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Rooting for the Bad Guys: Villain Protagonists

"Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?" -The Wicked Witch of the West

Okay, who out there has never rooted for the bad guy?  (You in the back, put your hand down.  I've seen your Loki desktop wallpaper, you so-called goody-goody!)  Much as we say we want the good guys to win in the end, let's face it: good can be boring.  Good has to follow the rules.  Good is hard-working.  Modest.  Clean-cut.  Strait-laced.  Narrow.  Predictable.  Like I said... BORING.  The really interesting characters are the ones who are willing to step outside the lines... or draw their own.

New DVD Releases for May 15th

We have five new titles for Tuesday, May 15th.  They are:

Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close)

Chroncicle (Sci-Fi)

Grey, The (Liam Neeson)

One For the Money (Katherine Heigl)

Rampart (Woody Harrelson)

Garden Rockers! Planting!

  Rain, rain, go away!  We'll be planting on Thursday! That's right, Rockers - we will be weeding and planting flowers this Thursday, May 17, starting at 7:00 pm in the Children's Garden here at the New City Library.  Bring your enthusiasm and love of dirt and join up!  The Garden Rockers Club is open to kids in grades 2 -5 in the Clarkstown School District. (The bugs might be out, so apply any insect repellent at home if you wish.)

New Music Releases, May 2012

All American Rejects.  Kids In the Street                                   MR ALLA KIT

Band of Skulls.  Sweet Sour                                                    MR BAND SS

Berne, Tim.  Snakeoil                                                             MJ BERN SNA

New DVD Release for May 8th

We have one new title for Tuesday, May 8th.  It is:

The Vow (Rachel McAdams)

New DVD Titles May, 2012


By Accident (Foreign Film – China)

Cinema Verite (Diane Lane – HBO Drama)

Contraband (Mark Wahlberg)

Darkest Hour, The (Horror/Sci-Fi)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Happy Happy (Foreign Film – Norway)

Iron Lady, The

Johnny English Reborn (Rowan Atkinson)

King of Devil’s Island (Foreign Film – Norway)

Lafangey Parindey (Foreign Film – India)

Let the Bullets Fly (Foreign Film – China)

Love Crime (Foreign Film – France)

Mirch (Foreign Film – India)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Myth of the American Sleepover


Phas Gaye Re Obama (Foreign Film – India)

Private Eye (Foreign Film – South Korea)

Robot (Foreign Film – India)


Trespass (Nicolas Cage)

Vasermil (Foreign Film – Israel)

War Horse

We Bought a Zoo

Genealogy Abounds

Join the Genealogy Society and library staff on Saturday, May 19 starting at 10:30. First you will meet author and genealogist Greta Nettelton who talks about how she researched her family. She found Cora Keck was a piano prodigy from Davenport, Iowa whose coming-of-age story turns all our stereotypes about Victorian gender relationships upside down. Cora’s mother was a self-taught itinerant physician and the proprietor of Mrs. Dr. Keck’s Palatial Infirmary for All Chronic Diseases, and her father was a bankrupted farm mechanic who kept house for the couple’s six children. Mrs. Dr. Keck sent her daughter to Vassar’s School of Music in 1884 to keep out of trouble and find a proper Ivy League husband but Cora defied everyone’s plans, first enjoying a series of romantic affairs with her classmates and later eloping with one of her mother’s business partners, a 63-year old banker. Greta found Coras's diaries and papers and began piecing her family history.

New Romance Fiction for May 2012

In paperback:

Magic Unchained by Jessica Andersen (7, Nightkeepers) C, S
Temptation Rising by A. C. Arthur (1, The Shadow Shifters) C, S, M, O
The Duke's Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley (4, Highland Pleasures) H
The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard (1, Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel) C
Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr (19, Virgin River) C
Lessons after Dark by Isabel Cooper H, S (retitled from "No Honest Woman")
The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare (1, Hadley Wolves) H, S
Deadly Dance by Dee Davis (5, A-Tac) C, M
A Lady's Revenge by Tracey Devlyn H, M

New Speculative Fiction for May 2012

New to our shelves:

White Horse by Alex Adams SF, A, M, R
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (3, Graceling/Seven Kingdoms trilogy) F, M, R
Apocalypse by Troy Denning (9, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) SF
Darkest Knight by Karen Duvall (2, Knight's Curse) F, R
Immobility by Brian Evenson H, SF, A, M
Red, White and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth (3, The President's Vampire) H, M
Siege by Rhiannon Frater (3, As the World Dies) H, A
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (12, Sookie Stackhouse) H, R
Vengeance by Ian Irvine (1, Tainted Realm) F, M

Global Trek

The school year is starting to wind down and many of us are thinking about getting away.  How nice would a beach vacation be right now?  Well, you can take a virtual trip around the world with Scholastic at Global Trek.  Start by selecting one of the 35 locations then create a travel journal and you're off!  Once you reach your destination, you will learn about the country's history, culture and people.  Details about daily life, holidays, food, sports, school, famous people, geography, and government is provided by actual students as they answer questions from Scholastic users.  When you complete your journey, test your knowledge with Mapman and his trivia games.  Don't wait until summer to take a vacation.


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