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What are your New Year's resolutions?  Many people use the new year as a clean slate to embark on all kinds of self-improvement projects.  Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, learning a new language...Hey, stop, we can help you with the last one (actually the library can help with all of them, but let's concentrate on learning a new language).  We have a great on-line language learning product called Mango Languages.  When Rosetta Stone stopped selling its on-line database to libraries, we scrambled to find a suitable replacement, and we found Mango.  Their program is fun, effective and easy.  You'll have the choice of Mango Basic, which covers 49 languages, including Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Croatian, as well as ESL courses for specific language speakers.  Mango Complete.

School's Out Movie

Golden Ticket

SURPRISE SCHOOL'S OUT MOVIE on Wednesday December 28 at 3:00 pm.

Can you guess what it is?  (Hint: it's based on a famous children's book!)

Free tickets are now available at the Children's Reference Desk!

 

 

 

Festive Gingerbread Houses

 

This past Saturday, teens decorated their houses with icing and candies.  Everyone had a great time.  Our icing recipe is 2 pounds of sifted powdered sugar, 1 &  1/2 cups of Crisco and 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water, combined and mixed at high speed till fluffy white.  You need to start off slowly with the mixer or powdered sugar will fly all over the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lego Build

LEGO BUILD

December 29th @12- 2:00pm

Children in grades 2nd- 6th are welcomed to join Mike Bader, founding member of LUGNY (Lego Users Group of New York).  Come build a take home project and collaborate on a masterpiece that will be displayed in the library.  Space is limited. Registration begins Monday Dec. 19th.

Dick Eastman and SSDI

A recent email from Victor Jones, librarian at New Bern-Craven Co. Public Library directs us to a url, http://tinyurl.com/84f4ffj and to Dick Eastman. Mr. Eastman, famed genealogist, writes an excellent essay about the demise of the of the SSDI on Rootsweb and all the security issues with this database. I don't want to give the ending away..read the article. It is fascinating.

Library Budget Approved

Yesterday, December 14,  New City library cardholders were asked to approve the 2013 budget.  The unofficial results show strong approval of 492 votes and 284 opposed. In addition, there were three seats open for the board of trustees. The unofficial results show that incumbent Olahanna Poulose, Joseph  Reiter and Anthony Feliciano were elected.

Thank you to all who supported our budget campaign. The staff is committed to providing the best level of service to the Clarkstown community.

From all the staff, Happy Holidays to everyone.

Do you have a school research project?

The library provides research tools that are literally at your finger tips.  These research databases can be accessed at the library or from the comfort of your own home.  Just start from the library's home page and choose the Research tab.  Then select Databases.  A new page will open and from there, select the Students tab.  Once you determine which database that you would like to view, you may be asked to enter your library card number.  These databases are current and reliable resources that include full-text reference and magazine articles.  In addition, many provide color photographs, audio, video, and citation.  Attached is a brief description of each database to help get you started:

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Last Call! All Aboard Storytime! Toot! Toot!

Tuesday December 20 is the last storytime at the Congers Train Station this year.  Be sure to hop on board at 10 am and bring along your floor mat and a grown up!   Appropriate for 3 - 5 year olds.

The New Catalog

The new catalog is throwing us all (staff and customers) a few curves, but as with any large data migration and change in software, these "hiccups" can be expected.   The Ramapo Catskill Library System administrator is updating us frequently on the changes and updates they need to perform in order to make things run smoothly.  You may notice temporary loss of access when they make such changes.

DVD title searching can be done by first searching the title.  On the results page, under Media Type in the left-hand column entitled Limit Search Results, check off Physical Video Media and click on Include.  Give it a moment, and the DVD results will be culled out of the original results.  Using the Advanced Search to do this is a bit problematic right now, so we don't suggest that route. For new releases, use a keyword search such as "debt dvd" for the new release "The Debt."  See comments below for further explanation.

New Releases for Tuesday, December 13th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, December 13th.  They are:

Big Love: Season Five

Debt, The (Helen Mirren)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Help, The

Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd)

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