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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.

NYPL Recommends: New & Notable: Little Gems

There is something special about a 200-250 page book. The story has a tight scope, the writing is often spare and concise, and the experience of reading it is discrete and memorable. Here are a few little gems we recommend.

A Manhattanhenge Reading List

Manhattanhenge is coming next week, and we’ve made a reading list to celebrate!

NYPL Recommends: New Picture Books

Picture books are delightful for kids of all ages. Here are a few we think are extra-special.

Books Go to the Movies: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Our discussion in our March Open Book Night: Books Go to the Movies covered a lot of ground. Movies and books strike a chord with everyone and we all had something to say.

NYPL Recommends: New Middle Grade Fiction

I can't stop marveling at the amazing Middle Grade Fiction being published these days. There is something for everyone and here are a few new titles we recommend.

We Are New Yorkers: A Reading List for NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Here are some vivid representations of the New York immigrant experience in fiction, as well as a few memoirs and biographies of New Yorkers past and present, who arrived here from all over the world and made their mark on our city.

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

There is some great new fiction for teens coming out this Spring! Here are a seven titles at the top of our to-read piles here at NYPL.

14 New Poetry Picks for World Poetry Day

Happy World Poetry Day! There has been a lot of good stuff since Yeats. Get current with these contemporary poetry recommendations.

NYPL Recommends: Middle Grade Fiction

NYPL recommends eight new titles for voracious middle grade readers.

NYPL Recommends: New Picture Books

We are loving these new picture books and we think you and your little readers will too. Happy reading, and learning, and laughing, and sharing.

Ain't Nothin' but a Book Love Thang: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Our theme this month was “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Love Thang”, and we asked readers to share books they love, books about love, and books about things they love.

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.

The Ultimate Thriller Guide

All thrillers are suspenseful, compelling, and intensifying, but the genre runs both broad and deep.

7 Books About Twins For the Carters

Here are seven books about twins for Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy...and the rest of us. Watch out Blue Ivy, everything is about to change!

True Stories of Refugees

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

Hack the Holds Queue: January 2017

Hack the Holds Queue is a new series from Readers Services in which we alert librarians—on the frontlines in libraries across the city—to books getting a lot of attention.

Winter Reads: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan Library meets on the second Friday of the month, and you’re invited!

Food and Celebration: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Last month when we gathered for Open Book Night, our theme was food and celebration. Oysters came up several times as well as some fictional meals that were far from celebratory. We heard about favorite cookbooks and food memoirs and a few titles readers really enjoyed that had little to do with food but fit the mood.

Best Books for Kids 2016: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

This annual list is a century-old tradition in which The New York Public Library’s book experts select 100 noteworthy children's titles from categories including: picture books, young readers, fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.

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