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    What's Open House New York? It's an invitation to explore the city. Founded in 2001, Open House New York aims "to engage New Yorkers in the city’s architecture, public space, and the future of urban life" by providing audiences with "unparalleled access" to buildings, sites, and "Open Dialogue" tours with architects. Every October, the five boroughs open up for the annual weekend—this year on October 14 and 15, with over 200 buildings and projects. Can't make it? In honor of the festival's fifteenth anniversary, I selected fifteen long-time participants you can explore more through NYPL resources.

    Sites with an asterisk (*) are ten-year participants in Open House New York; sites denoted by two asterisks (**) have participated in Open House New York for all fifteen years of the program.


    Edgar Allan Poe Cottage*

    Poe Cottage
    The Poe Cottage at Fordham, N.Y., where he lived after his marriage in 1835. NYPL digital collections, ID 100444

    From here, you can almost hear "The Bells". Poe wrote that poem, and two other works, while living in this small house near Fordham University. Now open as a house museum in Poe Park, you might also enjoy:

    From the NYPL catalog:

    Images of Poe cottage in NYPL Digital Collections

    And Poe Cottage in maps of the Bronx, including this fire insurance map from 1914, showing the house—and very few neighbors—one year after the building was moved to purpose-built Poe Park.

    Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House*

    3266 Bainbridge Avenue was moved from its original location, but the home of Isaac Valentine and the sixty-third mayor of New York City, Isaac Varian, is also a great example of Colonial fieldstone architecture.

    Family History and Genealogy Resources on the former residents:

    The Valentine-Varian House and the American Revolution:

    The Norwood neighborhood:

    Resources on Bronx history:

    The house in Digital Collections

    map of woodlawn, 1870
    Map of the Woodlawn Cemetery, 1870. NYPL digital collections, ID: 5082653

    The Woodlawn Cemetery**

    The National Historic Landmark opened in 1863, and is the final resting place of Herman Melville, Miles Davis, and Huguette Clark, among others.

    Search by subject: Woodlawn Cemetery (New York, N.Y.)

    Books on Woodlawn Cemetery:

    Maps of The Woodlawn Cemetery: 1938, 1978, and 1993

    James G. Lock's Stereoscopic Views and Stereoscopic Views of the Bronx including Woodlawn Cemetery


    The Wyckoff House Museum**

    Wyckoff house
    Brooklyn: Ralph Avenue - Canarsie Lane. NYPL digital collections, ID: 706443F

    Built for Pieter Claesen when the area was still known as Nieuw Amersfoort (later "Flatlands"), this small house is the oldest surviving example of colonial Dutch architecture in New York City, and one of the first built by Europeans on Long Island.

    Wyckoff family genealogy (including periodicals, family directories, research notes, and clippings)


    Books on historic houses in New York City and on Flatlands, Long Island:


    St. john the divine in construction
    St. John the Divine, under construction.. (after 1924). NYPL digital collections, ID 715982F

    The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine**

    The legendarily unfinished structure is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese in New York, and was designed by George Lewis Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge.

    From the catalog:

    Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Digital Collections

    New York Marble Cemetery**

    The landmark cemetery tucked away behind a 2nd Avenue entrance gate is New York City's oldest non-sectarian burial ground (established 1830), not to be confused with a burial place of a similar name on East 2nd Street (established 1831).

    Books and subject searches in the catalog:

    Central Park*

    Central park map 1863
    NYPL digital collections, ID ps_map_cd1_07

    New York's backyard, established 1857, is open from dusk 'til dawn, but also for a special walking tour on Saturday, October 14!

    Didn't reserve a spot on time? No worries, the Library's got you covered, if you want to know more about this influential park. Start with subject search: Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- History.

    And these people and views of the location:

    Central Park in Digital Collections - New York City Scrapbooks

    Post card, General U. S. Grant Monument and Tomb, New-York.NYPL digital collections, ID 836643

    General Grant National Memorial*

    President Ulysses S. Grant was not born in New York, but he is the answer to the age-old question, "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb"? (Also: his wife, Julia, is an acceptable response.) Learn more about the largest mausoleum  in North America, and the influential people who helped fund it, like Richard T. Greener, with these resources:

    General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York*

    The second oldest library in New York City boasts archives dating to 1785, and the John M. Mossman Lock Collection of locks, keys, and locksmithing accoutrements. 

    Grand Central Terminal*

    The Beaux-Arts terminal built in 1913 is the third railroad building on its particular site, a U. S. National Historic Landmark, and played a vital role in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling regarding compensation for regulatory takings (er, landmarks laws). Read more about it, the architects, and the family whose railroad business facilitated the building, through these suggested titles. Just please don't call it Grand Central Station.

    The Library in 1995.NYPL digital collections ,ID 1252794

    Jefferson Market Library*

    Hey, that's a New York Public Library branch! The Venetian Gothic building was built as a court house in 1875, designed by Central Park luminary Calvert Vaux and Frederick Clarke Withers, and converted into a library in the 1960s.

    The Branch, via, tells its own story, and offers a finding aid to its archival materials.

    And Jefferson Market, past and present, including clippings and cartoons, in digital collections.


    Little Red Lighthouse*

    The Jeffrey's Hook lighthouse dates to 1880 and lights the way along the Hudson River shoreline; it was immortalized in a children's book, published 1942.

    adams house
    Manhattan: 61st Street (East) - 1st Avenue. [Former Abigail Adams Smith House]NYPL digital collections, ID 714078F.

    Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden*

    Built by William Stevens Smith for his wife, Abigail Adams Smith, the building was eventually converted into a "day hotel" before it opened as a museum featuring period rooms and exhibits. It is operated by The Colonial Dames of America.

    Temple Emanu-El*

    Romanesque Revival house of worship on Fifth Avenue and 65th Street, part of the Upper East Side Historic District.

    Library materials on Temple Emanu-El and its history in New York City

    Subject searches in the catalog:

    Temple Emanu-el (Fifth Avenue), and others by that name, in NYPL Digital Collections

    Related: Lower East Side Story: Beth Hamedrash Hagodol

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site**

    The boyhood home of the twenty-sixth President, at 28 East 20th Street.

    From the catalog:

    And did you know you can access New York City vital records on FamilySearch—including this indexed record of birth—and view Roosevelt and his family on the 1880 Census, when they resided at 6 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

    Hindu Temple NA
    The Hindu Temple Society of North America (detail).
    [Wikimedia Commons, User: Benniken]


    The Hindu Temple Society of North America**

    One of the first traditional Hindu temples in the United States; home to annual festival honoring Ganesha.

    From the catalog:

    Staten Island

    Alice Austen House*

    austen house
    Clear Comfort, the Austen House, with the photographer's grandfather...... photo by Alice Austen. NYPL digital collections, ID 105186

    Clear Comfort, home of the American photographer.

    Resources on Alice Austen (1866-1952):

    Further Reading

    Got a favorite site from Open House New York, past or present? Tell us in the comments. Want to know more about researching a specific property in New York City? Check out the Milstein Division's guide to researching your NYC Home, and join us for our next class on building history!

    This list was written in conjunction with another post by the author on Archtober's 2017 Building of the Day sites, many of which are also OHNY locations. Readers may also enjoy:

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    So happy to see you here again! I bet you can’t wait to see which books were tied on 4th place. Here you go:

    Now let’s see how these books positively influenced the minds and businesses of the professionals who read them.

    Start With Why, by Simon Sinek


    Start With Why

    “This is one of my all-time favorites. I have read it several times and each time I read it, I learn something new that I can apply to my business. Most entrepreneurs know why they started their company. It is the WHY that drives them to go out on their own. It's the WHY that keeps them working late nights and moving forward even during hard times. Often times we assume that everyone around us understands the WHY the same as we do. As the CEO of the company, I own the culture of the law firm. This book really inspired me to make communicating the WHY we do what we do the center of my message to our team of employees. The WHY has become bigger than me. It's bigger than any employee handbook. This book has helped us create a culture of accountability.

    - Angela McIlveen, Partner Attorney, McIlveen Family Law Firm


    “I didn’t stumble across this book until later in my journey, but the simple concept of WHY in the context of why should anyone care has allowed Quality Logo Products to craft a website that stands out among other promotional product distributors.”

    - Bret Bonnet, Co-Owner and President, Quality Logo Products


    Simon Sinek has a fabulous TED Talk where he explains his Start With Why concept in a way that is insightful and very easy to understand. It is one of the most watched TED Talks of all times and well worth watching if you haven't done so; or well worth watching again to reinforce the concepts and gain a deeper understanding. 


    Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson


    Steve Jobs

    “Steve Jobs was a fascinating person whose powerful personality and extraordinary life make for a very compelling story. He revolutionized many different technological and entertainment industries by successfully blending technology and the liberal arts. After reading this book it was easy to understand why Jobs is such a historical figure. This book helped me tremendously, because Jobs was very transparent with his failures as well as his successes. When I started my company, I had unrealistic expectations as to how quickly I would turn a profit and the amount of time I would need to work on my business. And I thought I could do everything by myself! Reading this book helped me develop realistic goals for Blu Skin Care. It also taught me to never give up on my dream of becoming a billion dollar skin care company.”

    - Zondra Wilson, CEO and Founder, Blu Skin Care, LLC


    “After hearing members of the Apple management team speak about Steve’s off-the-wall thinking, perfectionism with every detail, and his unprofessional mannerisms, one would think he belongs in a good case study on what not to do as a leader. Yet if you asked most people they would say Steve Jobs was a successful “pusher of boundaries” and a “mastermind of technology.” My take away was: embrace the differences and see how you can bend the organization to include all members of the team. After reading this book I look at more ways to be inclusive, versus letting a difference get in the way of awesome individual and company growth.”

