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New DVD Releases for May 31st

We have three new DVDs for Tuesday, May 31st.  They are:

Biutiful (Foreign Film - Spanish)

Drive Angry - Nicholas Cage

True Blood: Season Three

Mating Season, Part Two

"Howard... I need that wedding.  I need some beauty and some music and some placecards before I die. It's like heroin." - Mrs. Brackett, "In & Out"

Many of you may have satisfied your veil-and-cake imperatives on a certain modest little British ceremony back in April.  For those who haven't, don't panic-- June is just over the holiday weekend horizon!  For some, June is the time to focus on dads and grads, but it's also the traditional month for another kind of happy ending: weddings.

New Mysteries June 2011

Mind Your Own Beeswax by Hannah Reed
Kiss Her Goodbye by Mickey Spillane
Evil Eclairs by Jessica Beck
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead by Emily Brightwell
Felicity's Gate by Julian Cole
Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
Redeemed by M.R. Hall
Classified as Murder by Miranda James
Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets
These Dark Things by Jan Merete Weiss
Losing Nicola by Susan Moody
Merely Players by J.M. Gregson
Oscar Wilde and the Vampyre Murders by Gyles Daubney Brandreth
Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Last King of Brighton by Peter Guttridge
Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello
Spider Web by Earlene Fowler
Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaum
Bee Balm Murders by Cynthia Riggs
Secret of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Night on Fire by Douglas Corleone
Missing Persons by Clare O'Donohue
Darkside by Belinda Bauer

Fine Memories

Almost every day a customer at the Circulation desk is remorseful for owing even the smallest fine.  Some of you worry jokingly if Mr. Bookman (a Seinfeld episode) will be ringing your doorbell.  We'll hear how as a child it was unheard of to return  library books late.  Fines, never!  Facing those austere people behind the desk was like being called to the principal's office.  While we hope our wonderful Circulation staff presents a friendlier atmosphere, this library ethic has stayed with many of you. 

Most libraries weigh in on the pro side for charging fines for material returned past the due date.  Returning books on time shows consideration for those waiting as well as browsers in the library.  We try to meet your requests in a timely manner, so on time returns keep library ordering down.  Those on the con side believe fines are punitive and serve to keep people from using the library.

Memoirs on Audio

I am fascinated with learning about other people’s life experiences.  It doesn’t matter to me whether or not they are famous, as long as they have an interesting story to tell.  Memoirs are very different than the typical biography.  They read much more like a story with an exciting plot than the dry retelling of facts.  Truthfully, they are the author’s memories, so at times they may be a bit embellished for the sake of continuity within the book.   They tend to be about just one aspect of a person’s life. Some memoirs are very funny like much of David Sedaris’ and Augustin Burroughs’ work.  Other memoirs tell of a specific period in that person’s life where they were going through a tumultuous experience.   At times, it could be that the author is living a grand life experiment.  Unusual family lives are often the focus of memoirs.  My absolute favorites are the ones who are caught up in a survival story.  One added bonus of listening to memoirs, rather than reading them, is that the reader and the author are often the same person! See the list below for the ones I have enjoyed:

Budget 2012 and Financial Audit

New DVD Releases for May 17th

We have three new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 17th.  They are:

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Biography)

Mechanic, The (Jason Stratham)

Rite, The (Anthony Hopkins)


NYC Vital Records

Many people come into the Rockland Room looking for NYC vital records of loved ones. I want to take a minute to explain why the request is not possible. All New York City records are in the city and all the rest of the state's vital records are in Albany.

To help you understand, there are three important sites to memorize.

1). NY City Muncipal Archives, located at 31 Chambers St, holds public records for birth, deaths and marriages. Birth records are public through 1909, deaths are public through 1948 and there is a 50 year restriction on marriages after the event happened. Apparently the archives will soon become part of the Dept. of Citywide Services.

2). City Clerk's Office holds the marriage licenses beginning 1930 to present. It is located at 141 Worth St.

3. NY City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene holds non-public birth(after 1909) and death certificates (after 1948). This agency is located at 125 Worth St.

Mystery Monday

Award season is here for mystery lovers.  The Agatha awards for best traditional mysteries were announced late last month and the winners in each category are (followed by the runners-up)
Best Novel
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Drive Time by Hank  by Phillippi Ryan
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Best First Novel

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Edgar Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction were also announced in late April.  Here are the winners in each category, followed by the runners-up.
Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
I'd Know  You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

CLASSY SF

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain

I've spent the last couple months working on one of the more difficult aspects of my job: weeding.  Weeding (or "deaccessioning," to use the formal term) is the process of removing outdated, damaged, or significantly underused materials from the collection to make room for newer, more useful (and hopefully more appealing) titles.  The first of couple categories are usually pretty easy to deal with-- no one's going to be checking out a title on exciting new computing careers from 1987, or a book that's been chewed on and smells like old gym socks.  It's the last category where weeding gets painful for me, particularly in speculative fiction.

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