1. Happy Birthday JK Rowling! Celebrate by revisiting one of her many titles in our collection, including her fantastic Harry Potter series. If magic doesn’t appeal to you, search for Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith and you’ll find some thrilling mysteries! 

    Happy Birthday JK Rowling! Celebrate by revisiting one of her many titles in our collection, including her fantastic Harry Potter series. If magic doesn’t appeal to you, search for Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith and you’ll find some thrilling mysteries! 

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. South African author Nadine Gordimer, honored many times for her work including receiving a Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, has passed away. Here is a selection of her titles from our circulating collections.

    South African author Nadine Gordimer, honored many times for her work including receiving a Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, has passed away. Here is a selection of her titles from our circulating collections.

  5. To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

  6. This 1928 NYPL overdue book slip was miraculously discovered in the 1980s during the construction of the Tenement Museum. The Museum kept the card on display, stating that the title of the book on the card is “one of the great mysteries, we unfortunately do not know.” That is, until yesterday, when the Museum turned to Twitter for help deciphering the handwriting. Within a few hours, the mystery was solved. The book, which may have never been returned, was Israel by by Ludwig Lewisohn. A great example of the power of social media.

  7. Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

  8. Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

    Today is the 200th anniversary of Walter Scott’s book Waverley - the first historical novel in the English language. Waverley was a hugely popular and influential novel, and Scott went on to write a series of historical works. We’ve compiled a selection of his writing for you to enjoy. 

  9. "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

    "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief." Happy Birthday Franz Kafka 

  10. Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as “Monster,” “Fallen Angels” and “Hoops,” has died at 76. He was a longtime friend of NYPL. Myers’ work includes six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He won the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. 

    Walter Dean Myers, a celebrated author known for writing books about young African Americans, such as “Monster,” “Fallen Angels” and “Hoops,” has died at 76. He was a longtime friend of NYPL. 

    Myers’ work includes six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. He won the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and the first Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.