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The Librarian Is In Podcast


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 Great Work Continues: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 87

Gwen & Frank's conversation with Dan Kois about " Angels in America" continues. Plus: NYPL Curator Doug Reside shares items from the Library of the Performing Arts! Read More ›

The Great Work Begins: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 86

Author Dan Kois discusses his recent book, "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America," a collection of oral histories from nearly 250 people about Tony Kushner's iconic play.Read More ›

Hard-boiled Noir: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 85

Frank dives into the dark and depraved world of noir, explains the basics of the genre, and delivers a saucy read from one of his favorite books. Gwen does some detective work herself, taking us on her journey of a book rec that takes a dark turn of its own! Plus: radio drama, man tears, and some classic YA literature.Read More ›

Visiting the City of Librarianly Love: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 84

Frank and Gwen headed to Philadelphia and brought home the sights, sounds, and book recommendations of the Public Library Association's 2018 conference. Plus, hard-hitting journalism: Is breakfast the most important meal of a librarian's day? Read More ›

Bedtime Stories: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 83

Gwen and Frank share books recs for bedtime—good reads for kids of all ages, and one that's definitely for grown-ups only. Plus, if you're at the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia (March 22-23), come find Frank and Gwen for even more talk about reading recs, pick up some podcast swag, and share what books are stacked on your bedside table!Read More ›

Small (Town Library) Talk: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 82

Frank and Gwen chat with Steven Kurutz, a New York Times features reporter, about his recent Literary Hub essay, "In Praise of the Small Town Library." It's part coming-of-age story, part love letter to his hometown library in Renovo, Pennsylvania. Plus: book rituals, a wild non-book recommendation, and the enduring charm of an unconventional librarian.Read More ›

The LibROCKian Is In: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 81

Fred and Barney... er, Frank and Gwen are reading books with different approaches to the same question: Who are you and what do you want out of life? (This episode has nothing to do with The Flintstones after the first 30 seconds, but the puns cannot be denied.) Read More ›

Living in the Library: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 80

Actor Sharon Washington joins us to talk about her one-woman play "Feeding the Dragon," based on her experience growing up inside a New York Public Library branch in the 1970s. She tells us about her childhood in the library after hours, and what it's like to share her story on stage. Plus: horror movie recs and getting judgy on Law and Order. Read More ›

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!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 ›
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