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    Nearly every neighborhood has a "haunted house," a structure that may not appear evil at first glance but has a sordid history (that may or may not be true) attached to it. Rumors of murder, madness, or other depraved activities are usually whispered about as potential buyers or guests are warned away.

    Most readers know of at least one house they have come across that left them feeling a little off, or on-edge, without really knowing why. Haunted houses' connection to modern-day reality is what makes their stories so powerful.

    A house is supposed to be a safe space, a shelter from evil—but what do you do when the evil comes from within? Whether or not you believe in superstitions, I doubt anyone would think it's a good idea to build a hotel on top of an ancient Native American burial ground, or buy a home in which 50 people were murdered. Nevertheless, there is always at least one person daring enough to check in at the Overlook Hotel or spend the night at Hill House.

    From classic haunted mansions to contemporary apartment complexes, we have gathered up 13 of the best haunted house stories to make you think twice before signing a mortgage! (Featured summaries adapted the from the publishers.)

    Classic Haunted House Stories

    The Haunting of Hill House book cover

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

    Recommended by Alexandria Abenshon and Amanda Pagan

    Released in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is the quintessintial haunted house novel and an absolute must-read for any fans of the genre.

    It's the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting;" Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well-acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House.

    At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and will soon choose one of them to make its own.
     

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    Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco

    Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment. When they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire season for only $900, it's an offer too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

    But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds towards a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost.
     

    Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

    On December 18, 1975, a young family of five moved into their new home, complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror, leaving most of their belongings behind.

    George and Kathleen Lutz were aware the house had been the scene of a mass murder—Ronnie DeFeo, 23, was convicted of shooting his parents, brothers, and sisters. But it seemed an ideal home for them and their three children, and the price was right.

    On the day they moved in, a priest invited to bless the house was told by an unseen voice to "Get out!" At his rectory, the priest began to suffer a series of inexplicable afflictions. Meanwhile, in their new home, the Lutz family were embarking on the most terrifying experience of their lives. It began when their five-year-old daughter boasted of her new playmate, someone—or something—named "Jodie."
     

    The Shining

    The Shining by Stephen King

    Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing.

    But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote… and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.



     

    Hell House

    Hell House by Richard Matheson

    Can any soul survive? Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity.

    Now a new investigation has been mounted—four strangers, each with his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion… 

     

     

    Contemporary Haunted House Must-Reads

    House of Shadows

    House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    Concealed among the wooded hills of Oxfordshire, the ruins of Ashdowne House carry a legacy of secrets, deceit, and destiny. In 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magical powers, to a faithful cavalier who builds Ashdowne House around it.

    One hundred-fifty years later, a courtesan living there and desperate to find the pearl will burn it to the ground to find it. Now, Holly’s brother has gone missing while researching Elizabeth Stuart and the mysteries of the house. As Holly retraces her brother's steps, she’ll find more than she bargained for.
     

    This House is Haunted

    This House is Haunted by John Boyne

    1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is saved only by the vigilance of a passing doctor.

    When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall, she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent Eliza's mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong.

    From the moment she rises the following morning, Eliza's every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin’s walls. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall’s long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.
     

    House Next Door

    The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

    Colquitt and Walter Kennedy enjoyed a life of lazy weekends, gathering with the neighbors on their quiet, manicured street and sipping drinks on their patios. But when construction of a beautiful new home begins in the empty lot next door, their easy friendship and relaxed get-togethers are marred by strange accidents and inexplicable happenings.

    Though Colquitt's rational mind balks at the idea of a "haunted" house, she cannot ignore the tragedies associated with it. It's as if the house preys on its inhabitants' weaknesses and slowly destroys the goodness in them—ultimately driving them to disgrace, madness, and even death.

     

    Slade House

    Slade House by David Mitchell

    Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

    Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late… 
     

    The Lake House

    The Lake House by Kate Morton

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    It’s the early 1900s, and young Alice Edevane is enjoying a beautiful midsummer’s day at her family’s idyllic lakeside estate when her baby brother vanishes without a trace, tearing the family apart. 

    Almost 90 years later, in the present, while walking through a forest in Cornwall, London detective Sadie Sparrow stumbles upon an old, crumbling mansion covered in vines, its insides and all the previous owner’s belongings covered in dust but completely intact, including a tea service set out long ago. It’s as if the occupants left at a moment’s notice and never returned.

    Sadie seeks out Alice to discover the shocking truths to a family tragedy that may not be as much in the past as they think.

    Haunted

    Haunted by James Herbert

    Three nights of terror in a house called Edbrook. Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be the victim of horrifying and maleficent games. Three nights in which he will face the enigma of his own past.

    Three nights before Edbrook's dreadful secret will be revealed—and the true nightmare will truly begin.

     


     

    The Graveyard Apartment

    The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

    Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike's novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family who believe they have found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize the apartment's idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil, and that the longer they stay, the more trapped they become.

    This tale of a young married couple who harbor a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a new apartment building built next to a graveyard.

    As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building start to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone… or something… lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.

    White is for Witching

    White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

    There's something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it's been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, Lily, and now Miranda, who has lived in the house with her twin brother, Eliot, ever since their father converted the house into a bed-and-breakfast.

    The Silver women have always had a strong connection, a pull over one another that reaches across time and space. When Lily, Miranda's mother, passes away suddenly while on a trip abroad, Miranda begins suffering strange ailments. An eating disorder starves her. She begins hearing voices. When she brings a friend home, Dover's hostility toward outsiders physically manifests within the four walls of the Silver house, and the lives of everyone inside are irrevocably changed.
     

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    Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force,  the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is "America"s Workforce: Empowering All." Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skiils and talents.

    NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."  In 1962, the word "physically" was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities.  Then, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to one month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) assumed responsibility for NDEAM when the agency was established in 2001. 

    You can learn more about the origins and evolution of NDEAM, and other important events in disability employment history, with the Department of Labor's interactive Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Timeline.

    You can also learn more about the celebration of  NDEAM from the news release, U.S. Department of Labor Announces 2018 Theme For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Presidential Proclamation on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2018.

    Employment Programs

    The New American Chamber of Commerce Notary Public Training Course will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6 PM-9 PM at 26 Court Street, Suite 701, Downtown Brooklyn. This three-hour Notary Public Training Course is designed to educate individuals with the legal terminology, concepts, and clauses contained in the framework of the New York State Notary booklet. Fee: $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Fee covers course materials and information: Supplemental Study Guide, Notary Fact Sheet, Practical Exam, Sample Forms, Notary Public Application and Oath of  Office, NY State License Law Booklet, NY State Exam Schedule, and Expert Training and Assistance. For more information, call 718-722-9217. Register at New American Chamber of Commerce, NYC.

    Better Business Bureau (BBB) presents BBB Live X1: BBB invites bilingual volunteers to a Consumer Protection "Call-In" Program: Protecting Yourself from Work-at-Home Scams, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at BBB Office, 30 East 33rd Street, 12th Floor, Manhattan. Volunteer for one or more of the two call-answering shifts: 2 PM-7 PM and 3 PM-8 PM. Refreshments, resources, and training will be provided. Calls will be answered in Spanish, and each shift begins with training in English. It is especially important to have trained volunteers in place and ready to help callers from 5 PM to 7:30 PM, when most calls will come in. BBB is happy to work with volunteers on shift timing and length. For more information, please contact Luana Lewis at 212-358-2842 or email llewis@newyork.bbb.orgSee more details and sign up here.

    Apply for an Individual Training Grant (ITG). The grant pays for tuition, registration fees, testing fees, and books for in-demand trainings. ITGs are only available for training in certain occupations and at eligible training providers. Find out more about eligible occupations and training providers.

    ApprenticeNYC for CNC Machinists. ApprenticeNYC is a paid full-time apprenticeship opportunity that provides classroom-based technical training and on-the-job training to help New York City job seekers develop in-demand skills in a long-term occupation with high growth potential. The computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist track of the program provides 10 weeks of classroom training and 62 weeks of on-the-job training with employers in the advanced manufacturing sector. No experience necessary. Complete this program application form to be considered for the opportunity.

    NYC Small Business Services work with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), the city's healthcare industry partnership, and the Workforce 1 Healthcare Career Center, to offer no-cost training programs that prepare New Yorkers for jobs in the healthcare field. With NYACH, NYC Small Businesss Services engage employers, educational institutions,  training providers, and other partners to design training programs that provide the required skills and credentials for viable healthcare career opportunities. Opportunites are available for those interested in ambulatory care and acute care. 

    Prep for Success with WRCS: Paid-for training for customer service and food prep / service careers. Includes five weeks of workshops, four weeks of active job search assistance, nationally recognized certification, ServSafe or NRF, paid internship opportunity, job placement upon completion, and one year of follow-up. Eligibility: Ages 16-24, out of work, and out of school. Session begins November 5. Information session held Tuesday, October 23 at 3 PM. For more information, call 212-941-9090 x3286.

    Henry Street Settlement's Intern and Earn (formerly known as Young Adult Internship Program) empowers young adults to connect to careers and grow in their professional pursuits. Internships available in child care, corporate, facilities, arts, fashion, retail, tech, and more. Must be 17-24 years old and not currently working or in school. Cohort begins November 26, 2018. Info sessions to start your application for the program are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 AM at 99 Essex Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY. For information, call 212-478-5400.

    Program Recruitment: Samaschool - Domestic Workers and the Gig Economy on October 22 and 23, 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM.

    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation's (NMIC) YouthBuild: Business Bootcamp is a five-month training program for out-of-school young people. Services include High School Equivalency Diploma, Customer Service Certificate, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR), creating a business plan with NYC Business Solutions, engaging in employment readiness training, and receiving job placement assistance. Open registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning at 11:30 AM. Test begins at 12:45 PM. For more information, call 212-453-5369.

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

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

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

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

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

    New York City Career Center Events and Recruiting

    For specific information on all career events in NYC this week, please search the New York State Department of Labor Career Center Events.
     

    Intro to Social Media: Monday, October 22, 2018, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street  Brooklyn, NY11201. Get an understanding of social media, and learn how you can use social media sites to help your job search. For more information, or to schedule a workshop, call 718-780-9200.

    Career Development Workshop: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Learn the value of the career exploration process and how the process can positively impact your career path.  For more information, or to schedule a workshop, call 718-780-9200.

    Job Finding Club: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Weekly support group focused on obtaining job goals. For information, call 718-661-5012.

    Queens Mini Job Fair: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10 AM-1 PM at Flushing Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355.  Participating businesses: Forrest Solutions, Advance Care Alliance, MTA NYC Transit, Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, General Human Outreach in the Community, New York & Company.

    Acing the Interview: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. This workshop will help job seekers prepare for interviews, demonstrate how to conduct oneself during the interview, and discuss the follow-up required to get a job. (Duration: 2 1/2 hours). For information, call 718-960-2458.

    Introduction to Computers: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3 PM-4:30 PM at Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Basic computer skills training for those with no or limited knowledge of computers. For more information, or to schedule a workshop, call 718-613-3811.

