With books on the Syrian refugee crisis and American "hillbilly" culture, Frank and Gwen are looking for a deeper undstanding of the world here at home, and abroad. Also, dinosaurs. And then, the inimitable Nancy Aravecz, NYPL trainee and library-school student, joins us to talk about the core principles of libraries and the equal-opportunity learning at Jefferson Market University.
Set in 1960s Africa during the struggle of Biafra to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, the book follows the intertwined lives of the characters, including twins Olanna and Kainene , through a military coup, the Biafran secession, and the resulting civil war.
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Every New Yorker, when asked directions, has a different way of getting to the same place. This gives the impression that New Yorkers are helpful; in reality, most are just very eager to tell others what they think they know.
Likewise, New York City history is often subject to an arrogant and belabored information literacy.
A thing is heard, or maybe even read, somewhere; people believe it because they want to believe it, or because it is "fascinating." They repeat it to others as if no one else had ever heard it before.
It becomes "history."
It has been said, written, and said again, that in 1937, New York’s Italian community protested the statue of Atlas in Rockefeller Center because the face of the Titan bore too much resemblance to Benito Mussolini, the fascist ruler of Italy in 1937.
Tour Guides riff upon the story. Online, it is cut-and-pasted from Wikipedia. Books repeat it. But scarcely are citations provided that indicate a source showing evidence of actual outrage by Italians or Italian-Americans against the perceived similarities in countenance between the face of the Titan and the mug of the Dictator.
The statue stands in the forecourt of the International Building, at 626-636 Fifth Avenue, in the northeastern complex of Rockefeller Center. Atlas is wrought of seven tons of bronze, and, according to Greek myth, is doomed to bear the Heavens on his shoulders.
Sculptor Lee Lawrie ornamented the rings of the celestial globe with the twelve signs of the zodiac. One hulking, mountainous leg of Atlas staggers off the pedestal, while no promise of relief is yielded by the tiny bronze holymen and holywomen carved into the doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral across Fifth Avenue.
Note that the south structure, at 626 Fifth Avenue, is known as the Palazzo D’Italia, which the Rockefeller family had offered to Italy in 1932 as an anchorage of midtown office space. "It would afford me utmost satisfaction,” John D. Rockefeller, Jr., wrote to Mussolini, “if your great nation were to be represented." In return, the brute bald nationalist admired that the American billionaire was "more powerful than any monarch." As Rockefeller employed his sons Nelson, John, and David in the family business, Mussolini appointed his son-in-law, Galeazzo Ciano, as chief of the Office of Press and Propaganda, and later the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1944, Ciano was executed by firing squad after conspiring against Mussolini. "It is peculiarly my destiny to be betrayed by everyone,” said the Duce, “even by my own daughter,” who fled to Switzerland.
Classical mythology is a historical canon from which public art in New York City seems no longer interested in drawing for inspiration and meaning, opting instead for giant puppy dogs, orange curtains, and winsome subway murals.
This would be a true statement, if Rockefeller Center were in New Jersey.
Orange curtains and puppy dogs are examples of pop iconography, which may have most reflected the epic heroism and lyric fatalism of classical mythology in the 1963 Andy Warhol silkscreen print of Elvis Presley, an Atlas of Memphis who once begged to “make the world go away… get it off... get it off my shoulders…”
The city is often impolite when new things are built. It will soon embrace them, but first it must subject them to a cranky hazing ritual. This is a town that otherwise prides itself on its urbanity and grit, but denies its own smarm and anxiety.
For example, it is repeated in books and articles that the Empire State Building was nicknamed the “Empty State Building” because six months after its opening at the beginning of the Depression only 25% of its 2.2 million square feet of office space had been occupied.
Norman Thomas, the Socialist candidate for President in 1932, called it the “Empty State Building” in a campaign speech at the Elmwood Music Hall in Buffalo, New York, when remarking about the two chief backers of the skyscraper, ex-Governor Al Smith and former Democratic National Committee chairman John Jacob Raskob.
Pedestrians of the city, marveling at the size but also unemployed in droves, were likely put off by the new Eighth Wonder of the World.
Ephemeral New York blogs about the statue of Atlas and cites New York: The Unknown City, a 2004 guidebook, for the Mussolini story, but the book provides no source information that the statue was “picketed after its unveiling in 1937.” The authors say that “critics and politicians” compared the “visage” to Mussolini, but that sculptors Lee Lawrie and Rene Chambellan “insisted no such tribute was made.”