    - Michelle Weber, President, Anago Nashville


    “It provided me with insight that building a company is journey about the process and people,  that you need to be driven by a greater mission, and that its okay to not settle. […] Also, I found listening to college graduation speeches from entrepreneurs to be the most influential as they provide small tidbits of insight about the beginning and pivotal moments that are inspirational!”

    - Robin Barone, Founder and Owner, Diplomat Books


    On that last note from Robin Barone, I want to highlight a fantastic commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave in 2005. You can watch the video and/or read the script here. It’s very moving, inspiring and empowering, well worth watching!


    The ONE Thing, by Gary W. Keller


    The ONE Thing

    “This book really focuses in on identifying then driving focus towards that ONE THING in your business that will have the greatest impact.  It’s a similar concept to Eat that Frog (featured in Part F as an Honorable Mention) but at a larger, more strategic project level.  It talks a lot about the 80/20 rule, which is: 20 percent of the work actually drives 80 percent of the business. We have applied that wording into our business to help remind us that less is more, and saying no to things is OK and necessary in order to drive the greatest results.”

    - Nancy Bigley, CEO, Bottle & Bottega


    “I think this is my favorite business book. It has completely changed my very haphazard goals to very clear and defined goals. They are still changing and adapting as my business grows and I grow as a person. It is the one book I love giving to other business-minded people.”

    - Sammi Massie, Attorney and Realtor, Massie Law PLC and Real Estate by James and Sammi


    Have you read any of these books? If so, please share your takeaways in the comments below—I’d love to see how you and/or your business benefited from the concepts that these authors share in their books, and I’m sure other readers will benefit from your comments too!

    Tomorrow we will share the books that occupy the 5th spot for most popular business books on our query. Can’t wait to share them with you, see you mañana!

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    Mexican Revolution
    Beginning of the Mexican Revolution, 1910. Hulton Archive/Getty Images from The Latino American Experience database.

    In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, The New York Public Library has created this list of online resources to help you explore all aspects of Hispanic heritage—from genealogy to LGBTQ history to current popular culture. These online resources are accessible to anyone with a  New York Public Library card.  

    1.  Genealogy

    Ancestry Library Edition includes records from hundreds of different countries. Through this database you can access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases, including census and vital records, birth, marriage and death notices.  Ancestry also provides access to citizenship and naturalization records, border crossing and passports, crew lists, immigration and emigration books, and passenger lists.

    2. Historical Research

    Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Latin American Newspapers (1805-1922) provides coverage of the people, issues, and events that shaped Latin America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This database includes titles from newspapers in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, and others.

    3. LGBTQ

    Archives of Sexuality and Gender  contains 18 digitized archival collections exploring LGBTQ history and culture since 1940. Patrons can access independent LGBTQ publications such as, Confidencial and Crisalida.

    LGBT Life with Full text provides complete indexing and abstracting of content related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender studies in over 230 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Users can access publications such as Latina Lesbian Writers and Artists.

    4. Film

    Classic Mexican Cinema Online  covers the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, from the 1930s to 1960s, featuring popular film periodicals, such as Cinema Reporter and Cinema Mundial, as well as lobby cards.

    5. Scholarly Articles

    HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) indexes books, articles, reviews, bibliographies, and literary works appearing in scholarly journals covering Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanic America.

    Latino American Experience covers history and culture from all the countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, including content on modern-day Latin American countries, the history of the Hispanic Diaspora, and indigenous peoples. Features peer-reviewed essays, reference sources, primary documents, media, newspapers and magazines.

    6. Children

    Biblioteca TumbleBooks includes animated Spanish language talking picture books, as well as educational puzzles and games.

    7. Current Newspapers & Magazines

    Latin American Newsstand provides access to a large number of Spanish and Portuguese language Newspapers from countries such as Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

    PressReader allows you to read hundreds of Spanish language daily newspapers from over 20 different countries.

    Flipster lets you download or read online contemporary and popular Spanish language and culture magazines such as, Newsweek en Espanol, People en Espanol, and Hispanic Network Magazine.

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    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.

    Edgar Allen Poe
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    We Read...

    Books to read on coming out and when you're waiting to read John Green's Turtles All the Way Down. We've got lots of Hispanic Heritage Month e-resources for you! Making your kid a reader is this easy. Come see Open House New York sites like Edgar Allen Poe Cottage. These 137 writers have signature words. Listen to new MacArthur Fellow Jesmyn Ward discuss her latest novel. Sometimes people try to hack the New York Times bestseller list. New York history comes alive as Mike Wallace talks to Jelani Cobb. Get a glimpse of John Lennon's New York. If you want to dive into Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro's work, we can help you get started.

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    No need to get up! Join our librarians from the home, office, playground — wherever you have internet access — for book recs on Twitter by following our handle @NYPLrecommends from 10 AM to 11 AM every Friday. Or, you can check NYPL Recommends any day of the week for more suggestions. 

    It's showtime!

    We've got a brand new show! Watch on Facebook Live on Fridays at noon. You can ask Gwen and Lynn to recommend your next read and hear what other patrons are loving lately too.

    What did you read?

    If you read something fantastic this week, share with our community of readers in the comment section below.


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    Hello again! So glad to see you here today. We had three books in the tie for 4th place yesterday and, brace yourself, we have eight (yes, E-I-G-H-T!) books today, all in a tie for the 5th-most-popular-business-book category in our query.  Want to know which books they are? Here you go (in alpha order):

    Now let’s see how these books made a positive difference in the lives and businesses of the professionals who read them.


    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg


    Lean In

    “This book shaped how I felt as a woman in the workplace and also how to carve my own path without feeling apologetic or tepid. Sheryl gives such clear, human advice that allows you to still be a strong, determined woman without shaking some of your inherently feminine or nurturing qualities. She almost dares you to be bold. I read this book front to back twice, and I often just think of Sheryl and her story whenever I need to channel my badass boss lady.”

    - Patty Mocarski, Owner, Little Space Salon


    “This book offers a refreshing glimpse into the habits that help women succeed in business. Sheryl speaks about "leaning in" to discussions, learning how to "sit at the table," and navigating finding a mentor. She taught me that being vulnerable, and sharing my own weaknesses as a leader, can foster the kind of honest dialog that takes the whole company forward. She also helped me understand that it is counter-productive to worry about big future decisions. It's important to look ahead, but not jump the gun! I refer back to this book and re-read passages often to remind me why I chose to start my own boutique content marketing firm. It helps me implement improvements that create a healthy workplace for my interns and employees.”

    - Janet Kozak, Founder and Content Strategist, Janet Kozak


    Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


    Made to Stick

    “Behavioral economics has become really popular in the last few years. Trying to explain why people act by looking at the how brains actually function under an fMRI is a fascinating topic that makes this page-turner a must-read for anyone in marketing. I've read it twice and occasionally reference a framework they created in my own marketing efforts.”

    - Josh Braaten, CEO and Co-Founder, Brandish Insights


    “I've been in digital marketing for about 6 years now, and this book has been a huge asset to me. The Heath brothers are great at offering real tips and advice. Working in marketing, on of my main priorities is getting things to stick in people's minds and stay there, and this book was fantastic for that. I found myself multiple times highlighting a sentence and getting excited to try a new tactic at work. I keep a copy on hand so I can go back and reference their actionable insights. They also use examples from real life, not something they just pulled from an abstract study so you can really see how a new strategy was implemented. This book is great, but really, any book by the Heath brothers is a must read.”

    - Kate Neuens, Marketing Analyst, Opploans


    Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal, by Oren Klaff


    Pitch Anything

    “This book has been extremely helpful in our business development efforts. It is a great book on marketing and selling that helps you refine the competitive selling process by utilizing what the author calls “frames.” The goal is to control the sales process when you have a short presentation to a large group where they are millions of dollars on the line. While we are involved with amounts much smaller than 7 figures, the process remains the same and can be applied to any sales situation. I have gone back to review it before a number of recent presentations and it greatly helps to take control of the meeting and help them buy you as opposed to trying to sell them with the same-old, same-old methodology. Highly recommend it.”

    - Steve Turner, Co-Principal, Solomon Turner PR


    The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Tim Ferriss


    The 4-Hour Workweek

    “There are loads of business books but if I'm being honest, this was THE book that drove me to start my own business.”

    - Gavin Hammar, CEO and Founder, Sendible



    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey


    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    “Early in my career I was exposed to this book. It taught me so many foundational ways to guide myself and my time. I love it and reference it often as I'm coaching next generation leaders: my business focuses on empowering next generation leaders, specifically women and millennials, who are rising up in unprecedented numbers.”

    - Robyn Tingley, Founder, GlassSKY, and author of 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millennial.


    “Beyond the time management strategies, which are key, this book also talks about the importance of aligning your work with your core principles. When building Finder, my business partner and I took this very seriously and a created a set of five values (1-Crew, 2-Empower People, 3-Be Straight Up, 4-Go Live, and 5-Master Your Craft) which would underpin our entire business. These have been instrumental in guiding our objectives and hiring the right people to support our company’s continued success.”

    - Fred Schebesta, CEO & Co-Founder of


    The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg and John David Mann


    The Go-Giver

    “Why do I love it? First of all, because it works! The book lays out Bob's Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. Among them is The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first. In my work as a public relations consultant and marketing copywriter, I rely heavily on The Law of Influence to help my clients achieve their business goals. As a copywriter, I want to influence the reader to take action ("order now," "click here," etc.), and in the PR realm, I want to influence a writer or editor to publish my press release or interview my client. And in my experience, The Law of Influence works 100% of the time. It's so effective it's almost like cheating! This Law is so effective that I became a Certified Go-Giver Speaker so I could teach other copywriters and public relations pros how to leverage it.”

    - Kathleen Hanover, Public Relations Director, FreelancePR (Times read: 5+)


    “I have read it 3 times, and while it's a simple book and concept, each time I come away with a new level of understanding and ideas. I consider this book required reading for entrepreneurs and everyone else. It's really a reminder about being of service and building relationships, and how that can be the most satisfying and winning formula.”

