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The Sounds of New York City

I am a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, schooled at the major universities in this city, employed by at that time the most profitable company in the world, and a resident of The Imperial City for almost three decades. There are certain sounds that accompany that part of my life’s journey that have now been stilled. However, the New York Public Library has released an album of those city sounds – Missing Sounds of New York: An Auditory Love Letter to New Yorkers; the last track is entitled “The Not Quite Quiet Library”. Enjoy.

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More Free Children’s Books Online from Audible

Audible has made available for free numerous children’s books in multiple languages.  You can listen to White Fang, The House at Pooh Corner, and Bambi, among others. Access to classic works, fairy tales, and works for older children can also be freely accessed. This offer will last as long as schools are closed.

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For Harry Potter Fans!

The acclaimed audio rendition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read by Stephen Fry in all of its nine+ hours glory, is available for free!

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Books on Baseball History

For those of us eagerly awaiting the postponed start of baseball, perusing some historical works (some over a century old) might pass some time and give insights into how the game was viewed “back in the day”. Some works to peruse include:Base ball: the history, statistics and romance of the American national game from its inception to the present time (1902) [Notice that the term is two words, not one like it is today. That was standard option “back in the day”]; to the 1914 Richter’s history and records of base ball : the American nation’s chief sport. Other works can be found here, here, and here.

I recommend the profusely illustrated Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives (2013).

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Old School Valentine’s Day

From the British Library and its renowned Digitised Manuscripts site comes Be My Valentine, a collection of love letters written c.1500 and bound together in a single volume along with illustrations. The actual manuscript – Petit Livre d’Amour – is found here; other images from various manuscripts can be found here.

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What Is This Year’s Most Popular Halloween Candy?

It is a shocker. Go here to find the answer.

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NFL Media Guides and Rule Books

As the NFL opens its 100th season, here are some relevant links:

NFL Media Guides (containing hundreds of pages) for each team; Official Record and Fact Book and Official Playing Rules.

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