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Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker?  Are you buying a new car?  If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay? 
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home.  You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there.  However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes.  In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.

New Mysteries November 2014

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One of the most common questions we librarians get concerns what kind of ___________do I buy?  Just fill in the blank, mattress, toaster oven, laptop, washing machine, etc.  When faced with making a purchase, most people want to spend their hard-earned money on the right product.  The best way to make a wise decision is to arm yourself with the proper research.  Most people know and trust Consumer Reports and ask for it by name, and you can access it by using our on-line subscription or Ebsco Masterfile Premier’s on-line database.

New Mysteries October 2014

Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Dick Francis’ Damage by Felix Francis
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Proof Positive by Archer Mayor
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Death of a Crabby Cook by Penny Pike
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
Low Road by A.D. Scott
Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart
Deadline by John Sandford
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century edited by Otto Penzler
Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam
Bitter Remedy by Conor Fitzgerald
Nine Days by Minerva Koenig
Angel Killers by Andrew Mayne
Stirring the Pot by Daryl Wood Gerber
Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
Murder Man by Tony Parsons
Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott

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Does this picture bring back memories? Former students may remember our rows and rows of infamous “brown books”, weary looking tomes that contained Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC), and Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC).  Students didn’t particularly like using these series, because, in most cases, they reprinted partial essays and critiques.  Some of the more demanding Clarkstown teachers insisted that the students have access to the entire essay.  Pre-internet days, this was very difficult for our small public library to find. The books also looked unappealing, and even I preferred other sources, although the content was excellent.  Another problem is that students, who were without a dime for the photocopier, or who were malicious, would remove the much wanted pages, leaving the rest of the students bereft.  Missing pages are no longer a problem with on-line sources, and we happily got to say goodbye to those cumbersome and space consuming books when we switched to the e-book version.

New Mysteries September 2014

King of Weeds by Mickey Spillane
Reckoning by Rennie Airth
Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland
Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller
Ghost Month by Ed Lin
Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
Day of Vengeance by Jeanne M. Dams
Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
Devil Takes Half by Leta Serafim
Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey
Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson
Grave Doubts by Elizabeth Corley
Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Lewis Man by Peter May
Button Man by Mark Pryor
Spring Tide by Cilla Borjlind
Blood on the Water by Anne Perry

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Just in time for school, I am delighted to introduce our new database Bloom's Literature, but you don't have to be a student to love it.  Anyone who has an interest in literature will find much to explore on this wonderful resource.  Containing more than 20,000 critical essays from journals and books, you will also find more than 13,000 biographies, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

New Mysteries August 2014

Guilty Parties, edited by Martin Edwards
Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley
Enemies at Home by Lydia Davis
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
Objects of Her Affection by Sonya Cobb
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
I Can See in the Dark by Karin Fossum
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger
Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Clam Wake by Mary Daheim

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Access Video on Demand is one of the most exciting databases we have ever had.  Unlike our more traditional databases, it doesn’t have text, but has video! So, rather than read information in the form of articles or e-books, you can watch actual films. Enjoy over 13,000 films, and 207,000 segments of free streaming video. Access Video on Demand and Archival Films feature eight comprehensive collections including films by such greats as Ken Burns, NOVA, Bill Moyers, National Geographic.

You can watch independent full-length films, archival films and newsreels, travelogues, plays, cooking shows, news programs, instructional videos on mathematics or career planning, and the list goes on and on. When you search by subject, and you will get a list of videos that pertain to it. You can even save them on your own playlist and watch them at a later time. I guarantee you will find something fascinating in this database.  Just explore it by subject and you will spend hours moving from one mesmerizing video to another.

New Mysteries July 2014

Possibility of Violence by D.A. Mishani
Night Searchers by Marcia Muller
Strangers by Bill Pronzini
Margery Allingham's Albert Campion Returns in Mr. Campion's Farewell by Mike Ripley
Identity by Ingrid Thoft
Denial of Murder by Peter Turnbull
Eyes on You by Kate White
Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie
Sorrow Bound by David Mark
All the Things You Are by Declan Hughes
Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber
Shots Fired by C.J. Box
Competition by Marcia Clark
Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley
No Stone Unturned by James W. Ziskin
Engaged in Murder by Nancy J. Parra
Rest Assured by J.M. Gregson
Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

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