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    Our newest archivists, Tiana Taliep and Alexsandra Mitchell, tell us what it’s like to research and preserve some of the finest materials across the African Diaspora, and their journey to the Schomburg Center:

    Tell us about yourself.

    Tiana Taliep
    Tiana Taliep

    Tiana Taliep: I’ve had an admiration for history ever since my grandfather told me he was an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in World War II. This love only grew as I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in History from CUNY - Brooklyn College, focusing on Military History. It was there that I fell in love with the idea of becoming an Archivist working with rare materials. I volunteered at the Brooklyn College Archive and Special Collections, processing various collections, including the Coney Island’s Astroland Collection. Following that, I pursued a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a certification in Archiving and Preservation in Cultural Materials, from CUNY - Queens College. During this time I worked at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, processing textile collections, digitizing their scrapbook collection, and contributing to the installation of the 1912 Presidential Campaign exhibition. Prior to joining Schomburg, I was the Head Archivist at the Vincent Smith School, a private school located in Port Washington. I processed and digitized their Memorabilia Collection, dating from the early 1900s to present. I am an active member of the North Shore Historical Museum, which preserves the history of North Shore, Long Island, working with the Collections Committee. I recently started the blog Preserving Yesterday, which focuses on daily historical facts, local history, and other history-related topics.

    Alexsandra Mitchell
    Alexsandra Mitchell

    Alexsandra Mitchell: I was born and raised in Philadelphia.  My journey to the library and archives world began during my undergraduate studies at Howard University, where I worked with the South African Research and Archival Project in the Moorland Spingarn Research Center.  It was here at the Schomburg, however, where I participated in the Schomburg-Mellon Summer Humanities Institute that I realized I not only wanted to interrogate and engage primary resources as a scholar but that I also enjoyed working with the materials on a more intimate level.  That summer, [former MARB Curator] Diana Lachatanere and [MARB Assistant Curator] Steven G. Fullwood were gracious enough to sit and speak with me about going to library school. The fall after undergrad I moved to Dakar, Senegal for a year-long teaching fellowship at the Senegalese American Bilingual School.  So it feels good to be in Harlem, close to the Senegalese population again.  In 2011 I began graduate school at New York University (NYU) where I completed my dual masters in Library Science (Long Island University Palmer School) and Africana Studies (NYU) in 2013. During my first year of graduate school, Dr. Sylviane Diouf, Curator of Digital Collections and the Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery here at the Schomburg, hired me as a research assistant. This is a full circle moment for me, and it feels fantastic! It feels good to be home.

    What are you most excited about at the Schomburg Center right now?

    TT: It has been an absolute dream to work with rare primary sources with my own hands in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division [MARB]! With my South African roots, I am thrilled to work for one of the prominent institutions focusing on the African experience. My passion for archiving and African history has grown in the short time since I have been here. I am excited to help preserve the history and culture of people of African descent so that future generations can appreciate these unique materials as much as I do.

    What has it been like to work in both the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division and MARB?

    AM: Fantastic!  We are working with a great team, and everyone has been extremely welcoming.  I’m honored to work among such brilliant and forward-thinking colleagues! I recently worked on some very exciting projects including a pop-up exhibition for our ‘First Fridays: Prince vs. Michael Jackson Edition’ and a podcast series.  I also attended the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School course titled “History of the Printed Book in the West Since 1800” at the Grolier Club, and I look forward to applying the information learned at the course to our rare books collection here. I’m also really excited about the archival collections that I am currently accessioning, including the Cheryl Boyce Taylor Collection and the Mary Helen Washington Papers. It has been an extremely busy first month! I look forward to growing here. 

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    Revisionist History Lesson, Julie Buffalohead, 2014
    Revisionist History Lesson, Julie Buffalohead, Lithograph, 2014

    While the exhibition Printing Women focuses on Henrietta Louisa Koenen’s (1830–1881) collection of female printmakers from the 16th to 19th centuries, it is only appropriate to signal women’s continuing participation in the medium as well as the Library’s longstanding commitment to acquiring and exhibiting prints made by women from around the world. To complement this earlier history, therefore, I worked with the Library’s Digital Experience Team to display online a small sampling of works by contemporary printmakers in the Library’s collection. We began reaching out to artists, asking if we could display their work on the exhibition’s web page and digitize it for our digital collections. The majority were delighted to contribute, many also provided writings about their work and the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition’s run, I will choose and present a piece by one artist every other week on the exhibition’s web page. Additionally, I will produce a blog post about their work as well as about works in the exhibition, featuring their own words when possible. 

    For those who are interested in the long history of women’s involvement with the medium of print, there is much more to explore within the Library’s deep and varied holdings. The exhibition features only a smattering of Koenen’s collection (which numbers over 500 prints of which only a little over 80 are shown in the exhibition). In addition, the Print Collection not only owns large numbers of additional prints from the period in which Koenen collected, but also many, many more works from the 20th- and 21st-century.

    The fourth blog post in our series includes a statement from Julie Buffalohead about her Revisionist History Lesson, 2014.

    Revisionist History Lesson, Julie Buffalohead, 2014
    Revisionist History Lesson, Julie Buffalohead, Lithograph, 2014

    "The Revisionist History Lesson  is my reaction as a native person toward North American historical tropes and the power relationships they conjure. It is a reexamination of settler mythology within a cultural perspective that contextualizes story knowledge within a greater traditional narrative. These metaphors suggest a greater spirit that is at work, while simultaneously offering an alternative microcosm of such animated characters."

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    Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and the creator of the magazine Ms., and a founder of the Women's Media Center. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and this year, she was named a Library Lion. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library podcast, we're proud to present Gloria Steinem discussing sex, justice, and magazines. 

    Roberta Kaplan and Gloria Steinem
    Roberta Kaplan and Gloria Steinem

    Steinem invests heavily in an ethos of truth-telling, and she considers it a form of "ordinary magic." She elaborated:

    "I think the shared magic, it isn’t exactly magic, the ordinary magic, is telling the truth, you know, and I think that the women’s movement allowed women to say, 'Here is my dream and I’m not doing it,' or 'I’m getting beaten up at home,' or 'I’m not getting paid,' or whatever it is, just telling the truth and that is the source of all liberation movements, really, one person tells the truth and then three others say, 'You feel like that? I thought only I did. It was only happening to me.'"

    One way that Steinem has helped to bring truth-telling into public spheres of discourse is through her magazine Ms. In response to a question about the influence of the publication, she responded:

    "What’s been the impact of Ms.? You know we hear stories of people who saw the first cover about battered women and started a shelter or the piece we did that turned into a movie or this—there’s tons of stories that we hear but I suspect that those of you in the audience know better than I do what the impact—It’s still the only magazine for women that’s controlled by women and it is the only one that isn’t influenced by advertising. So as you may notice in other women’s magazines especially, because they’re catalogs, even though the editors are always trying to get something in there, the articles are mostly about products and we don’t have to do that. In fact, we’ve lost fiction and poetry from women’s magazines, too, because the advertisers won’t pay to be next to it, so we haven’t had as much impact as I would like, but I think we’ve had quite a lot of impact."

    Both in Ms. and beyond, Steinem has consistently advocated for reproductive rights. It is so important to her that she dedicated her book My Life on the Road to Dr. John Sharpe, a doctor who performed an abortion for her in 1957:

    "Reproductive freedom, reproductive justice, is a fundamental human right like freedom of speech or anything else, so you wouldn’t vote for somebody who’s against freedom of speech, so you know just treat it like the fundamental human right that it truly is. And that means the freedom to have children, as well as not to have children, you know, it really—it’s both things... I dedicated my book to an abortionist, and I’m glad every day that I—maybe I should explain what I mean by that, what I meant, because it’s quite personal, because I think we have to tell the truth personally. Okay, 'This book is dedicated to Dr. John Sharpe of London, who in 1957, a decade before physicians in England could legally perform an abortion for any reason other than the health of a woman, took the considerable risk of referring for an abortion a twenty-two-year-old American on her way to India. Knowing only that she had broken an engagement at home to seek an unknown fate, he said, ‘You must promise me two things. First, you will not tell anyone my name. Second, you will do what you want to do with your life.’ Dear Dr. Sharpe, I believe you, who knew the law was unjust would not mind if I say this so long after your death. I’ve done the best I could with my life. This book is for you.'”

