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    The following titles on our Recent Acquisitions Display are just a few of our new books, which are available at the reference desk in the Dorot Jewish Division. Catalog entries for the books can be found by clicking on their covers.

    American Christian Support For Israel
    Antisemitism In The German Military
     A History
    Belsen And Its Liberation
    British Fascist Antisemitism
    Eating Delancey
    Filming The End Of The Holocaust
    Hair, Headwear, And Orthodox Jewish Women
     Is It Good For the Jews?
    Losing The Temple
    Neighboring Faiths
    Sephardi Lives
    Ten Commandments
    Unwanted Legacies

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    This is one of a series of blog posts related to the NYPL Public Domain Release: discover the collections and find inspiration for using them in your own research, teaching, and creative practice.

    Last month, The New York Public Library released over 180,000 high resolution images for download that we believe are “public domain,” by which we mean free of known U.S. copyright restrictions. The phrase “public domain” refers to things for which copyright has expired or does not apply. When an item is in the public domain, no permission from a copyright holder is necessary for someone to use or reuse that item. In recent weeks, we have received a number of requests for more information on the work that went into the release. I am proud to share with our users the work of the Copyright and Information Policy team (also known as the Rights team) did for this release and continues to do to expand access to our collections.

    Flying-fish, Exocoetus Volitans. Image ID: 429338

    This release is a continuation of NYPL’s mission to advance knowledge. This commitment to providing free and open access to our collection is a core value at NYPL. In 2013, we published and implemented our policy on open bibliographic metadata, making a significant number of records available without restriction. In 2014, we released more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. By growing the number of high resolution images available for download, we are able to continue to serve a vital role in the intellectual fabric of American life.

    A vibrant and robust public domain of books, art, film, music and other works is critical to libraries and our users. Artists and authors of all kinds rely on the public domain to create new expression, scholarship and knowledge. For example, many of today’s animated movies borrow heavily from the fairy tales and stories that are in the public domain. Building on the work of others helps fulfill the constitutional purpose of copyright law, which is to “promote the progress of science and the useful arts.”

    For NYPL’s release of high resolution images, the Rights team at the Library invested significant time and effort to review these items. A primary role of this unit is to make the Library’s myriad collections more broadly available to researchers and to the general public by researching and analyzing rights issues. When we digitize an item from our collection, we review the potential copyright, trademark and other rights involved in our use of that item to avoid infringing the important rights of rightsholders. We use tools like reverse image searches and the Catalog of Copyright Entries in our research. We create and record information about the rights issues in collection items and store that information along with other data about the item in our repository. In particular, we attempt to make determinations regarding the copyright status of collection items under the laws of the United States.

    Unfortunately, investigating the copyright status of collection items is not always easy. We often are not able to make conclusive or definitive determinations. This is due, in part, to the complexity of U.S. copyright law and changes to the law over the last one hundred years. For example, the publication date of an item can be a critical fact to determine whether the item is in the public domain. But the definition of publication is not always intuitive. For example, the broadcast of a speech on national television was not considered a publication of that speech.

    Gumard, sapphirine, Trigla hirundo. Image ID: 429307

    Beyond the complexity of U.S. copyright law, another factor that makes it difficult to make conclusive copyright determinations is that we may lack key pieces of information about the item. For example, photographic prints often lack information about when they were taken or the name of the photographer. Without that information, we will have difficulty determining whether the copyright in that photograph was renewed, if renewal was necessary. While many tools have surfaced to facilitate determinations, the tools are only as good as the information that goes into them. We encourage anyone who may have more information about our items to contact us at

    When we are able to reach reasonable conclusions about what we believe the copyright status of an item is, we want to share that information with our users. We want to share that information in a way that is as clear and precise as we can be. That is why we have decided to use the phrase “no known U.S. copyright restrictions” instead of “public domain.” By using “no known U.S. copyright restrictions,” we want to express to our users that we were unable to find any indication that the item is still protected by U.S. copyright law. We also want to be sure our users understand that we are not a court of law, nor are we able to guarantee that we have not made a mistake in either the facts or the law.*

    We will make more items available in high resolution as we continue our copyright status investigation. My team will be reviewing items that have already been digitized but lack a recorded copyright status determination, as well reviewing new digitization. That means each time you explore our digital collections, you will find new items available as high resolution downloads. Check out newly released public domain content at and the creative work it has facilitated at

    Diminutive Sucker, Cyclopterus Montagui. Image ID: 429376

    *These items may be subject to rights of privacy, rights of publicity and other restrictions. It is your responsibility to make sure that you respect these rights.

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    Welcome to The Librarian is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

    Subscribe on iTunes

    Taboo subjects in adult and children's books alike abound on our fifth episode. Plus, find out what makes a "rare book" rare with our very own rare book librarian, Jessica Pigza.

    Margery Sharp, our new favorite author.

    What We're Reading Now

    The New York Review of Books and NYRB Classics

    Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

    Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips

    missing out

    Stoner by John Williams

    The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, and the idea of American literary regionalism

    Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge

    Hot Topix

    A Fine Dessert and A Birthday Cake for George Washington

    Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everythingby Maira Kalman

    Kalman's illustration of Jefferson's home, Monticello.

