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New DVD Titles, January 2014

THREE DAY DVDS

Attack, The (Foreign Film – Lebanon)

Battle of the Year

Boy (Foreign Film – New Zealand)

Don Jon (Scarlett Johannson)

Drinking Buddies (Olivia Wilde)

Elysium (Matt Damon)

Family, The (Robert De Niro)

Fast & Furious 6 (Vin Diesel)

Gippi (Foreign Film – India)

In the House (Foreign Film – France)

Insidious: Chapter 2

Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Kevin Bacon)

Jobs (Ashton Kutcher)

Kick-Ass 2

Let My People Go! (Foreign Film – France)

Life Is Sweet (1990 – Criterion Collection)

Lone Ranger, The (Johnny Depp)

Mortal Instruments, The – City of Bones

Prisoners (Hugh Jackman)

Raanjhanna (Foreign Film – India)

Reality (Foreign Film – Italy)

Three Worlds (Foreign Film – France)

Touchy Feely (Ellen Page)

Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson)

Wolverine, The (Hugh Jackman)

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for January

1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

 2.      Parish Report and Physical Plant

Healthy Beginnings

I am grateful for beginnings.  The New Year allows us to start all over with a clean slate after the holiday excess of sweets, rich side dishes, succulent meats, and those celebratory high calorie beverages.  It gives us another chance to begin to eat healthier with lean meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits.   There is an array of diets to choose from but I am terrible at following a diet, so I try to eat everything in moderation (yes, I have my white rice most every night).  So, my goal is to eat smaller portions in my meals, have frequent healthy snacks, and drink more water.   I have learned to not skip meals which would lower my metabolism and trick my body into starvation mode.   Eating, like life, needs to be in balance.

January 2014 Nonfiction Audiobooks

 BCD 152.42 Eva
     The Four Doors: a guide to joy, freedom, and a meaningful life
by Richard Paul Evans.  Read by the author.  2 discs.  1+ hour.

BCD 155.5 Siegel
     Brainstorm: the power and purpose of the teenage brain
by Daniel J. Siegel, MD.  Read by the author.  9 discs. 
10+ hours.

BCD 330.973 Gre
     Map and the Territory
by Alan Greenspan.  Read by Malcolm Hilgartner.  8 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD 364.1523 Gra
     The Good Nurse: a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
by Charles Graeber.  10 discs.  11 hours.

BCD 613.25 Chopra
     What Are You Hungry For?: the Chopra  solution to permanent weight loss, well-being, and lightness of soul
by Deepak Chopra.  Read by the author.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

New DVD Releases for January 14th

We have six new titles for Tuesday January 14th.  They are:

A.C.O.D.

Butler, The (Oprah Winfrey)

Carrie (Julianne Moore)

Enough Said (James Gandolfini)

Fruitvale Station

Twenty Feet From Stardom (Documentary)


Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

 1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

Click Read More below for the rest of the report.   

A.A. Milne

 

                                                            Happy Birthday A.A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne was the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the most charming characters in children's literature.  His adventures were inspired by the author's real life son, Christopher Robin and his stuffed dolls; Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tiger, Kanga and little Roo.  Celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th, by revisiting the Hundred Acre Wood as you share these enchanting tales with your family.  The library has many titles in fiction, picture book, and easy reader.  Our favorites include:

The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

When we were very young

Now we are six

The house at Pooh Corner

Director's Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 1PM unless otherwise noted. Each movie is selected by Mitch Freedman, Director of the New City Library.

Upcoming Films:

August 28:  L.A. is My Lady recording session. 120 minutes.

September 4:  The Girl of Your Dreams 

In 1938 Spain, a civil war is raging. Against this background, General Franco and Adolph Hitler are working
on developing a harmonious relationship. To encourage this, a Spanish film crew is invited to Nazi Germany
to make two versions of a popular Andalusian musical. Starring Penelope Cruz. 1998. Rated R. Spanish and
German with English subtitles. 121 minutes.

September 11: The Dream Team

New DVD Releases, January 7th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, January 7th.  They are:

Runner Runner (Justin Timberlake)

Thanks For Sharing (Mark Ruffalo)

Nativity Scene

Would you please take down the nativity scene in A/V.  It is very offensive to an atheist.  Every belief or non-belief should be represented equally or not at all.  Thank you.

Director's Response: The nativity scene was permitted in the A/V area in response to there having been a menorah that celebrated Chanukah.  In the interest of fairness, I consented to the Nativity scene being represented in the same location. 

I will recommend to the Board of Trustees for its January 16, 2014, meeting that the library adopt a policy of there being NO representation of religious observances in the New City Library.  This recommendation is consistent with your proposed alternative that there be “[none] at all.”

My recommendation will not pertain to the holidays of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  Although both holidays had religious-based origins they are both celebrated as lay-holidays—the former, honoring love, and the latter honoring the Irish people.

 

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