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Our 7 Favorite Literary Coffee Shops

Writers and coffee go together like espresso and steamed milk. Everywhere you look, there's a writer plugging away on their laptop in a cafe, usually with a steaming cup of joe by their side. Here are seven of our favorite literary cafes from around the globe.Read More ›

Finding George R.R. Martin's Earliest Work

What many may not realize is that before becoming a household name in fantasy, Martin began as a science fiction writer, also dabbling in other genres like horror. Finding these early works can be challenging because Martin’s short stories, novellas, and novelettes were often published in pulp magazines.Read More ›

Attack of the Killer Bs: B-Movies and Cult Films

Watching a bad movie doesn't always have to be a bad experience. Do you like films that are tacky, silly or just plain weird? These titles were made for you.Read More ›

Pearl Primus in "Strange Fruit"

The Library for the Performing Arts’s exhibition on political cabaret focuses on the three series associated with Isaiah Sheffer, whose Papers are in the Billy Rose Theatre Division.Read More ›

President Obama's 2016 Summer Playlist

Get music from the official @POTUS playlist at the library.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Lemony Snicket Edition

Handler attends the American Library Association Conference each year, promoting literacy and library excellence through his Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity award. The book signing gave me the opportunity to ask him a few questions.Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

True-crime in New York...cheating Hitler...healthy Jewish cooking...the tainted lives of the children of dictators...the power of imagery...a trip through Provence....the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet...America’s World War II secret...a sequential information memory workshop...the first travel journalist of the '20s and '30s...the life of Lafayette...making good habits matter....the future of LGBT rights.Read More ›

Dame Margaret Comes to Town: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 13

Margaret H. Willison, a.k.a. The Coolest Funniest Pop-Culture-iest Librarian Ever, joins Gwen and Frank this week for the ultimate high/low-culture episode.Read More ›

May Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

Open source intelligence and counter terrorism; links between jazz and physics; the graphic design process; kosher food in our times; the rise of the political consultant... hear from authors about these topics and more this month.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Ratso Edition

The author Larry “Ratso” Sloman answers a few questions about reading and libraries. Read More ›

April Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

A psychedelic road trip and the hippie underground... the hidden waters of New York... undercover union organizing... Albert Camus in New York City... the art of perception and deception... fieldwork analysis of Harlem superintendents... Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Join us for an Author @ the Library talk this March at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions.Read More ›

Find the 2016 Grammy Winners at the Library #GrammyAwards

Taylor Swift, Hamilton, Ed Sheeran and more available with your library card.Read More ›

Spotlight On: Meshell Ndegeocello

Singer Me'shell Ndegeocello has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Come take a peek into her world and discover the artist behind the music.Read More ›

A Tribute to David Bowie

As a tribute to David Bowie's life, his music and his acting, here is a list of works by him as well as about him.Read More ›

Barack and Michelle Obama's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV of 2015

People Magazine got the scoop, but you can always check out these presidential favorites from your local library.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Carlos Alazraqui Edition

Find out what the Rocko's Modern Life and Reno 911 star likes to read.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Harlem Globetrotters Edition

I caught up with a few of the Harlem Globetrotters while they were on a shoot at the William F. Passannante Ballfield in the West Village. A nearby elementary school uses the park as a playground during school hours, and the Globetrotters mingled with the kids, juggling balls and answering questions between takes. Read More ›

John Lennon's New York City

Born October 9, 1940, John Lennon spent his post-Beatles years (1971–1980) living and working in New York City. Commemorate Lennon's birthday and life in NYC by exploring an interactive map of landmarks, suggested books, and more.Read More ›

Me, My Hair, and I: Hair Obsession

Never has a topic been more talked, bought, dyed, and cried about as much as the subject of "hair." Hair beliefs, attitudes, and styles vary across cultures and time periods, but the most common interest in hair is growth.Read More ›
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