    Monticello image and a great Q&A from KQED

    Best Friends for Frances by Tom and Lillian Hoban

    We Need Diverse Books

    Guest Star

    Jessica Pigza's very own book, Bibliocraft

    Fort McHenry

    The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

    The Slow Food movement and the Slow Fashion movement

    Margery Sharp:Something Light (NYPL's copy in the General Research Division and used copies available on AbeBooks) and The Rescuers

    Spinster by Kate Bolick

    Turning Our Pages Word of the Week

    Gwen: "Broad." Broad City is back!

    Jessica: "Bread." Beard on Bread by James Beard.

    Frank: "Oy vey." Just because.

    Thanks for listening, and find us online @NYPLRecommends, the Bibliofile blog, and Or email us at!

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     Secret Origins

    The 1962 publication of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first comic book to feature Spider-Man, was a groundbreaking moment in the history of superhero comics.

    The popular characters of the previous 24 years had all been successful young professionals living in fictional, utopic cities; Superman was a star reporter, Batman was a millionaire, Wonder Woman was a Greek god, and Aquaman was king of Atlantis. Spider-Man broke this mold. The young Peter Parker was a jobless 16-year-old from Queens who was regularly bullied at school, and whose alter-ego, Spider-Man, was despised by the New York public.

    Amazing Fantasy #15 was a huge success, outselling other superhero titles on the market. Spider-Man's popularity convinced publishers that teenage superheroes with real-world problems could star in successful comic series. A wave of comics featuring teenage heroes followed on the heels of Spider-Man’s publication.

    54 years later, the teenage heroes of the '60s have grown up; Peter Parker isn’t an angst-ridden teen anymore— in the current series, he’s the CEO of a multi-national corporation. Now, to appeal to 21st century teens, Marvel and DC comics have created a new generation of teenage superheroes.

    Fittingly, the first of these heroes is a new Spider-Man.

     The Ultimate Spider-Man

    Miles Morales - The Ultimate Spider-Man (2011)

    In 2011, after writing the Ultimate Spider-Man series for ten years, writer Brian Michael Bendis created 13-year-old Miles Morales, a teenager of Black Hispanic descent, who becomes Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker.

    While not fighting crime, Miles struggles to maintain a secret identity while attending a new charter school in Brooklyn. In 2015, the popularity of the character prompted Marvel Comics to make Miles a new member of The Avengers.



    All-New X-Men

    The All-New X-Men (2012)

    In 2012, when writer Brian Michael Bendis took over writing the X-Men, he decided to bring back the teenage characters from the 1960’s.

    In this new series, The Beast uses a time-travel device to bring the teenage X-Men of the 60’s into the 21st century Westchester County, New York, where they meet their adult counterparts. 

    The teens think the adults are a bunch of sellouts, while the adults think the teens are inexperienced brats. However, the two groups must work together to find a way to send the teenagers back to the past.


    Ms. Marvel

    Kamala Kahn - Ms. Marvel (2014)

    In 2014, editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, along with writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphonia, created Kamala Kahn, a Pakistani American shape-shifting super heroine from Jersey City, who becomes a new Ms. Marvel after the previous heroine retires.

      Kamala must learn to control her powers and protect her family and classmates from The Inventor, while also completing her schoolwork and religious duties. Like Miles Morales, Kamala was made a member of the Avengers in 2015.




    Barbara Gordon – Batgirl (2014)

    In 2014, writer Cameron Stewart and artist Brendan Fletcher re-invented the character of Batgirl, changing her from a 30-year-old detective to a 19-year old student and moving her to a Bushwick analogue called “Burnside.”

    This new Batgirl fights crime while working to manage her social-media presence and make time to go to her friend’s band’s concerts.




    Teen Titans

    Teen Titans (2014)

    In 2014, writer Will Pfeifer and artist Kenneth Rocafort relaunched the Teen Titans comic series, wherein the titular team fight to guide and defend a new generation of super-powered teenagers.

    Their goal is to mold these teens into heroes, rather than letting them become villains. At the same time, the old heroes and the new teens have to get used to living and training together in Titans Tower.



    Doctor FateKhalid Nassor - Doctor Fate (2016)

    Egyptian-American Khalid Nassor is DC comics' newest teen hero. After stumbling upon the helmet of Fate at the Brooklyn Museum, Khalid is endowed with  a costume and abilities that he must use to defend the world against Anubis, the Lord of the Dead.

    This graphic novel is coming soon to a library near you!

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    Are you passionate about starting a restaurant career but do not have the experiences that hiring restaurants usually require?

    Do you already have some restaurant experience but want to enhance your skills to make yourself more competitive to advance to your dream position?

    The Colors Hospitality and Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) Institute, a program of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), a non-profit organization, offers a free 6-week Culinary  Arts  and Front of the House Restaurant skills training program to New York City residents, including individuals and families  with employment barriers.

    Courses will last 6 weeks and will take place in a formal, instructional, hands-on restaurant setting.  Job placement assistance is also included.

    Culinary Arts (101 course)

    dessert held by Aureole at Aureole
    Image ID: 2042183
    • Cooking Technique Basics
    • Basic Pastry
    • Barista/Specialty Coffee
    • Edible Design, Charcuterie and Cold Food Preparation

    Front-of-House (101 Course)

    • Fine Dining  Service Etiquette
    • Table Side Service /Customer Service 
    • Bartending Basics
    • Wine Training
    • Barista/Specialty Coffee

    NYC Food Protection Course (Included in both courses)

    Industry standard license from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    Orientations are offered every Wednesday at 11 am.  The office is located on 275 Seventh Ave. (Between 25th and 26th Street), suite 1703, New York, NY 10001.

