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Backyard Nature

Geared for 4th - 6th graders, this ongoing program will explore local wildlife and habitats.  Four sessions will take place in Fall, four in Winter, and four in Spring.  Each session will focus on groups such as birds, plants, etc., with hands-on fun activities and crafts.  We will use the Storytime Room and the Children's Garden.  Special additional events are planned, so please watch our Children's Events page for further information and updates.  Registration is under way for the first session - Backyard Nature: Birds - which will be held on Tuesday 9/20/11.  Other Fall sessions are: Bugs - Tuesday 9/27; Mammals - Tuesday 10/4, and Plants - Tuesday 10/11.

Parent/Child Book Clubs

Registration for our 2011-12 book discussion clubs begins September 6th. Space is limited.  Spend some quality time together! Our book clubs meet once a month on Monday evenings.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB...for girls in 5th and 6th grade (and their moms)

Monday October 3 at 7:30 pm .... No Talking by Andrew Clements 

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New This Year!  FAMILY BOOK CLUB ...For kids in 4th or 5th grade (and a parent or two)

Monday October 17 at 7:30 pm...The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

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New Mysteries September 2011

Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau
Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Deadly Reunion by June Shaw
Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby
Good Day to Pie by Carol Culver
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson
Frozen Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Hideout by Kathleen George
White Heat by M.J. McGrath
Death in High Places by Jo Bannister
Hand That Trembles by Kjell Eriksson
Dick Francis's Gamble by Felix Francis
Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely
Murder My Neighbor by Veronica Heley
The Bad Always Die twice by Cheryl Crane
The Burning by Jane Casey
Murder in Tuscany by Christobel Kent
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum

Keeping It under Our Caps: Bonnet Fiction

I was very tempted to do an entry on "tempest-tossed romance" today, but I suspect you'll be getting enough of that on your own this weekend.  Instead, I thought I'd offer something more in the way of a comfort read.  There's a category of romance that's been steadily growing in popularity as our own lives have gotten more stressful and technologically complex: "bonnet" fiction.

"Bonnet fiction" refers to romances set in Amish or Mennonite communities; the term comes from the depiction of characters in their ever-present "kapps" on the front cover.  (If you don't see a bonnet, the character is probably an "English," or outsider).  Sometimes, you'll see the term expanded to include pioneer and prairie romances also, or other "simple living" groups like the Shakers.  Beverly Lewis, herself the granddaughter of an "Old Order" Mennonite woman, is often credited with founding the genre with the first of her Heritage of Lancaster County series, The Shunning, based loosely on her grandmother's life.

All Aboard! Storytime - at the Congers Train Station

No registration necessary -- just come on down for this new event on whichever dates work for you!

 

Join Mrs. B for preschool storytime at the Congers Train Station.  Each child needs a carpet square or cushion for sitting on the floor.  Adults need to stay close at hand in case they are needed.  Restrooms are available, and there's plenty of parking.  About 25 children ages 3 - 5 will fit comfortably.  The storytime will last 30 minutes or so.

Planned dates for this program are

    Tuesdays - September 20 & 27

                     October 4, 11, 18, 25

Upstairs, Downstairs

What is going on?  Did you do a double take when you saw a familiar face from 'downstairs' working at the Circulation desk? Perhaps you saw some unfamiliar faces behind the AV desk.  Your eyes did not deceive you.  In June, AV and Circulation became one team known as Circulation Services.  We are working together to improve our service model and hope to be up to speed soon.  There is so much to learn, but cross training will give us the flexibility to provide staffing where needed at any time.  So whether we are upstairs or downstairs our focus remains on you, our customers.

New DVD Releases for August 23rd

We have four new releases for Tuesday, August 23rd.  They are:

Beaver, The (Mel Gibson)

Henry's Crime (Keanu Reeves)

Sympathy For Delicious (Laura Linney)

Win Win (Paul Giamatti)

Beyond Books

I have been working at this library for many, many years (too many to actually give you a number!).  It always amazes me however, when I tell people who I meet in the community, about the wealth of materials available to them in their own library's Audiovisual Department and they have no idea that we are even here, tucked away on the lower level.

We not only have current movies, we get these movies on their "streetdate".  In other words, as soon as Netflix or Blockbuster has them, so does the New City Library.  I buy multiple copies of the most popular titles to keep the wait time short. The same holds true for our children's current movies.  We receive our copies on their streetdate so that the children in our community will get to see their favorite screen characters.

We also have thousands of music CDs covering all different genres.  Classical, pop/rock, R&B. gospel, world music, jazz - the library has it all.  We also have a large selection of children's music including the popular Kidz Bop series.

New Romance Fiction for August 2011

In paperback:

Deeper than Midnight by Lara Adrian (9, Midnight Breed) C, S
By His Majesty's Grace by Jennifer Blake (1, The Three Graces) H
Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond (2, Southern Roads) C
Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke (1, Ministry of Marriage) H, A
Rapture Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee (5, Becomes Her) H, M
Hush by Nancy Bush C, M
The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle (2, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis) H, M, S
Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman (3, Midnight Bay) H, A, F
Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (1, Dressmakers) H

New Speculative Fiction for August 2011

New to our shelves:

The Key to Creation by Kevin J. Anderson (3, Terra Incognita) F
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong (12, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (13, Dresden Files) F, H
Overbite by Meg Cabot (2, Insatiable) H, R
The Best Horror of the Year by Ellen Datlow, ed. (3, Best Horror of the Year) H (Horror Best)
Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Ellen Datlow, ed. F (Fantasy Naked)
Undead and Undermined by MaryJanice Davidson (10, Queen Betsy) H, R
The Year's Best Science Fiction 28 by Gardner Dozois, ed. (28, Year's Best Science Fiction) SF (SF Year's)

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