    You can subscribe to the New York Public Library Podcast to hear more conversations with wonderful artists, writers, and intellectuals. Join the conversation today!

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    book plate

    Want to give back for #GivingTuesday and honor someone in your life who loves books and learning? We’ve got the perfect thing for you: until December 4, we’re offering custom bookplates that will put your loved one’s name into a library book!

    When you make a donation to the Library, you can now also honor that special someone. Their name and a custom message will go inside a book that will be read and loved by New Yorkers for years to come. (Or you can get one for yourself if you’d like! We won’t tell.)

    Celebrate #GivingTuesday with this awesome bookish surprise: this holiday season you can donate $50 or more to get your custom bookplate.

    Once you’ve made your gift, you’ll be able to send your honoree an eCard. You can schedule it to be sent whenever you’d like. The book with their bookplate inside will be processed within a matter of weeks – and enjoyed for free by New Yorkers, thanks to your support.

    This time of year can feel like it’s all about frantic shopping, holiday deals, and all the stuff you can buy. Giving Tuesday is your day to focus on things that really matter – things like learning for kids and adults alike, strong communities, and the magic of reading.

    Honor a loved one with a New York Public Library bookplate today – or buy one for yourself! It’s a great way to celebrate the season with a tangible reminder of how you’re making a difference. You can also share the posts below on Twitter and Facebook to let your friends know about this special #GivingTuesday offer:

    Want to give back for #GivingTuesday and honor someone in your life who loves books and learning? We’ve got the perfect...

    Posted by NYPL The New York Public Library on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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    Patrons are rediscovering Cathedral Library after a long renovation. Above left, Library Manager Susan Aufrichtig helps a reader on the go.

    Cathedral Library buzzes like a restaurant between lunch and dinner: It’s slow now, but the next rush is coming as sure as the 6 train.

    The library reopened in October after a year-long renovation, and the result is happy and bright. The green paint, glass door, and books are new. The shelves are festooned with poinsettias that have pages instead of leaves, and the open floor plan invites you in. Books are arranged “like a bookstore,” and a subway map is front and center.

    But not all of the patrons have returned.

    Cathedral Library is located at 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

    “They still don’t know we’re open,” says Precedes Solares, 45, a veteran member of the library staff. She remembers the old hustle, especially during the holidays when she acted as tour guide, helping people buy a Metrocard.

    On the day before Thanksgiving it’s so quiet you can hear readers flip the pages of their newspapers: The New York Times, The Daily News, The Post. Their mouses click, their keyboards clack. Outside, commuters rush down the stairs, past the branch without a look, and into the 6, E, and M. You can hear trains whine into the station, then whirr back out.

    “I want it bustling,” says Library Manager Susan Aufrichtig, 45. Aufrichtig used to work at Grand Central Library, and she knows what her patrons want: convenience. Moreover, she knows how to provide it.

    Subway map
    The library is located in the subway station on the northwest corner of 50th Street and Lexington Avenue.

    “People run out of the subway, drop stuff off, grab their holds,” she says, and she’s parked the holds next to the front door. Patrons go right for them, pivot to the counter and walk out. It’s also a straight line from the entrance to the computer station. When a well-dressed man in his 50s bursts in and asks about the printer, Aufrichtig is friendly but succinct. He has all of the information he needs by the time he crosses the floor.

    Not long ago, Cathedral Library was a New Yorker’s secret. Originally, the building was a high school, and the library was the Archdiocese’s private collection. In 1992, it was folded into the New York Public Library and named for Archbishop Cardinal Terence Cooke, a native New Yorker. Tucked away on a landing, the library drew people who reworked their commute just to pick up an audiobook, a hold, a DVD. Those patrons, the ones who count on the convenience, are the first ones back.

    “I came here once by chance,” said Susan R., 64, of Manhattan, as she packs a suitcase on wheels. “I’m happy to see it open.”

    Then she rolls out the door.


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  • 12/01/15--08:56: Alice Live! on Television
  • LeGallienne as the White Queen
    Eva LeGallienne, as the White Queen in the 1982 revival of Alice in Wonderland.. Photograph by Martha Swope

    In the mid-1950s, the networks and independent channels campaigned to establish television watching as a family activity. One of their methods was to develop dramatizations of well-known children’s stories. The best remembered examples include the annual broadcasts of the M-G-M Wizard of Oz and the musical Peter Pan. Please see my blogs in BroadwayWorld for additional information on the contemporary NBC live broadcasts.

    In the 1954 and 1955 seasons, two lavish productions of Alice in Wonderland were premiered on television. In each case, they were developed to attract families to the presenting series and their sponsors. Like almost all television then, they were live and therefore eligible to be featured in our current exhibition Alice Live! (in the Oenslager Gallery through January 16, 2016).

    Our guest curator/scholar Charlie Lovett discovered the 1954 production, which featured Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist character Charlie McCarthy. The sponsor, Kraft Foods, used it to promote Bergen’s transition from radio to television and the exhibited script specifies that a Cheese Whiz commercial preceded the 2nd Act. Robin Morgan played the title character. It was written by Phyllis Merrill, one of the premiere women in advertising and television. Working for J. Walter Thompson, she can be seen as a model for Mad Men’s Peggy and Joan. Her advertising and television papers are fascinating reading. Phyllis Merrill Papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division.

    In 1955, Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcast its own Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Florida Freibus from the Frebus/Le Gallienne dramatization, which combines elements from both Alice plots. It was narrated and directed by Maurice Evans. The script, rehearsal schedule and production notes are included in the Maurice Evans Papers. Serendipity alert: We discovered them while investigating his mid-1950s productions of The Magic Flute and The Tempest for next Spring’s exhibitions. As in most television from the early decades, the commercials were written in to the scripts, so we know that Hallmark was promoting packages of favors for children’s parties. Charlie Lovett actually had some examples of Hallmark’s paper Alice masks. Once we verified the existence and schedule for the broadcast, the BRTD staff and volunteers helped to identify a set of NBC contact sheets with Tennial inspired costumes, which documents the rehearsals and mid-1950s special effects. Under a magnifier, we could even see Eva LeGallienne costumed as the White Queen hooked into a rig that allowed her to fly onto the set. Run-down and script page, Maurice Evans Papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division.

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    傳記,是描述有名或無名人物的生平,和他們的精神世界.以下十三本書,囊括政治,社會,和歷史上的大大小小人物.有驚心動魄的經歷,也有哀怨感人的情節.都說真實故事比起電影情節跟本是不遑多讓.這十數本傳記只是紐約公立圖書館中文傳記館藏的冰山一角.只要走到任何一個圖書館,試試你的運氣,相信 你一定可以找得到你喜歡閱讀的傳記.透過一頁頁文字, 讓你傲遊在主角們的內心世界裏.  Flyer








    中国历史上曾有过令人难以忘却的特殊时期。在那个特殊时期,党、国家和人民遭到新中国成立以来*严重的挫折与损失。本书以生动而又详尽的笔触,记录了那个特殊时期,记录了那个时期政坛风云人物沉沉浮浮的史实. 十年生死、十年沉浮,前事不忘,后世之师。本书公开了大量珍贵的历史照片,真实再现了政坛人物悲欢离合的命运结局,既是一本政坛风云人物传记,又是一部披露鲜为人知的重大事件始末的纪实文集。




    《东方神鹿》是一部人物传记,传主是奥运冠军王军霞. 这部人物传记,真实记录了王军霞辉煌的体坛生涯和婚姻家庭生活,这部传记与众不同的是,作者是王军霞的美国丈夫黄天文,美籍华人,环保专家,音乐人和著名企业家,作者从自己与王军霞的爱情和家庭生活的角度切入,来回忆王军霞作为世界冠军和世界纪录保持者的成名经历、历史瞬间、亲情爱情、家庭生活和鲜为人知的心路历程。




