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New Large Print for March 2011

Fiction:

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern

Diamonds in Disguise by Tessa Barclay

A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron

Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr

The Troll Garden by Wila Cather

The False Friend by Myra Goldberg

Fade Away Girl by Martha Grimes

Death's Excellent Vacation Edited by Charlaine Harris

The Judas Gate by Jack Higgins

Secrets of the Grave by Tami Hoag

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Fatal Error by J.A. Jance

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber

Collusion by Stuart Neville

The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

Love Me If You Dare by Carly Phillips

New DVDs for March 1

127 Hours ( James Franco )

Burlesque ( Christina Aguilera )

Faster ( Dwayne Johnson )

Love and Other Drugs ( Jake Gyllenhaal )

New Mysteries March 2011

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett
Aftermath by Peter Turnbull
Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle
Heaven is High by Kate Wilhelm
Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Redback by Kirk Russell
Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee
Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey
Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton
Fruit of all Evil by Paige Shelton

New Mysteries March 2011

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett
Aftermath by Peter Turnbull
Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle
Heaven is High by Kate Wilhelm
Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Redback by Kirk Russell
Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee
Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey
Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton
Fruit of all Evil by Paige Shelton

"BOOKING" A CRUISE

The days are getting noticably longer as the end of winter approaches, but temperatures outside are still uncertain.  (The weather, even more so.  Will this snow EVER go away?)  I know many of you must be longing for balmier weather.  Well, it's cruise season!  If you can't get away from it all in person, why not escape winter for awhile between the pages of a book?  New City Library's doughty crew is ready to weigh anchor for the destination of your choice, and the only passport required is your library card. 

Our romance collection has a veritable fleet of "dreamboats" in port right now, eager to whisk you away to some warm, welcoming sea (or at least a nice bubble bath).  Just think of it-- exotic locations, handsome captains, dashing pirates, charming fellow travellers... and dressing for dinner is completely optional.  Put on your flip-flops, pour yourself an umbrella drink, and grab a deck chair... it's time for a little shipboard romance! 

 

More Than Just a Number

     Did you know over 23,000 of our residents have library cards?  We issue over 100 cards new cards a month; and in September known in library land as “card sign up month” and we traditionally sign up over 150 new members.  For several years the total number of members hovered at about 22,000, as people moved and new residents joined our community.  This year has seen a real increase in our membership; even with the growing popularity of eBooks people are more aware of the value, variety and vastness of our library’s collection.

     Some of you like to chat with us and we enjoy your comments as you use the Self-Checkouts or come up to the desk.  I was happy to tell the ‘speculative fiction’ librarian that a young man from another town said we had the best Sci-Fi collection in the county.  Another person from one of the county’s smaller libraries told me how much she loved the playaways and came here because of the depth of our collection.

New DVD Releases for February 22nd

We have four new releases for Tuesday, February 22nd.  They are:

Due Date (Robert Downey Jr.)

Get Low (Robert Duvall)

Nurse Jackie: Season Two

Weeds: Season Six


Mystery Monday

Who wants to laugh?
Humor is a very subjective concept.  What is uproarious to one person may not even bring a smile to the lips of someone else.  Why the seemingly sophisticated French adore Jerry Lewis has been a real head scratcher to those who find his antics decidedly unfunny.  But what is a sense of humor and why does it vary so widely between individuals?  While everyone does possess a distinct sense of humor and may be amused by events that don't necessarily tickle another's funnybone, there are certain universal characteristics of humor that produce a humorous response. These are:
    Incongruity
    Absurdity, ludicrousness, or ridiculousness
    Unexpected future
    pleasant surprise
    Being startled
    "Getting it"
    Emotional chaos remembered in tranquility

Dark Stars: Diversity in Speculative Fiction

I have an embarrassing confession to make.  Unless the information has been handed to me in an author bio, I am often remarkably clueless about the personal details of the people I read.  Age, gender, race, religion, orientation, ethnicity-- I know they matter in shaping the person who's shaped the story I'm reading, but finding these things out isn't high in my priorities.  I read speculative fiction because I'm interested in the world inside the author's head, not their place in the world outside of it.

Sometimes the answers are obvious, of course, either from the author's name (if it is the author's real name) or from the context of the stories he or she writes.  If I see initials instead of a first name, I'll suppose the author is female-- men don't really need to hide their gender to sell books (except in the Romance genre).  In the absence of other clues, I'll generally assume the author is something like the book's main character, if I take time to think about the matter at all. 

New DVD Releases for February 15th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, February 15th. They are:

Kites: The Remix (Foreign Film - India)

Life As We Know It (Katherine Heigl)

Unstoppable (Denzel Washington)

Waiting For Superman (Documentary - Educational System)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Anthony Hopkins)

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