    - Jane Tabachnik, Simply Good Press


    The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries


    The Lean Startup

    “This is my all-time favorite business book. Everything in there espouses what a startup is about: rapid-fire testing of ideas and principles to prove (or disprove) concepts, then ruthlessly moving on to the next challenge. The main way the Lean Startup and the build-measure-learn loop have helped me is by enabling me to make the decision to invest far less time in social media, and far more time in building the SEO presence of my website. I had been spending maybe 20 hours a week on social media, now I spend around 4 hours here, the rest of SEO and building links and quality content. I've have gone from receiving no organic visits to now getting 50-100 each day, which is significant given the early stage of the website! The growth has been tremendous, and I can't wait until we start getting first page rankings in Google, as things will really kick on.”

    - Henry Francis, Founder


    The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything, by Stephen M. R. Covey


    The Speed of Trust

    “I like this book for its focus on relationships. Being a franchisor, relationships with my franchisees is critical and, as a CEO, I need to inspire trust with all stakeholders of my business (staff, franchisees, customers, business partners).  Stephen gives practical lessons on ways we can communicate and lead better to develop that trust.  As we drive hard to grow a company, often times communication of our vision, plans, successes and missteps falls down. This is a book I keep re-reading to help ensure I’m staying on point as we navigate change in our business.”

    - Nancy Bigley, CEO, Bottle & Bottega


    So what do you think about this list? Is it similar to your list of favorite business books? Let me know if any of these books struck a chord with you and why in the comments below!

    And as has been our daily ritual so far, please come back again tomorrow to read more about other favorite business books. You will be blown away by how many businesspeople have benefited in a myriad ways from the ideas in the books. You will want to read them all! See you tomorrow. 

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    The New York Public Library Employment Pop-Up Recruitment Events

    U.S. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta states that "Apprenticeships hold great promise in helping American workers acquire the skills they need to get good jobs while ensuring companies can attract the talent required to succeed in this fast moving global economy". The Departmnet of Labor blog,  Maintenance Apprenticeship Offers Path to Professional Career, tells Hoang's story which is one example of an effective workforce program in action.  

    Brooklyn Woods is a free, full-time training program in woodworking skills, cabinetmaking and fabrication.  In only seven weeks , trainees learn how to safely and properly care for hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery; shop production, finishing techniques and cabinet installation; shop math, measurement and mechanical drawing.  Brooklyn Woods also provides comprehensive safety training, including the 10 hour OSHA General Construction Safety and Health class.  Attend an Information Session.

    Opportunities For a Better Tomorrow Free Clerical Skills Training and High School Equivalency Preparation is a paid 20-week training program that includes Business administrative / customer service skills; Public speaking and communications skills; College access assistance; Job placement assistance; High school Equivalency (HSE) preparation; Networking w/ corporate executives.  This program also provides a biweekly stipend and a free metrocard.

    Bilingual Volunteers Needed for BBB Live 1X:  Consumer Protection "Call-In" Eevent: Take Control of Your Debt, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at BBB Office, 30 East 33rd Street, 12th fl.,  Manhattan.  A rewarding volunteer experience that benefits Spanish -speakers!  Volunteer for one or more of the two call-answering shifts:  2 - 7 pm; 3 - 8 pm.  Calls will be answered in Spanish.  Each shift begins with training in English.

    Intro to Social Media on Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.  This workshop is for all interested jobseekers to get an understanding of social media, and learn how to use social media sites to help on their job search. 

    Career Development Workshop:  Ovrecoming Invisible Barriers, on Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, at Flushing  Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60  Barclay Ave., 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11355.  This workshop is for all interested jobseekers and dislocated worker to identify and reduce barriers to their job finding (Ex. age, lack of goal....)

    Children's Community Services will present a recruitment on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10 am - 3 pm  for Assistant Program Director (4 openings), Director of Safety/Security and Operations (4 openings), Social Service Supervisor (6 openings), MV Operator (9 openings), Residential Aide Shift Supervisor (36 openings), Housing Specialist (23 openings), and Case Manager (19 openings) at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138-60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd  Floor, Flushing, NY 11355.  Jobs are available in the  Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

    Job Finding Club on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 2 - 4 pm at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138  60  Barclay Ave. 2nd floor, Flushing,  NY 11355.  This workshop is for all interested jobseekers and dislocated worker to form a weekly support  group focusing on obtaining  job goals.

    Career Developmet Workshop: Spanish Speaking Resume Writing  on Thursay, October 19, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay  Ave. 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. This workshop is for all interested jobseekers and dislocated worker to organize, revise and update resumes in Spanish. 

    Basic Resume Writing  Workshop on Thursday,  October19, 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. 

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.  Job Search Central

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Brooklyn Community  Board 14: Available jobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please note this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of October 15  become available.


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    Ronald Clark, Jamilah Clark, who grew up in Washington Hts. Library apartment
    Ronald Clark, Jamilah Clark, who grew up in Washington Hts. Library apartment

    In the early 20th century, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to build more than 60 libraries throughout New York City. For many years, the Carnegie libraries were heated by coal, and each had a custodian who lived inside the branch, often with family, to keep the building warm. Raymond Clark, custodian for over three decades, lived at NYPL's Washington Heights Library with his son Ronald and granddaughter Jamilah. Now, their former apartment has been renovated and will serve as a teen center.

    Storycorps produced an interview Ronald and Jamilah, which aired on NPR's Morning Edition  today. Listen now.

    In 2016, the Library invited Ronald and Jamilah back to Washington Heights to see the renovation and reflect on what it was like to grow up in a library. Watch now

    Ronald Clark also shared the story of being inspired to build a boat by hand. He found everything he needed to complete his dream in the Library he called home. Watch now:

    Finally, view a slideshow of the Clark family's photos of life inside the Library.

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    The page meets the screen at REEL TO READ, a curated series of independent and classic cinema. These free screenings, hand-picked by local authors and film experts, include a Recommended Reads list based on the movie.

    The Gothic
    Curated By Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy Museum

    Joanna Ebenstein, Co-founder and Creative Director of The Morbid Anatomy Museum, selected the titles this month. Don’t miss the Author Talk on her new book Death: A Graveside Companion on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM.

    Haxan Film PosterHaxan, or Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

    Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
    Also available to stream free with your library card at

    Why she chose the film: "Haxan, or Witchcraft Through the Ages is one of our favorite all-time films. A silent 'documentary' about the history of witchcraft made in 1922, it is utterly spellbinding and often shocking, with gasp inducing scenes featuring black masses, grotesque demons, naked witches, torture, and possessed nuns. Because of its graphic content, it was banned in many countries, including the United States. It was also, when paired with the Victrola stylings of filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz, one of the most popular offerings at the now defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum." 

    Black Sunday Film PosterBlack Sunday (1960)

    Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2-4 PM. Doors open at 1:30 PM.
    Also available to stream free with your library card at

    Why she chose the film: "Some images can never be unseen; they linger in your mind forever. One of these is the piercing gaze of Barbara Steele in one of her earliest roles, the witch Asa Vajda who, persecuted and tortured, returns to wreak revenge on her oppressors. Of all the wonderful films of Mario Bava, this one is special: transgressive and absolutely frightening, it has the archaic beauty of early cinema, and invokes a primal terror that never really leaves you."

    Recommended Reads

    If you enjoy Gothic film, try one of these book pairings.

    Castle of Otranto


    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
    Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
    Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Arturo Prez-Reverte, The Club Dumas, or, The Shadow of Richelieu
    Michael Romkey, American Gothic: A Vampire Story
    David Searcy, Ordinary Horror
    Peter Straub, The Ghost Story
    Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, In the Face of Death
    Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

     The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers


    Grady Hendrix, Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction
    Alex Mar, Witches of America
    Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    David J. Skal, The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
    Bram Stoker and John Edgar Browning, The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker (Essays, poetry, fiction)

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    Families in ND
    Families in ND, Image ID 490795


    Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Genealogy hobbyists may be introduced to the field through popular television programs such as Finding Your Rootsor Who Do You Think You Are?or are enticed by family stories or other genealogy hobbyists. But once they get hooked, they often encounter a few surprises along the way.

    The reference librarians of the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy regularly work with visitors who are just getting started and have found genealogy researchers are often astonished by the following revelations:

    Everyone gets stumped and it is no reason to stop researching.

    That’s right. In genealogy research, it’s often called the dreaded “brick wall.” It really is no reason to stop your research or to become discouraged. Instead, think about new ways to approach your research or to concentrate on another individual in the family tree.

    See : Genealogy Research Tips: Breaking Through Brick Walls and Getting Past Dead Ends.

    Your ancestors often appeared in the news.

    People are often happily amazed to find their regular ol’ ancestor in the newspaper. But there they are indeed, published in obituaries, birth announcements, business dealings, marriage announcements, community reporting, and even criminal accounts.

    See : Conducting Genealogical Research Using Newspapers

    There is more information in the census than they thought would be there.

    Population schedules, which are currently available up to 1940, can contain such genealogical gems as birthplace, year of immigration, language spoken at home, profession, information about neighbors and the neighborhood, and whether or not one was naturalized. Researchers are often pleasantly shocked about how much data they can gather from a census record.

     See : Everyone Counts: Using the Census in Genealogy Research

    Their family name(s) are spelled in a variety of ways and their names have meaning.

    After laboriously spelling out your own surname for consistency, you might be surprised when you discover that an ancestor or relative spelled it differently than you do. Similarly, finding the origin and meaning behind a name can be a revelation in itself.

    See : Names Have Meaning: A Research Guide for Baby Names and Family Names

    Family names were not changed at Ellis Island.

    This popular myth is frequently dispelled as researchers learn more about the immigration processes of the past.

    See : Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was)


    There is more information in city directories than they thought would be there.

