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Nook eReaders Recharged

We've freshened up the content of our adult eReaders with dozens of current titles from The New York Times Bestseller lists as well as some favorite classics.  And now you can reserve them in our online catalog or at the reference desk.  Take a look at the selection of fiction, nonfiction and classics.  You're sure to find something to suit your reading tastes.

Our eReaders are perfect for travel, great for weekend read-a-thons brought on by wintry weather, and a godsend for those of us struggling with small print.  Drop by the reference desk soon and check one out.  Or go straight to the catalog and reserve one now.  eReaders are available for New City and West Nyack patrons.  See the entire lending policy here.

New quiet area

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.  ~ Sir Richard Steele, Irish politician and author, 1672-1729.

The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey of library services for their Internet and American Life Project. One question asked of a sampling of Americans was, "What services and programs do you find very important for libraries to offer?"  When we examine the answers, we find that the New City Library scores pretty well with fulfilling these wishes.  Librarians?  Check! Books?  Check!  Free access to computers and the internet?  Check!

Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2013 newsletter is out!  Hard copies are available at the library, and you can also access it online here.  We're using a different email manager to distribute the newsletter now, so if you have not received yours, please be sure to sign up for future mailings.  As always, any questions, please call the reference desk at x125 or x126.

Updated Mobile App for Overdrive

Overdrive Media Console, the app that enables you to check out our e-books, has been updated to v2.6.5.  Due to a change in Apple's privacy policies, iOS users will be asked to re-authorize with their Adobe ID.  After you have updated the app, you will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID and password.  Android users are not affected by this update.  Any questions, please call the reference desk at x125 or x126. 

With a little help from our Friends....

Have you noticed those new blue and white road signs directing drivers to the New City Library?  Thanks to the FRIENDS of the New City Library, annual membership dues offset the cost of purchasing the seven directional signs placed at key intersections throughout Clarkstown.

Please help FRIENDS with other projects on the Library's wish list and join us today or renew your membership.  Applications are available at the Library and there are several membership levels to select from.

Catalog upgrade today

Enterprise, the patron side of the library catalog, will be undergoing an upgrade starting at 6am today.  It will be unavailable until approximately 10am.  Thank you for your patience during this necessary improvement.

Catalog upgrade complete

Enterprise, the public library catalog, has been upgraded.  Some of the improvements you will notice:  a pickup by date for holds will be displayed; holds can now be easily unsuspended; active holds (meaning they are already on the shelf waiting to be picked up) can be cancelled online; and, with a switch to a server with more resources, greater stability with less crashes.   If you use the Firefox browser and the catalog is not displaying correctly, please clear your cache by going to Tools->Options and click on the Privacy tab. Clink on the link that says "Clear your recent history" and only have Cache checked. Set Time range to Everything and click OK.

As always, if you need assistance, please stop by the adult reference desk or give us a call at 634-4997 x 125 or x126.  Or text us at 265-010; type newcityref: and your question.  We're here to help!

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Keep current with library programs by following us on Twitter.  For daily tweets about adult programs, follow us @ncladult.  For kids' programs, follow @nclchildren.

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!

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