1. It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Pirates get a bad rap - and rightfully so! They plunder. They pillage. They, well, pirate. But don’t let the peg-legged limps fool you: these guys know how to insert themselves in quality yarns. Meet the most memorable swashbucklers on the high seas of literature, and get ready to find a treasure trove of adventures. 

    It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Pirates get a bad rap - and rightfully so! They plunder. They pillage. They, well, pirate. But don’t let the peg-legged limps fool you: these guys know how to insert themselves in quality yarns. Meet the most memorable swashbucklers on the high seas of literature, and get ready to find a treasure trove of adventures. 

  2. Today as Scotland votes on independence, peruse this reading list of Scottish favorites to learn more about the country’s history, politics, and culture.

    Today as Scotland votes on independence, peruse this reading list of Scottish favorites to learn more about the country’s history, politics, and culture.

  3. Happy Birthday Agatha Christie! Enjoy a list of her best work, recommended by the author herself. Dig in to one of her classic mysteries today!

    Happy Birthday Agatha Christie! Enjoy a list of her best work, recommended by the author herself. Dig in to one of her classic mysteries today!

  4. Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

    Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

  5. 

Who here is hooked on HBO’s The Leftovers? Based on a book by Tom Perrotta, each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious worldwide “rapture”. Before you start to binge on this suspenseful drama (or if you’ve already finished it), here are other books we recommend featuring interconnected stories you’re sure to enjoy. 

    Who here is hooked on HBO’s The Leftovers? Based on a book by Tom Perrotta, each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious worldwide “rapture”. Before you start to binge on this suspenseful drama (or if you’ve already finished it), here are other books we recommend featuring interconnected stories you’re sure to enjoy. 

  6. Some of the most memorable life stories do not involve the powerful or famous, rather they uncover the lives of regular people in extraordinary circumstances. They can inspire us, humble us, make us laugh or make us cry. Here is a selection of memoirs that will stay with you long after you finish them.

  7. Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

    Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

  8. Children's Book List: Spring is in the Air! →

  9. Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Of course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume! 

    Happy Birthday to the great children’s author - and friend of the NYPL - Ms. Judy Blume! Ms. Blume visited the Library last year when the library unveiled its list of the 100 Great Children’s Books from the last 100 Years. Ms. Blume made the list herself with her classic Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingOf course you can find most of Judy Blume’s work at NYPL branches through Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. During her visit to the library last year, Ms. Blume took the photo taken above at our awesome NYPL photobooth that can be found at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Happy Birthday Judy Blume! 

  10. Are you a fan of international travel and mystery novels? Well if you are, do we have a treat for you. And for this, you don’t even need your passport. The New York Public Library’s own Miriam Tuliao wrote for Bookreporter.com her list of the top 10 best international mystery novels from 2013! And guess what? Most of the novels on Miriam’s list can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system.

    Are you a fan of international travel and mystery novels? Well if you are, do we have a treat for you. And for this, you don’t even need your passport. The New York Public Library’s own Miriam Tuliao wrote for Bookreporter.com her list of the top 10 best international mystery novels from 2013! And guess what? Most of the novels on Miriam’s list can be found at branches throughout the NYPL system.