Wikipedia references a pejorative quote by the painter James Montgomery Flagg that Atlas "looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks,” suggesting that the titanic ego of tyrants drives the habit of interpreting reality as it is not. The virtual wiki author cites Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan (2007) for the quote, in lieu of the original source where Flagg’s comment appeared.
Healthy information literacy should repel the use of Wikipedia as less a research resource than a feckless mansplainer. "The information that it contains, " said Freeman Dyson in the The New York Review of Books, "is totally unreliable and surprisingly accurate." In the Atlas entry, Wikipedia is one “source” among a handful, providing a cross-reference that should be checked out before trusted. No one should get the idea that Wikipedia is out to support good information or democratize knowledge. In this example, it is a pit-stop in an eerie podunkville before hightailing it back on the road to continue the long strange trip.
The author of Outdoor Monuments indicates that Flagg's quote was published in a NY Times article by Edward Alden Jewell, and written on behalf of an informal “committee” of self-appointed artistic tastemakers. The article, published March 7, 1943, targets numerous public monuments in New York City as overdue for the scrap heap, and the tone is snobby and rancorous. Flagg compares Atlas to Mussolini, and the rest of the committee is equally disdainful. Joining company with Atlas in the junkyard is the Teddy Roosevelt statue out front the American Museum of Natural History, and the U.S.S. Maine monument at Columbus Circle.
In published secondary sources, the Flagg quote is the sole direct source, if any, for the comparison of Atlas to Benito.
There are other vague and misinformed references.
Not only does Manhattan: A Photographic Journey use “picketed” as verbiage to describe alleged public opposition to a Mussolini resemblance, but the author also has the International Building opening in 1933, which is incorrect. Excavation began in 1933, and the building opened in 1935.
The 2016 Fodor’s New York City repeats the claim about protests, and even dates them as having occurred in 1936. The statue, however, was not installed until 1937.
Podcasters “The Bowery Boys” claim that “protesters picketed” Atlas because the statue was “modelled” on Mussolini, instead of simply happening to resemble Il Duce. The boys give no citation.
The search for reports of anti-Atlas protests or pickets at Rock Center in 1930s newspaper databases yields zero results. The evidence for demonstrations is absent. It is very likely they never occurred.
Three additional mentions of Atlas in the context of Mussolini precede the quote by Flagg:
In 1937, the Citizen-Advertiser, a newspaper published in Auburn, NY, featured the syndicated column “New York Inside Out,” which noted that “Radio City has a new statue.” The author, gossip-jabberer Don O’Malley, uses the earlier and more futuristic term for Rock Center. "Everyone insists that the face on Atlas is Mussolini’s.” The column was printed at the end of January, 1937, the same month the statue was installed.
In 1942, the NY Evening Post“Reader’s Forum” printed a letter by citizen J.J.P. urging the city to scrap “that statue of Mussolini, the one that is supposed to represent Atlas.”
The following week, another reader explained that J.J.P.’s letter “aroused my curiosity and I went to see the statue. I was indeed surprised at the resemblance it has to Il Duce.” A. Kint agrees that “this monument to a man who tells his people to hate Americans ought to be turned into scrap.”
As a member of the Division of Pictorial Publicity during World War I, James Montgomery Flagg created the modern image of Uncle Sam, who points his accusatory finger to the American public and demands, “I want you.” Militancy and nationalism were highly valued by Fascists, too. If Flagg believed that Atlas "looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks,” one might also say the same thing about Uncle Sam; Flagg modeled the face of the star-hatted enlistment-solicitor after his own.
Are you looking for a good nonfiction read to download? Every month, Mid-Manhattan Library presents a series of Author @ the Library lectures featuring recent nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects, and many of these titles are available to borrow as e-books. Our regularly scheduled E-Book Help Hour: Get Started with E-Books is designed to help readers set up free Library e-book apps on their e-readers, tablets, phones and laptops. If you need a book recommendation, check out our list of e-titles from our 2016 author talks. See the complete lists of books discussed each month in 2016. Interested in a hands-on e-book tutorial? Stop by E-Book Central. You can also find online help on the E-Book Central page.
During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Don’t have the time to hunt for good reads? Never fear. We've rounded up the best bookish reading of the week for you.
