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Top Ten Most-Checked Out Books

The New York Public Library turns 125 this year. In order to celebrate their anniversary, the library has decided to find out the most checked out books that have accumulated over the years. Here are their top ten books.


  1. The Snowy Day (485,583 checkouts)

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Capturing the first snowball, The Snowy Day is a compelling story that has become a favorite of millions. It attempts to reveal the wonder of a child at a new world, capturing the hope and keeping that wonder forever.


  1. The Cat in the Hat (469,650 checkouts)

Image Via Amazon

Sally and her brother are stuck in the house on a rainy day with nothing to do. A giant cat in a hat shows up at their front door, hoping to turn their frowns upside down by giving them an exciting day.



  1. 1984 (441,770 checkouts)

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As a reading that is required for students to read, it is the most terrifying novels written. Published in 1949, Orwell was able to show his vision of a bureaucratic world, where everyone and everything is under the supervision of Big Brother. Disobey the law and cease to exist.


  1. Where the Wild Things Are (436,016 checkouts)
Image Via Amazon

Max is sent to be one night without anything to eat after he caused some mischief in his world suit. That night, a forest grows in his room and an ocean opens with a boat to take Max to where the wild things are.



  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (422,912 checkouts)

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Rising to success in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird allows readers to dive into what makes up human behavior. It helps to gain a better understanding of life stages from, as the blurb states, “innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.”


  1. Charlotte’s Web (337,948 checkouts)

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This beloved book tells a tale of Charlotte’s feelings for a little pig named Wilbur. Both Wilbur and Charlotte express their love for a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born. This novel involves, as the blurb states, “friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.”



  1. Fahrenheit 451 (316,404 checkouts)

Image Via Amazon

Guy Montag is a fireman, whose job is to make sure that most of the illegal commodities, like that of books, are destroyed. If anyone tried to conceal these books, then their homes would also be destroyed. Montag has never questioned about the world he lived in, that is before he met Clarisse, who introduces him to a world that isn’t controlled by television.


  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People (284,524 checkouts)

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Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been a timeless bestseller as it has given advice to millions on how to make people’s lives more successful. Carnegie’s principles help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential in this age of competition.



  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (231,022 checkouts)

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Harry Potter is one of the most classic tales of all time. Left with his relatives to care for him after the murder of his parents, Harry is forced to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. His life changes when he receives a letter of who he truly is, a wizard. Rescued by a mysterious visitor, Harry begins his journey at his new home, Hogwarts.


  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (189,550 checkouts)

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On a sunny Sunday, a caterpillar hatched out of a tiny egg. He was so hungry that on Monday he at through one apple. Tuesday, he ate through three plums, but it still wasn’t enough. Once he was full, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep for several weeks, only to wake up as a beautiful butterfly.


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New York Public Library Excited About 2 New Children’s Books Set There!

NYPL is always a big treasure for any book-lovers, and of course, you Bookstrs! Besides its volcano-like collections of books, its half-palace-half-maze building has attracted our attention for a long time. Now, there’re two books about library adventures are making the dreams of sleep-over-at-NYPL come true! 



As NYPL’s Instagram account celebrates:





The two are Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude and The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book. No matter if you’re children or adults, you much check them out! What follows are short intro of the books from Amazon.



Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude

Written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Steve Lewis



Image via Macmillan Publishers



Steadfast Fortitude and curious Patience are waiting every morning to greet visitors of the Library.

That is until, one early morning, when Fortitude finds Patience is missing. The city is about to awake, and the lions absolutely must be in their places before the sun rises. Now, Fortitude must abandon his own post to find his best friend in the Library’s labyrinthine halls.



The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book

Written by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno



Image via The New York Public Library Shop – NYPL


Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library. She knows every room by heart, except the ones her father keeps locked. When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted, new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her. So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank, roping her older brothers and best friend Eva to help out.

But what begins as a joke quickly gets out of hand, and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries: Is the Library truly haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? It’s up to Viviani, Eva, and Merit (reluctantly) to find out.



No matter if it is a lion statue looking for his missing partner in the library before the sunrise, or a brave young girl with her friends exploring the haunted library, the newly published two books make me happy and curious about NYPL! I’ll definitely go check them out after work and you, Booktrs, should do that too 🙂




Featured Image via NYPL’s IG


InstaNovels: The New York Public Library Is Bringing Classic Tales to Your Instagram Stories

This must be one of the most brilliant ideas of the last decade. ❤ ❤ ❤


According to Electric Literature, New York Public Library is redefining what a “story” is by making the Instagram stories more “readable” and “storytelling” which a service is called “InstaNovels.” Unlike the common usage of Instagram stories (people sharing their daily lives, dogs, birthdays, selfies, you name it), InstaNovels will bring classic literature to your Instagram stories. From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, to The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, you will start being able to read these classics on Instagram!


What make them surprisingly accessible is that each classic is GIF-illustrated by well-known artists: Magoz (@magoz) for Alice, Buck (@buck_design) for Wallpaper, and César Pelizer (@cesarpelizer) for Metamorphosis.




Image via electricliterature


From August 22nd, on NYPL’s IG account literature-lovers can check these stories out. Entering the story, first you will see the creative GIF illustration as the book cover; then, you tip the screen as you usually do to get to the next story where the content of the book is; after that, you are officially into the story.


Electric Literature suggests that the font, colors, and design elements of the story are optimized for a better reading experience: a beige background is good for eyes; the Georgia typeface makes the long text reading easier; on the right bottom there’s a place “Thumb here” by which you pause the page and read the text. One cute thing is: with the pages turned further, the “Thumb here” will gradually become a blue tiny cyclops! 




Image via electricliterature



Image via NYPL



Image via NYPL



InstaNovels is actually an add-on idea to the original philosophy of Instagram’s story function. Corinna Falusi, the chief creative officer in Mother, the creative agency of this program, said in a press release:


Instagram unknowingly created the perfect bookshelf for this new kind of online novel. From the way you turn the pages, to where you rest your thumb while reading, the experience is already unmistakably like reading a paperback novel…We have to promote the value of reading, especially with today’s threats to American system of education.





Don’t you think this is a fantastically fabulous form of reading classic literature? While writing this article, I checked InstaNovel and was totally amazed by its cute story interface and creative core value. Go check it out and you’ll feel less guilty when you squander hours scrolling through Instagram “stories.”



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