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No Capes! Undercover Superheroes

Caped crusaders are having a moment right now—but what about the heroes who don’t wear costumes and leap tall buildings in a single bound? The protagonists in these picture books save the day in less-expected but still-important ways.

Readathon Reading Suggestions

Join The New York Public Library and your fellow readers across the country for the second annual National Readathon Day on May 21.

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

2016 is serving up a feast of new YA fiction. Browse titles NYPL staff recommend.

Want To Be Friends with a Librarian? Read These Books.

We asked our NYPL staff to name a book that, upon seeing it on someone's shelf​, makes you think you've found a kindred spirit.

NYPL Recommends: New Middle Grade Fiction

We are not quite half way through the year, and already 2016 is offering a feast of exceptional middle grade fiction.


A list of books about some recent uprisings that may one day be seen as tipping points.

New York Times Read Alikes: May 15, 2016

White knuckles and pounding hearts top the chart this week, with two thrillers in the two top spots and three romances rounding out the rest of the list.

#FridayReads Roundup: Political Humor, Magical Mystery, and Breakup Lines

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Fantastic Magical Mysterious New Middle Grade Fiction

Eight new middle grade titles to satisfy readers who long for a little mystery and a touch of the fantastic in their fiction.

Celebrating Short Story Cycles

Short stories that are linked to one another can have an engrossing effect, much like the prestige cable dramas of today. Try one of the collections on this list during May, Short Story Month.

New York Times Read Alikes: May 8, 2016

The top five is full of romance again this week. For readers who are feeling a bit edgier, there is a new David Baldacci adreneline ride in the mix as well.

Epic Literary Breakup Lines

Gone with the Wind won a Pulitzer Prize on May 3, 1937, and it’s inspiring us to come up with other great literary breakups.

Hot Off the YA Presses

The first few months of 2016 have produced some exceptional new young-adult fiction. Here’s a handful of the titles we’re most excited about—newly arrived in our system and ready for checkout.

In Memory of Prince

We are saddened by the news of the passing of iconic musician and performer Prince. Thank you, Prince, for all you gave us. Here are a few of our favorites available on CD at the Library.

Exceptional New Young Readers

A few exceptional young readers for kids in 3rd through 5th grade.

And the Winner Is ... Pulitzer 2016

The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 by Joseph Pulitzer, an Hungarian-born American who made a forture as a newspaper publisher. Here are this year's winners and finalists in the category of Letters, Drama, and Music.

The Panama Papers: Fictional Characters We Suspect May Have Offshore Accounts

Unless you have been living under a rock this month, you have surely heard about The Panama Papers, the biggest secret data leak in history. Here are a few fictional characters we are pretty sure would be implicated.

Six Picture Books for #Hamilkids

Picture books about the founding figures from the worlds of hip-hop and the American Revolution… all of whom were in the room where it happens.

New York Times Read Alikes: April 17, 2016

The top five bestselling fiction titles include: a thriller full of secrets and lies, a banter-filled regency romance, even more British romance, family drama, and an historic mystery.

Biographies, The Ultimate Self-Help Tool

If you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, read the story of someone else who has been there.