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    Dr. Bailey Van Hook is an art history professor and the co-chair of the Master’s program in Material Culture and Public Humanities at Virginia Tech. She is also the author of the first full-length biography of artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961). During her fifteen years of research, Van Hook traveled widely pursuing the complete story behind the muralist, illustrator, stained glass artist, portraitist and author. Violet Oakley: An Artist’s Life was published by University of Delaware Press.

    Violet Oakley's printer's markExplain how you became interested in Violet Oakley for the subject of a biography—how does her story fit in with your wider interests?

    My field of art history is the art of the United States, especially the late 19th and early 20th century. I wrote a book on on beaux-arts mural painting, The Virgin and the Dynamo: Public Murals in American Architecture, 1893-1917 (Ohio University Press, 2003).

    What was especially striking to me was how the movement was a man’s game. This was partly a result of the particular way that murals were commissioned and executed. Instead of dealing with a patron, the artists interacted with architects, building commissioners, and elected officials. Contracts were drawn up and bond was posted. The muralists had to climb scaffolding and use Big Brushes. All of that seemed to preclude women. So Violet Oakley was arguably the only female artist who was professionally involved in their creation almost her entire life. Her murals cycles were extensive, scholarly and heavily researched (all this with only a high school education!) but at the same time beautifully designed and executed, with an extraordinary sense of color and command of composition.

    I started with the idea of writing an art history monograph but gradually turned to biography. I have always loved the genre, and have been reading them since I was about twelve. Since then I have read dozens, especially enjoying the work of Hermione Lee and Linda Lear. Biography was also, frankly, a new way of writing for me. I had already written two art history monographs and was eager to challenge myself in a different genre.

    Planning sketch

    Although unusual and unforeseen, Oakley was chosen to create murals for the Pennsylvania state house. Can you explain the circumstances which led to this huge commission?

    Joseph Huston, the architect of the statehouse, was on record as saying that a woman should be commissioned to paint one of the spaces—although not a major one like the dome or the legislative rooms. Just the year before, 1901, Oakley had gotten a lot of good press for her first mural, The Heavenly Host, for a church in Manhattan. So I think she was on his radar. It was also important that she was living in Pennsylvania since Huston chose artists who had been born in the state or were currently a resident.

    But on the other hand, she was only 28, and relatively inexperienced in large scale “decoration,” as it was called. It was a difficult art form because the muralist produced small sketches, and had to size them up substantially, all the while being able to envision how they would appear when installed. One of the most notable male muralists, Robert Reid, was quoted as saying “she may make a good looking sketch, but she’ll never be able to execute it in the large, because she hasn’t the masculine mind”!

    Panel 6, Governor's reception room west wallOakley received the commission to paint the Governor’s reception room, one of the smaller spaces, but even so 71 by 27 feel (and muralists were paid by the square foot). Her narrative cycle started with the Protestant Reformation, the printing of the first English Bible, and ended with William Penn’s first sight of the colony. She believed that its intellectual and religious history was the true foundation of the state.

    Those murals became very popular, although she did get in trouble with some leading Pennsylvania Catholics for her reformation slant. Their success was the major reason she was chosen to paint two remaining spaces, the Senate and the Supreme Court, when the muralist Edwin Austin Abbey died suddenly in 1911. And this time she was paid at the same rate!

    Her published work equally deals with memorializing prominent individuals and events, including examples of historical pageants. Can you explain the phenomenon of pageants for those who might not be familiar with them?

    Oakley was responsible for designing two major pageants, the first, in 1908, for the 225th anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania. The original idea, to gather large numbers of people together to recreate historical events was English. Oakley was the “designer and art director,” and designed horse-drawn floats, each illustrating an episode from the state’s history. Also her mural for the Governor’s reception room could be seen as really in the guise of a pageant - historical episodes that could be translated into pageant floats! I would imagine the effect was almost cinematic.

    For the Philadelphia pageant, Oakley produced over five dozen large charcoal and watercolor sketches on heavy cardboard, elaborately detailed in costume and setting. She then supervised the construction and painting of the floats, which took over ten weeks with sixty people working on them. All that work culminated in the one-day pageant in the streets of Central Philadelphia, with almost a million people attending. It was so successful that she was asked to design another pageant the following year, 1909, on the history of Westchester County, a benefit for the construction of a hospital in Bronxville. But by the time she finished the Pennsylvania state house commission, in 1927, historical pageants had gone out of fashion so she was never asked to do another.

    There are a few themes which run throughout Oakley’s work—a reverence for history, but also pacifism and religion. During the 20th Century, Oakley became involved with the world peace movement and the United Nations. She created wartime altarpieces and published under the auspices of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom. How did this activity build upon her earlier work?

    The triptychs Oakley created during WWII were ironically for military sites, training facilities, airfields, battle ships and the like. I call her a “pacifist patriot.” She created 24 out of almost 300 commissioned by a private group, the Citizens Committee for the Army and the Navy. They were portable, creating a makeshift religious site anywhere. She loved the work since it combined her strong spiritual nature with a format rooted in tradition, which she could nevertheless update (they sometimes featured planes and ships). Unfortunately many of the triptychs are now unlocated and may have been discarded when camps were closed or ships decommissioned.

    Oakley’s three mural cycles for the Pennsylvania Capitol built on the idea of cooperation between different groups, the different religions all allowed to coexist peacefully in Pennsylvania; the Constitutional Convention and the reunification of the states after the Civil War; and in the Senate, the history of the law, culminating in the International Court at the Hague (she would have preferred the League of Nations but it was too controversial) and world disarmament. Oakley made much of the fact that William Penn had conceived of a “Parliament of Nations,” which she believed foreshadowed the League. After she finished the Senate murals, she visited the League for three sessions, drawing the delegates and producing The Geneva Drawings (she preferred the “Miracle at Geneva”).