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If you're anything like me, at the beginning of each new year you carefully stalk Goodreads, Instagram, and the Internet, trying to feel out the hottest young adult books to hit the shelves. Who's going to be this year's Cinder and Kai? What world are you going to escape to when the world is too much? How many incredible YA books will I uncover?
Below, I've compiled a few drool-worthy 2017 YA books that are on top of my TBR ("to be read") pile. Get ready to start putting holds on some awesome YA narratives!
From bestselling author of the Divergentseries comes a new story about a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future. Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent their gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners.
Perfect for fans of Morgenstern's The Night Circus! Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.
The third book in the Red Queen series finds Mare embarking on a psychological game of cat and mouse against her captor, King Maven, who is slowly losing his grip on reality and forcing Maven to make an impossible choice between her life and the fate of the growing revolution.
Enduring a traumatic existence after their father's death and neighbors' disappearance, seventeen-year-old Zoe and her brother are rescued from an attack by a bounty hunter who has been sent to claim the soul of their tormenter, a situation that introduces them to a new world and questions about their fate.
Having heard tales of the beautiful but dangerous Goblin King all her life, Liesl infuses her musical compositions with her romantic dreams before the abduction of her sister forces her to journey to the Underground, where she faces an impossible choice. A retelling of Labyrinth.
Unable to resist the missing-persons case of Lizzie Lovett, misfit Hawthorn Creely formulates a theory that is disregarded as too absurd before Hawthorn immerses herself in the missing girl's life, taking Lizzie's job and boyfriend, to determine what happened.
Adam is assigned to track down Julian for the school psychologist, and when he discovers Julian is his long-lost foster brother he is happy to be reunited with him and determined to understand the secrets going on in Julian's life.
Bibliophiles and romance-lovers alike will relish this one. Accidentally locked in the library, Autumn discovers that a local troublemaker, Dan, is locked in with her, a situation that leads to an unexpected connection as the pair overcome respective beliefs over vending-machine food and begrudging conversations.
Having believed he was happy with his place in the loving Mexican-American family he shares with his adoptive gay father, Sal turns angry and uncertain when his senior year arrives and he realizes that he wants to know more about his biological origins. By the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
An evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything,Bone Gap, and All American Boys. In this stunning debut, Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. Separated from her detained mother after moving from Haiti to America, Fabiola struggles to navigate the home of her loud cousins and a new school on Detroit's gritty west side, where a surprising romance and a dangerous proposition challenge her ideas about freedom.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and already optioned for a film adaptation, this debut is heartbreaking and topical while still authentically representative. Stuck between the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter's world shatters when she becomes the only wittness of her unarmed best friend by a white cop.
Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory, and it's mostly about sex. Aki already knows she's bisexual, even if, until now, it's mostly been hypothetical. When Aki sets off with the church youth-group for the summer and meets Christa, it seems her theory is prime for the testing. But how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you're in love? It's going to be a summer of testing theories--and the result may just be love.
The award-winning author of More Happy Than Notis back and at it again! Having lost his first boyfriend in a terrible accident, Griffin, a youth with OCD, forges a friendship with his lost love's ex-boyfriend, Jackson, who exhibits suspicious signs of guilt.
In Hopkins' iconic verse and prose style comes a heartwrenching novel about the struggles of a girl who longs for a permanent home after years spent moving with her nomadic father, a situation that is shaped by a special friend and daunting revelations about the mother who abandoned her.
Running back to college and shutting out everyone from her life in California after a traumatic summer that nobody else knows about, Marin is forced to confront what happened during a lonely, fateful winter break.
Let's get the party started! Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist. It’s packed with essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia, politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular YA authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more.
What 2017 YA book are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments section below.
As a software developer at The New York Public Library, I work on digital applications ranging from showcasing curated staff recommendations on Staff Picks and exploring new item acquisitions on New Arrivals to displaying what the Library has to offer on the homepage. Although working behind a desk and writing code is enjoyable, I wanted to reach out of my comfort zone and find ways to help patrons in person. I then discovered the Library’s Correctional Services department and the opportunity to volunteer in the mobile library at one of five city jails. I’ve been volunteering once a month, for the past 6 months, at Rikers Islands and found how much this service means for patrons looking for a bit of freedom from daily life.
