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

Every week, Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius discuss the books they're reading, pop culture and the literary zeitgeist, and the world of libraries—and welcome special guests.

Gwen is the recommendations librarian in the Readers Services unit, and Frank is the manager of Jefferson Market Library. They bring equal parts humor, passion, and knowledge to this unique look at the world of books. 

 

The First Rule of Diverse Books Club Is... The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 79

RuthAnn Deveney from the Diverse Books Club gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her group's themes and book picks, her love of spreadsheets, and her Philly-specific sandwich recommendations. Plus: What will Frank say (or not say) when he goes on The View? Read More ›

New Yaaawk Stories: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 78

All the complexities of the city so nice, they named it twice! Frank goes deep into nostalgia territory, digging up childhood memories, classic accents, and urban anxieties. Gwen follows with a real-life tale of greed and gumption at a famed NYC hedge fund. Read More ›

They've Come UnDonne: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 77

Gwen asks, "Is this poem about God?" and Frank is (nearly) brought to tears as they untangle the divine and the bawdy (and naughty) in two John Donne poems. Luckily Dr. Carolyn Broomhead joins them for some much needed poetry therapy. Together they traverse language, imagery and the backstory of the divine Dr. D. Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 nypl.org/podcastsurvey!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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

That Episode about 'Cat Person': The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 70

Gwen and Frank take on "Cat Person," the New Yorker story that turned the Internet upside down, and make some book recs based on its tone and subject.Read More ›

Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy in General: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 69

Frank didn't feel well this week, but he's figuring out to be happy anyway while Gwen dives into cozy Chanukah romance and Kwanzaa picture books. And did we mention Frank didn't feel well?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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Frank Brings the Creepy: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 64

This week on TLII, Frank has a creepy middle-grade/YA novel that's great for adults, and Gwen has a not-at-all-creepy chapter book for preschoolers and early readers that's sure to also delight parents. Read More ›

How to Pull Yourself Out of a Book Slump: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 63

Gwen and Frank are both struggling to find the perfect book this week — and coming up with some ideas about how to do it. Plus: the glory that is Ilana Glazer.Read More ›

Terror! Horror! Revulsion! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 62

Happy Halloween! Attended by plenty of demonic shrieking, adult services librarian Isaiah Pittman horrifies Gwen and Frank with scary book and film recommendations!Read More ›

Hey, Mr. Producer: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 61

Against his better judgment, the producer of "The Librarian Is In" joins Gwen and Frank to talk books, tattoos, and how the podcast came to be.Read More ›

Bummin' in the 'Burbs: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 60

This week Gwen and Frank tackle wonderlands, "What Girls are Made Of," mid-life crisises, and no easy ways out...Read More ›
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