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Bedtime Stories: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 83

Gwen and Frank share books recs for bedtime—good reads for kids of all ages, and one that's definitely for grown-ups only. Plus, if you're at the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia (March 22-23), come find Frank and Gwen for even more talk about reading recs, pick up some podcast swag, and share what books are stacked on your bedside table!Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: E-Audiobooks

When the old becomes new again listeners can win the prize. These works of literary fiction are nods to some past familiar tales, but with twists placing them firmly in the present. Check out these new adaptations.Read More ›

Yup, Reading Makes Us Happy

We asked the bookworms of Twitter to name the stories that bring them happiness. After all, everyone knows that reading improves your health, sharpens your mind, helps you embrace ambiguity, and makes you more empathetic—but let's not forget that most of us just do it because we love it.Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: Books for Teens

This year has a lot to offer YA readers so far. Here are a few books our staff here at NYPL are calling out as special.Read More ›

#LibraryLife in Literature

Inspired (sort of) by Neil’s journey in Goodbye Columbus, we asked our book experts for recommendations of other books with main characters who work in libraries or archives.Read More ›

Spring into New Staff Picks!

Yeah, we went with the dorky season pun! That's just how excited we are about our newest round of Staff Picks—more than 100 titles that our NYPL book experts are super-excited about reading right now.Read More ›

Small (Town Library) Talk: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 82

Frank and Gwen chat with Steven Kurutz, a New York Times features reporter, about his recent Literary Hub essay, "In Praise of the Small Town Library." It's part coming-of-age story, part love letter to his hometown library in Renovo, Pennsylvania. Plus: book rituals, a wild non-book recommendation, and the enduring charm of an unconventional librarian.Read More ›

The LibROCKian Is In: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 81

Fred and Barney... er, Frank and Gwen are reading books with different approaches to the same question: Who are you and what do you want out of life? (This episode has nothing to do with The Flintstones after the first 30 seconds, but the puns cannot be denied.) Read More ›

From the Heart and Out of This World: A Patron Picks Reading List

At the beginning of this year, our Open Book Hour readers here at the Mid-Manhattan Library were engrossed in some serious nonfiction. Then, at our most recent Open Book Hour meeting, when we asked for reading recommendations "straight from the heart," our patrons shared mostly fiction favorites instead, from cozy animal tales to speculative fiction, ranging in style from whimsical to chilling. Notable recommendations are below, in this month's Patron Picks Reading 

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The Bernstein Awards 2018: Meet the Finalists

This year’s books address insider trading, the threatened Great Lakes, and the Trump presidency, as well as the current state of affairs in Russia.Read More ›

Reading Across America: A Book for Every State (and D.C. Too)

We put together a list of 51 books, one for each state in the United States and the District of Columbia. In each book, the action primarily takes place in the state it was chosen for, and we've blended each state's classics with some outside-the-box choices.Read More ›

Living in the Library: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 80

Actor Sharon Washington joins us to talk about her one-woman play "Feeding the Dragon," based on her experience growing up inside a New York Public Library branch in the 1970s. She tells us about her childhood in the library after hours, and what it's like to share her story on stage. Plus: horror movie recs and getting judgy on Law and Order. Read More ›

LIVE from the NYPL: A Spring Season Reading List

This spring, read along with the LIVE from the NYPL, a series of conversations with notable thinkers, writers, activists, and artists. Read More ›

The 2018 Oscars: Watch That? Read This.

We have nearly all of the films available to check out of the Library. But don't stop there: We've also picked out a few books that have similar themes or resonate particularly well with this year's nominees. Read More ›

The First Rule of Diverse Books Club Is... The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 79

RuthAnn Deveney from the Diverse Books Club gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her group's themes and book picks, her love of spreadsheets, and her Philly-specific sandwich recommendations. Plus: What will Frank say (or not say) when he goes on The View? Read More ›

Book Pairings for the Winter Olympics

Books to read while you're relaxing on the couch, watching world-class athletes compete in the Olympics.Read More ›

A Black Panther Primer

We’re obsessed with Black Panther. So, we’ve come up with some book selections for every kind of Black Panther fan, from the movie-goers who’ve never read the comics to the long-time completists.Read More ›

New Yaaawk Stories: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 78

All the complexities of the city so nice, they named it twice! Frank goes deep into nostalgia territory, digging up childhood memories, classic accents, and urban anxieties. Gwen follows with a real-life tale of greed and gumption at a famed NYC hedge fund. Read More ›

ALA Award Winners 2018: Carnegie, Notables, & The Reading List

Looking for something good to read? Here are the 2017 books librarians from across the country recommend. Read More ›

Never Too Old to Blume: A Celebration of Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s work for children and teens has a timeless quality, and her work for adults is groundbreaking as well. If you’ve never read her work for adults, here are three novels you should read. Read More ›
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