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In the past I have mentioned both in writing and at library programs the rich amount of history in several of our publications found in the Rockland Room. Two of my favorites are Prologue from the National Archives and Archives from the NY State Archives. Both offer some off-beat history as well as relevant history for the publishing season. 

In the current Summer issue, Vol.44 No. 2, there is an interesting article about FDR and his creation of the National Archives in 1934. FDR referred to the agency as "It's my baby" and his interest and support continued through his life. He asked Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter that upon his death, a simple memorial be place in his name in the center of the green plot in front of the Archives Building.The block of granite is the size of his desk and only has his name and birth/death dates.

New Mysteries September 2012

Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
Not my Blood by Barbara Cleverly
Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Never Say Pie by Carol Culver
Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Caller by Karin Fossum
Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Munster's Case by Hakan Nesser
Rock Bottom by  Sarah Andrews
Champagne by Janet Hubbard
Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton
Simple by Kathleen George
Queen's Bounty by Fiona Buckley
Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook
Far North by Michael Ridpath
Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine
Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Powdered Peril by Jessica Beck
Question of Identity by Anthea Fraser

New Large Print for September 2012


Sneaky Pie for President by Rita Mae Brown

The Struggle by Wana E. Brunsetter

Gone Missing by Lisa Castillo

Dying Echo by Judy Clemens

Back Fire by Catherine Coulter

What We Talk About When We Talk about Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

Broken Harbor by Tana French

New DVD Releases for August 28th

We have seven new releases for Tuesday, August 28th.  They are:

Battleship (Sci-Fi)

Boardwalk Empire: Season Two

Grimm: Season One

Lucky One (Zac Efron)

Monsieur Lazhar (Foreign Film - Canada - In French)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Children's)

Think Like A Man

Fast, Fun Reads for Not-So-Young Adults

The summer's nearly over, alas!  In a week, it's back to pencils and books (or computers and smartboards) for the younger generation.  If you've got kids in school you might hesitate to pick up a long novel right now, with the demands of the school year looming so close.  Or maybe you don't have kids, but end-of-summer burnout is making your reading pile look like the Tower of Babel.  Well, fear not!  The library (as always) has an answer for you: Young Adult books... for grown-ups!

Young Adult (or "YA") titles tend to be faster reads for adults, but that doesn't mean they're poorer ones.  These books will hook you early and hard, grabbing your attention from the get-go.  Think about it-- they have to grab a teen's attention away from school, sports, friends, social media, texting, gaming, movies, shopping... you get the idea.  And in the name of grabbing that audience, YA authors are often willing to be more innovative and edgy than their adult-market counterparts-- telling an entire story through chat windows, for example, or using Death himself as a narrator.

Calling All Garden Rockers!

It's time to do some Fall planting and weeding!  We also need to prepare for our Afternoon Tea in the Garden party to recognize all our volunteers and thank the community for their support.  It is planned for September 8 (raindate Sept 9).  We will meet on Thursday, August 30 at 7pm and Friday September 7 at 4pm to accomplish these goals.  Garden Rockers! Club is open to children entering grades 2 - 5 from Clarkstown Central School District.  Call the children's department to register. 

New DVD Releases for August 21st

We have five new titles for Tuesday, Augsut 21st.  They are:

Bernie (Jack Black)

Dictator, The (Sacha Baron Cohen)

Freelancers (Robert De Niro)

NCIS: Season Three

Separation, A (Foreign Film - Persian)

Better Than Google

Are you a news junkie?  Can you never get enough of t.v. news, radio news, the Internet, twitter, newspapers and magazines?  If the answer is yes, then you are going to love World News Digest.

New Romance Fiction for August 2012

(Romance Key: E= Romantica/Erotica)

New Speculative Fiction for August 2012

New to our shelves:

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (13, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (1, Devil's Wake) H, SF, A, M (Horror Barnes)
Queen's Hunt by Beth Bernobich (2, River of Souls) F, M, R
Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (4, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
The Wanderers by Paula Brandon (3, The Veiled Isles) F, R
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (1, Ender: The First Formic War) SF (SF Card)
Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn (3, Kingdom of the Serpent) F
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (2, Expanse) SF

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