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Scandal! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 47

Who's up for some dubious morality? We're all about the scandal this week, as Frank and Gwen tackle controversial essays, what makes a "beach read," and, um, porcupines in library book drops.Read More ›

Life, Liberty, & Romance

The American Revolution was a turbulent time in American history, with great potential for romance as well as trauma. War, divided loyalties, danger around every corner, spies, intrigue, remote homes and forts, decadent Georgian society, men in uniform, women in corsets and dresses that leave little to the imagination, cozy fires to cuddle by... you get the picture. And we’ve found a handful of novels to make your July 4 that much more patriotic and passionate.Read More ›

Nancy Books: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 46

The hosts of WNYC's Nancy podcast join Gwen and Frank for a conversation about queer books, making podcasts, and Xena Warrior Princess... while they were on vacation, no less! Kathy and Tobin—BFFs who are super queer and super fun, according to their Official Podcast Description—called in from California to talk about their favorite reads past and present and the stories they can't wait to tell.Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Program at Mid-Manhattan Library

Come join us for the final installment of our program before renovation begins. Read More ›

The Quotable Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce was an American satirist, journalist, and author in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bierce was an expert short story author -- his war fiction, based on his own experiences in the Civil War, is particularly acclaimed -- but he is also just as well known for his humorous works, including The Devil's Dictionary, a compendium of comical definitions that satirizes human nature and American culture. Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The Laureate 101 Edition June 23, 2017

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Read More ›

#SubwayLibrary Suggestions: Short Reads

There's so much available to read on the #SubwayLibrary, it can be hard to choose which books to peruse on your commute. This week's category: short reads! You can read any of these short stories, essays, and other short pieces in just one or two subway trips. Read More ›

LGBTQ Sci-Fi Book Club: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 45

Gwen and Frank welcome Casey Maher, leader of the LGBTQ Sci-Fi Book Crew meetup! They discuss everything from technology and gaming to science fiction (of course) right on up to Hemingway.Read More ›

#ReadersUnite: Our Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

Summer means one thing to librarians: summer reading.Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The If Not Wild Things Edition June 16, 2017

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Don’t have the time to hunt for good reads? Never fear. We've rounded up the best bookish reading of the week for you.Read More ›

#SubwayLibrary Suggestions: Books for Young Adults

There's so much available to read on the #SubwayLibrary—a service that delivers free e-books brought to you by MTA, Transit Wireless, and NYC's libraries—it can be hard to choose which books to peruse on your commute. Read More ›

Seeing Yourself on the Page: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 44

The fantastic Sona Charaipotra sits down with Frank and Gwen to talk representation and what it's like to see (or not see) your own experiences reflected in a book. Plus: Archie and Riverdale, Bollywood, Hollywood, and a lot of geeking out over our favorite YA authors.Read More ›

Steamy Summer Staff Picks

It's heating up outside, and our summer Staff Picks have arrived just in time for those long-awaited beach trips (or sweltering subway rides, when you really need an escape).Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New Poetry for Kids

Poetry is perfect for the youngest readers—great for developing vocabularies and fun for adults to read out loud. Check out some newly published books, all of which can be found in the Library's nonfiction section.Read More ›

Sherlock vs. Sayers: Who Said It?

We've put a master of detective stories up against a master of detectives. Even though the words were written more than a century apart, Sayers and Sherlock share a similar sensibility and a wicked sense of humor.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA for June

A cappella, interstellar journeys, high-stakes card games in Sin City, and the Van Gogh brothers? Don't mind if we do! Check out some of our NYPL book experts' newest favorites.Read More ›

TinkerShop at the Library!

TinkerShop is a free four–session program in which kids in grades 3-5 get to play and experiment in fun, science-based maker workshops. Children will engage in hands-on activities using crafts materials, magnets, conductive tape, and more.Read More ›

Announcing #SubwayLibrary: Free E-Books for Your Commute

We're excited to announce the launch of Subway Library, a new initiative between The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library, the MTA, and Transit Wireless that provides subway riders in New York City with free access to hundreds of e-books, excerpts, and short stories—all ready to read on the train.Read More ›

And Then There Was Chekhov: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 43

We discuss reading (and acting!) Anton Chekhov, the influence of Agatha Christie, and the controversial merits of Go, Dog. Go!Read More ›

Oddballs, Screwballs, and Other Eccentrics: A Reading List from Open Book Night

May’s Open Book Night was one filled with tales of truly wacky families, plays and novels that have been adapted into films, and many, many questions. Read More ›
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