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These Books Show Why Earth Day Matters

We’ve put together a list of nonfiction books published in the last few years that shed light on some of the biggest challenges to the planet’s ecosystem.Read More ›

The Great Work Continues: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 87

Gwen & Frank's conversation with Dan Kois about " Angels in America" continues. Plus: NYPL Curator Doug Reside shares items from the Library of the Performing Arts! Read More ›

Nonfiction Books to Celebrate NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

We are highlighting a selection of nonfiction titles in the top four NYC languages that explore the immigrant experience.Read More ›

Fiction Books to Celebrate NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Read and discover the fascinating journeys that each unique personal story tells, and find the experiences that also bring us together.Read More ›

2018 Albertine Prize Shortlist: Cast Your Vote!

The second annual Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for best French fiction, is calling all fiction enthusiasts to vote in support of their favorite work of contemporary French fiction in English translation before May 1st!Read More ›

One Book, One New York

The five finalists for One Book, One New York 2018 have been announced! Vote, all through the month of April, for the one you want to read along with your fellow New Yorkers. The winner will be announced May 3rd. All titles are available in both print and ebook format. Read More ›

The Great Work Begins: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 86

Author Dan Kois discusses his recent book, "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America," a collection of oral histories from nearly 250 people about Tony Kushner's iconic play.Read More ›

Kidlit: In Praise of the Humble Puddle

Spring is finally here, and with it comes every kid's springtime best friend: the puddle.Read More ›

Feline Good with Our Favorite Literary Cats

In the spirit of feline companionship, we asked our NYPL book experts: Which books star your favorite literary cats?Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: Nonfiction for Kids

Moms and Dads and Caretakers, learn something together with your child at the library today. Fifteen new nonfiction books to share with your own little wonders!

The Truth About Hippos and The Truth About Bears by Maxwell Eaton

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New & Noteworthy: Picture Books

Some picture books teach children (and remind adults) about what matters most. Here are a few new ones we think do this exceptionally well. Read More ›

Hard-boiled Noir: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 85

Frank dives into the dark and depraved world of noir, explains the basics of the genre, and delivers a saucy read from one of his favorite books. Gwen does some detective work herself, taking us on her journey of a book rec that takes a dark turn of its own! Plus: radio drama, man tears, and some classic YA literature.Read More ›

Visiting the City of Librarianly Love: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 84

Frank and Gwen headed to Philadelphia and brought home the sights, sounds, and book recommendations of the Public Library Association's 2018 conference. Plus, hard-hitting journalism: Is breakfast the most important meal of a librarian's day? Read More ›

The Bi YA We're Reading after Watching Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s latest video has us in a bi state of mind here at The New York Public Library. To celebrate, here are some of our favorite YA books featuring bisexual characters. Read More ›

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 ›
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