    For more information call 212-343-1771 or visit 

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  • 02/18/16--14:32: Beyond Bollywood
  • Bollywood: the very word conjures up images of larger-than-life, luridly colored, Photoshopped posters advertising the latest releases from studios in Bombay. Replete with clichéd stories, stereotypical characters, catchy music and impossible dance and karate moves, these movies have sometimes entertained, and sometimes bored many of us.

    Once in a while, there would be an "arty" offering for the discerning viewer. In the last ten years, however, there has been a steady trickle of commercial movies with solid storylines, believable characters, excellent acting and superb editing, all pointing to a crop of directors who know how to combine intelligence, information, and entertainment.

    The last two years have been great for Hindi cinema—directors like Anurag Kashyap, Shoojit Sircar, Sriram Raghavan, Neeraj Ghaywan, and actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Irfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Bhumi Pednekar clearly take their art seriously. If you are tired of the same old, or have never tried Hindi movies before, you may want to check these out soon. They will entertain you, make you think, and inform you about the lives of ordinary Indians in an extraordinary country and culture.

    Beyond Bollywood DVDs

    Gangs of Wasseypur I and II
    "Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir's Singh's colliery only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur. "

    "Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town."

    "A quirky comedy about the relationship between an ageing father and his young daughter, living in a cosmopolitan city, dealing with each other's conflicting ideologies while being fully aware that they are each other's only emotional support."

    "Raghu's indefectible life is devastated, when a robbery episode kills his wife and son. The culprit Liak refuses to let out the truth and is imprisoned for 20 years. Refusing to move on, Raghu harbours in him the tryst for truth. Can he avenge the deaths of people who meant the world to him?"

    "Queen is an ignorant Delhi girl who finds herself on a 'honeymoon' all by herself. What happens along the way forms the crux of this sweet, sensitive, fun social drama."

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    SAGEWorks Boot Camp - Enrollment Now Open.  SAGEWorks assists people 40 years  and older in learning relevant, cutting-edge job search skills in a LGBT-friendly environment.  This 2 week training takes place from Monday - Friday, 3/21/16- 4/1/16 - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at The SAGE Center, 305 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001. 

    SAGEWorks Workshop - In Synergy for Individuals 55 and Older, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:30 - 1:45 pm, at the SAGE Center, 305 7th Avenue, 6th Floor, Conference Room  2, New York, NY 10001.  This workshop is for individuals 55 and older recently unemployed after working for many years for the same employer and/or now seeking a career transition.   SAGEWorks assists people 40 years  and older in learning relevant, cutting-edge job search skills in a LGBT-friendly environment. 

    Nathan's Famous will present a  recruitment on Thursday, February 25, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm for Potato Chopper (10 P/T Seasonal openings),  Seafood Shucker (10 P/T Seasonal openings),  Cook/Food Preparation (10 P/T Seasonal openings), Kitchen Clean-up (10 P/T Seasonal openings), Overnight Porter (10 P/T Seasonal openings), Outside Maintenance (10 P/T Seasonal openings) , at the New York State Department of Labor - Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schemerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

    Cooperative Cleaning will present a recruitment on Friday, February 26, 2016, 1 0  am - 2pm, for Residential Housekeeper (10 openings) at the Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458.  By appointment only.

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.  

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    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Brooklyn Community  Board 14:  Available jobs

    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 February 21 become available.

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    Updated Feb. 19, 2016:

    We’re saddened to learn of the death of Harper Lee at age 89. Her work—especially her incredibly vivid characters—touched the lives of millions of readers, including many of us here at the Library, so we’re republishing this post from June about our feelings on To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Harper Lee’s 1960 classic touches a chord in almost everyone who reads it—including (maybe especially) librarians.

    As we prepare for the July 14 release of Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman, we asked our NYPL colleagues for personal reflections on the first time they read To Kill a Mockingbird: Where were you, and how old were you? What struck you about the story or characters? And what stuck with you?

    To Kill a Mockingbird cover

    I was probably in the 7th or 8th grade when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. Having grown up in a relatively sleepy and homogeneous community, I had a hard time understanding the turbulent world that Scout inhabited at first, but eventually the book woke me up to a lot of the injustices that were going on beyond the small town I lived in. It was the first time I was exposed to literature with a meaningful political dimension.

    This was an especially powerful awakening for me, since I felt so closely bonded to Scout. Like her, I too was curious (read: nosy) and eager to be a part of the adult world, so reading To Kill a Mockingbird was super immersive in that I felt like I was with Scout as she related her story, almost as if I was seeing the book's plot unfold through my own eyes.

    Since the sequel, Go Set a Watchman, is told by an all-grown-up Scout, I'm really looking forward to finding out if I still feel that same affinity with her. —Nancy Aravecz, Mid-Manhattan

    I remember first reading it in 8th-grade English, and loving how Atticus spoke so gently to his children but never talked down to them. He spoke to them about justice in a way that was powerful, but also completely understandable to them (and me). And, of course, I loved that Scout dressed as a ham for Halloween.  —Ronni Krasnow, Morningside Heights

    To Kill a Mockingbird cover

    I must have been in middle school when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. I couldn't believe that the United States had been that horribly segregated. My father had grown up in the Deep South, in New Orleans, and I remember asking him if that was really how it was.

