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June 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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May 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted: April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


National Poetry Month 2016

April is National Poetry Month!

This year, perhaps you will consider...

Becoming a Poet!

Ever wanted to write a poem but didn't know where to start?

It's easier than you think! Here are some suggestions to help you begin:

Books you can borrow within the library system...
Even more books exist under these subjects in the library catalog: Need some help with rhyming? Rhyming dictionaries also exist!

You can always ask a librarian about any of these topics!

Some websites you can visit to learn more about poetry...
Some Helpful Tips for Your Consideration...
For a printable version of this information, please follow this link (PDF).
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April 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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March 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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February 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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January 2016 Titles

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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Exciting News for Patrons
with Print Disabilities


An announcement from New York Public Library (NYPL):

A new partnership between NYPL and Bookshare serves patrons with print disabilities anywhere in New York State. Any library throughout the state can help their patrons get free access to over 370,000 accessible ebooks/eAudiobooks from home.

A print disability can be a visual impairment (including legal blindness or age-related vision loss), a physical impairment that affects the ability to hold a book or turn pages (such as Parkinson's, CP, arthritis, paralysis, etc), or a reading disability such as dyslexia that is physically based.

Of course patrons with print disabilities can still use the wonderful National Library Service (professionally-narrated audio books, magazines, and players delivered to the patron's door free through the mail, web download, or mobile app).

They can now also take advantage of Bookshare: an online database of accessible e-books that will read themselves aloud with the computer or mobile device's voice, while highlighting enlargeable text onscreen. There is no wait or hold queue and patrons can request titles to be added.

Bookshare usually charges a fee for non-students, but the new partnership makes it free to all NYPL library card holders.

If you live, work, or pay taxes in the State, you can get an NYPL library card without having to come into a branch.

Once you have an activated card, call 917-ask-nypl to get the free Bookshare promo code.

Possibly helpful are these very short videos about understanding print disabilities and Bookshare:

More information about what is offered and how to sign up is available at nypl.org/printdisabilities. Questions on the details of using Bookshare can go to their help center at www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center.
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December 2015 Titles

Posted: November 20, 2015

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Nonfiction




Fiction




Christmas Stories


Explore and enjoy these recent or forthcoming holiday titles...

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November 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Svetlana Alexievich. "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time" (source)

For more about the author, her writings, and the Nobel Prize:
Additional News Coverage:
You can also follow this link to browse books by Svetlana Alexievich ["Aleksievich"] in our local library system (RCLS).

See also:
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New U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera is our latest United States Poet Laureate. He is "the first Hispanic American to be named" to this position (source).

Herrera previously served as California's state Poet Laureate. His appointment follows recent Poets Laureate Charles Wright (2014-2015) and Natasha Trethewey (2012-2014).

You can read about Herrera's appointment in the Library of Congress's press release.

The Library of Congress also provides an online guide to Juan Felipe Herrera and his works.

For further exploration:
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October 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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September 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in September. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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August 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in August. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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July 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in July. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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June 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in June. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


May 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in May. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted: April 20, 2015

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes for "Letters, Drama, and Music" have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners and finalists (for Fiction, History, Biography, Nonfiction, and Poetry) in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama
Music
For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


April 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in April. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


March 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in March. Please use the links below to place your holds now.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


February 2015 Titles

The following books are due out in February. Please use the links below to search the library catalog and to place requests as items become available.

Nonfiction




Fiction

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The Best Books of 2014

The following fiction and nonfiction titles (adapted from lists provided by EarlyWord.com) have been selected by three or more book review journals as being among the "best books" published in 2014.

Locate books in the library catalog by clicking their title. You can also follow author links to explore potential other works available by each author.

You can also browse this list visually via this link.


Best Fiction of 2014




Best Nonfiction of 2014


Additional "best of 2014" reading lists can be found in the Book Lists section of our online guide for Booklovers.
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January 2015 Titles

Posted: December 22, 2014

The following books are due out in January. Please use the links below to search the library catalog and to place requests as items become available.

Nonfiction




Fiction

Comments? or Questions?


December 2014 Titles

Posted: November 18, 2014

The following books are due out in December. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Nonfiction




Fiction




Christmas Stories

Comments? or Questions?


November 2014 Titles

Posted: October 27, 2014

The following books are due out in November. Please use the links below to search the catalog and place your requests now.

Fiction




Nonfiction

Comments? or Questions?


2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

Posted: October 10, 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Patrick Modiano, a French author, "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

Please click here to read the official award announcement at NobelPrize.org.

To learn more about Patrick Modiano and his writings, please see these links:

See also our other posts on the 2014 Nobel Prizes in...
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October 2014 Titles

Posted: September 23, 2014

The following books are due out in October. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Fiction




Nonfiction

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September 2014 Titles

Posted: August 21, 2014

The following titles due out in September are sure to be popular. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Fiction





Nonfiction

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August 2014 Titles

Posted: July 22, 2014

The following titles due out in August are sure to be popular. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Nonfiction
Fiction
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New U.S. Poet Laureate

Posted: June 30, 2014

From the The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress:

"Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Charles Wright to serve as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will follow Natasha Trethewey, who served two terms in the position, and give an opening reading at the Library on September 25th."


You can browse books by Charles Wright available in the library system through this link.

For further exploration...
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July 2014 Titles

Posted: June 24, 2014

The following titles due out in July are sure to be popular. Please use the links below to place your requests now.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


June 2014 Titles

Posted: May 19, 2014

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


May 2014 Titles

Posted: April 24, 2014

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Posted: April 17, 2014

The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes for "Letters, Drama, and Music" have been announced!

You can click any of the links below to explore this year's winners and finalists (for Fiction, History, Biography, Nonfiction, and Poetry) in the library system catalog:


Fiction
History
Biography & Autobiographies
Poetry
General Nonfiction
Drama
Music
For more winning books and authors...
Comments? or Questions?


April 2014 Titles

Posted: March 27, 2014

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


March 2014 Titles

Posted: February 28, 2014

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


February 2014 Titles

Posted: January 28, 2014

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
Comments? or Questions?


January 2014 Titles

Posted: December 23, 2013

Please use the links below to place your requests for these upcoming titles.

Nonfiction
Fiction
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