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No New DVDs for November 29, 2011

Due to the impending migration of the Ramapo Catskill Library System to a  new catalogue, no new titles will be able to be added to any of the 46 system libraries.  This means we will not be able to process or circulate any new DVD titles until the system is back on-line.  The tentative date for that is Thursday, December 8th.  Sorry for the delay in getting our newest materials out to you, our public.

Math Websites

Traditional study and homework has evolved with the development of the internet.  It can be an invaluable resource that turns a dreaded task into alot of fun.  Many websites offer activities that help children learn skills and reinforce concepts through flashcards, practice tests, interactive games, worksheets, and much more.  Below are a few suggestions for math websites:

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

While most of you stayed sensibly snug in your beds this morning, I'll bet a hardy few got up in the wee hours to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  At the library, though, our shopping's already done! 

Since October, the librarian elves have been busily at work ordering the latest Christmas romances.  Most of them have already arrived and been processed by our technical services elves, and our circulation elves stand ready to check them out to you!  (And you thought elves just made shoes and toys!)

When you're out braving the cold and traffic this month for last-minute gifts, don't forget to stop at the library and pick up a gift for yourself-- a toasty seasonal read to curl up with.  Whether you're looking for something new, an old favorite, or something you might have missed, we've got plenty of titles for your wish list!  (Sorry, no gift-wrapping, but we'd be happy to throw in a free bookmark or two.) 

The mercury may be falling outside, but in the romance section it's warm hearts from cover to cover!

Proposed Budget 2011

Introducing Automated Calling

At this time of year we think back on those deserving of our thanks.  Circulation Services would like to recognize our wonderful volunteers who over the years have given so generously of their time to phone our customers when reserve items are available at the library.   On December 8th, the library expects to go live with a new intergrated library system and for the first time all Ramapo Catskill libraries will have the ability to deliver holds pickup information via an automated calling system. Our customers will be part of this new and exciting experience.

Better Than Google

There is no question that people in today's economy are struggling.  Those of us who have jobs are grateful to have them, and those of us who don't, sorely need a hand.  This is where the library comes in, via our database Career Transitions.     It is a comprehensive source of information for the job seeker.  It includes a resume builder option, career guidance, tips and tricks videos on how to snag that job, and even an interactive interview experience.  Job listings from indeed.com make this a convenient and powerful job search tool. Whether you are a young graduate still looking for that first job, or a middle-aged career changer, you will find Career Transitions will be an enormous help to you.The search function is very easy to use, and the "My Jobs" feature will keep track of your progress as you apply for jobs.  It is a very impressive database and one which is certainly useful during these tough economic times. Remote usage is available with your New City library card.  So log on, try it, and good luck to you all.

New DVD Realeases

We have 3 New Realeases for Tuesday 11/22/11

Conan The Barbarian

Sarah's Key

Super 8


EPIC Parenting Workshops

EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Parenting Workshops coming up on November 28 (Topic:  Conflict Resolution)  and December 12 at 7:00 pm.  Through small, supportive discussion groups, parents discuss concerns and exchange ideas and parenting techniques.  EPIC workshops are offered to parents of children from birth through adolescence with accompanying manuals, which are available in both English and Spanish.  These workshops help parents/guardians strengthen their skills for raising children in today's complex society. Register in person or by phone.  Contact: Arlene Sandner 634-4997 ext 122.

New DVD Releases for November 15th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, November 15th.  They are:

Beginners (Ewan McGregor)

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks)

Main Street (Colin Firth)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh

Can you feel it?  It's waiting for you.  It's creeping closer, ever closer, day by day.  Tension hangs in the air, its dreadful keen followiing you everywhere: in the supermarket, at the mall.  You can try to run, but there's no escaping it.  Like Sisyphus, you are doomed to watch in despair as it slips from your hold and crushes you beneath its awful weight once again.  It's.... THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Okay, okay, I'm (mostly) kidding.  While some people probably do see the holidays as a Sisyphean burden, for most people it's a time to relax, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, be with friends and loved ones, and eat way more than they usually do.  Still, the coming months are not without their stressors-- the shopping, the traffic, the extra preparations to visit or be visited.  (And there's always that relative you really love better at a distance.)  But I've got some helpful tips for you, and a speculative fiction list, too!

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