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The 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America is being celebrated though officially it began February 11, 1910. This unique organization started small and has on record more than 110 million registered American Scouts. But did you know the importance of scouting in Rockland County? Suffern resident, Daniel Beard (1850- 1941) was the first national commissioner of Scouting and first organized camping within the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in 1910. Mr. Beard is buried in Rockland Cemetery.   Interestingly, 1910 was also the same year the Harriman family gave $1,000,000 and 10,000 acres to create Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. The Boy Scouts sited their first camp at Lake Stahahe (next to Southfields off the NYS Thruway) in 1913. The first national Scout meeting was held in 1919 at the Bear Mountain Inn. Scouting has certainly had an active history in Rockland County and surrounding Orange. Happy Birthday! 

A Jewel in the New York Harbor

Governors Island: The Jewel  of New York Harbor is one of the many books available in the Rockland Room that focuses on New York City history.  This beautiful book blends a sense of nostalgia with twenty-first-century amenities. The author has included rarely-viewed photos, blueprints, architectural plans and interviews with former residents. Located in the New York Harbor, Governors Island was a British fort in the 1700's and then played a long-standing role as a station for the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard. The island also offers a vivid reflection of historic events in New York City and the world at large. Stop in at the Rockland Room and have a look in the new book section for this fascinating book.

It should be mentioned that there is a new library non-fiction book discussion group, Facts, that has been focusing on books about the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. The May selection was Manhattan: My Downtown by Pete Hamill and the June selection is The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell  by Mark Kurlansky. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1PM. All interested persons are invited.

New DVD Releases For May 11th

We have two new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 11th. They are:

Daybreakers (Horror Film)

Legion (Sci-Fi Film)

Coming in October

Fiction:

Child, Lee. Untitled #15.

Coben, Harlan. Back Spin.

Coulter, Catherine. The Valcourt Heiress.

Donaldson, Stephen R. Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Goldberg, Myla. The False Friend.

Krauss, Nicole. Great House.

Meyer, Deon. Thirteen Hours.

Perry, Anne. A Christmas Odyssey.

Parker, Robert B. Painted Ladies

Roth, Philip. Nemesis

Willis, Connie. All Clear.

Non-Fiction

Ellis, Joseph. First Family: Abigail and John Adams.

Halperin, Ian. The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Johnson, Steven. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.

Kelly, Kevin. What Technology Wants.

Mandela, Nelson. Conversations with Myself.

What's Cooking?: Healing Foods

As I was preparing the Chicken Wine Soup for my daughter-in-law after she gave birth, I realize we often overlook the restorative and healing powers of food.  This Chicken Wine Soup is traditional in the Chinese culture and prepared for new mothers in their recovery from childbirth. This soup contains an abundance of ginger and glutinous rice wine in the soup to help rejuvenate and warm the body. The dried lily buds and wood ears are believed to have anticoagulant properties. The dried Chinese mushrooms revitalize the body and improve its immune system.  Of course, everyone is familiar with the healing quality of chicken soup. There are some who await a new birth with anticipation just to be able to partake of this soup along with a small bowl of pickled pigs’ knuckles with hard-boiled eggs cooked in sweetened black vinegar and ginger.  You may think this latter dish is unappetizing but it is often requested unabashedly.  Although I think the taste is unique and delicious, the true focus is on the restorative value of its ingredients.

New Romance Fiction for May 2010

In paperback:

Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander H
Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen (4, The Final Prophecy) C, S
Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton (5, Griffin Powell) C, M
Dead by Midnight by Beverly Barton (6, Griffin Powell) C, M
A Most Sinful Proposal by Sara Bennett H
The Secret Duke by Jo Beverley (10, The Mallorens) H
The Devil’s Playground by Jenna Black (5, Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist) C, S
Rogue in My Arms by Celeste Bradley (2, The Runaway Brides) H
Enigma by Carla Cassidy (Harlequin Intrigue: Maximum Men) C, M
Out of Eden by Beth Ciotta C

New Speculative Fiction for May 2010

New to our shelves:

Dark Matter by S. W. Ahmed SF
Backlash by Aaron Allston (4, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi) SF
Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Directive 51 by John Barnes SF, A
Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle by Peter S. Beagle, with Jonathan Strahan, ed. F, H
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett (2, Demon trilogy) F
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (5, Mercy Thompson) F, H, R
Changes by Jim Butcher (12, Dresden Files) F, H
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror by Ellen Datlow, ed. H
Breakfast at Twilight and Other Stories by Phillip K. Dick, with Gregg Rickman, ed.  (2, The Early

New Music Releases May, 2010

 

Allan, Gary.  Get Off On the Pain                                                        MC ALLA GOO M00

Bach, Johann Sebastian.  Six Partitas                                                 GP BACH SP E62

New DVDs for May 2010

 

THREE DAY DVDS

$9.99                                                                                 #11894

CORINTHIANS, RAKES, AND INCOMPARABLES, OH MY!

This month, I'm continuing the historical romance theme and tackling... Regencies! 

Why is the Regency such a popular setting?  Lots of reasons-- just take a look at what was going on in those days: the Napoleonic Wars, the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the women's rights movement, the birth of Gothic literature, and the Romantic poets, just to name a few.  It was the day of Beau Brummel, the Elgin Marbles, Byron, Keats, Shelley (both of them), Ann Radcliffe, and of course, Miss Jane Austen.  And at the heart of it all, the Ton: the glittering, fascinating, hothouse environment of Britain's upper crust.  Wealth, privilege, education, and refined manners, all held together by a rigid code of conduct for the space of a London Season.  I like to think of the Regency period as romance's answer to the sonnet: the rules might seem oppressive and needlessly complicated, designed to strangle creativity, but think what marvellously subtle and nuanced work can result!  Is it any wonder that the Regency is the most popular type of historical romance in our library?

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