    “Worse,” he said. “There's a reason why I left.”

    But he made sure I understood that just as there was evil in the Jim Crow South, there were also good people trying to make a difference, like Atticus and my grandmother Claire and great aunts. This book always reminds me of my courageous relatives and that it’s always worth fighting the good fight, no matter the consequences. —Anne Rouyer, Mulberry Street

    My first reading of To Kill a Mockingbird was in response to having seen the movie. The image that sticks with me the most from my childhood reading/viewing (and I have a little trouble separating the book from the film, I must admit!) is Scout discovering Boo Radley, not a monster but a friend. —Danita Nichols, Inwood

    To Kill a Mockingbird cover

    I read it for the first time when I was 11 over the summer. I was very aware of the civil rights movement and totally ignorant of small-town Southern society, so I was struck by Aunt Alexandra and Lee's comparisons of her rules of female behavior, compared to Maudie or Calpurnia. Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Exhibitions

    To Kill a Mockingbird was the first book I read that made me feel like an adult. I was 13 and I bought a copy of it to bring with me to summer camp. I knew it was a classic, but no one told me to read it. I finished the book in three days. 

    And when I came home two months later, my mother found it in my bag and asked me what I thought. I loved it and told her so. And she agreed with me!

    Sometimes there's not much a 12-year-old girl and her mother can agree on, but it was a gorgeous feeling to discuss this book with my mom and feel we were speaking the same language. —Amy Geduldig, Communications & Marketing

    I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in 5th or 6th grade. I think I also watched the film for 12 Angry Men for the first time as part of the same class, and together they really set the stage for my understanding of lawyering and how the jury system works.

    To Kill a Mockingbird cover

    The names: Scout, Jem, Boo, are really vivid when you're a kid, and the story kept my rapt attention. —Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

    I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird on the bus to and from school in 10th grade and truly being transported to that time and place. I was just beginning to understand and appreciate symbolism in literature, and I remember being particularly moved by the central symbol of the mockingbird, and the message that to kill innocent songbirds, who only sing for us, is wrong. —Susan Tucker Heimbach, Mulberry Street

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

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    Dear actors, designers, directors, playwrights, producers, and stage managers:

    We’re pretty sure there’s been a time when you’ve thought, “There’s gotta be an app for that,” searched on Google Play or iTunes, and found yourself sad and disappointed.

    We want to make you happy again.

    Dear app developers and designers:

    As Alexander Hamilton once sang, “You strike me as a group who’s never been satisfied.”

    We know you’ve always wished you could work together with theater professionals and fellow developers for, like, two days in a cool exhibition gallery with free food.  

    We want your top notch brains, and we’ll make it happen.

    On Monday April 18 and Tuesday April 19, the Billy Rose Theatre Division and MASIE Productions are hosting the second Broadway Hackathon at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  Teams will spend Monday morning imagining apps aimed at helping theater professionals of all kinds.  Then teams combined with creatives, incubators and developers will have 24 hours, from 1 PM on Monday to 1 PM on Tuesday to develop either a sketched out map or prototype to demonstrate in a public presentation on Tuesday afternoon. The most promising applications will be selected for a longer incubation process leading to full releases.

    This year, in honor of the 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy, we are especially interested in applications supporting the production of Shakespearean plays, though this focus should serve as an inspiration rather than a restriction.

    If you’ve read this far, you’re cool.  And cool people should be at this event.  So hurry over to our EventBrite and sign up before people less cool than you take all the spots!

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    Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora.

    Each episode highlights a letter from popular collections housed in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

    Today’s episode features an excerpt of a love letter from musician and composer Nathan Woodard to his wife and creative collaborator the actress, novelist, poet, playwright Alice Childress, who was also a member of the American Negro Theatre.

    Alice Childress
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "Alice Childress, author." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. Image ID: 2006653

    To read the entire love letter, visit the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, New York Public Library!

    *Special Note: All text is represented as originally written by the correspondent.  

    Today’s correspondence is recited by Linden Anderson, Library Technical Assistant III in the Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

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    Here at Woodlawn Heights we have five, yes five different Book Clubs offering a different title every month.

    While four are for adults, we have a book club just for kids ages 8-12.

    Nora Webster

    The Woodlawn Book Club, facilitated by Sharon Aperto, features the latest in notable fiction. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6 PM here at the branch.

    Next month’s title is Nora Webster by Colm Tobin. In April they will be reading Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva.

    White Dresses

    The Emerald Isle Book Club features titles destined to be classics. In March they will be reading White Dresses by Mary Pflum Peterson.

    April’s title is God’s Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher.

    My Dream of You

    The Aisling Center Book Club has more of an eclectic taste. They meet every third Monday of the month. March’s title is My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain.


    The Children and Books Club not only integrates the classics of children’s literature, but also the current trends developing in the field. Our own Children’s Librarian, Rachel Hanig, will be facilitating Children and Books on March 14. The group will meet to discuss Frindle by Andrew Clements.

    The Call of the Wild

    Can’t make it during the week? Our Banned Book Club meets every third Saturday starting March 19. Facilitated by our Adult Librarian, Lauren Ford, the first book will be The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

    All books for each group will be made available for participants through the Library.   

    For more information, go to our website, call, or come on in to the branch! 

    For book discussions happening at other branches, check the book discussion groups page.

