The Librarian Is In

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


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Reading Us the (Book) Riot Act: Ep. 15

Amanda Nelson, managing editor of Book Riot and host of BR’s own book recommendation podcast, joins Frank and Gwen to discuss book recommendations. (What else?) Find show notes and more at

Take Me Back to Manhattan: Ep. 14

Frank and Gwen keep it local this week, from a fashion show at Jefferson Market and Open Book Night with Mid-Manhattan’s Elizabeth Waters to a great read about the city’s Chintz Age and a karaoke trip around Broadway.

Dame Margaret Comes to Town: Ep. 13

Margaret H. Willison, a.k.a. The Coolest Funniest Pop-Culture-iest Librarian Ever, joins Gwen and Frank this week for the ultimate high/low-culture episode.

Closer to Fine: Ep. 12

Along with Susen Shi from Mid-Manhattan Library, Frank and Gwen reveal their librarianship origin stories on this week’s episode. Plus: Self-help books, plays in print, and the legacy of the Indigo Girls. Learn more:

Raspberry Berets: Ep. 11

Frank and Gwen turn the tables on NYPL’s Jessica Strand this week, interviewing the host of Books at Noon about the coolest authors she’s ever interviewed herself. Plus: Prince’s book-related legacy and Frank’s best Carson impression.

Bros, Shakespeare, & Nudity… Not All at the Same Time: Ep. 10

Doug Reside from NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts joins Gwen and Frank to talk about the Bard and the Great White Way. He even raps a teeny tiny bit from Hamilton.

What, Wait, What Happened!? Ep. 9 (Bonus Episode!)

Gwen and Frank discuss books that defy description and throw reality for a loop. Longtime residents of Harlem, Greenwich Village, the Bronx, and more get shout-outs in an interview with NYPL’s Alex Kelly about the Library’s oral history projects. Plus, T

Grace Jones and Spelling Bees: Ep. 8

Who’s ready to relive some traumatic moments from childhood?! We go toe-to-toe with the winner of the tri-library spelling bee: NYPL’s very own Rob Kelley. Also! After taping Rob discovered that both ‘pimiento’ and ‘pimento’ are acceptable ways to spell

All the Feels: Ep. 7

Earnestness sets in when Singing Children’s Librarian Emily Lazio joins us to talk about courage and encouragement, children’s classics, and a cool new trend in picture books. Music by Podington Bear: “All Hot Lights” & “Ideas”

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