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Technology moves faster than a superhero.  I heard a quote the other day “that technology used to change every one to two years, now its one to two days”!  How can one keep up with this impossibly quick pace?  No sooner have you mastered Word 2010, here comes Word 2013, which is significantly different from its earlier incarnation.  Innovations are being implemented every day, and it seems there is no way to keep up.

How can we help?  Then library staff offers wildly popular computer and device classes, but there are never enough of them.  Stymied by a lack of a dedicated computer lab, we have cobbled together a de facto computer lab in the conference room using eight laptops.  Thanks must certainly go to our patient and brilliant librarians, Veronica Reynolds and Brian Jennings who teach these classes, despite other pressing responsibilities (Head of Community Relations and Local History Librarian, respectively).

New Mysteries May 2015

Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green
Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman
GBH by Ted Lewis
Good way to go by Peter Helton
Dead to the World by Susan Rogers Cooper
Gathering Prey by John Sandford
Devil's Making by Sean Haldane
Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs
Neighing With Fire by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Pattern of Betrayal by Mae Fox
See Also Murders by Larry D. Sweazy
All the Wrong Places by Lisa Lieberman
June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady
Death wears a Beauty Mask by Mary Higgins Clark

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Remember the Rolodex? If you're no longer in the first flush of youth, you probably do.  It was a handy little tool for keeping track of what you needed to know, such as contact information, handy facts (e.g. the longitude and latitude of New City) and other things you needed to have at your finger tips. Of course, it was a useful little place for librarians to jot down and keep those important bits and pieces of miscellanea for ourselves and our colleagues.  Naturally, it had to be updated for currency.  One year, due to my neat handwriting, I was chosen for this important task.  While New City remains at the same location, other information had to be checked to make sure it was still correct.  I regret to say that I never finished my task and that was partly due to the arrival of the Internet.

New Mysteries April 2015

Bone Hollow by Bill Braine
Fox is Framed by Lachlan Smith
The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly
Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett
Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland
Falling in Love by Donna Leon
Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
Pride v. Prejudice by Joan Hess
Slated for Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

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Many of you savvy investors out there are familiar with Value Line, but how many of you are aware how it began?   Did you know that the real bottom dropped out of the stock market, not in the intial crash of 1929, but in 1932, when stocks were worth only 10% of their pre-crash value?  A young employee of Moody's at the time, was horrifed that his mother's entire nest egg was wipedout, and soon he was out of a job. Noting that there was no system for rating stocks, he decided to work on his theory of value line rating. This young man, Arnold Bernhard, decided to "find and disclose a standard of normal value which would so enlighten the investing public that the extremes of 1929 and 1932 could never again be repeated."  Thus, Value Line was born. Value Line is available through our database page, and has proved immensely popular with our patrons.  It is easy to use and includes all the great features, and more, that has made Value Line the gold standard for today's investors.

New Mysteries March 2015

Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates
Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Plague Land by S.D. Sykes
Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Phantom Angel by David Handler
Chessman by Peter May
Lies That Bind by Maggie Barbieri
Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
Endangered by C.J. Box
Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

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This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.

New Mysteries February 2015

A Necessary End by J.M. Gregson
Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Reckoning by James Patrick Hunt
Swimming in the Shadows by Diane Janes
Serpents in the Cold by Thomas O'Malley
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
kings of London by William Shaw

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Last summer, the dreaded Ebola virus was featured heavily in the news. Everyone was worried about the spread of this disease and the alarming death rate in Africa. How did it compare to the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe?  What would have it been like to be a victim of that plague that decimated the population of Europe by more than a third? The prescribed remedies suggested at the time were designed to get rid of bad odors which they believed carried diseases.  Unfortunately, this medieval aromatherapy, while probably not doing much harm, didn't do any good. Medicine has come a very long way since then, and we can be thankful to live in these times, as the database Daily Life Through History proves.

New Mysteries January 2015

The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
Down on Cyprus Avenue by Paul Charles
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister
Brewer of Preston Andrea Camilleri
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Body Snatchers Affair by Marcia Muller
Martini Shot by George Pelecanos
Witch Hunter's Tale by Sam Thomas
A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

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