    Opening of Oakley's Cathedral of Compassion, with sketch of Jane Addams

    Oakley admired Jane Addams and the group she helped to found, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She later met her at Hull House in Chicago and drew a pastel portrait. Although Addams died in 1935, Oakley remained devoted to her memory and eagerly participated in the production of a calendar created to raise funds for the WILPF, which featured her portrait of Addams. This lead to her “dramatic outline,” as Oakley called it, of Jane Addams’s life, Cathedral of Compassion.

    Toward the very end of her life, she created a version, much reduced in size and cost, of a book she had authored in 1922, The Holy Experiment (Penn’s term for his colony). She was able to donate copies to all the countries on the United Nations’ Disarmament commission and actually visited the UN to present them. To her, this accomplishment represented the culmination of her life’s work.

    Although born in New York, Violet Oakley spent most of her life in Pennsylvania alongside other artists. Can you describe her community?

    In 1902, just before she received the Capitol commission, Oakley established a home, the “Red Rose,” in Villa Nova with two other artists, Jessie Willcox Smith and Elizabeth Shippen Green, and a fourth, Henrietta Cozens, who acted as housekeeper (or the wife that Virginia Woolf said all artists needed!). The Red Rose was a former inn and very much in the style of the English periodical, Country Life. It was an idyllic time for all of them but unfortunately only lasted four years before they were evicted by the owner who wanted to build another house on the estate.

    The group moved to Mount Airy and built a home, Cogslea (from their initials), which replicated the domestic arrangement of the Red Rose. Eventually Green married and Jessie Willcox Smith and Henrietta Cozens moved to a house close by. “Lower Cogslea” had originally been Oakley’s studio but when she was hard up (as she often was!) she rented the main house and she and her former student and companion Edith Emerson moved into the studio. It was an incredible space, 50 feet square, designed for the creation of her large murals. They hosted lectures and musicales there for over thirty years. Theirs was a warm and deeply satisfying relationship although Oakley had quite a temper and did not spare her companion.

    But on the other hand, money was always a problem. Oakley was a spendthrift, living extravagantly when she had the cash, not worrying about the uncertain future of mural commissions. Emerson was much more careful with money, and hated being in debt. There were some family dynamics at play there too. Her father was clueless and about money too and Emerson recalled that the only times she saw her mother cry was when she couldn’t pay the coal bill! So there were difficult times, with bills unpaid and creditors pressuring them. Eventually Oakley’s friends the Woodwards bought Cogslea and Lower Cogslea and she paid only rent for the rest of her life.

    Violet Oakley’s archival collection is held at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. However you also conducted research at The New York Public Library. Which aspect of your research brought you here?

    The Emerson family papers. The NYPL has Edith Emerson’s pressbooks, daily diaries and many family letters. It is a treasure trove of an amazing family (some descendants of the colonial preacher Jonathan Edwards). Emerson’s father was a famous archaeologist who spent most of his career at Cornell and her mother a classical pianist who taught at Wellesley. Edith’s uncle moved to Japan and she followed him there for a year. She also accompanied an artist, Helen Hyde who had lived many years in Japan, to Mexico. Incredible experiences for a single woman in the early 20th century!

    Edith Emerson's diary, 1938-1942
    Edith Emerson's diary

    Edith Emerson was certainly dedicated to Oakley, in fact she had a hand in preserving her legacy and advocating for her work even after her death.

    Yes, she established the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation, which bought back Lower Cogslea from the Woodward family. For twenty years the foundation continued Oakley’s legacy, hosting speakers, artists, dancers and musicians. Emerson was generous to scholars interested in Oakley’s work and she lent many works to the 1979 retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, still the largest ever devoted to Oakley’s life and art.

    Violet Oakley and Edith Emerson, from the Emerson family papers
    Violet Oakley and Edith Emerson, from an album in box 48 of the Emerson family papers

    As Dr. Van Hook mentions, the Emerson family papers contain much more than just documents related to Edith Emerson's life at Lower Cogslea. The diaries, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia across the collection cover a century and a half of this international family, and are open for research. For questions about incorporating this or other archival resources into your research, click on the “Contact the Division” tab at the above link.

    In addition to the material discussed here, there are several examples of Violet Oakley’s work across the Library’s research collections. There are also many resources about the worldwide tradition of mural painting and decoration.

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  • 04/04/16--13:23: Elections 101
  • Our staff recommends some primers to help kids feel a part of the election buzz.  Young citizens can learn about the two-party system, the primaries and the caucuses, the general election and the electoral college, and some of our past presidents. Most importantly, they will recognize mud slinging when they see it and will cast their votes for those who stay true to themseves.

    Picture Books

    Vote for Me!

    Vote for Me by Ben Clanton

    Features Donkey and Elephant vying for votes. They will do anything to get your support including bribery, mud slinging and name calling. A funny, sarcastic view of politics. —Sue Yee, 42nd Street Children’s Center




    So you want to be president cover

    So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George

    A book about presidencies that is seriously fun and accompanied by wonderful cartoony illustrations. Kids will learn about the Presidents’ virtues, vices, and eccentricities.  —Lynn Lobash, Readers Services




    Duck for President

    Duck for President by Dorin Cronin

    Seems like anyone can run for president, why not Duck? He has worked his way up from the farm and has lots of experience. —Genoveve Stowell, Grand Central





    See How They Run

    See How They Run by Susan E. Goodman

    The illustrations, fonts, photos and silly sidebars are engaging and fun.  —Maura Muller, Volunteers Office






    Early Readers

     Election Madness

    Nikki and Deja: Election Madness by Karen English

    When their school allows third graders to run for school president for the first time, Deja is sure she is a shoo-in. She's bossy enough for it! But is that what wins an election—or keeps a friend?  Perhaps some of our current candidates should have read this book (except it seems to be working...) —Danita Nichols, Yorkville




    Grace for President

    Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

    Grace knows how to dream big, and when she learns at school that the United States has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president. Grace has brains, and a delightful personality while teaching us a thing or two about the election process.  —Genee Bright, Mid-Manhattan