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    A library can recruit and serve its users in myriad ways. At the Science, Industry and Business Library we reach out virtually through social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and blogs) and our website; we also impact our users onsite and in person at our always-accessible service points for walk-ins, and via consultations, coaching, and counseling by appointment.

    As NYPL's business library, SIBL is committed to these one on one, customized sessions; however, we also use a 'wholesale' approach to cultivate new customers who benefit immensely from SIBL's resources, services, and expertise. Over the years, SIBL has partnered with 100+ tri-state government agencies, NGOs, not for profits, schools, proprietary institutes, professional associations, and colleges to orient and train their staff and clients in order to get more bang for the buck.

    The purpose of this round up of SIBL's 2015 outreach efforts is to spur more engagement with potential audiences from the commercial, educational, entrepreneurial, financial readiness, human development, innovation, professional, small business, and trade arenas. Follow the lead of SCORE, WIBO, MCC, SoBRO, Baruch, NYC Small Business Services, FastTrac, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, the FPA-NY, the Financial Women's Association, Coalition for the Homeless, Grace Institute, the Consulate of Poland, the U.S. State Department, and engage with SIBL. As the calendar below suggests, we're available to work with your staff and clients, throughout the year, even over the summer, right here at 34th Street or we'll also come to you.

    Please feel free to contact us if you would like a SIBL information expert to address your group and demonstrate the resources key to your mission. Send us an email at

    2015 Outreach Partners











    Oct. 28: SIBL @ New York Business Expo& Conference (Javits Center)



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    Florence Mills
    Florence Mills. Image ID: 5105186

    In 1916, five years before her big break in Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical Shuffle Along, Florence Mills performed in Chicago’s Panama Cafe as part of the Panama Trio. The other members of the trio were Cora Green and Ada "Bricktop" Smith, who would later achieve fame for the Paris nightclubs she performed in and owned.

    Mills was famed for her birdlike voice, although sadly no recording survives of it, as well as her spontaneous dancing during her numbers. By the age of five, she was already winning contests for her rendition of the cakewalk and buck dancing. A keysheet of publicity photos of her hints at her pixie charm, which continued into her adult performing persona:

    White Studios keysheet, Florence Mills
    White Studio keysheet, Florence Mills. Image ID: w95f0_34431

    She was one of the most popular entertainers of the early 1920s in New York, London, and Paris, and yet, perhaps because she died at the age 32 in 1927, her fame has not survived. More than 150,000 people came to mourn her premature passing.

    Florence Mills funeral procession, 1927
    Florence Mills funeral procession, 1927. Image ID: 3952160

    Only one full length biography of Mills has been published, Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen, by Bill Egan, which is available for use in the Library both at the Library for the Performing Arts and at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Schomburg also holds Mills's manuscript collection, among other collections related to the performer.

    For children, the New York Public Library holds two books about Mills:

    Harlem's Little Blackbird, by Rene Watson; illustrated by Christian Robinson. Also available in e-book version.

    Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage, by Alan Schroeder; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Also available in e-book version.

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    Are you in the mood for more gritty dystopian fiction with brooding flawed characters? More twisty, unpredictable suspense series? More British love stories? More police drama starring women detectives? More New York City crime series? Here are some recommendations for you.

    morning star

    #1 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Morning Star by Pierce Brown, more gritty dystopian fiction with brooding flawed characters:

    The Windup Girlby Paolo Bacigalupi

    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

    Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead




    Find Me

    #2 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Find Her by Lisa Gardner, more twisty unpredictable suspense series:

    Aloneby Lisa Gardner

    Shadow Manby Cody McFadyen

    Baltimore Bluesby Laura Lippman




    Me Before You

    #3 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, more British love stories:

    Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope

    One Day by David Nicholls

    The House We Grew Up Inby Lisa Jewell




    Brotherhood In Death

    #4 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb, more police series starring women detectives:

    The Rizzoli & Isles seriesby Tess Gerritsen

    The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novelsby Laurell K. Hamilton

    The Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George




    NYPD Red 4

    #5 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed NYPD RED 4 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp, more New York City crime series:

    Lawrence Block

    S.J. Rozan

    Jim Fusilli

    Reggie Nadelson

    Ed Dee


    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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    In February, we observe Black History Month. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we present our one hundredth episode, and there's no way we'd rather celebrate than by presenting the genius men and women making black history today, from music moguls to authors, chefs to television stars. Please join us in looking back at appearances of some of the most incredible guests LIVE from the NYPL, Books at Noon, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have had the privilege to host.

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    Marcus Samuelsson

    Yes, Chef: Marcus Samuelsson in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

    "When people learn my history, they always think that in my own family race was the most dynamic thing and I understand it, you know, my cousin was Korean and my auntie was Jewish. My parents were white, and we were two black kids and one mixed kid. So, from the outside, yes, but not within the family. Love was the most dynamic thing in our family."

    "The way a black person has to integrate and create their journey when it's not around sports or, let's say, singing, that narrative is so complex and so different that you have to walk a line that is so thin and different and very often you have to not just see the door, but you have to build the door, open it, and walk. You get one shot at it. You don't get a second chance. So it's about building that narrative, opening, creating that door, building it so other people can open it later on... Most places that I went to, they'd never even seen a black cook. The notion of being a black chef didn't even exist."

