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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 ›

Premier League Fans Rejoice! English Football Cards in Digital Collections

Explore unique cigarette cards from the early 20th century depicting English football teams using the NYPL Digital Collection.Read More ›

More Costly Errors! Championship Series Edition

Some of the more costly errors in League Championship Series history.Read More ›

Walter Camp: The Man Who Gave You Football

Before you dive into that bowl of chips this Superbowl Sunday, take a moment to appreciate Walter Camp, the man who gave you football. This guy, the fit, mutton-chopped “Father of American Football,” literally wrote the rules.Read More ›

A Super Bowl of Snacks: Books for Making Football Food

Some people are there for the game, some people for the commercials, but the rest of us are really just there for the food. Read More ›

5 of the Costliest Errors In World Series History

The good thing about the upcoming calendar flip is that we're getting a whole new season of baseball come April 3rd! Slate's wiped entirely clean, and everyone starts in the exact same position, tied for first! Read More ›

5 Baseball Executives You Really Should Know!

As we relax and warm our hands on the "hot stove", let's take a gander at the past and read up on some successful baseball executives from yesteryear who left their fingerprints on winning ballclubs.Read More ›

Daniel Okrent's World Series Booklist

We asked acclaimed author, fantasy baseball innovator, and first public editor of The New York Times Daniel Okrent to share his Fall Classic themed booklist, perfect for any fan of America's pastime.Read More ›

Podcast #84: Shaquille O'Neal on Germany, Rap, and Slam Dunks

In 1992, as the number one NBA draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic. He would be named Rookie of the Year during his first season, and eventually win three consecutive NBA titles with the LA Lakers.Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon and Beyond

There are 9 days left until the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon! It’s time to get your New York on and your reading on!Read More ›

The Puck is Set to Drop! The Rangers, Islanders, and Devils Return to the Ice

The game is over but you've still got a thirst for everything hockey. Let us help you find something to quench your hockey thirst. Whether books are your thing or you prefer movie and even podcasts, we've got you covered.Read More ›

5 MLB Postseason Home Runs You May Have Forgotten

Let's look back at some of baseball's lesser-remembered postseason walk off bombs, in order to get you hyped up (as if you're not already) for the playoffs!Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon

Books about runners and different running cultures. For children, dreams and goals start when they pick up a book at the library. Even now, I experience the same feelings picking up these running books and still get inspired to set new goals.Read More ›

Bicycle Books for Beginners

Learning to ride a bike is a childhood rite of passage. Here a few titles to encourage kids through the many falls that precede those glorious, autonomous loops around the block or the park. Read More ›

August in the Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 1

Welcome back to the Reader’s Den! This August we’re making a virtual escape from the hot and steamy New York summer with Bill Bryson’s classic travelogue, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, originally published in 1996.Read More ›

Running Away With the Circus

Have you ever wondered why no one ever calmly joins the circus?Read More ›

Historic Central Park Maps

The Library's collection includes a diverse range of cartographic material including well-known topographic surveys depicting the landscape before the park’s construction as well as numerous maps published after its completion with indexes that list amenities and places of interest.Read More ›
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