    Benefits of Exploring Job Zone: Friday, October 26, 2018, 9:45 AM-12 PM at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. Participants will learn and explore the ways that Job Zone, an interactive resource, is the perfect tool for planning their future, organizing the job search, exploring career interests and skills, developing customized resumes, and exploring more than 800 careers.

     

    Job Postings and AssistanceJob Fair Sign-up Table

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Available jobs via Brooklyn Community Board 14.

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

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

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

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

    CMP (formerly Chinatown Manpower Project) in lower Manhattan is now recruiting for free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Classes run for eight weeks, followed by one-on-one meetings with a job developer.

    CMP also provides Free Home Health Aide Training for bilingual English/Cantonese speakers receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks, and includes test prep and the HHA certification exam. Students learn about direct care techniques such as taking vital signs, and assisting with personal hygiene and nutrition.

    For more information on the above CMP training programs, email info@cmpny.org, call 212-571-1690, or visit the CMP website. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business training free to students who are entitled to ACCESS funding.

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

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

    Please note that this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of October 21 become available.


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    Writers and activists Darnell L. Moore and Charlene Carruthers are committed to intersectional liberation in the movements for Black lives and to broadening the Black radical tradition to include queer identities. “If we tell incomplete stories,” Carruthers says, “then we will have incomplete solutions.”

    Moore and Carruthers recently spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The two friends read from each other's recent works: Moore’s debut memoir No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free, and Carruthers’s Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, & Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

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

     

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    Una lista de libros recientes con temas de misterio, suspenso, y acción para disfrutar del Dia de las Brujas u otra excitante ocasión!

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    Cruel y extraño

    La doctora forense Scarpetta debe descubrir al verdadero culpable de un horrible crimen y a la vez luchar contra fuerzas poderosas que intentan sabotear su investigación antes de que alguien inocente sea ejecutado.

     




     

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    Fantasma oscuro

     

    Andre Boroi ha pasado siglos cazando criaturas de la noche, pero se esconde porque ha sido gravemente herido y acarrea el gran riesgo de ser atrapado por seres monstruosos que lo persiguen.

     

     

     

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    A fuego lento

     

    Después de regresar a su pequeña ciudad natal, una mujer se ve envuelta en un brutal asesinato que ya lleva décadas y ahora no sabe en quién confiar, ni a quién debería temer.

     



     

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    Hasta que la muerte nos separe


    En los tiempos del Londres victoriano, Calista Langley, operador de servicios exclusivos de emparejamiento entre miembros de la nobleza, busca la ayuda de un escritor solitario y misterioso, después de ser acosado por un individuo altamente peligroso y obsesionado.

     


     

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    Una herencia misteriosa

    Un hallazgo de fotografías y joyas incalculables, conllevan a una empleada judicial y un experto tasador de piezas a indagar en el misterio que los llevará a lugares insospechados y alterará el rumbo de sus vidas.

     



     

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    El laberinto de los espíritus


    A finales de los años 50, en Barcelona, España, Daniel Sempere ha quedado devastado después de la misteriosa muerte de su madre y ahora debe pagar un alto precio para conocer

    la historia secreta de su familia.

     


     

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    Legado mortal

    Delaney Wright, una reportera de televisión, está a punto de anunciar la noticia que todos están esperando y saltar a la fama, pero se consagra a la tarea de encontrar a su madre biológica y probar la inocencia de una mujer acusada de asesinato.

     



     

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    Un misterio en Toledo


    Thomas Pitt, un miembro de las fuerzas especiales británicas, se le ha asignado la tarea de pasar como guardaespaldas de Sofía Delacruz, una joven y polémica predicadora británica, y piensa que su nueva asignación es una pérdida de tiempo, hasta que Sofía y dos de sus acompañantes desaparecen, poniendo en riesgo no solo su reputación, sino también la del propio imperio británico.


     

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    La sombra


    Después de que una de las víctimas toca a su puerta, Simón, un jubilado de la Brigada de Homicidios del Departamento de la Policía de Miami, debe ayudar a capturar un peligroso asesino en serie que ataca a sobrevivientes del holocausto judío.

     



     

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    Suculento peligro


    Ángel Ribera, un inspector de policía, logra salvar de un secuestro a Dana Oteiza, una exitosa chef de Barcelona y su mejor amiga, y ambos se envuelven en una apasionada relación llena de sorpresas.

     

    Para información sobre eventos, favor de visitar: Eventos en Español.
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    Call No.                CHI FIC JIUBADAO

    Author: 九把刀

    Title: 上課不要打手機

    ISBN: 9789863193005

     

    九把刀跑去抓怪物喔喔喔喔喔耶的時候,  基於幫他維持最基本的人際活躍度,  我幫他收信,還有簡單挑一些信回。  結果⋯⋯    是我!幫作家九把刀守住街亭的助手!王大明三度登場!    沒營養,添業障,有感動,絕對不能只有你看過!Source: www.anobii.com

    Call No.                CHI FIC KIRBY

    Author: Kirby, Matthew J.

    Title: 可汗陵

    ISBN: 9787544850537

     

    为了追寻圣物伊甸三叉戟其余两件戟刃的下落,欧文和朋友们来到了1259年的古代中国,正赶上成吉思汗的孙子蒙哥汗率领蒙古部落与宋朝大军交火对峙。只不过这一次,他们不再是一个团结的集体,而是被两大敌对组织分裂了。肖恩等人被说服去帮助“圣殿骑士”,而欧文和哈维尔则继续追随“刺客兄弟会”。朋友间的反目和姐弟间的嫌隙在一次次回到过去的体验中愈演愈烈。虽然宋军的炮火震撼着大地,但是蒙古大军的铁骑却从未因此而退怯。Source: product.dangdang.com

     

    Call No.                CHI FIC ZHANG

    Author: 张慧

    Title: 京华烟雨冷画屏

    ISBN: 9787506396028

     

    华北商界精英葛韵清一生有三多,买卖多、房子多、女人多,人送绰号“葛三多”。葛三多娶了一房又一房姨太太,还是膝下无儿,葛家成了名副其实的“女儿国”。卢沟桥事变后,为保护各地家小,葛三多派人将她们接到北平,安置在一座深宅大院里。女人们一扎堆儿,就争风吃醋、勾心斗角,将家宅变成不见血的角斗场。

    葛三多周旋于女人之间,沉醉在争宠献媚之中,没想到妻妾各怀鬼胎,有的盘算他的家财,有的内外勾结攫取他的企业,有的通奸给他戴绿帽子。葛三多遭留日时室友陷害,在外寇、国贼和内鬼的轮番绞杀下,葛氏帝国轰然倒塌。Source: www.jd.com

     

    Call No.                CHI 158.7 HONG, XUEZH

    Author: 洪雪珍

    Title: 哪有工作不委屈, 不工作你會更委屈

    ISBN: 9789571372297

     

    本書是洪雪珍個人在職場,以及長年在人力銀行工作所累積的體悟,希望能幫助讀者了解前往個人真正嚮往的職涯所需要的裝備,也提醒大家,過程中如果遇到挫折委屈,與其懷抱「樂觀」,不如嚮往「達觀」,不是一味的相信事情會好轉、更不是一味感到失望,而是以豁然宏觀的態度,試著接受它、面對它、解決它!勇敢爭取自己想要的,不逃避衝突。為自己的一切負責!Source: www.eslite.com

     

    Call No.                CHI 641.3373 LIAO BU QI

    Author: 木小偶

    Title: 了不起的咖啡

    ISBN: 9787513328333

     

    一书以人物专访稿的形式,收录了10位中国咖啡从业者的职人故事。撰稿人从人文的角度切入,既保留专业性又呈现出一定的文学性,试图还原真实的中国咖啡文化。另还收录了新锐漫画家白关的26幅四格咖啡漫画和青年设计师陆柳青的咖啡渣主题设计,通过图文结合的视觉体验,展现不同的人通过咖啡建立一种生命喜悦的通道,在一杯认真的咖啡里照见了不起的自己的生活态度。 Source: dangdang.com

     

     


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    Covers of 5 Russian language books

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

    Call #: RUS FIC DOLON

    Title: #чернаяъполка

    Author: Долонь, Мария.

    ISBN: 9785040913404

     

    Профессор Александр Волохов — знаменитый искусствовед, телеведущий, эстет и коллекционер. Его смерть никого не удивила: Волохов был стар, по всем признакам, мирно скончался от инсульта в запертой квартире, из которой ничего не пропало. Но его ученица, принципиальная (и потому безработная) журналистка Инга Белова, случайно узнает, что из квартиры исчезла ценнейшая книга, которую некогда подарил сам Жан Кокто, а профессора, похоже, убили. Инга начинает собственное расследование…  (sentrumbookstore.com)

     

    Call #: RUS FIC GREGORY

    Title: Белая принцесса

    Author: Грегори, Филиппа.

    ISBN: 9785040894949

     

    Англия, истощенная многолетней междоусобной войной, обрела мир, заверением которого стало венчание Елизаветы, принцессы дома Йорков и короля Генриха VII из дома Ланкастеров. Но королевские браки не всегда приносят счастье. Белая принцесса вам расскажет, каково это — любой ценой сохранять хрупкий мир в стране и сдерживать пыл своего подозрительно супруга. (sentrumbookstore.com)

     

    Call #: RUS FIC LITVINSKII

    Title: По левую сторону от рая : повесть

    Author: Литвинский, Михаил.

    ISBN: 9785997344115

     

     

    Как и другие произведения автора, эта книга во многом автобиографична. Но на этот раз это не просто часть жизни ее главного персонажа Михаила Левина. Это исповедь пораженого горемотца, потерявшего дочь. Судьба трагически погибшей Жени, талантливой поэтессы, заставляет Левина испытывать чувство раскаяния, винить себя в смерти дочери. Он мысленно беседует с Женей, обращается к Богу, пытается понять сам и объяснить другим, почему умерла Женя. По страницам повести, как жемчужины, рассыпаны стихотворения Жени, отражающие ее сложный и противоречивый внутренний мир, ее духовную неустроенность. (www.chitai-gorod.ru)

     

    Call #: RUS 891.71 GUBERMAN, I

    Title: Гарики из гариков

    Author: Губерман, Игорь.

    ISBN: 9785904577452

     

     

    Данное издание предлагает читателю избранную коллекцию знаменитых на весь мир гариков. В книгу вошли произведения из всех существующих на сегодняшний день циклов (в том числе из неопубликованного 'Десятого дневника'), расположенных в хронологическом порядке. (sentrumbookstore.com)

     

     

    Call #: RUS B DEMIDOVA, A D

    Title: Всему на этом свете бывает конец ...

    Author: Демидова, Алла,

    ISBN: 9785179824350

     

    Новая книга Аллы Демидовой – особенная. Это приглашение в театр, на легендарный спектакль 'Вишневый сад', поставленный А.В. Эфросом на 'Таганке' в 1975 году. Об этой постановке говорила вся Москва, билеты на нее раскупались мгновенно. Режиссер ломал стереотипы прежних постановок, воплощал на сцене то, что до него не делал никто. Демидова (Раневская) представала перед зрителем дамой эпохи Серебряного века и тем самым давала возможность увидеть этот классический образ иначе. (sentrumbookstore.com)

     

     


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    Novedades de Octubre 2018 - Que leer este otono? 10 book covers of Spanish language books

    Esta lista está disponible en formato PDF.

