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Yup, Reading Makes Us Happy

We asked the bookworms of Twitter to name the stories that bring them happiness. After all, everyone knows that reading improves your health, sharpens your mind, helps you embrace ambiguity, and makes you more empathetic—but let's not forget that most of us just do it because we love it.Read More ›

#LibraryLife in Literature

Inspired (sort of) by Neil’s journey in Goodbye Columbus, we asked our book experts for recommendations of other books with main characters who work in libraries or archives.Read More ›

Spring into New Staff Picks!

Yeah, we went with the dorky season pun! That's just how excited we are about our newest round of Staff Picks—more than 100 titles that our NYPL book experts are super-excited about reading right now.Read More ›

Small (Town Library) Talk: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 82

Frank and Gwen chat with Steven Kurutz, a New York Times features reporter, about his recent Literary Hub essay, "In Praise of the Small Town Library." It's part coming-of-age story, part love letter to his hometown library in Renovo, Pennsylvania. Plus: book rituals, a wild non-book recommendation, and the enduring charm of an unconventional librarian.Read More ›

A Wrinkle in Time Read-a-Likes

If you liked A Wrinkle in Time, try a few more children's books with bold protagonists, exciting adventures, and a touch of the fantastical.Read More ›

The LibROCKian Is In: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 81

Fred and Barney... er, Frank and Gwen are reading books with different approaches to the same question: Who are you and what do you want out of life? (This episode has nothing to do with The Flintstones after the first 30 seconds, but the puns cannot be denied.) Read More ›

The Bernstein Awards 2018: Meet the Finalists

This year’s books address insider trading, the threatened Great Lakes, and the Trump presidency, as well as the current state of affairs in Russia.Read More ›

Living in the Library: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 80

Actor Sharon Washington joins us to talk about her one-woman play "Feeding the Dragon," based on her experience growing up inside a New York Public Library branch in the 1970s. She tells us about her childhood in the library after hours, and what it's like to share her story on stage. Plus: horror movie recs and getting judgy on Law and Order. Read More ›

The 2018 Oscars: Watch That? Read This.

We have nearly all of the films available to check out of the Library. But don't stop there: We've also picked out a few books that have similar themes or resonate particularly well with this year's nominees. Read More ›

The First Rule of Diverse Books Club Is... The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 79

RuthAnn Deveney from the Diverse Books Club gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her group's themes and book picks, her love of spreadsheets, and her Philly-specific sandwich recommendations. Plus: What will Frank say (or not say) when he goes on The View? Read More ›

Book Pairings for the Winter Olympics

Books to read while you're relaxing on the couch, watching world-class athletes compete in the Olympics.Read More ›

A Black Panther Primer

We’re obsessed with Black Panther. So, we’ve come up with some book selections for every kind of Black Panther fan, from the movie-goers who’ve never read the comics to the long-time completists.Read More ›

New Yaaawk Stories: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 78

All the complexities of the city so nice, they named it twice! Frank goes deep into nostalgia territory, digging up childhood memories, classic accents, and urban anxieties. Gwen follows with a real-life tale of greed and gumption at a famed NYC hedge fund. Read More ›

Never Too Old to Blume: A Celebration of Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s work for children and teens has a timeless quality, and her work for adults is groundbreaking as well. If you’ve never read her work for adults, here are three novels you should read. Read More ›

2018 Winners: Newbery, Caldecott, King, Printz & More

It was a big morning in literature for young people: The American Library Association announced the winners of their prestigiousYouth Media Awards at the Midwinter meeting in Atlanta.Read More ›

Slow-Burn Reads for a Lightning-Fast News Cycle

As a society, Americans are subject to a breakneck news cycle, in which a day feels like a year and events of last week feel like ancient history.

And so, in the spirit of saving our sanity, we thought it might be fun to recommend some books that offer the exact opposite experience: slow-burn reads. We're talking about a story with a late payoff—one that sneaks up on you or catches you by surprise. It doesn’t have to be a long book, or even a slow-paced book, but a plot that makes you wait before it ends with major action or a big reveal.

Here are a 

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Don't Shush Me! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 76

It's World Read Aloud Day, and Gwen and Frank are hearing voices... from ghosts and robots. But they still manage to keep it together to recommend some books and play an extra round of their guessing game. Read More ›

#ReadingBlackout: 28 Days of Books By and About African Americans for Black History Month

It's Black History Month, and we've selected one book by and/or about African Americans to recommend for each day of February. Read More ›

Ursula K. Le Guin for the Young and Old (and In Between)

Thinking about Le Guin’s legacy, we wanted to highlight not the science fiction and fantasy that she’s famous for, but her other work — her memoir and essays, which capture her honesty and wit, and her children’s books, which many people may not have known existed. Read More ›

NYPL’s Most-Anticipated YA Books of 2018

Our young-adult specialists are eagerly anticipating a flurry of upcoming releases this year! Check out the books and graphic novels that have them the most fired up.Read More ›
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