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Are These American Folk Heroes Real or Not?

The folklore of North America is full of tall tales and wild stories from the North Woods and the Wild West -- most of them too fantastical to be believed. But as with a lot of oral tradition, some of those stories are actually rooted in true figures from history. Can you separate fact from fiction? Test your knowledge with our "real or not" folklore quiz!Read More ›

Podcast #170: David Grann

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma become oil millionaires after black gold was discovered under their land. Discover the stories of the mysterious that followed and one of the FBI's earliest investigations. Read More ›

Mid-Manhattan Library to Close for Renovation August 1

The long-awaited and much-needed full renovation of Mid-Manhattan Library is moving forward as expected, with the building scheduled to close to the public on August 1, 2017. Work will begin immediately, and the building is expected to reopen in early 2020.Read More ›

Olivia's 8 Hot Books for a Cool Summer

Olivia is an avid reader and patron of the Mulberry Street Library. As part of a school internship program she put together this summer vacation book list and book display for the library. Read More ›

NYPL Events: What's Happening 6/26-7/10

Welcome to our biweekly update on events happening during the next two weeks at The New York Public Library. With 92 locations across New York City, a lot is happening at the Library. Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Program at Mid-Manhattan Library

Come join us for the final installment of our program before renovation begins. Read More ›

Queering Parents: Books About LGBTQ Parenting

LGBTQ+ literature often explores difficult relationships between queer and trans people and their parents. But what about parents who are themselves queer or trans?Read More ›

Romantic Interests: Mr. Bologna, Jun.'s Exhibition

The Pforzheimer Collection recently acquired a rare piece of ephemera: the only known copy of an 1811 broadside advertisement for an "Omnigenous Routine of Amusements" produced in London by one Mr. Bologna, Jun.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Secret Language of Sisters" by Luanne Rice

Mathilda and Ruth, aka Tilly and Roo. Two sisters, so excited to be in the same school again once Tilly entered ninth grade. Then a dog runs in front of Roo's vehicle as she is traveling to pick up Tilly. The ensuing crash devastates her life.Read More ›

The Quotable Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce was an American satirist, journalist, and author in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bierce was an expert short story author -- his war fiction, based on his own experiences in the Civil War, is particularly acclaimed -- but he is also just as well known for his humorous works, including The Devil's Dictionary, a compendium of comical definitions that satirizes human nature and American culture. Read More ›

LGBT Icon Storme DeLarvarie’s Personal Collection Comes to the Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research of Black Culture recently acquired a collection from performer and gay rights activist, Storme DeLarverie.Read More ›

Blessed Ramadan, Blessed Eid: Books for Children and Teens for the Holy Month / Ramadan Mubarak, Eid Mubarak /رمضان مبارك ، عيد مبارك: كتب للمراهقين والأطفال عن الشهر الكريم / আশীর্বাদে রমাদান, আশীর্বাদ ঈদ / مبارک رمضان عید مبارک

The New York Public Library has several picture books, non-fiction books and e-books for children and a few titles for teens observing or wish to learn more about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Read More ›

Writers on Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”

If you’ve ever thought of yourself as a writer, chances are that you have opinions about George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.” First published in 1946, it has since become required reading for intro-level writing classes, as well as an obligatory citation when discussing politics and rhetoric.Read More ›

Job and Employment Links for the Week of June 25

Find job listings, career development workshops, NYC Mayor's office press release, free job training programs, and more.Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The Laureate 101 Edition June 23, 2017

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Read More ›

Listen to These Activists Making LGBT History

Almost 50 years after Stonewall, New York City's LGBT community is getting ready to march down 5th Avenue for the annual LGBT Pride March. The march commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, which began June 28, 1969. As we look back at that important moment, learning about the activists who shaped the LGBT movement has never been easier.Read More ›

#SubwayLibrary Suggestions: Short Reads

There's so much available to read on the #SubwayLibrary, it can be hard to choose which books to peruse on your commute. This week's category: short reads! You can read any of these short stories, essays, and other short pieces in just one or two subway trips. Read More ›

The Alternative Press: A Look Back at Transvestia

Small and independent publications—including, journals, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, and more recently zines, social media, and independent online news magazines—are priceless when understanding the history of these groups, movements, and communities. Read More ›

LGBTQ Sci-Fi Book Club: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 45

Gwen and Frank welcome Casey Maher, leader of the LGBTQ Sci-Fi Book Crew meetup! They discuss everything from technology and gaming to science fiction (of course) right on up to Hemingway.Read More ›

Ep. 78 "Coming Into Her Own" | Library Stories

Thanks to a special partnership with a nearby school, Huguenot Park Library enables select students to exercise job skills in a welcoming, educational environment.Read More ›
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