    Middle Grade

    Fake Mustache

    Fake Mustache  by Tom Angleberger

    The author of the Origami Yoda series introduces a new book for middle schoolers, involving a prop mustache and a quest for world domination. Friends Lenny and Jodie O'Rodeo help save the day. —Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market





     Fourth-Grade Geek for President

    Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek For President  by Barbara Park

    The story of a nerdy, unpopular student who decides to run for class president.  There is bullying and mudslinging and dishonest tactics and Rosie has to ask herself how far she is willing to go to win the election. —Christina Lebec, Bronx Library Center





    ​President of the Whole Fifth Grade

    President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston  

    Will Briana stick to her plan of working with her friends to win the election fairly, or will she stoop to dirty politics? —Lynn Lobash, Readers Services






    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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  • 04/04/16--13:41: Spring Cleaning in 5 Steps
  • The sunlight is streaming through the curtains and illuminating all of the dust which means that it's time for SPRING CLEANING!  Never fear, because the experts have graciously put all their knowledge onto paper and the library is here to share that knowledge for free.  Follow these 5 simple steps to spring clean everything in your life.

    1. Clean out your house!

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
    Spark Joy

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class On The Art Of Organizing And Tidying Up

    The Kon-Mari Method will be a common activity in your home after delving into Marie Kondo's mini (read: non-threatening) books.  Marie Kondo is a professional de-clutterer and claims her philosophy on tidying up has changed many clients' lives.  She'll provide you with a whole new way to look at your "things" and her instructional books will help you every step of the way.

    New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf will also help you sort through the detritus of your life but what is particularly helpful about this book is that it has a section on decluttering your digital life, an index of where to donate/recycle various household items, and how to be more productive after you've done your spring cleaning.  

    My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr is as hilarious as it is helpful. 

    Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day by Mary Hunt is an alphabetical smorgasbord of cleaning tips (without the brand names).

    Step 1 is almost over, I just need you to live sustainably and produce as little waste as you can from this point on.  If you need convincing that too much garbage is an issue check out the graphic novelTrashed by Derf Backderf then find some tips on how to live a zero-waste lifestyle in these resources.

    2. Clean out your bills, not your wallet.

    April 29, 2016 is Financial Planning Day at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of NYPL.  SIBL is open 6 days a week with great resources and a constant schedule of programs.

    Learn from home with NYPL's vast list of financial literacy resources and start planning your ideal future.

    Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman has practical advice on life decisions and philosophies that will help you stress less about money.

    3. Clean out your mind.

    Several libraries offer free meditation programs or other groups like adult coloring or knitting which can also be relaxing.

    2015 brought us an adorable series of 5 pocket-sized books by Thich Naht Hahn with illustrations by Jason DeAntonis.  It is an act of meditation just to read the books.  The e-book versions are just as cute.

    How To LoveHow To EatHow To SitHow To WalkHow To Relax

    4. Clean out your body.

    Kicking those bad habits is easier said than done but it's essential to your quality of life.

    The first step might be to see your primary care physician but don't let yourself be passive in the process.  Take care of yourself by asking questions, asking more questions, and then asking even more questions.  The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care and Avoiding the Worst by Patrick Malone will give you confidence you need to find the right doctor and understand your care and options.

    A fellow Librarian recommends the following books if you're interested in a juice cleanse (check with your doctor at that appointment you made to see if this is a good option for you).

    Blender Girl SmoothiesClean, Green DrinksBlender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters and Clean, Green Drinksby Candice Kumai.

    "Both books feature gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly recipes. As the title suggests, the Masters book only has smoothie recipes, which is great because I don't own a juicer. The Kumai book has both smoothie and juice recipes."

    "I probably like the Blender Girl book slightly better because of the blender angle, but also because the recipes are very inventive, and they run the spectrum from spicy to sweet, and feature every color of the rainbow—it's not all about kale. Plus, Masters seems to really know her nutrition."

    The best time to quit is NOW!  Visit or find a treatment facility at It's always best to have support but the self-help section of the library can be a good place to start.  If you're healthy but a loved one is not, remember to practice self-care.

    Breaking AddictionLoving Someone in Recovery

    5. Clean out your desk.

    Laura Vanderkam is the queen of productivity.  You've heard the saying "work smart, not hard." Well now is as good a time as any to put that into practice.  Check off things on your to-do list, clear out that inbox, file those excess papers and do it all without losing your mind!

    The library has plenty of productivity books to get you inspired and motivated.  

    Get your spring cleaning out of the way so you can enjoy the weather to its fullest!  Happy Cleaning!

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     The Little Prince, a novella, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first published on April 6, 1943. If you read The Little Prince and loved it, here are a few other titles that are fantastic, magical, whimsical, perfect for the 9-12 year old set, and also feature princes.

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is the story of a young aviator who is forced to land his plane in the desert and there he meets a little prince from a small planet. While the aviator attempts to repair his plane, the little prince recounts the story of his life.






    The Secret of Platform 13

    The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

    The cast of characters includes: a young hag, and old wizard, a gentle fey and a giant ogre. They are on a mission through a magical tunnel to rescue a prince who was stolen from his parents as an infant.






    The Happy Prince and Other Tales

    The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde

    A statue of the late “Happy Prince” and a little swallow left behind by his flock give all they have to help the poor people of the town.



    Prince Valiant

    Prince Valiant, Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster

    The Prince Valiant comic strip ran for 35 years under the pen of its curator Hal Foster. Volume 1 introduces Valiant, a prince from Thule. Valiant arrives in Camelot, becomes friends with King Arthur and Merlin and becomes a Knight of the Round Table. 

    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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    Elizabeth Alexander and Hilton Als are two of the great minds in American intellectual life today. Alexander is a poet, essayist, and scholar perhaps best known for reading her poem "Praise Song for the Day" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her latest work is a memoir, The Light of the World. Als, theater critic of the New Yorker and author of White Girls, joined Alexander for a LIVE from the NYPL event recently. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Alexander and Als discussing poetry, journalism, and genre.

