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We talk to patrons, authors, artists and so many other interesting people. Come hear what they have to say about libraries and reading.

What Are You Reading? Paula Poundstone Edition

A master of crowd-work, Poundstone’s shows are different every night. Her improvisational style works well for her, not only onstage but as a regular on the NPR show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” She has been a major supporter of libraries throughout the years and is a national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division. We asked her a few questions about her reading habits.Read More ›

The Library as a Space of Access: Research Q&A with Schomburg Librarian Michael Perry

Kiani Ned, Schomburg Center Communications Intern, writes about the importance of libraries and talks to librarian Michael Perry about the best research practices.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Lemony Snicket Edition

Handler attends the American Library Association Conference each year, promoting literacy and library excellence through his Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity award. The book signing gave me the opportunity to ask him a few questions.Read More ›

Michael Meyer Recalls His Year as a Cullman Center Fellow

Michael Meyer, an Assistant Professor with the University of Pittsburgh Department of English is the author of In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland the Transformation of Rural China, written after his year as a Cullman Center Scholar. The book discusses his time in the childhood village of his wife, Frances, in the northeastern China region and explores its history of foreign presence.Read More ›

Ask the Author: William Finnegan

William Finnegan comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss his latest work, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Swimming Studies.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss his latest work, White Sands.Read More ›

The OldNYC App Is Here! We Spoke with Its Creators

The OldNYC experience is now available on mobile phones—discover what was there at thousands of locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We talked to the developers to learn more about their work with our collections.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Jane Mendelsohn

Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Burning Down the House. Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Ratso Edition

The author Larry “Ratso” Sloman answers a few questions about reading and libraries. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Ordinary Light. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Edmund White

Edmund White comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss his latest work, Our Young Man.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Sarah Ruhl

Sarah comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies.Read More ›

Meet the Artists: Ann Schaumburger and Michael Pellettieri

A collaborative exhibition Paintings by Ann Schaumburger and Paintings and Prints by Michael Pellettieri will be on view at the Mulberry Street Library from April 7–21, 2016. I spoke with the artists recently about their work.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Love, Loss, and What We Ate.Read More ›

Violet Oakley: An Interview with Dr. Bailey Van Hook

Dr. Bailey Van Hook recently published the first full-length biography of artist Violet Oakley. In this interview, she discusses her work and what made Oakley an interesting subject, as well as her research in our archival collections.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Colum McCann Edition

Colum McCann visited the library as part of our staff-wide read, so I caught up with him to see if he had other reading recommendations.Read More ›

Meet Ner Beck: Found Faces Photographer

A surprised looking bathtub, a quixotic building column, and a pipe that looks like it might go “meow!”Read More ›

Meet the Artist: Yuko K.

What's that ruckus we've been hearing in the Children's Room lately? A herd of elephants doing yoga?! Read More ›

Meet The Artist: Sandra Jetton

On display until February 29 at St. Agnes Library is Sandra Jetton’s Street Theater: Scenes from the Show.Read More ›
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