1. idescendintomadness said: What do you recommend for someone interested in trying some fantasy?

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    Valiant by Holly Black!

    For a modern take: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

    - Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library 

    Urban fantasy with a tough guy wizard?  Try Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.

    Fun and funny satirical fantasy with amazingly profound and poignant moments?  Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

    - Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library

    Caitlin R. Kiernan for someone interested in urban fantasy.

    For someone looking for fantasy with a more traditional sci-fi bent, I’d suggest C.J. Cherryh.

    - Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market Library

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  2. To celebrate the birthday of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien, we share this inspirational quote from his book The Hobbit (of which we have the 1937 book jacket, illustrated by the author himself): 
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 
In memory of Tolkien, stop by the library, and if you haven’t done so already, pick up a copy of The Hobbit or  the Lord of the Rings books and get lost in this mystical adventure. 

    To celebrate the birthday of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien, we share this inspirational quote from his book The Hobbit (of which we have the 1937 book jacket, illustrated by the author himself): 

    “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 

    In memory of Tolkien, stop by the library, and if you haven’t done so already, pick up a copy of The Hobbit or  the Lord of the Rings books and get lost in this mystical adventure. 

  3. Happy birthday, Neil Gaiman - brilliant writer, library supporter, and, in honor of Caturday, cat lover. Gaiman has Tweeted photos and written many blog entries about his cats, including the late, great Zoe, the cute kitty pictured here with Neil. Gaiman is also a major supporter of libraries - when we asked him to give us a quote for library card sign-up month (check out the full campaign, which includes inspirational library quotes from Anne Rice, Bill Cosby, Mario Batali, Woody Allen and more), he shared this gem (a known Gaiman quote): “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Rock on, Neil, and happy Caturday to all of you. Looking for something to do today? How about checking out one of Gaiman’s books from NYPL?

    Happy birthday, Neil Gaiman - brilliant writer, library supporter, and, in honor of Caturday, cat lover. Gaiman has Tweeted photos and written many blog entries about his cats, including the late, great Zoe, the cute kitty pictured here with Neil. Gaiman is also a major supporter of libraries - when we asked him to give us a quote for library card sign-up month (check out the full campaign, which includes inspirational library quotes from Anne Rice, Bill Cosby, Mario Batali, Woody Allen and more), he shared this gem (a known Gaiman quote): “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” Rock on, Neil, and happy Caturday to all of you. Looking for something to do today? How about checking out one of Gaiman’s books from NYPL?

  4. Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Gungahlin Library in Australia. The folks at Duke University Medical Center Library posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and reposted by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, library lover and source of the quote. Authors, libraries, librarians - it’s perfect!

    Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Gungahlin Library in Australia. The folks at Duke University Medical Center Library posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and reposted by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, library lover and source of the quote. Authors, libraries, librarians - it’s perfect!

  5. I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

    — JK Rowling, author of the ridiculously popular Harry Potter series, who is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Jo. And happy birthday to Harry Potter, who is also celebrating his birthday today! Want to give them both a birthday gift? Head to NYPL and take out some Harry Potter stuff!