Rikers Island is a correctional facility that holds people accused of a crime and waiting for a trial, people sentenced to one year or less of jail time, or people convicted of a crime and awaiting sentencing. This is why my group leader, Louise Stamp, mentioned that I may not see the same people in the houses (cell blocks) in the future, or why sometimes books go missing. The day-to-day life of a person is managed by the Department of Corrections and they may end up being released, sentenced and moved upstate, or moved to a different house within the facility. Providing a mobile library service is just a small part of a patron’s week, but with the surrounding chaos, it means escaping into stories.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first visit to Rikers last August. Even though our group follows a specific workflow, we are on the Department of Correction’s premise, and anything can happen. After taking public transportation, going through a series of check-ins, and being transported to the George R. Vierno Center (GRVC) building—another long process in itself—our volunteer group entered the library room, a small room filled with books and three carts ready to be wheeled through the halls of the GRVC building.
Our visits begin by letting the patrons know that the Library is on premise and introducing ourselves to old and new patrons. Patrons then return items they have taken out the previous week and, three at a time, they come out of their cell block seeking a new item. They are offered any two items, or four comics, as well as the daily newspaper that the volunteers happen to bring in—we make sure to also bring in Spanish newspapers for Spanish-speaking patrons.
Each cart holds different genres; my designated cart has comics and magazines, items I’ve come to better appreciate. As a runner, technologist, and explorer, I tend to limit my magazines to Runner’s World, National Geographic, and Wired, to name a few, but as I help patrons at Rikers explore and search for articles and magazines, I learned more about other topics. I go through the items available to get a better sense of what I can provide to the patrons, so when asked for a title or a topic, I can help out more quickly and efficiently. As an avid comic book reader, I’m well versed in super-heroes and storylines. I get at least one patron during every visit who is surprised by my knowledge of a superhero, so much so that we end up briefly discussing storylines or how and why a superhero managed to overcome their adversity. A patron and I once debated who is the better Spider-man: Peter Parker, a character with a sense of humor but also a strong sense of responsibility to uphold justice, or Miles Morales, a teenager of Black/Hispanic descent dealing with moral issues due to his upbringing. Whenever I recommend a book to a patron, I seldom get conversations regarding the item, so being able to have conversations with patrons at Rikers was not something I initially expected but have come to appreciate.
There have been occasions where patrons open up and tell me personal anecdotes regarding items they are interested in checking out. One patron approached me looking for comics. While searching he asked me if I spoke Spanish. After I told him that I did, he got excited and began to tell me how he has been drawing for years. The patron told me that he uses the characters from the comics as inspiration to draw his own characters; he even has some of his art tattooed on his body. Another Spanish-speaking patron shyly asked if there were books in Spanish. As a Spanish speaker I helped locate the section he was looking and then we went through the available items. The section of Spanish books is small, but he appreciated that there was one and that he could read in his native language.
Though the Library provides a service that is a seemingly small part of the patron's week, it means a lot to them. As the patrons move from one area to another through the halls, they see our group and the carts of books and noticeably get excited. They either ask us if we will visit their area later in the day, or ask their officer if they can go back to their area so they can check out an item. Sometimes they skip out on an activity and stay in their house to wait for the mobile library. Unfortunately, items in the mobile library get circulated quickly and they end up seeing the same titles continuously. We encourage donations and volunteers to promote reading and helping all patrons educate and better themselves.
My first question when going into making this audio montage was, "How do I edit over ten hours of tape into a six minute story?" This sounds like the hard part, but truly the hardest part of this montage was, "How do I represent an accurate depiction of the Lower East Side through its many diverse storytellers?"
In this montage, you will hear storytellers sharing stories from the 1940’s to the present. You will hear stories ranging from well-loved restaurants to the close bonds neighbors have with each other. In editing this audio montage, I wanted to reveal some difficult moments in history, like Hurricane Sandy, alongside the romanticized moments people share with the LES.
This montage also featured every interviewer who has contributed to the Lower East Side archive so far. Thank you to all the storytellers and interviewers who are featured in this montage: Frank and Lori Rothman, Nancy Montanez, Stanford Daly, Yolanda Doe, Francine Baskin, Dyna Moe, Allen Ranz, Al L, Carol Cramer-Markel, Donald Vega, Carolyn Laws-Parker, Je Jae Cleopatra Daniels, Andrew Fairweather, Claire Henry, Eddie Brawley, Elaine Daly, Janet Bryant, Jenny Andrievna, Kara Buckley Thompson, Meave Sheehan, and Tobi Elkin. Thanks also to Eddie Palmer, Brett Zehner and WFMU’s Free Music Archive for the music that is featured in the montage.