    Elizabeth Alexander and Hilton Als
    Elizabeth Alexander and Hilton Als

    Als recalled an event at which he watched Alexander read an Elizabeth Bishop poem called "In the Waiting Room" at Cooper Union. Alexander spoke about revisiting poems, in particular those in Bishop's Geography III:

    "I love Elizabeth Bishop, she’s one of my favorite poets, and I think that one of the—the interesting thing about living with certain poems over time and revisiting them and going back and understanding or being interested in different things as your own life changes is that great poetry will continue to reveal those different things to you and allow you to—like, I have a real relationship with this poem because when I first read it, my grandmother, she didn’t read a lot of modern poetry, but she had a copy of Elizabeth Bishop’s Geography III that was one of—and she had a beautiful little perfect bookshelf in her little beautiful tiny studio apartment near the United Nations and when I would go and visit her, which I did often, I would read her books over and over again and this Elizabeth Bishop was one of the books she had. I’m not quite sure why. She had Countee Cullen, she had classic black poetry, she had Shakespeare, but she had this Elizabeth Bishop. I remember as a child being compelled and a little embarrassed and fascinated and not having words for what I was feeling, and then at different points revisiting the poem I had more words."

    Alexander has, as an artist, developed a sophisticated view of genre. While she noted her interest in genre in her work as an academic, she also has found a sense of artistic freedom in working across these genre lines:

    "[T]hough I as a professor and a scholar am incredibly interested in genre, I’m interested and wrote a whole dissertation on collage and hybrid genres in, you know, black women’s creativity, I think that the properties of genres are very, very—or genre—are very, very important. I think that young writers need to understand what they are writing into and against both historically and also formally. It’s very, very, very important but right now what I’m feeling is that to police those borders too avidly is sometimes fundamentally anti-creative, and that, you know, if to discover that I can feel a word and then a phrase and then some music coming up out of my viscera in the way that it does in poetry but that it then builds into something that is prose, but its own kind of prose, was thrilling and it made me feel that I could make so much more. It made me feel that I could keep working. It made me feel that I was a real artist more than I ever felt that in my whole life."

    Alexander briefly worked as a journalist at the Washinton Post. She regards the professional experience as having helped her become a braver person.

    "I love journalists, and when I, my little period working as a journalist, I felt that it made me much braver, you know, it gave me a reason to go talk to people that I didn’t know and to explore the city where I grew up but to places where I hadn’t been, because they’d send me, you know, to Lorton Reformatory to write a story about something that was happening there, they’d send me to wherever I went, I went and I had a reason to be there, and so I couldn’t be shy and that was a really, really great thing, but what I realized was, I mean, it’s really true. I felt the will to embellish. I felt that I could see the line. And this was very serious business because it was the Washington Post, I arrived shortly after Janet Cooke unceremoniously left, and this was an amazing story of a black woman journalist who made up a whole story about you know an eight-year-old who was on heroin and so forth, and it turned out. And I don’t know, maybe I need to write about that one day because this is still one of the most stomach-churning, dramatic tales of negressitude I have ever heard, right up to the fake résumé and when the story falls apart then on her résumé it says she speaks French and Ben Bradlee comes up to her and says, “[fake French]” and she can’t answer because she doesn’t speak French, but she’s put it on her résumé that she does. Like this in the newsroom he unravels her, but she’s unraveled herself. Lord have mercy."

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    El mes de abril es el mes nacional de la poesía, rendimos un homenaje al gran poeta Rubén Darío al cumplirse 100 años de su muerte.

    Rubén Darío nació el 18 de enero del 1867 en Metapa, Nicaragua bajo el nombre de  Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, y falleció el 6 de febrero del 1916 en León, Nicaragua a la edad de 49 años. El destacado poeta viajó por varios países de Europa y América y a la corta edad de 14 años ya firmaba sus poemas y otras obras literarias con el nombre de Rubén Darío. A los 21 años publicó en Chile su obra mayor, Azul, una colección de historias cortas con versos y dibujos, con la cual fue reconocido por toda Europa y América Latina. Luego viajó a buenos Aires donde publicó su segunda obra mayor, Prosas profanas y otros poemas. Pero, Cantos de vida y esperanza fue considerada su obra maestra.

    Además de las obras de Rubén Darío, presentamos una selección de obras de otros poetas clásicos y otras recientes de poetas contemporáneos para adultos, niños y jóvenes.  Oprime aquí para obtener una copia de la lista para adultos en formato PDF.



    El ámbito de la luz 

    Pedro Antonio Martínez Robles.

    Ganadora del II Premio International de Poesía José Zorrilla presenta una variedad de versos que se detienen a expresar los hallazgos cotidianos del ser humano. Para adultos.



    Don Quijote para siempre 

    Georgina Lázaro León

    En forma de versos cuenta las aventuras de un viejo que va a recorrer los caminos acompañado de su escudero Sancho, después de leer muchos libros de caballería. Para niños.


    El dueño del eclipse 

    Santos Domínguez Ramos

    Una diversidad de poemas personales y reflexivos entrelazados en un tono de misterio con versos amplios y armónicos. Para adultos.



    Dulce amargo: recuerdos de una adolescente

    Dulce María

    La aurora mexicana traza la vida de una adolescente con poesías y notas autobiográficas.  Para jóvenes.



    Moví la mano = I moved my hand 

    Jorge Luján

    Poemas en inglés y en español que muestran lo que puede suceder cuando una niña mueve su mano. Para niños.



    Flutter & hum: animal poems = Aleteo y zumbido: poemas de animales

    Julie Paschkis.

    Todos los animales se agitan, zumban, bailan, se estiran, se deslizan, y saltan en esta alegre colección de poemas bilingües. Para niños.


    Hemisferio de la sombra 

    Ángel Antonio Ruiz Laboy

    Autor ganador del Premio de poesía del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2013 presenta un poemario cargado de erotismo y sensibilidad. Para adultos.


    Poemas de la Vega

    Federico García Lorca.

    Una selección de poemas del distinguido poeta clásico. Para adultos.