    SPA FIC CLARK

    Legado mortal

    Clark, Mary Higgins.

    9788401018213

     

    Delaney Wright, una reportera de televisión, está a punto de anunciar la noticia que todos están esperando y saltar a la fama, pero se consagra a la tarea de encontrar a su madre biológica y probar la inocencia de una mujer acusada de asesinato.

    SPA FIC CORNWELL

    Cruel y extraño

    Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.

    9788490703670 

    La doctora forense Scarpetta debe descubrir al verdadero culpable de un horrible crimen y a la vez luchar contra fuerzas poderosas que intentan sabotear su investigación antes de que alguien inocente sea ejecutado.

     

    SPA FIC FEEHAN

    Fantasma oscuro

    Feehan, Christine.

    9788416327409

     

    Andre Boroi ha pasado siglos cazando criaturas de la noche, pero se esconde porque ha sido gravemente herido y acarrea el gran riesgo de ser atrapado por seres monstruosos que lo persiguen.

     

     

    SPA FIC GARWOOD

    A fuego lento

    Garwood, Julie.

    9788490703489

     

    Después de regresar a su pequeña ciudad natal, una mujer se ve envuelta en un brutal asesinato que ya lleva décadas y ahora no sabe en quién confiar, ni a quién debería temer.

     

    SPA FIC KATZENBACH

    La sombra

    Katzenbach, John.

    9788490703946

     

    Después de que una de las víctimas toca a su puerta, Simón, un jubilado de la Brigada de Homicidios del Departamento de la Policía de Miami, debe ayudar a capturar un peligroso asesino en serie que ataca a sobrevivientes del holocausto judío.

    SPA FIC PERRY

    Un misterio en Toledo

    Perry, Anne.

    9788466660488

    Thomas Pitt, un miembro de las fuerzas especiales británicas, se le ha asignado la tarea de pasar como guardaespaldas de Sofía Delacruz, una joven y polémica predicadora británica, y piensa que su nueva asignación es una pérdida de tiempo, hasta que Sofía y dos de sus acompañantes desaparecen, poniendo en riesgo no solo su reputación, sino también la del propio imperio británico.

    SPA FIC QUICK

    Hasta que la muerte nos separe

    Quick, Amanda.

    9788416076109

     

    En los tiempos del Londres victoriano, Calista Langley, operador de servicios exclusivos de emparejamiento entre miembros de la nobleza, busca la ayuda de un escritor solitario y misterioso, después de ser acosado por un individuo altamente peligroso y obsesionado.

    SPA FIC RUIZ ZAFON

    El laberinto de los espíritus

    Ruiz Zafón, Carlos.

    9780525562887

     

    A finales de los años 50, en Barcelona, España, Daniel Sempere ha quedado devastado después de la misteriosa muerte de su madre y ahora debe pagar un alto precio para conocer la historia secreta de su familia.

    SPA FIC STEEL

    Una herencia misteriosa

    Steel, Danielle.

    9780525435860

     

    Un hallazgo de fotografías y joyas incalculables, conllevan a una empleada judicial y un experto tasador de piezas a indagar en el misterio que los llevará a lugares insospechados y alterará el rumbo de sus vidas.

    SPA FIC VERA

    Suculento peligro

    Vera, Mina.

    9788490703557

     

    Ángel Ribera, un inspector de policía, logra salvar de un secuestro a Dana Oteiza, una exitosa chef de Barcelona y su mejor amiga, y ambos se envuelven en una apasionada relación llena de sorpresas.

    Algunas de estas obras también pueden estar disponibles en diferentes formatos. Para más información, sírvase comunicarse con el bibliotecario de su biblioteca local. Para información sobre eventos, favor de visitar: Eventos en Español. Más Blog en Español. Síganos por ¡Twitter

    Gracias especiales a Alexandra Gomez por su valiosa colaboración en la realización de este blog en proveyendo los títulos y las anotaciones.


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    Autumn in New York City brings us the annual celebration of the Big Apple's buildings, Archtober. For the entire month of October, in 29* Buildings of the Day, the Center for Architecture and more than sixty partners and sponsors shine a spotlight on architecture and design with events, tours, and other festivities.

    In the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, New York City is often our subject du jour. As in 2017, we took a tour of this year's Archtober venues and offer the following select sites to see—and resources you can use to learn more about them—at the Library.

    TWA Hotel

    Black and white photo of TWA terminal building
    Queens - Airports - New York International Airport. C. Manley De Bevoise, photographer. After 1962. New York Public Library Digital Collections, 730536F

     

    One of Archtober's more far-flung venues is also one of the city's iconic airport buildings: Building of the Day for October 6—and scheduled to reopen in 2019—is the TWA Hotel.

    Black and white photo of TWA terminal building interior
    Queens - Airports - New York International Airport. C. Manley De Bevoise, photographer. After 1962. New York Public Library Digital Collections, 730537F

    Opened in 1962 for Trans World Airlines (TWA) as the carrier's transatlantic hub—back when the New York International Airport was called "Idlewild"—the birdlike structure touched down and looked unlike any other airport facility previously built: a curvilinear poured-in-place concrete shell with expansive windows, ribbon skylights, and interior spaces featuring TWA red carpeting and sweeping arced ceilings.

    Its architect, Eero Saarinen—much more than a frequent crossword puzzle clue (last seen in the New York Times, May 2018)—is also worthy of further research, as the Finnish-American was a major modernist influence on American postwar design. His brief, brilliant career yielded the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the "Tulip" and "Womb" chairs, the John Deere & Co. Inc. headquarters, Kresge Auditorium (at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the "Whale" ice rink in New Haven, and Washington Dulles Airport.

    In New York City, Saarinen also designed CBS Corporation Headquarters on Sixth Avenue, and the Vivian Beaumont Theatre building at Lincoln Center (near and dear to our Library hearts, as it houses the stacks for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center).

    Aerial black-and-white photo of the area where JFK airport was built
    Before it was the airport.
    Made by the Fairchild Aerial Camera Corporation. Copyright 1924, Arthur S. Tuttle, chief engineer, City of New York, Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Sectional aerial maps of the City of New York / [photographed and assembled under the direction of the chief engineer, July 1st, 1924]. Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "24B - N.Y. City (Aerial Set).") via Digital Collections, 1532651.

    Ready for takeoff? Leave your baggage at home and grab a copy of The Metropolitan Airport: JFK International and Modern New York, and visit our colleagues in the Art & Architecture Collection to peruse numerous related materials, including Designing TWA ..., a mostly German-language book about the terminal and its design.

    Milstein's photographic collections on New York Airports will also take you back to the Jet Age with views captured by C. Manley De Bevoise, Percy Loomis Sperr, Ewing Galloway, and others.

    The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division has fire insurance and farm maps that show neighborhood change over time, including aerial views from the Fairchild Aerial Camera Corporation (shown). And you can expand your horizons by reviewing these subject searches in the catalog, too: Airports -- New York., Trans World Airlines -- History, and Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961.

    Note: Beyer Blinder Belle, restoration architect of record for the TWA Hotel, serves as architect for The New York Public Library.

    African Burial Ground Memorial

    Map of lower Manhattan, 1735
    Plan of the city of New York in the year 1735; I. N. Phelps Stokes Collection of American Historical Prints, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection; NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 54914

     

    Part of a 6.6-acre site operated by the National Park Service, the October 29 Building of the Day is the African Burial Ground Memorial, also known as the Ancestral Libation Chamber.

    When excavations for a government building in lower Manhattan revealed an unmarked cemetery containing the remains of 17th- and 18th-century New Yorkers, a two-year archaeological and historical investigation ensued. After examination of the remains, a scholarly review of historical burial practices in Africa and North America, and an investigation of land use in lower Manhattan—including the map shown above and others in NYPL collections (see below)—it was determined the unmarked cemetery was a burial site for free and enslaved Africans.

    Protecting the site as hallowed ground, construction was halted and relocated for the government building, the area was named the African Burial Ground, and it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1993 for its significance in the history of the United States. In 2003, remains were re-interred on the site; three years later, it was named a National Monument; and in 2007, the African Burial Ground Memorial opened to the public.

    It is, according to the National Park Service, the "oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans." The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the official repository of the site's records and related materials.

    Designed by Rodney Leon and AARIS architects, the memorial is marked by Ghanaian Adinkra symbols, and features seven "elements": the Wall of Remembrance, Ancestral Re-interment Grove, Memorial Wall, the Ancestral Chamber, Circle of the Diaspora, Spiral Processional Ramp, and Ancestral Libation Court.

    To research the history of African lives in lower Manhattan, one might start with the anonymously authored, hand-drawn map, reproduced in The Iconography of Manhattan Island, volume 1, and held in the Library's Print Collection. Believed to date from around 1735, it may be the oldest extant reference to the Burial Ground (see arrow in detail, below), labeled as "Negro Burying Place."

    Hand-drawn map with detail of regions in Manhattan
    Detail, showing "Negro Burying Place"; Plan of the city of New York in the year 1735; I. N. Phelps Stokes Collection of American Historical Prints, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection; Digital Collections no. 54914

     

    The Library has numerous items in the collections that detail the history of the African Burial Ground, including New Amsterdam Gehenna: Segregated death in New York City, 1630-1801 by Robert J. Swan. You can review the Draft management recommendations for the African Burial Ground published by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Northeast Region; and view the Milstein Division's newspaper and magazine clippings on the subject: Cemeteries: Clippings. as well as the Landmarks Preservation Commission report that declared the site a city landmark: African Burial Ground and the Commons Historic District designation report.

    For a visual of lower Manhattan land use, past and present, you can overlay these historic maps of the area on which the African Burial Ground is located, across contemporary streets, with the Map Warper:

    Extend your research using these subjects in catalog.nypl.org:

    Marcel Breuer's Bronx Community College Buildings

    The Bronx Community College opened in 1894 as the University Heights portion of New York University. Initial design by Stanford White of Beaux-Arts architecture powerhouse McKim, Mead and White followed familiar designs and planning of the era, with buildings that resembled Greek and Roman temples.

    Historic color postcard of Bronx Community College showing horse-drawn carriage with riders
    Post card, NYPL Picture Collection, via Digital Collections, 836441


    Imagine, then, what a bold move it was to ask Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer to design a multi-building campus master plan for the site, in the 1950s.

    The October 12 Building of the Day is actually five buildings: Marcel Breuer & Associates' Colston, Tech I (Carl Polowczyk), Tech II (Meister), Community, and Begrisch Halls.

    Breuer went on to design the Whitney Museum of American Art (aka the Met Breuer, as shown below in a photograph from the 1960s), but had primarily served as furniture designer and architect for distinctive houses prior to the NYU master plan. New York University, on the other hand, was the "largest privately supported university in the United States," and already immersed in a "major building program" that included facilities designed by Harrison & Abramovitz (Loeb Student Center, demolished), I. M. Pei (University Village apartments), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Nichols Hall).

