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  • 09/10/18--07:59: Bridge the Gap with BridgeUP
  • NYPL and BridgeUp logos

     

    What makes BridgeUP unique?

    Photo of New York City teenagers with a mentor from BridgeUp
    Photo courtesy NYPL BridgeUP program

    The New York Public Library's BridgeUP program is an innovative out-of-school-time program for NYC teens. Students who apply for BridgeUP early in high school become part of a community that guides them throughout their high school careers and helps them prepare for college.

    We offer our BridgeUP "scholars" a blend of long-term mentorship, academic support, and access to tools that encourage them to reach their potential and find their passions.


    This free program is designed to foster a passion for learning in our students through academic support, college prep, "Passion Projects," and "Magic Grants."

    Academic Support

    BridgeUP is available to students Monday through Thursday at the New York Public Library's 96th Street, Countee Cullen, Allerton, and Bronx Library Center branches.

    Teenage girl standing outside the library, holding books
    Photo courtesy New York Public Library



    On any of these weekdays, students can find academic help and Regents prep support in their BridgeUP classrooms. Our college-level tutors are proficient in all high school subjects, and BridgeUP staff communicates directly with scholars' parents and teachers to create a specialized plan to keep our scholars' grades and confidence high.

    With an experienced New York Public Librarian right outside the door, BridgeUP scholars also have access to all the research materials they need to become successful students.

    College Prep

    From SAT Prep to college essay help, from financial aid education to assistant filling out FAFSA forms, BridgeUP scholars get the support they need to get into college. Our one-of-a-kind College-Prep Boot Camp gives students a chance to practice writing college essays, study for the SAT and ACTs, visit college campuses, and find out which programs will encourage their passion and help them reach their goals.

     

    Passion Project
     

    At BridgeUP, there’s nothing we want more than to inspire our students and help them recognize their passions and strengths. BridgeUP’s yearly "Passion Project" is a student-driven group project designed to let our students explore their interests by creating something unique as a group.

    In the past, our projects have included planting urban gardens, creating podcasts, writing and designing graphic novels and magazines, painting murals, producing music CDs, and more. Our scholars come together at the annual BridgeUP Passion Project Expo to share their work and support each other.

    Magic Grants

    Each year, BridgeUP scholars are eligible to earn up to $1,300 in "Magic Grant" money. To do so, BridgeUP scholars need to have good attendance and show enthusiasm for, and dedication to, the BridgeUP community. With Magic Grants, students can participate in art classes, test prep courses, summer camps, or other activities they are interested in. Need a guitar for the music classes you're taking? We got it covered.

    Want to learn more about BridgeUP? Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Want to be a BridgeUP scholar? Download a BridgeUP application now!
     


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    New York City continues the global movement toward becoming a more environmentally sustainable city with a styrofoam ban going into effect by January 1, 2019, and plastic straws possibly being added to the banned list. This legislation promotes the movement toward a future free from single-use products such as plastic utensils, containers, and styrofoam products.

    With more than eight million metric tons of plastic thrown into the ocean annually, and the plastic in the ocean set to increase tenfold by 2020, single-use plastic waste is becoming the biggest epidemic of our time. A whopping 91% of plastic isn't recycled at all.

    New York City will be one of 15 other cities that have passed similar legislation. Banning plastic straws and styrofoam may be a step towards ending the circulation of single-use plastic, but will it be enough to recover from decades of plastic pollution? Can we live in a world without plastic?

    Learn more about plastic and what it’s doing to the world and our bodies, discover more about plastic alternatives, and see how to reduce the plastic in your life with these reusable sources! 

    Living plastic free

    Life Without Plastic by Plamondon and Sinha

    Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy

    By Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha

    Life Without Plastic strives to create more awareness about BPA-based products, polystyrene and other single-use plastics, and provides readers with ideas for safe, reusable, and affordable alternatives.

    Plamondon and Sinha show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives, and create easy replacements in this step-by-step guide. Get your family healthier, spread consciousness, and radiate positive plastic-free energy by taking action to help the environment.
     

    Plastic-Free book cover

    Plastic-free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

    By Beth Terry

    Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided, then and there, to kick her plastic habit.

    Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style—well known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life—Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint. 
     

    Give a Sh*t book cover

    Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet: A Practical Handbook

    By Ashlee Piper

    This book provides instructions for making simple changes at home and at work that will improve your health, minimize your carbon footprint, and make life better for the planet.




     

    Plastic Purge book cover

    Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

    By Michael SanClements

    SanClements puts together the most up-to-date and scientifically rigorous information available to explain how plastics release toxins into our bodies and the effect it has on us. Written with a casual, pop-science voice he provides easy-to-follow prescriptive advice for how to use less plastic, thereby reaping the benefits such as eating a healthier diet and living with less clutter.

     

     An ocean of plastic

    A Plastic Ocean DVD cover

    A Plastic Ocean (2016)

     
    An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what truly lurks beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean.

    The result will astound viewers, just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life and plastic pollution, with its ultimate consequences for human health.
     

     
    Trashed DVD cover

    Trashed (2014)


    Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes viewers from skepticism to sorrow, and from horror to hope.

    Irons showcases the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model.

     

    The history of plastic

     A Cultural History book cover

    American plastic: a cultural history

    By Jeffrey L. Meikle

    This book traces the course of plastics from 19th century celluloid and the first wholly synthetic bakelite in 1907, through the proliferation of compounds (vinyls, acrylics, polystyrene, nylon) and recent ecological concerns.
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    In 1994, my college history professor, Dr. Terry Finnegan, asked a simple question: Why study history?  His answer: Because we want to know the future. The unknown brings anxiety. The present is ephemeral and gives us no direction. Only by looking into the past can we find some direction in how to cope with similar circumstances that we find ourselves looking at, as we collectively wade in the unknown.  

    Map of a part of the Oregon Territory
    Map of a part of the Oregon Territory, from The Pall Mall Magazine. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 1101165

    As a librarian, I enjoy browsing the New York Public Library collections online and wander the stacks at various NYPL locations. I recently found an exciting book on the shelves of the Riverside Library entitled Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire," by Peter Stark. It tells of the genesis of the Oregon Trail, as Astor planned and organized a two-pronged expedition to start a colony in the Pacific Northwest—and it recalls my professor's answer to the question "Why study history?"

    Stark writes a brisk, exciting history of the vision shared by Astor and Jefferson, of a possible new sister democracy to the United States that would revolve around the Pacific fur trade, and how it was affected by nature, global politics and, above all, humans ability to manage in the exposed elements of the world.

    Astor, a German immigrant to New York City, quickly began his ascent to wealth through fur trading in upstate New York and Canada, and wanted to develop the Pacific Northwest. He devised a plan that would have a series of ships sail around South America and land at the mouth of the Columbia River, still one of the most dangerous passages in the world. Meanwhile, an overland group of hunters, trappers, botanists, and interpreters traveled on land, roughly following Lewis and Clark's route to the Pacific. 

    Stark describes how Astor carefully chose the people to led this ambitious expedition and gave thorough instructions as to whom he wanted in charge. All of his planning and funding were thrown up against luck, fate, and the decisions people must make under extreme and certainly life-threatening circumstances, with deadly consequences for others.

    Astoria is well-written and Stark moves crisply through the events without being bogged down in esoteric details, leaving you in awe at the scope of the adventure on both land and sea. 

    Stark also brings to the reader’s attention some of the elements that influence the minds of the participants. For instance, rumors of the ferocity of Blackfeet Native Americans led overland party leader Wilson Price Hunt to take a more southern route to the Pacific, leading his party through the Snake River and nearly dying of exposure during the winter of 1811 at Hells Canyon. 