    Ntozake Shange

    Talks at the Schomburg: Ntozake Shange at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    "The most significant part of my background I think is that I was raised in absolutely colored neighborhoods until I was fourteen years old, so the neighbor, the dry cleaning man, the pharmacist, the dentist, the grocer, the school guard: everyone was colored. So it never occurred to me that we were illegitimate in some way because we were a whole world. And I think that that has given me a kind of strength that pulls me through the moments that I otherwise might not know how to get through... My parents were very interested in the arts and culture of the black people from all over the place. My father collected drums from Cuba and Haiti. My mother recited poems from the Harlem Renaissance. She read us Paul Laurence Dunbar. The first poem I knew was not 'O Captain! My Captain!' but was 'Speak up, Ike, an' 'spress yo'se'f!' That's a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem. So I was immersed in black culture without having to be told that I was having something done to me, and that's where the richesse of my work I think comes from."

    Charles Blow

    Between the Lines: Charles Blow & Khalil Muhammad at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    "I had always looked up to Martin Luther King the way other kids looked up to basketball stars or rockstars or something. And so, that way he became a role model. He was erudite. He had ambition. He was noble. He was incredibly well-educated. He was well-spoken. And then around the same time, Prince Charles marries Diana! I didn't even know there was a Prince Charles. But all of a sudden, Prince Charles is all over the television and you can't get away from this 'Prince Charles marries this woman and now there's a princess.' I wasn't even sophisticated in my logic. It was just like, 'There's a Prince. His name is Charles. I could be a Prince!' So I just start to watch him every time he's on television. And watch the way he holds his body. Does his hand fall in front or behind? He actually would do this waistcoat thing, where he put one hand here. I didn't like that. But everything else... Everything he did; I did it."

    Tavis Smiley

    Books at Noon: Tavis Smiley

    “That trip, being exposed to Maya and all these other personalities that I mentioned earlier, sitting and listening and talking to her: I'm a twenty-something year-old kid, and for young black men this just doesn't happen. This just doesn't happen that young black men are told that their lives matter. It's a much larger conversation, given what we are witnessing every day in this country, in New York, and beyond. I won't get into that now. But to be told that you matter and to be told that your opinions matter, and to be asked what you think about this, that, and the other, and to be invited to interrogate this world class intellectual, to be invited to disagree with her (she wants to know why you feel this way; she wants this exchange): who does that? Who has this experience as a twenty-something year-old black man in this country? And who has this up against Maya Angelou? That just doesn't happen. So the journey of me figuring out that there was something in the world for me to do, that I had a voice, that I had a gift, and that I had to use that, that whole journey begins in this two week period when we're in Africa.”

    George Clinton

    LIVE from the NYPL: George Clinton | Paul Holdengräber

    "Smokey, when he wrote songs like 'My Girl,' 'It's Growing,' and all of that, it turned the whole industry around. Everybody had been writing bubble gum, you know, love songs. But he had lyrics and puns that you were like, 'How can anyone think of all of that?' And he would do it over and over... He was an artist artist."

    Shaquille O'Neal

    LIVE from the NYPL: Shaquille O'Neal | Paul Holdengräber

    "One of the things my parents told me was to follow your dreams. So you know as a youngster you have a lot of dreams. So when I was coming up, it was Fat Boys, Big Daddy Kane and LL Cool J, so I used to be sitting in the house and I’d see them and I’d be like, 'Man, I want to do that one day,' and I’d see Dr. J and you know Patrick Ewing and all those guys and I’d be like, 'Man, I want to do that one day.' Then I’d see Arnold Schwarzenegger and I’d say, 'Man, I want to do that one day.' So for me doing a rap album wasn’t about me being a rapper, it was about me continuing to follow my dreams. And get you know, getting a chance to rock out with my favorite artists, that’s what it was about. But Biggie was phenomenal. He was the only guy I seen who didn’t write his stuff down. Him and Jay Z."


    Between the Lines: Timbaland at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    "People need to pay attention to the kids around us. I feel like people get to thirty-five, thirty-six, they kind of get complacent, and I feel like our kids are the future. In school they need to come up with something more creative for our children instead of letting the outside create stuff for our children... That's my next calling: to do music and to teach at the same time."

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    LIVE from the NYPL: Ta-Nehisi Coates | Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    "The basic argument of this book is we have a notion that, as far as I'm concerned, filters through all of our conversation about race, and I talk about this in the book. And it holds that there are a unique race of people called white who come from Europe, who are pure and are here. There is a unique race of people called black, who come from Africa and are here. There's a unique Asian race that comes from someplace called Asia and are here. There is a unique race of Native Americans and increasingly a unique race of Hispanics and Latinos who are here. And this is written in blood, somehow written in the DNA and inscribed by science. But in fact what you find is that these definitions, these allegedly biological hard and fast definitions, are not consistent across history and are certainly not consistent across geography. And when you try to understand why we call something white today and why we call something black today, you go back into the history and you cannot get away from the notion of plunder. Someone decided that they wanted to be able to strip as many people as possible of their labor, the fruits to their labor. They called the group of people black... We've had groups of people come to America at various points and not necessarily be called white, and slowly because of some sort of political interest, they get called white. If you think about the world that way, if you understand race as a done thing, not the work of God, not the work of Jesus, but an actual done thing, a decision that was made by a group of people, it charges you with some things. It charges you to fix some things. But if you can make it mystical, if you can make it the work of Jesus, if you can make it the work of God, you can say, 'This is just natural.' Then the inequality, the wealth gap, it becomes sanctified. You can think, 'Not my fault, man. I didn't choose this. It ain't got nothing to do with me.' Racecraft: a very good book."