    妖精化江青是中國所有媒體、出版物的共識。而對江青的構陷,在毛澤東尚在世便存在了,其中最不可思議的是《紅都女皇》事件。 1973年,風傳有人在香港出了一本《紅都女皇》,此書進入大陸,在黨內高層引起地震,成為打擊江青集團的政治武器。朱德讀過《紅都女皇》後,感到事態嚴重,將書呈送毛澤東。另一說法是,有關部門從香港得到《紅都女皇》,隨即呈報中央。據說,毛讀後針對江青批示:“孤陋寡聞,愚昧無知,立即攆出政治局,分道揚鑣。” 一生之中,毛澤東這是第一次被人玩弄,玩得很慘,到死也不明真相。
















    李凤岐编著的《为什么他们可以成为大师(7位 华人诺贝尔科学奖得主的成功法则)》围绕杨振宁、 李政道、丁肇中、朱棣文、崔琦、钱永健和高锟7位 华人诺贝尔科学奖得主的成长奋斗经历,全面分析了 他们在各个时期不同环境下的治学方法和科研方法, 系统总结了他们成为大师级人才的成功经验,从中国 人如何成长为大师的角度很好地回答了这个“世纪之 问”。

    马鼎盛自述 : 我和母亲红线女




    穿布鞋的馬雲 : 阿里巴巴成功的27個關鍵時刻




    为政治而生的女人 : 希拉里传




    美国梦中国魂 : 一个共和国同龄人的经历




    给了我生命 : 一个被遗弃男孩的中国寻亲记




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    St. George Library Center
    St. George Library. Image ID:  836823

    Much like its New York City brethren, Staten Island is a borough with a rich and unique history. Here at the St. George Library Center, we bring that history together to form an easy to use collection of resources ranging from the 19th Century to the present day. This blog entry will be the first in a continuing series in which I spotlight various items from our Staten Island History Collection as well as discuss Staten Island related happenings. And of course, if you think of something that I haven't mentioned or would like me to blog about, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.

    Staten Island Advance Microfilm Collection

    Within our Staten Island History Collection are housed nearly 2500 microforms of the Staten Island Advance, dating back to 1921.  These microforms hold an incredible collection of information from some of history's most memorable events.  In addition to world or national events you can also find the local information the Staten Island Advance has come to be known for. Using an index provided by the Staten Island Advance Online, users can search for articles in our microfilm collection that range from 9/29/1991 to the present.  Using one of our two microfilm machines located in the adult reference room, patrons can view and print (25¢ per page).

    Staten Island Hospital
    Staten Island Hospital. Image ID: 104760
    Mariners Harbor Shipyard
    Mariners Harbor. Image ID: 105044

    Staten Island History Collection - Books and Bound Periodicals

    In addition to the Staten Island Advance on microfilm, we also house a growing collection of books and periodicals that pertain to Staten Island, past and present. Located in the adult reference room of the library, this collection consists of materials on local churches, parks, notable people from the island, as well as census data and even haunted places. Take a look below at a brief list of items from the collection, together with links to their records in the NYPL catalog (All items in the Staten Island History Collection are searchable using the NYPL catalog).

    For a more thorough list, take a look at our Staten Island History Collection bibliography.  For more information about the collection and other resources provided by the library, check out our Staten Island History Collection Guide.

    If you'd just like to take a look at what we have, don't hesitate to come on down.   All materials in the collection are available for browsing. Just remember, the materials in the Staten Island History collection do not circulate, so you'll have to scan or make copies of anything that interests you.

    Richmond County Atlas
    Richmond County Atlas

    Maps and Atlases

    We also have a number of historical maps and atlases in the collection, some which include census data, 1991 FEMA flood maps, and general sports and recreation maps.  We even have a Richmond County atlas published in 1907! Like the other resources in the Staten Island History Collection, our maps and atlases are available for in-house viewing, but cannot be borrowed.

    St. George Library Reading Room
    St. George Library  Reading Room. Image ID: 1167861

    The Future of the Collection

    Our Staten Island History Collection is a growing and dynamic public resource that we want all patrons to use, whether it is for research or simply for curiosity's sake. If you have any questions about the collection you can leave a comment below or call us at 718-442-8560.

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    A tricky mystery debuts at No. 1 this week, followed by two more new thrillers lower on the list.


    #1 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich, more campus mysteries set at colleges and universities:

    The Secret History by Donna Tartt

    The Charles Dickens Murders by Edith Skom

    Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie





    #2 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed The Guilty by David Baldacci, more Southern thrillers:

    Killing Floor by Lee Child

    Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter

    One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash




    Rogue Lawyer

    #3 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham, some enduring legal thrillers:

    Presumed Innocentby Scott Turow

    Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

    Defending Jacobby William Landay




    all dressed white

    #4 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, more wedding mysteries:

    To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark

    Wedding Cake Killer by Livia J. Washburn



    The Crossing Cover

    #5 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed The Crossing by Michael Connelly, more stories about the L.A.P.D.:

    Hollywood Stationby Joe Wambaugh

    Blueby Joe Domanick

    Ghettosideby Jill Leovy



    Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to​ be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ​picks! Tell us what you'd recommend: Leave a comment or email us.

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    gift tags

    Looking to add a colorful, personalized touch to your gifts this year? Look no further than our Digital Collections! Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and media, NYPL Digital Collections offers digitized drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, videos, audio, and more. Our collections are full of free and fabulous imagery and patterns that can be printed out to spice up your gifts.


    • Your favorite images from our Digital Collections
    • Color printer
    • Cardstock
    • Pencil
    • Gift Tag Template (we borrowed from Photojojo)
    • Scissors or X-Acto knife
    • Hole Punch
    • String

    Step 1: Print out the gift tag template on cardstock and cut it out—this will be your stencil for making the rest of the gift tags.

    Step 2: Find the images you’d like to use. Here are a few good places to start your search:

    Images can be downloaded by clicking on the image you’d like, then clicking the folder icon underneath the image on its information page. Select the “Standard” size image to download.

    Step 3: Once you’ve selected your images, print them on cardstock. You can either opt to resize specific images in photo editing software to be the size of the template (4” x 2.25”) or find a nice pattern to print on the full sheet and cut out sections.

    Step 4: Using your cardstock tag template and a pencil, trace the outline of the tag on each of your images.

    Step 5: Cut along your traced lines to create your tags. You can use scissors if you’re a careful cutter, but for a more exact edge you can opt to use an X-Acto knife on a cutting board.

    Step 6: Use the hole punch to punch out the hole at the top of each tag.

    Step 7: Tie a length of string through the hole in each gift tag and attach to your gift. You’re done!

    We’d love to see your gift tag creations and what images you decided to use from our Digital Collections. Be sure to post a photo of your finished tags on Twitter or Instagram, and tag @nypl if you do!

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    This batch of new music will not only take you around the globe; but in places, back in time as well. Oh, and it will make you dance. Don't forget to put in your requests for any and all of these great recordings new to our circulating collections. Just click on the CD title to be taken to the catalog link. Don't forget to check out the PREVIEW links as well. Now sit back and enjoy the flight!

    Fumaça PretaFumaça Preta (self-titled) (2014)

    Think if Fela Kuti was joined by the guitarist of the Stooges, sang in Portuguese, and played for the Cajuns and Creoles in some backwoods juke joint in the swamps of Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. It sounds like it's 1975, and someone says to the others, "let's get REAL gone for a change." Then this album happens. PREVIEW



    Ibibio Sound MachineIbibio Sound Machine(self-titled) (2014)

    With undeniable influences from various forms of Afrobeat, this album/project mixes in just the right amount of electronic production to not only produce fantastic grooves; but also to produce a sound, I must say, not quite like anything I've ever heard before! The result is a recording that is enjoyable, highly danceable, and just interesting  to listen to on that creative, never-been-done-quite-like-this-before level.  PREVIEW


    aqui los bravosAqui Los Bravos! by Michi Sarmiento y su Combo Bravo (1967-77)

    This recording is a ticket to an outdoor dance party on the coast of Colombia, circa 1968 or so. Salsa came to be in New York due in no small part to the mixing of various, yet-related musical traditions from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, etc, etc, etc. But New York was not the only place with musicians picking and choosing and recombining influences from various traditions into something new, yet with real and genuine ties to the traditions it was built out of. Michi Sarmiento and his band were doing the same thing in the late '60s in and around the coastal province of Cartagena, Colombia. This outfit was first and foremost a live dance band, who would work up a variety of different rhythms into a sonic party so energetic and infectious nobody would be left sitting down!   PREVIEW