    Poesía eres tú: antología poética

    Isabel F. Campoy

    Una variedad de poemas que hablan sobre la familia, la escritura, los amigos, la naturaleza, el mundo y la poesía misma. Para niños.


    Quesia: cifra y aroma 

    Isabel Escudero

    Una colección de poemas coloridos con un tono musical. Para niños.



    El rock de la momia y otros versos muy diversos

    Antonio Rodríguez

    Un concierto de versos roqueros del poeta cubano. Para niños.


    El sapito azul = : The little blue frog

    Sánchez Beras, César, 1962-

    Poesía bilingüe de la autora dominicana ganadora del Premio Nacional de Literatura Infantil. Para niños.


    Segundo índice antológico de la poesía salvadoreña 

    Vladimir Amaya

    70 poetas salvadoreños muestran el escenario actual de la poesía nacional. Para adultos.



    Sí, poesía

    Gloria Sanchez

    Una docena de poemas con una variedad de divertidos personajes. Para niños.


    Veintiún regresos 

    Jocelyn Pimentel Rodríguez

    La poeta puertorriqueña presenta un poemario sobre la emigración: la partida de un cuerpo hacia otro con diferentes equipajes. Para adultos.



    Vida de paraguas y otras poesías 

    María Martin

    Una colección de poemas con una variedad de temas que van desde las aventuras de un paraguas y libros para soñar, hasta Plutón, el planeta enano.  Para niños.



    La vida y otras geografías: antología de cuentos y poemas

    Mario Benedetti

    Una nueva selección de historias cortas y poesías del gran poeta clásico. Para adultos.



    Volver al agua: poesía completa (trece poemigas inéditos añadidos) 

    Luis Eduardo Aute

    Poesía reunida del autor ganador del III Premio Internacional de poesía ciudad de Cartago.  Para adultos.

    Oprime aquí para obtener una copia de la lista para adultos en formato PDF.  Algunas de las obras también pueden estar disponibles en diferentes formatos. Para más información, sírvase comunicarse con el bibliotecario de su biblioteca local. Los amantes de la lectura y escritura podrían además disfrutar del club de libros latinos y la lista de lectura ReadLatinoLit de las Comadres y Compadres (en Inglés y Español). Para información sobre eventos, favor de visitar: Eventos en Español. Más Blog en Español. Síganos por ¡Twitter

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    Secrets? Lies? Sibling rivalries? French mysteries and British romance? Sign us up.

    fool me once

    #1 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben, more thrillers about secrets and lies:

    Die for You by Lisa Unger

    Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross

    The Pardon series by James Grippando





    #2 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Private Paris, by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, more mysteries set in the City of Lights:

    Kill Shot by Vince Flynn

    Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (more from the man himself!)

    The Jules Maigret series by George Simenon




    #3 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, more fiction about complicated relationships between siblings:

    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

    The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

    Run by Ann Patchett




    me before you

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

    Other People's Childrenby Joanna Trollope

    One Day by David Nicholls

    The House We Grew Up Inby Lisa Jewell





    #5 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel, more stories of family secrets:

    Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope

    Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

    Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan




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    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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    The following blog post is co-authored by Willa Armstrong (NYPL Labs) and Alex Kelly (Adult Programming and Outreach Services).

    Are you familiar with the NYPL Community Oral History Project? Take a few moments to listen to some highlights or just dive right into our full collection of stories.

    The NYPL Community Oral History Project is truly the people’s project. It’s powered by the public, as hundreds of engaged community members come together to gather oral histories from each other in order to preserve the rich and constantly changing history of New York City. Beginning in 2013 at Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village and building momentum, oral histories have been collected in six additional neighborhoods. Visible Lives, an oral history project on the disability experience is another large scale collection effort, based out of Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Read more about our growing collection at

    To date, the Community Oral History collection contains over 1,000 stories, with more on the way! This is very exciting, but here’s the issue: We’re faced with the challenge of making this large corpus of audio accessible and searchable to the public. It’s a challenge faced by many organizations and institutions with audio-based collections and archives.

    When working to make audio accessible, transcripts are important because they make audio content searchable online, and accessible to people with hearing disabilities. Recent advances in speech-to-text technologies have made great progress in opening audio to the web, but the transcripts they produce are still error-prone and can only be considered first drafts. Though they’re a good start, careful human editing is required to provide polish these computer-generated drafts and ensure accurate, high quality transcripts.

    So, how are we going to transcribe these hundreds of audio hours quickly and cost effectively? People and computers need to collaborate.

    And this brings us to our big announcement: NYPL Labs has built a brand new Open Transcript Editor to engage the public in helping to make our oral history collection accessible—one word at a time. The Open Transcript Editor is an interactive transcript editor allowing multiple people to perform the final layer of polish and proofreading on computer-generated transcripts. It’s a big undertaking and we’re inviting the public to pitch in and help correct computer-generated transcripts from our NYPL Community Oral History Project.

    Visit to get started and help make this public treasure trove of NYC stories accessible.

    Since we’re not the only ones tackling this challenge, the NYPL has teamed up with The Moth, a live storytelling organization with its own growing audio archive, for Together We Listen, a community program that invites our respective audiences to correct transcripts online using this new tool. To get our initial, computer-generated transcripts, both partners have sent their stories through Pop Up Archive, a speech-to-text service that works extensively with the public media and cultural heritage sectors. This project was made possible with generous support provided by the Knight Foundation Protoype Fund, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Open Transcript Editor codebase itself is open source and is available to be used and further developed around other audio archives.

    Anyone can contribute to this effort online and, for the first time ever, NYPL is also organizing in-person events at various library locations to encourage people to get together and help transcribe the oral histories for their own communities. We hope you can join us at an event in your neighborhood!

    By editing transcripts, you're helping to create truly accurate transcripts in order to share hundreds of stories from the ongoing Community Oral History Project. Once they have been edited with agreement from enough contributors, completed transcripts will be available to read and download at, along with the audio recordings.

    Pitch in now: Tune in and transcribe!

    Join the Together We Listen project!

