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eBooks in the Public Library

eBooks and eReaders are exciting technologies that enable you to get your hands on that new bestseller at the speed of light.  You can enlarge the typeface, bookmark your favorite parts, take notes, and also store or access from the cloud thousands of other titles with just one small, portable device.  That’s great!!  And now you’ve found out that your public library has free e-books!  Life doesn’t get any better, does it?

Well, unfortunately, there’s going to be a little rain on this parade.  You see, of the Big Six publishers, only Random House is currently allowing unrestricted sales of their e-titles to public libraries.   And they just raised their prices significantly.  Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan will not sell to public libraries at all.  Penguin recently ceased sales to libraries (and is even considering cutting off access to titles already purchased), and Harper Collins sells their titles with a 26-use licensing restriction. 

Mobile Catalog Debuts

The mobile version of our new Enterprise catalog, BookMyne, is now available for iOS (iPhones, iPads, and iPods)  and Android.  Find the app in iTunes or Android Market.  Please have a look at the User Guides for Android and iOS and take it for a spin!

The New Catalog

The new catalog is throwing us all (staff and customers) a few curves, but as with any large data migration and change in software, these "hiccups" can be expected.   The Ramapo Catskill Library System administrator is updating us frequently on the changes and updates they need to perform in order to make things run smoothly.  You may notice temporary loss of access when they make such changes.

DVD title searching can be done by first searching the title.  On the results page, under Media Type in the left-hand column entitled Limit Search Results, check off Physical Video Media and click on Include.  Give it a moment, and the DVD results will be culled out of the original results.  Using the Advanced Search to do this is a bit problematic right now, so we don't suggest that route. For new releases, use a keyword search such as "debt dvd" for the new release "The Debt."  See comments below for further explanation.

New DVDs December 7

Inception

Lovely Still

MI-5 Volume 7

The Twilight Saga:  Eclipse

Mademoiselle Chambon (France)

Tokyo Story (Japan)

New Text Messaging Service for Holds

Now you can receive a text message when your item on hold is ready for pick up.  Stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up for this handy service today!

New DVD Releases for August 24

Ajami (Foreign)

The Back-up Plan (Jennifer Lopez)

City Island (Andy Garcia)

Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes)

Lost: The Complete Sixth Season

New DVD Releases for July 6

Brooklyn's Finest

Creation

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Foreign; Swedish with English subtitles)

A Single Man

Nonfiction Chronicles: Money Matters

So, January is almost over -- how are your New Year's resolutions holding up?  Right about now we could all use a little help sticking to our plans to reach goals we've set only a few weeks ago. And second only in popularity to the goal of losing weight or quitting smoking must be the objective of getting our financial lives in order.  New City Library has some great resources to assist you if your aim is to set a budget, spend less, save more of your paycheck or invest more prudently.  Check out these titles:

One Year to an Organized  Financial Life:  From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-by-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind by Regina Leeds and Russell Wild.

Nonfiction Chronicles: Marathon Sunday

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Think the New York City Marathon is a grueling test of endurance?  Well, to the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons of Mexico, it’s a walk in the park.  This reclusive tribe of super-runners can go hundreds of miles on desert terrain clad only in thin sandals after an all-night party drinking homemade tequila.   Author McDougall goes on a quest to discover the secrets to their peace-loving, cooperative, and very physical lifestyle by seeking out the mythical Caballo Blanco, an American ex-pat who earned their trust and serves as intermediary.  Using the Tarahumara as a backdrop, McDougall digresses into interesting topics such as the biomechanical superiority of barefoot running, reasons for the decline of U.S. distance running, and how evolutionary evidence points to the fact that the human body was, in fact, built for running.

Nonfiction Chronicles: Sweet Transformations

Ever wonder what it would be like to chuck your job, pull up your roots, and follow your passion? For most of us, that’s not an option. But you can always experience it vicariously by reading biographies. In Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado gives up the fast-paced, stressed-out world of Hollywood (she’s Sandra Bullock’s sister) for the opportunity to pursue her dream of opening a small, country bakery/café in Montpelier, Vermont.   Better not read this one if you’re on a diet, though; every chapter ends with a recipe for a delicious, mouth-watering pastry sure to send you to the kitchen hunting for the butter and sugar.

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