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New Mysteries March 2011

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett
Aftermath by Peter Turnbull
Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle
Heaven is High by Kate Wilhelm
Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Redback by Kirk Russell
Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee
Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey
Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton
Fruit of all Evil by Paige Shelton

New Mysteries March 2011

Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes
Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Though Not Dead by Dana Stabenow
Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks
Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett
Aftermath by Peter Turnbull
Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle
Heaven is High by Kate Wilhelm
Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Redback by Kirk Russell
Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee
Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey
Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
Death of a Chimney Sweep by M.C. Beaton
Fruit of all Evil by Paige Shelton

"BOOKING" A CRUISE

The days are getting noticably longer as the end of winter approaches, but temperatures outside are still uncertain.  (The weather, even more so.  Will this snow EVER go away?)  I know many of you must be longing for balmier weather.  Well, it's cruise season!  If you can't get away from it all in person, why not escape winter for awhile between the pages of a book?  New City Library's doughty crew is ready to weigh anchor for the destination of your choice, and the only passport required is your library card. 

Our romance collection has a veritable fleet of "dreamboats" in port right now, eager to whisk you away to some warm, welcoming sea (or at least a nice bubble bath).  Just think of it-- exotic locations, handsome captains, dashing pirates, charming fellow travellers... and dressing for dinner is completely optional.  Put on your flip-flops, pour yourself an umbrella drink, and grab a deck chair... it's time for a little shipboard romance! 

 

More Than Just a Number

     Did you know over 23,000 of our residents have library cards?  We issue over 100 cards new cards a month; and in September known in library land as “card sign up month” and we traditionally sign up over 150 new members.  For several years the total number of members hovered at about 22,000, as people moved and new residents joined our community.  This year has seen a real increase in our membership; even with the growing popularity of eBooks people are more aware of the value, variety and vastness of our library’s collection.

     Some of you like to chat with us and we enjoy your comments as you use the Self-Checkouts or come up to the desk.  I was happy to tell the ‘speculative fiction’ librarian that a young man from another town said we had the best Sci-Fi collection in the county.  Another person from one of the county’s smaller libraries told me how much she loved the playaways and came here because of the depth of our collection.

New DVD Releases for February 22nd

We have four new releases for Tuesday, February 22nd.  They are:

Due Date (Robert Downey Jr.)

Get Low (Robert Duvall)

Nurse Jackie: Season Two

Weeds: Season Six


Mystery Monday

Who wants to laugh?
Humor is a very subjective concept.  What is uproarious to one person may not even bring a smile to the lips of someone else.  Why the seemingly sophisticated French adore Jerry Lewis has been a real head scratcher to those who find his antics decidedly unfunny.  But what is a sense of humor and why does it vary so widely between individuals?  While everyone does possess a distinct sense of humor and may be amused by events that don't necessarily tickle another's funnybone, there are certain universal characteristics of humor that produce a humorous response. These are:
    Incongruity
    Absurdity, ludicrousness, or ridiculousness
    Unexpected future
    pleasant surprise
    Being startled
    "Getting it"
    Emotional chaos remembered in tranquility

Dark Stars: Diversity in Speculative Fiction

I have an embarrassing confession to make.  Unless the information has been handed to me in an author bio, I am often remarkably clueless about the personal details of the people I read.  Age, gender, race, religion, orientation, ethnicity-- I know they matter in shaping the person who's shaped the story I'm reading, but finding these things out isn't high in my priorities.  I read speculative fiction because I'm interested in the world inside the author's head, not their place in the world outside of it.

Sometimes the answers are obvious, of course, either from the author's name (if it is the author's real name) or from the context of the stories he or she writes.  If I see initials instead of a first name, I'll suppose the author is female-- men don't really need to hide their gender to sell books (except in the Romance genre).  In the absence of other clues, I'll generally assume the author is something like the book's main character, if I take time to think about the matter at all. 

New DVD Releases for February 15th

We have five new releases for Tuesday, February 15th. They are:

Kites: The Remix (Foreign Film - India)

Life As We Know It (Katherine Heigl)

Unstoppable (Denzel Washington)

Waiting For Superman (Documentary - Educational System)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Anthony Hopkins)

1940 Census is Coming!!

There is a lot of movement and correspondence coming through as we approach the release of the 1940 Federal Census. The magic date is April 2, 2012. If you want a peek at a census form and get an overall view of this decade, go to this web site: www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/. This census will be totally digital with free access, and there will be no microfilm available. NARA has no plans to index. Any censuses thereafter are bound by the 72-year privacy restriction making the 1950 census available in 2022.

New Large Print for February 2011

Fiction:

Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett

Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Tripwire by Lee Child

The Outlaws by W.E.B. Griffin

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Rose in the Storm by Jon Katz

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Great House by Nicole Krauss

Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

Deja Vu by Fern Michaels

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Kiss Me if You Can by Carly Phillips

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards by Jacqueline Seewald

The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart

 

Non-Fiction:

In the Still of the Night by Ann Rule

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