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MY FUNNY VALENTINE

The color red is popping up everywhere.  Chocolatiers and florists are stocking up on heart-shaped boxes and long-stemmed red roses.  Stores are cramming their shelves full of foil hearts and teddies.  Greeting card store owners are rubbing their hands together with glee.  Yes, the Big Holiday approaches... V-Day

As a romance blogger facing my first Valentine's Day posting, I've been feeling the pressure.  Love or hate the holiday, everyone will have romance on their minds to some extent-- what to write?  Then it occurred to me: I'm not the only one stressing about this holiday.  Lonely hearts (or perfectly content singles) have the strain of being solo on a holiday for couples.  Couples are under pressure to be romantic on demand (and since when does Cupid ever stick to a schedule?).  I scanned my shelves.  Could there be an antidote for all this stress? 

TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER

The answer to the Trivia Question of January 21 is Lady Smuggler, Molly Sneden. Molly and her husband came to Rockland around 1745, and to support his living as a farmer, Molly operated a ferry service across the river to Dobbs Ferry. Their first home, portions of which date back to 1719, was a stone house near the river. During the Revolution, the Snedens sided with the British and refused to sign the Orangetown Resolutions. For this, they were forbidden to operate the ferry or any other boat on the river. Molly continued to ferry British soldiers across.

Audiobooks Fiction February 2010

BCD Bloom
     Where the God of Love Hangs Out
by Amy Bloom.  Read by Susan Ericksen.  6 discs.  7+ hours.
     “Bloom returns to the form that made her famous, the short story…Bloom's stories are emotionally precise, mordantly funny, and beautifully distilled.”
     Booklist 12/1/09

BCD Bond
     Shadows of War
by Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice.  Read by Luke Daniels. 
13 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Brockmann
     Kiss and Tell
by Suzanne Brockmann.  Read by Susan Boyce.  5 discs.  5+ hours.

Coming Soon...Innovations in Customer Service

Exciting times are ahead for the Circulation Department and our customers upon completion of the lobby and circulation desk renovation project in February. We will be able to offer a variety of new services that are convenient, ensure privacy and minimize the time you spend checking out.  We invite you to try our new self-service checkout machines located at the desk.  Staff will be available to guide you through the process.  Hold books will be within easy reach, find your reserve(s) then use express checkout out or a staffed station.

New DVD Releases For January 26th

We have five new DVD releases for Tuesday, January 26th. They are:

Bright Star

In the Loop (BBC Films)

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Saw VI

Surrogates (Bruce Willis)

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.

ROCKLAND TRIVIA

British sympathizers in Rockland during the American Revolution were not uncommon and one of the more famous was a woman.  Her family ran a ferry and under this disguise, she smuggled British soldiers across the Hudson River. One of the  tales has her hiding a British soldier in a large chest and setting large pots of cream on top of it. Later, the soldier's pursuers arrived to search the premises. She offered them milk but cautioned not to move the cream jugs as they needed to "turn". After dark, she successfully ferried the soldier across the river.

Who is this person?

New DVD Releases for January 19th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, January 19th.  They are

Breaking Point (Tom Berenger)

Gamer (Gerard Butler)

Invention of Lying (Jennifer Garner)

Pandorum (Dennis Quaid) - Horror Genre

Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball


NEW ROMANCE FICTION FOR JANUARY 2010

In paperback:

Scorched by Sharon Ashwood (2, The Dark Forgotten) C, S, M
A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh (6, Dark Angel) H, M
Then Comes Baby by Helen Brenna (3, Harlequin SuperRomance: An Island to Remember) C
Finding the Lost by Shannon K. Butcher (2, Sentinel Wars) C, S
Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell H
Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke (4, Dragonfire) C, F, S
Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig (3, Divorced, Desperate) C
It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale C
Seducing the Heiress by Olivia Drake (1, An Heiress in London) H
The Care and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch H

NEW SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR JANUARY 2010

New to our shelves:

Year of the Horse by Justin Allen F, H
Mariposa by Greg Bear (2, Quantico) SF
A Case of Conscience by James Blish SF
Elegy Beach: A Book of Change by Steven R. Boyett (2, Ariel) F
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher (6, Codex Alera) F
Isis by Douglas Clegg H
The Gates by John Connolly F, H
Puttering about in a Small Land by Philip K. Dick SF
The Variable Man and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick (1, The Early Work of Philip K. Dick) SF
Makers by Cory Doctorow SF
This Crooked Way by James Enge (2, Morlock Ambrosius) SF

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