    Known for his use of concrete, angular forms, dramatic cantilevers, and hyperbolic paraboloids (think: wavy roof lines), Breuer was a pioneer of a style eventually referred to as Brutalism, after Reyner Banham's 1955 essay (des matières bruts / raw materials). The Bronx campus buildings he created, with Hamilton P. Smith and Robert F. Gatje, exemplify the style.

    Whitney Museum of American Art interior photo

    In the fall of 1958, New York University modernized, and also got with the times: Breuer's daring interconnected buildings opened, and the "last of NYU's fourteen schools and colleges ...open[ed] its doors to women".

    After a brush with bankruptcy, NYU sold the 55-acre campus in 1973; it has been home to Bronx Community College since.  

    The Stanford White portion of campus is a National Historic Landmark (designated 2012), and there are other New York City landmarks on site, including the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (and some of infamy, designated 1966), and Breuer's Begrisch Hall, the trapezoid-shaped building near Sedgwick Avenue, designated in 2002. (See below for a list of designation reports.)

    There's more to explore on the eastern hillside of the Harlem River, from the American Revolution (when the area was known as Fordham Heights) to Breuer and Brutalism! The Library's resources include Here to complete Dr. King's dream: The triumphs and failures of a community college by Lillian Cohen Kovar, Ezra Stoller's photographs of the Former Whitney Museum of American Art in the Photography Collection, and digitized maps of the Bronx campus in 1911 and 1938—when the campus had a Library and a book store!

    If you'd like to research Bronx Community College, you might find valuable history by searching "New York University Hall of Fame" among other creative keyword search combinations. The Milstein Division has clippings on the area, too, in the catalog under University Heights Clippings.

    Try these subject headings, too, for a more on the buildings, the area, and the architects:

    Lenox Health Greenwich Village

    St vincents in color picture
    St. Vincent's O'Toole Medical Research Building, 2006. Source: David Shankbone at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons.

     

    There are at least two layers of history beneath the October 2 Building of the Day, Lenox Health Greenwich Village. In the nineteenth century, and into the late 1930s, it was a three-story residential building, with porches referred to as  "Rheinlander Row" (and Berenice Abbott photographed it, as shown below). Those structures were demolished, after which the property was a gas station, and briefly vacant before New Orleans-based architect Albert Ledner built the headquarters for the National Maritime Union of America in 1964.

    A testament to New York City's rich seafaring past, the distinctive building originally held hiring halls and an auditorium, but as traffic slowed at the port of New York, the Union shifted tack, relocated, and sold the building. Derisively called a "white elephant" by New York Magazine in 2007, it might be recognized by a generation of Gothamites who see the white building with the scalloped-edge overhang on Seventh Avenue as its second incarnation, St. Vincent's Hospital. An adaptive reuse six-story emergency medicine and ambulatory surgery facility tucked beneath a postmodern facade, St. Vincent's operated there until 2010. Since 2014, the 160-square-foot facility between 12th and 13th Streets on Seventh Avenue has been part of the Lenox Health System.

    Black-and-white photo of three-story buildings with trees and porches
    Rheinlander Row: I. Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, Manhattan. Berenice Abbott, photographer, 1936. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 709645F

     

    The Library has a few books on the history of St. Vincent's Hospital, including Ghosts of St. Vincent's by Tom Eubanks, With a Great Heart; The Story of St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York, 1849-1964. by Marie de Lourdes Walsh, and A History of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City by George Reilley Stuart.

    Examine postmodern buildings like 30 Seventh Avenue, learn more about the National Maritime Union of America, and set sail for destination: research! If Abbott's photo has piqued your interest, you can look for  other visual ghosts of the block's past, via the Library's Digital Collections. Search for "7th Avenue and 12th Street West," and take a trip back in time.

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

    Schomburg color photo
    Exterior photo of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. © 2016 The New York Public Library.

     

    Finally, we're delighted that the Library's own Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture made the list this year. The Schomburg Center is a 75,000-square-foot, three-building facility that comprises the New York City landmark "McKim building" (built 1904–1905, below) and the multi-story addition by Marble Fairbanks, completed 2017. The complex was named a National Historic Landmark in 2016.

    Far be it from us to summarize the history of the storied institution; you can read a short history of the Schomburg Center on the Research Library's website.

    Schomburg 135th Street
    "135th Street (West) #103" New York Public Library, NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 1508431.

    You can prepare for your visit to the Center by reviewing Library materials on collector and curator Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; the building that houses his collection, the former West 135th Street Branch; the architect of that building, Charles Follen McKim and his firm; the history of public libraries in New York State, African-American librarians, and library architecture.

    For the past, turn to maps in our Digital Collections that show a neighborhood's change in 1909,1914, and ca. 1955; photographer Percy Loomis Sperr captured the block in 1941.

    And project coverage for architecture firm Marble Fairbanks' work at Schomburg can be found in Architectural Design, Architectural Review, and by searching for the firm and project name in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.

    Building of the Day Site Details

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    (Former) West 135th Street Branch Library, Charles McKim for McKim, Mead and White, 1904–1905

    Renovation and addition: Marble Fairbanks Architects (external link), 2017

    135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), Manhattan
     

    TWA Hotel

    Eero Saarinen & Associates with Kevin Roche, 1955–1962

    Renovation architects: Beyer Blinder Belle, Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, 2016–Present

    John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens
     

    African Burial Ground Memorial

    Rodney Leon / AARRIS Architects (external link), 2007

    290 Broadway, Manhattan
     

    Bronx Community College (select buildings)

    Marcel Breuer, 1956–1964

    • Colston Hall
    • Tech I (Carl Polowczyk Hall)
    • Tech II (Meister Hall)
    • Community Hall
    • Begrisch Hall

    2155 University Avenue, Bronx


    Lenox Health (former National Maritime Union Headquarters)

    • Albert Ledner, 1964
    • Alterations for St. Vincent's Hospital: Ferrenz & Taylor, 1977
    • Renovation architect: Perkins Eastman, 2015
    • 30 7th Ave, Manhattan

    Further Reading

    Historic buildings -- New York (State) -- New York.

    From the NYPL Blogs:

    New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Reports for these Sites:

    Got a favorite site from Archtober, 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!

     

    *The second weekend in October has traditionally featured Open House New York, instead of specific sites.

     

     


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    Every Night Temo Ser La Dinner book coverOn Abortion book coverHannah Hoch Picture Book coverWoman with a Monkey book coverFor Bird's Sake book coverMuseum Bhavan book coverRestoration Will book cover

    The New York Public Library's Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs is pleased to host the How We See Reading Room, a public space to browse and view the 100 21st-century photobooks selected for the How We See: Photobooks by Women book and tour. The Reading Room will be open October 25-27, 2018, 10 AM-5:45 PM at The Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227) in the NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.  

    As part of the program, please join us October 25 at 6:30 PM for a conversation with two of the ten experts who selected the photos for the series, and one of the editors from the 10X10 team, as they examine how important the photobook is as a medium for women today, 175 years after the publication of the first photographically produced book. Learn more or register for the event.

    More on How We See: Photobooks by Women

    How We See: Photobooks by Women, the latest project in the nonprofit 10x10 Photobooks’ ongoing series of reading rooms, presents a global range of 100 21st-century photobooks by female photographers.

    With historical records establishing 19th-century British photographer Anna Atkins’s British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853) as the first photobook, it is not surprising that women have consistently contributed to the rich history of photobook making. However, despite their significant presence within the photobook community, the women have a relatively small place among top prizes, within prominent photobook publisher inventories, and among widely promoted books compared to their male peers.

    10x10 Photobooks has organized How We See—a hands-on reading room, 'books on books' publication and series of public events—to explore the distinctive qualities of photobooks created by women photographers. The goal is not to isolate these books, but rather to closely examine their content, design, and intellectual attributes as a means of understanding and re-establishing their place within the larger photobook practice.

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    How the 100 How We See Reading Room Books are Selected

    The project’s reading room selection of 100 books was chosen by 10 women (either in teams or individually) from around the world, who have each selected 10 photobooks (hence, the organization’s name, 10x10). The project’s selectors are specialists in the photobook field, and have focused their selections on photobooks published in the 21st-century, with 60% of their selections coming from their respective regions.

    The How We See Reading Room launches on October 25, 2018 at the New York Public Library’s Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227) in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, and tour through 2020 to multiple venues including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, March 2019), PGH Photo at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, April 2019), Fototeca Latinoamericana (Buenos Aires, December 2018), and other venues.

    Talks and presentations on photobooks by women are planned for all venues. At the end of the tour, the books will be donated as a complete collection to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A second collection of the 100 reading room books has been acquired by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the New York Public Library.

    As 10x10 Photobooks has done in their three previous reading room projects, a comprehensive 'books-on-books' publication with images and text for all the photobooks in the reading room, will be released on October 25. In addition to all 100 books in the How We See Reading Room, the publication includes an annotated history, reference lists of historical books by women photographers, author and visual indexes, and essays by Ishiuchi Miyako, Kristen Lubben, and Valentina Abenavoli.

    Female photographers whose books appear in How We See include: Valentina Abenavoli, Laia Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Abigail Heyman, Hannah Höch, Dragana Jurišic, Kristina Jurotschkin, Pixy Liao, Susan Meiselas, Lucia Moholy, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Catherine Opie, Maya Rochat, Guadalupe Ruiz, Eva Saukane, Collier Schorr, Ketaki Sheth, Lieko Shiga, Dayanita Singh, Mitra Tabrizian, Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

    The women who selected books for the How We See Reading Room:

    • Ilgin Deniz Akseloğlu (Middle East)
    • Delphine Bedel & Frédérique Destribats (Western Europe)
    • Federica Chiocchetti (Western Europe)
    • Iona Fergusson (South Asia & Australasia)
    • Amanda Ling-Ning Lo (China & Taiwan)
    • Lesley A. Martin (United States)
    • Oluremi C. Onabanjo (Africa)
    • Mariela Sancari (Latin America)
    • Miwa Susuda (Japan)
    • Daria Tuminas (Eastern Europe)

    Reference lists of historical photobooks by women photographers included in the How We See Reading Room publication include historical photobooks by women photographers from 1843 to 2010. These subjective lists (again, of ten books each) are provided by historians, librarians, curators, and writers in the photography and photobook field and lay the foundation for an historical context for the contemporary-leaning photobooks within the reading room and publication. Historical lists are provided by Sagrario Berti, Clara Bouveresse, Hinde Haest, Anne E. Havinga, Carole Naggar, Sayaka Takahashi, Barbara Tannenbaum, Jennifer Tobias, Stephanie H. Tung, and the women on the 10x10 Photobooks team.

    More on 10x10 Photobooks

    10x10 Photobooks is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in New York City with the mission to foster engagement with the global photobook community through an appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of photobooks. Founded in 2012, 10x10 offers an ongoing multi-platform series of public photobook events, including reading rooms, salons, publications, and partnerships with arts organizations and institutions.