    Golden Age of Discos FuentesColombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes by various artists (1960-1976)

    Disco Fuentes was and is THE most important label to operate in and out of Colombia. It brought various regions into contact with each other, introducing its various parts to the traditions of other parts, and in so doing not only documented a culture, but somehow forged it into a more cohesive whole. One might even say, the label introduced Colombia to itself. OK, of course it knew itself, but it demonstrated just how complex and rich it was region to region; THIS is what it helped demonstrate. Much like the Michi Sarimiento collection above, this collection is an invitation to the dance parties of Colombia in the late '60s and early '70s, but this collection is even more varied in its offerings of the sounds and traditions of the country's various regions. PREVIEW

    Sound of SiamSound of Siam by various artists (1964-75)

    Yet another journey back in time, across the Pacific and into the Thailand of the '60s. In part through sound recording, the 20th century saw the process of cultural exchange accelerated to a degree the world had never known, and Thailand was no exception. This compilation includes music of Luk Thung, which was a mid-century genre of Thai country music that grew out of earlier forms. Also included are some Molam tracks, which is a genre from Thailand's Isan region. This region borders Laos and shares much culture with its neighbor. Molam music is a good example of this, a music that is shared between Laos and the Isan region of Thailand. But the genres included only hint at the diversity to be found on this comp. Each and every track has its very own, completely distinct sound. As many country folks began moving to the cities in the late '60s, they brought their music with them, and some discovered new, sometimes electric, western instruments in the process. Some of these tracks show signs of outside influences, some sound more traditional, but the variety can't be topped. An amazing offering of a specific time and place. PREVIEW

    magical thinkingMagical Thinking by Chico Mann (2013)

    A modern, Latin-flavored electronic album that's equal parts chillout and boogie-down dance. A handful of lovely guest vocalists keeps it varied, but track-to-track this one is surprisingly consistent. Punchy! Ah, well I guess I have to pick just one track off this near-flawless platter now to preview. Well, fine, start with this one: PREVIEW



    erkin korayMeçhul by Erkin Koray (1970-77)

    Next stop, Turkey, mid-'70s. Yet another rich example of cultures influencing each other by way of recorded sound is what is known is Anatolian Rock. The United States was certainly not the only country to experience a "British Invasion" of music in the 1960s, Turkey did too. And they took all that rock and roll energy, combined it with traditional Turkish music and instruments, and came up with their own unique version of rock. Erkin Koray was part of this scene, and he would often go further into psychedelic rock than some of his contemporaries (the title of this release, Meçhul, is Turkish for 'unknown'). The result is utterly unique! PREVIEW

    saigon rock and soulSaigon Rock & Soul by various artists (1968-1974)

    Oftentimes, hardship, be it extreme poverty or the daily destruction of war, produces such beautiful music; because when a people are surrounded by tragedy, that is when music is needed most. And really, it reminds us of the power of music; that it is a gift we give to ourselves, because it helps. It gives beauty to life. To think this country's most devastating war was going on during the exact same time this collection of Vietnamese music is drawn from reinforces this idea. But it only gives some interesting. albeit tragic, context to yet another fantastic region-specific combination of local traditions and western rock. The guitar work on this is quite amazing; the fuzz, well, they ain't joking around. These tracks have all the proto-punk energy of anything on the famous Nuggets compilation of American garage rock bands. Another winner! PREVIEW

    black goddessBlack Goddess by Remi Kabaka (1978)

    This Nigerian film may not be available on DVD, but the afro-jazz soundtrack by drummer Remi Kabaka has recently been re-released on CD. Some great jazz with just a sprinkle of experimentation and far-outness. PREVIEW

    batidaBatida (self-titled) (2012)
    So a talented electronic DJ of Portuguese/Angolan descent gets his hands on a bunch of Angolan street music recordings from the '70s, samples the hell out of them, then adds no small amount of electronic bass and drums back into the mix. So postmodern! And cool! PREVIEW

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    Tommy Spaulding has a simple message: caring for employees not only creates a more beneficial work environment, but it drives superior sales and products, as well. Leading through relationships leads to greater business success than cutthroat tactics. Compassionate leading also applies to customers. Consider these scenarios:

    1. Principal, Frank DeAngelis, helped heal and restore Columbine High School to a compassionate place of learning.
    2. Jay Hamby, an executive at Lucchese Bootmaker, offered Tommy a replacement of his ill-fitting books when he encountered him in a hotel lobby.
    3. Golf caddies draw straws in order to work with Tim Stojka, CEO of Agentis Energy, despite the fact that his tips are not extraordinary. 
    4. Frank, a survivor of the Fort Breendonk concentration camp in Belgium, gives tours to ensure that no one forgets the atrocities of the Holocaust. 
    5. The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading From the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life by Tommy Spaulding, 2015

    Leading with staff, customers, and simply in real life. This book is heart-warming and inspirational. I love how the author tells amazing stories from the workplace and life to illustrate his points. 

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    Shimmering blue water. A hand, a rose, emerges from a kaleidoscope color field. Glimpses from a small village named Eldorado. These are just some of the stunning imagery captured by Brazilian-born photographer Fernanda Rocha. Her exhibit "Lost Terminals" will be on view through December 31, 2015 on the Ground Floor of the Mulberry Street Library. I spoke with Fernanda recently about her work.

    Tell me a little about your background—you came to the US from Brazil—what brought you to the USA and NYC in particular?

    I was living in São Paulo after spending 18 months in London and India. My sister had recently moved to NYC with her husband for her Master’s degree. I went to visit them in 2002, got a job in publishing, fell in love with the city and decided to stay. I moved to Miami a few years later, where I have been living since.

    How did you first become interested in photography as a medium?

    I first became interested in photography in London at age 19. A good friend of mine carried her camera everywhere and she used to get some great shots. I started to shoot regularly. Back home I got a job in the photo department of an independent publishing house in São Paulo that published three beautifully illustrated magazines. During this time I was exposed to the work of some of the most amazing Brazilian photographers I have ever met. I learned a lot about photography while working there. But it was in New York that I started to develop a personal vision and style.

    Who are some of your favorite photographers, artists, and other influences?

    There are so many but if I have to name a few I will say that my first inspiration came from the stunning black-and-white photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, followed by the work of Aleksandr Rodchenko, Harry Gruyaert, and the Brazilian photographer Claudio Edinger. My husband has always influenced my photography. He is a graphic designer and a supporter of my work. I am also interested in the intersection of film and photography. The beautifully staged images of Alex Prager and Matt Henry are good examples, and I am fascinated by the fictional universe created by Federico Fellini and David Lynch.

    These (Xanadu and the Ocean) series cross the line between landscape photography and art—how did these evolve? Tell me a little about the Eldorado project?

    I was experimenting with rainbow spectrums and reflections for some time. At first, I didn’t have a precise idea in mind but wanted to create the nostalgic effect you see in Xanadu without any digital manipulation, so I tried different tools and ideas that didn’t always work. It took me months to perfect the technique, but once I did, it only took one day to complete the project.

    Atlantis was inspired by a short story written by Nani Power. The photographs were published alongside the story in Issue 22 of Rattapallax Magazine. The story used references to texture and colors all over, and revolves around emotional conflicts. The intense blue images represent not only an envisioned “perfect” physical sea, but also the emotional sea inside of all of us.

    Eldorado is a town in the countryside of Brazil that I have known since my childhood. My paternal family lives there and this is a place that I love to photograph because it brings back lots of good memories. Eldorado is a very personal project to me as it came up from this experience we all have of memory loss, of how the past and present memories we have in our lives intersect and transform into something new.

    How has the digital era effected how you approach photography? What do you think its strengths and weaknesses are compared to shooting film?

    I love digital photography. It has given me the opportunity to create much more than I was ever able to with film photography. My first experience with photography was with 35mm film, which is a format that I will always admire and respect. I love the tonal range and depth, and the texture you can get from film but I switched to the digital medium once the quality of the images became as good as or better than film. I think some people get stuck into thinking that digital photography is an inferior medium and many do not consider it acceptable for fine art because it is so “easy” to use. I think it is just another medium of expression. There are advantages and disadvantages; you just have to use it with the awareness of its strengths and limitations.

