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CBLDF BBW Jeff Smith posterEvery year, libraries and bookstores around the country set aside the last week in September for Banned Books Week.  In this week, we seek to remind everyone of the benefits of free and open access to information.  We underscore the dangers of censorship.  And we honor a right we never, ever want to lose: our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read. 

Volunteers Needed!!

Student and adult volunteers are needed to help with the children's Chess Club.  Experienced chess players can volunteer to assist with children ages 7-12 years by providing basic instruction or serving as an opponent.  Meetings are on Fridays 4-5:00pm twice a month.  Students will be compensated with service hours and adults will be showered with gratitude!  Check the library's calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

 

For more information, contact:

Amy Chesman, Children's Librarian

634-4997 ext. 122

achesman@rcls.org

New DVD Releases for Sept. 23rd

We have six new titles for Tuesday, September 23rd.  They are:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season One

Calling, The (Susan Sarandon)

Nashville: Season 2

Neighbors (Seth Rogen)

Scandal: Season 3

We Are the Best (Foreign Film - Sweden)

The Cube at the New City Library

Get a sneak peek from one of our interviews from this past weekend on Soundcloud Picture a ten-foot stainless steel cube, balancing on its edge. The surrounding area are mirrored in the metallic sides of this beautiful piece of modern sculpture. Suddenly the door opens to reveal a comfortable, soundproof recording booth. Welcome to The Cube.

The Civil War and Clarkstown

We have a small exhibit in the library about Clarkstown and the Civil War through the end of November.  You can find it in the exhibit case past the DVDs heading toward the Rockland Room.   There is also an online exhibit with more information at http://rocklandroom.omeka.net/exhibits/show/civilwar.  Highlights include the story of General Louis Blenker who owned a farm in New City, a look at brothers who served in the Civil War from Clarkstown, and some information about African American veterans buried at Mt. Moor Cemetery which is surrounded by the Palisades Center Mall.
General Louis Blenker

New DVD Releases for September 16th

We have eight new titles for Tuesday, September 16th.  They are:

Big Bang Theory - Season 7

Castle - Season 6

Fault In Our Stars (Shailene Woodley)

German Doctor, The (Foreign Film - Argentina)

Godzilla (Sci-Fi)

Grimm - Season 3

Hannibal - Season 2

Jarhead - Field of Fore


NEW LARGE PRINT FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

Fiction

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Her Boss by Arrangement by Teresa Carpenter

Personal by Lee Child 

The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler

Deserve to Die by Lisa Jackson

Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

Private Down Under by James Patterson

The Bees by Laline Paull

Blood on the Water by Anne Perry

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

In Her Rival’s Arms by Alison Roberts

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

 

Non Fiction             

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons by David Menasche

New Music Releases, September 2014

 

Ambrosus, Marsha.  Friends & Lovers                                 R&B AMBR FRIE

Bocelli, Andrea.  Love In Portofino                                    WORLD ITAL BOCE LOVE

Camila.  Elypse                                                               WORLD SPAN CAMI ELYP

Better Than Google

Does this picture bring back memories? Former students may remember our rows and rows of infamous “brown books”, weary looking tomes that contained Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC), and Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC).  Students didn’t particularly like using these series, because, in most cases, they reprinted partial essays and critiques.  Some of the more demanding Clarkstown teachers insisted that the students have access to the entire essay.  Pre-internet days, this was very difficult for our small public library to find. The books also looked unappealing, and even I preferred other sources, although the content was excellent.  Another problem is that students, who were without a dime for the photocopier, or who were malicious, would remove the much wanted pages, leaving the rest of the students bereft.  Missing pages are no longer a problem with on-line sources, and we happily got to say goodbye to those cumbersome and space consuming books when we switched to the e-book version.

Young(ish) love: New Adult romance

A new, fast-growing category of romance has emerged in the last few years.  It's called "New Adult," and it's aimed at readers in their late teens to mid-twenties (college-aged to early adulthood). 

So, what exactly is a "New Adult"?  The protagonists in these books still bear some resemblance to their younger cousins in Young Adult romances-- they haven't entirely escaped the throes and drama of teen angst.  But they've achieved some distance from it, and gained the perspective and insight that younger characters often lack.  There's a marked change in maturity level, and the expected maturity of its readership. 

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