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Fast, Fun Reads for Not-So-Young Adults

The summer's nearly over, alas!  In a week, it's back to pencils and books (or computers and smartboards) for the younger generation.  If you've got kids in school you might hesitate to pick up a long novel right now, with the demands of the school year looming so close.  Or maybe you don't have kids, but end-of-summer burnout is making your reading pile look like the Tower of Babel.  Well, fear not!  The library (as always) has an answer for you: Young Adult books... for grown-ups!

Young Adult (or "YA") titles tend to be faster reads for adults, but that doesn't mean they're poorer ones.  These books will hook you early and hard, grabbing your attention from the get-go.  Think about it-- they have to grab a teen's attention away from school, sports, friends, social media, texting, gaming, movies, shopping... you get the idea.  And in the name of grabbing that audience, YA authors are often willing to be more innovative and edgy than their adult-market counterparts-- telling an entire story through chat windows, for example, or using Death himself as a narrator.

Calling All Garden Rockers!

It's time to do some Fall planting and weeding!  We also need to prepare for our Afternoon Tea in the Garden party to recognize all our volunteers and thank the community for their support.  It is planned for September 8 (raindate Sept 9).  We will meet on Thursday, August 30 at 7pm and Friday September 7 at 4pm to accomplish these goals.  Garden Rockers! Club is open to children entering grades 2 - 5 from Clarkstown Central School District.  Call the children's department to register. 

New DVD Releases for August 21st

We have five new titles for Tuesday, Augsut 21st.  They are:

Bernie (Jack Black)

Dictator, The (Sacha Baron Cohen)

Freelancers (Robert De Niro)

NCIS: Season Three

Separation, A (Foreign Film - Persian)


Better Than Google

Are you a news junkie?  Can you never get enough of t.v. news, radio news, the Internet, twitter, newspapers and magazines?  If the answer is yes, then you are going to love World News Digest.

New Romance Fiction for August 2012

(Romance Key: E= Romantica/Erotica)

New Speculative Fiction for August 2012

New to our shelves:

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (13, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (1, Devil's Wake) H, SF, A, M (Horror Barnes)
Queen's Hunt by Beth Bernobich (2, River of Souls) F, M, R
Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (4, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
The Wanderers by Paula Brandon (3, The Veiled Isles) F, R
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (1, Ender: The First Formic War) SF (SF Card)
Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn (3, Kingdom of the Serpent) F
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (2, Expanse) SF

Newspaper Index

In the local history collection, we have digitized the Rockland Messenger, a 19th century newspaper. This was done with a grant from the late Senator Morahan. Since that time, a more sophisiticated software has become available allowing for line segmentation and ease in searching. We are currently in the process of this upgrade through a company called Hudson Microimaging.

Newspapers are some of the last research tools that have been recognized for their valuable information and there has been a major effort o preserve the old editions. I came across an email from a librarian in Oshkosh WI and would like to condense her reporting. Apparently the Oshkosh Public Library began indexing newspapers through WPA in 1936-1938. The indexing was done by one person who covered a variety of information. Then in the nid-1950's, a researcher became so interested in family names that he indexed 1920-1948.

New DVD Releases for August 14th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, August 14th.  They are:

Dexter: Season Six

Raid: Redemption, The (Foreign Film - Indonesia)

August Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Adler
     A Place in the Country
by Elizabeth Adler.   Read by Charlotte Anne Dore.   8 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD  Amirrezvani
     Equal of the Sun
by Anita Amirrezvani.  Read by Simon Vance.  11 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Andrews
     Spring Fever
by Mary Kay Andrews.  Read by Kathleen McInerney.  12 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Britton
    The Operative
by Andrew Britton.  Read by Christopher Lane.  10 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Chen
     The Red Chamber
by Pauline  Chen.  Read by Grayce Wey.  14 discs.  16+ hours.

BCD Conway
     The Last Trade
by James Conway.  Read by Peter Berkrot.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

Scrambled States Of America

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Wednesday Aug. 22 at 10:00 AM.  Grades 2-4.  Registration required!

Inspired by Laurie Keller's funny book, we'll explore the states through songs, stories & games.

Registration begins WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th

 

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