1. It’s Banned Books Week, when the book community supports the freedom to read and raise awareness of challenges to this freedom. Sadly, the banning of books is not a new phenomenon - books were banned as early as the sixteenth century. NYPL’s Rare Book Division holds many of these formerly heretical texts and we encourage you to enjoy them freely!

    It’s Banned Books Week, when the book community supports the freedom to read and raise awareness of challenges to this freedom. Sadly, the banning of books is not a new phenomenon - books were banned as early as the sixteenth century. NYPL’s Rare Book Division holds many of these formerly heretical texts and we encourage you to enjoy them freely!

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. Get A Book Recommendation From NYPL!

    Looking for something to read? Give us any number of clues and we will make some recommendations. Tell us the title of a book you loved. Was it the story, the characters, the setting, or the language that appealed to you? Are you devoted to a particular genre or want to try a new one? We love a challenge - ask us today!

    We will be checking our inbox daily and post back at least one request a week!

  5. 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? 

    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? 

  6. We must be dreaming! Today, we learned that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but instead a little girl who lives in England with her parents and twin sister Mimmy. To ease our discombobulation and orient ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of characters who not only look like cats, but are cats! And they’re jolly good entertainment, as well: 
Felix the Cat - because any list about anthropomorphised cats must include  this important ancestor. Plus his cartoons are available for watching at the Library for the Performing Arts!
Garfield - Garfield’s not quite like other cats, sending kittens to Abu Dhabi and eating lasagna… but he’s still a cat! See for yourself and check out one of his books at your local library.
The Cat in the Hat - Although this Seuss classic has been translated into many different languages, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a cat, a somewhat troublesome cat who talks, but still… a cat.
Koko and Yum Yum - the stars of Lillian Jackson Braun’s profilic mystery series. Cats all the same, with Koko exhibiting a profound sixth sense.
We could go on and on with Heathcliff, Beatrix Potter’s Tom Kitten, and many more… but who are some of your favorite cats?

    We must be dreaming! Today, we learned that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but instead a little girl who lives in England with her parents and twin sister Mimmy. To ease our discombobulation and orient ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of characters who not only look like cats, but are cats! And they’re jolly good entertainment, as well: 

    Felix the Cat - because any list about anthropomorphised cats must include  this important ancestor. Plus his cartoons are available for watching at the Library for the Performing Arts!

    Garfield - Garfield’s not quite like other cats, sending kittens to Abu Dhabi and eating lasagna… but he’s still a cat! See for yourself and check out one of his books at your local library.

    The Cat in the Hat - Although this Seuss classic has been translated into many different languages, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a cat, a somewhat troublesome cat who talks, but still… a cat.

    Koko and Yum Yum - the stars of Lillian Jackson Braun’s profilic mystery series. Cats all the same, with Koko exhibiting a profound sixth sense.

    We could go on and on with Heathcliff, Beatrix Potter’s Tom Kitten, and many more… but who are some of your favorite cats?

  7. They taught us to love adventure. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion.
We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children’s books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?

    They taught us to love adventure. They taught us to yearn for the stars, how to be strong, and what it means to have compassion.

    We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children’s books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?

  8. 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. 

  9. Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim Parsons, Neil Gaiman, Mindy Kaling, Cookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

    Happy Caturday! Our #ireadeverywhere campaign has been going just purrrrfectly, with thousands of people - including Jim ParsonsNeil GaimanMindy KalingCookie Monster and Hillary Clinton - participating and sharing their love of reading with the world. We’ve also been getting our fair share of feline photos, including one from best-selling author Dan Brown, and this one from our friends at Reading Rainbow (which has been posting tons of amazing stuff, including a photo from host Levar Burton) - this photo of their graphic designer Luci reading with her kitty. Happy Caturday! And send pics of yourself (and your cat) reading! 

  10. Author Dan Brown (and a feline friend) are flipped out over #ireadeverywhere! The author says that “reading helps change your perspective,” and we couldn’t agree more!

    Author Dan Brown (and a feline friend) are flipped out over #ireadeverywhere! The author says that “reading helps change your perspective,” and we couldn’t agree more!