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Kids Geo

Expand your knowledge of world geography at Kids Geo while playing games that include the U.S. as well countries from each continent on the globe.  Learn the names and locations of the oceans, capitals of countries, longitude and latitude.

Better Than Google

In today's topsy turvy financial world, investors have a right to be nervous.  How to invest and what to invest in is a big dilemma for most of us.  Where does one turn for the right advice?  Since 1965, the answer to that question is Value Line.  According to their website, their mission is "to provide investors with the most accurate and independently created research information available, in any format they choose, and teach them how to use it effectively to help meet their financial objectives". Well, for many years, that format was print only.  That was fine for a long time, but there were drawbacks: Only one person could use it at a time, there were three different volumes to look through, and issues could be delayed in the mail or even stolen.  When I previewed the on-line version, I was impressed.  Patrons could use it at home or at work, mutual funds were included, and the print-outs of the reports was sharp and clear, better than a photocopy.

Time to Rock the Garden!

Calling all Garden Rockers kids, Clarkstown Garden Club members, and other dirt enthusiasts!  We will be weeding and planting in the Children's Garden today at 6:30pm.  Our community support has been very strong donating plants and flowers - so bring your gloves and come on over!  To celebrate this beautiful space and thank our volunteers,we will host a Garden Tea Party on June 8 and 9 at 3:00pm. Please plan to join us then to sip tea from a real teacup and daintily munch a cucumber sandwich as you enjoy our beautiful garden!  Wearing fancy hats is encouraged!

New DVD Releases for May 14th

We have three new titles for Tuesday, May 14th.  They are:

Cloud Atlas (Tom Hanks)

Dexter: Season Seven

Texas Chainsaw

Pixies in the Drawing Room: Gaslamp Fantasy

Frances Griffiths and fairy, 1917I've discussed historical-set speculative fiction in the past, specifically the popularity of steampunk and the weird West.  Today I'd like to introduce you to steampunk's fey cousin, gaslamp fantasy.  If you like fantasy and you enjoy period novels, gaslamp fantasy will be right up your cobblestoned alley.  Think of it as urban fantasy with a 19th-century twist.

The term "gaslamp fantasy" covers fantasy fiction set in the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, though some will stretch the definition as far as the early years of the 20th century, up the first World War.  While steampunk found its origins in the likes of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and the innovative marvels of the Industrial Age, gaslamp fantasy's wonders generally stem from more uncanny sources.

Rootin' Tootin' Roundup!

There are still a few spots open for tomorrow's preschool cowpoke program!  Call x121 or drop by to register!  The program will take place at 1:30pm on Tuesday May 14 - we'll hear stories, make a cowpoke vest, have a snack and ride swim noodle horses!

New Romance Fiction for May 2013

In paperback:

Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann H, S, M
Sinner's Heart by Zoe Archer (3, Hellraisers) H, S
As Twilight Falls by Amanda Ashley (23, Vampire Romances) C, S
Fever by Maya Banks (2, The Breathless trilogy) C, E
Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters) C, M
Darius by Grace Burrowes (1, Lonely Lords) H
Falling Blind by Shannon K. Butcher (7, Sentinel Wars) C, S
Uncommon Pleasure by Anne Calhoun C, E
    (contains Over the Edge and All On the Line)
The Marrying Season by Candace Camp (3, Legend of St. Dwynwen) H, M

New Speculative Fiction for May 2013

New to our shelves:

Spirit's End by Rachel Aaron (5, The Legend of Eli Monpress) F, H
Juggernaut by Adam Baker (1, Outpost) H, M, SF
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson (2, Jessica McClain) F, H
Protector by C. J. Cherryh (14:5, Foreigner 4) SF
London Falling by Paul Cornell F, H, M
A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda F, R
Hauntings by Ellen Datlow, ed. H, F (Horror Hauntings)
The Exiled Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (3, The Assassini trilogy) F, H, M
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations by Paula Guran, ed. (5, Recent Monster Anthologies) F, H, M (Fantasy Weird)

New DVD Releases for May 7th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, May 7th .  They are:

Fringe: Season Five

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise)

Oranges (Hugh Laurie)

Safe Haven (Julianne Hough)

Interim Director Appointed

At a special meeting of the New City Library trustees Tuesday night, the board unanimously voted to appoint Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman as interim director of the library. This action alleviates concerns about the library's charter and marks a turning point in the working relations between board members. Freedman served as the director of the Westchester Library System for 23 years and as president of the American Library Association in 2002. Since his retirement, Freedman has worked for his publishing company, the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian. In addition, he has spoken at conferences, served on numerous boards, and has taken on the roles of interim director at the Purchase Free and Nyack libraries.

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