    I also love how this great adventure can teach us about the future. Astor and Jefferson had the vision to see the future of the United States would lead to the Pacific, and adventurers like Wilson Price Hunt had the courage to try and make that vision a reality. This is similar to those who dream of colonizing space: How and when will humans be able to land on others planets, and what will be some of the obstacles they will encounter?  Suddenly, reading about people and their crazy dreams 200 years ago becomes relevant.
     


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    Think of Emily Bronte’s famous gothic romance, Wuthering Heights, and you’re likely picturing sprawling English moors, heavy gray winds, and bleak skies. But with each new edition of Wuthering Heights, which has been in continuous print since it was first published in 1847, there's a new cover with fresh visuals. Which of these book covers do you feel best epitomizes the novel?

    Wuthering Heights book cover featuring an illustration of Humphrey Bogart
    Pulp! The Classics cover, 2013

    This campy 2013 cover quite literally made me laugh out loud. A forlorn-looking, windswept Humphrey Bogart with his trademark cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and the caption "Here's looking at you Cathy..." What's not to love?

    If I wanted to get a little technical, I might compare the Bogart/Bergman relationship in Casablanca to Catherine and Heathcliff's. Okay, Bogie's Rick Blaine is one of film history's all-time sympathetic, self-sacrificing lovers and I'm not sure you can say the same for Heathcliff. But it's still an awesome cover! 

     

     

     

     

    Wuthering Heights young adult cover with watercolor illustrations of the characters
    Young adult edition, 2012

    This one, aimed at a YA audience, is not bad. First, you have the moors in the background—and you can't approach any conversation about Wuthering Heights without talking about English moorlands. Next, the faded watercolors invoke Emily Bronte's images of Heathcliff and Cathy's spirits together in the afterlife, with the space between them the distance they can't seem to cross during life.

    But Wuthering Heights is a bold novel. This cover, unfortunately, is not.

     

     

     

     

    Wuthering Heights cover with a photo of a black actor
    From Penguin Books, 2012

    This cover is adapted from a 2011 film based on the novel, a version of Wuthering Heights in which a Black actor is cast in the role of Heathcliff. Emily Bronte does describe Heathcliff as "black" and most films have interpreted this by casting Heathcliff with dark hair and eyes.

    It never occurred to me that Bronte meant race in her description of Heathcliff, and it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. I like this interpretation of the novel because it expanded my view of the story.

     

     

     


     

    Wuthering Heights book cover featuring blue-green art of rose bushes
    From Penguin Classics, 2008

    This cover is just too romantic for me. Heathcliff and Cathy’s love is a strong force, but it’s also destructive, and what’s romantic about that?

    Hareton and Cathy (the original Cathy’s daughter) achieve a more traditional romance, but with all the destruction that comes before it, can anyone say that Wuthering Heights is about romance? (Especially since the book’s final images are full of ghosts and graveyards.)

    My point is a Wuthering Heights book cover full of roses—even with all the thorns—just doesn’t cut it.

     

     

     

    Wuthering Heights Spanish language book cover
    From Penguin Clasicos, 2015

    This Spanish language (Cumbres borrascosas) cover encompasses Wuthering Heights’ major themes and it’s my favorite.

    First, of course, are the dark moors. The figure standing at the top is not only isolated but nondescript, at dark shadow against a deep blue sky. Next, hovering over everything is the wavy lines of a female figure that also look like an ethereal wind. This woman has to be Cathy, the character that hovers over everything and everyone, even when she’s not there; even when she’s just a wisp of air. The man on the hill could be any of the men affected by Cathy: Heathcliff or Edgar Linton; Hareton or Linton.

    Wuthering Heights is always described by words like atmospheric, gothic, and haunting, and all of those words are in this cover.

     

     

     


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    Rosa Caballero-Li, manager of Ask NYPL, has all the answers! Rosa tells Frank and Gwen about the ins, outs, ups, and downs of the Library's multifaceted reference service, staffed by real-live human people. Plus: a story within a story presents some guessing game twists.

    Need assistance? Have a question? Get in touch with Ask NYPL.

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    Rosa's Book Recommendation

    Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

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    A woman reads by a fountain in the piece entitled A Summer Morning
    A Summer Morning. Art and Picture Collection, NYPL (1843). NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 833394 

    With the nights getting chillier as fall approaches, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a steamy romance novel! Historical fiction has always been a staple of the romance genre, from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind to Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s The Flame and the Flower.

    Brave heroines in sweeping ball gowns, daring rogues in breeches, and social taboos begging to be broken… it all adds to the drama that can only come from a certain time and place.

    If you need advice on how to woo a potential partner or just want to imagine yourself in the arms of a dashing duke, our librarians have rounded up recommendations for some of our favorite romance novels!

    Here's the list, in no particular order, of our selection of 10 historical fiction romance novels. (Note: With the exception of A Rose in Winter, all descriptions are adapted from publisher summaries.)

    Prefer modern-day romance instead? Check out our list of 10 contemporary romance novels! 
     

    10 Historical Fiction Romance Novel Recommendations

    An Extraordinary Union book cover

    An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

    Recommended by Stephanie Anderson

    Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

    Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he's facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia. Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor.

     

    A Rose in Winter book cover

    A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss


    After she foils her irresponsible father’s attempts at marrying her off for money, Erienne Fleming finds herself literally on the auction block about to be married off to the highest bidder. She hopes it will be Christopher Seton, the dashing young Yankee who secretly stole her heart, but when the extremely wealthy and secretive Lord Saxton, a man who was supposed to have died in the same fire that killed his family, buys her hand instead, Erienne fears the worst.

    Her new husband wears a terrifying mask and cloak to cover his scarred face and body, nevertheless Erienne vows to uphold her marriage vows upon realizing his gentle true nature. Having lost her before, Christopher Seton returns with renewed passion to win back Erienne, but how will she be able to choose between her duty… and her heart?
     

    The Ruin of a Rake book cover

    The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian


    After the publication of a salacious novel supposedly based on his exploits, Lord Courtenay finds himself shunned from society. Unable to see his nephew, he is willing to do anything to improve his reputation, even if that means spending time with the most proper man in London.

    Julian Medlock has spent years becoming the epitome of correct behavior. As far as he cares, if Courtenay finds himself in hot water, it’s his own fault for behaving so badly—and being so blasted irresistible. But when Julian’s sister asks him to rehabilitate Courtenay’s image, Julian is forced to spend time with the man he loathes—and lusts after—most.

     

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie book cover

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    It was whispered all through London Society that Lord Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted—especially with a lady. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly ruined.

    Recently widowed, Beth Ackerly finds herself inheriting a fortune that means she can finally live a life free of drama with her new fiance, but that all changes when Lord Mackenzie decides he must have her.

     

     

    Breathless book cover

    Breathless by Beverly Jenkins


    As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town… and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

    After drifting through the West, Kent Randolph has learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

     

    My Fair Concubine book cover

    My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin


    Yan Ling tries hard to be servile—it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle.

    Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit—until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman? Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own.

     

     

    A Fashionable Indulgence book cover

    A Fashionable Indulgence by K. J. Charles


    When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing a lovely lady. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he's ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton.

    Harry's new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips. 

     

    The Duchess War book cover

    The Duchess War by Courtney Milan


    Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly—so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled.

    So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention. But that's precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match. 

     

    Bound with Love book cover

    Bound with Love by Megan Mulry


    Lady Vanessa Cambury adores her life of bucolic contentment with her partner, acclaimed portrait painter Nora White. Together, they have raised two children from Vanessa’s first marriage and built a home filled with purpose, ease, happiness, and passion—always passion. But when Nora receives word that the child she lost twenty years ago is alive and in England, ancient heartache threatens to destroy their idyll.

    To salvage their love, they must come to a deeper understanding of who they are—in the world, and to one another. Nora must learn to overcome the dark shadows of her past. Vanessa must learn to put others’ needs before her own. And Nora’s stubborn daughter must find it in her heart to forgive the mother she thought abandoned her. This unconventional family must rely on the powerful links of love and mercy to bind them back together.
     

