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Archiving Amram: The Beauty of Now

In the following blog post David Amram shares his hopes for the upcoming programs. Read More ›

Booktalking "Samphire Song" by Jill Hucklesby

Visions of rides with her father keep flashing into 14-year-old Jodie’s brain. It’s hard to envision a future without him. That, and the frightening panic attacks that she avoids telling anybody about. Hopefully, no one will notice any difference in her behavior.Read More ›

Sampler of Songs from "Are You With It?"

Last December, Ben West, artistic director of UnsungMusicalsCo., wrote a guest Musical of the Month blog post to accompany both the first-ever publication of the libretto of Are You With It? and a remarkable reading performed in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts. I enjoyed the reading so much that I immediately asked Ben if he would be willing to record part of the score with his incredibly talented cast. Given our almost non-existent budget, we could only record three songs (selected by Ben), but this little taste gives a tantalizing sense of this Read More ›

A Black Tulip Comes to the Pforzheimer Collection, Part 2

…To continue: you will recall that I was embarking on an attempt to explain the note at the bottom of p. 11 of Original Poetry of Victor and Cazire in the copy owned by the New York Public Library. To refresh your memory, here is the picture again—the note reads: Now for God's sake be secret / you will understand why I / wish you to be particularly so.Read More ›

Branch Special Collections

Several branches throughout the three boroughs have special collections that focus on local history or are of special interest to their respective communities.Read More ›

Beatles Overload? 5 Beatlesque Bands You Should Hear

You can't help it, you are just so jazzed that it is The Beatles' 50th Anniversary of their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show that you've grown your moptop, dusted off your Hofner Bass and even broke out your 

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David Amram's New York

Join Amram, plus author Bill Morgen and sociologist Audrey Sprenger, for a walking tour of the Lincoln Center campus and other nearby cultural landmarks that have influenced his life and music. David has many inspirational and charming stories to share.Read More ›

Bewitched, Bothered and Betrothed: An Intro to Gaslamp Fantasy

"Gaslamp Fantasy" is essentially a sub-genre of Steampunk Fantasy. But, whereas Steampunk often involves gadgets and mad scientists in an alternate Victorian universe, Gaslamp stories are set in a magical version of the 19th century, think Jane Austen or Charles Dickens meets Harry Potter. The stories can take place at any time between the Regency Era (early 1800s) all the way up to the beginning of WWI (1914). You'll find historical settings, gothic ambience, ballrooms, wit and romance, witches, dark magic, fairies and all manner of supernatural creatures but very little science.Read More ›

Presentación del Nican Mopohua y Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Esta es la traducción del blog en ingles de Thomas Lannon.Read More ›

Code Walkthrough: Libretto

In February, I released the first prototype of the Android App, Libretto, a multimodal e-book platform designed to allow readers to compare different versions of a musical as it develops over time, and to listen to the music associated with the text. I hope to release an update soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to take a minute to walk through the code (which is available at GitHub) for those interested in working with the code.Read More ›

Palaces of Consumption: The History of Department Stores

A.T. Stewart opened New York City’s first department store in 1846. New Yorkers flocked to the palazzo style “Marble Palace," on Broadway between Chambers and Reade Street to browse through a wide array of merchandise arranged by department.Read More ›

一本书读懂西方艺术史 || A Very Short View of Western Art

Chi 709.4 Yi Ben Shu 一本书读懂西方艺术史 == Yi ben shu dong xi fang yi shu shiRead More ›

網際網路應用實務 || Wang ji wang lu ying yong shi wu

Chi 004.678 Wang, Liqin 網際網路應用實務Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of April 21

Please note this blog post will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of April 21 are available.Read More ›

A Black Tulip Comes to the Pforzheimer Collection

Here at the Pforzheimer Collection, our big acquisition of the year is a black tulip, one of the rarest items in the Shelleyan world: Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire, 1810, Shelley's first book of verse. Lost to the public eye shortly after its publication and believed, till 1898, to have vanished altogether, only three other copies are known. Even the Bodleian Library, holder of the best Shelley collection in the world, does not own it.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Caldecott Celebration" by Leonard Marcus

On the 70th anniversary of the inception of the Caldecott Medal, Leonard Marcus wrote this wonderful edition. Included are seven Caldecott Medal winners, one from each decade that the prize has been given.Read More ›

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez (1928-2014)

The staff of the Library was saddened to hear of the death of the renowned Latin American writer and journalist, Gabriel García Márquez, who died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Read More ›

Booktalking "Double Act" by Jacqueline Wilson

10-year-old identical twins Ruby and Garnet Barker do everything together, and they have lots of fun in the process. Ruby is outgoing and energetic, while Garnet is more reserved and careful in her actions.Read More ›

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The Lasting Influence of Illmatic

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’s debut album, Illmatic. On Wednesday, I had the privilege to attend the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival to watch my friend and former colleague Erik Parker’s documentary, Time Is Illmatic. Parker’s film examines Nas’s groundbreaking album because it symbolizes the shift of hip-hop’s nerve center and lyrics in 1994. Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival: March 2014

We were lucky to have the 6th annual Teen Author Festival at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in March again this year. Author David Levithan has been hosting this informative gathering of teen authors, teens, librarians and teachers alike in different locations in the NYC area.Read More ›
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