    What do you think about exhibiting photography in a library space?

    This has been an amazing experience because you get the type of mixed audience that you would not get at a gallery or museum space. I find it interesting how people respond to the pieces. Some aren't familiar with art at all but end up having an unexpected reaction to a piece. I like how it makes people from different backgrounds question and think of your work.

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    Well, we made it. November is over, and with it, National Novel Writing Month. Mid-Manhattan’s aspiring novelists were dropping like flies in the third week of the month, but by the fourth week we had a strong showing of determined and focused writers. The experience of writing a novel for NaNoWriMo is just like that—just when you think you’ve been defeated by the scope of the project, momentum builds in the last week to get as much written as possible. The reward? Knowing you did it! (Not to mention the relief that it’s over, and you can rejoin society just in time for holiday parties and general merrymaking.)

    So, what Mid-Manhattan novelists are left standing at the end of the month? Did our valiant writers meet the 50,000 word goal? Read below to find out!

    Novelist: Alexis C.

    Book Title: Woman In White

    What's your book about?

    A vengeful ghost wanders Brooklyn leaving strange disturbances in her trail as she  searches out the boyfriend that pushed her to suicide.

    Did you meet the 50,000 word goal?

    Nope, but I got close: 46,158

    How do you feel about your project for the month, now that it's concluded? Would you do anything differently?

    I really enjoyed it, when the story first came to me I knew it would be a bigger project than most of the short stories I wrote, so I think this was a great way to really flesh it out. I think if I really wanted to meet the word count at the end I should have had a better idea of the back story and maybe should have had a real outline. But no, I wouldn’t do anything different. The pressure of writing 1,667 words a day pushed me to play with the story and actually see it to the end. Without NaNoWriMo I wouldn’t have done that.

    Are you going to try to get it published?

    Maybe in a few years after I’ve edited a few dozen times.

    Any plans for future writing projects?

    I have at least ten ideas running around in my head at the moment. Some I’ve already started and others that have just been knocking around for a while. I actually have been working on bits and pieces that could work as a NaNo project for next year.


    Novelist: Carol Z.

    Working Book Title:Infiltrations

    What’s your novel about?

    Fresh out of college in 1978, Jane Pardy and her friend, Renee Frank, embark on a cross-Canada trip. Mistaken for lovers, they’re welcomed by women’s organizations in cities across the continent during a time when being lesbian is still quite taboo. Once on the west coast, Jane finds herself in the midst of a cult and again pretends to be something she’s not, using what she’s learned to get people out.

    Did you meet the 50,000 word goal? Yes!

    How do you feel about your project for the month, now that it's concluded? Would you do anything differently?

    I followed my outline, and am amazed that it matched the 50,000 word count pretty closely. There are sections I loathe, however, that will need serious infusions of magic and musicality before I let anyone read them. When pressed for time, I resorted to “blocking” scenes, using very simple language.  This wasn’t useless, but needs serious revisiting.

    Are you going to try to get it published?  

    At the moment, no. However, mine’s a fictionalized memoir—during the course of writing, I used the internet to search out some of the real folks who inspired characters in the book. I found one of my major inspirations alive and working in England, and will reach out to him. I’d love to have him read it!

    Any plans for future writing projects?  

    Ideas fly around like bats in my belfry all the time.

    Novelist: Nancy A.

    Working Book Title:Blue Magic

    What’s your novel about?

    A curse that plagues a remote island in the South Pacific, and the ways it manifests itself in different time periods.

    Did you meet the 50,000 word goal?

    Unfortunately, no. I thought I would push through and catch up at the end but I wound up losing steam instead. My final word count is 39,225.

    How do you feel about your project for the month, now that it's concluded?

    I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish, but I still believe in my project! Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I can see that I did a good job of outlining the plot before the month. My weakness was that I needed to flesh out my characters a whole lot more. I found myself continually getting stuck on questions like, “how would this character say x?” “what would that character think of y?” and “how does z change this character’s trajectory?”

    Are you going to try to get it published?

    I’m going to keep working to finish and edit this project in the next few months, then we’ll see. I hope to publish something someday!

    Any plans for future writing projects?

    I have a few plans. I have a few ideas for historical fiction. Next year I may want to work on this idea I have about Johannes Kepler and his wife.


    Novelist:Genee B.

    Working Book Title:The Amethyst

    What’s your novel about?

    A sci-fi fantasy novel about a distant planet that is ruled by a tyrannical king who has cemented his rule by eliminating the entirety of the royal bloodline. There have long been whispers of a prophecy... of an off-worlder who would end the mad king's rule.

    Did you meet the 50,000 word goal?

    No, I did not—I ended with 1,723 words.

    How do you feel about your project for the month, now that it's concluded?

    I feel that I have a new respect for writers and novelists. There is a lot more work and dedication that goes into writing then I originally believed.

    Are you going to try to get it published?


    Any plans for future writing projects?

    Only to one day complete this novel! There’s always next year...

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  • 12/04/15--07:39: Mid-Manhattan Cookie Lit
  • What's better than curling up with a good book? Curling up with a good book and some book related cookies! In honor of National Cookie Day, the staff at Mid-Manhattan Library put together some deliciously literate cookies for your enjoyment! Post your own using the hashtag #CookieLit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollThe Adventures of Huckelberry Finn

    Jam Dot Cookies

    The Baker: Elizabeth Waters


    1 c. ground oats
    1 c. ground almondsAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
    1 c. whole wheat flour
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 c. coconut oil
    1/2 c. pure maple syrup
    your favorite jam(s)


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Tarts, Huckelberry & Otherwise
    2. Grind the oats and almonds into fine meal using a food processor.
    3. Blend the oat flour, wheat flour, almond meal, and salt.
    4. Stir in the coconut oil and maple syrup and mix until evenly distributed. (Doing the final mixing with your hands works best if you are using coconut oil.)
    5. Form small balls of dough, flatten slightly, and make indentations in the centers. Fill the indentations with jam. I like to use two different kinds, usually peach or apricot and a berry, because the contrasting colors look pretty on the plate.
    6. Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper until the edges begin to brown.


    I love these cookies because they're yummy and somewhat nutritious, and vegan friends can enjoy them, too. It's also easy to make them gluten free; just substitute brown rice flour or another gluten free flour for the wheat flour. The texture is quite nice. If you have a coconut hater (like me) around, you can substitute olive oil for the coconut oil. Instead of (or in addition to) the jam, you can press a small square of dark chocolate into the cookie before baking. I've also made them with walnuts instead of almonds. Because walnuts are oilier and less sweet than almonds, using 2-3 tsp less oil and 2-3 tsp more maple syrup seems to work pretty well. I prefer the original almond version, though.

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

    German Chocolate Pecan Cookies


    2 sticks butter, softened
    1 c. light brown sugar
    1 c. granulated sugar
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    2 large eggs, beaten
    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa, such as Hershey's
    1 tsp baking soda
    Pinch salt
    1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
    1 c. shredded sweetened coconut, such as Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
    1 c. chopped pecans


    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Blend butter, both sugars, vanilla and eggs.
    3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
    4. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.
    5. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, 12 cookies per sheet, and bake 8 to 10 minutes.
    6. Cool on a baking rack.


    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

    Coconut Thumbprints with Sea Salted Caramel

    The Baker: Jessica Cline


    3 sticks of unsalted, room temperature butter
    3/4 c. of sugar
    1 1/2 tsp of vanilla
    3 1/2 c. of all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp of salt
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    8 ounces of sweetened flaked coconut
    1 c. of caramel (if using candies, add heavy cream)
    large, chunky sea salt

    DirectionsCoconut Seasalt Caramel cookies

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Beat butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and fluffy, then beat in vanilla.
    3. Gradually add flour and 1/2 tsp of salt until combined with butter/sugar mixture.
    4. Dough will be crumbly. Press together in a sheet of plastic wrap, then roll in to 1-2 inch balls.
    5. Dip each ball into beaten egg and roll in coconut. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and gently press an indention into center with your thumb.
    6. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and repress thumb indentations. Cool on wire wracks.
    7. If using caramel candies, melt with a few tablespoons of heavy cream over low heat about 5 minutes until mixture is smooth. Spoon caramel into indentations of cookies and sprinkle with sea salt.


