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Calling All Romance Readers!

Last month at Jefferson Market, our new romance book club had its first meeting. There were cupcakes, giveaways, a great discussion of Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound, and a lot of laughter.Read More ›

May in the Reader's Den: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" Week Four

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Welcome back to the Reader's Den — this is our final week discussing David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Last week we covered part two of the novel, which focused on the midwife, Orito's abduction to the Mount Shiranui Shrine. This week we will finish up with the last three sections of the book, which include 

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May in the Reader's Den: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" week three

Welcome to week three of May in the Reader's Den! This week, we continue our discussion of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, focusing on Part II — chapters fourteen through twenty-six.

The second section of The Thousand Autumns is a complete departure from the first. Gone is the narrative voice of Jacob de Zoet, and the chronicling of life on Dejima. In part two, Mitchell shifts 

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May in the Reader's Den: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" week two

Plattegrond van Deshima on WikipediaWelcome back to the Reader's Den! This week, we will be talking about part one - the first thirteen chapters - of David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. With the exception of the opening chapter, the entirety of part one is told from the perspective of Jacob de 

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May in the Reader's Den: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet"

Welcome to May in the Reader's Den! this month, we are discussing The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, the fifth novel from British author David Mitchell.

The Thousand Autumns, set in turn-of-the-19th Century Japan, is a shift for Mitchell, best known for the dazzling and difficult 2004 novel

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My Library: Judy, Leo, and Noreen

Since April 5th, the Jefferson Market Library has been hosting a series of watercolor classes for twenty adults, all aged 55+. This course, led by teaching artist Josh Millis, is funded by a grant from Lifetime Arts. The participants have been working on paintings inspired by Jefferson Market and other Village landmarks. This week, I spoke with students Leo, Judy, and Noreen, all regular patrons of Jefferson Market, to find out what they are 

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Meet the Artist: Josh Millis

Starting April 5, 2012, local artist Josh Millis will be leading a series of watercolor classes for adults 55+ at Jefferson Market Library. These classes, as well as the gallery opening and reception on May 31, are made possible by a grant from

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"Bet Me": A February Romance Review

Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me is more than a love story. It's also a book about calculating risk, eating food, taking chances, friendships, comedy, and did I mention food? After I finished the book last weekend, I immediately picked up the phone and ordered chicken marsala. If you've read Bet Me, you know why! And if you haven't read it yet, maybe you should. 

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"Smart Bitches" Read Romance: An Interview with Sarah Wendell

As one half of, Sarah Wendell has been reviewing books and blogging about all things romance since 2005. She's been interviewed by the New York Times about how e-readers have improved the lives of

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July in the Reader's Den: "A Room with a View" Discussion Wrap-Up

Thank you for joining us in the Reader's Den this month! I hope you have enjoyed reading A Room with a View. Have you given any thought to what Lucy and George's future might hold? What about Charlotte Bartlett and Cecil Vyse?

In 1958, E.M. Forster let readers know what he thought had happened to his characters in a short essay called "

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The Reader's Den: "A Room with a View" (Week 3) Discussion Questions

A Room with a View begins its second part at the Honeychurch home in Surrey, a county in the south of

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The Reader's Den: "A Room with a View" (Week 2) Discussion Questions

July in The Reader's Den: A Room with a View

"So enamored is he of light and air blowing through his fictions that it is impossible for him to be dull or stuffy or anything but deliciously fresh and original," wrote Henry James Forman for the New York Times of E. M. Forster (1879-1970) in 1923. Who doesn't want a little light and air in their reading during the heat of summer, as well as some romance?

E.M. Forster's 1908 novel,

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Laura LaPlant, Janet Jobless, and Petunia Patrolman: Selections From A Gay Lexicon

Has somebody recently called you Miss Fairgrounds or wished you a Happy Easter, Sugar... in June? You can find out what they meant in the basement of Jefferson Market Library.

Published in 1972 by Straight Arrow Press, Bruce Rodgers's 

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Patron Picks at Jefferson Market Library

What are you reading this summer? At Jefferson Market Library, we want to know!

We are collecting book reviews for our new "Patron Picks" exhibition, coming soon. Look for one of the three patron picks displays at the branch-- located in the basement, the lobby, and the second floor-- fill out your review, and hand it to a staff member. You can also submit reviews in the comments section of this blog post, or on our

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The Ticketless Traveler: Louisville, Kentucky

The first Saturday of May is approaching, and with it comes derby day in Louisville, Kentucky, the city where I was born. It's a time when celebrities flock to town, the bars stay open all night, and the nation focuses on Louisville for the two minutes the Kentucky Derby takes to run. These books, films, and recording artists will give you a little bit of Kentucky any time of year.

Hunter S. Thompson. Born and raised in Louisville, he penned the 

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The Jefferson Market Courthouse/Library Archive: A Sneak Peek with Barbara Knowles-Pinches

Did you know that the Jefferson Market library has an archive of images, papers and press clippings dating back to the 1800s?  This collection of Greenwich Village history has recently been processed and made available to the public by archivist and librarian Barbara Knowles-Pinches, who began working at Jefferson Market in 2009.  The digitizing process has just begun; images and a finding aid will be available online in the near future. Here, Barbara tells us about some of her favorite items from the 

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The Ticketless Traveler: England

Daydreaming of an English holiday that you just can't afford to take? Keep saving your money, and in the meantime, use your New York Public Library card to take you to your destination. These books, albums, and DVDs will transport you to England without leaving home.

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My Library: Juanita

Not all New York City residents are well enough to make it to the library. The New York Public Library provides these homebound patrons with books and other materials through its Books by Mail service.  Juanita is one of the Books by Mail users we speak to regularly at Jefferson Market.

How long have you been getting your books by mail? Only for a few months, and I just want to say how much 

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