This has been, without a doubt, an excellent summer for New York's libraries. In Manhattan, the Stephen A. Schwartzman branch set up a beautiful outdoor reading room that was open for the past two weeks before closing on the 22nd. A group of seafaring booklovers announced that they'll launch a floa ... More >>
This week's eclectic line-up of events includes war stories about the craft beer uprising and a unique Kiwi dinner to celebrate Anzac Day, a holiday in New Zealand and Australia.
It's Banned Books Week--the time of year to think of censored classics like J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye ("obscene"), Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer ("a cesspool") and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita ("one of the filthiest books I've ever read"), and chuckle at the puritanical sensibilities of ... More >>
Monday, August 13 Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented With Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The proprietors of Baked in Red Hook will be showcasing their recipes at the New York Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Sunday, August 19 Third Annual Ice ... More >>
Summer reading is as beloved a seasonal tradition as splashing in broken fire hydrants, playing on sidewalk slip-and-slides, barbecuing on fire escapes, and watching Fourth of July fireworks from a tenement rooftop. Teachers and librarians say the practice is integral in preventing what's called "su ... More >>
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The Voice recently wrote about the New York Public Library's P.R. push, as its $300 million renovation plan continues to draw criticism. So much, in fact, that NYPL President Anthony Marx said he would respond to the public's questions about proposed changes in the New York Times. Concerned citi ... More >>
The New York Public Library has been working double time to boost positive P.R. about $300-million in planned renovations to its lion-fronted flagship on Fifth Avenue. Indeed, NYPL President Anthony Marx, in addition to penning many pro-change op-eds, has also agreed to field the public's question ... More >>
We've been hearing pretty regularly from librarians near and far who have had it with the aggressive tactics of Scientology. You see, as we learned Sunday with a story about "study tech," Scientology is like an octopus that wants to get its tentacles into as many places as possible through front gr ... More >>
While public library systems across the country flounder in the face of declining tax revenue and dwindling readership, the New York Public Library is somehow managing to survive. Rather than run away from digitization, NYPL has embraced it, and has recently produced a series of projects which are h ... More >>
DJ Spooky spinning at Work in Progress last night.It was an unlikely marriage from the start. When DJ Spooky invited the Occupy Wall Street Library to hold a book-party / dance-party at the chichi Vandam club Work in Progress, it was an open question how the revolutionary politics of the oc ... More >>
A really good sleuth should be able to spot author John le Carre in the new film of his famous novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He pops up in the holiday-party scene, a flashback that brings together members of the "Circus" (British Secret Intelligence Service) staff for some not-so-secret boozi ... More >>
Have you seen the Men of the Stacks calendar? It's a calendar featuring 12 months of sexy male librarians, and it's been mentioned on Oprah's blog. If that doesn't excite you, are you even human? If that doesn't excite you, you should also know that Men of the Stacks is available for $19.99 (order i ... More >>
Remember taking out books at the library as a kid? Remember the ensuing library fines when you couldn't get it together to return the books in time, and how you're pretty sure there are still never-returned library copies of Nancy Drew books from 15 years ago in your parents' house? In a nobl ... More >>
Rita Meade, the librarian behind the blog Screwy Decimal, who originally posted about one spunky little girl's vaguely threatening postcards to Mayor Bloomberg (an effort to scare him into keeping New York Public Library budgets intact) has followed up with the girl after budgets were, happil ... More >>
Sunblock? Check! Lit mags? Check!
You can also watch porn at the Apple store, apparently.When we heard about the recent instance of "blows" (the fist kind) between a guy watching porn on a Brooklyn Public Library computer and a guy who wanted to use the Brooklyn Public Library computer that the first guy was watching porn on, ... More >>
Shudder to Thinks Nathan Larson reads his debut novel
Aw, bed bugs! Always trying to advance themselves and learn (and feast on the blood of intellectual sorts who enjoy such pursuits as reading and research). According to a WPIX newscast posted on Bedbugger.com this a.m., the nasty little creatures have been found in the New York Public Library ... More >>
Rub elbows with the lit-magerati
Not on the Rikers Top 10 list.New York Public Library book cart volunteers have gotten a look into Riker's that we mere Law and Order fan club members can only imagine. Turns out, it looks a bit like everywhere else reading-wise, except with more rules and nothing in hardcover (rarely worth t ... More >>
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
Last week, we learned that the Library of Congress was archiving every single public Tweet since the dawn of Twitter in their National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The Twitterverse, while largely pleased that its words were going to be immortalized by the U.S. Govern ... More >>
drinkingtheworld.comLet Brandy Library's Ethan Kelley school you.Thousands of brown liquor-loving booze hounds will congregate at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers today for Whisky Live, a trade show featuring dozens of exhibitors and a heckuva lot of stiff drinks. Brandy Library is celebrating the ev ... More >>
Librarians: smart enough to plan a party the right way
Lisa Ramirez's Art of Memory
Where all the sad young literary men will be
Experience cartoon overload at Comic Con
A new movement to send a caravan of uncensored books to the people of Cuba
A library defies Castro and the American Library Association on Freedom to Read
But there's still not a dissenting word from America's book publishers and literati
'What Does Hentoff Know of the Real Cuba?'
Castro's Judges Burn Books 'Lacking Usefulness'
Books to Overthrow Castro?
Is Victor Arroyo a 'Traitor to Cuba'?
Abandoned by the American Library Association
FBI Snoops at Libraries
Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, and Greg Palast Hit Bestseller List With Incendiary Books
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka?
Librarians Are Checking Out Over Low Salaries
Andrea Copeland (librarian)
The Menswear How and Why