    The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

    Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mango Icing


    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 c. butter, softened
    3/4 c. granulated sugar
    3/4 c. brown sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    2 cups Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 c. chopped nuts

    For Icing

    1/2 c. butter
    1 c. shortening
    3/4 c. mango puree
    5- 6 cups powdered sugar
    1 tsp mango extract (I get mine from Bakto Flavors)
    Yellow gel coloring (optional)
    1 tsp meringue powder (for stability but this is also optional)


    1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
    2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl.
    3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture.
    4. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
    5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
    6. BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
    7. Let stand for 2 minutes on hot baking sheet; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
      To make icing:
    8. In a mixing bowl, add butter and shortening and mix until there are no lumps.
    9. Add mango puree and mango extract and mix until everything is just combined.
    10. Slowly, add powdered sugar and meringue powder and continue mixing until everything is incorporated and you have a smooth mixture.


    The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

    Fortune CookieThe Fortune Hunter


    2 egg whites, room temperature
    6 tablespoons butter
    1/4 c. sugar
    1/2 c. flour, sifted
    1/4 tsps vanilla extract


    1. Place 3 inch circular stencil on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Stencil can be purchased or cut from the Fortune Cookieplastic lid of a coffee can.
    2. Whip the egg whites until stiff. Chill in refrigerator.
    3. Cream the butter, then add the sugar and continue mixing.
    4. Add the flour and blend in, then add the vanilla and blend again.
    5. Add the chilled egg whites and mix on low until well incorporated and the batter is smooth.
    6. With a small offset spatula, spread batter through the stencil. about 6 per cookie sheet.
    7. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until light golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
    8. Quickly remove the pan from the oven and one at time place a fortune across the center with a bit hanging out. Fold cookie circle in thirds over fortune with flaps only slightly overlapping each other. Turn over and bring opposing sides together and pinch. Allow to cool and harden.


    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

    World Peace CookiesThe Chocolate War


    1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
    1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
    ½ tsp baking soda
    1 stick + 3 tbsp. (11 tbsp. total) unsalted butter
    2/3 c. light brown sugar (packed)
    ¼ c. white sugar
    ½ tsp. fleur de sal or ¼ tsp fine sea salt
    1 tsp vanilla
    5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bits or generous ¾ c. mini-chips.


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda.
    3. Beat butter until creamy and add sugars, salt and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes.
    4. Slowly add flour mixture and mix about 3 seconds. Do not overbeat! Dough will be crumbly.
    5. Add chocolate and mix only to incorporate.
    6. Turn dough out on work surface, gather together and divide in half.
    7. Shape into logs, about 1 ½ inch diameter
    8. Chill at least 3 hours. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for 2 months. If frozen, don’t defrost before baking, simply bake an extra minute.
    9. With a sharp, thin knife, slice ½ inch thick disks. They may crack, just stick them back together.
    10. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    11. Bake on center rack 12 minutes. They won’t look done or firm.
    12. Let baking sheet sit on cooling rack & rest until just warm.

    These cookies are a bit complicated to make, but are absolutely delicious. It has been said that if everyone ate one of these a day, peace would alight upon the land.

    Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

    Red Velvet with SINnamon IcingThe Scarlet Letter

    The Baker: Arieh Ress


    1 box Red Velvet cake mix
    2 eggs
    1/3 c. vegetable oil
    For Icing:
    1/2 c. melted butter
    1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
    1-1 1/2 lb. powdered sugar
    1/4 tsp. cinnamon extract


    Scarlet Letter Cooky

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Combine one (1) box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix, two (2) eggs and one-third (1/3) c. vegetable oil using a hand blender or wire whisk.
    3. Form tsp sized balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or baking pan about one inch (1") apart. Slightly pat down the top of each cookie ball.
    4. Cook for 8-10 minutes (the top of the cookie will crack).
    5. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients until a smooth, slightly runny icing is formed. Frost warm cookies with warm frosting.


    Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

    Pink LemonadeVampire in the Lemon Grove


    1 c. butter
    1 c. white sugar
    2 eggs
    3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 (6 ounce) can frozen pink-lemonade concentrate, thawed
    2 tablespoons white sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 1 c. sugar. Blend in eggs.
    3. Sift together flour and baking soda in a separate bowl and gradually beat into butter mixture, alternating with 1/2 c. lemonade concentrate.
    4. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheet.
    5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly brown. Brush lightly with remaining lemonade, and sprinkle with remaining sugar.


    The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark TwainA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


    The Baker: Melissa Scheurer


    3 Tbsp. sugar
    ​1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 package Classic Yellow Cake MixThe Doodle Revolution
    2 large eggs
    ¼ c. vegetable oil


    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease baking sheets.
    2. Blend sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; set aside.Snickerdoodles
    3. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture in large bowl with wooden spoon until blended.
    4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2-inches apart on prepared pans. If desired, flatten balls with bottom of a glass.
    5. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool cookies 1 minute on pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
    6. Baking Tip: Use a 1 to 1-1/4-inch scoop to form dough into balls. For best results, bake one baking sheet at a time. If baking two sheets together, rotate pans halfway through baking.


    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

    Mexican chocolate cookiesLike Water For Chocolate


    3/4 lb butter
    1 3/4 c. sugar
    2 eggs
    3 cups flour
    1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/3 tsp black pepper
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp cinnamon
    4-6 ounces white chocolate


    1. Cream together butter, sugar and eggs.
    2. In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients.
    3. Gradually combine flour mixture into butter mixture, dough will be thick. Refrigerate for a half hour.
    4. Roll out on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters, bake 10 minutes at 375, cool on racks.
    5. Once cool, arrange all of the cookies on wax paper.
    6. In a double boiler, melt white chocolate, drizzle with a fork over cookies. Let chocolate cool until hard.


    The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

    Rum BallsThe Rum Diary

    The Baker: Arieh Ress


    3 c. Vanilla Wafers – Crushed Fine
    (One box = 2 1/2 Cups)
    1 ½ + 1 ½ cups ground nuts
    1 ½ c. powdered sugar
    3 tbsp. cocoa
    3 tbsp. white corn syrup
    Approximately ½ c. rum minus 1 tbsp.


    1. Grinders, old and new.Rum BallsMix half the ground nuts and all of the other ingredients together.
    2. Form into small balls.
    3. Roll in remaining nuts
    4. Store for 1 week in closed tin before eating.

    I used to make these with my mother when I was a little kid. We used an old hand grinder to grind up the wafers and nuts. It was a slow process, but the recipe and grinder were a way to connect with my grandparents: The recipe card was written out in my grandmother's hand, and the grinder came from my grandfather's restaurant supply store. I never knew either of them, but spending a whole day making these cookies carried on a family tradition.

    These days I usually use a small blender which makes short work of the grinding. These are some of the easiest cookies to make—taking about 20 minutes—though it does take some patience to actually wait for them to set up.


    Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

    MadeleineSwann's Way


    2/3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for molds
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp fleur de sel or pinch of fine sea salt
    1/3 c. sugar
    Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    2 large eggs, room temperature
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and warm, & unmelted for molds
    2 tablespoons whole milk


    1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
    2. Place sugar and lemon zest a bowl. Rub sugar and lemon zest together until sugar is moist and fragrant. Add eggs and whisk until mixture is pale and thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Whisk in honey and vanilla.
    3. Gently fold in flour mixture in three additions; fold in melted butter until fully incorporated. Stir in milk. Batter should be smooth and shiny. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter; transfer to refrigerator and let chill at least 1 hour. May be chilled for up to 2 days.
    4. Butter and flour a large madeleine pan. Spoon batter into madeleine pan; transfer to refrigerator for 1 hour.
    5. Place a heavy, large baking sheet in oven; preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    6. Place madeleine pan on preheated baking sheet and bake 11 to 13 minutes until golden and big bumps on top spring back when touched.
    7. Remove pan from oven and immediately release madeleines from pan by rapping pan on counter. If any stick, use a butter knife or fingers to help release. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

    Pumpkin SpiceSleepy Hollow


    1 c. butter, softened
    1 c. granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp rum extract
    3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 tsp salt


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and rum extract, beating until combined. Combine the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until combined. Wrap the dough in heavy-duty plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
    3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 4-inch pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until the edges are very lightly browned. Let the cookies cool on the pans for 2 minutes after removing from the oven. Cool completely on wire racks before icing.