    The 10x10 Photobooks Organization / How We See Project Team: Olga Yatskevich (10x10 co-founder/director), Russet Lederman (10x10 co- founder/director) and Michael Lang (10x10 director)

    Laura Coombs (Publication Designer) Jeff Gutterman (Publication Photographer) Emily Rubin (Publication Copy Editor) Miyuki Hinton (Research Coordinator) Francesca Teodori (Senior Researcher) Felix Chan and Anna Kate Kelley (researchers)

    More information available at 10x10photobooks.org/how-we-see.

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    If you've enjoyed our previous posts on gothic horror and gothic romance, you already know gothic fiction began with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764. In the centuries since that dark, atmospheric novel, gothic fiction has flourished and expanded into different subgenres. The overarching genre is generaly defined by a focus on bleak, creepy, and unsettling settings and characters. 

    Rooted in the traditions set forth by Edgar Allan Poe, Ann Radcliffe, and Bram Stoker, young adult gothic fiction features tales of terror and romance aimed at a teen audience. Novels such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Bram Stoker’s Draculahave always had their fair share of young fans; however, young adult gothic fiction often features more contemporary dialogue, characters, and settings meant to specifically appeal to modern teens. After all, adolescence is a terrifying time with many teens witnessing a sort of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde transformation within themselves or their friends.

    Here, we’ve gathered 15 young adult gothic fiction novels featuring tales of terror and romance! (Summaries adapted from the publishers.)

    Young Adult Gothic Fiction Novels

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    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

    You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

    Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, likes coffee, kisses you in a cemetery, and makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it…

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    Forbidden by Eve Bunting

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    Newly-orphaned 16-year-old Josie is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a small town located on the isolated, stormy coast of northwest Scotland. With the locals and her relatives as cold and hostile as the sea, Josie is all alone until she meets Eli.

    The mysterious, kind, handsome stranger brings love and desire into Josie’s life; even after she’s told Eli is forbidden, she can’t stop thinking about him. Between her relatives, the town and Eli, everyone in Josie's life is harboring secrets and she is determined to ferret them out!
     

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    Beware the Wild (Beware the Wild #1) by Natalie C. Parker

    It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp—the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

    Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp has done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance. Loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

     

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    White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

    Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves with her father from London to a small, seaside village, where she befriends another motherless girl. Together, they spend the summer exploring the village's sinister history.

     

     



     

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    Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

    In this twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story, a wealthy teenage girl—who can afford a special mask to protect her from the plague that decimated humanity in the mid-1800s—falls in love, becomes caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow an oppressive government, and faces the threat of a new plague.

     



     

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    The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestly

    Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, the executor of his parents' will… until Michael is invited to spend Christmas with his guardian in a large and desolate country house. His arrival on the first night suggests something is not quite right—he sees a woman out in the frozen mists, standing alone in the marshes.

    But little can prepare Michael for the solitude of the house, as he is kept from his guardian and finds himself spending the Christmas holiday wandering the silent corridors of the house, seeking distraction.

    But lonely doesn't mean alone, as Michael soon realizes the house and its grounds harbor many secrets, dead and alive, and Michael is set to the task of unraveling some of the darkest secrets of all.

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    Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

    Recommended by Anne Rouyer

    Maren has always been good at cracking codes and solving riddles, but when she’s sent to Scotland to live with relatives following her mother’s death, she inherits a mysterious journal full of codes she’s not sure she can unravel.

    The more Maren reads the journal, the more vivid her nightmares become and the more she is drawn to the mysterious and gorgeous Gavin—who just might be the key to everything, including what happened to her mother.

     

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    Compulsion (Heirs of Watson Island #1) by Martina Boone

    All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave others magical gifts that became compulsions.

    Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
     

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    Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

    Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

    Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. Anna's ghost still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958, once white, and now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. Yet she spares Cas's life.
     

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    Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

    When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

    Everyone in Willa's small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects 1,000 souls. Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?
     

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    The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

    At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and séances are all the rage—even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

    Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave—or risk joining the spirit world themselves.
     

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    The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Laura Bickle

    Katie is on the verge of her rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent.

    Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community?

     

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    House of Furies (House of Furies #1) by Madeleine Roux

    After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, 17-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize the house's mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests.

    Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved. Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests; he is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?
     

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    The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J.D. Horn

    Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness, willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet.

    While other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too, caged in an asylum by blood relatives.

    Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine. Yet, the more she seeks the truth about her family's troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings could be the only way to escape her mother's reach while determining the future of all witches.
     

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    Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll

    Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator, Emily Carroll.

    Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…




     

     


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    It's Halloween, and your friendly neighborhood librarians are here to recommend their favorite eerie reads for kids. From gently mysterious to genuinely terrifying, scary stories are the order of the day.

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    Remember, caretakers and parents: No one knows your kiddos as well as you do, so make sure you take a good look at these books before you hand them to your children or start reading them out loud. Creepiness is very subjective, and our guidelines and categories are very general—a book that pleasantly spooks one first-grader may horrify another one! Your mileage will vary, so please make sure you read these books before giving them to your kids.   

    And if you're looking for scary stories for older readers, check out our new recommendations on haunted-house stories,  Gothic horror, and Gothic fiction for young adults.

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    Picture Books

    What, if anything, can scare the mighty Darth Vader? In Adam Rex's Are You Scared, Darth Vader?, the usual cast of spooky characters tries to scare Vader but all are humorously deterred. Playful and filled with charmingly spooky illustrations, this story  is a great read-aloud for Star Wars fans young and old, as well as fans of The Monster at the End of this Book—Christy Lau, Chatham Square

    In The Amazing Bone by William Steig, Pearl encounters highway robbers, a hungry fox, and an unexpected savior. It’s creepiness that sneaks up on you, hidden behind colorful and inviting illustrations, but filled with dread and magic! —Seth Pompi, Ottendorfer

    “WHERE'S. MY. TAILYPO?” So thunders the strange creature that lives in the woods by the old man who lopped off a tail and ate it for dinner. In this spine-tingling picture book  The Tailypo: A Ghost Story  written by Joanna Galdone and illustrated by Paul Galdone  readers will shiver in delight at the completely creepy atmosphere. —Kate Fais, Bloomingdale

    Monster Trucks by Anika Denise is an adorably spooky tale of ghoulish vehicles who come together to race. Coming to join the race is a less than devilish mini-van, who comes to show those big bad trucks who;s really boss. This picture book won’t terrify (but will delight) your little ones. —Shauntee Burns-Simpson, MyLibraryNYC

    Go Away, Big Green Monster  by Ed Emberley. This classic monster story is a great way to empower little readers who are afraid. (And if you like this one, try another empowering monster story: Tickle Monster by Edouard Manceau.) —Tara Thomas, St. George

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble was and is wildly terrifying. The psychological horror of being sentient yet “locked-in” while your family mourns you mere steps away is straight out of Stephen King. —Grace Yamada, Mulberry Street

    The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read McDonald. A little boy spends the night at grandma's, but her squeaky door scares him.  What can she do to ease his fear? Spooky and funny at the same time. —Rachel Hanig, Woodlawn Heights

    Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
    Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He loves going to Crackenhopper Field and eating lots and lots of carrots. Until one day he suspects the carrots are following him and he begins to see sinister carrots everywhere! Illustrator Peter Brown's black and white drawings--with only the color orange for carrots-create a suspenseful Twilight Zone style that complements Reynold's humorous story. —Chelsea Arnold, West Farms

    The Black Rabbit by Philipp Leathers. Anxious to flee the large black rabbit chasing him, Rabbit falls into the path of a ferocious foe.  Will he survive?  Only the shadow knows —Tara Thomas, St. George

    A favorite at our house has always been the gorgeously illustrated The Widow's Broom by Chris van Allsburg. A tired old woman accepts the help of a magical broom, which greatly concerns her nosy neighbors. —Maura Muller, Volunteer Office

    Don't miss the adventures of the sweet, little ghost in Georgie by Robert Bright, a truly special book around for almost 75 years. A Halloween classic. —Maura Muller, Volunteer Office

     

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    Elementary-School Fiction (roughly grades 2-5)

    The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti combines everything I love in one book: creepy ghosts, a parental kidnapping, humor, and curious kids. Will Thelma be able to save her father? Read to find out! —Alexandria Abenshon, Webster

    It's a bit of a throwback, but, upon rereading Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, I instantly recognized the same chilling scenes that scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a kid. Siblings Molly and Michael don't get along well with their new stepsister, Heather, and things only get worse when Heather elicits the help of a ghost to harm the rest of her family. This short chapter book is perfect for kids who are ready to foray into the spookier side of fiction — and who have a trusty nightlight beside their bed! —Lyndsie Guy, Chatham Square

    For a slightly younger kid, I always go to Hostage by Willo Davis Roberts.  A bungled burglary and a kid held hostage!?  Yikes! (But I always tell parents not to worry.  It's more PG than it sounds.)—Jenny Rosenoff, Children’s Center

    Held captive by the dream-reading proprietress of an inn, Aaron discovers there truly is power in the written word. My third-grade teacher read this story  The Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleishman — aloud to us after recess; we were spellbound. —Tara Thomas, St. George

    A kids' book that will definitely give even an adult the creeps is called The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. From the wording to the beautiful black and white pictures, this book captures the very essence of spooky story. —Carolyn Lawrence, Morrisania 

    When I was nine or ten years old, I was a fan of the Goosebumps series.  The author, R. L. Stine, wrote a large number of spooky stories about various supernatural creatures such as werewolves, ghosts, mummies, and monsters. —Christina Lebec, Bronx Library Center

     

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    Middle-Grade Fiction (roughly grades 6-8)

    As I rise at the crack of dawn at the beck and call of my cat, I am reminded of The Improbable Cat by Allan Ahlberg. A young boy is the only one immune to a strange cat's hypnotic control of his family. — Rosa Caballero-Li, Ask NYPL

    Set in Victorian England, The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier tells the tale of two orphaned siblings who escape the Irish famine by finding work in a creepy manor full of secrets. Character driven, infinitely unsettling, and full of depth, unsettling tale is a modern classic. —Jessica Agudelo, St. Agnes

    The creepiest book I recommend to young horror fans is The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (cataloged as adult sci-fi in our collection, but definitely an elementary age children's book). Ten-year-old Harvey Swick runs away from home to the Holiday House, a magical place where there's no school, no parents, and every night is Halloween. But Holiday House isn't as perfect as it seems — there are dark secrets hidden in the house. Once Harvey discovers where he really is, he may have to give up everything to escape. —Benjamin Sapadin, Morris Park

    The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright is one that I book talk every October. Night after night, Amy's family of dolls re-enacts the murder of her great-grandparents. Toys that move and an unsolved murder… what else could a reader ask for? —Sue Yee, Children’s Center

    With the movie coming out, the obvious pick is The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. An oldie but still a goodie, with witches, wizards, undead, and the end of the world. —Nicole Rosenbluth, Pelham Bay (and a second vote from Clarissa Cooke, 96th Street)

    Author Dan Poblocki delivers real haunted house frights with his creepy Shadow House series. In book one, five orphans find themselves mysteriously invited to a deadly house with a strange past that has no intention of letting them escape. Genuine suspense and scares abound through the three book series and the covers and photo illustrations are no joke too. Perfect for fans of Goosebumps who are ready to up the ante. —Anne Rouyer, Mulberry Street

    The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand is a dark, creepy, and atmospheric story about a girl whose best friend goes missing. It's very similar in mood to Coraline by Neil Gaiman —another chilling read set in a world where everything is not what it seems to be. —Andrea Lipinski, Kingsbridge

    Every volume in C.S Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia has unique horrifying monsters and grotesque punishments, but the one that haunts me to this day is The Magician's Nephew — particularly the scenes of the dead world and the void. —Grace Yamada, Mulberry Street

    For those rapidly approaching PG-13, my go-to book for the last year has been Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart.  Eerie and atmospheric, find out what happens when all the adults at an already dysfunctional boys' detention facility die in a freak accident.  Did I mention that this facility is on a creepy island that's slowly (or not so slowly) sinking deeper into the ocean? —Jenny Rosenoff, Children’s Center
     

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    ... and some middle-grade short stories, too.

    Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan is about a typical suburban neighborhood turned on its head. Think The Burbs meets Home, and you’re getting close. From the inside cover to the very last page, this book is full to bursting with creepy, weird, and beautiful art with short stories to match. If you're a fan of Grimm's Fairy Tales or Neil Gaiman then this would very likely appeal to you. — Alicea Porterfield-Brock, Tremont

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz still haunts me to this day. Short on visceral detail and long in suggestion, each story basically built up a scary situation and then cut off right as the kids were about to encounter whatever was looming out there looking for them. Here’s the record to the original printing, illustrated by Stephen Gamill, because the cover art and line drawings inside really added to the back-of-the-neck crawly feelings. Here’s a link to the updated version. —Erin Arlene Horanzy, Francis Martin

    Check out In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. My favorite story is "The Girl with the Green Ribbon." It's a classic, and it was even adapted for adults in Carmen Machado's Her Body and Other Parties—Sarah West, Aguilar

    If you enjoy creepy short stories, The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister might be the perfect book for you. It was written by four different children's authors, and their different voices ensure it’s never boring. There's magic, mystery, and straight-up horror. The black-and-white illustrations that accompany each story are absolutely perfect. — Alicea Porterfield-Brock, Tremont

    What are your favorite creepy books for kids? Let us know in the comments!

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    It's almost Halloween, and it got so creepy we scared Gwen away. Frank braves the gore with Isaiah Pittman, horror aficionado and adult services librarian at NYPL. They talk scary books AND movies.

    Isaiah's  Book Recommendations

    Paperbacks From Hell: The twisted history of 70's and 80's horror fiction by Grady Hendrix

    Paperbacks From Hell

    The Hungry Moonby Ramsey Campbell

    Night Shift by Stephen King

    20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill 

    20th Century Ghosts

    Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

    Final Girls: A novel by Riley Sager

    The series-- Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

    You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames  and the film adaptation 

     

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    When we think of October we usually think of Halloween. October is also that time of of year where the days grow shorter, the weather turns colder, and we are all in need of some good comfort food. Often we think back to our favorite dishes we ate as children, which is perfect since October is also National Cookbook Month. Sometimes some of our favorite dishes may be difficult to find in individual cookbooks, so if you are searching for those old favorites take some time to explore The Women's Magazine Archive database. 

    This database, which is accessible from home with a valid New York Public Library card and PIN number, provides digitized versions of women's magazines from the 19th and 20th century. The collection includes, Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005); Chatelaine (1928 to 2005); Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005); Ladies' Home Journal (1883 to 2005); Parents (1926 to 2005); Redbook (1903 to 2005); Cosmopolitan (1886 to 2005); Essence (1970 to 2005); Seventeen (1944 to 2005); Town and Country (1846 to 2005); and Woman's Day (1937 to 2005).  This database is filled with classic recipes, as well as those that did not stand the test of time. It is also easily searchable with beautifully digitized images. Take a look at some of the more interesting recipes we found by searching through the archives of these women's magazines.

    What better way to impress your guests than by seving a ham that includes a beautiful nature scene. The base of this ham chaud-froid is chilled and covered with gelatin and cream cheese.

    Ladies' Home Journal , 1972.

    Do you think you already know all of the best ways to cook asparagus? Well, in 1928 the Canners League of California provided some exciting asparagus recipes to promote their product, such as Asparagus Tip Cocktail, Asparagus Tips in Tomato Aspic, and Asparagus Piquante.

    Asparagus
    Good Housekeeping, 1928.

    We can admit that hot dogs can be a bit boring at times. But in 1966 Ladies' Home Journal decided to provide a solution to this problem with The Hot Dog Cookbook! In it you will find delicious recipes such as, hot dog kebabs, hot dog chowder, and little hot dog shortcake.

    Hot Dog Cookbook
    Ladies' Home Journal, 1966.

    In an article entitled, "Help! Emergency! Dishes to Bail You Out When You Haven't Had Time to Shop Or Prepare Ahead,"  the authors used that one item that everyone should have in their pantry, cream of mushroom soup. If you find yourself with unexpected guests, you can whip up a batch of pancakes with American cheese slices and cream of mushroom soup!

    Cheesy Pancakes
    Woman's Day, 1974.

    Last but certainly not least, is the ever versatile recipe of the aspic. In case it has been a while since you have eaten an aspic, this dish is simply your favorite savory food—be it cod or eggs—set in gelatin (usually cast in a decorative mold). If you are searching for a good aspic recipe The Women's Magazine Archive will keep you occupied for hours. One perfect example is the article from a 1966 issue of Ladies' Home Journal, "Apics Without Ado." In this article you will find delicious recipes for roast beef aspic, cream cheese and pistachios aspic, and an egg aspic.

    Aspic
    Ladies' Home Journal, 1966.

    The Women's Magazine Archive is just one of hundreds of online resources that you can access with your New York Public Library card. Just take a look at this guide and learn more about all of the e-resources we have to offer. Happy cooking!

    Resources

    "Advertisement: CANNERS LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA--ASPARAGUS SECTION." Good Housekeeping 03 1928: 272. ProQuest. Women's Magazine Archive database. 10 Aug. 2018 .

    Cannon, Poppy. "ASPICS WITHOUT ADO." Ladies' Home Journal 05 1966: 114,115, 131-133. ProQuest. Women's Magazine Archive database. 15 Oct. 2018 .

    Happel, Margaret. "Sheer Splendor: The Appetizers." Ladies' Home Journal 10 1972: 130,131, 
    146-148. ProQuest. Women's Magazine Archive database. 10 Aug. 2018 .

    "HELP! EMERGENCY!" Woman's Day 04 1974: 44,44, 160, 184. ProQuest. Women's Magazine Archive database. 15 Oct. 2018 .

    "THE HOT DOG COOKBOOK." Ladies' Home Journal 06 1966: 100,102, 116, 118-119. ProQuest. Women's Magazine Archive database. 15 Oct. 2018 .


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    The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies, and coordinates with employers and all levels of government, to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

    To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following five policy development and technical assistance resources:

    Employment Programs

    West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. will present a Job and Resource Fair on Monday, October 29, 2018, 10 AM-1 PM at 127 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027. The Job and Resource Fair connects you with  employment, training, and local organizations. Information also includes home ownership, culinary arts, credit counseling, and various local resources to choose from, from entry level to senior management positions. Arrive early and be prepared.

    Community, Culture and Technology Fair: Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 PM-5:00 PM at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum, entrance on 42nd Street, west of 5th Avenue. The Fair will include: cultural institutions, plus educational, employment, advocacy, arts, recreation, technology, and support organizations; fun, accessible art activities and demonstrations of new adaptive technology; speakers on employment resources; individual consultations and headshots. Many of the tablers will have information on this year's added theme of employment, volunteering, and skills-building. Verbally described touch tours of the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman building will be offered at 2:15 PM and 4:15 PM. ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request; please submit yours at least two weeks in advance, by emailing accessibility@nypl.org

    Better Business Bureau (BBB) presents BBB Live X1: BBB invites bilingual volunteers to a Consumer Protection "Call-In" Program: Protecting Yourself from Work-at-Home Scams, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at BBB Office, 30 East 33rd Street, 12th Floor, Manhattan. Volunteer for one or more of the two call-answering shifts: 2 PM-7 PM and 3 PM-8 PM. Refreshments, resources, and training will be provided. Calls will be answered in Spanish, and each shift begins with training in English. It is especially important to have trained volunteers in place and ready to help callers from 5 PM to 7:30 PM, when most calls will come in. BBB is happy to work with volunteers on shift timing and length. For more information, please contact Luana Lewis at 212-358-2842 or email llewis@newyork.bbb.orgSee more details and sign up here.

    Apply for an Individual Training Grant (ITG). The grant pays for tuition, registration fees, testing fees, and books for in-demand trainings. ITGs are only available for training in certain occupations and at eligible training providers. Find out more about eligible occupations and training providers.

    ApprenticeNYC for CNC Machinists. ApprenticeNYC is a paid full-time apprenticeship opportunity that provides classroom-based technical training and on-the-job training to help New York City job seekers develop in-demand skills in a long-term occupation with high growth potential. The computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist track of the program provides 10 weeks of classroom training and 62 weeks of on-the-job training with employers in the advanced manufacturing sector. No experience necessary. Complete this program application form to be considered for the opportunity.

    NYC Small Business Services work with the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), the city's healthcare industry partnership, and the Workforce 1 Healthcare Career Center, to offer no-cost training programs that prepare New Yorkers for jobs in the healthcare field. With NYACH, NYC Small Businesss Services engage employers, educational institutions,  training providers, and other partners to design training programs that provide the required skills and credentials for viable healthcare career opportunities. Opportunites are available for those interested in ambulatory care and acute care. 

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

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

    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation's (NMIC) YouthBuild: Business Bootcamp is a five-month training program for out-of-school young people. Services include High School Equivalency Diploma, Customer Service Certificate, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR), business plan creation with NYC Business Solutions, engaging in employment readiness training, and receiving job placement assistance. Open registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning at 11:30 AM. Test begins at 12:45 PM. For more information, call 212-453-5369.

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

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

    Brooklyn Workforce Innovations - Red Hook on the Road helps unemployed New Yorkers start new careers in commercial driving. After four weeks of classroom and behind-the-wheel training, students are prepared to take the NYS Commercial Driver's License (CDL) road test. Once students are licensed, Red Hook on the Road places graduates in a variety of jobs that move people and products throughout the city. Apply now.

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

    New York City Career Center Events and Recruiting

    For specific information on all career events in NYC this week, please search the New York State Department of Labor Career Center Events.

    Overcoming Invisible Barriers: Monday, October 29,  2018, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM at Flushing  Workforce 1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 3rd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Identify and reduce barriers to your job finding (ex .age, lack of goal). For more information, call 718-661-5012.

    Upgrade a Resume: Monday, October 29, 1 PM-3:30 PM at Bronx  Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. This workshop walks job seekers through the steps to upgrade  their resumes and provides intensive one-on-one feedback on each participant's resume. Attendees must have an electronic version of their resume available, either in their email or on a flash drive. Duration: two hours. Check-in time: 1:00 PM-1:30 PM .  For information, call 718-960-2458.