    Like the census, there is more genealogical data in the humble city directory than researchers may have initially known. City directories help researchers ascertain addresses, professions, local churches and schools, and indicate when someone may have moved or passed away.

    See : Direct Me NYC 1786: A History of City Directories in the United States and New York City and New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories.


    Patents Room now the Irma & Paul Milstein Division of LHG
    The former Patents Room of the New York Public Library is now the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. Image ID 1153333

    Curious about the surprises in your own family history research? Take a free genealogy research class at the library or contact us with your research questions.


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    A brief selective list of Japanese language titles

    Wasurerareta kyojin 忘れられた巨人

    Ishiguro, Kazuo. カズオ。イシグロ.

    アクセルとベアトリスの老夫婦は、遠い地で暮らす息子に会うため長年暮らした村を後にする。若い戦士、鬼に襲われた少年、老騎士…さまざまな人々に出会いながら雨が降る荒れ野を渡り、森を抜け、謎の霧に満ちた大地を旅するふたりを待つものとは―。失われた記憶や愛、戦いと復讐のこだまを静謐に描くブッカー賞作家の傑作。 (




    Tsumi no koe 罪の声

    Shiota, Takeshi塩田武士.



    Koi no gondora = Love gondola 恋のゴンドラ = Love gondola

    Higashino, Keigo東野圭吾.






    Mitsubachi to enrai 蜜蜂と遠雷

    Onda, Riku恩田陸

    "3年每に開催される芳ヶ江国際ピアノコンクール。ここを制した者は世界最高峰のS国際ピアノコンクールで優勝するというジンクスがあり近年覇者である新たな才能の出現は音楽界の事件となっていた。養蜂家の父とともに各地を転々とし自宅にピアノを持たない少年風間鹿16歲。かつて天才少女として国内外のジュニアコンクールを制覇しCDデビューもしながら13歲のときの母の突然の死去以来長らくピアノが弾けなかった栄伝亞夜20歲。音大出身だが今は楽器店勤務のサラリーマンで妻子もおりコンクール年齡制限ギリギリの高島明石28歲。完璧な演奏技術と音楽性で優勝候補と目される名門ジュリアード音楽院のマサル C. レヴィ アナトール19歲。彼らをはじめとした数多の天才たちが繰り広げる競争という名の自らとの闘い。第1次から3次予選そして本選を勝ち抜き優勝するのは誰なのか? " (


    Shinsekai しんせかい

    Yamashita, Sumito 山下澄人.

    十代の終わり、遠く見知らぬ土地での、痛切でかけがえのない経験――。19歳の山下スミトは演劇塾で学ぶため、船に乗って北を目指す。辿り着いたその先は【谷】と呼ばれ、俳優や脚本家を目指す若者たちが自給自足の共同生活を営んでいた。苛酷な肉体労働、【先生】との軋轢、そして地元の女性と同期との間で揺れ動く思い。気鋭作家が自らの原点と初めて向き合い、記憶の痛みに貫かれながら綴った渾身作! (


    The titles on this Japanese Language list have been selected  with the kind editorial collaboration of Ching-Yen Donahue, Cataloging Coordinator, BookOps,  Kenichi Tsuda, Head of Database Management, BookOps, and Nobuko Wilson, Senior Librarian, St. George Library Center .

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    “It isn’t really paranoia if it’s really happening…”

    I’m going to let you in on a little tip. There’s a book coming out in January 2018 that everyone will be talking about. It’s called The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn. It will be the next big “It” book. Think Gone Girl, or The Girl on the Train. Those were “It” books; ones that publishers all fought over in heated auctions; ones with movie buzz before the books even came out. Books that everyone seemed to be talking about. Books with lots of holds. Books that everyone was reading.

    I won’t go into specific plot details, so no spoiler alert is necessary. I’ll only note the obvious comparison to thrillers like Rear Window. This book is Hitchcockian. It does not shy away from these kind of comparisons, as the main character’s own movie viewing activities throughout the book provide a comprehensive must-see viewing list of classic films and noir-ish thrillers. And what better way to prepare for the release of an “It” book than to immerse yourself in the materials referenced in the book?

    Text from the book is occasionally included below for context. A number of books and authors are referenced throughout the book -- Jude the Obscure, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Tennyson, Shakespeare, She's Come Undone("Come undone. She’s come undone. That was a book, I believe. I never read it.") -- but the list below contains only the films.

    A number of these films and other classics are available to stream in Kanopy so if you have a New York Public Library card be sure to check there!

    Without further ado, below are all the films referenced in A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. Start watching them now. You have a few months to prepare before the paranoia sets in.


    Page 4:

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Page 16:

    Out of the Past

    Page 17:

    Airplane!“Bulbs need changing? It’s dark in here.” I like it dim,” I say. Like my men, I want to add. Is that the joke from Airplane!?"

    Page 22:

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Page 26:

    Les Diaboliques“A rat-bastard husband, his “little ruin” of a wife, a mistress, a murder, a vanished corpse. Can you beat a vanished corpse?”

    Page 30:

    "Graham Greene series @ Angelika this w/e?"

    The Fallen Idol

    Ministry of Fear

    Page 34:

    The 39 Steps

    “As a teenager I preferred the company of Gene Tierney and Jimmy Stewart to that of my classmates.”

    Page 35:

    Double Indemnity



    The Big Clock

    "The Thin Man franchise ranked from best (the original) to worst (Song of the Thin Man)."

    “Top movies from the bumper crop of 1944. Joseph Cotten’s finest moments.” 

    "Best Hitchcock films not made by Hitchcock:"

    Le Boucher

    Dark Passage



    Sudden Fear“starring Joan Crawford’s eyebrows”

    Wait Until Dark

    "...movies that postdate Hitch:"

    The Vanishing


    Side Effects

    "Popular film misquotes."



    "...the first Holmes film of the talkie era..."

    Page 44:

    "...Criterion, Kino, Universal's Hitchcock boxed set, assorted film noir collections..."

    Star Wars“I’m only human."

    Night and the City


    Murder, My Sweet

    Night Must Fall

    Page 46:


    Page 50:


    The Third Man

    Page 55:

    Downton Abbey

    Page 86:


    Page 89:

    Dead Calm

    Page 97:


    Page 102:

    Strangers on a Train

    Page 117:


    Strangers on a Train

    North by Northwest

    The Lady Vanishes

    Page 131:


    Page 144:

    Dark Passage

    Page 145:

    The Addams Family

    Page 194:

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    The Outlaw

    Hot Blood

    Page 238:

    Shadow of a Doubt

    Rear Window

    Page 251:

    “I feel as though I’m at a movie and the film is over and the lights are up and everyone’s filed out of the theater and I’m still sitting there, trying to work out what happened.”  

    He snickers.

    "What? What's funny?"

    “It’s just that it’s very you to liken this to a movie.” 

    Page 290:

    Signs“middling film, splendid Bernard Herrmann-esque score…”

    Page 321:

    Rear Window

    Body Double


    Gaslight“If I dream things when I’m awake, I’m going out of my mind.”

    Page 332:


    Page 345:

    Midnight Lace

    Foreign Correspondent“- the windmill scene, at least.”

    23 Paces to Baker Street


    Page 348:


    Page 350:

    Night Must Fall

    Page 356:


    Page 359:



    Page 375:


    Rosemary’s Baby

    Page 376:


    Page 380:

    The Good Wife

    Page 398:

    Shadow of a Doubt

    Page 403:

    That Darn Cat!



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    power of reading

    We were lucky to host the second annual Indie Author Day at the Bronx Library Center on October 14, 2017. Four authors were featured: Annette Berkovits, who wrote Confessions of an Accidental Zookeeper, Rebecca Brooks, author of Make Me Want, a romance novel, Carmen D. Lucca, a Spanish/English author of The Sunset Watcher, and Anne Born, a poet who wrote A Marshmallow on the Bus

    Reading and Writing on the Bus

    Born commenced the program by speaking about how she became an author. At first, she read stories on the bus because she belonged to a book club and she wanted to use her commuting time productively. However, she then morphed into conceptualizing stories of her own and writing them while commuting on the MTA bus BX6. She has performed at open mics and at the New York Transit Museum. She has written poetry about many things, including making the bed and about what you see on the street while riding the bus. 

    Boa Constrictors in Taxi Cabs

    Berkovits retired as a vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She worked at the Bronx Zoo. Remarkably enough, she grew up without much contact with animals, and it surprises her that she ended up working with them. She grew up in the Himalayas, then lived in Poland and Israel. While in Poland, she learned that all of the family that she was looking for had been murdered. The Holocaust draped a dark cloth over her childhood. However, when she came to the Bronx Zoo, the animals were an entire world away from darkness and shadows. She found new life here. She read a vignette from her book about transporting a boa constrictor to Manhattan for a Captain Kangaroo children's television show. 

    Bilingual Written Art

    rimas and leyendas

    Lucca is a Spanish/English poet, and she frequently displays her artwork in the Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery on the fourth floor of the Bronx Library Center. She writes poetic meditations, which she read from for the audience. One poem that I found particularly powerful was about wondering where god was in the midst of horrendous genocide.

    Romance Galore

    Brooks is a romance author who has published four books in a series called the Men of Gold Mountain in the past year. This is about four friends who live in the mountains. They each have their adventures in a different season of the year. The stories are told from both lovers' perspectives. Brooks loves happy endings, so all of the conflicts are resolved by the end of her books. She is outdoorsy, and her novels spring from her personal experience. Two of her other books are set in Brazil and the Adirondacks. 

    Audience Queries

    I asked Lucca how her process was different for writing Spanish versus English poetry, and I requested that she read a poem in Spanish. She explained that if a poem came to her in her native language, she wrote it in Spanish. However, if it emanated from an experience with a friend in English, she wrote the poem in English. She orated a beautiful poem en Espanol.