    A big thank you to all our bakers, and to Lois Moore and Billy Parrott for the concept and brainstorming sessions!

    Have more suggestions of book-cookie pairings?

    Comment below, share them on our Facebook page, Tweet them to us @MidManhattanLib or tag us in your Instagram photos @MidManhattanLibrary.

    Just remember to use the hashtag #CookieLit when you do!

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    Hey all! So, we're a good month into the baseball offseason now. The Mets gave the city a nice long postseason run before petering out in the World Series. So while the boys of summer rest up for the 2016 campaign, the "boys of winter" take center stage now. And of course, I'm referring to the game's general managers, executives, and team owners. Winter's the time for brass members to pinpoint their club's weaknesses, and identify just how they're going to go about sealing those particular holes. Just like the actual season, there will be winning teams and there shall be losing teams. Here's hoping your team ends up a winner! And as we relax and warm our hands on the "hot stove", let's take a gander at the past and read up on some successful baseball executives from yesteryear who left their fingerprints on winning ballclubs.

    1. Frank Cashen - We've all got Mets fever still (right?) as we come off the heels of their memorable journey through October. Thus, we may as well lead off our list with Sir Frank here. Prior to becoming the general manager of the New York Mets from 1980-1991 (with a small stint as the club's interim GM in 1998 as well), Cashen spent a decade and change as an executive vice president in the Baltimore Oriole organization. During his tenure from 1965-1975, the Orioles enjoyed the most successful stretch in their franchise's history. The O's won 6 division titles (including 3 straight from 1969-1971), 4 pennants, and 2 championships on Cashen's watch. All of which made him super appealing to the "Grant's Tomb Mets", who finished last every season from '77 through '79, averaging a mere .397 winning percentage. In 1980, Mets owner Charles Shipman Payson sold the team to publishing company Doubleday and Co., which was headed by the late company's president, Nelson Doubleday Jr. His first order of business? Hiring Frank Cashen to reconstruct the entire roster and farm system. And that he did. With successful first round draft picks Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden in tow, the Mets pulled the trigger on some risky yet successful deals for established players such as Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter to name a few. With Cashen at the helm, the Mets enjoyed a solid run over the years 1984-1990, averaging over 95 wins in that time span. Of course, Cashen's magnum opus from his New York tenure would be the '86 World Champion Mets team, the subject of countless love and fanfare within the fanbase, and also the subject of the killer book, The Bad Guys Won!

    2. Jim Campbell - Plenty of gentlemen have done what Frank Cashen did, pioneering two teams to World Series titles. Jim Campbell kind of did that in his own way. He was not only the general manager that put together the 1968 championship Detroit Tigers roster (highlighted in Summer of '68), but also was the team president for a different generation's Tigers club in 1984, when they won it all once more. Campbell made many instrumental moves over the course of his career in Detroit. He initially cut his teeth in baseball as a minor league executive for the Tigers in 1949 before becoming a scout for them in 1960. He spent 1963-1983 as the club's general manager, and then became the team's president from 1978 until 1990. That's parts of six decades working for one team! Under his watch, the club signed a large amount of amateur free agents who ended up being pivotal during their 7-game victory of the St. Louis Cardinals in the '68 Fall Classic, including  Willie Horton, Jim Northrup, and Bill Freehan. All of whom are still relieved that Lou Brock didn't slide. Then in the 80's, Campbell once again made some great finds via scouting, as he drafted standouts such as Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, and Jack Morris, all of whom go down in Tiger lore. But it wasn't just his scouting that brought Detroit that title. He also made vital trades for All-Star outfielder Chet Lemon and closer Willie Hernandez (who'd go on to win both the MVP and Cy Young  Awards in that memorable 1984 summer in Motown). He had success in every aspect of the baseball executive's world. Few can say they were as successful as Jim Campbell was.

    3. John Schuerholz - Talking about long tenures? Well in that case, we can't forget to mention John Schuerholz and his substantial Atlanta Braves run. But before we get to that, we should also note how successful he was when he was the general manager of the Kansas City Royals. From 1981-1990, Schuerholz was the third general manager in Royals history. Under his guidance, the club reached the postseason 3 times (including their triumph in the 1985 World Series), and finished runnerup in the American League West 4 times. Following a dismal 1990 season, Schuerholz left for the Atlanta Braves franchise, and enjoyed immediate success. His 1991-2005 clubs (save for 1994, when there were no winners in a strike shortened season) all finished atop the National League East. That 14 straight division title marker is a baseball record, and is one that's going to be hard to dethrone. Schuerholz made sure his teams were always well-stocked with talent. He made deals to bring stars such as Greg Maddux (4 straight Cy Young awards from '92-'95), Terry Pendleton (took home the 1991 MVP), Gary Sheffield, and others. He also kept Atlanta stars such as Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz (who was acquired in a steal of a deal by another Brave icon, Bobby Cox) in Braves uniforms throughout their primes.  In 2007 he was promoted to president of the Atlanta Braves, a position which he still holds today.

    4. Cedric Tallis - From one 1-time Royal executive to another, Cedric Tallis was Kansas City's inaugural general manager. He had to build the club from scratch. And while Tallis only served as the expansion team's GM from 1969-1974, a lot of the moves that he made led to the dominant AL West force the club would become from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Draft picks (George Brett, Willie Wilson), trade acquisitions (Amos Otis, Hal McRae), and amateur signings (Frank White) all played integral roles for the powerhouse Royals clubs of eld. From there, Tallis would eventually move onto the 'Bronx Zoo' New York Yankee teams of the 1970s. Of course in those years, George Steinbrenner was the man really calling all the shots for the Bombers. Nevertheless, under Tallis' supervision, Yankee Stadium underwent its famous remodeling, and stars such as Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, and Goose Gossage all found their way into Yankee pinstripes. Tallis and Steinbrenner's Yankee ballclubs wound up taking home the 1977 and 1978 titles in two highly memorable seasons, profiled in Ladies and Gentlemen,The Bronx is Burning and October Men, respectively. 

    5. George Weiss - Finally, we'll mention one of the lesser known all-time greats, George Weiss. Weiss got to preside over arguably the most successful  era of New York Yankee baseball from 1947-1960, a period which includes all of Casey Stengel's time managing the team. But before that, Weiss' original job when hired by the Yankees in 1932 was to create a farm system from the ground up (the Yankees didn't have one yet). Weiss thrived at this job, and when the Yanks won 5 championships in 6 seasons from 1936-1941, a lot of the players Weiss brought on board played key parts. Eventually in 1947, Weiss moved into the general manager's chair, and things seriously began to take off for the Bombers. From 1947-1960, the Yankees continued their run of dominance, claiming 11 pennants and 8 World Series titles (including a record 5-peat from 1949-1953). Such a run simply isn't fathomable today with twice and many teams as well the tournament-playoff format in place now (back then you finished with the best winning percentage in your league, you went directly to the World Series) but nevertheless, Weiss kept the Yankees competitive for a lengthy amount of years. After his team fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960 World Series, Weiss was let go, but was snatched up by the upstart expansion team Mets. He became the club's first ever president and general manager. During his tenure with the Amazins, Weiss even made a bit of dubious news, when he drafted a catcher by the name of Steve Chilcott with the first overall pick in the 1966 draft. Going second? Future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. Chilcott would unfortunately never play an inning in the majors for any team.

    To read more about the men behind some of baseball's best teams, check out In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball.

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    It's Chanukah already?! Get in the mood for latkes and candles with this Chanukah sampler of eight books—one for each night, and for dreidel-players of all ages.

    And search our catalog for lots more Chanukah stuff: music, e-books, DVDs, and more.


    Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish by Emily Sper
    Everyone could stand to learn a little Yiddish this holiday season!





    How to Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lightsedited by Emily Franklin

    Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannukah… however you spell it, start off the celebration with a lighthearted collection of personal essays.






    Jewish Cooking Boot Camp by Andrea Marks Carneiro and Roz Marks
    This cookbook—geared toward the younger set—provides recipes for the Chanukah basics, as well as music suggestions, quick stories, and words of wisdom from Jewish bartenders.