More copies are on their way to the New York Public Library right now, so if you too want to read this classic tale of power, corruption, and totalitarianism, you can put it on hold via our catalog. We have two editions of printcopies in English, a print copy in Spanish, two differentebooks, and an audiobook.
But Orwell's classic isn't the only dystopian game in town. While you're waiting, check out some of these other serious, thought-provoking novels on our shelves—physical and virtual—right now.
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Want to go back to school or are considering it? Finding that the schedules of traditional colleges don’t fit into your life right now?
Interested in online college, but hesitant to move forward because you heard that “online college doesn’t count”? Many of these answers can be found in How to Master Online Learning and help you find the path that is right for you.
Is online college right for you? It all depends on you particular needs, lifestyle, and learning style. There are different styles of online classes. Synchronous classes take place on a set day and at a set time. For these types of classes, class participants must be logged in at the same time, in real time. This works best for those who can commit to a set schedule. In these types of classes, there is direction between students and instructors in real time. So, a student may ask for feedback and a more instantaneous response. There are more set deadlines and students are expected to move at a similar pace.
There are also asynchronous classes, these don’t have as many set deadlines. Although classes are self-paced, students are expected to be more self-motivated and complete their work within the general time frame of the course. Many online courses are a blend of these two types. To determine whether online college is right for you, you may try taking free classes online to see if it they are right in order to get a feel for them:
Some websites may require you to register to use their website. Many times, you would just have to enter an e-mail address. You may have to create a username and password. It won’t require you to enter your credit card or payment information. If would like to get a feel for what an SUNY online course would be like, check out the SUNY online demo course, Open SUNY website, or the FAQ page.
Is Online College as Good as a Traditional College?
It depends on your chosen field of study. They are not exactly the same in terms of class styles. You won’t get direct and instantaneous real time interactions with your professors or your fellow students. However, if you are looking to complete college or if you are looking to acquire for advancement in the workplace and you don’t have the time or money to go to a traditional college, this may be a good alternative. Check out "How Online Colleges Schools Stack Up to Traditional Colleges" on the Open Education Database.
How do you know if an online college is legitimate?
First, it is important to make sure the school that you are interested in going to is accredited. Accreditation is the periodic screening of both traditional and online colleges and universities by regional and national accrediting bodies to ensure that they meet certification standards.
There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. Regional organizations focus on schools in different areas of the country and the world. Up until about 25 years ago, regional accreditors were the only agencies that accredited degree-granting schools. National accreditors were only known for accrediting specialized trade or vacation schools. National accreditors were known for accrediting specialized trade or vacation schools. However, today many national accreditors have expanded their reach and offer accreditation for degree-granting schools.
If you receive an online degree from a school that is not accredited, you may have wasted your money. You might not qualify for a professional license, or you might not be able to meet transfer requirements for higher-level programs. You might even end up losing your job because you lack the required educational qualifications.
In addition, students can only receive federal financial aid if the institution they are attending has been accredited from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Taking the time to find out if your school is legitimately accredited will save a great deal of trouble in the long run.
If the school that you receive a degree from a school that is not accredited, then it does not count.
What should I watch out for?
Beware of scam schools. These are fake schools offering fake degrees that are out there to take advantage of people. Here are some signs of scam schools according to College Degree Scams. All in all, take time to make your decisions and use your own best judgement.
Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem is recruiting for their 9- month free job training program. This program is for young people 17-24 years old with an interest in pursuing a career in construction or completing construction projects in the community.
Basic Resume Writing workshop on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:30 - 3 pm at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participants will learn the purpose of a resume, chronological and combination resumes and select the appropriate type for their specific needs.
Spanish Speaking Resume Writing workshop on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 pm. at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138-60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11355. All interested jobseekers will learn to organize, revise and update resumes.
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: email@example.com, 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 5 become available.
Cautivado por la belleza de Erica Hathaway, una joven humilde que lucha por superar su difícil pasado, el multimillonario y pirata informático Blake Landon decide conquistarla, pero luego descubre su oscuro secreto.
