One of NYC's iconic landmarks, it welcomes millions of visitors a year to discover its inspiring public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions. But that's not the whole story about the building behind the Library Lions.Read More ›

Why We Love LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is a notable actor, director, and author. To library folk and other bookworms, however, he is likely best known as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow.Read More ›

10 Worldview-Expanding TV Series for World Television Day

World Television Day isn't just another made up pseudo-holiday. To honor the intended spirit of World Television Day, why not turn on your tube and tune into some worldview-expanding programming? Read More ›

John Lennon's New York City

Born October 9, 1940, John Lennon spent his post-Beatles years (1971–1980) living and working in New York City. Commemorate Lennon's birthday and life in NYC by exploring an interactive map of landmarks, suggested books, and more.Read More ›