    LIVE from the NYPL: RuPaul | Paul Holdengräber

    “In this world we live in, and you know this in your soul, there are positive forces and negative forces—a battery: AC/DC—that's how things get propelled and how electricity works. To have both elements happening at once is when you're fully functioning on this planet. I didn't make this stuff up. That's what it is. So when you see a culture of men who are afraid of showing any type of femininity at all—and it's there; it's not like it doesn't exist there—it's very sad. And you know, you see guys with swagger walking down the street like, you know, doing this thing, you know, and you realize that they're so afraid. They're putting on this affectation that really just says how afraid they are. And I feel bad for them. I feel bad for anyone who doesn't allow their fully-functioned electrical charges work together.”

    Toni Morrison and Angela Davis

    LIVE from the NYPL: Toni Morrison and Angela Davis

    "Homophobia—it’s so obviously—the violence connected with that, it’s so obviously a destruction of the self, I mean it’s just blatant, you know, to me, this others, or maybe people don’t realize it so much, but calling people names and beating them up and hanging people off of fences, I mean it’s just so self-destructive, you know. The more vicious it is toward the so-called homosexual person, the more violence there is toward oneself in that, and I think that that, you know, distributes itself in other kinds of scapegoats."

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith

    Between the Lines: Chimamanda Adichie with Zadie Smith at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    "In Nigeria, people will say 'sister,' but they don't mean it racially, so I think it's the understanding that it's racial that for me and for many immigrants from West Africa, it's just a little off-putting. It's a little disorienting because you don't quite get it. And I think it also has to be said that you very quickly realize that you're expected to play 'The Good Black' because you're not African-American; therefore, you're 'The Good Black.' White people will say, 'Oh, but you're different!' and you're not supposed to be, instead of being furious, because that's really an insult, you're supposed to be happy... There are many Nigerians who don't get it. There are also many Nigerian immigrants who are raising children here, children who are very affected by race because America is a society that's steeped in race whether we like it or not, but somehow the parents are oblivious. It's one of the things I wanted to explore in the novel. They're just completely oblivious, so the kid is the only black kid in an all-white school in Maine and the parent thinks it doesn't matter."


    LIVE from the NYPL: Jay-Z in conversation with Cornel West and Paul Holdengräber

    "I think the hustler and the freedom fighter are similar in, you know, it’s this anti-countercultural movement. One is about freedom and about having things and about improving your position, and then at some point it gets lost in that translation, and it becomes about greed, and it becomes about adrenaline and it becomes about the excitement—the excitement of getting away with something that you’re not supposed to—I mean, if we’re being honest about it, you know, at some point the excitement of getting away with it, the excitement of driving fancy cars and things. And you know, that level, so the difference to me between a hustler and a freedom fighter is a level of maturity."

    Jesmyn Ward

    LIVE from the NYPL: Jesmyn Ward in Conversation with William Jelani Cobb and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    "With my first novel, I was encountering so much tragedy in my real life that the last thing I wanted to do was wrestle with it in my fiction. But because I was loath to do that, it meant I was cheating and I wasn't telling the truth. And so I understood that that was the case when I began Salvage [the Bones], you know, I understood that I had failed in a way when I wrote my first novel. So when I wrote Salvage the Bones, it was very important to me to tell more of the truth. None of the stories I've written have been as searingly honest as the stories I tell in Men We Reaped."

    Toni Morrison

    LIVE from the NYPL: Toni Morrison | Junot Díaz

    "I tell my students; I tell everybody this. When I begin a creative writing class I say, 'I know you've heard all your life, 'Write what you know.' Well I am here to tell you, 'You don't know nothing. So do not write what you know. Think up something else. Write about a young Mexican woman working in a restaurant and can't speak English. Or write about a famous mistress in Paris who's down on her luck.'"

    Zadie Smith

    LIVE from the NYPL: Zadie Smith

    "Each novel I've written, any novel anyone writes, it's not that you sit down saying 'I believe this, and now I will write this," but by the nature of your sentences, just by the things that you emphasize or that you don't emphasize, you're constantly expressing a belief about the way you think the world is, about the things that you think are important, and those things change. They do change. And the form of the novel changes as well. A very simple example is in a lot of my fiction I've delved very deeply into people's heads, into their consciousness and tried to take out every detail, and the older I get and the more that I meet people and realize I don't know them. My own husband is a stranger to me, really, fundamentally at the end you don't know these people. That should be reflected in what you write, that total knowledge is impossible."

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  • 02/23/16--06:32: What's Your Name?
  • If you have not seen Maya Angelou singing "The Name Song" on Sesame Street, go hereimmediately.  When you come back, here are some children's books whose namesakes are proud to be who they are as well.



    Olivia by Ian Falconer

    The line that best sums up Olivia is spoken by her mother at the end of the book as she tucks her in at night: "You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway," Olivia precociously pronounces, "I love you anyway too."





    Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    "She was not afraid of mice -

    She loved winter, snow and ice

    To the tiger in the zoo

    Madeline just said, Pooh-pooh" 





    Matilda by Roald Dahl

    This has to be a favorite among  librarians: a voracious reader with a true moral compass, and a few tricks up her sleeve.  