    Someone asked Berkovits how her escapade with the snake turned out. She informed us that she arrived at the CBS television studio, and the program went off without a hitch. 

    poemas de amor

    This literary program was very entertaining and informative. The authors were very forthcoming about their writing process and creativity. I also loved hearing snippets of their work. It is great to discuss literature with authors. Hopefully, you will join us next year for another Indie Author Day at the Bronx Library Center! 



    Annette Berkovitz's web site

    Rebecca Brooks' web site

    Carmen D. Lucca's web site


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     Celebrating Pride
    The Library After Hours

    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 If you want our round-up in your inbox, sign up here. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.  

    Selected Events

    Library After Hours: Menu Madness
    Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the city's most cerebral happy hour. It's fall, and with some of the year's biggest meals on the horizon, the Library is here to help you figure out what's on the menu. Enjoy a display of rare and iconic restaurant menus, play our digital menu game, and design your own dream menu, plus movies, music, and tours of the iconic Rose Main Reading Room! Food and drinks available for purchase. Must be 21+ years of age to attend.
    Nov 3 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    The World of Tomorrow: Brendan Mathews with Mary Beth Keane
    The first-time novelist talks about his exhilarating debut, set during the 1939–40 World's Fair.
    Oct 17 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Fall Open House: Revival of SOUL
    Join us for an institution-wide escapade through the many facets of soul embodied in black experiences archived at the Schomburg over the last 91 years.
    Oct 19 | 6 PM
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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    Making Sense of Trump's America
    Sam Tanenhaus moderates a conversation with longtime contributors toThe New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh and Amy Davison Sorkin.
    Oct 23 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Red Famine: Anne Applebaum with John Podhoretz
    Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum will speak withCommentary magazine editor John Podhoretz to detail the recently unearthed true story behind the millions of Ukrainian deaths.
    Oct 25 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    The Path Forward: Arlie Hochschild with Anthony Marx
    A conversation on civics and politics with renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild, author ofStrangers in Their Own Land, and the President of The New York Public Library, Anthony Marx.
    Nov 2 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Mariposas Nocturnas with Emmet Gowin and Joel Smith
    Photographer Emmet Gowin discusses his new book,Mariposas Nocturnas, a dazzling document of his longtime project photographing nocturnal moths in Central and South America.
    Oct 18 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women's Right to Vote
    Award-winning journalist Johanna Neuman will discuss the suffragists' achievements and how their legacy lives on in social movements today.
    Oct 18 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street
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    International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at The Library: Collecting Sabrina Schroeder
    For this first concert of a new ICE at the Library season, the imaginative and bold Sabrina Schroeder shares a new work for percussion with custom-built mechanisms and transducers.
    Oct 19 | 5 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts
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    In Concert: Pianist, Phillip Dyson
    International concert pianist Phillip Dyson returns with another sensational concert, featuring some of the world’s most loved piano classics.
    Oct 21 | 2:30 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts
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    Trail Maps Then & Now: Looking Back at 100 Years of Mapping Trails
    Jeremy Apgar will discuss the history of trail mapping in the NY/NJ region over the past century.
    Oct 25 | 6 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Queer Horror Stories: Samantha Hunt and Cristina Rivera Garza, with Chavisa Woods
    As a genre, horror has always been transgressive. Garza and Hunt's new works reveal the special power in queer horror writing to defy norms of gender and sexuality.
    Oct 30 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street
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    Conversations from the Cullman Center: Songy of Paradise by Gary Panter
    Cullman Center Fellows Gary Panter and Dash Shaw discuss Panter's new graphic novel,Songy of Paradise—a reimagining of Milton'sParadise Regained, with a hillbilly (Songy) in place of Jesus.
    Nov 1 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Business, Career, & Finance

    Financial Planning Day
    Join us for this all day event! Hear from the experts, meet with counselors, browse the Financial Fair, and explore the Library's resources.
    Oct 20 | 10 AM
    Science, Industry and Business Library
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    CEO Series: David S. Rose
    David S. Rose will talk about his bookThe Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business.
    Oct 24 | 6 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library
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    Envisioning Your Ideal Entertainment Career...Creating an Action Plan to Get There
    Join Jim Arnoff for this highly interactive workshop for the insider's take on envisioning the entertainment industry career that embraces your strengths, skills and passions.
    Oct 25 | 6 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library
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    More Events

    Getting Your Ice Cream Scoop on Pre-Diabetes/Diabetes
    Author, entertainment writer and poet Valerie Auguste'-Partin will share Excerpts for her bookMom Me: E-mail 2 Heaven about her journey with her mother who battled diabetes and cancer for 10 years.
    Oct 21 | 2:30 PM
    Morris Park Library
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    SoHo in Transition: A Conversation on the Past
    This discussion will feature the SoHo Memory Project and will focus on ways to preserve SoHo's rich history and how we can use this history to make informed decisions about its future.
    Oct 23 | 6 PM
    Mulberry Street Library
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    Author Talk: Selina Siak Chin Yoke
    Join us as author Selina Siak Chin Yoke discusses her newest book,When the Future Comes Too Soon.
    Oct 25 | 5:30 PM
    Yorkville Library
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    Advance screening: American Masters–Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive
    Please join us for an advance screening ofAmerican Masters–Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive starring Denis O'Hare
    Oct 28 | 2:30 PM
    Bronx Library Center
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    Genealogy at West Farms
    Join the West Farms team as we utilize NYPL research databases to map out our family trees, investigate family connections, and find lost friends and acquaintances.
    Oct 30 | 5 PM
    West Farms Library
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    Supersonic Blackness: The Archive of the Future
    Join Theaster Gates and Leslie Hewitt as they present the past, present, and future of the black archive and Gates' pioneering work with the Rebuild Foundation.
    Oct 30 | 6:30 PM
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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    Save the Date

    Schlesinger: the Imperial Historian with Richard Aldous
    Nov 8 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Wayfinding with Teresita Fernández, Isolde Brielmaier, Eliot Weinberger, and Denise Markonish
    Nov 8 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    The World Broke in Two: Bill Goldstein with Margo Jefferson
    Nov 29 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Alexander Calder: the Conquest of Time
    Nov 29 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    Cartoon County: Cullen Murphy
    Dec 13 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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    By now we’ve gone through those books that became the most popular in our query for favorite business books. Yet, since we had so many great responses, we wanted to include a lot more books, as some of these ones have also generated great ideas that benefitted the readers’ businesses. These are our Honorable Mentions.

    Because it was hard to categorize them all in a way that would make sense for this blog post, we thought we’d just list them in alphabetical order. That way, we figured, it will be easier for you to come back to this list, should you want to try to find them by title. Here’s the guide:

    Part E – Honorable Mentions: 100, A-D (below) 
    Part F – Honorable Mentions: E-I
    Part G – Honorable Mentions: J-N
    Part H – Honorable Mentions: O-S
    Part I – Honorable Mentions: T
    Part J – Honorable Mentions: T
    Part K– Honorable Mentions: W-Y

    Here is the first set of favorite business books that made the Honorable Mentions list. We love the fact that books can generate ideas, and make life and business all the better. See what these avid readers had to say!


    100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever, by Steve Chandler


    100 Ways to Motivate Yourself

    “This book really blew me away. I loved how the author said that when you're watching television, you are watching other people do what they love doing and making lots of money. That made me realize that TV prevents one from achieving one's dreams because of all the wasted time that could be spent on one's business. He also has great ideas for organizing one's priorities and one's day.
    He said that your day is essentially the same as your life. He said to make four circles, your day, your month, your year, and your life, and write down everything you want to do.”

    - Dan Nainan, Comedian, ADD Productions


    Anyone Can Do It: My Story – From an Ice Cream Van to Dragon’s Den, by Duncan Bannatyne


    Anyone Can Do It

    “This is not the best business book I have read, but the first book I read that truly inspired me to make a change in my life. For me that is what makes a good book for business ventures: it can be an autobiography, a self-help book or a book about a specific skill you need for business. If it inspires you to take action, improve or change something in your life, or re-frame how you see the world, then it's a great time investment. I will never forget where I was when I finished Anyone can do it, I was sitting by a pool in Peru on an around-the-world adventure, and I made a pact to myself that I was going to start my first proper business. And I did when I got home after my trip.”

    - Andy Shanks, CEO, Ideas Made


    Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand


    Atlas Shrugged

    “Although it’s not strictly speaking a ‘business book’, this is my personal favorite. It’s not practical to be quite as cutthroat as the philosophy suggests, yet it’s always a reminder to me to try and remain objective in business. I’ve so far read it twice… not because I don’t love the book, but because each time is a couple-of-months’ commitment!” [The book is about 1,000 pages long.]

    - Robb Young, Managing Director, Xperience Days, Inc.


    Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert


    Big Magic

    “This book is such a gem and is truly a license to tap into your creativity and embrace it. This book really spoke to my entrepreneurial voice that kept softly asking "what if?" to shout "now or never." To this day, Big Magic reminds me to remain tapped into my creative side and to never phone it in.”

    - Patty Mocarski, Owner, Little Space Salon


    Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships, by Andrew M. Davis



    “As entrepreneurs, we are very guarded about the love of our careers—our business. We approach collaborations with utmost caution and mostly skepticism. Brandscaping opens your mind to the wonderful possibilities of collaborating with complementary businesses where the combined pool of resources works as the rising tide that lifts all ships. It also provokes you to think beyond content and leverage the power of content continuum.
    It's simple advice: ‘study the content your customer already has a relationship with’ has made us take special notice of what our customers comment on and share in their daily lives. Practiced frequently, this exercise starts connecting dots magically and time and again gives you an a-ha moment.
    I have myriad highlights in this book that I return to frequently to stimulate my approach to business and collaborations. Thanks to this book, I look forward to cold calls with prospective partners because I ask myself this simple question: ‘how can we both benefit?’ If you want to think beyond advertising, then this is the book.”