    A Daring Arrangement book cover

    A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match—leaving her free to marry the artist she loves. Who then is the most appalling man in Manhattan? The wealthy, devilishly handsome financier, Julius Hatcher, of course…

    Julius is intrigued by Nora's ruse and decides to play along. But to Nora's horror, Julius transforms himself into the perfect fiancé, charming the very people she hoped he would offend. It seems Julius has a secret plan all his own—one that will solve a dark mystery from his past, and perhaps turn him into the kind of man Nora could truly love. 
     


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    A school principal's day is a reflection of many complex interactions such as:

    • communicating  with multiple types of stakeholders
    • managing financial resources
    • connecting with students
    • leading professional development 
    • being a collaborative team player

    You may wonder how one person could accomplish all this in one day. Scott Crisp, principal at Jackson Hole High School, and a 2017-18 U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellow, welcomes you into one of his days at Jackson Hole High School with a new blog post.

    Scott notes that "Ensuring the safety of students and faculty is my primary responsibility, and equally important as continuing to develop and improve student learning opportunities through the latest research. This is the core of being a reflective and adaptive lead learner." 

    You can learn about Scott's day as a school principal in the Department of Education blog post, A Day in the Life of a Principal, written by Scott Crisp.  

    Employment Programs

    The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation has launched the SI Works Program to help industrial businesses fill open positions. A job fair will be hosted on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Top jobs available include: CDL Drivers Class A & B, Warehouse Inventory & Facility Maintenance Workers, Warehouse Forklift/Pallet Operators, Bicycle Mechanics, Printing Press Mechanics, HVAC Technician, Sign/Storefront Installers, Handyman (with plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills). To schedule your appointment time, register by emailing jay@siedc.org , with your resume attached.

    Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow TechSTART program will immerse participants into the world of modern digital technology by providing the opportunity to develop in-demand computer programming and coding skills. By participating in the program, participants will cultivate critical thinking skills, learn to design websites, and achieve technological literacy. Upon completion of the 12-week program, participants will receive assistance with job placement assistance, advanced training, and /or support with college admittance. Classes are Monday to Friday 9 AM-4 PM at the  Innovation Lab at 87 35th Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

    Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow Youth Education and Job Training Program. Get the credentials and skills you need to gain employment and thrive in your career. You will receive preparation to take the exams required to achieve certifications in Microsoft Service, Hospitality Front Desk, and/or National Retail Federation Customer Service. You will be assigned to a supervisor (counselor) who monitors your progress and offers one-on-one assistance with personal, educational, and career problems, and also helps you improve your soft skills, such as professional behavior, attire, attitude, and communication. Classes run Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM. For more information, call 917-342-5279.

    School Professionals, the leading provider of substitute teachers for NYC Charter, Independent Parochial Schools, and Universal Pre-K, is currently seeking Teachers, Assistant Teachers and Tutors for Pre-K through 12th grade. Qualified individuals will have a bachelor's degree or higher, and 6+ months of experience as a lead teacher, co-teacher, or tutor in a pre-K-12th grade setting. School Professionals is also seeking UPK Teachers, and Teacher Aides for Nursery and Preschool. Qualified individuals will have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or higher; 6+ months of experience as a lead teacher or teacher; 6+ months of experience as an afternoon teacher or assistant teacher, day care or summer camp counselor, or Sunday school teacher, or similar experience working with children age 2-6 years.

    Under the America's Promise CUNY TechWorks Program, Queensborough Community College (QCC) offers an Applied Software Development Training Program covering web client programming, systems design and implementation, and smartphone application development. This hands-on, tech skills training program culminates in a capstone application development class focused on building students' professional programming portfolios. Credits earned can be applied towards QCC's AAS degree in Information and Internet Technology. For more information, call 718-631-6343.   

    The Chinese-American Planning Council Workforce Development Division offers education, training, placement, and post-placement support services to job seekers. Job training programs include BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Hospitality Careers, and LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail Training.

    New York Drives helps students obtain their driver’s licenses so they can access advanced training for a specific career path. This program is six weeks long: the first three weeks focus on strengthening students’ professional development skills, and the last three weeks focus on part-time driving lessons. After successfully passing road tests, graduates enroll in one of Brooklyn Workforce Innovation's (BWI) sector-based training programs, leading to skilled employment, or are placed directly into jobs. Once a year, New York Drives also offers security guard training where graduates obtain their security guard certificates and license.

    YearUp aligns job training with corporate partner needs and market trends to ensure that the skills students learn will be in demand. Learn valuable technical and professional skills, and gain work experience during internships at top companies. Earn a stipend throughout the program (while you train and during your internship) and complete courses eligible for college credits.

    The Cooper Union Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers at CAMBA assists underemployed or unemployed immigrant engineers and IT professionals in gaining access to higher-paying  jobs through training and job placement assistance. The program includes night and weekend courses in information technology and chemical, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, taught by Cooper Union faculty and field experts. Since its inception in 1987, the Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers has placed 3,000 immigrant engineers into careers.

    Discover Accounting includes state-by-state guides on becoming a CPA, salaries, and educational requirements. If you are looking for more advanced accounting topics, you'll find information in their comprehensive career guide and career comparisons.

    New York City Career Center Events and Recruiting

    Career Development Workshop: Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Expand your view of qualities that you offer potential employers. For more information, call 718-661-5012. 

    Recruiting Event:  Waste Connections, Inc.: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10 AM-2 PM for Overnight CDL B Driver (four openings) and Driver Helper (six openings) at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 7th Floor, Bronx, NY 10458. Waste Connections Inc. is an integrated solid-waste services company that provides solid-waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in 39 states and six Canadian provinces.

    Job Finding Club: Tuesday, Sepember 18, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM at Flushing  Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Weekly support group focusing on obtaining job goals. For information, call 718-661-5012.

    Recruiting Event - Urban Resource Institute: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM at Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Includes Case Manager (five openings), Recreation Specialist (two openings), Shift Supervisor (four openings), Security Monitor (15 openings), Residential Specialist (10 openings), Supervisor of Children Services (two openings), Child Care Worker (four openings).

    Spanish Speaking Resume Writing Workshop: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Organize, revise, and update your resume.

    Basic Resume Writing Workshop: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:30 PM-3 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participants will learn the purpose of a resume, and chronological and combination resumes, and select the appropriate type for their specific needs.

    Dealing with Job Loss Workshop: Friday, September 21, 2018, 11 AM-1 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Attendees will discuss the job loss stages of grief, a self-assessment exercise, and customer talk, and will get to express their feelings.

    Job Postings and AssistanceJob Fair Sign-up Table

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Available jobs via Brooklyn Community Board 14.

    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, 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 free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Classes run 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 receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks, and includes test prep and 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 on the above CMP training programs, email info@cmpny.org, call 212-571-1690, or visit the CMP website. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business training 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 that this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of September 16 become available.


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    Benjamin and May Phelosof; photo courtesy Shulamith Phelosof

    First-generation Americans by way of Poland and Russia, Benjamin and May Phelosof were some of the first members of their families to attend college in the United States, thanks to the indispensable resources made available by The New York Public Library.

    As their daughter Shulamith says, "…my parents spent much of their time at the main branch next to Bryant Park, and the Rose Main Reading Room is where my mother 'earned her degree.' Both my folks always said they were thankful that New York City allowed them to attend college for free, but they couldn't afford the books! NYPL literally gave them one of the world's finest libraries as their playground!"

    Benjamin eventually graduated from Harvard Law School and May, from Hunter College. Shulamith herself is a proud graduate of Princeton. In appreciation for the vital role the Library played in helping his family achieve the American dream, Mr. Phelosof designated the Library as a beneficiary of his Individual Retirement Account (IRA). His generous legacy will help ensure the Library can continue to offer the same resources to families like the Phelosofs and help make the dreams and aspirations of all Library patrons a reality.