    Join our initiative to make New York City history accessible one story at a time! We've partnered with The Moth to create a transcription tool that will allow you to help us improve upon computer-generated transcripts for over 1,000 stories from our Community Oral History Project. Be a part of history today:

    Posted by NYPL The New York Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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  • 04/05/16--09:10: Journalists on ISIS
  • If you are wondering how this group got to the point of being organized, strategic, and growing steadily in numbers, these journalists can help you sort it all out.

     Inside the Army of Terror

    ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan

    Inside the Army of Terror is the most comprehensive of the books on the list, but best suited to readers with a working knowledge of the recent history of Iraq and Syria. Interviews include Syrian members of ISIS.






    Black Flags

    Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

    The most narrative driven of the books on the list, Black Flags is a portrait of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the founder of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS.)






     ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution

    The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution by Patrick Cockburn

    The Rise of the Islamic State focuses on the missteps by the opposition, including but not limited to the United States, which helped the organization solidify and grow.






     Inside the Islamic State

    Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State by Andrew Hosken

    Empire of Fear examines the political state that led to the creation of ISIS, its sources of funding, and its plans for expansion.







     The State of Terror

    ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger

    The State of Terror is a fascinating look at the Islamic State’s online presence. How their social media tactics are reaching a global audience and effectively recruiting new jihadists in alarming numbers. (NOTE: Stern and Berger are scholars not journalists. )



    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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    Padma Lakshmi comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss discuss her latest work, Love, Loss, and What We Ate.

    Join her on Wednesday, April 6 at 12 PM!

    Padma Lakshmi

    When and where do you like to read?

    In bed, in the morning when I first wake up. Or late at night before I fall asleep. Also on lazy afternoons on my couch whenever the house is quiet.
    What were your favorite books as a child?

    Chicken Soup with Rice, or really anything by Maurice Sendak. I also loved Roald Dahl, and Let’s Marry Said the Cherry by N.M. Bodecker.
    Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

    The strangest writing habit I have is that I chain myself to my desk when I’m on deadline. I don’t get out of my pj’s, sometimes I don’t even brush my teeth. I don’t pass go, I don’t collect $200. 
    What are five words that describe your writing process?

    Fraught. Haphazard. Overwhelming. Long. Never-ending.
    How have libraries impacted your life?

    I love going and working in a library. Although I haven’t done it in a very long time, I do miss the feeling of being surrounded by stacks of books, and having librarians on hand who are so well-read and knowledgeable about books. 

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    Juan Cordero immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in order to build a better life for himself and his family. When one of his children gave him a flyer about free English classes at the Library, it opened up a whole new world of opportunities. Now, with the help of ESOL classes at NYPL’s Wakefield Library, Juan and his family are well on their way to achieving their dreams.

    Ep. 24 "I Would Like My Children to Speak English" | Library S...

    "When I arrived here, I was very excited. At last, I'm here in the United States! ...My wife and I, our goal is to finish how to speak English well, I continue to try to get this dream." - Juan Cordero, E.S.O.L Student

    Posted by NYPL The New York Public Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    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.

    Like, share, and watch more Library Stories on Facebook or YouTube.

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    Born for This

    Do you think doing what you love is reserved for a few lucky ones? Do you dream of doing work that you enjoy and that pays well? Do you dream about starting your own business to do what you actually like?

    Somewhere, somehow, we accepted the argument that we could not have it all. Leave it to Chris Guillebeau to majestically poke holes into that limiting thought, debunk career-path myths, and open up our mindset into the realm of what is possible in his new book Born for This. In short: YES, you can do what you like to do (and what you are really good at), while earning the money that supports and sustains your lifestyle.

    But HOW?!

    With Chris’s Joy-Money-Flow model (sure to give you a big “a-ha!” moment), he shows that it is not luck, but careful planning what will yield your desired results.  You can actually stack the odds in your favor.  Chris will show you the steps you need to take based on the option that you choose. Whether you want to have a side hustle, launch your own business, find your dream job, become a freelancer or do various things at once, this book is the best manual for creating your dream career.

    While it will take a concerted effort and hard work to get where you want to go, it will be worth it.  Chris tells many stories throughout the book about people, from all walks of life, who made this happen and who love their life and work. 

    But what if you don’t know where to start? Or what if you don’t know what you really want? Or what if you have many different passions and interest that you can’t seem to put together in your mind? Chris will provide lots of no-nonsense, practical advice and helpful exercises so that you can finally figure out what you really want. In Chris’s words: “Our goal for this book isn’t necessarily to come up with the answer tomorrow; it’s to develop the tools to ultimately find an answer, no matter how long it takes.”

    And once you’re clear about what you really want, you will then be able to select the path you really want to follow. The book is a very friendly, easy read, but it is quite powerful: it provides examples, plans, actionable items and paths to follow to finally start living the professional life that you’ve always wanted.

    And what could be better than this? How about meeting Chris!
    He will be talking about Born for This on April 19, 2016 at 4 PM at the Business Library (188 Madison Ave. @ 34th St.). Reserve your spot now!

    Other books by Chris Guillebeau:

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    “I cannot possibly think of you other than you are,” began Frank O’Hara’s poem The Critic. Borrowing this line, our four-week poetry writing workshop at Mid-Manhattan Library began writing poems in March. We traveled our own memory lanes to call up a friend, a lover, a favorite actor, or a foe to give a line to in our notebook, a public address to aid in immortality. Our March workshop, led by poet Hermine Meinhard, discussed the New York School of poets, their influences, their style, and their writing habits as it captured the spirit of the 1950s and 60s in New York City. Taking some of these habits, we wrote poetry, trying for a slice of life or a walk down a New York street, using drips and splashes of collaged ideas.

    The New York School of poets began in the late '40s with a group of poets interested in art, especially the Abstract Expressionists, and urban life. Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery and Barbara Guest were among the originals to this group and we devoted a session to discussing each of them and then writing poetry inspired by their style.

