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Remembering Poet Mary Oliver

Oliver's work shares a certain clarity, a deftness with language that makes her poems easy to read and understand as well as deeply meaningful.

Mourning Heathcliff, Hedwig, and All the Literary Dogs: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 125

Have you ever truly grieved over the loss of someone in a book? Together with Eric Molinsky, host of the Imaginary Worlds podcast, Frank and Gwen dive into the psychology of readers' responses to character deaths. Don't worry, it's not as depressing as it sounds! Maybe!

The Play's the Thing: Featured Plays Inside Fiction Novels

When Shakespeare placed a play within a play in Hamlet, his titular character realized "The play's the thing." This short list of recommended fiction all have a featured play within the narrative from Vanity Fair to Station Eleven.

International Creativity Month Upcoming Events

International Creativity Month is upon us. Why not take a look at some workshops that will unleash your creative side?

Booktalking "Dangerous Women" and "Survive Like a Spy"

Ever wonder what the daily life of a forensic psychologist is like? Check out the first entry in this Booktalking...

Maria Popova's A Velocity of Being, Ep. 248

Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick curated an anthology of letters and original illustrations by 121 of the most interesting and inspiring culture-makers alive today.

Where to Start with Haruki Murakami

Initially only having interest in reading books, he was inspired to write by an experience at a baseball game in Tokyo. From there, he went on to write books in genres extending from short stories to nonfiction pieces.

Manga Monday Picks: Shonen Jump Classics

If you didn't make it to our first Manga Monday meeting (the 1st Monday of each month), here are the fantastic manga recommendations from staff and patrons, including a unanimous must-read choice for every manga fan!

Libraries in Direct Action: ACRL/NY Symposium 2018

This year's Association of College and Research Libraries symposium included frank conversation about racial diversity, reclassification of library materials, and more. See our experience of the day, and mark your calendar for the 2019 symposium!

Annie Proulx’s Visibility through Violence

A Library Fellow discovers the staggering volume of research undertaken by Proulx for her novels: notes, comments, observations, and newspaper clippings on small communities, and the all-too-frequent violence within.

New Fiction! New Fiction! The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 124

Gwen gets fired up about reading—you guessed it—new fiction this year, while Frank dips into the backlist of a new favorite author. Plus: New Year's resolutions, The Bachelor, and the best short stories of 2018.

Thrilling Dystopian Stories Similar to Bird Box

Bird Box and other similar stories are usually labeled under the term "dystopian fiction." These types of books have always been popular, especially because they present the idea of what could be. We've compiled a list of books that provide their own view into the future of possible worlds.

NYPL Events: What's Happening 1/8–1/21

With 92 locations across New York City, there's a lot going on at the Library!

Booktalking "Love and Loyalty," "Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan" and "Soldier Doll"

Young adult readers who love animals will appreciate this week's entry: Two recommendations focus on kids' relationships with furry friends, while a third follows the travels of a very special doll.

Reflections On Our Political Borders: Teen Research Immigration Policy

Eighth graders at De La Salle Academy's Social Justice / Community Service program share their selections and thoughts on books covering social justice issues related to immigration, from the origins of American government policy to the current state of immigration in the U.S.

A Beginner's Guide to Science Fiction

Have you ever wanted to travel the galaxies, meet dinosaurs, or delve into the depths of the sea all without leaving your home? Then we’ve got the books for you!

New York StartUp! 2019 Business Plan Competition

Get ready to put your best business idea into motion with our 2019 workshops and competition. You could win $15,000 to help start your business! Read on for details.

Cozy Winter Reads, Tackling Taxes, and More

With winter cold settling in, now's a great time to dig into your coziest books, healthiest recipes, tax tips, and plenty of e-books and e-audiobooks - no need to leave the house in bad weather!

Finally! Read That Book You Always Meant to Start (or Finish).

Tips and tricks to help you meet your reading goals—to hack your TBR pile, conquer your literary Waterloo, or tackle that elusive book you've always been meaning to read.

Grand Central Library Events & News: January 2019

Start the new year with the diverse educational and cultural programming available at the Grand Central! Check out January's film screenings, book discussions, kids events, and more.