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Blog Posts by Subject: Holidays and Customs

Seven Picture Books for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa brings many African-American families together to enjoy the "first fruits of the harvest," the Swahili phrase from which its name is derived. Its traditions, like lighting the seven candles on the kinara and feasting at a party on the last night of the holiday, center around family and community.Read More ›

Nine New Christmas Classics for Kids

Nothing can ever replace Frosty or the Grinch, or that mouse that isn't stirring. But plenty of talented authors and illustrators have been hard at work creating new characters and stories, so we've picked out a few new Christmas picture books published in the last few years for your holiday consideration. Read More ›

Kids' Books To Celebrate Both Chanukah & Christmas

Families who celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah might find something that hits home in these picture books about interfaith families, combining different kinds of traditions, and, yes, sentient potato pancakes.Read More ›

Cozy Chanukah Picture Books

Many readers might know a few old standbys, but more recently published books about the Festival of Lights go beyond the standard dreidel-based fare. We have stories about Yiddish-speaking chickens, Braille dreidels, immigrants stranded at sea, families who fry up dosas instead of latkes, and more.Read More ›

We Need a Little Christmas: Cozy Holiday Reads

Here's a list of books filled with Christmas miracles, opposites attracting, lovers reuniting, families reconciling, happily ever afters, mysteries being solved and villains being vanquished—plus lots of snow and holiday merriment! Read More ›

Discovering the Forgotten History of Mother's Day with NYPL's Electronic Resources

Sunday, May 14th is Mother's Day—a day of flowers, cards and brunches. How did this special day to celebrate all mothers actually begin?Read More ›

Podcast #143: Neil Gaiman Reads "A Christmas Carol" (Rebroadcast)

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 ›

Your October Playlist : 8 Recommendations

In the weeks leading up to Halloween we watch scary movies and we read scary stories but are we listening to enough scary music? No, probably not! Here are some suggestions to get you in the spooky spirit.Read More ›

Work It: A Labor Day Quiz

Do you know why we get 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 ›
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