¿Qué harías si vieras el amor de tu vida, a quien creíste muerto durante un cuarto de siglo, caminando hacia ti? Esta es la historia de un médico australiano atormentado por un romance con la esposa de su tío a principios del siglo XX.
En el último verano del siglo XX se entrecruzan cuatro sensible historias de amor en una idílica playa en las costas del norte de Francia y siguen la trayectoria de los más profundos sentimientos y apasionados impulsos.
Kambili y su hemano Jana, crecen juntos en una acaudalada casa en Nigeria bajo el régimen de un padre tirano, pero justo después de visitar a su tía Ifeona, encuentran su libertad, Kambili descubre el amor por primera vez, y la ciudad comienza a desmoronarse bajo un golpe militar.
En el siglo XX, Lena y Guillén, son dos jóvenes que crecen juntos en un pobre y pequeño pueblo, pero aunque Guillen parte y se convierte en un acaudalado ingeniero, el no olvida a Lena y sus caminos se entrecruzan a lo largo de sus vidas.
En esta calurosa trama entre Cris y Cam, los protagonistas de la historia descubren que el que juega con fuego puede llegar a quemarse y el odio puede convertirse en algo tan diferente como el amor.
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Some of the most lasting Hollywood movies are films noir—dark movies, set in the shadows of black and white films in the 40s and 50s are some of the most famous movies ever made. But not all of the genre's tough guy detectives and their dangerous dames originated on the screen. They came from hardboiled detective and murder mystery novels, many of which were written in the 30s and 40s. Novels and films are the best ways to tell these stories, many of which are characterized by sharp dialogued, vicious characters, and fast paced plots. Some of the best stories translate from the page to the with equal skill and force. Check out these novels, watch the movies they inspired, and let us know in the comments below which one was better: the movie or the book?
When Dashiell Hammet created Sam Spade, the cynical PI from San Francisco, he created the prototype for the tough guy detective. Sam is good at his job: he is smart, calculating, observant, and handsome—the perfect detective for any crime novel or film noir. So when the film came out in 1941, it was an instant success, turning the already well-known Humphrey Bogart into a superstar. The movie, staring Mary Astor and directed by John Houston, is credited as being one of the first films noir, preceded only by Bette Davis' The Letter. The Maltese Falcon was a big hit, and the book, with its clean writing and sharp dialogue, has become an American classic.
James M. Cain was a journalism professor when he published his first novel at the age of 42. He went from a teacher, to bestselling author, to being tried for obscenity in Boston almost overnight all because of his debut novel The Postman Always Rings Twice. Cain’s novel, a story about two lovers who resort to murder to be together easily translated into an essential film noir. The dark story of Frank and Cora was picked up by one of the brightest studios in Hollywood, Metro Goldwyn Meyer (MGM). At the height of the Hollywood studio system, MGM was known for having “more stars than the sky.” Twelve years after its publication Cain's novel was made into a movie. The movie and the novel are both still wildly popular today.
Bogart and Bacall were happily married and Hollywood royalty by the time they made their second movie together, The Big Sleep. The Raymond Chandler novel had already captured readers. The book featured one of Chandler's most famous characters: the tough guy (and secretly soft hearted) detective Phillip Marlowe, a private investigator in Los Angeles. In the novel, Marlowe is hired by the wealthy General Sternwood to find out who is blackmailing one of his daughters. But after Marlowe solves the case, he has a nagging feeling that he missed something and delves even further in the the world of Sternwood's two daughters.
In the film the heat and tension between Marlowe and his client's daughter is palpable thanks to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's chemistry and acting skills. The screenplay for Chandler's quick-paced and well crafted dialogue and exciting plot are helped onto the screen by none other than William Faulkner. The book and movie are still largely popular with readers and film watchers today.
Talking to a stranger on a train usually does not lead to murder—unless you've been put onto the page by Patricia Highsmith or memorialized on screen by Alfred Hitchcock. Like all films noir, the main characters are left to the hands of fate, for better or (more likely) for worse. When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, their friendly small talk leads to deadly consequences. Highsmith is a master of mystery (her books The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley have both been made into Academy Award-winning movies) and Hitchcock has long been known as the master of suspense. Both of these artists have created thrilling books and movies, and Strangers on a Train is a prime example of both of their work.