    -Aditi Tandon, Co-Founder, MaroonOak


    Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur


    Business Model Generation

    “This is my favorite book because it really covers the big picture of what it takes to start your business, and how all the moving parts will work together. I am a visual learner and it is extremely visual. It's perfect for the left-brained entrepreneur. I read this book before I launched Horacio Printing and it helped me to successfully start my business and have a grasp on how my product would flow from manufacturer to customer. It is a book that invites you to write in it and take action. I revisit my business canvas often and can easily remember the principles because it was so visual.”

    - Polly Payne, Founder and CEO, Horacio Printing


    Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, by Clayton M. Christensen, David S Duncan, Karen Dillon, and Taddy Hall


    Competing Against Luck

    “In the book, Christensen explains his ‘jobs to be done theory,’ which essentially means that customers are looking to ‘hire’ products or services to solve ‘jobs’ in their daily life. The customer’s goal is to make progress in a certain set of circumstances.
    I've read the book multiple times. It has helped me think about how I can alter my product so that readers will ‘hire’ my service when they want to learn more about the world. I believe that satisfying a customer's job is the north star of product innovation, and I'm constantly relying on Christensen's book if I feel like I am straying off course.
    I would highly recommend this book.”

    - Adam Pascarella, Founder, Suspend the Rules, and Podcaster at The Power of Bold


    Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation, by Blake J. Harris


    Console Wars

    “I've read this book in paper copy twice and through an audio book once as well. It's not a book that teaches you how to do things. It's the story of how an understaffed, far out-budgeted team used clever business strategies, smart hiring, and resourceful tactics to compete against an industry leader. The book is a very easy read because it's told as a story and the lessons come rolling in almost immediately.
    I have based a number of strategic decisions on some lessons that were learned from the book. For example, SEGA was very active in spending time with their players, looking to capture the feelings that the players were already trying to feel and putting it into the games. Similarly, we studied the creators on Commaful, our company, and noticed that love was a common theme amongst our target users to write about. By creating prompts and contests around the tag "love", we doubled our creation rate for the month. We have also used the book's lessons on resourcefulness, hiring, and leadership. We are a small startup fighting for attention, just as SEGA was the smaller company, making a dent in the video game industry.”

    - Sidney Liu, CEO, Commaful


    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown


    Daring Greatly

    “Brené has a kind, down-to-earth way that really helps you accept what you may consider ‘flaws,’ and to be open to loving them, offering them, and learning to grow from them without judgment. I think not having read this book, I may have started my business way more stubborn and scared. Being vulnerable and asking for help was initially a challenge while starting my own business. Yet by reading Daring Greatly I understood that by opening myself up to others there truly was strength in numbers. And certainly a much kinder path to go down.”

    - Patty Mocarski, Owner, Little Space Salon


    Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable ...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business, by Patrick Lencioni


    Death by Meeting

    “The book discusses how to make more effective use of the meetings you have and what types of meetings you should schedule. It breaks it down into short daily meetings, weekly meetings, one-on-one meetings, and monthly meetings.
    Being a law firm, our lawyers like to talk a bit. So, implementing these guides has been extremely beneficial for us. Anything that doesn’t require the team gets scheduled separately in a one-on-one type meeting. Each week we have an hour-long team meeting where each person submits their topic before hand and we go around discussing each one with the team.
    Another key component is knowing what can wait and what can’t. By having each person submit topics beforehand, it helps us get to all of the important matters first, saving the less important ones for the extra time, if there is any, at the end.”

    - Mitch Brudy, Communications Director of Freiwald Law


    Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, by Tony Hsieh


    Delivering Happiness

    “It's my favorite business book because he changed his company’s culture with happiness. His obsession to delivering happiness sounded crazy, but it was innovative and it helped differentiate his company. In the book he shares different business experiences, wisdom and overall tips to creating a happy and positive work environment. Through experience, Tony Hsieh was able to use happiness as a framework to produce passion, purpose and, most importantly, profits. I have read the book over a dozen times and it changed my perspective on the way I run my business.
    Seeing the unique business culture created by Tony Hsieh and how it positively affected his employees and customers was inspirational. I borrowed his ideas and used them as a blueprint to improve my company. By applying happiness to my own business I saw a dramatic increase in productivity and customer satisfaction. My employees are more accountable for their actions when they feel a sense of purpose. Giving my employees a more relaxed and happy environment really helped change their mindset and attitude when helping customers.
    The book is incredibly relevant to the modern business and I would recommend it to every aspiring entrepreneur or business owner.”

    - Lisa Chu, Business Owner, Black N Bianco


    I know there are several books in here that I can’t wait to get my hands on! The list of topics is long but enticing: motivation, organization, inspiration, empowerment, collaboration, life and business design, innovation, vulnerability, efficiency, happiness and outstanding customer service. After reading this post, are there any books that you are just itching to read? Let me know in the comments!

    And you will not believe how many other great books are in our list of Honorable Mentions. Please come back tomorrow to read our next installment. See you soon!

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    P.S. - Besides the links at the top to each part of the Honorable Mentions, here's a quick reference for you to look at the previous parts of this series. Enjoy!

    Part A – The Most Popular Business Book
    Part B - Second & Third Most Popular Business Books
    Part C – Fourth Most Popular Business Books
    Part D – Fifth Most Popular Business Books

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    Rural rehabilitation client, Carbon, Utah
    Rural rehabilitation client, Carbon, Utah.
    by Dorothea Lange (Image ID 4001167, New York Public Library)

    In June 1965, photographer Dorothea Lange wrote a letter to Picture Collection Librarian Romana Javitz saying, “It  would be very fine, very fine indeed, if we could spend a Picture-Lovers afternoon together....

    Imagine what they would see.

    Lange often sent her photographs to Javitz. These friends collaborated on adding images to the Picture Collection, sharing a vision of collecting pictures to represent the world and making those images available for everyone to see. Seeing a picture can inform a reader’s understanding of a place, an event, a text, a time period, an emotion, or even a directive. And, seeing pictures with another person can add perspective and deepen understanding.

    In a 1939 report, Javitz wrote about how the Picture Collection is used saying:

    Destitute pea pickers in California
    Destitute Pea Pickers in California by Lange

    American creative output is influenced in a great measure by this library service. An endless procession of art in industry derives from the Picture Collection: fabric, stage sets, dress, ornament, jewelry, toys, window displays, book production. . . . The universality and comprehensiveness of its files make this picture collection a particularly rich soil for the yielding of ideas. . . . It may be likened to a giant encyclopedia where pictures are consulted instead of the printed word. (1939 Special Report on the Picture Collection, in Romana Javitz Papers. pp. 1-3)

    Today images remain as important as words in our need to describe and understand our world. Digital photography and the apps that promote it, like Instagram, have become an increasingly important form of communication. In How to See the World, Nicholas Mirzoeff writes, “There were 3.5 trillion photographs in existence in 2011….Like it or not, the emerging global society is visual. All these photographs and videos are our way of trying to see the world. We feel compelled to make images of it and share them with others as a key part of our effort to understand the changing world around us and our place within it” (p.5). Visual literacy and the documentation and dissemination of images are as important to people’s information gathering as words are. According to visual linguist Robert Horn,  “No verbal description of a person’s face can compete with a photograph to describe or identify the individual. Words almost always compare unfavorably to an image when a detailed description of an individual is the goal” (Visual Language, p.161). But pictures can also reinforce the meaning of words. The picture of a clock is more readable with the addition of numbers, and a one way sign conveys more meaning with the words “one way” framed by an arrow in the direction that traffic is going (p.58).

    Yellow Flowers
    Yellow Flowers

    The use of picture clues as a device for literacy is fundamental when learning to read and when learning a new language. The words YELLOW FLOWERS underneath an illustration of yellow flowers makes a clear connection between the words being learned and the meaning of the words. In the Middle Ages when books were scarce, images created with stained glass, sculpture, and tapestries were used in churches to tell the stories of scripture to illiterate parishioners. The pictures connected the message of the written word effectively to the masses. Today images are still used to speak simply and universally to large numbers of people. Companies use in logos to represent their function or to brand themselves as unique. NYPL uses a lion as a way to easily recognize the Library brand on events and publications. The symbol has been updated a few times through the years, but it takes its inspiration from the iconic statues welcoming visitors to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Men in Coats and a Woman in a Dress

    In Ways of Seeing, John Berger explains how marketing uses images to manipulate the audience to associate being lovable with having money. Imagery is used in advertising to direct the public to want the dreams, desires, and aspirations being displayed. The idea of which has been further promoted in the popularity of social media today. We post pictures that show the deliciousness of our breakfast and the best moments of our vacations, which further the push to create a desired lifestyle through images. “Publicity does not manufacture the dream. All that it does is propose to each of us that we are not yet enviable -- yet could be” (p.149).

    Portrait of a Lady
    Portrait of a Lady by Walser

    Interpreting and musing on what we see in images is also an entertaining way to communicate ideas. Swiss essayist, Robert Walser, writes about his brother Karl Walser’s painting, Portrait of a Lady, that “he is also painting her amiable secret reveries, her thoughts and daydreams, her lovely, happy imagination, since directly above the reader’s head, or brain, in a softer, more delicate distance, as though it were the construction of a fantasy, he has painted a green meadow surrounded by a ring of sumptuous chestnut trees and on this meadow, in sweet, sunlit peace, a shepherd lies sprawled, he too appearing to read a book since he has nothing else to do.” He ends the essay telling how everyone deserves happiness. An idea that is certainly communicated by seeing a picture of a girl spending a dreamy afternoon with a book. This picture shows us that for the reader in this painting, it’s what is inside the book that matters.  

    When looking at a painting in a museum, an illustration in a children’s book, a statue in the park, or an image in the Picture Collection, take a moment to read the image and find a story or an unexpected detail that leads you to a greater appreciation for what the image may be communicating.

