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New Speculative Fiction for April 2012

New to our shelves:

Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear (1, Eternal Sky) F, H
The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett (3, Mrs. Quent) F, A, M
Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop (3, Ephemera) F, H, R
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (3, Alpha and Omega) F, H, R
The Steel Seraglio by Mike, Linda, and Louise Carey F, H
Intruder by C. J. Cherryh (4, Foreigner 4) SF
Wide Open by Deborah Coates F, H, M, R
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow SF
A Crown Imperiled by Raymond E. Feist (2, Riftwar: Chaoswar) F
Body, Inc. by Alan Dean Foster (2, Tipping Point trilogy) SF, M

Movie Today!

Don't forget our School's Out Movie is showing at 3:00 pm TODAY!  There will be popcorn!  This animated film from deep in the rainforest shows the struggle between the nature sprites and encroaching development....featuring the voice acting of Robin Williams, Tim Curry, and others.  Just in time for Earth Day!

Black Sheep in the Family

Genealogy for Librarians is an email I subscribe to and lately there was discussion about "black sheep" in family research. EVERYONE has at least one in their family history. Yet, I have found thatpeople seem to think it reflects on them today. I know one person who upon finding her relative was unwed with children, was so devastated she dropped her research.

One researcher pointed out blacksheepancestors.com as a source for records in U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Check it out! There is International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists that has a web site, blacksheep.rootsweb.com

In past centuries, there were various factors that caused people to be reported in asylums. For one, mental hospitals were the only one in certain areas and served all regular hospital functions, including  births, appendectomies and broken bones.People with behaviorial problems due to head injury, illness,"hardening of the arteries", senility etc were often admitted to residential institutions.

1940 Census Has Arrived

After 10 long years, the 1940 federal census was released online in early April. For all those who need to find lost relatives and document findings, here is a chance to begin searching. By law, the federal census is withheld for 72 years so all who want to view the 1950 records will have to wait  another 10 years.

The Genealogy Society of Rockland will be meeting Tuesday, April 24 at 7 PM. At this meeting, members will be viewing the new census and making comments and observations. Should you have questions, plan to attend. Interested persons are always welcomed.

New Music Releases, April 2012

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New DVD Releases for April 10th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, April 10th.  They are:

Happy Feet Two (Childrens)

Iron Lady, The

New DVD Releases for April, 2012

THREE DAY DVDS

Amor En Transito (Foreign Film – Argentina)

Carnage (Jody Foster)

Dangerous Method, A (Kiera Knightly)

Descendants, The

First Grader, The (Older man fights for his right to an education in Kenya – Drama)

Footloose

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Rooney Mara)

Hugo

Immortals (Mickey Rourke)

J. Edgar (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Jack and Jill (Adam Sandler)

Jhootha Hi Sahi (Foreign Film – India)

Kurbaan (Foreign Film – India)

Like Crazy

Little Sparrows

Melancholia (Kirsten Dunst)

My Week With Marilyn (Michelle Williams)

Prince of Broadway (11 Film Festival Awards)

Roadie

Sitter, The (Jonah Hill)

Suicideroom (Foreign Film – Poland)

Take Shelter (Jessica Chastain)

Three Musketeers, The

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Gary Oldman)

Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, A

Vips (Foreign Film – Portugal)

Young Adult (Charlize Theron)

April 2012

Fiction:

The Rope by Nevada Barr 

Running the Rift by Naomi Barenon 

The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Rancher by Rick Gavin 

A Good American by Alex George 

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George 

Enchantment by Kathryn Harrison 

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt 

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

A Rhumba in Waltz Time by Robert  Levinson 

Mudwoman by  Joyce Carol Oates 

The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Conner 

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Inner Space: Philosophical SF

In contrast to last month's best and bloodiest, this month I'm offering something completely different: philosophical science fiction.  While philosophical SF doesn't necessarily stint on the action and suspense-- witness the ratcheting tension of Charles Stross's Glasshouse or the action-laced intrigue of Elizabeth Bear's Carnival-- action isn't the primary focus.  Instead, concept is key.  It's part of a literary genre known as the "novel of ideas," wherein fiction is used as a tool to examine some of the big questions: what it means to be human, how we should treat one another, what our purpose should be-- the answers to life, the universe, and everything.*

What's Cooking?: Let Them Eat Cupcake!

Looking at the baking books that are on the scene, cupcakes have continued to grow in popularity.  There is even a cupcake competition on Food Network.  The creativity and artistry involved in designing these “little cakes” are just beautiful.  The delicate decorations and sculpting amaze me as I view the intricate and complex workmanship…and they taste good too! 

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