The first scene of Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly is stunning. It's the dark of night in a black and white movie. Pictured are the bare feet of a woman; she gasps for breath as she runs down a highway wearing only a trench coat, desperately trying to flag down a car. Finally, she jumps in front of a sports car: it veers to the side and almost crashes. The driver, a tough-looking guy in a suit, angrily lets the young woman into his car. She is still too out of breath to speak, and she's still breathing hard as Nat King Cole’s “I’d Rather Have the Blues Than What I’ve Got” plays on the radio and the movie credits roll large and overbearing over the screen.
Don’t worry, Mickey Spillane’s novel is just as riveting as the opening scene of the movie. The violence and sexual tension of Spillane's books was shocking for the 50s. Kiss Me Deadly, with its fast talking, good looking characters, is still modern 65 years after it was first published. Over 225 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, so it’s safe to say that Spillane was good at his job, and this book is too deadly to miss.
The Bronx Zoo features many exotic animals. It is vital for city kids to have an opportunity to see wildlife in person. The New York Botanical Gardens features many beautiful flowers and plants, and it is located on expansive, beautiful grounds.
Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in the five boroughs. It is near Orchard Beach and City Island, which are quite scenic. Both Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park have riding stables located within.
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is located near Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse. Come to the Bronx Library Center to see the Edgar Allan Poe collection on the fourth floor.
These attractions and more are featured in this book, which showcases vibrant photography. This lovely travel book showcases the best of the Bronx in terms of recreation as well as lodging information.
Welcome to our biweekly update on events happening during the next two weeks at The New York Public Library. With 92 locations across New York City, a lot is happening at the Library. We're highlighting some of our events here—including author talks, free classes, community art shows, performances, concerts, and exhibitions—and you can always find more at nypl.org/events. If you want our round-up in your inbox, sign up here. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.
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2/15: Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois: In a career spanning nearly 75 years, Louise Bourgeois created a vast body of work that enriched the formal language of modern art while expressing her intense inner struggles with unprecedented candor and unpredictable creativity. Join art historian and artist Robert Storr at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for a discussion of Intimate Geometries, his comprehensive survey of Bourgeois' life and art, with Deborah Kass and Irving Sandler, moderated by Christopher Lyon. Celeste Auditorium, 6:30 PM.
2/15: Get In the Way: The Journey of John Lewis: Congressman John Lewis has been a leader in the fight for racial justice for over half a century, dating back to his activism in the Civil Rights Movement in 1963. The Schomburg Center is hosting a free screening of this documentary, which tells the story of Congressman Lewis' journey from the streets to the Capitol, and the lasting contributions he made to social justice and human rights along the way. 6:30 PM.
2/20: Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect: Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will explore Wilson's legacy and imagine the future trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, writer, actor, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway, will participate in a conversation moderated by the Director of the August Wilson Society, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon. 6:30 PM.
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2/9: Embodied: Dances for the Soul: Classical ensemble Chamber16 presents works from the classical repertoire, as well as original improvisations, coupled with dances by choreographer Hannah Barnard. This interdisciplinary performance coupling sight and sound features violinist Sharon Gunderson, pianist Mary Bopp, and cellist Leah Coloff. Bruno Walter Auditorium, 6 PM.
2/11: ModernMedieval: Sanctum et Saeculare: ModernMedieval’s Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Elizabeth Weinfield come together to offer a program that combines medieval chant and song with music by 20th and 21st century composers. With few surviving musical settings of secular Middle English texts, contemporary composers set these poems to music as part of an ongoing project to preserve and revive these historic texts. Bruno Walter Auditorium, 2:30 PM.
2/18: Ciname Sounds on Stage: NoMa Ensemble plays Herrmann and Mozart: Composer Bernard Herrmann is best remembered for his brilliant motion picture scores, including Psycho, North by Northwest, and Taxi Driver, but he also wrote scores for concert music, many of which can be found in the manuscript collections of the Library for the Performing Arts. NoMa Ensemble presents Souvenirs de Voyage (1967), the last chamber music work of Bernard Herrmann, plus the much-loved Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Bruno Walter Auditorium, 2:30 PM.
2/15: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine with Sarah Lohman: Black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha: these eight flavors have shaped and united American cuisine from the beginnings of its culinary identity to today. Historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman discusses her new book on the history of American flavor, drawing from forgotten recipes to modern-day cookbooks to explain why our food tastes the way it does. 6:30 PM.
