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Not-So-Scary Monsters: A Book List for Littles

Are you looking for some reads that won't give your little people the frights? Monsters aren't always scary; in fact, sometimes they are silly and sweet. Check out a few of my favorite not-so-scary monsters stories.Read More ›

Political Reads: Tackle one of these Masterpieces this Election Season

If election coverage has not already exhausted the political portions of your brain, head to the NYPL and check out some great works of literature that wrestle with questions about government, law, and the complexities of human society. Here are some suggestions to get you started.Read More ›

Books Written at the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's iconic Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building reopened today after a two-year closure for repairs and restorations. Since its opening in 1911, the Reading Room has served as a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and writers. In honor of this morning's Reading Room reopening, we look at some of the books whose authors have acknowledged writing or researching at the Schwarzman Building over the years. Read More ›

New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch—1849/50 through 1923—have already been scanned, and the 1786–1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months.Read More ›

NYPL Favorites for Comic Con

Nerds of all stripes are gearing up for New York Comic Con, which begins Oct. 6 and runs through the weekend. Many of us at NYPL are especially excited, because the first day of the conference focuses on comic books, graphic novels, and manga. Read More ›

Magical Book Train: Librarians Summon Books to Rose Main Reading Room

As if by magic, books can now be delivered from underground to the Rose Main Reading Room in five minutes flat. The Library’s new, $2.6 million “book train” connects the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building's iconic reading room to the Milstein Research Stacks underground. All told, 4 million volumes can be stored in the state-of-the-art facility under Bryant Park—and librarians can conjure them with a touch of a button.Read More ›

The Rose Main Reading Room Reopens

After being closed for more than two years for important repairs and restoration, The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room reopens to the public this morning.Read More ›

Ep. 48 "I Can Do It" | Library Stories

Overcoming a fear of technology wasn't on the course description. But NYPL's Office Readiness Series gave James more than basic computer skills training when he was ready to look for a job. Although the classes were free, James says he considers them "extremely valuable."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 ›

New York Times Read Alikes: October 9, 2016

Romantic urban fantasy, gritty mysteries, and tales of amateur detectives... three more newcomers on the list this week!Read More ›

My 14 Favorite Quotes from Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms is the 5th installment in the Throne of Glass series.Read More ›

Celebrando el mes de la Herencia Hispana: Biografías

En honor del "mes de la Herencia Hispana", presentamos a continuación una selección de biografías recientes que esperamos sea de su agrado.Read More ›

Podcast #132: Sally Mann on Cy Twombly and the Babushkas Who Saved Russian Art

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Mann discussing Lexington, Kentucky, Cy Twombly, and the Russian babushkas who saved Russian art.Read More ›

Schomburg Archivists Take Your Questions On #AskAnArchivist Day

In the spirit of October being Archives Month, I have asked four Archivists from the Schomburg Center Research of Black Culture questions about their specializations. Join us on Twitter, @SchomburgMARB, on Wednesday October 5 from 11 AM to 2 PM to ask us any questions about our collections, best archival practices, and the archival profession. Read More ›

Margaret Atwood: Where to Begin

This post is part of a series in which Readers Services librarians suggest a good starting place for authors appearing in our LIVE from the NYPL series this fall.Read More ›

Searching for Theory in the Performing Arts Archives

What is repeated is important. I had always been taught that phrase in relationship to literary analysis, but in researching Hallie Flanagan Davis it seems the most apt advice for archival recovery of theory as well.Read More ›

Sympathy for a Spy

A sympathetic account of the execution of British spy John André, written by an American Army officer.Read More ›

September 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers: China, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, UAE

Do you ever wonder what books are popular with readers in other countries? We do, so we’ve been taking a look at some bestseller lists from around the world to see what people are reading.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of October 2

Recruitment and other job events for the week ahead.Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The Caffeinated Writer Edition September 30, 2016

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Don't have the time to hunt for good reads? Never fear. We've rounded up the best bookish reading of the week for you.Read More ›
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