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The Librarian Is In

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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Library heaven!!

By future librarian 66 - Aug 08 2019
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Love listening to Gwen and Frank snd their podcast actually inspired me to finally make the plunge and go to library school. Now I just need to work with the two of them!!

Welcome back!

By AmishCountryReader - Jul 09 2019
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So glad you’re coming back with new episodes! Can’t wait to hear my favorite librarians again!

iTunes Ratings

400 Ratings
Average Ratings
362
23
3
5
7

Library heaven!!

By future librarian 66 - Aug 08 2019
Read more
Love listening to Gwen and Frank snd their podcast actually inspired me to finally make the plunge and go to library school. Now I just need to work with the two of them!!

Welcome back!

By AmishCountryReader - Jul 09 2019
Read more
So glad you’re coming back with new episodes! Can’t wait to hear my favorite librarians again!
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The Librarian Is In

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Rank #91 in Arts category

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The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

Rank #1: Bunny, I Love You!

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Frank and Gwen do a deep dive into their summer reading pick, Mona Awad's new novel, Bunnya dark satirical take on female friendship, loneliness, desire, and creative writing MFA programs. Alert: spoilers! tons of 'em! 

Tell us what everybody's talking about in your world of books and libraries! Suggest Hot Topix(TM) by email or voice memo to podcasts[at]nypl.org or call 507-NYPL-LIB.

Aug 08 2019
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: Introducing Ourselves: Ep. 1

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Hello, listeners!  "The Librarian is In" is the New York Public Library's new podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. On this, the very first episode, your hosts Frank and Gwen talk about book shame, their reading origin stories, the glory of Jefferson Market, and why some young people are saying "swell" without irony.  

Dec 23 2015
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #3: The Dog-Eared Days of Summer

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Do you dog-ear? Use bookmarks or sticky notes? Write notes in margins? Or do you—heaven forbid—underline? We delve deep into the ethical implications of leaving your mark on library books. Plus: two new summer reads and one musical cue.

Suggest Hot Topix(TM) or tell us what you think about summer reading!

Email podcasts[at]nypl.org or call 507-NYPL-LIB.

Jul 25 2019
49 mins
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Rank #4: The Great Nancy Pearl

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Frank and Gwen are beyond thrilled to talk to Nancy Pearl, a.k.a. America's Librarian, a.k.a. the guru of readers' advisory, a.k.a. OUR HERO.

Sep 06 2017
39 mins
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Rank #5: Bonus Episode - Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror

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Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and best-selling authors to trace the history of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s classic. This special podcast episode unpacks the genius of Shelley’s novel, its origins and evolution—from the British Romantics to Black Lives Matter—to uncover how it’s helped us better understand ourselves, our humanity, and our future.

Mar 12 2019
53 mins
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Rank #6: How to Pull Yourself Out of a Book Slump

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Gwen and Frank are both struggling to find the perfect book this week — and coming up with some ideas about how to do it. Plus: the glory that is Ilana Glazer.

Nov 01 2017
36 mins
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Rank #7: New Fiction! New Fiction!

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Gwen gets fired up about reading—you guessed it—new fiction this year, while Frank dips into the backlist of a new favorite author. Plus: New Year's resolutions, The Bachelor, and the best short stories of 2018.

Book Recommendations

Best American Short Stories 2018, ed. by Roxane Gay

The Children's Bach by Helen Garner

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Encocylopedia Britannica's quick summary of "Beowulf"—or check out lots of versions of the actual poem from the Library

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Jan 10 2019
46 mins
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Rank #8: The Right Book At The Right Time

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Frank and Gwen tackle two powerful narratives of self-acceptance -- and then take respite in a roller derby comic and a love story.

Aug 17 2017
42 mins
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Rank #9: Never Let Me Go. Seriously, Never.

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Gwen and Frank take a deep, emotional dive into a masterpiece by this year's Nobel Prize winner in Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Get the full list of episodes at www.nypl.org/podcast

Nov 16 2017
44 mins
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Rank #10: Summer Reading Challenge: Greeks vs. Romans!

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For our second Summer Reading Challenge, Gwen and Frank chose a book for each other that they thought they'd love but would never read otherwise. This year, a strange symmetry emerged as they chose oddly complementary books: a novel about the antics of ancient Greek students and a modern-day translation of ancient Roman myths.

Jul 13 2017
43 mins
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Rank #11: Parker, Postman, and Pooh

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A 30-year-old book remains intensely relevant for today's world, Gwen rediscovers Dorothy Parker AND reading Pooh to her pre-schooler and Frank  raps!...(sort of).

Get links to all the books discussed and full list of episodes at nypl.org/podcast, click on The Librarian Is In. 

Aug 09 2017
50 mins
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Rank #12: Harry Potter Meets Jane Eyre

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, Gwen and Frank fall hard for the wise and wonderful Vanessa Zoltan of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast! We talk Harry and Jane, try the spiritual practice of lectio divina, discuss the healing power of romance novels, figure out Frank's Tinder profile... get ready for some serious revelations.

Vanessa's book recs:

Aug 30 2018
51 mins
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Rank #13: Shoutout to the Ex

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New NYPL librarian Jenny Chisnell joins the show to talk artist books, The New York Book Fair, and enough of her extraordinarily varied interests and recommendations that Gwen and Frank are immediately exhausted!

Find links to the books discussed and back episodes at www.nypl.org/podcast.

Oct 05 2017
35 mins
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Rank #14: New Year, New (Reading) You

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Want to broaden your reading horizons this year? Librarian extraordinaire Meredith Mann joins Frank and Gwen to debate the pros and cons of annual reading challenges. Plus: secret database magic, sci-fi written by robots, and our favorite British bakers. Get links to the books discussed in the episode at nypl.org/podcast.

Jan 04 2018
44 mins
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Rank #15: Cloning Clooney, Ep. 2

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We talk about feminist comics, The Golden Girls, squids and snails, intellectualism, and -- yes -- cloning George Clooney. Plus Frank and Gwen are joined by NYPL's very own Jason Baumann. 

Jan 06 2016
53 mins
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Rank #16: Heaven Is a Place on... Another Planet?

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Frank and Gwen traverse the globe and beyond this week, with two dystopian YA books about life on other planets and a memoir about international travel, journalism, and feminism. Plus: Banned Books Week and, yes, Belinda Carlisle.

Sep 28 2017
36 mins
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Rank #17: Scandal!

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Who's up for some dubious morality? We're all about the scandal this week, as Frank and Gwen tackle controversial essays, what makes a "beach read," and, um, porcupines in library book drops.

Jul 06 2017
34 mins
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Rank #18: Hey, Mr. Producer

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Against his better judgment, the producer of the Librarian Is In joins Gwen and Frank to talk books, tattoos, and how the podcast came to be.

Oct 19 2017
35 mins
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Rank #19: Kilts, Cupcakes, and Romance Novels

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Frank and Gwen dive into two very different romance novels with NYPL librarians Annie Lin and Kate Fais.  Plus: a super-clean podcast, a binge-watch-able show, and a gender-bending picture book.

Feb 16 2017
45 mins
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Rank #20: Peyton DisPlaced

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Another crossover episode with our fine friends from the Overdue podcast! Frank and Gwen join Craig and Andrew in Philadelphia to discuss the 1956 novel Peyton Place. Is it a classic? A soap opera? A groundbreaking statement about sexuality? Is it “ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle” — the first line of the book? You decide.

Apr 26 2018
57 mins
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