    Let us know how we can help you read and what we can help you see at the Library!

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    Good and happy morning! Today we’ll be looking at our Honorable Mentions with titles from E to I. This is another great group of books that will surely inspire! Let’s get right to them:


    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy


    Eat That Frog

    “I love this book for its practical approach to moving through day to day tasks. The premise is to focus on getting the hardest task done first so it doesn’t drain our energy for the rest of the day—thus the title Eat that Frog (the frog is the ugly hard task).  I also love the use of time blocking in the book. We’ve implemented both Eat that Frog tasks and time blocking (we call it our ‘power hour’) into our company to help us move through the mountain of tasks we struggle to get done.  When we follow both principles we meet project deadlines—it’s that simple.”

    - Nancy Bigley, CEO, Bottle & Bottega


    Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing



    “The most inspiring book to me is a toss up between either Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage or The Rickover Effect by Theodore Rockwell — both books are about incredible accomplishments and the leader that inspired teams to push beyond their own perceived capabilities.”

    - Dave Rusenko, CEO & Founder, Weebly


    Going for It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur, by Victor Kiam


    Going for It!“I've read a lot of business books in my time, but it was the first one that had the most profound impact on me. I remember being at university and seeing a red, hardback book on a high shelf in a second hand bookshop: Going for It! by Victor Kiam. It was the first book I read that basically described the job of 'entrepreneur,’ and it set my brain racing with ideas of starting my own company. It's written in a personal and honest style, and role-modeled the important tenets of hard work, leadership and dedication.”

    - Richard Moross, CEO and Founder, MOO


    High Output Management, by Andrew S. Grove 


    HIgh Output Management“This is my favorite business book. It's such an amazing book for any leader; it breaks down many key concepts and it has made me a better manager from planning projects, delegating authority, to having great one-on-ones with my team. It's also very well written in a succinct, direct fashion, with none of the fluff of many business books (it's only 180 pages), which has made it easy to recommend to many of my friends and colleagues, and lead to me re-reading it a few times.
    Grove's book has also been a huge inspiration as my company helps managers learn, build, and maintain the kind of timeless management habits that Grove writes about. It's amazing how much he had figured out back in the 1980s that, only now, we have data to prove are the right approaches.”

    - Jason Evanish, CEO, Get Lighthouse


    Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal



    “The ‘Why’ of a brand matters. Especially from the customer’s point of view! My big lesson from having worked in large corporations to my own entrepreneurial ventures: product design and its brand inference is every bit as important for the small as well as the big companies. That’s the reason why this book appeals to me: Eyal has outlined the different aspects of buyer psychology, especially how habits and cues influence our buying decision. I am rereading it currently because it is technical but well worth it.
    His examples, notably, the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for the Instagram audience on one end and the Bible App on the other end of the spectrum, reinforce the premise for me. Today, the consumer wants info in quick, bite-sized pieces, and that’s a part of their habit makeup. There are valuable takeaways on how you can break down the action and how to design the user's experience around it. I would recommend it for anyone who has a brand focus for their business, rather than just growth.”

    - Pooja Krishna, Co-Founder, Maroon Oak


    How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, by Frank Bettger


    How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling“This is the book that changed the way we did business. Unfortunately, sales is not a skill that most people have, but luckily, it can be learned. Through his book, Frank Bettger not only taught us the secrets of selling, but also the value of enthusiasm, how to conquer fear, and how to improve confidence when dealing with customers. We take the values we learned in this book and teach them to our employees to maximize the performance and productivity our team. This book, although 25 years old, has truly changed the way we interact with our customers, and has paid off with better customer relationships, across the board.”

    - Matt Collins, Director, Loans Now


    How to Launch a Brand: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Crafting a Brand: From Positioning to Naming and Brand Identity, by Fabian Geyrhalter


    How to Launch a Brand“The step-by-step format is perfect for founders who are juggling responsibilities and need a straightforward guide to the branding process and how to make it an essential part of the company’s DNA. As a serial entrepreneur and someone who helps others launch their startups, I have referenced and recommended this book many times since it was published.”

    - Freedom Scott, Founder and CEO, Civican


    Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership, by John Dickson


    Humilitas“This one may not be squarely in the 'business' genre, but definitely applies to leadership across sectors.  I really enjoyed it for two reasons:  First, the voice of the author is very authentic and conversational, which I find far easier than stereotypical business books that try way-too-hard to be smart.  Second, I loved the way Dickson used history to underscore (and at times, question) his thoughts.  Ironically, he offered many of his own opinions (admittedly) while still offering a lot of objective stats and anecdotes.  It proves there are many different types of leaders and leadership styles, and how the present views something today may look very different from how the future views something in the past.”

    - Jaime Hansen, Author, Expanding the Conversation


    I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi


    I will teach you to be rich

    “This is a book that changed my approach to managing my own personal finances so that I could focus more of my time, energy and attention on my career. His step-by-step systems for setting up automation—like saving for retirement—takes David Bach's ideas from the page to reality. I've read parts of the book several times and it's the first book that comes to mind as a favorite, because it took something that was once a worry and a headache and put it on autopilot.”

    - Jim Wang, Entrepreneur and Blogger, Wallet Hacks


    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini



    “Advertising copy is the number one most important business skill I've gained in over 40 years of formal business.”

    - Tom Antion, Antion & Associates (Times read: about 7)



    As you can see, the topics today varied among productivity, leadership, resilience, management, branding, sales, and the psychology of persuasion. All of them cover important aspects of business, whether you are an entrepreneur or a professional employed at a company, and I’m sure that you can relate to some of the comments from the great folks that have read these books.

    So which one of these titles is your pick for the next one on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below. (At this point I’m wishing I had nothing to do for a month to dedicate myself to read, read, read and do nothing else!)

    Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow with more great business books.

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    P.S. - As a quick reference for you to know what to expect and find in this series of posts, here’s a guide (the links will be live on the day the post is uploaded):

    Part A – The Most Popular Business Book
    Part B - Second & Third Most Popular Business Books
    Part C – Fourth Most Popular Business Books
    Part D – Fifth Most Popular Business Books
    Part E – Honorable Mentions: 100, A-D
    Part F – Honorable Mentions: E-I
    Part G – Honorable Mentions: J-N
    Part H – Honorable Mentions: O-S
    Part I – Honorable Mentions: T (The $100 – The Hard)
    Part J – Honorable Mentions: T (The Intelligent – Traction)
    Part K– Honorable Mentions: W-Y

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    On today's episode: the co-editors and select contributors of the new essay collection Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. The book features original contributions from 23 leading feminist writers, including Rebecca Solnit, Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Hepola, Nicole Chung, Katha Pollitt, Jill Filipovic, Samantha Irby, and Randa Jarrar. Nasty Women asks the question: When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? 

    The conversation was moderated by Anna Holmes, who is the founder of Jezebel and current director of Topic at First Look Media. It was divided into two parts. She spoke first with the book's editors, Kate Harding, the founder of Shapely Prose, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the former Editorial Director of Identities at Mic.

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    Hello again! The titles for our Honorable Mentions today go from J to N. The topics vary widely, touching on social media, customer service, management, empowerment, leadership, measurement and analytics, company culture, personal responsibility and accountability, value investing and margin of safety, team building, and networking. However, the underlying thread is still the same: every business book contains—at least—one idea that the readers have applied to their business or their personal growth as leaders, and this, in turn, has become an important part of their success.

    Here are today’s business books and ideas they sparked:


    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, by Gary Vaynerchuk


    Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

    “My initial thought for a favorite business book was to cite a book written by a strong female leader, seeing that I like to perceive myself as such. But I honestly needed to reflect on a book that has given me more than a few wake up calls and critical reminders that it’s never really all about us: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. This is a favorite business book for me because, while it talks about how to approach marketing and social media participation, it cautions us to really consider how we treat the person with whom we are attempting to engage. For that reason, I am constantly reminded of ‘the golden rule’ (do unto others) and my mother’s lessons about being sensitive to how you make others feel. Sometimes it is not simply what we say but how we say it—and, in turn, how others receive it—that truly matters. This is certainly true in the world of marketing and content marketing. And it is even more pronounced in business and personal relationships. The human psychology is always at work. And there are no formulas in a spreadsheet, no algorithms, no clever memes that will ever overcome that. When building long-term and meaningful business and customer relationships, it is always about going back to the basics, and this book contains a number of poignant reminders about that truth.”

    - Anita Thomas, SVP, Edvisors


    Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch



    “More than anything, Welch’s book really made me feel comfortable being a manager and a leader with my style. Many people like to sugar coat things in business; he is brutally honest, straightforward, and tackles tough situations head-on in a fair and decisive way.
    This allowed my businesses to excel at much higher levels of performance. We were able to develop a culture of transparency that retains and fosters the best people.”

    - Craig Bloem, CEO and Founder, LogoMix


    Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth, by Mika Brzezinski


    Knowing Your Value

    “To date, this is the most influential book I have read. I received it as a gift from a mastermind coach, Jaynine Howard of JJHoward & Associates. I read it at a time when, as a small business owner, I was struggling with increasing my rates for existing clients. The book also impacted me personally as I was dealing with a smorgasbord of stressors and the lessons in the book helped me prioritize. Today, as a mentor, I immediately passed the title along to my neighbor’s daughter who was entering college as a resource, and will continue to share Mika’s message.”

    - Melissa St. Clair, Paper Chaser


    Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, by Simon Sinek


    Leaders Eat Last

    “I have all my employees read it, because I believe it is extremely beneficial for everyone to understand this philosophy: people can go to work every day feeling respected and valued, and leaders can create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.”