2/22: Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes: Margie Ruddick, the pioneering landscape designer, discusses her new book Wild by Design, which offers strategies for landscapers and architects to welcome nature into the urban environment. She will be joined by architect Robin Elmslie Osler and moderator Annette Rose-Shapiro, managing editor of MODERN magazine. The Corner Room, 6:30 PM.
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2/8: Reclaim Control and Get It Done: Some days you can bask in the feeling of accomplishment that comes with having checked off every task on your to-do list. But other days, you might not be so lucky. Stephany Shalofsky, a professional organizer, will share strategies that will help keep you on task and make chaos, confusion and anxiety a thing of the past. Conference Room 018, 6 PM.
2/15: Estate Planning Basics: As life expectancy has increased, the meaning of estate planning has grown more complex, expanding beyond the typical boundaries of laying out one's will. Daniel Timins, Esq., comes to SIBL to explain trust, powers of attorney, and how best to title assets that are transferred without the means of a will in this informative seminar. Conference Room 018, 3 PM.
The year was 1955, and the place was America. The murderers were white men, and the fourteen-year-old boy who was kidnapped, beaten, murdered, and dumped in a river was Emmett Till. The killers suspected Till had flirted with a white woman. Later, an all-white jury acquitted them. For this episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present historian Timothy Tyson and PEN Award–winning author John Edgar Wideman discussing their new books, The Blood of Emmett Till and Writing to Save a Life, with historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of the New York Times bestseller The History of White People.
Happy birthday, Kate Chopin! The author of The Awakening(1899) and one of the first feminist novelists in America was born on this day in 1850 in St. Louis. While Chopin was largely unappreciated in her time -- often degraded by critics for her choice to explore themes of female independence, sexuality, and empowerment -- her writing was later recognized as being ahead of its time in the 20th century, and Chopin scholarship has expanded greatly since then. Most readers know her for the pre-modernist masterpiece The Awakening, which tells the story of Edna Pontellier, an unhappy wife and mother from New Orleans. But before she published that novel, Chopin was better known as a writer of short stories.If you're curious about where to start with Kate Chopin's short fiction -- which is available at the Library in this collection -- let us point you in the right direction.
"Her Letters," 1895
An unnamed woman dies, leaving her husband a parcel of letters and a note asking him, on good faith, to destroy them without looking at their contents. This intense and haunting story perfectly demonstrates how women, deprived of social freedom in the late 19th century, were subject to pain that had a rippling effect on families and marriages, even after their deaths.
"The Story of an Hour," 1894
Perhaps Chopin's best-known short story, "The Story of an Hour" relates the feelings of Mrs. Mallard immediately after hearing the news of her husband's death. This striking tale, which might today be called a piece of flash fiction, is notable for its deep dive into the mental workings of a new widow. It's a subject Chopin knew quite a bit about: she herself was widowed in 1890.
"The Storm," 1898
This passionate story about a sexual encounter between two married people in the midst of a violent Louisiana storm is one of the few that was only published posthumously, in 1969. Erotic and forceful, this story is a fascinating character study of two lovers who are ostensibly happily married to other people. Chopin also wrote a prequel to this story, "At the 'Cadian Ball," which details some of the history between her two protagonists.
"Desiree's Baby," 1893
"Desiree's Baby," Chopin's most direct treatment of Southern racism, tells the story of an interracial marriage in antebellum Louisiana. This is one of Chopin's sharpest and most ironic tales -- the ending is devastating, so we won't give it away -- and it's definitely worth a read.
"A Respectable Woman," 1894
When Mrs. Baroda, the wife of a wealthy plantation owner, falls madly in love with her husband's college friend, she is torn between her desire and her need to preserve her reputation and respectability. This tricky story is full of the Chopin's skill with ambiguity, intricacy, and complex portrayal of female characters, which was uncommon for her time period.
Remember, all these short stories can be found here, plus other Kate Chopin stories are collected in this volume. Do you have any other favorite Chopin tales? Let us know in the comments!
In a twist on Emily Dickinson's line, "There is no frigate like a book," NYPL patron Jinglu Wang describes using her library card to learn about everything from Chinese literature to New York City history. She has six library cards, including NYPL's, and covers her shelves and tables with a constantly shifting collection of books, systematically arranged to assure they get returned on time!
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