    Eloise by Kay Thompson

    A portrait of Eloise was hung in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel. Lena Dunham has a Eloise tattoo. What more can we say about this girl?







    Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

    Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. A  school story about being proud of who you are. Chrysanthemum would really like Maya Angelou's song.   






    Owen by Kevin Henkes

    Another school story by Kevin Henkes. This one starring Owen and his beloved fuzzy yellow blanket named (what else) Fuzzy.






    Frederick by Leo Lionni

    While the other field mice gather food for the winter, Frederick, the dreamer poet, gathers words and colors and sun rays to feed the spirits of his fellow mice during the darkest Winter days.





    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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    Luna lived in the sky where she collected words like people collect baseball cards. She loved language, and she found words beautiful, emotional... and sometimes ticklish. Words fed her soul like food nourishes bodies. Life was wonderful when she played with her letters.

    Then, one day, unfortunately, Luna was faced with a dearth of words. She could not find as many as she once could. However, in the spirit of conservation, she packed up the words she could find into a suitcase. Then, she dispersed them where they were most needed. She sent words of love to warring factions. She sent friendly words to lonely folks. She threw magic words to people whose lives were overconsumed with relentless activity. 

    And then, one day, the girl ran out of words to give people. Luckily, though, they got creative and made up new words for everyone. Luna now had more linguistic variety to ponder.

    The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer, 2011

    Sonja Wimmer's web site 

    Books about linguistics

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    By now I'm sure you've combed through all the lists put out this year by various sources, trying to get a jump the best Young Adult books of 2015. And I will say, 2015 was a great year! As someone who grew up with Young Adult literature when it was just beginning to blossom as a genre, I have to say that it is refreshing to encounter a broader scope of themes and characters. Plots are becoming more complicated and the depth of the teen psyche is finally being acknowledged, but hey, that's another post for another time.

    With all of this exploration in the genre we've seen something of a surge in more controversial or just less talked about subjects, such as depression or gender identity or even coping with school shootings. However, one that definitely stood out for me was All American Boysby Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely.

    All American Boys

    Rashad and Quinn are both your average high school guys just trying to get by. They want to make their parents proud, get into good colleges, score with the ladies, and just do what high school guys do. Rashad's in the ROTC and Quinn's doing his best to get scouted from his basketball team. They aren't friends exactly, but an incident after school  shakes them, and their community to the core.

    It started out as an ordinary day. Rashad was just fixing his shoes when he's accused of stealing. Quinn witnesses as a cop beats Rashad down without a second thought to what actually happened. Reeling with emotion and confusion, Quinn struggles to justify why his childhood hero would commit such a heinous act of violence. Rashad tries to cope, but his former cop dad thinks he probably had it coming.

    This is a story that touches a nerve that too many people are afraid to put a voice to. It illustrates the problem in our society we have with police brutality towards black men. In the recent media, we've seen global sensations such as Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar come forward to bring awareness to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. That's what this book does. It examines our conscience, forces us to take a step back, and demands a conversation that we've been unwilling to address.

    As a librarian and bibliophile, I strongly believe that books change us. They come to us exactly when we need them. Do I think that this is the greatest literary classic of our time? Maybe not, but it does get the wheels turning and sometimes that's all a book needs to do. Put your hands up for All American Boys.

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    Álvaro Enrigue was working on his latest novel when a colleague suggested he apply to the Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Doubtful he would be accepted, Álvaro was thrilled when he was invited to join the impressive roster of Cullman Fellows for 2011-2012. As he dove into his research at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman building, Álvaro was deeply moved by the incredible magic of the building and resources that surrounded him.

    Library Stories is a video series from The New York Public Library that shows what the Library means to our users, staff, donors, and communities through moving personal interviews.

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    Valentine’s Day has recently passed. If your Valentine’s Day didn’t go swimmingly, this may be a natural point in time to do a relationship audit. If not in reality, at least in your mind.

    Whether you are looking to find a relationship, keep a relationship alive or leave it, we have a book or an e-book for you.

    If you are too embarrassed to read a book about the topic in public or don’t want to be caught reading it by anyone you know, then you can be discreet and read an e-book on your phone, computer, or e-reader device.

    Here are a few of many the titles available.

     the new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find--and keep--love / Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

    Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find—And Keep—Love (e-book)

    by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

    Find out what your attachment style is. Determine which attachment style is most compatible with yours for future relationships. Also good for gaining a better understanding of past relationships.


     a step-by-step guide to help you decide whether to stay in or get out of your relationship / Mira Kirshenbaum

    Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship

    By Mira Kirshenbaum

    Can’t figure out whether to break up with someone or not? This book may provide some perspective.


     Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are / by Brene Brown

    The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are(e-book)

    By Brene Brown

    It has been said that you must love yourself before you can love anyone else. See if this holds true for you. More books on self-love and self-esteem in our catalog.


     the extraordinary rise and surprising appeal of living alone / Eric Klinenberg

    Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (e-book)

    By Eric Klinenberg

    Are you tired of the ups and downs of love and romance? Or are you just taking a relationhip sabbatical? Either way, this book may pique your interest. More books on single living in our catalog.


     secrets to successful dating and finding true love after the big breakup by Susan J. Elliott

    Getting Back Out There : Secrets to Successful Dating and Finding True Love After the Big Breakup

    by Susan J. Elliott

    Are you ready to get back out there and find love again? 


    Want more? More books on love and relationships in our catalog. And more e-books on the topic.

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