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Blog Posts by Subject: Recreation and Sports

The Making of the Modern Olympics

The modern Olympic Games are largely the result of the of one man's efforts, who went on a worldwide crusade to promote and organize sporting events.Read More ›

5 Japanese Ballplayers Who Made The Jump Overseas

What's the connection between the Japanese big leagues and Major League Baseball? For starters, these five players and their place in baseball history and folklore. Read More ›

5 MLB Postseason Home Runs You May Have Forgotten - 2017 Edition!

Let's celebrate the upcoming baseball playoffs by remembering history.Read More ›

Exploring Baseball's Batty Lingo

I decided a fun idea would be to create a blog post with some of baseball's more irregular language, and letting you in on the background of those terms. Read More ›

Great Opening Day Moments In New York Met & Yankee History

Enjoy some Opening Day moments for both the New York Mets and New York Yankees that have proved to be memorable as the years have gone by.Read More ›

Beyond "A League of Their Own"

Check out some of these books on women who have transformed the world of baseball.Read More ›

Great Books on 19th Century Baseball

While many folks are still in the holiday spirit, it continues to be my job to get all of you excited for another exciting season of Major League Baseball. Read More ›

Go, Cubs, Go: Books on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

To celebrate the North Side Nine's first championship win in over a century, take a look at some of our offerings.Read More ›

Researching the Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is fast approaching. As a racer, I have pored over the current course map. As a researcher, I wanted to learn more about Chicago and the history of its Marathon. The research materials at The New York Public Library have helped me appreciate the city and the race more than ever.Read More ›

The Great Competition to Design Central Park and How It Was Won

The initial public proposal for “Plans for the Central Park” is reflected in a small classified advertisement in The New York Times: “The Board of Commissioners of Central Park offer the following premiums for laying out the Park … For the first … $2000.” Topographical sketches and certain “particulars” could be obtained at the Board and “must be presented by the First Day of March, 1858.”Read More ›

Get a Hobby! 5 Suggestions from Grand Central Library

Just because you vowed never to write another term paper again does not mean you are done learning. This back-to-school season, try picking up a new hobby rather than a new textbook. Some of our well-rounded librarians are here to give you ideas!Read More ›

13 Literary Sports Books (and One Movie) That Go for the Gold

We hope you’ll enjoy some of these Olympic-event-themed novels and literary memoirs that examine sports in our everyday lives and the more philosophical and meditative aspects of exertion and competition.Read More ›

5 Hall of Famers Who Were Moved Mid-Season

Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see some of baseball's best players change uniforms mid-season and make an impact.Read More ›

Celebrating the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Mid-Manhattan is celebrating the Olympics with book displays and a reading list that includes titles on the history and politics of the Olympic Games, as well as Brazilian cultural heritage. Read More ›

Flashback Fridays: 1990s Sports Movies

Nerding out about the sports movies from my childhood that made me the avid sports fan I am today.Read More ›

Gold Medal Magazines

Opening ceremonies are a few days away, and so the eyes of the world are turning to Rio and the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. With dozens of events, some more obscure to American viewers than others, it might be time to read up on the ins and outs of these sports.Read More ›

Recipes from the Reluctant Camper

Summer would not be complete without a night spent with only a thin layer of nylon separating you from the starry sky and the cool night air... am I right?Read More ›

On Black Fatherhood and Muhammad Ali

Remembering Ali as a champion father figure in the black community—exemplifying strength, confidence, and a love for people around the world.Read More ›

Baseball Fiction To Get You Ready For Opening Day

Now I don't want you guys to neglect your library cards just because the baseball season is about to be in full swing, so I've decided to give you guys a helping hand, and give you some baseball fiction titles to check out. Read More ›

Soccer Returns! The MLS, NASL, USL and NWSL Seasons Start Soon

March is here and with it comes higher temperatures, early spring rains, and the start of soccer season here in the United States. With Major League Soccer kicking off on March 6 here in New York and the NASL, USL, and NWSL all close behind, it's time for supporters and novices alike to brush up on their soccer knowledge. Read More ›
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