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Don't Shush Me! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 76

It's World Read Aloud Day, and Gwen and Frank are hearing voices... from ghosts and robots. But they still manage to keep it together to recommend some books and play an extra round of their guessing game. Read More ›

#ReadingBlackout: 28 Days of Books By and About African Americans for Black History Month

It's Black History Month, and we've selected one book by and/or about African Americans to recommend for each day of February. Read More ›

How Many Hats Can a Librarian Wear? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 75

Books and reading are the foundation of any library, but your local librarian is doing so much more: computer help, test prep and yes, even knitting. This week, Gwen and Frank talk to Erin Horanzy, an Adult Programming Librarian at NYPL's Francis Martin Library in the Bronx. Enjoy!Read More ›

Ursula K. Le Guin for the Young and Old (and In Between)

Thinking about Le Guin’s legacy, we wanted to highlight not the science fiction and fantasy that she’s famous for, but her other work — her memoir and essays, which capture her honesty and wit, and her children’s books, which many people may not have known existed. Read More ›

NYPL’s Most-Anticipated YA Books of 2018

Our young-adult specialists are eagerly anticipating a flurry of upcoming releases this year! Check out the books and graphic novels that have them the most fired up.Read More ›

Most-Anticipated Adult Books of 2018

We asked our adult specialists which books due out in 2018 they are most looking forward to reading, and here is what they said. Read More ›

Memoirs To Read In Your Lifetime

A memoir is a collection of memories. The author may focus on a particular period in their life, or an event, or a relationship, but they are always reflective and often very candid. Beyond that, anything goes, and they are wide-ranging in style and tone. Here are a few you may enjoy.Read More ›

Calling All Writers and Artists: Submit Your Work to Library Zine!

Get creative, and get published! We're looking to showcase the distinct voices of NYPL patrons with our next issue. Read More ›

The Witches of YA

YA fiction has long held a special place in its collective heart for brujas, mages, and would-be spell-casters from Salem and far beyond.Read More ›

Counterculture Reading List

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Library is hosting events exploring the many cultural changes that emerged from 1960–74. You can also travel back to the sixties in the magic time machine that is literature.Read More ›

Survey Says... The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 74

IS Margaret Atwood a bad feminist? Yeeeeeesh, we don't know. Frank and Gwen talk about the allegations against Aziz Ansari and then, thankfully, move onto books: nonfiction about young immigrants from El Salvador and a novel about a sci-fi dating experiment. Also, help us out by taking our survey at!Read More ›

Which Brontë Wrote It?

In honor of three of our favorite writers, who happen to share a last name, we're challenging you to answer: which Brontë wrote it?Read More ›

The Haberdashery of Kid Lit

Where would some of our favorite literary kiddos be if not for their fabulous headwear? And what better time to celebrate them than National Hat Day? Read More ›

Anything Is Paw-sible with These Literary Pups

Don't let the Library's lion mascot fool you; we have a lot of love for literary dogs. Our four-legged friends often find themselves at the heart of a great book, or tagging along for the adventure as a faithful human companion.Read More ›

The Beginning or the End? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 73

This week, Gwen and Frank take on books ranging from the collapse of modern civilization to a murder "how-done-it" told exclusively from the point of view of a perspicacious fetus. Enjoy!Read More ›

Start Your Reading Year with New Staff Picks

Ready to expand your reading horizons in 2018? Embrace the challenge with our newest round of Staff Picks!Read More ›

Reading the 2018 Golden Globes

Novels, biographies, works of fantasy and science fiction, and other books played big roles in the films and television honored at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Read More ›

New Year, New (Reading) You: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 72

Want to broaden reading your horizons this year? Librarian extraordinaire Meredith Mann joins Frank and Gwen to debate the pros and cons of annual reading challenges. Plus: secret database magic, sci-fi written by robots, and our favorite British bakers.Read More ›

Read Harder in 2018! NYPL's Suggestions for Book Riot’s Annual Challenge

If you're taking on Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, we’re here for you. Below are suggestions in each category for books in the New York Public Library’s collections. You could even add an extra facet to this challenge: Complete it using only books you checked out from your local library!Read More ›

Immigrants in America: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 71

Pam Nogales, a Ph.D. candidate at New York University, joins Gwen and Frank to talk about her newest class for Jefferson Market University—the free classes at Jefferson Market that are taught by college professors and open to everyone. They talk the history of politically radical immigrants in America, play the guessing game, and much more. Read More ›
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