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Past Book Lists

Need to have a list of books already taken out so we don't have to say I had this or I have seen this before.

Libraries don't keep backlists of your book in order to protect your privacy. Under the Patriot Act, any such saved list would have to be given to the police when requested. We apologize for the resulting inconvience.

Copy Machine Table

Please place a table next to the copier. Your older machine had a shelf to hold paper. Thank you.

The copier machine is currently in a temporary location. When our construction has finished, it will be moved to a more accessible area with more room to spread out.

Shelf Height

Placement of audio cassette shelve too high and too low for senior sto see- very difficult to locate cassettes.

New Book shelves- too high for seniors to see or reach. Step stools too dangerous to use safely.

The main issue with our shelving is space. While we try to provide our materials in the most convient way possible, its difficult to contain a comprehensive collection in our existing space without using vertical real estate. With that in mind, we do our best to keep the collections fresh and free of titles that cause clutter. Whenever possible we don't utilize the top and bottom shelves.

Upcoming Events

Put the winter blues behind you and escape your cabin fever by coming to the library for some fascinating programming.  Ever heard of Etsy? It’s an online marketplace where artisans and crafters of all kinds sell their wares. Join us on Thursday, March 13 at 7PM and learn how you can set up your own Etsy shop.  

Leave New York behind and escape to the Andes with Professor Emeritus Barry Kass, who will take you to the mountains of Peru with photo lecture on Monday, March 17 at 2PM. You can also stay local on Wednesday, March 19 at 2PM  by hearing an update on the Tappan Zee Bridge project or on Sunday, March 25 at 2PM when students, administrator and community activists delve into the divisive situation in the East Ramapo school district.  

If your health has suffered from a winter spent locked away, then come over on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:30 PM for the Stay Fit Seniors presentation or stop by on Wednesday, March 26 at 1PM for an up-to-date talk on nutrition by Alice Kaufman.

Website Updates

y'all need to update website more regularly. You have same quote of the month (been there since at least December) and you still mention "The library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for President's Day."- that
was a week ago! come on!

Thank you for pointing out the President's Day listing. It has now been removed. We strive to make our website a lively and active place with regular blogging from many of our librarians and up-to-date listings of our upcoming events. Please check back regularly over the next few months for updates on our ongoing construction.

Library Financial Audit 2013

Annual President's Report for 2014

It is a pleasure to present to you this report on the New City Library’s past year’s activities and successes.

After a problematic and public search process to replace the previous library director, the New City Library hired Mitch Freedman, in May 2013 by the unanimous vote of the eight trustees in attendance.

 In addition, three other hires were approved by the Board in 2013: James Collins was hired as the Business Manager replacing Ellen Ellis; Veronica Reynolds, a member of the reference staff, was promoted to Coordinator of Community Relations replacing Sally Pellegrini; and, Brian Clay Jennings was hired as a reference librarian II to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Ms. Reynolds.  Additionally, Shibu Abraham was hired as the bookkeeper to replace Rita Filgate.  All of these appointments have strengthened the Library.  We are especially pleased that all full-time positions are filled. 

Please click 'Read More' below for the rest of the report.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

 1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

Click Read More below for the rest of the report.   

Director's Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 1PM unless otherwise noted. Each movie is selected by Mitch Freedman, Director of the New City Library.

Upcoming Films:

August 28:  L.A. is My Lady recording session. 120 minutes.

September 4:  The Girl of Your Dreams 

In 1938 Spain, a civil war is raging. Against this background, General Franco and Adolph Hitler are working
on developing a harmonious relationship. To encourage this, a Spanish film crew is invited to Nazi Germany
to make two versions of a popular Andalusian musical. Starring Penelope Cruz. 1998. Rated R. Spanish and
German with English subtitles. 121 minutes.

September 11: The Dream Team

Nativity Scene

Would you please take down the nativity scene in A/V.  It is very offensive to an atheist.  Every belief or non-belief should be represented equally or not at all.  Thank you.

Director's Response: The nativity scene was permitted in the A/V area in response to there having been a menorah that celebrated Chanukah.  In the interest of fairness, I consented to the Nativity scene being represented in the same location. 

I will recommend to the Board of Trustees for its January 16, 2014, meeting that the library adopt a policy of there being NO representation of religious observances in the New City Library.  This recommendation is consistent with your proposed alternative that there be “[none] at all.”

My recommendation will not pertain to the holidays of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  Although both holidays had religious-based origins they are both celebrated as lay-holidays—the former, honoring love, and the latter honoring the Irish people.

 

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