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New DVD Releases for April 15th

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

Black Nativity (Forest Whitaker)

Philomena (Judi Dench)

Ride Along (Kevin Hart)

Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)

It's National Library Week!

New Music Releases, April 2014

Beatles.  Beatles Second Album                                          ROCK BEAT BEA

Beyonce.  Beyonce                                                           ROCK BEYO BEY

Broken Bells.  After the Disco                                              ROCK BROK AFT

New DVD Titles, April 2014

THREE DAY DVDS

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Barrymore (2011 – Christopher Plummer)

Book Thief, The

Broken Circle Breakdown, The (Foreign Film – Belgium)

Dallas Buyers Club

Delivery Man (Vince Vaughn)

Homefront (James Franco)

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Inside Llewyn Davis

Jewtopia

Killing Kennedy (Rob Lowe)

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Idris Elba)

Oldboy (Josh Brolin)

Out of the Furnace (Christian Bale)

Reasonable Doubt (Samuel L. Jackson)

Watchtower (Foreign Film – Turkey)

Wolf of Wall Street

You Will Be My Son (Foreign Film – France)

Zaytoun (Foreign Film – Israel)

TWO WEEK DVDS

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for April

1. AV Project

The AV Project is in the construction phase.  After being given a 3-4 week verbal estimate for completion, the written estimate subsequently submitted showed an 8-week schedule.  I sent an unanswered email of complaint about this discrepancy.  Telephone tag with the general contractor didn’t result in a conversation but something must have happened.  The work that has been underway since April 7 has been moving at such an accelerated rate that—barring any unforeseen problems—the Library should see the project completed well before the June 3 completion date originally proposed. 

Fiction Audiobooks April 2014

BCD Beah
     Radiance of Tomorrow
by Ishmael Beah.  Read by Dion Graham.  6 discs.  6+ hours.

BCD Block
      Out on the Cutting Edge
by Lawrence Block.  Read by Dan Butler.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Brockmann
     Do or Die: reluctant heroes
by Suzanne Brockmann.  Read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank.  16 discs.  19+ hours.

BCD Brown
      Hidden Fires
by Sandra Brown.  Read by Kevin T. Collins.  12 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Cook
      Cell
by Robin Cook.  Read by George Guidall.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD Eisler
     Graveyard of Memories
by Barry Eisler.  Read by the author.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD Finch
    The Last Enchantment
s by Charles Finch.  Read by Laura Wilson.  9 discs.  11 hours.

NEW LARGE PRINT FOR APRIL 2014

Fiction 

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

Margot by Jillian Cantor

Four Friends by Robyn Carr

I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark

Missing You by Harlan Coben 

The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Black Horizon by James Grippando

Murder As a Second Language by Joan Hess

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Evening Stars by Susan Mallery

The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson

The Accident by Chris Pavone

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen

Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

The Kill Switch by James Rollins 

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline 

What's Cooking?: The Humble Potato

The potato is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables we have.  Originating in South America, it was introduced to Europe in the early 16th century by Spanish explorers.   A good source of vitamin C, it was once used to prevent scurvy on the Spanish ships.  It is a member of the nightshade family along with peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.  Because of this relationship, potatoes were slow to rise in popularity because they were considered to be poisonous.  Some even believed them to cause leprosy. Well, the simple potato has come a long way from these misconceptions.

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.

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