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Shoutout to the Ex: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 59

Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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This week Frank and Gwen welcome new NYPL librarian Jenny Chisnell - 

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Cat Books for the Youngest Readers, Like #Ramona

Seven picture books for Ramona, her dad, and all the other young feline fanatics out there.Read More ›

A Tribute to Tom Petty

We are so saddened to learn of Tom Petty's passing. Such a singular talent and voice. No words, just thanks.Read More ›

Heaven Is a Place on... Another Planet? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 58

Frank and Gwen traverse the globe and beyond this week, with two dystopian YA books about life on other planets and a memoir about international travel, journalism, and feminism. Plus: Banned Books Week and, yes, Belinda Carlisle.Read More ›

A Banned Book in the Spencer Collection

Banned Books Week 2017 is this week (September 24th–30th). With that in mind, I would like to introduce a beautiful book, once banned, now residing in the Library’s Spencer Collection. It is a work of no particular bibliographical significance: an isolated volume (volume 2, the correspondence) from a ten-volume set of the works of St. Augustine. Read More ›

Top 5 Most-Challenged Books of 2016 Include LGBTQ Themes

When the American Library Association (ALA) recently published its annual list of the most frequently challenged books in the nation, we noticed something similar about the top five most-challenged books: All of them feature LGBTQ characters and storylines.Read More ›

Banned Books Week 2017

The Library is supporting the American Library Association's Banned Books Week—which honors the right to read—from September 24-30, 2017. If you want to join us in standing up for freedom of information, here’s how.Read More ›

Llama-Famous! Poetry Extravaganza: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 57

Podcasts are red/Podcasts are blue/This episode's all poetry/We hope you like it too!Read More ›

Quiz: Whodunnit? Marple vs. Poirot

In honor of Christie’s birthday on Sept. 15, 1890, we created a quiz to see if you can tell her two most memorable creations apart.Read More ›

J.D. Salinger, Whaaaaaat? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 56

What happens when you get My Brother's Husband, A Lost Lady, and Frog and Toad Together in the same room? Find out as Gwen and Frank discuss gay manga, Willa Cather, J.D. Salinger, and Arnold Lobel's classic books for children!Read More ›

New & Noteworthy: Superhero Stories

Here are a few exceptional new superhero stories. May justice prevail!Read More ›

Fabulous Fall Staff Picks

Fall is a magical time of year in New York City, but don't blink or you will miss it! We suggest you grab a good book and spend a day on a bench in Central Park. Read More ›

The Great Nancy Pearl! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 55

Frank and Gwen are beyond thrilled to talk to Nancy Pearl, a.k.a. America's Librarian, a.k.a. the guru of readers' advisory, a.k.a. OUR HERO. We talk about her new novel, George & Lizzie, and the perils of and triumphs of writing fiction. Plus: We guess Nancy's mystery book on the very first try...Read More ›

Books for Kids' Back-to-School Jitters

Six stories that might help ease the minds of kids feeling anxious about their first days of school.Read More ›

Missing Persons & Nowhere Girls: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 54

On the show this week: Gwen reads a book that makes her see the world a little differently, and Frank gets so lost in his book that time disappears.Read More ›

The Biggest Fish in the Sea

What’s your favorite book in which a character chases a seemingly unattainable goal? (And do they achieve it?) Read More ›

Our Favorite Literary Wafflers

We asked our NYPL book experts to come up with characters who make readers suffer along with their agonizing indecision — in other words, the best literary wafflers! Read More ›

Dancing in the Library: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 53

This week, Gwen and Frank wander through the wonderland of dance led by the dazzling Linda Murray, lead curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of NYPL's Library for the Performing Arts. So, let's boogie!Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction, Dog Days Edition

Romance, relationships, action, adventure, Korean dramas, letters to Mars... what more could a YA fan ask for? Read More ›

Charlottesville in Context: A Reading List

Events of the past week have left many of us struggling for understanding. In such times, it can help to turn to books and authors to help us see the world through a broader lens.Read More ›
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