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Hey, Mr. Producer: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 61

Against his better judgment, the producer of "The Librarian Is In" joins Gwen and Frank to talk books, tattoos, and how the podcast came to be.Read More ›

Books with Autumnal Witchy Vibes

Since we could all probably use a little hocus pocus in our lives, here is a list of books filled with witches, romance, magic, and autumn leaves.Read More ›

The Unexpected Catalog of George Saunders

George Saunders just won the Man Booker Prize for his 2017 novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, which was (amazingly) his very first novel-length work of fiction.Read More ›

Bummin' in the 'Burbs: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 60

This week Gwen and Frank tackle wonderlands, "What Girls are Made Of," mid-life crisises, and no easy ways out...Read More ›

John Green Readalikes All the Way Down

Waiting for Turtles All the Way Down? You're not alone. So put your name on the holds list and then check out some of our favorite John Green readalikes — character-driven, emotional, engaging reads about teen relationships — to check out while you wait. Read More ›

Liberty and Happiness: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Classic self-help books, engaging fiction, 18th-century American history, and Jane Austen were some of the topics we discussed at our last Open Book Night, when the theme was “liberty and happiness.” Read More ›

Kazuo Ishiguro: Where to Begin

Kazuo Ishiguro, consummate British novelist and 2014 Library Lion, won the Nobel Prize in Literature today. His work is varied, complicated, and fascinating — and these three books are a good place to start.Read More ›

Shoutout to the Ex: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 59

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

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This week Frank and Gwen welcome new NYPL librarian Jenny Chisnell - 

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Cat Books for the Youngest Readers, Like #Ramona

Seven picture books for Ramona, her dad, and all the other young feline fanatics out there.Read More ›

A Tribute to Tom Petty

We are so saddened to learn of Tom Petty's passing. Such a singular talent and voice. No words, just thanks.Read More ›

Heaven Is a Place on... Another Planet? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 58

Frank and Gwen traverse the globe and beyond this week, with two dystopian YA books about life on other planets and a memoir about international travel, journalism, and feminism. Plus: Banned Books Week and, yes, Belinda Carlisle.Read More ›

A Banned Book in the Spencer Collection

Banned Books Week 2017 is this week (September 24th–30th). With that in mind, I would like to introduce a beautiful book, once banned, now residing in the Library’s Spencer Collection. It is a work of no particular bibliographical significance: an isolated volume (volume 2, the correspondence) from a ten-volume set of the works of St. Augustine. Read More ›

Top 5 Most-Challenged Books of 2016 Include LGBTQ Themes

When the American Library Association (ALA) recently published its annual list of the most frequently challenged books in the nation, we noticed something similar about the top five most-challenged books: All of them feature LGBTQ characters and storylines.Read More ›

Banned Books Week 2017

The Library is supporting the American Library Association's Banned Books Week—which honors the right to read—from September 24-30, 2017. If you want to join us in standing up for freedom of information, here’s how.Read More ›

Llama-Famous! Poetry Extravaganza: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 57

Podcasts are red/Podcasts are blue/This episode's all poetry/We hope you like it too!Read More ›

Quiz: Whodunnit? Marple vs. Poirot

In honor of Christie’s birthday on Sept. 15, 1890, we created a quiz to see if you can tell her two most memorable creations apart.Read More ›

J.D. Salinger, Whaaaaaat? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 56

What happens when you get My Brother's Husband, A Lost Lady, and Frog and Toad Together in the same room? Find out as Gwen and Frank discuss gay manga, Willa Cather, J.D. Salinger, and Arnold Lobel's classic books for children!Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: Superhero Stories

Here are a few exceptional new superhero stories. May justice prevail!Read More ›

Fabulous Fall Staff Picks

Fall is a magical time of year in New York City, but don't blink or you will miss it! We suggest you grab a good book and spend a day on a bench in Central Park. Read More ›

The Great Nancy Pearl! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 55

Frank and Gwen are beyond thrilled to talk to Nancy Pearl, a.k.a. America's Librarian, a.k.a. the guru of readers' advisory, a.k.a. OUR HERO. We talk about her new novel, George & Lizzie, and the perils of and triumphs of writing fiction. Plus: We guess Nancy's mystery book on the very first try...Read More ›
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