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October Reel to Read: Gothic Movies on Saturdays at Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

The page meets the screen at REEL TO READ, a curated series of independent and classic cinema. These free screenings, hand-picked by local authors and film experts, include a Recommended Reads list based on the movie.Read More ›

Oddballs, Screwballs, and Other Eccentrics: A Reading List from Open Book Night

May’s Open Book Night was one filled with tales of truly wacky families, plays and novels that have been adapted into films, and many, many questions. Read More ›

Current Feminist Writers

There are many diverse feminist voices writing right now. This list—from books to TEDTalks—will help direct you toward some of these voices. Read More ›

Open Book Night: Looking Forward, Looking Back

An informal, devoted group of readers discuss books we have read or are reading—based on a loose theme—each month. Read More ›

True Stories of Refugees

Two recent works of longform journalism about the plight of refugees that we would like to recommend.Read More ›

Horrifying Tales: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night took place on one of the most bone-chilling days we have had this year.Read More ›

November Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

Come listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent nonfiction books on a variety of subjects and ask them questions.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Jeannine Otis Edition

Otis is a recording artist, actress, author, teaching artist, and more. There's not a lot in the entertainment industry she hasn't done, and done well. She shares which books have most influenced her life, and as a survivor of domestic violence, what books she'd recommend to someone struggling to overcome trauma.Read More ›

中文书籍讨论会 || Chinese Book Discussion

为了鼓励大家借阅中文书籍,中城图书馆(Mid-Manhattan Library)成立了中文书籍讨论会(Chinese Book Discussion), 每个月聚会一次,大家分享阅读的乐趣。十月二十六号的晚上, 举行了第一次的聚会,共有8个人参加,在会中讨论了下列书籍.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Paula Poundstone Edition

A master of crowd-work, Poundstone’s shows are different every night. Her improvisational style works well for her, not only onstage but as a regular on the NPR show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” She has been a major supporter of libraries throughout the years and is a national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division. We asked her a few questions about her reading habits.Read More ›

Summer in the City: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our last Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan Library, we asked readers to share a quintessential summer in the city book, a book that evokes summer in New York or another city or a book that helps them survive summer in the city. Read More ›

Cullman Center Recommends: 15 Books for Summer Reading

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has had seventeen classes of fellows in residence at The New York Public Library. These gifted independent scholars, creative writers, academics, and visual artists have produced more than one hundred books since 1999, and we recommend fifteen of their recent titles for 2016 summer reading.Read More ›

Michael Meyer Recalls His Year as a Cullman Center Fellow

Michael Meyer, an Assistant Professor with the University of Pittsburgh Department of English is the author of In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland the Transformation of Rural China, written after his year as a Cullman Center Scholar. The book discusses his time in the childhood village of his wife, Frances, in the northeastern China region and explores its history of foreign presence.Read More ›

Podcast #118: Geoff Dyer on Class in America and Good Books

Like many of his previous works, Dyer's latest book White Sands is a book that refuses simple categories. The author discussed his sense that books ought not be understood through a crude matrix of genre.Read More ›

10 Books To Make You Think About the Way You Think

Reflecting on our beliefs and motives, decisions and reactions, helps us grow. Here are a few titles from the arenas of Human and Social Behavior that offer insight into our psyches. Read More ›

Meditations on Our Sense of Smell

How often do you think about smell and scents? Take a smellwalk through our shelves for books on this sometimes inscrutable sense.Read More ›

Booktalking "Leadership BS" by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Managing emotional expression may be the key to social mobility and attaining higher-paying careers. Leaders are not always modest because they must display confidence.Read More ›

Spring Into Spring: Fresh, Clean, and Green Reading

These nonfiction picks may inspire you to get into the swing of spring. Read More ›

#FridayReads Reading Roundup: Suffragettes, Feminisms, and Young Womyn Detectives

A big shout-out for Women's History Month from us here at NYPL Recommends!Read More ›

Reflections on Irish and Italian Immigration, Animosity, and Eventual Understanding

In his book, An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians, Paul Moses recounts the history of two long-established immigrant groups that were so often in conflict.Read More ›
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