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Open Audio Weekend Hackathon: Exploring Audio Accessibility for the Public Good

On June 25 and 26, the Library welcomed developers, designers, data scientists, audio producers, and others to a two-day hackathon designed to advance the cause of audio accessibility and explore future uses of media archives online. Read More ›

Hogwarts & Hollywood: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 16

Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. Read More ›

Ep. 37 "I Got the Idea" | Library Stories

With the help of NYPL’s StartUp competition and the resources at the Science, Industry & Business Library, Steve founded Quikicks, a line of hands-free footwear that allows the user to step in and out of their shoes with ease.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Art of Being Normal" by Lisa Williamson

Two kids learning about themselves and how they fit in the world.Read More ›

Photography Permitted: Opening Up the Dance Oral History Project Transcripts

We deposit into our archives a transcript of every interview conducted as part of the Oral History Project. These are nearly all available for use on-site at the library.Read More ›

Podcast #119: PRI's The World in Words on Endangered Languages

What works and doesn't to preserve endangered languages.Read More ›

Microhistories and Their Microtitles

A somewhat recent and interesting approach to studying and writing about cultural and social history is the “microhistory.” We noticed a theme among microhistories: many have single word titles followed by a descriptive subtitle. Check out our list of microhistories and their microtitles.Read More ›

New York Teens Send "Love Letters" to their Orlando Counterparts

The letter-writing campaign at New York Public Library’s Anti-Prom provided a way for all teens—especially those who identify as LGBTQ—to process what happened in a safe space.Read More ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: July 2016

The following titles on our Recent Acquisitions Display are just a few of our new books, which are available at the reference desk in the Dorot Jewish Division. Read More ›

Honoring Arturo Schomburg's Afro-Latino Legacy

As a young boy in Puerto Rico, Schomburg was told that black people lacked culture or history. This was a comment that he would never forget. It contributed to Schomburg’s decision to devote his life to sourcing and collecting black history.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of July 3

Hiring, training, and recruitment events in the week ahead.Read More ›

Ports of Embarkation and Arrival: Brief Passages in U.S. Immigration History

Each Fourth of July finds more Americans kicking back under the fireworks to celebrate the birthday of the USA. In the years after the Revolutionary War, about five thousand immigrants arrived in the U.S. annually; in 2014, one million people obtained lawful permanent residency. Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Ada "Bricktop" Smith to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

Today’s episode features a letter from jazz singer, dancer, and nightclub owner Ada Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and "auto-archivist" Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

#FridayReads Roundup: Summer in the City

Hit us up for a recommendation on Twitter @NYPLRecommends between 10-11 AM EDT on Friday mornings.Read More ›

The Writing on the Wall: Documenting Civil War History

As June turned into July in 1863, the residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi faced an increasingly dire summer. The city's newspaper, the Vicksburg Daily Citizen, was remarkable in that it both documented and physically represented the effects of the siege.Read More ›

Mary Katherine Goddard's Declaration of Independence

Most Americans in the revolutionary period found out who signed the Declaration of Independence in print, not parchment. Publicizing the signers’ names was a bold step considering that they were endorsing treason.Read More ›

Volunteering with NYC Department for the Aging

Lead health and wellness activities, mentor a child as a foster grandparent, or provide health insurance counseling and money management assistance. Short term projects are also available.Read More ›

Ep. 36 "The Best Place for My Baby" | Library Stories

Khadijah Haman loves the Library for all the resources it offers for her baby. As the mother of a young child, she has observed the gap between educational opportunities for the rich and the poor—and how the Library helps bridge that gap.Read More ›

Ted Shawn Papers, Additions Now Open for Research

The plot thickened in 2012, when I began an inventory of the Dance Division's unprocessed materials. A separate section of unprocessed material turned out to be a treasure trove of photographs and albums that had been separated from the collection upon acquisition. 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 ›
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