    Frank O'Hara and Franz Kline
    Frank O'Hara and Franz Kline. Image ID: 5180068

    Frank O’Hara’sLunch Poemshad us walking around Midtown “among the hum-colored cabs.” We took up this theme our first week and tried walking the city and recording what we saw. O’Hara helped us let our writing go wherever our mind was wondering that day, whether it was to honey bees, to Easter, to AIDS, or to our neighbors in the city.

    With John Ashbery’s work, we collaged bits of phrases and words from his poetry with imagery from a dream we had had. We entered his poem And Ut Pictura Poesis is Her Name through text rendering and called out phrases or words from the poem in class in order to rearrange the lines and gain a greater understanding of the words. We went around the room randomly speaking words and lines out loud in flashes. Participants commented that this exercise was “freeing” in that our writing was permitted to digress into whatever came to our minds.

    Kenneth Koch
    Kenneth Koch. Image ID: 5240095

    In week three, Kenneth Koch provided us with a mantra to keep us going, “Remember your obligation is to write.” Looking through art books and responding to the Abstract Expressionist painters with notes on our feelings and about what we saw, we tried repeating a line at least three times in our poems. And Koch’s Wishes, Dreams and Lies, about teaching school children in New York City to write poetry, set us off to write a poem made up of lies.

    During our final class, we looked to Barbara Guest’s use of words and language for the effects they produced with rhythm and spacing on the page. The mystery in her poems was complemented by the structure and textural elements they brought to the writing. We used pictures sourced from the Library’s Picture Collection of evocative black and white landscape photography as a starting point to write from this week. The open spaces in these pictures mirrored the haunted language of Guest’s poetry.

    John Ashbery
    John Ashbery. Image ID: 5154221
    Barbara Guest, Berkeley, 1982
    Barbara Guest, 1982. Image ID: 483451

    The combination of a specific artistic movement, the New York School, with the opportunity to improve our own poetry writing allowed for the discussion and use of many resources available in our library collections. Here are a few:

    Abstract Expressionist Painter’s monographs that we looked at included:

    Willem De Kooning
    Willem De Kooning. Image ID: 5154277

    Works of Poetry and criticism that aid in the understanding of the New York School:

    Do you have a favorite New York School poet or poem? Please share it with us!

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    James Baldwin 37 Allan Warren
    By Allan warren CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Novelist, essayist, playwright, activist, son, brother, friend, lover, man, human, Black.  There are many words of which to describe a person, but never enough of which to describe someone who poured their heart into the soul of humanity like James Baldwin.  

    It is through the use of words, and language that Baldwin allows his readers to explore the depths of his own soul and the interlacings of his imagination.  His talent to express creatively through writing did not only relay stories from his own life, but told the stories of those who are afraid to tell their own.  He did this through works such as: Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and many others.  

    If not one of the most prevalent themes of Baldwin’s writings, through which he aimed to raise the consciousness of the world, was that of race.  This was displayed through The Price of a Ticket, a collection of Baldwin’s most powerful essays exploring the social interaction of race, especially in America.  

    Baldwin’s rhetoric, as impactful as it was, was not enough to truly capture his own essence.  It was through the 1989 documentary, James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket, that we are able truly see Baldwin for who he was, and what he stood for.  Through the intimate interviews on behalf of family members, friends, and of Baldwin himself, we witness his complexities and his attempt to navigate through a world of which he believed that “all men are brothers.”  

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    Inspiring Women Writers

    At a journalism conference on April 2, literary journalist Gay Talese could not name a single woman writer who has inspired him, and the Internet went into a frenzy. Zero inspirational women writers or journalists? We think not. (In fact, we've put together list after list after list of books by or about some of the most influential and inspirational women in history.)

    Talese has since clarified his comments, but in the wake of the initial statement author Neil Gaiman gave us one more reason to love him: he fired back by tweeting a lengthy (but nonexhaustive) list of women writers who have inspired him.

    If you're feeling like a bit of inspiration, here are NYPL catalogue links to writers Gaiman listed who are available in our collections:

    Which women writers have inspired you? Comment below to keep the list of spectacular writers growing!

    And be sure to check out our 2014 talk with Neil Gaiman on the NYPL Podcast.

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    A collaborative exhibition Paintings by Ann Schaumburger and Paintings and Prints by Michael Pellettieri will be on view at the Mulberry Street Library from March 7–21, 2016. The works can be viewed on the Ground Floor and Lower Level 2 of the library.

    There will be an opening reception on April 7, 2016 from 5:30-6:45 PM. Both Schaumburger and Pellettieri have had professional careers exhibiting in New York for several decades. Pellettieri is known for images of New York City. Schaumburger is a colorist.

    I spoke with the artists recently about their work:

    Have you and Michael ever exhibited together before? What is it like exhibiting with a spouse?

    Ann Schaumburger: This is our first time exhibiting together before. It is fun.

    Michael Pellettieri: We worked together in planning the selection of each other’s work. I feel we were both deferential to each other in making sure this would work well for both of us. We thought this was an unusual space to hang work in. So we made several trips to the library to look at the space and photograph the exhibition areas. We thought this would be difficult to hang. So we enlisted the assistance of two artists from the Arts Students League. When it came time to install the work we worked together with them to make the final determination as to location of the pieces. Ann’s work needed good lighting because of the color. Because of the detail in my work it seemed desirable to have them at eye level but the lighting was not as critical because several pieces were in black and white.

    Michael Pellettieri

    Ann and Michael—can you tell me a little about your background and training as artists?

    AS: I was born and grew up in New York City. I went to the High School of Music and Art and Skidmore College where I studied color and drawing with Arnold Bittleman and Arthur Anderson. I took classes in printmaking at the Arts Students League and Columbia. I maintain a studio in Long Island City and have shown regularly in New York since the seventies.

    MP: I am a native New Yorker. I also went to Music and Art High School where Ann and I first met. I attended the Arts Students League for painting, drawing and printmaking where I studied with Harry Sternberg, Edwin Dickinson and Joseph Hirsch. I received a BA from City College and an MA from Hunter College in fine arts. I’ve exhibited in New York since the seventies and have maintained a studio here since that time.

