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The Civil War and the Cemetery at the Palisades Mall

Mount Moor What’s that cemetery doing at the Palisades Mall?  What is the history behind it?  This is one of the common questions in the Rockland local history community which pops up from time to time.    The subject is the topic of Bill Batson’s excellent Nyack Sketch Log column today.   This segregated African American cemetery is a reminder of the bloody conflict which nearly tore our nation apart 150 years ago as there are many African American veterans of the Civil War buried there.

Cafe at the Library

The Suffern Library has a successful coffee bistro located in its lower level. Visitors to the library seem to use it regularly. Should the New City Library use the free space arising from moving the videos and music materials and install a coffee bistro downstairs?

Our plan is to use our freed up space as a sorely needed quiet study area. The design of the library is such that it can be hard to find a quiet niche and that is our current priority. It is a great suggestion and one we'll keep in mind for the future.

Changes to the Building

I do not like the changes to the floor. They are disruptive and unnecessary.

We know that change can be difficult. Right now, some of our collections may seem far flung, but the payoff has already begun. You no longer have to look through bins of cards to find your DVD. Instead, you can take it right off the shelf and eliminate a lengthy step in the checkout process. By the time summer begins in earnest, there will also be the lovely edition of a quiet study area which many patrons have requested in the past. We apologize for these temporary inconveniences while we strive to make the library better.

New Mysteries April 2014

I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
Death Comes Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert
Alpine Yeoman by Mary Daheim
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold edited by Jeffery Deaver
Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
By its Cover by Donna Leon
Winter King by Alys Clare
Settup Man by T.T. Monday
Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry
I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs
Silence of the Library by Miranda James
City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
Death in Reel Time by Brynn Bonner
Death's Dark Shadow by Sally Spencer
Player by Brad Parks
Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford
Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown
Inherit the Word by Daryl Wood Gerber
Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson
Mrs. Jeffries Pleads the Fifth by Emily Brightwell

New Books on Local History and Culture

This is the first in a series of short audio book talks.  Click on the photo to listen.  The three books discussed are Judith Richardson's Possessions: the History aHistory booksnd Uses of Hauntings in the Hudson Valley, Terry Golway's Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Making of Modern American Politics, and

Happening Here! Happening Now!

Welcome to a new beginning in your Audio/Visual experience at New City Library.  No longer will patrons have to sift through boxes of cards; the cards are gone.  Instead you can browse the collections directly from shelving.   DVDs are divided by genre; for example: Comedy, Drama, TV shows, Non-fiction, Biography, Foreign Language, PBS, Blu-Ray, etc.  Each genre is then shelved alphabetically be title.  We know you'll prefer this more streamlined system, and staff is close by to help.  

Make your selections; then check out at the Circulation Desk with staff or at a self-checkout station.  All games are in locked cases and mut be unlocked by staff at the desk.  Pick up your holds on our self-serve shelves near the checkout desk.  Items are wrapped for privacy and are shelved alphabetically by the first four letters of your last name and include the last 4 digits of your barcode. 

New DVD Releases March 25th

We have two new titles for Tuesday March 25th.  They are:

Deliveryman (Vince Vaughn)

Wolf of Wall Street, The

One on One Computer Help

I have been visiting other local libraries which provide one to one tutoring in technology and your personal needs. Why don't we have this? Group classes  are not as powerful and technological literacy is essential. Even New York
City is providing several locations with this in mind. I would love to have open sessions or appointments since I am very busy and  cannot make use of many group sessions.

Special Guest at Storytime!

Once again, our friend Jacob will lead us with his guitar for a couple of songs during Young Ones Storytime.  He will be here on March 25, April 29, and May 27 at 1:30pm.

New DVD Releases for March 18th

We have four new titles for Tuesday March 18th.  They are:

American Hustle

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Reasonable Doubt (Samuel L. Jackson)

Saving Mr. Banks

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