    Planned gifts, such as from a will, trust, or retirement account are a powerful way to give more than you may have thought possible to support the NYPL mission. It also entitles you to membership in Library’s Bigelow Society, whose members are invited to special private receptions—including our signature annual event, the Bigelow Society Tea, held each spring in the Bartos Forum at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman building.

    Additionally, Bigelow Society members are invited to behind-the-scenes curatorial tours featuring notable cultural and literary figures and members of the Library’s leadership team. They also receive discounts at the Library shop, and have the option of being listed in our Annual Report.

       

    To learn more about arranging for a planned gift to the Library and joining the Bigelow Society, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 212.930.0652 or plannedgifts@nypl.org.  

     

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    Visiting the library is all about learning—whether it is checking out a cookbook, attending a genealogy course, or perfecting your resume. We also understand that there are numerous benefits to online learning. Online learners can take part in courses on their own time, at their own pace, and at any location. That is why the New York Public Library provides access to a wide range of online learning tools, take a look at the highlights below— all you need is your New York Public Library card!

    1. Learning Express

    Many patrons visit the library to find preparation materials for the SATs, AP exams, GED, occupational exams, and entrance exams. If you are searching for exam preparation materials try the LearningExpress database. This online resource provides not only test prep covering all levels and areas of education, but also courses to help adults build core skills, such as writing, math, and public speaking.

    Learning Express
    Learning Express database

    2. Lynda.com

    Lynda.com is a database that provides access to thousands of online courses. Have you ever wanted to learn jazz piano? Want to improve your managerial skills? Want to learn to code? Do you want to start your own podcast?  Lynda.com provides courses on these areas and more. It also includes multiple levels so beginners and advanced skill levels can all take advantage of what Lynda.com has to offer. Also, check out the NYPL blog post, It's International Creativity Month and You Haven't Met Lynda?

    Lynda
    Poster Design, taught by Nigel French
    source: Lynda.com

    3. Kanopy: The Great Courses

    Kanopy is not just a great resource to watch new independent films and documentaries, you can also access The Great Courses series. You can study everything from ancient mythology to astrophysics just by signing in to Kanopy with your library card! 

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    Kanopy database

    4. Small Business Reference Center 

    The Small Business Reference Center database provides instructions on all aspects of starting a small business. It also provides the full text of the business-related guides from the Nolo Press, which cover everything from how to write a business plan to which workplace technology is right for you.

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    Small Business Reference Center database

    5. Mango Languages

    Mango Languages, an online language learning program, has courses for 71 different languages, including specialties such as Pirate. Patrons may be particularly interested in the ESL courses or courses that can assist with job search and promotion, such as "Job Seeking in English" or "Legal Spanish."  You can also prepare for that upcoming vacation with courses like, "Wine and Cheese French" and "German for Oktoberfest." 

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    Mango Languages database

    6. Bonus! Digital Theatre Plus

    Digital Theatre Plus does not only provide access to top-rate theater productions, but also provides learning options for theater practitioners. Take some time to explore the "Practice & Practitioners" section of this online resource and access a variety of masterclasses, covering topics such as directing, acting, and vocal work. Patrons can also access a large selection of interviews with directors, playwrights and theater actors at the top of their field. Digital Theatre Plus even has videos covering theater theory and criticism . Please note this database is available onsite only. You can access Digital Theatre Plus at any NYPL location on our computer terminals or on your own device.

    Digital Theatre Plus database

    With more than 500 online research options available, many accessible from home with a library card, we challenge you to go beyond the search engine and dig deeper online with NYPL.  


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    Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita is an enduring classic of the twentieth century. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and sold north of 50 million copies. But few readers are familiar with the true story of an eleven-year-old-girl named Sally Horner, whose short and tragic life bears an eerie resemblance to the events which befall Nabokov’s main character, Dolores Hayes. In The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, author Sarah Weinman traces the connections between these two girls and their stories. Weinman stopped by the Library to question the role of facts within fiction and to revisit the research she did at NYPL using the Library's collection of Nabokov’s papers.

    Interested researchers can contact the Berg Collection of English and American Literature to find out how they might access the archive, which consists of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal documents, portraits, and photographs.

     

    Click here to find out how to subscribe and listen to the Library Talks podcast.

     

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    Happy September! It’s the month for getting back to school,  the start of fall, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and more.  We'll help you "fall" into the season with these fun recommendations for young readers.

    Get back to school with classic stories and characters

    I Am Too Absolutely Small for School book coverI Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

    Lola doesn’t think she needs to go to school. She’s definitely not big enough and she already knows how to count to ten, what more does she need to know?  Can Lola's big brother Charlie convince her that school is good for her?
     

    Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School book coverAmelia Bedelia's First Day of School by Herman Parish

    Spend a day with the lovable and amusing Amelia Bedelia as she begins school, meets new friends, and gets crafty.



     

     David Goes to School book coverDavid Goes to School by David Shannon

    Mischevious David learns how to behave in school and earn a gold star. This fun read is sure to get giggles from little ones.




     

    How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? book coverHow Do Dinosaurs Go To School by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

    Dinosaur is off to school and he's on his best behavior as he makes friends and helps out classmates.  Perfect for young dinosuar fans with full-page colorful illustrations.




     

     Wemberly Worried book coverWemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

    Wemberly worries about everything, big and small.  So it’s no surprise that when it’s time for the first day of school, her list of worries grow. Can Wemberly overcome her fears and start school with the other kids?  

     



    Commemorate Patriot Day and the heroes of Sept 11

    Fireboat book coverFireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman

    Based on the true story of the John J. Harvey fireboat, from its making in the 1930s to its role in the tragedy of 9/11. Provides an introduction to the events of 9/11 for younger audiences.  

     

     

     Saved by the Boats book coverSaved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 by Julie Gassman

    This nonfiction picture book is based on the story of the heroic boat captains and crews who helped thousands of people get to safety on 9/11.  A gentle introduction to 9/11, and a story of hope and humanity for young readers.

     


    Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Sept 19

    Twenty-six Pirates book coverTwenty-Six Pirates by Dave Horowitz

    Meet twenty-six pirates in this alphabetical rhyming book!

     

     


     

    Captain Monty Takes the PlungeCaptain Monty Takes the Plunge by Jennifer Mook-Sang

    Captain Monty is a brave pirate with a not-so-brave secret. When he meets a mermaid named Meg, Monty struggles to keep his secret to himself. Perhaps Meg can help Monty let go of the secret that's holding him back.

     

    No Pirates Allowed! said Library Lou book coverNo Pirates Allowed! said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene

    Pete the pirate is searching for treasure in the library! But first, he must learn all about letters and words to search for clues to the fortune.

     

     

    Get ready for leaf-jumping season 

    In the Middle of Fall book coverIn The Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

    In this beautifully painted and poetic book, watch the lovely colors and images of fall come alive. Perfect for preschoolers.




     

    Bella's Fall Coat book coverBella's Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde

    Little Bella loves all things fall, especially her favorite fall coat from Grandma. But when Bella can no longer fit her coat, Grandma must come to the rescue.


     

    Pick a Circle, Gather SquaresPick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

    On a fall hayride, a family finds different shapes throughout the pumpkin patch.  Collage-style art with fall colors make this a perfect pick for preschoolers.



     

    Wonderfall book coverWonderfall by Michael Hall

    A tree goes through the "wonderfall" season of fall and into winter. Told through short poems with lively digital artwork, this is a great read for all ages.

     

     

     

     

     


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    M.I.A. and Akil Kumarasamy
    M.I.A. and Akil Kumarasamy


    Welcome to our bi-weekly update on events happening during the next two weeks at The New York Public Library. With 92 locations across New York City, there's a lot going on! 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 to receive our round-up in your inbox, sign up here. We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon. 

