1. Recently, we published a list of the most outstanding teachers in adult fiction, but now it’s time to turn the spotlight on teachers in children’s literature! We asked NYPL librarians to share the children’s books with the best teacher characters and to tell us what makes them extraordinary.

    Recently, we published a list of the most outstanding teachers in adult fiction, but now it’s time to turn the spotlight on teachers in children’s literature! We asked NYPL librarians to share the children’s books with the best teacher characters and to tell us what makes them extraordinary.

  2. Anonymous said: The Secret History, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Murakami,

    This week’s readers advisory request comes to us in the form of two books and an author our reader has enjoyed in the past: The Secret HistoryJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Haruki Murakami

    Here is what our staff recommended for this reader. If you want a reading recommendation from the NYPL, ask us on Tumblr.

    The Crying of Lot 49 Cover

    I might say the reader likes language and story, with character-based interest too, and with some psychological suspense or even unreliability in the mix. Or, just, generally meaty books that grab you with inner ruminating intrigue. I’d recommend trying The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon for some intrigue and a picture of someone confronting questions of hidden reality from a big-name writer. I’d also recommend The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera, for language, fantastical yet deep, pondering, and relatable examinations of reality, and characterizations. —Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library

    I’m guessing this reader likes college settings with lots of intrigue and suspense, in addition to character building and language style. I think some of the other well-known authors of Japanese literature might fit the bill, or titles set at universities, especially novels with gothic or mysterious overtones, and bildungsroman. Try Ryu Murakami’s Almost Transparent Blue and 69, Kenzaburo Oe’s The Changeling, Banana Yoshimoto’s The Lake,Campus novels and more campus novels—Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

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  3. October is the perfect time to scare yourself silly! We asked NYPL staffers to recommend their favorite spooky reads filled with ghosts, vampires, and haunted houses. What was the last book that gave you goosebumps? 

    October is the perfect time to scare yourself silly! We asked NYPL staffers to recommend their favorite spooky reads filled with ghosts, vampires, and haunted houses. What was the last book that gave you goosebumps? 

  4. For today’s teenagers, bullying can be a persistent problem encountered daily. For National Bullying Prevention month, we’re sharing some books from our young adult fiction shelves on this subject to help empower readers and show they’re not alone.

    For today’s teenagers, bullying can be a persistent problem encountered daily. For National Bullying Prevention month, we’re sharing some books from our young adult fiction shelves on this subject to help empower readers and show they’re not alone.

  5. There is something about the sinister, shadowy, gray atmosphere of the AMC show The Killing that is unforgettable. Season 4 may have ended, but if you’re still longing for crime series set in the Northwest that takes advantage of that Twin Peaks vibe, we’ve got some thrilling recommendations. 

    There is something about the sinister, shadowy, gray atmosphere of the AMC show The Killing that is unforgettable. Season 4 may have ended, but if you’re still longing for crime series set in the Northwest that takes advantage of that Twin Peaks vibe, we’ve got some thrilling recommendations

  6. Not everybody gets it right on the first try – and that’s ok! This reading list showcases that there’s beauty in mistakes. 

    Not everybody gets it right on the first try – and that’s ok! This reading list showcases that there’s beauty in mistakes. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.