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NYPLarcade: Summer Reading Games Day 2017

Please join TeenLIVE, NYPLarcade, and MyLibraryNYC at Summer Reading Games Day 2017! This event celebrates play, literacy, and games at the Library.Read More ›

NYPL's 2017 Make Music New York Lineup

This year’s MMNY festival is taking place on Wednesday, June 21st aka the Summer Solstice. The New York Public Library will be hosting 20+ performances from classical to jazz to pop to kid-friendly rock concerts.Read More ›

Solve It @ the Library

The library is the place you can find the answers to any question, right?Read More ›

Libraries and Debate : A Match Made in Heaven

President and founder of New York City Urban Debate League and his team of dedicated debate advocates discuss the crucial importance of debate to democracy and the Library's role in supporting young debaters. Read More ›

Celebrate Black History Month with Our Online Exhibitions

Check out four of the top online exhibitions highlighting African Americans in honor of Black History Month.Read More ›

5 Films Noir Inspired by Novels

A review of 5 mystery novels and the films noir that they inspired.Read More ›

10 African and African American Folktales for Children

These books blend together a rich combination of history, fable, and illustrations that engage and teach children the importance of America's cultural diversity.Read More ›

Calling All Writers! Get Published in NYPL!Zine

Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!Read More ›

NYPLarcade: International Games Day 2016

Join MyLibraryNYC, NYPLarcade, and TeenLIVE in celebrating the 9th annual International Games Day. This event celebrates play and games at libraries all over the world.Read More ›

Introducing Explora

This new platform from EBSCO is designed to assist students of all ages with their learning and research. There are three versions of Explora for elementary, middle, and high school students. Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 2)

Welcome to our online book discussion of Nick Harkaway's Tigerman as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library.Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2014!

The list includes a selection of 25 novels, non-fiction books, and graphic novels chosen by a committee of Young Adult librarians who work with teens in NYPL’s neighborhood branches. Read More ›

Game of Thrones is Back! Now Where is it Going?

(Warning: I tried to eliminate any direct spoilers but links and comments may tell more then casual fans who are following the show's pace want to know. Fans who want to remain surprised can bookmark this post and come back after they have read the books or finished the show.) Read More ›

February 2014 DVD Releases...Reserve Your Copy Now!

In the month of February, many great DVD movies are coming to the Library. Reserve titles now using the Library's Catalog.Read More ›

Supporting Our Students

Tony MarxThe NYPL has 20,000 kids who visit our neighborhood branches every day. Some days as a kid in Inwood, I was one of those.  

For some of these students, our branches are a place to do homework or attend programs. For others, they are comfortable places to hang out with their friends or use the computers. And for all of them, the library provides a place to stay safe after school.

Our library system serves a unique function in the lives of students that cannot be understated. Knowing this, NYPL, along with the Brooklyn and 

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Join the Club! Talk Books and Hang Out with NYPL Librarians on Google+

What could the NYPL have planned for the end of the summer? We know you’re on the edge of your seats! 

…Have you guessed it yet?

We're holding our first ever Google+ Hangout Book Club! (Did you guess correctly?)

Join us in reading this summer’s hit thriller, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. We’ll be broadcasting live on September 12th at 6 p.m. EDT from

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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Celebrates 25 Years

For 25 years the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism has highlighted in-depth, investigative reporting. It was established in 1987, through a gift from Joseph Bernstein to the NYPL, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein (now Helen Bernstein Fealy). The award plays an important role in safeguarding the first amendment and raising public awareness about significant world events and important issues. The 2012 finalists have all garnered acclaim this past year for stories that criss cross 

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Survivors: Sand Island

July 31, 1761: The French ship l'Utile, illegally transporting 160 Africans from Madagascar to Ile de France (Mauritius), approaches Sand Island. Because the captain worries about a potential revolt, he orders the hatches to be nailed shut. In the night, the ship runs into a reef and capsizes. 

What follows is, arguably, the most extraordinary story of survival ever documented.

More than 70 Africans trapped in the hold died that night, while 123 French crew and passengers (18 had died) escaped. Only 

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Best of Patron Requests: Music (February 2012 Edition)

This list is a monthly compilation of my own personal favorite patron requests for music. I hope you will check out some of the great music that Library users have suggested we acquire!

Provided are some great preview tracks for each. Just click on the titles to be taken to the catalog. 

Green Rocky Road by Karen Dalton

FIND OF THE MONTH!

Karen Dalton's early recordings are 

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Searching Databases for African American History Month: Frederick Douglass

February is African American History Month! The New York Public Library's databases have loads of information on influential African Americans. Let's take a look at Frederick Douglass as an example.

The African American Experience This database explores the history and culture of African Americans.

Type "Frederick Douglass" in the bar labeled Quick Search. Click on the link under Topic Guides to get an overview of his life. To the left of the ... Read More ›
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