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Genealogical Society Meeting / Presentation on Web Sites Cancelled

The Genealogical Society meeting and presentation on web sites for Genealogist scheduled for Tuesday February 23rd at 7PM has been cancelled.   You can view a list of recommended sites here: Recommended Genealogy Sites 2016. A few of the highights are as follows:

The Missing Budke Tombstone Inscriptions Volume 5
(Digitized by our Friends at the Ridgewood Public Library's Bolger Heritage Center)

HRVH Historical Newspapers
A new interface now and additional Rockland County newspapers.   This site now allows users to correct OCR text.

Friday February 19 is:

Come on in with your families and friends and enjoy our second after-hours Family Fun Night! We begin at 5:30pm and will finish around 7:00pm. There will be prizes for all ages and light refreshments will be provided. Be sure to arrive on time, since the library closes to the public at 6:00pm. Our regular library services won't be available after that time.  Don't worry about getting an admission ticket - we have lots of room left! Hope to see you there!

Better Than Google

While perusing our list of databases,trying to get an idea for my blog, I came across one I was unfamiliar with, called EBSCO Explora.  This database is sponsored jointly by both RCLS and New York State.  In a word, it is amazing.  I tried a variety of different search terms, and the results were so google-like, that I had to remind myself I was not using Google.

New DVD Releases for February 16th

We have three new titles for Tuesday, February 16th.  They are:

33, The (Drama - Antonio Banderas)

Black Mass (Drama - Johnny Depp)

Girls: Season 4 (TV Series)

Winners of the First Annual Valentine's Bake Off

Tonight, the library hosted our first ever bake off!  We had seven fantastic patron bakers with a variety of cakes, cookies and truffles. We are proud to announce the winners:

In first place, Jackie Kindestin with her Almond Cheesecake! Jackie had a great cheer team including her grandson:

Winner: Jackie Kindestin

Our first runner up with her incredible Pomegranate Truffle was  Michelle Petrazuollo:

First Runner Up: Michelle Petrazuollo

Our third place winner was the awesome Greta Karavatski, whose brownies scored big!

What's Cooking?: May Your New Year Be Prosperous and Peaceful

According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is today, February 8th.  It is the Year of the Monkey.  The most celebrated holiday in the Chinese culture and other Asian countries, I remember celebrating with visits to relatives and friends wishing them a prosperous new year as well as receiving guests in our home.  Along with the parades and fire cracking festivities are the endless procession of traditional dishes, sweets and treats that make one hope the party never stops.  It is with anticipation that I look forward to eating these specialty dishes that is traditionally serve on New Year’s Eve where the family members travel far and wide to be together to share this meal.  Happy times…

New DVD Releases for February 9th

We have three new titles for Tuesday, February 9th.  They are:

Grandma (Comedy - Lily Tomlin)

Love the Coopers (Comedy - Diane Keaton)

Spectre (Drama - Daniel Craig)

New Romance Fiction for February 2016

In paperback:

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander (1, Belle Meade Plantation) H, I
Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford (1, Duke's Sons) H
First Season / Bride To Be by Jane Ashford H
The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes (2, Secrets at Thorncliff Manor) H, M
Caught by You by Jennifer Bernard (2, Love between the Bases) C
Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (2, Perfect Gentlemen) C, M, E
Enraptured by Candace Camp (3, Secrets of the Loch) H, M
Appealed by Emma Chase (3, Legal Briefs) C
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase (4, Dressmakers) H
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev C, O
The Lost Art of Falling in Love by Kate Donovan C

New Speculative Fiction for February 2016

New to our shelves:

I Am Slaughter by Dan Abnett (1, Warhammer 40K: The Beast Arises) SF, F
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders F, SF, H
Charlotte's Story by Laura Benedict (2, Bliss House) H, M
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (2, The Divine Cities) F, M
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson (2, Echo Park Coven) F, H, M
Come the Revolution by Frank Chadwick (2, Sasha Naradnyo) SF, M
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley (4, Humanity's Fire) SF
Dark Victory by Brendan DuBois (1, Alien Resistance) SF, M
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (7, Star Wars) SF
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (2, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) SF, F, R

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