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Looking for Peak Coziness? Look No Further.

It’s a cold and rainy December day in New York, and we’re here to answer the burning question on everyone’s mind: How can I achieve peak coziness today?Read More ›

Cozy Chanukah Picture Books

Many readers might know a few old standbys, but more recently published books about the Festival of Lights go beyond the standard dreidel-based fare. We have stories about Yiddish-speaking chickens, Braille dreidels, immigrants stranded at sea, families who fry up dosas instead of latkes, and more.Read More ›

The 12 Days of Bookness

No matter what you celebrate during this time of year, the time is right for curling up with a special beverage of your choice and a really great new book. We've compiled a list of suggestions, hand-selected by our Readers Services team, to brighten your December. Check back every day until December 22 for a new category.Read More ›

We Need a Little Christmas: Cozy Holiday Reads

Here's a list of books filled with Christmas miracles, opposites attracting, lovers reuniting, families reconciling, happily ever afters, mysteries being solved and villains being vanquished—plus lots of snow and holiday merriment! Read More ›

NYPL's 10 Best Books of 2017

NYPL staff votes for their favorite books published in 2017.Read More ›

Where Are the Fat-Positive Children's Books? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 68

Spoiler alert: They barely exist! Frank and Gwen talk to librarian and advocate Angie Manfredi about the missing fat kids (and adults) in literature, the importance of body diversity in books, and the danger of creating a monolith of marginalized voices. Read More ›

Naomi Klein: Where to Begin

This post is part of a series in which Readers Services librarians suggest a good starting place for authors appearing in our LIVE from the NYPL series.Read More ›

Food, Family, Feuds: A Patron Picks Reading List

Delicious recipes, dysfunctional families, high stakes feuds... Check out these patron picks!Read More ›

Cookie Lit 2017

What's better than curling up in bed with a good book on a cold winter's night? Curling up with a good book and matching cookies on a cold winter's night! Happy #NationalCookieDay everybody!Read More ›

This Episode Was Really Hard To Title: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 67

Gwen goes nuts for an alt-history about hippo ranching (IT COULD HAVE BEEN A REAL THING!), and Frank goes nuts for a memoir by an incomparable actor and role model Gabourey Sidibe. Read More ›

Finding a Book When You've Forgotten Its Title

It can be tough to remember the title of a book you read a long time ago—even if it was really important to you. Librarians have a few tricks to help you find what you're looking for.Read More ›

A Thanksgiving Best Books Grace-Off! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 66

Settle in with your turducken and check out our 2017 Best Books for Kids and Teens! Take a deep dive into NYPL's annual lists, with committee members Grace Yamada and Grace Dwyer debating their favorites and recommending titles.Read More ›

Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

This list is a century-old tradition in which the New York Public Library’s librarians and other book experts select 100 noteworthy children's titles from several categories: picture books, young readers, middle-grade fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.Read More ›

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017

A committee of 20 dedicated librarians read (and read and read) all the young-adult books published in 2016 that we could get our hands on. Then we debated, voted, and came up with our 50 favorite books of the year—fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, comic books, fantasy, history, romance, sports, and more.Read More ›

Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never. The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 65

Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into a masterpiece by this year's Nobel Prize winner in Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.Read More ›

Romance Genre Primer

A genre expert defines the genre for you, tell you about sub-genres, and gives you some titles to read and recommend. ​Read More ›

Meet the 2017 National Book Award Finalists (and Winners!)

The literati are eagerly anticipating this year's National Book Award winners, who will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15, around 7:20 p.m. Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Bill Plympton Edition

I caught up with artist and animator Bill Plympton at this year's New York Comic Con and asked him what he was reading. Read More ›

Children’s Book Characters We Wish Were Friends

In honor of the fast friends Lindgren created, we asked our book experts here at the New York Public Library to name their ideal friend pairings—characters we’d love to see together, irrespective of time, place, or genre.Read More ›

Science Fiction Genre Primer

A genre expert defines the genre for you, tell you about sub-genres, and gives you some titles to read and recommend. ​Read More ›
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