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Books about the Best of Times, Books about the Worst of Times

We asked our book experts to pick a side: What are some of your favorite books that feature a character having the best of times OR the worst of times?Read More ›

"Hermione Was Black. Dumbledore Was Gay." The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 36

We kick off our weekly podcast adventure with the founders of Black Girls Create! We talk about what it's like to be a black girl nerd, defaulting to whiteness in books and pop culture, nerds vs. geeks vs. dweebs, feminism and visibility and representation -- and, of course, sooooo much Harry Potter.Read More ›

Love ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’? Try One of These.

Whether you’re waiting for your copy from the library or you’ve already read the Atwood classic and are looking for a good follow-up, we have a few suggestions.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Nonfiction, April Showers Edition

The great new young-adult titles just keep coming this spring! Check out five exciting true stories for young adults, all published in the last few months.Read More ›

Our Favorite Fictional Librarians, Ranked

Pop culture isn't always kind to librarians. So, in honor of National Library Week, we thought we'd pick half a dozen of our favorite library workers -- good and evil and in between -- and give them some fictional performance evaluations, complete with numerical rankings.Read More ›

Podcasting the Apocalypse: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 35

We’re going weekly! One week, Gwen and Frank will talk books, culture, and what to read next. On alternate weeks they’ll welcome a very special guest. Let us know what you think of this new format!Read More ›

Long Books That Are Worth It, We Promise

In honor of what would have been Welty's 99th birthday, we asked our book experts to recommend their favorite long books -- the ones that are really, truly worth the time it takes to read them.Read More ›

Spring Staff Picks Ahoy!

Here at The New York Public Library, our book experts have outdone themselves with the newest round of Staff Picks: more than 120 new books we love, culled from the millions upon millions out in the world and sorted into our interactive browse tool.Read More ›

What Lawyers and Librarians Have in Common: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 34

Reena Glazer of the Pro Bono Institute joins Frank and Gwen to talk about lawyers in the library and recommendations for great nonfiction about pro bono legal work. Plus: Purple diaries, yellow cable cars, and colorful characters.Read More ›

Supermodel of the World: Sashay, Shauntee! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 33

Wait, Super Model? Absolutely, but also: Super Librarian! Gwen and Frank talk to Outreach Services Librarian Shauntee Burns about her work with schools, her long and varied career at NYPL and her attendance at one very famous NYC high school!Read More ›

Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Master of Wordplay

On the cover of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s unconventional 2005 memoir, four sentences are written above the title: “I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary. This is my story.” Read More ›

From Snowy Days to Scientists: Books Featuring Kids and Families of Color

Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day , first published in March 1962, follows a little boy exulting in a big snowfall in New York City. In the tradition of Keats' classic, we asked our NYPL experts to recommend children’s books that feature kids and families of color.Read More ›

365 Books by Women Authors to Celebrate International Women’s Day All Year

For over a century, International Women's Day has been observed on March 8 -- and this year, we've compiled 365 books by women authors from across the globe to keep the celebration going all year long.Read More ›

16 Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults

you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land —“Home” by Warsan ShireRead More ›

A Librarian’s Path to Citizenship: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 32

How do libraries help immigrants and underserved communities? Find out with NYPL's very own Adriana Blancarte-Hayward. Plus: major love for great journalism, time travel, ghosts, Frank's hair, frozen yogurt, and Salt 'n Pepa.Read More ›

Best Nonfiction of the Year: Announcing The 30th Annual Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalists

The Bernstein Award honors working journalists whose books bring clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. This year's finalists' works cover Syria, plutocrats, refugee crises, the spread of contagious disease, and gun violence in America.Read More ›

Kilts, Cupcakes, and Romance Novels: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 31

Frank and Gwen dive into two very different romance novels with NYPL librarians Annie Lin and Kate Fais. Plus: a super-clean podcast, a binge-watch-able show, and a gender-bending picture book.Read More ›

Black Scientists Who Changed the World

In honor of Black History Month — and riding high on the box office success of Hidden Figures — we wanted to learn more about the lives of black scientists, many of whom were long overlooked by historians.Read More ›

Waiting for a Copy of 1984? Try One of These.

Orwell's classic isn't the only dystopian game in town. While you're waiting, check out some of these other serious, thought-provoking novels on our shelves—physical and virtual—right now.Read More ›

At Home and Abroad: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 30

With books on the Syrian refugee crisis and American "hillbilly" culture, Frank and Gwen are looking for a deeper undstanding of the world here at home, and abroad. Also, dinosaurs. And then, the inimitable Nancy Aravecz, NYPL trainee and library-school student, joins us to talk about the core principles of libraries and the equal-opportunity learning at Jefferson Market University.Read More ›
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