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The Librarian Is In


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

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.








Wilkommen! The Librarian Is In!

Wilkommen! Join Frank and Rhonda this week for a little bit of musical theater and their personal book picks. Don't forget to get a copy of next week's Book Club pick - The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson!


May Book Club: Train Dreams: The Librarian Is In, Ep 163

Happy May! This week is Frank and Rhonda check in with each other, as we pass the 1 month mark of podcasting while social distancing. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. It's hard not to feel a little bit of cabin fever, especially as the weather warms. Do you find yourself dreaming of getting away? Get away for a bit with Rhonda and Frank as they discuss this month's pick from the NYPL's 125 Books We Love List, Denis Johnson's Train Dreams.


How Y'all Doin?

Hello fellow social distancing book enthusiasts! How y'all doing? Does anyone know what day it is? What week? Is it still March? We hope everyone is staying safe and finding ways to stay sane as we navigate this unique and scary time together. Escape with us for a bit while Frank and Rhonda discuss how they've been holding up and the importance of structure during this time. This week our hosts share what they've been reading while staying at home.


Book Club: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 161

Hey all, happy April! Thanks for joining us again for another episode of The Librarian Is In! This week Frank and Rhonda are discussing A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor from the NYPL's 125 Books We Love List to read and discuss. We hope you had the chance to read along, too.


The Librarian Is (Hanging) In (There)

Frank and Rhonda practice social distancing together (but separately!) to discuss the books they've read this week. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Settle in for a bit and listen to your favorite librarians discuss what they like to read (and listen to!) when they're stuck at home!


Machines Like Me? Monsters Like You!

Frank and Rhonda discuss their non-125 list book picks this week!


Giovanni's Room - February Book Club

Hi all! Thanks for joining us. This week is our inaugural book club episode! As they mentioned last episode, Frank and Rhonda picked Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin off the NYPL's 125 Books We Love list to read and discuss. We hope you had the chance to read along too. So without further ado - click "play" and be transported to 1950s Paris...



Didja miss us?! We missed you too! Thanks for joining us on the new season of The Librarian Is In. Our good pal Frank joins us again and welcomes our new co-host Rhonda Evans. Longtime listeners will remember Rhonda from her guest appearance on a previous episode! Rhonda shares with Frank some of her librarian background, favorite genres to read, and information about which branch she currently works, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Frank and Rhonda also discuss their...


Walk the Windswept Moors

For the last episode of 2019, Gwen surprises Frank by reading one of his all time favorite books, Frank delves into the world of Trust Exercise and Gwen shares a personal announcement. Stay warm on those windswept moors everybody, and we'll see you in 2020!


Wallow with Me

Come stare moodily out a lonely window with us! Frank falls into a book trance after reading a French novel with a double meaning in its title, and Gwen unpacks a heartbreaker about a woman who leaves Jamaica for Brooklyn.


Frozen Solid: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 154

Frank is feeling all the feelings about a book of experimental prose poetry, Gwen is charmed by a semi-autobiographical YA story, and everyone has "Let It Go" stuck in their heads now. You're welcome!


When Pushkin Comes to Shove

Frank reads 19th-century Russian verse out loud for a solid two minutes. What more could you want in this world? Plus: Ben Platt, call us. Maybe.


Anita Brookner and Dorothy Parker Walk into a Bar...

Your hosts wax rhapsodic about two of their mainstay favorite authors. Plus: Gwen takes "cozy intellectual" suggestions from a listener's email and Frank discovers a YouTube celebrity crush.


Cuckoo for Overdue

Third time's the charm! Gwen and Frank join the fine folks from the Overdue podcast to discuss Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.


Cozy Intellectualism and/or Baby Marginalia

We all love libraries, but what books do you just NEED to own? Frank coins a new genre, Gwen falls for a book about mistakes, and they both share some deep thoughts about the oxford comma. This Week’s Books: The Grammarians by Cathleen Shine The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames Dreyer's English : An Utterly correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer


Life-Changing Lessons

Book synergy abounds with two titles that explore the sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes supernatural relationship between parents and children. Plus, a listener question about "leisure reading" proves to be more complicated than it first seems. Books Discussed: Lanny by Max Porter A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk


Books on the Subway

This week it's Frank and Gwen's turn in the hot seat. They recently joined the Books on the Subway Podcast with Hollie and Rosy for a discussion about all things books and libraries, and we're bringing you that episode this week. Make sure to check them out at


Dragons and Robots

A look at how some libraries reflect the communities they're a part of through their special collections. Plus, Gwen's son weighs in on a children's book with some very un-scary dragons and Frank dives into some mind-bending stories about alternate realities and the nature of consciousness. This weeks titles: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West Exhalation by Ted Chiang


Bunny, I Love You!

Frank and Gwen do a deep dive into their summer reading pick, Mona Awad's new novel, Bunny—a 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] or call 507-NYPL-LIB.


The Dog-Eared Days of Summer

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] or call 507-NYPL-LIB.