    - Ross Sapir, Founder and CEO/President, Roadway Moving


    Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean Series), by Alistair Croll


    Lean Analytics

    “This is one of my all-time favorite business books. The authors discuss the importance of collecting the right data at the right time. Further, they explain how effective analytics can validate your business ideas, help you to identify the right customers, and direct you towards new products. The book made me realize how important it is to measure the metrics that matter. We started gathering data at my company, Doubledot Media, very early in its existence, but we could have started even earlier. No other company is exactly like yours, so there is no better data for planning improvements than the data you collect about your own business operations.”

    - Simon Slade, CEO and Co-founder of SaleHoo, Affilorama, and their parent company Doubledot Media Limited


    Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Yvon Chouinard


    Let my people go surfing

    “As an entrepreneur, this book was inspiring. The author does an excellent job of explaining how he brought all of his employees into the culture he was creating, as the founder of Patagonia. He trained everyone in the company on the values upon which he built the company. Patagonia expectations were built from his experience as a climber and his love for the world around him. By bringing his employees with him philosophically, he created an atmosphere of inclusion where people could make decisions based on what they had learned from him. The time he took to work with his people was critical to the growth of Patagonia. The success of the company is a testament to his ability to maintain high standards for his products and high standards for his company.
    I found myself thinking hard about our own company and how we ensure continued care of our employees and high-quality standards as our company grows. Documenting our guiding principles, making sure to communicate those principles to everyone at our company, and operating consistently throughout our organization are the three take-home messages from Let My People Go Surfing and, as obvious as they may sound, Yvon Chouinard makes the application of these practices attainable by telling his own story with humility. As a person who never expected to be an entrepreneur, it is helpful to read the story of a fellow businessperson who never saw himself as such until it was simply undeniable. His perspective is fresh and inspiring.”

    - Kate McCrea, Co-Founder, McCrea’s Candies


    Living an Extraordinary Life, by Robert White


    Living an Extraordinary Life“This is my favorite ‘business book,’ despite it being far from perfect. It was the first book I ever read that taught me that personal responsibility is what I now call “the cornerstone of all success.” Through this book, I learned that if I were to ever have any hope of becoming a success, I’d have to stop the finger-pointing and the blame-games I’d been playing up to that point in my life and take responsibility, once and for all, for the things I actually have control over: my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, and actions. Since taking control of what I can control and responsibility for anything and everything that comes out of my head, my heart, my hands, and my mouth, I’ve gone from a 30-year old, single man who was sleeping on his retired father’s couch, working a dead-end, 9-to-5 style call center job, living paycheck-to-paycheck, and in debt up to his eye balls, to essentially achieving the American Dream at age 34, with a beautiful wife, a paid off house, my own business, and a personal net worth in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.
    I have read Living An Extraordinary Life many times over now, and every time I read it, I find some new, little golden nugget of wisdom in it. In many ways, I consider it my ‘Bible,’ because—no matter where I am in life, and no matter what I’m going through—I can always go back to that book, flip through and read a couple of its pages. That immediately reminds me of what I need to do, not only to get back on track, but also to pave a brand new track, on my way to a whole new level of success.”

    - Cory Groshek, Founder and CEO, Manifestation Machine


    Managing to Make a Difference: How to Engage, Retain, and Develop Talent for Maximum Performance, by Larry Sternberg and Kim Turnage


    Managing to Make a Difference“This is currently, my number one business book, written by two of my colleagues. It is based on solid research as well as decades of management experience. It is intended to be handbook for middle managers and offers a roadmap to engagement, talent development and excellence in management. I gained a great deal of insight from Larry and Kim in the real-life stories they shared.”

    - Kimberly Rath, Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Talent Plus


    Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor, by Seth A. Klarman


    Margin of Safety“I walked down to the NY Business Library on Madison Ave every single day, for a month, to read that book in July of 2008. That book was an extension and a much-updated version of The Intelligent Investor (featured in Part J). They both are about value investing and having a margin of safety. They also show you how to actually invest using this technique, but Seth’s were companies and time frames that I actually knew such as the Savings and Loan Crisis and not the years after the Great Depression.
    This book helped me understand that if you didn’t do your due diligence over and over again, that you could lose your complete investment. This has made me a much better investor since jump street, and I was one of the few people in my office to beat the Dow and S&P 500 in the 2008 market crisis. Again, it really showed me that I didn’t need to invest in everything, and things that look cheap are not necessarily cheap.
    What I took from the book was this tidbit: ‘What then will we aim to accomplish in this book? Our main objective will be to guide the reader against the areas of possible substantial error and to develop policies with which he will be comfortable… For indeed, the investor’s chief problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself… The fault, dear investor, is not in our stars – and not in our stocks – but in ourselves.’ We use the margin of safety as a way to protect our investments from our human behavior. This has given me a heads up against a lot of my colleagues because I am never chasing any stocks and sometimes I may leave money on the table and value investing is a very lonely endeavor, but just look at the richest investors and you shall see that they are all value investors.” 

    - Dan Wachtel, Global Director, Harbour Capital Partners


    Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, by Liz Wiseman



    “This is my favorite book. The premise is that the most successful leaders will empower their team, increasing exponentially the skills and accomplishments of the others, in sharp contrast to a top-down leader who leaves you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. I guess I enjoy it so much because I aspire to be a multiplier myself, and recognize that the power of the organization comes from the individuals who actually build relationships and carry out the scheduled work. Especially because I work in a private school, it is essential to our culture and the success of staff and students alike, that we're all working towards the same goals and empowering each other to accomplish our best work every day.”

    - Ruth Wilson, MA, BCET, Founder, Brightmont Academy


    Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi


    Never Eat Alone

    “The book talks about the many ways to network and build amazing connections. I have learnt that every interaction is a building block in my network, and have actively built meaningful connections and not passive connections based on his words. For example, while others ignore the LinkedIn notifications of someone’s work anniversary, I write a short note to each one, I like to take it as a reminder to reach out to keep my connections alive.  This simple technique has helped me bring older relationships back to life and has lead to new business opportunities.”

    - Sol Rosenbaum, Independent Mechanical and Energy Engineering Consultant


    Did any of them resonate with you? How so? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post where we will have a well-known, American work of fiction seen through the lens of business and many more insights on other business books. See you tomorrow!

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    P.S. - As a quick reference for you to know what to expect and find in this series of posts, here’s a guide (the links will be live on the day the post is uploaded):

    Part A – The Most Popular Business Book
    Part B - Second & Third Most Popular Business Books
    Part C – Fourth Most Popular Business Books
    Part D – Fifth Most Popular Business Books
    Part E – Honorable Mentions: 100, A-D
    Part F – Honorable Mentions: E-I
    Part G – Honorable Mentions: J-N
    Part H – Honorable Mentions: O-S
    Part I – Honorable Mentions: T (The $100 – The Hard)
    Part J – Honorable Mentions: T (The Intelligent – Traction)
    Part K– Honorable Mentions: W-Y

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    George Saunders just won the Man Booker Prize for his 2017 novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, which was (amazingly) his very first novel-length work of fiction. It’s a meditation on life and death, told primarily through ghosts in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln went to mourn the death of his young son.


    Saunders is best known as a short-story writer, with a well-deserved reputation for creating fantastical, eerie, often unsettling stories that create new and wholly believable worlds.

    Highlights of Saunders talking writing with Dick Cavett at LIVE from the NYPL in 2013.

    When we looked up Saunders’ complement of work in the NYPL catalog, we were surprised to discover  that it includes not only multiple collections of short stories, but also two novellas — CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil— and a book of personal essays.

    And a published commencement speech.

    And a children’s book!

    Check out the titles below for George Saunders like you may not have known him before.

    Short Stories


    Tenth of December (2013); In Persuasion Nation (2007); Pastoralia (2000)



    The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (novella; 2005); CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella (1997)

    Commencement Speech, Essays, & Children’s Fiction


    Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness (2014); The Braindead Megaphone (2007); The Very Persistent Grappers of Frip (2006)


    Saunders image via Flickr user Jeremy Sternberg.

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

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

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    The Library's leaders are some of the Shop's most loyal customers. This month, we talk to the movers and shakers of NYPL about their favorite things the Shop has to offer!

    We recently visited with Library President Anthony Marx, who loves his Patience and Fortitude bookends.The pair of lions are familiar and beloved icons for New Yorkers and visitors to the city. These bookends are slightly smaller, but they’ll hold up your favorite volumes tirelessly and keep watch over your personal library.

    Tony Marx

    The New York Public Library's leaders are also some of the Shop's best collaborators! Jessie Swisher Spiers, Director of Events and Strategic Partnerships, helped facilitate a partnership between MZ Wallace and Raymond Pettibon which resulted in this NYPL-exclusive bag. All proceeds go to the Library’s special collections!

    Jessie Swisher Spiers

    George Mihaltses, the Library's VP for Government and Community Affairs, relies on his smarts and his charm when advocating for support of the Library, just like Einstein! When the sun is shining, this fun, solar-powered Einstein taps his head to remind you to do the same. Perfect for bookshelf, windowsill, or dashboard!

    George Mihaltses

    Imagination takes many forms. Our head buyer, Elana Sinsabaugh, draws inspiration from the NYPL's extensive collection. Along with her lifelong interest in art and creative expression, she produces a one-of-a-kind experience. This tote features the classically-designed Stephen A. Schwarzman building, our main branch on Fifth Avenue—and home to the Library Shop!

    Elana Sinsabaugh

    Frank Collerius, branch manager of the Jefferson Market Library, has created academic, theatrical, and art programs during the nearly two decades of his tenure in Greenwich Village. He, and the message on this tote, remind us of the vibrant role that libraries play in our communities every day: read more, think more!

    Frank Collerius

    As Chief External Relations Officer at the Library, Carrie Welch makes sure Library Stories are shared with patrons across the City, the country, and the world. An avid reader as well, many of her favorite stories are created right here in the Rose Main Reading Room. One of our most beautiful items, this silk scarf displays the colors and grandeur of the Library’s most iconic room.

    Carrie Welch