    Selected Events:

    Talks at the Schomburg: The Startling Life of Pauli Murray
    Tuesday, September 18 | 6:30 PM
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    The Improbable Wendell Willkie: David Levering Lewis with Lewis Lapham
    Thursday, September 20 | 6:30 PM 
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Amateur: Thomas Page McBee with Amanda Hess
    Monday, September 24 | 6:30 PM 
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    Voter Registration Day
    Tuesday, September 25
    All Library locations

    A Terrible Country: Keith Gessen and Michael Vazquez
    Tuesday, September 25 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Eternal Life at Bioscleave House and Beyond
    Wednesday, September 26 | 6:30 PM 
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Border Crosser: M.I.A. with Akil Kumarasamy
    Wednesday, September 26 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Glory: A Life Among Legends
    Thursday, September 27 | 6 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts

    Fall Open Houses
    Saturday, September 29
    All Library locations

    Nomadland: Jessica Bruder with Margaret Talbot
    Wednesday, October 3 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street
     

    Business, Career & Finance

    Thursday, September 20 | 6 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library

    Understanding and Building a Socially Responsible Investing Portfolio
    Tuesday, September 25 | 3 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library
     

    TechConnect

    E-Book Help Hour
    Monday, September 24 | 1:15 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    Create a Website with HTML and CSS
    Tuesday, September 25 | 10:30 AM
    Columbus Library
     

    More Events

    NYCitizenship Information Sessions
    Multiple times and locations

    Braille Study Group
    Wednesday, September 19 & 26 | 11:30 AM
    Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

    The Kings & I: My Life with the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
    Saturday, September 22 | 2:30 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts

    Howling for Jeremy Steig: Solo Flute Festival
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 2:30 PM
    Tompkins Square Library

     


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    Covers for five Chinese language books

     该列表有PDF格式 - The list is available in PDF format.

    Call No.  CHI FIC CHANG

    Author: 陳浩基

    Title: 網內人

    ISBN: 9789573333166

     

    小雯死了,從22樓墜下,摔得粉身碎骨。警察說是自殺,但她的姐姐阿怡知道,小雯是被「殺死」的。畢竟她在去世前,才因為一起性騷擾案遭到網路霸凌,姓名、學校都被公開,每天忍受著網友不堪的辱罵、陌生人惡毒的眼光。為了不讓小雯白白犧牲,阿怡誓言揪出整起事件的始作俑者,只要能揭開真相,她願意付出任何代價。Source: https://www.hkbookcity.com/

    Call No. CHI FIC GUO

    Author: 果红 著

    Title: 金融行动

    ISBN: 9787559409492

     

    反腐浪潮来袭,黄滨市的资本市场,一片狼藉…

    四百五十万巨款下落不明,突如其来的银行大劫案划破太平,更有诸多无名小卒在利益搏杀中以生命献祭。一时间,暗流湍急。

    究竟谁是黑手?谁是幕后?谁来主持正义?Source: http://product.dangdang.com

    Call No.  CHI 158.1 LIN, FUYUAN

    Author: 林富元 著

    Title: 用快樂投資人生

    ISBN: 9789571370651

     

    快樂,是唯一可以仰仗的內在力量

    從投資自己開始,具體地為自己的夢想採取行動

    「超快樂」,就是選擇心態的改變

    選擇先看到自己的長處、選擇先對自己好一點、選擇不必要的恐懼、選擇不要過度分析自己、選擇投資自己!Source: https://readmoo.com/

    Call No.  CHI 363.25 HUANG

    Author: 黃, Sir.

    Title: 奇案. 01, 背影

    ISBN: 9789887809104

    死劫

    ~ 香港史上真正的「末代死囚」所犯何事?

    恨意

    ~ 庭上的丈夫頃刻老淚縱橫,心底裡恨不得逐個將兇徒碎屍萬段!

    兇邪

    ~ 由都市傳說、人為慘劇,以至天災,西環觀龍樓劫數連連。

    無情

    ~ 香港深水?的一楝戰前唐樓內,上演如同日本鬼片般恐怖的劇情。

     Source: https://www.hktvmall.com/

     

    Call No. CHI 649.124 CEN, HAOXUA

    Author:                岑皓軒

    Title: 放養孩子 : 育出自學力    

    ISBN: 9789888395620

    一套在任何國度,你我也可實踐的教養方法。

     

    每個孩子都有強大的自學系統,只要釋放其初心和童心,孩子學習就是「自動波」,將來不但凌駕人工智能或機械人,更能活出身心靈豐盛的自主人生!

    Source: https://www.books.com.tw/

     


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    Covers of 5 Russian language books

    Cписок доступен в формате PDF - The list is available in PDF format.

    Call No.  RUS FIC AKUNIN Author: Борис Акунин

    Title: Вдовий плат

    ISBN: 9785171072599

     

    'Москва идет! Хоронись!' кричали на Руси испокон веков, боясь скорой на расправу и безжалостной власти.Роман 'Вдовий плат', действие которого происходит в 1470-х годах, посвящен столкновению двух систем государственного устройства: тоталитарной московской и демократической новгородской. Роман является художественным сопровождением третьего тома 'Истории Российского государства', посвященного периоду освобождения Руси от иноземного владычества до великой Смуты. Source: http://sentrumbookstore.com

     

    Call No. RUS FIC HARRIS

    Author: Харрис Р.

    Title: Конклав

    ISBN: 9785389122215

     

    Автор бестселлеров «Энигма» и «Фатерлянд» на этот раз предлагает нам крутой детектив, в котором людское честолюбие бросает вызов власти Господней.Умирает папа римский, и на его место претендуют несколько кандидатов. Организовать и провести конклав по выбору нового папы поручено Якопо Ломели, декану Коллегии кардиналов. Выбор труден, не каждый из претендующих на Святой престол светел и чист душою, а некоторые из них готовы ради власти на любое злодейство. К тому же выясняется, что и прежний папа был далеко не ангел…

    Source: http://sentrumbookstore.com

     

    Call No.  RUS FIC IAN

    Author: Ян Василий Григорьевич

    Title: Полное собрание исторических романов и повестей

    ISBN: 9785992225853

     

    В одном томе публикуются все исторические романы и повести известного российского писателя-историка Василия Григорьевича Яна (1874—1954) — «Чингиз-хан», «Батый», «К «последнему морю», «Юность полководца», «Молотобойцы», «Финикийский корабль», «Огни на курганах», «Спартак». Source: http://sentrumbookstore.com

     

    Call No.  RUS FIC MATVEEVA

    Author:  Анна Александровна Матвеева

    Title: Есть!

    ISBN: 9785171032593

    Анна Матвеева — автор романов 'Перевал Дятлова, или Тайна девяти', 'Завидное чувство Веры Стениной', сборников рассказов 'Подожди, я умру — и приду', 'Девять девяностых', 'Лолотта и другие парижские истории', 'Горожане'. Финалист премий 'Большая книга', 'Национальный бестселлер'. Главная героиня романа 'Есть!', популярная телеведущая Геня Гималаева — молода, талантлива и успешна: она ведёт авторское кулинарное шоу, её репутация и вкус не подвергаются сомнению, поклонники преданно заглядывают в глаза и ждут новых гастрономических откровений… Но однажды Геня встречает словно бы копию самой себя: те же пристрастия и привычки, детали биографии и методы игры… И самое главное — соперница хочет занять её место! Но возможно ли победить собственное отражение? Source: http://sentrumbookstore.com

     

    Call No.  RUS B PANKRATOV C P

    Author:  Александр Васильевич Панкратов-Чёрный

    Title: Судьба-злодейка

    ISBN: 9785040898077

    Александр Панкратов-Чёрный — знаменитый актер и кинорежиссер, человек, полный искрометной взрывной энергии. В его фильмах, среди которых 'Мы из джаза', 'Жестокий романс', 'Зимний вечер в Гаграх', 'Палата №6', 'Импотент' и другие замечательные картины, зритель видит и чувствует, что его герои — органичные, живые, настоящие. О том, как в детстве автор чудом избежал смерти, о голодных годах в театральном училище, о счастливом знакомстве с Высоцким, о Панкратове-поэте, сложных отношениях с КГБ, режиссерстве в армии, о том, как Александр Васильевич рисковал здоровьем на съемках 'Сибириады', цензуре, запретах его фильмов и многом другом — в рассказе честного человека, любящего жизнь и дело, которому он предан.Source:http://sentrumbookstore.com

     

     


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    Prado Looking North, Havana, Cuba. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 67653

    In Spanish, "dar un paseo" means to take a leisurely stroll. Today, with this post, I invite you to "dar un paseo" with me along one of Havana, Cuba’s most popular avenues, the Paseo del Prado.

