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Booktalking "Making Jack Falcone" by Joaquin "Jack" Garcia

If you want a safer job, go work in a library. These are the sentiments of undercover FBI agent, Joaquin "Jack" Garcia.Read More ›

Booktalking "City Street Beat" by Nancy Viau

Everything is happening in the city. Move with the flow. Kids can play jump rope, skip cracks on the sidewalk, ride on the train or in a carriage around Central Park. Read More ›

Booktalking "Zoe Letting Go" by Nora Price

Zoe cannot understand why her mother is signing her off to the staff at Twin Birch. Spending her summer as a patient in a psychiatric treatment facility is definitely not her idea of a good time. Read More ›

Booktalking "Law & Disorder" by John E. Douglas

Douglas pioneered the psychological profiling unit of the FBI, known as the Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Word Collector" by Sonja Wimmer

Words fed Luna's soul like food nourishes bodies. Life was wonderful when she played with her letters.Read More ›

Booktalking "Can You See Me Now?" by Estela Bernal

Amanda writes letters to her dead father. She tells him about her dreams and aspirations. She informs him of her challenges. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Michael Arndt on February 6, 2016

Michael Arndt is a graphic designer and also the author of Cat Says Meow. He gave a Power Point presentation about how people process information and how it relates to children's picture books.Read More ›

Booktalking "Destination Unknown" by Amy Clipston

Whitney Richards bristles at the ostentatious atmosphere that accompanies wealth and the glamour of high society.Read More ›

"The Year of the Rat" by Clare Furniss

Pearl had a good life until childbirth unexpectedly stole her mother from her. Read More ›

Booktalking "Come, Llamas" by Jennifer Morris

Kinnaman Ranch in Alaska is home to many llamas, bears and JT.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet" by Jolanta Benal

Jolanta's podcast on dog training was named the iTunes podcast of the year in 2009. Better yet, this trainer extraordinare resides in our very city. So if your canine requires behavioral intervention, you could give her a call. 

Teaching a dog to not go through open doors, leaving tempting steaks alone, crossing his or her front paws to "act like a lady," walking on a slack leash, not jumping up on people, and not barking incessantly. 

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Booktalking "It's Not Just Who You Know" by Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding presents a new take on networking. He calls it netgiving, which is ultimately a more fulfilling and useful way to approach collaborating with colleagues. Read More ›

Booktalking "And We Stay" by Jenny Hubbard

Emily Beam is obsessed with the poet, Emily Dickinson. Beam loves to write poetry, and the words for them dance through her head. Read More ›

The Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough

Andrea, Angela, Katie, Robyn and Sandra were inspired by an Oprah Winfrey show on personal finance to not only take a look at their desperate financial straits, but to do something about it. They found each other, formed a money group, and they helped each other learn about financial foibles and develop better financial habits.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Alice in Wonderland on December 13, 2015

A panel discussion about how Alice has influenced librarians, teachers, authors and illustrators in their crafts. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Secret Side of Empty" by Maria Andreu

Monserrat Thalia's gaze on life is losing focus. An undocumented immigrant from Argentina, she is a senior in high school. She cannot see a way into college, considering her status.Read More ›

ACRL/NY Conference on December 4, 2015

A recap of the recent Association of College and Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter Conference.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Heart-Led Leader" by Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding has a simple message: caring for employees not only creates a more beneficial work environment, but it drives superior sales and products, as well. Read More ›

Booktalking "Creating Magic" by Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell has some interesting anecdotes and bits of advice for business leaders, straight from Disney HQ.Read More ›

Booktalking "Becoming Maria" by Sonia Manzano

The real life story of one of the stars of Sesame Street.Read More ›
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