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Share Your Mid-Manhattan Memories

We are looking for volunteers to share memories of their time spent at the Mid-Manhattan Library. These memories will then be displayed in a curated gallery dedicated to the largest circulating library in Manhattan.Read More ›

The New York Public Library, 1911–13, as Reported by John H. Fedeler

John H. Fedeler accepted the position to manage The New York Public Library's "Central Building" in 1910. This would be a 24/7 job. With Fedeler's living quarters inside the Library, the question to ask is, "How did Fedeler handle his job during the early years?"Read More ›

Booktalking "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly" by Stephanie Oakes

This was a fascinating and morbid glimpse into the brutal world of religious cults. The author's alternation of past and present gives the book a dreamy, surreal feel.Read More ›

Beloved Asian American Literature You Have to Read

When I was asked by The New York Public Library to compile a list of my favorite books by Asian American authors, I enthusiastically agreed; I’ve read so many heartbreaking, intelligent, and thoughtful books over the years by Asian American writers, and I couldn’t wait to share them with NYPL’s readers. But then as I sat down to write my recommendations, I began to agonize.Read More ›

Booktalking "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon

All Madeleine has ever known is life inside of her house with her nurse, Carla and her mother. Until Olly moved next door, that is.Read More ›

10 Reasons Teens Love the Mulberry Street Library

In honor of Mulberry's 10th birthday, we asked the teens in our weekly teen lounge why they love the library.Read More ›

Bronx Book Fair 2017

I attended the Bronx Book Fair and heard from editors, authors, agents, and library administrators about the world of books, publishing, and accessing materials. Read More ›

#OneBookNY Events in Your Neighborhood

The city's first One Book, One New York reading program is bringing book-lovers together to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. To celebrate throughout the summer, The New York Public Library will host a variety of events throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Read More ›

5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Unstoppable Mom

Of course you could show her some love with flowers, a nice card, and a hug, but this Mother’s Day (psst, it’s May 14!) we’ve got exactly what you need for the strong, paradigm-shattering mom (or mom-figure) in your life. Read More ›

Schomburg Center Research Guide: Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of National Poetry Month, and what would have been her 89th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of, Dr. Maya Angelou, with this Research Guide. Here, you will find an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to the work and life of this notable poet, writer, journalist, actress, and dancer.Read More ›

11 Facts About NYPL for #AprilFactsDay

The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman building opened on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in 1911. One of NYC's iconic landmarks, it welcomes millions of visitors a year to discover its inspiring public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions. But that's not the whole story about the building behind the Library Lions.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 ›

Why We Love LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is a notable actor, director, and author. To library folk and other bookworms, however, he is likely best known as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow.Read More ›

Schomburg Research Guide: Katherine Dunham

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Black dance pioneer, Katherine Dunham. Read More ›

Celebrating SIBL: A Bibliography of Works About the "Miracle on Madison Avenue"

Since the Science, Industry and Business Library opened on May 2, 1996—at the time considered a "Miracle on Madison Avenue" by The New York Times—its stunning setting, wide range of resources and services, and great array of offerings have attracted the attention of pundits, industry experts, and information professionals.Read More ›

Schomburg Research Guide: Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Read More ›

Everything You Need for #NationalBookLoversDay

If, when you hear the word "jacket," you think of the covering on a book, not a garment; if you say "TGIF" because it means it's time for #FridayReads; and if #ireadeverywhere feels practically like an understatement, then #NationalBookLoversDay is your holiday. Read More ›

The Pregnant Librarian Recommends

This time in my life made me realize that finding the right reading material and entertainment is necessary during these nine months of nesting at home. Luckily for me, I am a librarian surrounded by endless resources!Read More ›

Take the Summer Reading Challenge at Port Richmond Library

We're inviting adults to play the Summer Reading Bingo game at Staten Island's Port Richmond Library: check off a square with every category of book you read.Read More ›

12 One Sentence Library Stories We Love

We've been asking New Yorkers to tell us in one sentence why they love the library or how it has impacted their life—and 2,000 New Yorkers have already written sentences!Read More ›
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