    My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola
    A sweet and simple board book for the youngest revelers.






    Letter on the Wind by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
    Slightly older kids—ages 4-7—will enjoy this version of a classic Jewish folktale with gentle illustrations.






    The Magic Menorah by Jane Breskin Zalben
    A chapter book for the 7-10 set about a magical man who emerges from an old menorah.







    Hanukkah in America: A History by Dianne Ashton
    This serious work of nonfiction is an eminently readable historical exploration into the holiday—which the author argues isn’t a minor one after all. It begins with Chanukah’s origins and traces it through Jewish assimilation to current-day family celebrations.







    Elijah’s Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas by Michael J. Rosen
    Two friends of different religions, ages, races, and backgrounds come together in this sweet picture book about acceptance and inclusiveness.



    Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

    Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!

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    Cypress Hills is offering a free Commercial Drivers (CDL) License  Course and job placement assistance for a career as a  para-transit driver.  Para-transit drivers operate buses and vans providing service to people with medical mobility issues.  Para-transit drivers go above and beyond the duties of a regular bus driver to ensure that passengers are safe and comfortable in transit despite their physical conditions.


    • No education required     ambulance
    • Must be between the age of 21 and 30
    • Available to flexible hours
    • Must have a clean drivers license for 3 years minimum
    • No more than three points on drivers license
    • No pending violations or tickets

    Cypress Hills provides:

    • Free CDL training
    • Job placement assistance 
    • Opportunities for career advancement


    • Introduction into the transportation sector
    • Passenger endorsements
    • Career coaching
    • Professional development
    • Possibility with unionized positions are available.

    For more information, call 718-676-1544  X 106 or email

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    From dances and banquets to health insurance and free loan societies, landsmanshaftn helped immigrants in New York and many U.S. cities. Landsmanshaftn are Jewish community organizations of immigrants from the same city in Eastern or Central Europe. Documents from landsmanshaftn (spreadsheet of our collection) provide important information for genealogical research and for understanding immigrant life.

    Jewish immigrant at Ellis Island. Image ID: 79886

    Getting started

    Town of origin

    Are you researching a specific person or family? Check Ancestry for vital records, such as immigration, census and military documents, for the town that they came from. Also, check for documents in personal or family archives.

    Town or city name

    Find the official, modern name of their hometown town and its location. Use JewishGen's Town Finder to look it up, or consult the gazetteer Where Once We Walked.

    A Day In Castle Garden. Image ID: 805474

    Organizational publications

    Some landsmanshaftn published souvenir journals, by-laws, and constitutions, which often include photos of members and background information. Yizkor books were published by survivors and landslayt, and usually contain photos, essays about town history, communal life, wartime and lists of residents.

    View our list of landsmanshaftn publications, compiled by Roberta Saltzman

    Type of document Description Access
    Souvenir journals

    Organizational documents
    Illustrated publications for landsmanshaftn activities

    Constitutions or bylaws describing organizational procedures
    See the list of Landsmanshaftn Publications at NYPL

    Search the catalog by town or city name

    Search for archives at CJH, American Jewish Archives, Joint, ArchiveGrid
    Yizkor books Memorial books of communities destroyed in the Holocaust; most include essays, photographs and sometimes lists of residents Read at NYPL's Yizkor Books Online

    See JewishGen's bibliographic database and translations

    Search WorldCat

    Find major collections at YIVO, Yad Vashem, USHMM

    Landsmanshaftn records

    Use these sources to find information about organizational records of landsmanshaftn.

    Resource Description Access
    American Jewish Year Book (1899-2008) Includes list of Jewish organizations Available electronically or in print at NYPL
    Center for Jewish History - Landsmanshafn records Resources for researching Available online; contact CJH for more information
    Di Idishe landsmanshaften fun Nyu York (1938) Kliger, Hannah. Jewish hometown associations and family circles in New York : the WPA Yiddish Writers' Group study WPA Survey of Jewish hometown associations in New York Read it at NYPL or online

    Read it at NYPL
    Jewish Communal Register (1918) Survey of Jewish communal organizations of New York City Read it at NYPL or online
    Landsmanshaftn Department, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

    Correspondence of JDC Landsmanshaftn Department and landsmanshaftn, loan associations and communities in Eastern Europe Use online finding aid; collection is at CJH
    Master List of New York Landsmashaftn (1970-1980) Alphabetical list of New York landsmanshaftn Read it online
    YIVO Landsmanshaftn Collection;

    A guide to YIVO's landsmanshaftn archive: From Alexandrov to Zyrardov, by Rosaline Schwartz and Susan Milamed.
    Landsmanshaftn records at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Use online list; collection is at the Center for Jewish History
    Street scene on East side, New York City. Image ID: 416514

    Burial records

    Many landsmanshaftn had their own burial societies and established burial areas in local cemeteries. The information on the graves themselves, such as names, dates, and symbols can also provide research clues.

    Resource Description Access
    Burial Society Database - Jewish Genealogical Society of New York Database of landsmanshaftn/burial societies and cemeteries Available online
    Cemetery Directory - Jewish Genealogical Society of New York Names and contact information for New York-area Jewish cemeteries Available online
    International Jewish Cemetery Project - International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Jewish burial sites in New York; arranged geographically Available online
    JewishGen Online WorldWide Burial Registry (JOWBR) 2 million+ records of Jewish burials worldwide Available online

    Want to learn more? Try these books.

    See also Jewish Genealogy: A Quick Online Guide

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    H&R Block will present a recruitment on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm, for Client Services Professional  (15 Seasonal Bilingual  English/Spanish openings), at New York State Department of Labor - Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

    Spanish Speaking Resume Writing  Workshop on Thursday , December 10, 2015, 6-8 pm for all interested jobseekers and dislocated workers to organize, revise, and update resumes,  at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 - 60 Barclay Ave. 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11355. 

    New York Life Insurance Company will present a recruitment on Friday, December 11, 2015, 10 am - 2pm,  for Financial Services Professionals (5 openings) at Flushing, Workforce 1 Career Center, 138-60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11355.

    SolarCity Career Opportunities.  The NYS Department of  Labor is prescreening for the following three positions in Buffalo, NY:  Module Technician IIProcess Technician I, Process Technician III.

    If you would like to receive information for a future event showcasing employment opportunities at the Hotel Syracuse, please send an email to with 'Hotel Syracuse" in the subject line. 

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.  

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

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    The New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCE&TC) is an association of 200 community-based organizations, educational institutions, and labor unions that annually provide job training and employment services to over 750,000 New Yorkers, including welfare recipients, unemployed workers, low-wage workers, at-risk youth, the formerly incarcerated, immigrants and the mentally and physically disabled. View NYCE&TC Job Listings.

    Digital NYC is the official online hub of the New York City startup and technology ecosystem, bringing together every company, startup, investor, event, job, class, blog, video, workplace, accelerator, incubator, resource, and organization in the five boroughs. Search jobs by category on this site.

    St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development provides Free Job Training and Educational Programs in Environmental Response and Remediation Tec (ERRT). Commercial Driver's License, Pest Control Technician Training (PCT), Employment Search and Prep Training and Job Placement, Earn Benefits and Career Path Center. For information and assistance, please visit St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development or call 718-302-2057 ext. 202.

    Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement. Currently, BWI offers free job training programs in four industries: commercial driving, telecommunications cable installation, TV and film production, and skilled woodworking.

    CMP (formerly Chinatown Manpower Project) in lower Manhattan is now recruiting for a free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone who is receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Class runs for eight weeks, followed by one-on-one meetings with a job developer. CMP also provides Free Home Health Aide Training for bilingual English/Cantonese speakers who are receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks and includes test prep and taking the HHA certification exam. Students learn about direct care techniques such as taking vital signs and assisting with personal hygiene and nutrition. For more information for the above two training programs, email:, call 212-571-1690, or visit. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business trainings free to students who are entitled to ACCESS funding.

    Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) trains women and places them in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades. It helps women achieve economic independence and a secure future. For information call 212-627-6252 or register online.

    Grace Institute provides tuition-free, practical job training in a supportive learning community for underserved New York area women of all ages and from many different backgrounds. For information call 212-832-7605.

    Please note this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of December 6  become available.

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