    This past summer, I was one of the lucky art librarians that traveled to Havana as part of this year’s Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) study tour, organized by the International Relations Committee (IRC). It was a jam-packed week during which we explored and learned about the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cultural institutions, and Cuba’s artistic culture. With Hispanic Heritage Month kicking off, I think this is an opportune time to share a bit of what we learned during our trip to the Cuban capital by strolling down this famous avenue and exploring some of the city's history and architecture.

    The Paseo

    The Paseo del Prado is a tree-lined street (not to be confused with the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, Spain) that dates back to 1772 and is one of the oldest streets in Havana. It runs north-south from the Malecón (a six-lane avenue that runs along the coastline) to the Parque de la Fuente de la India.

    Throughout its existence, the avenue has been known by different names, including Alameda de Extramuros, Paseo de Isabella II, and Paseo de Martí (as pictured below). It wasn’t until French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier redesigned the avenue in 1928 that we would get the marble and stone benches, as well as the bronze lions that we see today. Walking along, you do notice the similarities between the Paseo and the popular avenues of Europe (for me, Las Ramblas in Barcelona comes to mind).

    Photo of Marti Avenue, Havana. n.d.
    Marti Avenue, Havana. NYPL Picture Collection

     

    On June 2, twenty art librarians descended onto Old Havana and had the pleasure of staying in a hotel situated on the Paseo del Prado. The hotel, today known as the Hotel Sevilla, first opened in 1908, and the first architects had envisioned it with an Andalusian theme. The original structure had a Moorish Revival style architecture; today you can still see that reflected in the hotel’s main entrance and lobby.

    No. 39 HABANA Hotel Sevilla-Seville Hotel. NYPL Picture Collection
    Hotel Sevilla / Seville Hotel. NYPL Picture Collection

     

    In 1919, with a growing interest in Cuba as a vacation destination, the American corporation Bowman-Biltmore Hotels purchased the hotel. They renamed it the Hotel Sevilla-Biltmore and, in 1924, enlisted the services of the New York architectural firm Schultze & Weaver (who were gaining popularity for their luxury hotels) to renovate it.

    New York Times, January 28, 1923, with the headline, "Bowman to Build Big Havana Hotel"
    New York Times, January 28, 1923. ProQuest Historical Newspapers

    With the boom of American tourism to the island, a ten-story tower was added, with the top floor serving as a rooftop ballroom where elaborate parties were hosted. American tourists looking for leisure and entertainment, associated with the laid-back feeling of the islands, enjoyed live Cuban and American music, dancing, and the legal sale of alcoholic beverages (illegal in the U.S. at the time). Today, the ballroom is the location of  the La Torre Del Oro Roof Garden restaurant, which served as the meeting place for our daily complimentary breakfast.

    On our first full day in Havana, the group was treated to a walking tour of Old Havana. We met our tour guide "Ale" in the Andalusian-style lobby of our hotel at 9 AM and headed south on the Paseo del Prado. As a major avenue, the Paseo serves as a great location for people-watching. The trees that line both ends of the terrazzo pavement allow for families to hang out, children to play soccer, and skateboarders to practice their skills. It is also a great place for artists to sell and showcase their work.
     

    The Parque Central

    Further south is the Parque Central (Central Park). It's not all that big (more reminiscent of a small city park), but the park is one of the most recognizable parts of Havana due to its central location, the iconic architecture surrounding the park, the classic cars that park alongside, and the statue of Cuba’s national hero, José Martí.

    Postcard photo of Havana's Central Park and Hotel Inglaterra
    Central Park and Hotel Inglaterra, Havana, Cuba. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 67651

    Surrounded by beautiful palm trees, and in front of José Martí, the group received a history lesson about the park and surrounding architecture. Like the street name, the architecture has changed over the years. One of the oldest structures still in existence is the Hotel Inglaterra, originally designed in the neoclassical style, and the oldest hotel in Cuba. It first opened on December 23, 1875, has served as host to world-renowned intellectual figures (Gabriela Mistral, Ruben Dario) and has played a role in important historical events.

    For example, on April 26, 1879, in the hotel’s El Louvre Café, Martí gave a speech honoring the Cuban journalist Adolfo Marquez Sterling. Martí had no idea that one day that same street would bear his name.

    The postcard above, from 1904, shows the hotel as the center building in the background. In front of the building, we can see a pedestal where the statue of Isabella II of Spain once stood. The statue was removed in 1899 during the US intervention in Cuba that began after the Treaty of Paris came into effect. That same year, the newly independent nation held a survey in the Cuban journal El Fígaro, asking the people which historical figure should be erected in that space. In 1905, a year after this postcard was published, a statute of José Martí was erected. Today it is the oldest statue of Martí on the island.

    To the left of the Hotel, we can see the Tacón Theatre. During its existence, the theater served as one of the most luxurious spaces in Havana. Today, in its place stands the Gran Teatro de La Habana (Great Theatre of Havana). This Neo-Baroque style building opened its doors in 1915 as the Galician Centre of Havana. It was the building that caught my eye among all the structures that surround the park. This is probably in large part due to the imposing facade and sculptures that adorn it.

    The sculptures were commissioned to Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti and represent: Charity, Education, Music, and Theater. Today, it is the current home to the Cuban National Ballet. As irony would have it, we were unable to attend a performance since the ballet was scheduled to perform in New York.

    Photo of Parque Central, Havana Cuba, 1954
    Parque Central, Havana, Cuba, 1954. NYPL Picture Collection

    The Explanada del Capitolio

    As we continue our stroll south on the Paseo, we see the National Capitol Building, otherwise known as El Capitolio (its dome bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. Capitol). The structure was constructed in 1929 and was meant to serve as the seat for the two Cuban chambers of Congress. However, after the 1959 revolution, it was repurposed as the headquarters of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. In the last decade, the Cuban government has undergone a restoration process so it can serve its original purpose. During our walking tour, we did notice scaffolding surrounding the dome.

    Photo of Havana, with a palm tree in the foreground and capital building behind it
    National Capitol Building and National Theatre, American Photo Studios, Havana. NYPL Picture Collection

    The Parque de la Fuente de la India

    Fuente de la India en el Paseo De Isabel II. From "Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba, 1853”; General Research Division
    Fuente de la India en el Paseo De Isabel II. From "Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba, 1853." NYPL General Research Division

    The Paseo ends at the Parque de la Fuente de la India. In the park is a white marble statue that was transported from Italy and is the work of sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini. The Neoclassical statue is supposed to represent the indigenous woman "Habana," the wife of the cacique "Habaguanex" and the namesake of the city. Cuban legends tell of an indigenous woman sitting in the harbor, noticing the Spanish ships approaching. With a circular motion, she pronounces the word "Habana," which lead the Spanish to believe she was referring to the area around them.