    Job Search Planning (Spanish): Monday, October 29, 2018, 2 PM-4:15 PM at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. Check-in: 2:00 PM-2:15 PM. Two slots available. Must call 718-960-7901 for appointment.

    Job Finding Club: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 2 PM-4 PM at Flushing Workforce1 Career Center, 138 60 Barclay Avenue, 2nd floor, Flushing, NY 11355. Weekly support group focusing on obtaining job goals. For information, call 718-661-5012.

    Brooklyn Mini Job Fair: Wednesday , October 31, 2018, 10 AM-1 PM at Brooklyn New York State Department of Labor, 250 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Participating businesses: Levi's, John's Market, Randstadt Sourceright, US Census. For more information, call 718-613-3405.

    Benefits of Exploring Job Zone: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2 PM-4:15 PM at Bronx Workforce 1 Career Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 8th floor, Bronx, NY 10458. Participants will learn and explore Job Zone, an interactive resource, for planning their future, organizing their job search, exploring career interests and skills, developing customized resumes, and exploring more than 800 careers.

    Job Postings and AssistanceJob Fair Sign-up Table

    Job Postings at New York City Workforce 1.

    Apprenticeship Opportunities in New York City.

    Available jobs via Brooklyn Community Board 14.

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

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

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

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

    CMP (formerly Chinatown Manpower Project) in lower Manhattan is now recruiting for free training in Quickbooks, Basic Accounting, and Excel. This training is open to anyone receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Classes run for eight weeks, followed by one-on-one meetings with a job developer.

    CMP also provides Free Home Health Aide Training for bilingual English/Cantonese speakers receiving food stamps but no cash assistance. Training runs Mondays through Fridays for six weeks, and includes test prep and the HHA certification exam. Students learn about direct care techniques such as taking vital signs, and assisting with personal hygiene and nutrition.

    For more information on the above CMP training programs, email info@cmpny.org, call 212-571-1690, or visit the CMP website. CMP also provides tuition-based healthcare and business training free to students who are entitled to ACCESS funding.

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

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

    Please note that this page will be revised when more recruitment events for the week of October 28  become available.


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    We've all been there.

    A friend recommends a book, or a movie adaptation hits the shelves, or there's assigned reading in class… some books just don't pique everyone's interest—and that's perfectly okay!

    In my honest opinion, life is way too short to spend time on a book that does not appeal to one's particular tastes (unless you're really required to. I am a librarian, after all). However, if you feel particularly guilty for not finishing a book, whether its because of preference or time limitations, why not try picking up a collection of short stories instead? 

    Check out this list of compilations, which range in subject area from high-interest personal essays to short stories to comics. In these titles, different authors come together and each chapter forms a unique piece, which means there's no obligation to completely finish the book to find out what happens. With each chapter finished, you're left guilt-free and accomplished with another piece of literature under your belt. (Congratulations!)
    (All summaries adapted from the publishers.)

    Recommended Short Story Collections

    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings book cover

    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

    Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

    Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.

     



     

    Meet Cute book cover

    Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet

    Stories by:  Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Joceyln Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi.

    A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time—from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.

     

    The Radical Element book cover

    The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and other Dauntless Girls

    Edited by Jessica Spotswood

    An anthology of historical short stories featuring a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations.
     
     

     
     
    Fresh Ink book cover

    Fresh Ink

    Edited by Lamar Giles

    An anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.
     
     

     
    Everyday People book cover

    Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology

    Edited by Jennifer Baker


    In the tradition of The Best American Short Stories comes Everyday People: The Color of Life, a dazzling collection of contemporary short fiction.

     

     


     

    Unbroken book cover

    Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

    Edited by Marieke Nijkamp

    An anthology of stories in various genres, each featuring disabled characters and written by disabled creators. The collection includes stories of interstellar war, a journey to Persia, a dating debacle. The teenaged characters reflect diverse colors, genders, and orientations— without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. 

     


     

    #NotYourPrincess book cover

    #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

    Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

    Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman.

    Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

    Black Comix Returns book cover

    Black Comix Returns

    Edited by John Jennings and Damian Duffy

    In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176-page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. Black Comix featured over 50 contributors, including Dawud Anyabwile, Eric Battle, Kenji Marshall, Afua Richardson, Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, Lance Tooks, and many, many more.

    It met high praise throughout the industry and quickly sold through its respectable print run, despite interest and demand—used copies now fetch $60-150 on Amazon and eBay.

    Flash-forward eight years: the comic industry has changed a lot since then, and the amount of African American talent continues to grow and amaze. While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary. This massive volume will be a brand-new milestone spotlight on the amazing diversity in comics today.


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  • 10/26/18--07:59: A Brief History of Halloween
  • Illustration of a girl in hat and nightgown riding on a broom, entitled Jolly Hallowe'en, with the text May fortune smile on you
    Jolly Hallowe'en. Art and Picture Collection, NYPL. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 1587804

    All Hallows' Eve, or Halloween as it is commonly referred, is a global celebration on October 31. It developed from the ancient Celtic ritual of Samhain, which was, in the simplest terms, a festival celebrating the changing of the seasons from light to dark (summer to winter). This would usually take place around November 1. 

    Traditionally, a bonfire would be lit, sweets would be prepared, and costumes would be worn to ward off evil spirits as the ancient Celts believed that, at this time of year, the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest.

    Early Christian officials tried to impose their own holiday in an effort to stop their converts from practicing non-Christian festivals. Pope Gregory III deemed November 1, All Saints' Day, a celebration of Christian martyrs and saints, and November 2 became All Souls Day, a day for remembering the souls of the dead.  All Saints' Day later became known as All Hallows' Day, and the previous day, October 31, became known as All Hallows' Eve, then later, Halloween.

    Despite the best efforts of the church, people still continued to celebrate Halloween with traditional bonfires, costumes, treats, and a focus on spirits of the dead.

    All this history is not meant to confuse Halloween and its Mexican cousin, Dia de Muertos, a.k.a. Dia de Los Muertos, a completely separate celebration that occurs during the same timeframe, October 31 to November 2. While Halloween focuses on the dark and grim aspects of death, Dia de Muertos is a celebration of the connection between the living and the dead, as well as life after death. 

    Illustration of three kids having fun with a pumpkin head costume, entitled The Witch
    The Witch. Art and Picture Collection, NYPL. NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 1587780

    While Halloween originated in Europe, the holiday became the celebration we recognize today when it was brought to America by the early settlers. People originally carved out turnips and placed candles inside to ward off evil spirits, but Americans switched from turnips to pumpkins.

    In 1820, Washington Irving’s short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, became one of the first distinctly American ghost stories centered around the holiday. Halloween received its biggest transformation within the last 50 or so years, thanks to the creation of big candy corporations, and, of course, Hollywood.

    Because of its association with all things dark, spooky, and undead, Halloween became the go-to holiday for the release of most horror films and television shows. Director John Carpenter’s Halloween(1978) is probably the best example, as it changed the public image of the holiday from a night for children to dress up in silly costumes to a night of pure terror.

    Every year, cities and towns all over the world celebrate with festivals, parades, and theme park events. No matter how Halloween is celebrated, or which aspects of the holiday are celebrated, it has become a global phenomenon comparable to Christmas in terms of how widespread and important it is to the public conscience.

    If you would like to learn more about Halloween beyond my extremely brief summary, or just want some spooky suggestions, please check out the recommended titles listed below. Happy Halloween! (All summaries adapted from the publishers.)

    For Little Goblins and Ghouls 

    The Halloween Tree book cover

    The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

    Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud.

    As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite, through time and space, to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. 



     

    National Geographic Readers Halloween book cover

    National Geographic Readers: Halloween by Laura F. Marsh

    From visiting the pumpkin patch, to bobbing for apples, to picking out a favorite costume, Halloween is a magical time for young children. The fun and festivities are captured in this book, with full-color illustrations and simple easy-to-grasp text.

    In the spirit of this beloved holiday, this level one reader is sure to captivate and fascinate children.



     

    Halloween Crafts book cover

    Halloween Crafts by Fay Robinson

    Provides information about the origins and customs of Halloween, ideas for celebrating this holiday, and instructions for making a bat sock puppet, a construction paper haunted house, and a treat bag that looks like a coffin.

     

     

     

    Nonfiction

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    Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton

    Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls’ Day to produce the modern Halloween, and explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs. 

    Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons.
     

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    Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers

    Drawing on a fascinating array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century.

    He examines the 1970s and '80s phenomena of Halloween sadism (razor blades in apples) and inner-city violence (arson in Detroit), as well as the immense influence of the horror film genre on the reinvention of Halloween as a terror-fest.

    Throughout his vivid account, Rogers shows how Halloween remains, at its core, a night of inversion, when social norms are turned upside down, and a temporary freedom of expression reigns supreme. He examines how this very license has prompted censure by the religious right, occasional outrage from law enforcement officials, and appropriation by left-leaning political groups.
     

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    Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween by David J. Skal

    Using a mix of personal anecdotes and brilliant social analysis, Skal examines the amazing phenomenon of Halloween, exploring its dark Celtic history and illuminating why it has evolved—in the course of a few short generations—from a quaint, small-scale celebration into the largest seasonal marketing event outside of Christmas.

    Traveling the country, Skal profiles a wide cross-section of American hard-nosed business men who see Halloween in terms of money; fundamentalists who think it is blasphemous; practicing witches who view it as sacred; and more ordinary men and women who go to extraordinary lengths, on this one night only, to transform themselves and their surroundings into elaborate fantasies.

    Firmly rooted in a deeper cultural and historical analysis, these interviews seek to understand what the various rituals and traditions associated with the holiday have to say about our national psyche.
     

    The Big Book of Halloween book cover

    The Big Book of Halloween: Creative & Creepy Projects for Revellers of All Ages by Laura Dover Doran

    This complete source book is the perfect treat (with lots of tricks, too!) Adults and kids will enjoy the mixture of fun, food, and fright.

    There are 50 great projects and loads of imaginative ideas—everything from decorations to costumes, party ideas to pumpkin-carving patterns. A wealth of Halloween legend and lore help illuminate the holiday’s rich history.

     

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    Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics edited by Jim Heimann

    Trick or treat (smell my feet!) A guaranteed trip down memory lane, this book celebrates All Hallows' Eve in American graphic and print media from the early 1900s to the '60s.

    Featuring witches, ghouls, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns, the scariest postcards and decorations, and the silliest costumes and candid photos are collected here. With an introduction tracing the unexpected history of Halloween and its traditions, Vintage Halloween is a nostalgic tribute to one of America's favorite holidays.

     

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    Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes & Masquerade photographs by Phyllis Galembo, text by Mark Alice Durant, foreword by Valerie Steele

    A tour of 100 years of American Halloween attire features a wealth of images depicting revelers and trick-or-treaters in disguise and enhanced by special lighting effects, in a volume complemented by a history of the holiday and Halloween fashion.


     

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    A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts by J. W. Ocker

    Salem, Massachusetts may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town—and its season happens to be Halloween.

    Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to close to half a million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street.

    For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award–winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness.
     

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    The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year by Jean Markale

    During the night of Samhain, the Celtic precursor of today's holiday, the borders between life and death were no longer regarded as insurmountable barriers. Two-way traffic was temporarily permitted between this world and the Other World, and the wealth and wisdom of the sidhe, or fairy folk, were available to the intrepid individuals who dared to enter their realm.

    Jean Markale enriches our understanding of how the transition from the light to the dark half of the year was a moment in which time stopped and allowed the participants in the week-long festival to attain a level of consciousness not possible in everyday life, an experience we honor in our modern celebrations of Halloween.
     

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    Samhain, Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloweenby Diana Rajchel

    Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series explores the old and new ways of celebrating the seasonal rites that are the cornerstones in the witch's year. A well-rounded introduction to Samhain, this attractive book features rituals, recipes, lore, and correspondences.

    It also includes hands-on information for modern celebrations, spells and divination, recipes and crafts, invocations and prayers, and more!


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    The bestselling English novelist of The Essex SerpentSarah Perry, stopped by the Library to talk about her newest novel, Melmoth. The books origins lie in an obscure 19th-century Gothic novel of the same name and an illness that upended her life. She discussed how  the earlier novel and her personal experiences combined to birth the phantasmagoric nightmare at the heart of Melmoth's plot.

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

     

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    Knowledge Is Power Library Card

    Do you believe Knowledge Is Power? Show the world with your library card.

    Beginning October 29, 2018, The New York Public Library is offering—for a limited time only—a Special Edition library card in all of its locations featuring the timely message Knowledge Is Power.

    Since their inception, public libraries have been at the core of our democracy of informed citizens and have made opportunities available to all people. For well over a century, they have provided the tools that people need to grow, succeed, and be productive members of civil society, proving that knowledge is indeed power. Show your support for that noble mission by signing up to receive the special card.

    Sign up now. With your library card, you can access a whole host of free things: millions of books, newspapers, and databases; the Library’s world-renowned research collections; free passes to over 40 cultural organizations; streaming documentaries; and online classes, just to name a few.

    Act fast: the Knowledge Is Power card is available on a first come, first served basis in extremely limited quantities at NYPL locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

    New NYPL Cardholders

    Apply in person at your local NYPL branch, or sign up online and visit your local branch quickly to validate and pick up your Special Edition card before they run out. Knowledge Is Power cards are free for new cardholders. Library card applicants must show proof that you live, work, attend school, or pay property taxes in New York State.

    Existing NYPL Cardholders

    Existing NYPL cardholders can pay the card replacement fee of $1 to get the Knowledge Is Power card.

    Show Your Support with #KnowledgeIsPower

    Share photos of your card on social media with the hashtag #KnowledgeIsPower. NYPL will share photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

     


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    The Library After Hours
    The Library After Hours: Picture This November 30 | 7–10 PM

    Welcome to our bi-weekly update on events happening during the next two weeks at The New York Public Library. With 92 locations across New York City, there's a lot going on! We're highlighting some of our events here, including author talks, free classes, community art shows, performances, concerts, and exhibitions—and you can always find more at nypl.org/events. If you want to receive our round-up in your inbox, sign up here. We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon. 

    Selected Events
     

    Social Justice: The Musical
    Two documentaries, Black Fiddler and Gee, Officer Krupke, will frame a panel discussion on race, class, cultural appropriation and the use of Jerome Robbins' work to navigate social issues.
    Monday, November 5 | 6 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts

    Mid-Sentence—Celebrating Lucia Berlin
    To mark the publication of two posthumous works by acclaimed writer Lucia Berlin, a panel of her fans, including Karah Preiss, Wayne Koestenbaum, Ruth Franklin, and John Williams, gather to discuss the impact of her work and legacy.
    Wednesday, November 7 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    LIVE from the NYPL: Teju Cole and Ishion Hutchinson
    Whether writing his New York Times magazine column "On Photography," novels, essays, or curating his Instagram feed, images rendered in film and in language are central to Teju Cole’s work. The same can be said of award-winning poet Ishion Hutchinson's use of images in verse. With a mutual admiration for each other’s work, the two meet for a conversation about their shared themes of place, memory, and the notion of home.
    Thursday, November 8 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Schomburg Open House: Passport to Black History
    Join the Schomburg Center for this great opportunity to meet librarians, archivists, and curators. Attend programs, visit current exhibitions, use the special collections, and more.
    Saturday, November 10 | 12 Noon
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

    Irregular Order: How Congress Really Works
    Learn about the inner workings of Congress from Washington insiders and journalists from ProPublica and the Washington Post as their joint series "Irregular Order" comes to life in an interactive conversation at the Library.
    Thursday, November 13 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Editorial Guidance: Mary-Kay Wilmers with Andrew O'Hagan
    Mary-Kay Wilmers, veteran editor of the London Review of Books, gives a candid interview about her career and her own writing. She will speak with novelist and essayist Andrew O'Hagan about her decades at the forefront of the English literary world.
    Wednesday, November 14 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    The Library After Hours: Picture This
    The city's most cerebral happy hour turns the clock back to the 1840s for a night of art, science, and a celebration of early photographic pioneer Anna Atkins. Join us for an array of crafts, talks, and activities that look back to photography’s past and gaze forward into the medium’s future.
    Friday, November 30 | 7 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Business, Career & Finance


    Self-Recruiter® Lecture Series: Resume Renovation
    John Crant discusses the importance of revamping your resume to stand out during your job search.
    Wednesday, October 31 | 6 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library

    Start and Grow Your Business with Mintel
    Learn about this great eletronic resource that provides information on consumers' trends and patterns.
    Tuesday, November 6 | 6 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library

    Smart Tax Planning Moves to Make Before Year End
    Financial professional Dan Olson helps you to understand the new Tax Reform changes and how they affect you.
    Thursday, November 8 | 3 PM
    Science, Industry and Business Library

    More Events


    Scared to Death: The Art of a Good Mystery
    Wednesday, October 31 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    When East Meets West in New York City
    Thursday, November 1 | 6 PM
    Library for the Performing Arts

    Anna Atkins Symposium
    Saturday, November 3 | 9:30 AM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Meet the Artist: Katherine Hubbard
    Tuesday, November 6 | 12:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Immigrant Writing Workshops with Restless Books
    Thursdays in November | 2 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    Crafting the Collections: Sun Print Workshops for Beginners
    November and December
    Various NYPL Locations

    TechConnect


    Technology Programs and Classes
    TechConnect offers more than 80 technology classes at libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—all for free! There are classes for all students from beginner to advanced, including series courses for those who want more in-depth knowledge.

    Upcoming Events


    Barren Island: Carol Zoref
    Wednesday, November 14 | 5:30 PM
    Webster Library

    Invisible: Stephen L. Carter
    Wednesday, November 14 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street

    Who Owns the Word?
    Thursday, November 15 | 6:30 PM
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Irregular Order
    Monday, November 19 | 6:30 PM
    Bronx Library Center

    Mid Sentence | Those Who Knew: Idra Novey with Hernán Diaz
    Monday, November 19 | 6:30 PM
    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street


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    NYPL Insta Novels The Raven

    As the clock struck midnight on Halloween, The New York Public Library released a surprise edition of Insta Novels: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. This version of the classic poem was illustrated by Studio Aka (@studioaka) and is available to read on the Library's Instagram account  (@nypl).

    Insta Novels reimagine Instagram’s Stories feature as a way to provide a new platform for some of the most iconic stories ever written. They were first launched in August 2018 with a digital version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Magoz (@magoz). In October, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," illustrated by Buck (@buck_design), was released to read on the Library's Instagram account. The program, created by independent advertising and creative agency Mother in New York and developed in partnership with the Library, aims to make these stories more widely available, reach new audiences, and turn a space for fleeting interactions into one for immersive reading.
     

    How to Read "The Raven" on Instagram

    First, go to the Library's Instagram account (@nypl) and tap "The Raven" in the highlights section, right under the bio.

    Rest your thumb on lower right part of the screen to hold the page, and lift your thumb to turn the page. (The lower right thumb holder is designed to double as a flip book: if you lift your thumb and let the pages flip, you'll see an animation.)

    Did you miss the previous Insta Novels of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or "The Yellow Wallpaper?" You can still read the Insta Novel editions by locating them on our virtual bookshelf in the highlights section of the Library's Instagram account (@nypl).

    If you don't have Instagram or want to explore other ways to read "The Raven" this Halloween, check out these other ways to read the poem.

    "The Raven" Readalikes

    If you like "The Raven," you may enjoy these creepy poems, short stories, and novellas by authors old and new.

    “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and other poems in the Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

    The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

    The Best of Richard Matheson

    The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

    Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

    In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Undead Count, ed. by Stephen Jones
     

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    Explore Poe at NYPL

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    "At the Window" illustration from "The Raven" via NYPL Digital Collections

    Our Print Collectionis home to an illustrated edition of “The Raven.” This one has been digitized, and can be viewed as part of our Digital Collections. The lithographs are by artist Edouard Manet, and were created in 1875.
     

    Halloween Books for Kids

    Before delving deep into the genre that surrounds the spooky day known as Halloween, why not learn how it all began? After that, look through our creepy guide to some spine-chilling children’s horror books. Parents, beware—some of these books might even have you squirming in your seat! Need more than just words to put you in the Halloween mood? Check out some spooky picture books as we remember the popular cartoonist Charles Addams, creator of the eccentric Addams Family. After you carve your own NYPL pumpkin pull some last minute costume ideas from our curation of DIY costume books. Happy scaring!
     

    Other Halloween Reads for Adults

    Start off your Halloween by learning about the very real events of the Salem Witch Trials. Now, if you’re looking for some truly horrifying books, look no further than  the genre of gothic horror. Maybe you enjoy more emotion in your horror? Gothic romance has got what you want. (Because let’s be honest, love can be a little scary sometimes, too.) For our adolescent horror fans look for a contemporary young adult gothic fiction story. Growing up is scary, wouldn’t you agree? But what could be more scary than having the place where you sleep be haunted! To drown out the sounds of the ghouls and monsters listen to The Librarian Is In Podcast for some professional advice on how to stay in the spooky mood. Have fun sleeping with one eye open.
     

    Read on SimplyE from The New York Public Library

    The stories featured on Insta Novels are also available on SimplyE, The New York Public Library's free e-reader app, available on the App Store or Google Play.

    Anyone can browse classic titles, including "The Raven," "The Yellow Wallpaper," Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Metamorphosis, in the SimplyE Collection in the app. Those eligible for library cards from The New York Public Library can also access 300,000+ e-books, from bestellers to classics, by connecting to NYPL in the app.
     

    Other Ways to Read the Stories

    There are many ways to read or listen to "The Raven," “The Yellow Wallpaper," Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and The Metamorphosis. Anyone can access the full texts of the stories on the Project Gutenberg website. NYPL cardholders can check out the books and audiobooks via the NYPL catalog. Also, you can find many of the stories by searching the online catalog of NYPL's Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.