    What are some of your artistic inspirations?

    AS: I like the work of Joseph Albers, Giorgio Morandi, Edouard Vuillard, Bill Traylor, George Orhr and early American embroideries.

    MP: I always been drawn to the work of Edouard Manet and admire the work of Edward Hopper, Joseph Hirsch and Will Barnet. West coast artists Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn are also artists I like.

    Ann Schaumburger

    Ann—you’ve exhibited in the NYC subways before—why did you want to exhibit in a public library space? How are these spaces similar and/or different?

    AS: Having my mosaics, “Urban Oasis” in the subway meant that I could bring my work to the public as opposed to people having to come to my gallery to see it. Exhibiting in the library gives me the same opportunity. Both spaces are very different from a gallery where the walls are flat panels. In the case of the Fifth Avenue, R, N and Q subway station, the work had to be made permanent and safe with glass mosaics. It had to be site specific in relationship to the configurations of the mezzanine, platforms, stairwells and floor. In the case of the library, the placement of the artwork depended on available panels and lighting. To this end we found ourselves hanging work in unexpected places.

    Both of your work in the show deal with houses on a micro level and landscape on a macro level—what made you choose these subjects?

    AS: When I first started teaching I became intrigued with how children use the iconic form of the house and embarked on creating a series of ceramic houses. At a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Brisons Veor, England, I began to make work reflecting the simple houses I was seeing from my studio window. This imagery has evolved to where it now provides me with a structure that allows me to explore color and pattern relationships.

    MP: For several decades a body of my work has dealt with images of New York City. These images are in a sense autobiographical as they are based on scenes that I pass on my way to and from work or studio and are views from places where I have lived or worked. The city offers it’s geometry, order and chaos only waiting to be seen. While abstraction has always been an element in my work, in recent paintings it has become more obvious. While I was working on “Take the N Train,” Frances Hynes, an artist friend, saw a relationship between our work in terms of abstraction and color and spontaneously said “You and Ann should exhibit together.” And so we did.

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    Greetings Citizen Cartographers and April Foolers!

    Spring has sprung and new maps have been added to the NYPL Map Warper. No joke!

    The Map Warper is a free online tool (available at that enables you to align digital images of historical maps with today’s map, which we like to call “warping.”

    This newly added map from Alvin Jewett Johnson’s 1864 New Illustrated Family Atlas beautifully depicts Florida and the Caribbean during the American Civil War. I was able to spot Trinidad and Tobago (where my mother’s family is from) off the coast of Venezuela. At this time, these two islands were still colonies of Great Britain, indicated on the map by “(Br.)” next to each island’s name.


    Map Warper Layer 1445

    Warp this map, or any of the other 20,000+ maps from all over the world available on the Map Warper, and help the Library build tools for historical research. Get started by watching the tutorial at, attending a Citizen Cartography workshop, or sending an email for more information.

    Happy Warping!

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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.

    Gwen and Frank discuss books that defy description and throw reality for a loop. Longtime residents of Harlem, Greenwich Village, the Bronx, and more get shout-outs in an interview with NYPL's Alex Kelly about the Library's oral history projects.  Plus, Times Square and the attack of the Elmos. (Elmoes? Elmii?)

    They're everywhere...

    What We're Reading Now

    The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

    Rupert Thomson: The Five Gates of Hell, Soft!, Katherine Carlisle  (and theNew Yorker review that Frank was reading)

    The Bunker Diaryby Kevin Brooks, and the Carnegie Medal controversy

    A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

    Hot Topix

    Where to even begin with James Patterson's books?

    Patterson's BookShots (and the New York Times story) and grants for school libraries


    Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

    Guest Star

    Alex Kelly!

    NYPL's Community Oral History Project

    oral histories

    The cool new transcript editor

    Hara Seltzer's interview, with Frank's unexpected guest appearance

    Word of the Week

    Alex: "Tell me"

    Gwen: Neil Gaiman and his 2013 speech about libraries

    Frank: insouciant

    Thanks for listening! Have you rated us on iTunes yet? Could we convince you to do it now?

    Find us online @NYPLRecommends, the Bibliofile blog, and Or email us at!

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    It's National Library Week! This year's theme is Libraries Transform, reminding everyone that libraries offer more than just books for the people in their communities. Libraries are centers for creativity, expression, and learning; they offer access to the tools, technology, and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities. The American Library Association encourages everyone to help spread the library love.

    Ways to Celebrate

    1. Visit your library.

    Head to your public, school, or academic library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration.  Libraries across the country are participating, including NYPL!

    2. Show your support for libraries on social media.

    During National Library Week, share the graphic above on Facebook and Twitter to show your support for libraries. Use the hashtag #NLW16 and #LibrariesTransform to join the conversation. You can also find more graphics and ways to share on the I Love Libraries website.


    It's National Library Week! Why do you love libraries?

    Posted by NYPL The New York Public Library on Monday, April 11, 2016

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    Once again proving there is something for (nearly) everyone, the top five bestselling fiction titles include: a thriller full of secrets and lies, a banter-filled regency romance, even more British romance, family drama, and an historic mystery. Sorry Sci-fi and Fantasy readers, maybe next week. 

    Fool Me Once

    #1 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben, more secrets and lies:

    Die for You by Lisa Unger

    Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross

    The Pardon series by James Grippando




    Because of Miss Bridgerton

    #2 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, more banter-filled regency romances:

    A Heart’s Rebellionby Ruth Axtell

    Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh

    A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter




    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




    The Nest

    #4 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, more fiction about complications among siblings:

    The Lowlandby Jhumpa Lahiri

    The Turner Houseby Angela Flournoy

    Runby Ann Patchett




    Journey To Munich

    #5 Recommendations for readers who enjoyed Journey To Munich by Jacqueline Winspear, more historic mysteries:

    The Impersonatorby Mary Miley

    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R.King

    Mr. Churchill’s Secretaryby Susan Elia MacNeal




    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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