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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: Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

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 ›

2018 Winners: Newbery, Caldecott, King, Printz & More

It was a big morning in literature for young people: The American Library Association announced the winners of their prestigiousYouth Media Awards at the Midwinter meeting in Atlanta.Read More ›

Where to Start with Alice Walker

February 9 marks the birthday of Alice Walker, prolific American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist.Read More ›

Slow-Burn Reads for a Lightning-Fast News Cycle

As a society, Americans are subject to a breakneck news cycle, in which a day feels like a year and events of last week feel like ancient history.

And so, in the spirit of saving our sanity, we thought it might be fun to recommend some books that offer the exact opposite experience: slow-burn reads. We're talking about a story with a late payoff—one that sneaks up on you or catches you by surprise. It doesn’t have to be a long book, or even a slow-paced book, but a plot that makes you wait before it ends with major action or a big reveal.

Here are a 

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Politics, Robots, and Fictional Escapes: Patron Picks from Open Book Hour

What are some NYPL patrons currently reading? Here's the latest list from patrons at the Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street. Read More ›

They've Come UnDonne: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 77

Gwen asks, "Is this poem about God?" and Frank is (nearly) brought to tears as they untangle the divine and the bawdy (and naughty) in two John Donne poems. Luckily Dr. Carolyn Broomhead joins them for some much needed poetry therapy. Together they traverse language, imagery and the backstory of the divine Dr. D. Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: E-Audiobooks

Here are some great titles to explore on the commute home, in the gym, or during your next ride out of town.Read More ›
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