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From the Shelves at NYPL: Barbara Byrne-Goldie

Senior Children's Librarian, Barbara Byrn-Goldie, is a life-long New Yorker and it shows. Her energy and enthusiasm telegraph the warm welcome anyone will receive when they visit the New Dorp Branch of the New York Public Library in Staten Island. Read More ›

5 Tips for Parents of That Precocious Reader

Librarians are frequently asked to recommend titles for that precocious kid who can read well above their grade level. You do not have to start checking out books from the Adult collections, there are plenty of books to be found on the shelves in the Children's Room at your library. Here are a few tips for helping your reader along the way—no matter how eclectic their tastes.Read More ›

From the Shelves at NYPL: Ruth Guerrier-Pierre

Ruth Guerrier-Pierre keeps the children visiting the Kips Bay Branch of the New York Public Library on their toes. She is an avid reader and loves nothing better than to share books hot-off-the-presses with her readers. Ruth, a life-long New Yorker, started working at NYPL while still an ungraduate at Queens College. She knows all about handling books—she had to shelve plenty while working as a Page in the Central Children's Room at the Donnell Library in 2006.

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Stephanie Whelan

Stephanie Whelan visiting the The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, located at NYPL's main library on 42nd Street & curated by Leonard Marcus.Stephanie Whelan has been the Children's Librarian at the Seward Park Library since 2008. The branch is set in the east corner of Seward Park, the first permanent, municipally built playground in the United States. This Lower East Side neighborhood is home to a bustling, ethnically diverse community whose children make the library one of their must-go-to places to 

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From the Shelves at NYPL: Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor visiting the interactive exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter, curated by Leonard MarcusAnna Taylor works at the New York Public Library’s Columbus Library—more than a short walk from Columbus Circle—over on 10th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in the Clinton (aka Hell’s Kitchen or Midtown West) neighborhood... an area that has been transformed in recent years by the dramatic increase in residential construction. It is not unusual to find this library filled to the rafters with children and teens 

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It's Here! NYPL's Children's Books 2013

The latest edition of the New York Public Library's annual list of titles published for children can be found at Children's Books 2013 (PDF) and online at

Nineteen Children's Librarians pored over a wealth of new releases throughout the year, often with the help of the children in their 

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From the Shelves at NYPL: 100 Great Children’s Books

New York Public Library’s librarians have compiled a list of children’s books, 100 Great Children's Books—100 Years to celebrate the Library’s exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter... Read More ›

When Trying to Explain the Unthinkable

Historians, politicians, and the man-on-the-street are still trying to grasp the events of September 11, 2001— but what of children who have been born since 2001, or the children who were too young on that day to recall ? As New Yorkers prepare to honor the memory of those who died, parents and caregivers may want to visit the WTC Tribute Center, which offers programs and tours at its 120 Liberty Street site, or stop by St. Paul's Chapel at 209 

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The Umbrellas are up and the Rain Boots are on...

It's raining, it's not—it's cold, it's hot—finicky weather aside, forsythia and birdsong ensure that spring is, in fact, here to stay. What better time to witness nature's cycle of rebirth than in the city's many parks and waterways.

Whether planning to start a garden or just a walk around the neighborhood, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: a Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na (Knopf), or The Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Greening of the Earth 

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While the Snow Melts... Warm Up at the Library

When the children are ready for a break from the snow, and you can't get to one of New York's more than 80 museums, you might want to consider a visit to the Library.

If your budding paleontologist loves spending time with the dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History, and you don't have all the answers to the inevitable - but how did...?  why was...? where is...?  -  a trip to your local library will do the trick.  Browse the shelves in the 560s (library speak 

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Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

There is no shortage of "Best" lists at this time of year. In the world of literature for children, librarians have been recommending books to children for well over one hundred years, and children have been just as eager to pass on their favorites. Children make the perfect audience, as they never shy away from a good story.

Children’s Books 2010 [PDF] provides a snapshot of just a few of the outstanding books published this year. Over

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What children's book changed the way you see the world?

If you want to establish a place in the fond memories of generations to come, you don't necessarily have to write a book, you can give the gift of a book - or better yet, take time to curl up with a child and read a book to him or her.  When conducting interviews for ther latest book, Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life, Anita Silvey found that, regardless of the passage of time, most people remember quite clearly the events and/or people 

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