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What was your favorite book in 2010?

We asked our "Followers" on Twitter and our "Likers" on Facebook what book they loved reading in 2010. Here's what they said:

Note: all titles are linked to the New York Public Library's catalog.  Once in the catalog click on the book cover for reviews, summaries, excerpts and more!


Beastly by Alex Flinn "A take on Beauty 

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Jem Finch, Marion Crane and the Jefferson Market Library Clock

What do these three have in common? They all turned fifty this year! Or, more accurately, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho turned fifty. While the Jefferson Market Library (in 1960, a defunct courthouse) was built in 1876, the clock had been frozen for years at 2:40. But in 1960, through the intense work of local Greenwich Village advocates, the 

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Page Turners!

My Library: Children's Book Illustrators

The Children's Book Ilustrators Group (CBIG) presented us with an interesting project—we would choose a favorite children's book and they would create an illustration inspired by that book!  Rebecca, the Children's Librarian at Jefferson Market, chose

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My Library: Shan

Shan is going to have a lot of fun with his new library card.

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2010 Summer Must Reads!

One of our most loyal (and smartest) library regulars, Judy (interviewed here) has obliged us with her summer 2010 reading list (well, we begged her for it!)  Believe us, this lady knows her stuff - when she recommends something you just know it's going to be good.  The list is a touch "literary", but still super fun and entertaining! Click on the titles to place a hold and read more reviews!

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My Library: Loretta

Loretta wrote in to let us know how much the library has meant to her.

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My Library: Diana

Diana wrote in to let us know why the library matters to her and her family.

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My Library: Whitney

Whitney wholeheartedly espouses the democratic ideal of libraries, and not just because she's an Aquarian.

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My Library: Jose and Jennie

Jose, a Teen Central alum, and friend Jennie volunteer their time and share their computer expertise at Jefferson Market.

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My Library: Roberta

Roberta loves poetry and volunteering at Jefferson Market.  Her favorite color is...

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My Library: Rachel

Rachel isn't afraid of computers, thanks to her incredible tenacity and the helpful staff at the 58th Street Library.

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My Library: Nina

Are you a freelancer looking for a good place to get some work done?  Nina enjoys the free Wi-fi and great views (not to mention books and DVDs) at the Jefferson Market Library. Read More ›

My Library: Veronica

Veronica treats Jefferson Market like her second home, and Willa Cather definitely appreciates her for that.

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My Library: Sam

Sam is a researcher who makes use of both research and circulating collections at the NYPL. We hope he gets another grant so that he can write "The Library Space as Public Living Room (With Great DVDs): An Anthro-Architectural Analysis." Read More ›

My Library: Jeffrey

Jeffrey the accountant has been coming to Jefferson Market for years; he must be able to calculate the value of books and libraries.

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My Library: Judy

A book maven visits the Jefferson Market Library.

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My Library: Nikko

Nikko's been coming to Jefferson Market for nearly half his life! A media omnivore, the library is his Netflix alternative.

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Boss Tweed's Last Swindle

Amazing to think how something beautiful can come from something corrupt.  The inspiring Jefferson Market Library (born a courthouse) had just such a beginning. You may have heard of Boss Tweed?  William Marcy "Boss" Tweed was a 19th century politician who swindled New York City out of millions of dollars.  By the 1860s, Tweed became head of Tammany Hall, a powerful group of Democratic politicians.  He organized his associates into the Tweed Ring, which sponsored schemes for city improvements.  Millions of 

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The Crime of the Century and the Jefferson Market Library

“This man is Harry Thaw, charged with murder,” said Capt. Hodgins, in a voice which rang through the courtroom.

It was June 1906 in the Jefferson Market Court House and these words heralded the start of the trial for the murder that was proclaimed the Crime of the Century! (It was 90 years before O.J. Simpson took that title away).

The Jefferson Market Court House is now the Jefferson Market branch library and we are proud to present an author reading and discussion of the new book,

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