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Library closing at noon today

The Library will close at noon today, Wednesday, November 26, due to weather conditions.  We will re-open at 11am on Friday, November 28.  Have a happy Thanksgiving!

I should have brought along that audiobook......

Read-along book and CD kits are also great for those car trips!  We have a broad selection of picture book and beginner reader sets which often include music and sound effects.  Our extensive collection of books on CD for children includes all the latest hits -- and some old favorites the whole family will enjoy.  The stories range in length and content, so come on in and we'll help you choose some -- like Lemony Snicket?  Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus? Boxcar Children mysteries? James Patterson's Middle School Series? Junie B Jones? Dork Diaries? 39 Clues? Magic Tree House?  Well - you get the idea.  Stop in before you hit the road.

Director's Report November 2014

Director’s Report
November 2014

1.    Roof Project

By the time of the Board meeting the balance of the roof work should be completed.  The metal capping that comprises the perimeter of the library will have been replaced.  All of the loose bricks that affected the capping will have been pointed.  And the drain from the roof will have been installed successfully.  The drain was necessitated because water collected on the roof from rain storms.  The new roof drain required work by both the roofer and a plumber. 

It was a major project.  Kudos are extended to Shibu Abraham, Finance and Facility Manager, for his management of the project—from beginning to end.  Contrary to prior concerns the library never closed during the duration of the project. 

2.    Long Range Plan

Better Than Google

Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker?  Are you buying a new car?  If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay? 
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home.  You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there.  However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes.  In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.

Veterans Day Story

It's Veterans Day and the New City Library is open regular hours.  While you enjoy the day, listen to the Rockland County Director of Veterans Affairs Jerry Donnellan's oral history interview on HRVH or the short story below from that interview.

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Not Just for Teens

Recently teen books have become very popular with adult readers.  Many people enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  As the Teen Librarian, most of my personal reading is in the teen book area.  I still read an occasional “Adult “ title and enjoy a wide range of adult authors.  However, I find that many “teen” books are fun and exciting to read with complex ideas, plots and relevancy.   The following are some of my personal favorites.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly [ separared by centuries, a teen tries to cope with the tragic deaths of two young boys]

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'Investigating Mysteries' cancelled this Monday

The "Investigating Mysteries" book group meeting for Monday, Nov. 10th has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

December's meeting will continue as scheduled.

Beyond Books: The Director's Film Series

Many of our patrons may not be aware that, over a year ago our Director, Mitch Freedman, started a Thursday afternoon film series. Every Thursday, at 1:00PM, the library shows a film which has been personally selected by him.

What's Cooking?: Popovers for the Holidays

The holiday season has begun and I look forward to creating my holiday menus.  I would love to bake some artisanal bread for the holidays but it involves a lot of prep work, kneading and waiting for the bread to rise.  A wonderful alternative is the unassuming yet spectacular-looking popover.  It is delicate and crusty, so delicious when slathered with butter, cream or jam.  It surpasses that crusty loaf or those dinner rolls with its versatility for the upcoming holidays as well as for afternoon tea, breakfast or dinner. Despite its elegant appearance, they are fun to eat and kids love them!

Digital Content now searchable within library catalog

Search results in the Enterprise library catalog now include digital content that can be accessed directly from the Overdrive website with one click.  Ebooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming movies can be checked out (or placed on hold) without having to make a separate visit to the Digital Download Center found under the "Find an Item" tab on our homepage.

Digital content will be clearly identified as "Electronic Format" on the results page.

Another new feature is the "Buy It Now" button.  This allows you to purchase titles if you so desire - a portion of the sale will go to benefit  our library system.  Something to think about if you have to read (or listen to or watch) it right now!

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