Homer, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Baldwin – the “classics”. These are the authors we remember from our high school required reading. But what about today’s high schoolers? We took a look at their reading lists from the NYC DOE. Featuring graphic novels, YA titles, and plenty of stories of adventure, we have to admit we’re a little jealous of that list. Which books do you remember from your high school reading list?
A very happy 90th birthday to comic legend Stan Lee! Did you know that NYPL has an interesting connection with the iconic writer of Spider-man, X-Men, Thor, and more? A portion of the movie Spider-man was filmed outside the Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. How
(That’s Patience standing guard in the above photo)
Teen Summer Reading Spotlight: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya moved from Russia to America years ago, but even though she lost weight and lost her accent, she still has a lot of trouble making friends. And then one day she has an accident that changes her life. That’s the day she meets the ghost of a girl named Emily.
After Anya falls down a well, she finds a human skeleton and then moments later she sees Emily’s ghost hovering over that skeleton. Keep in mind — that’s three traumatic incidents in a row! So is it any wonder that Anya freaks out and starts screaming? But little by little, as Anya and Emily start talking to each other, Anya starts to calm down. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to learn that there are both pros and cons to being friends with a ghost.
First I’ll give you a hint about the pros: imagine what it would be like to have a friend who’s invisible!
Now I’ll give you a hint about the cons: imagine what it would be like if your new invisible friend was hiding the truth about how and why she died.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol is a graphic novel about life, death, friendship, betrayal, and everything in between.
Be sure to visit summerreading.org to sign up for the summer reading club where you can keep track of the books you read during the summer, review the stuff you’re reading, create lists, earn badges, and design your own avatar! Check out the teen summer reading list for even more book recommendations that will make you laugh, make you think, and keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Andrea Lipinski, Kingsbridge Library
Today’s a great day at the Library, because the exhibition Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout has opened! As you can see from the image above (pages 146-147 of the book with the same name), Radioactive is arty, graphic, and heavy on the cyanotypes! We’ve been enjoying this book since it came out last month, but you know what? The exhibition is even cooler, because there are library materials hanging on the walls alongside Redniss’ work! (We say that as Library staffers.) Redniss worked on the book while she was a Fellow at the Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and she was inspired by our collections. Some of the pieces that spoke to her work are on the walls, displayed next to the original Library pieces. There’s been some stories for the book and the exhibit already: NPR’s All Things Considered, vogue.com, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, and The Huffington Post. Make sure to check out the amazing exhibition website that Redniss worked on with her Parsons The New School students!
Have you seen this image around town? We can explain. It’s the fanastically edgy work of David Sandlin, artist and current Cullman Center Fellow at the Library. Sandlin’s work is up in the subways for the School of Visual Arts’ current ad campaign. We’re happy to claim him as one of our own. Sandlin, who’s also a faculty member at SVA, has been going through our collections, gaining inspiration and learning more about his illustrating forefathers. One of the things he’s been enjoying are Japanese woodcuts in our Print Collection, as you can see in this work. Click here to see all three ads.