    Thank you for joining me as we strolled along one of the main attractions in Havana, the Paseo del Prado and its four sections: the Paseo, the Parque Central, the Explanada del Capitolio and the Parque de la Fuente de la India. It was an exciting opportunity to stroll down the streets of a city that once served as the key to the Indies, and I am grateful for this opportunity to share some of it with all of you…

    If you are planning a trip, or just interested in learning something new about a particular place, why not see how we at NYPL can help? This blog post was researched using resources from within the NYPL Research Collections, and most of the images come from the Wallach Division of Art, Prints & Photographs. Come by to visit us.
     

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    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

    Spinning Silver

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    Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

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    Through hard work and a unique apprenticeship program, Antonio Williams of Louisana has transitioned from the military to the tech industry after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army as a culinary specialist.

    Apprenti is a program from the Washington Technology Industry Association Workforce Institute that addresses the workforce shortage in the tech industry through paid, on-the-job training and education. The program began in Washington state and has since expanded nationally through a U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship intermediary contract.

    This "pre-apprenticeship" phase allowed Antonio to learn foundational skills related to hardware, networking, software deployment, and troubleshooting. He received certifications in A+, Network+, Linux+, and Server+ before being placed as a data center technician apprentice with a technology company in Portland, Oregon.

    "The program provided a great avenue to change careers after the military," said Antonio. "I would recommend this program to anyone."

    You can learn more about Antonio's story from the Department of Labor blog post "After the Army, a New Career in Tech," written by Leo Kay from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Public Affairs in San Francisco.

    If you're eager for a high-skilled, high-paying career, the Department of Labor's Apprenticeship progam can match you with employers seeking to build and train a qualified workforce. Find the apprenticeship that is right for you here.

    Employment Programs

    The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation has launched the SI Works Program to help industrial businesses fill open positions. A job fair will be hosted on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Top jobs available include: CDL Drivers Class A & B, Warehouse Inventory & Facility Maintenance Workers, Warehouse Forklift/Pallet Operators, Bicycle Mechanics, Printing Press Mechanics, HVAC Technician, Sign/Storefront Installers, Handyman (with plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills). To schedule your appointment time, register by emailing jay@siedc.org with your resume attached.

    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation's (NMIC) Train and Earn Program provides free food service training to young adults (age 16-24) not currently working or in school. In just five weeks, participants can receive a $500 completion stipend, with certifications in Customer Service, ServSafe, Microsoft Office, and NYC Food Handlers, plus Employment Readiness Training, Academic Tutoring, Paid Intership, Education/Career Counseling, and much more. NMIC is located at 45 Wadsworth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10033, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 AM-4 PM. For more information, call 212-822-8325 or 212-453-5378. 

    Brooklyn Networks is a free six-week training program that helps unemployed and underemployed individuals access career in low-voltage cabling. The course prepares graduates to obtain the industry-recognized BICSI credential, followed by work in fields like voice and data cabling, security system installation, broadcast cabling, and A/V system installation. For more information, call 718-237-2017 x149 and attend an information session

    School Professionals, the leading provider of substitute teachers for NYC Charter, Independent Parochial Schools, and Universal Pre-K, is currently seeking Teachers, Assistant Teachers and Tutors for Pre-K through 12th grade. Qualified individuals will have a bachelor's degree or higher, and 6+ months of experience as a lead teacher, co-teacher, or tutor in a pre-K-12th grade setting. School Professionals is also seeking UPK Teachers, and Teacher Aides for Nursery and Preschool. Qualified individuals will have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or higher; 6+ months of experience as a lead teacher or teacher; 6+ months of experience as an afternoon teacher or assistant teacher, day care or summer camp counselor, or Sunday school teacher, or similar experience working with children age 2-6 years.

    The Chinese-American Planning Council Workforce Development Division offers education, training, placement, and post-placement support services to job seekers. Job training programs include BuildingWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Hospitality Careers, and LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail Training.

    The Cooper Union Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers at CAMBA assists underemployed or unemployed immigrant engineers and IT professionals in gaining access to higher-paying  jobs through training and job placement assistance. The program includes night and weekend courses in information technology and chemical, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, taught by Cooper Union faculty and field experts. Since its inception in 1987, the Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers has placed 3,000 immigrant engineers into careers.

    Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow TechSTART program will immerse participants into the world of modern digital technology by providing the opportunity to develop in-demand computer programming and coding skills. Program participants will cultivate critical thinking skills, learn to design websites, and achieve technological literacy. Upon completion of the 12-week program, participants will receive assistance with job placement assistance, advanced training, and/or support with college admittance. Classes are Monday to Friday, 9 AM-4 PM at the  Innovation Lab at 87 35th Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

    Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow Youth Education and Job Training Program. Get the credentials and skills you need to gain employment and thrive in your career. You will receive preparation to take the exams required to achieve certifications in Microsoft Service, Hospitality Front Desk, and/or National Retail Federation Customer Service. You will be assigned to a supervisor (counselor) who monitors your progress and offers one-on-one assistance with personal, educational, and career problems, and also helps you improve your soft skills, such as professional behavior, attire, attitude, and communication. Classes run Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM. For more information, call 917-342-5279.

    YearUp aligns job training with corporate partner needs and market trends to ensure that the skills students learn will be in demand. Learn valuable technical and professional skills, and gain work experience during internships at top companies. Earn a stipend throughout the program (while you train and during your internship) and complete courses eligible for college credits.

    Discover Accounting includes state-by-state guides on becoming a CPA, salaries, and educational requirements. If you are looking for more advanced accounting topics, you'll find information in their comprehensive career guide and career comparisons.

    New York City Career Center Events and Recruiting

    Intro to Social Media Workshop: Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021.  Get an understanding of social media, and learn how you can use social media sites to help your job search. For more information, call 718-780-9200.

    Overcoming Invisible Barriers Workshop: Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Flushing  Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Identify and reduce barriers to your job finding (such as age, lack of goal). For more information, call 718-661-5012.

    Recruiting Event - Alliance Computing Solutions: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 10 AM-12 PM for Robotics Technician (20 openings) at NYC Workforce 1 Career Center, 215 West 125th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10027. Alliance Computing Solutions, Inc. is currently recruiting for a Robotics Technician training program.  

    Job Finding Club: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing,  NY 11355. Weekly support group focusing on obtaining job goals. For information, call 718-661-5012.

    Harlem Mini Job Fair: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11 AM-1 PM at NYC Workforce 1 Career Center, 215 West 125th Street, 6 th floor, (between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York,  NY 10027. Participating  businesses: PAE,  Momofuku, Lord and Taylor. Job opportunities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens. Meet with businesses for positions in Administrative, Food Service, Retail.

    Brooklyn Mini Job Fair: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10 AM-1 PM at New York State Department of Labor, 250  Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.  Participating businesses: Penda Aiken, PAE, The New Jewish Home, New York Cruise Lines, New York & Company. No appointment or registration  necessary.  Please bring several copies of your resume. Professional attire. Must bring I.D.

    Recruiting Event - Military Sealift Command: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10 AM-12 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Military Sealift Command (MSC) offers careers in the maritime industry, and combine job security with training and advancement opportunities. This combination can take your career further, faster. Careers with MSC include federal benefits, paid leave, and flexibility. MSC is currently recruiting for: Ships Communication Officer, Chief Radio Electronics Technician, Steward Cook, Chief Radio Electronics Technician, and First Radio Electronics Technician.

    Transferring Skills Workshop: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Flushing  Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Identify your transferable skills and target them to new jobs. For information, call 718-661-5012.

    Basic Resume Writing Workshop: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 1:30 PM-3 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participants will learn the purpose of a resume, and chronological and combination resumes, and select the appropriate type for their specific needs.

    Job Postings and AssistanceJob Fair Sign-up Table

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Available jobs via Brooklyn Community Board 14.

