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The Rope Maker of Boston and Samuel Adams

In 1797, Isaac Davis, a rope maker of Boston officially had his name changed. To help him stand out from the crowd of other Isaac Davises, he added a ‘P’ to his name as a middle initial: Isaac P. Davis.Read More ›

Booktalking "Mable Riley" by Marthe Jocelyn

It is 1901 in America, and 14-year-old Mable has different ideas than her more conservative schoolteacher sister Viola.Read More ›

While You Wait For The Girl On the Train, Why Not Try…

If you are looking for something to read while you wait patiently for Paula Hawkins's bestseller, why not try one of these other psychologically suspenseful novels.Read More ›

Invitation to a Book Social: Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan

Our February Open Book Night discussion was a success! We shared books over hot tea on a very cold evening and talked about books we love.Read More ›

20 More Realistic (and Real Life) Titles for Teens

Here are some additional recommendations for realistic (and real life) titles for teens who want to read something other than dystopian novels: Read More ›

Booktalking "Girl in Blue" by Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Wheelock, a.k.a. soldier Neddy Compton in the Civil War, is a 16-year-old runaway who also becomes a spy for the Union.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 1

Welcome to the March 2015 Reader's Den! This month we'll be reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman by feminist historian Jill Lepore. Lepore details the life story of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston.Read More ›

Novedades de Marzo 2015: ¡Celebra el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer!

El lema de este año es “Tejiendo las historias de la vida de las mujeres” (Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives).Read More ›

15 Pen Names You May Not Have Known Are Author Pseudonyms

Authors are no strangers to fiction, and sometimes the genius of their imaginations even extends to their own names.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Elizabeth is Missing, Part 4

Welcome back to final comments and questions on Emma Healy's debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing. Read More ›

10 Best Spock Moments in Star Trek: The Original Series

In honor of the late, great, Leonard Nimoy, here’s a list of Spock’s greatest moments. May he live long and prosper in our memories. Nimoy was a talented actor, photographer, and poet, who relished in playing the outsider, and inspired generations. Read More ›

The Tracks of My Tears: Six Books (and a Poem) That Will Make You Cry

Books so good, they will bring a tear to your eye.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of March 1

Events from SAGEWorks, New York Health Care, BWI, CMP and more.Read More ›

Coming Soon: Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for staff and guest blogs about the items and images on display in the exhibition and the research behind them.Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Drawing as a form of inquiry... groundbreaking graphic designers... The U.S. a safe haven for Nazis... 1,000 years of visualizing the cosmos... a moment-by-moment account of Hurricane Sandy... the era of great American songwriting... the evolution of the painted nail...Read More ›

Black Life Matters Feature of the Week: Epistolary Lives

Curator Steven G. Fullwood discusses the importance of handwritten letters, an intimate component of our newest exhibition, Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters. Read More ›

Podcast #50: Jay-Z on Hustling and Forgiveness

For our 50th episode, we're proud to present rap icon Jay-Z. He spoke at Live from the NYPL about growing up in the Marcy Projects, hustling, and forgiveness.Read More ›

Best of New Music (February 2015 Edition)

A periodic list of some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs for our circulating collections.Read More ›

Booktalking "Behind the Gates of Gomorrah" by Stephen Seager

Napa State Hospital houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the nation... with no guards. Why? Hospitals do not have guards. Most of the patients have either been found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or "incompetent to stand trial."Read More ›

Preserving the Visual Past: Panasonic MII

Back in 1986 Panasonic thought they had the competitive answer to Sony's Betacam SP format. Their product was smaller, lighter and poised to take over the electronic news gathering (ENG) market. The plan must have looked great on paper, but the MII format was a disaster.Read More ›
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