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Blog Posts by Subject: Holidays and Customs

Work It: A Labor Day Quiz

Do you know why we get that a Monday vacation day? Find out just how well you know this American holiday with our Labor Day quiz.Read More ›

Cinco de Mayo Books for Children

Commemorating a Mexican victory over French forces in 1862 with a celebration of Mexican cuisine, culture, and music.Read More ›

Passover Resources, from the Rose Family Seder Books to the Seder Plate

From the beautiful Rose Family Seder Books to preparing a seder plate, the Library has something for everyone. Read More ›

The Leap Day Bachelor List of 1888

The editors of the newspaper decided that women could make better use of their quadrennial opportunity if they had a better lay of the marriageable land. So, the newspaper published an annotated list of eligible Chicago bachelors.Read More ›

Expand Your Search for Love with Columbia Granger's

The trouble with a narrowly defined search for love is you might not find exactly what you are looking for. This Valentine's Day, fall hopelessly in love with Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. Read More ›

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Library Books and Events

Happy Lunar New Year! For many people of Asian descent across the world, one of the most important holidays of the year is in full swing.Read More ›

Let's Toast

The holiday festivities have us wondering... what is a toast? How do you toast someone?Read More ›

Readings for New Year's Resolutions

The Library is a great place to find information to help you start off the New Year on the right foot.Read More ›

Podcast #41: Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol"

Neil Gaiman reads from the only surviving "prompt" copy of the book, that is, Dickens's own annotated version used for live readings.Read More ›

Celebrate the Holidays With the Schomburg

Schomburg Communications Pre-Professional Alicia Perez recently uncovered holiday treasures from our ample collections. Here, she shares a few of her favorites.Read More ›

Santa's New York Roots

How was the iconic image of Santa born? Several New Yorkers inspired the personality, appearance, and traditions of this holiday favorite.Read More ›

Check Out These Spuds! Eight 'Potatoes' for Hanukkah

What would Hanukkah be without potato pancakes? Read More ›

One for Each Night: Eight Great Books for Chanukah

It's Chanukah already?! Get in the mood for latkes and candles with this Chanukah sampler of eight books—one for each night, and for dreidel-players of all ages.Read More ›

Make DIY Gift Tags with NYPL Digital Collections

Looking to add a colorful, personalized touch to your gifts this year? Look no further than our Digital Collections! Read More ›

Dysfunctional Family Functions

Ah, Thanksgiving. Turkey dinners, football games, and lots and lots of family time—so check out some books and plays that feature families coming together for group meals or celebrations that ends in disaster. Read More ›

The Electric Pressure Cooker Saves the Holidays!

During the holiday season, an electric pressure cooker is like having an extra person in the kitchen. The library has books and information to help you get the most out of yours.Read More ›

Who is the Real Father of Labor Day, Maguire or McGuire?

Read the DOL blog post and cast your ballot for who you think is the real "Father of Labor Day."Read More ›

Independence Day Booths: Fourth of July Feasting in 19th Century New York

Ready for Fourth of July barbeques? Of course you’ll be having some pickled oysters, egg nog, and lobster, right? If you think these are some interesting cuisine choices for Independence Day festivities, 19th century New Yorkers would disagree.Read More ›

​For Dads Who Don't Play Golf (Not That There's Anything Wrong with That)

If you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out books for a wide variety of dads—as long as they’re readers.Read More ›

Pomp, Circumstance and Advice!

Spring brings ceremonies and advice for new graduates starting out in the world.Read More ›
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