    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, 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 free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Classes run 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 receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks, and includes test prep and 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 on the above CMP training programs, email info@cmpny.org, call 212-571-1690, or visit the CMP website. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business training 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 that this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of September 23  become available.


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    We are pleased to announce that Emily Bass has been selected as The New York Public Library’s Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar for 2018–2019. Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, The Lancet, Ms., n+1, Out, POZ, Slice and many other publications, and has received notable mention in Best American Essays. For the past thirteen years, she has worked at AVAC, a New York-based advocacy group, where, as Director of Strategy and Content, she seeks to build powerful, transnational activist coalitions that use data to guide campaigns for accountability and change. A writer and social justice activist with a strong dedication to queer and women’s health agendas, she has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do Collective. The Plague War, her book on America's war on AIDS in Africa is forthcoming from Public Affairs Press in 2020. During her Fellowship, she will explore the history of America-based AIDS activists engagement with AIDS epidemics in Africa and the Caribbean, and with foreign aid as possible remedy. 

    The Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar program at The New York Public Library fosters excellence in LGBT studies by providing funds for scholars to do research in the Library’s preeminent LGBT historical collections. The Fellowship is open to both academic faculty and independent scholars who have made a significant contribution to the field. For more information, visit the fellowship page.

    The Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars are funded by the generous support of Martin Duberman and Eli Zal.

     


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    The world’s leading philanthropists are constantly working to “make the world a better place,” leading passionate campaigns against everything from climate change to poverty that had once been the province of governments. Journalist Anand Giridharadas asks whether those rich and powerful people who have most benefitted from “our highly inequitable status quo” are in fact the best candidates to take on these challenges. When are their solutions democratic and universal, and when do they reflect and support the biases that introduced the inequity in the first place?
    In conversation with Joy-Ann Reid, political analyst for MSNBC and host of AM Joy, Giridharadas  discussed his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, a call to action—for elite and everyday citizens alike—to build more egalitarian institutions.

     

     

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    The following post was written by Natasha Soto.

    Latin America is known for its rich literary tradition, marked during the 1960s and 1970s by the Latin American Boom, a movement that introduced the world to such heavyweights as Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    While these male authors get a lot of time in the limelight, talented women have also captured the political and emotional landscape of Latin America in their books, from the Boom and beyond.

    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here is a selection of recommended books by classic and contemporary female Latin American and Latina authors for you to enjoy! These are in no particular order and are all available through the NYPL catalog.

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    Estados Unidos de Banana / United States of Banana by Giannina Braschi 

    Giannina Braschi was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and  currently lives in New York City. She writes in three languages: "Spanish, Spanglish, and English," a medley familiar to countless Latinos in the United States.  

    United States of Banana is an absurdist novel that takes place at the Statue of Liberty in post-9/11 New York City. Three unlikely characters—Hamlet, Zarathrustra, and Giannina—are determined to free Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo.

    Segismundo has been imprisoned by the King of The United States of Banana, who also happens to be his father, for the crime of being born. Eventually, the king reconciles, frees his son, makes Puerto Rico the fifty-first state of the country, and grants American passports to all Latin American citizens. Unexpected power shifts ensue.

    While United States of Banana is available through the NYPL in Spanish, Braschi's book Yo-Yo Boing! is primarily written in English and also available.

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    Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral by Gabriela Mistral

    The first Nobel Prize in literature awarded to a Latin American writer went to Mistral, a Chilean poet. Though famous and beloved in Latin America and Europe, Mistral’s reputation in the United States has has often been overshadowed by fellow countryman, Pablo Neruda.

    Translations and selections of her poems in Spanish have tended to soften her work towards the realm of tenderness and motherhood; this translation includes the strangeness, darkness, and intensity of her poems.


     

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    In the Time of the Butterflies / En el tiempo de las mariposas by Julia Alvarez

    Julia Alvarez was born in New York City, then raised in the Dominican Republic until her family had to flee during General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s regime in 1960.

    Months after Alvarez and her family escaped the island, three sisters were found dead due to a jeep accident, according to official reports. What these official reports failed to mention was the three sisters were among the leading opponents of Trujillo’s dictatorship. They were known popularly as Las Mariposas (The Butterflies).  

    With her imagination and heart, Julia Alvarez brings the Butterflies back to life again to expose the human cost of political repression.
     

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    Leaving Tabasco by Carmen Boullosa

    Boullosa is a Mexican novelist who has written widely on issues of feminism and gender roles. In her family saga, Leaving Tabasco, Boullosa follows protagonist Delmira Ulloa through her difficult journey out of the imagined state of Tabasco, where magic is embedded in everyday life.

    In this town, Delmira’s grandmother floats over her bed at night, stones have been known to turn into water, and torrential downpours can be purchased at the market during the rainy season. 


     

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    Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

    In the stories of Her Body and Other Parties, Machado unflinchingly reveal the implicit violence of inhabiting a female body. A wife refuses her husband’s wish to remove a green ribbon from her neck, a woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity, and a weight loss surgery results in a shadowy houseguest.

    A writer of Cuban descent, Machado received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She credits Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez as influences.



     

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    Absolute Solitude by Dulce Maria Loynaz

    Until being awarded the Cervantes Prize in 1992, Cuban poet Dulce Maria Loynaz lived in relative obscurity in her homeland. Absolute Solitude presents a selection of her prose poems about nature, emotions, and love.

    The book includes Loynaz's works from the 1950s through her emergence in the 1990s. During her life, Loynaz came into personal contact with writers such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Gabriela Mistral, and Alejo Carpentier.

     

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    El Infinito en la Palma de la Mano / Infinity in the Palm of her Hand by Gioconda Belli

    Gioconda Belli grew up in upper-class Managua Nicaragua. In 1970, a blossoming awareness of the social inequities in Nicaragua led her to join the Sandinistas in the struggle against the Samoza dictatorship. Her book, A Country Under My Skin, chronicles her journey from society girl to paramilitary rebel.

    She later published El Infinito en la Palma de la Mano, a parable about Adam and Eve. This book follows the couple as they come to grips with their expulsion from paradise, discover their responsibilities and limits, and make sacrifices to survive in a world of their own making.
     

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    In The Vortex Of The Cyclone by Excilia Saldana

    Saldana is an Afro-Cuban poet, translator, and professor who won the prestigious Nicholas Guillen Award for Distinction in Poetry in 1988. This first-ever bilingual anthology contains a wide-ranging selection of her work including lullabies, erotic letters, autobiographical poems, and quiet reflections on Cuba.

    Cola Franzen, translator of Jorge Guillen's Horses in the Air and Other Poems said about Saldana's collection, "A wonderful book, strong, with enormous energy, fast-paced, truly poetic, with a varied and rich vocabulary ranging from the vernacular to the exalted. This is poetry to be said aloud, sometimes chanted, sometimes shouted, sometimes sung… a book that is both original and significant."
     

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    Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo

    Argentine writer Ocampo has been called "one of the twentieth century’s great masters of the short story." Italo Calvino once said about her, "I don’t know another writer who better captures the magic inside everyday rituals, the forbidden or hidden face that our mirrors don’t show us." 

    Thus Were Their Faces collects a wide range of Ocampo’s best short fiction and novella-length stories from her writing life. Her spooky stories include the likes of a marble statue of a winged horse that speaks to a girl, a house of sugar that is the site of an eerie possession, children who lock their perverse mothers in a room and burn it, and a lapdog who records the dreams of an old woman.
     

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    A House of My Own by Sandra Cisneros

    Rounding out the list is a more recent book from the beloved Mexican-American author of The House on Mango Street.

    A House Of My Own centers on Cisneros’s search for her own constructed space, drawing inspiration from the Chicago streets where she grew up to a place in Mexico where "my ancestors lived for centuries." This compilation of nonfiction stories creates an intimate album of this literary legend’s life and career.