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Make New York City's Libraries a Higher Priority

Julie Sandorf | Posted 12.12.2014 | New York
Julie Sandorf

New York City's neighborhood libraries play crucial roles in the life of our city -- ones that often go unrecognized. Yet their need to improve their facilities grows greater, even as the public's reliance on them increases as well.

24-Hour Read-In Emergency Bookshelf

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 08.05.2014 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

There you are, boldly standing up for libraries in your community. You are part of a solid day of reading, a full 24 hours of it, voice after voice going on in a constant stream around the clock, each person taking it in 15-minute shifts to read.

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Used To Grow A LOT Of Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

Not so long ago, the marijuana arrest capital of the world was covered in, well, marijuana. A fascinating blog from the Brooklyn Public Library re...

Mayoral Candidates Talk Libraries

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

New York City public libraries are an invaluable public asset. Everyday tens of thousands of New Yorkers go through the doors. People of every race, creed, orientation, and age make use of the free resources which the libraries provide.

Brooklyn's Bike N' Book Bash!

Christopher Herz | Posted 07.07.2013 | New York
Christopher Herz

This Saturday, the Brooklyn Public Library, in an attempt to keep that magic flowing, is holding its Bike the Branches spectacular that sends bikers on themed routes running all through Brooklyn.

Talking Libraries and Fracking on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 06.16.2013 | New York
Yetta Kurland

I spoke with City Council member Vincent Gentile and Eileen Muller of DC37 Local 1842 and Valentin Colon of DC 37 Local 1930 about the future of New York City libraries. Then we heard from David Braun, president and co-founder of United for Action, about fracking in New York.

Why the Brooklyn Public Library Changed My Life

Abeoler Lewis | Posted 12.16.2012 | Teen
Abeoler Lewis

Things that I found so simple I realized took time and effort for them to learn. Being around them and teaching them really gave my life purpose that year and allowed me to see that I was taking a lot in my life for granted.

Nanny Battles Porn Policy At The Brooklyn Public Library

DNAinfo | Posted 10.11.2012 | New York

CLINTON HILL — Nanny Crystal Brister was at the library reading to the 11-month-old girl she watches when she glanced up to see an adult man a few f...

Birthday Reflections

Steve Turtell | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Turtell

Today is my 61st birthday. That's thirty more than I expected to have. I'm sure many of the gay men my age who lived through the first onslaught of the AIDS pandemic know what I mean.

Library Layoffs And Cuts Proposed In New York City

GalleyCat | Jason Boog on May 10, 2011 12:54 PM | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

Earlier this month, mayor Michael R. Bloomberg‘s Office of Management and Budget released a “Agency Gap Closing Programs” (PDF link) proposal th...

'Drawn In Brooklyn': How Have Picture Books Inspired You?

Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sammy Perlmutter

Like her list of inspiration, Blackall's art has a patchwork quality, living somewhere between Edwardian fashion plates, Japanese woodcuts and a more colorful Chas Addams.

Franketienne: Haiti's First Nobel Laureate - Hopefully

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

As a cultural area studies graduate, seldom do I feel over my head culturally. Standing in the home of possibly the next Nobel Prize recipient for Li...

Raccoon Found Browsing Brooklyn Library

WNYC | Matthew Schuerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Maybe those dark circles around a raccoon's eyes come from reading too much -- and in the dark. A specimen of the mammal -- better known for rummagin...

Library Budget Cuts In Brooklyn Inspire 24-Hour Read-In Marathon

The New York Times | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

A 24-hour stream of sentences and stories, spanning the canon from George Eliot to "Gossip Girl," flowed from dozens of book-loving New Yorkers this w...

Brooklyn Public Library Gets $3.25 Million Donation

Crain's New York Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Brooklyn Public Library announced today it received a $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation to build a high-tech learning center at it...

Save Brooklyn Public Libraries

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

A cut in library services is a cut in public education for the children of New York City, especially children from working-class and poor families who depend on the library.

Dionne Mack-Harvin, Brooklyn Public Library Head, Resigns

nydailynews.com | By Elizabeth Hays | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The head of the sprawling Brooklyn Public Library system abruptly quit last week after a plan to lay off 13 employees backfired and ended in a very pu...