What's Cooking?: May Your New Year Be Prosperous and Peaceful

According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is today, February 8th.  It is the Year of the Monkey.  The most celebrated holiday in the Chinese culture and other Asian countries, I remember celebrating with visits to relatives and friends wishing them a prosperous new year as well as receiving guests in our home.  Along with the parades and fire cracking festivities are the endless procession of traditional dishes, sweets and treats that make one hope the party never stops.  It is with anticipation that I look forward to eating these specialty dishes that is traditionally serve on New Year’s Eve where the family members travel far and wide to be together to share this meal.  Happy times…

Nooks Recharged

Are you on the waiting list for a hot new book?  Consider checking out one of our Nooks.  Each is pre-loaded with dozens of bestselling titles in both fiction and nonfiction.  Simply turn them on - no downloading required!  They are perfect for traveling or for taking a test drive of the e-reading experience. Click Read more for the latest titles.

Teen Book Discussion 2/16 at 7PM


  Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Book will be available in the lobby starting Tuesday, January 26. Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page,

WHEN GENRES COLLIDE: ROMANCE IN SF

Starry HeartsIt had to happen one of these days.  My two genre blogs ("Care to Speculate," on Speculative Fiction, and "Romance In The Air," on Romance) are meeting head-on this month and, well... I'm afraid they're falling ridiculously in love with each other.  I'm scheduled to blog on SF (and so I shall!), but with Valentine's Day so close, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak in a little romance.  So for this month, I'm focusing on romance found in speculative fiction.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?!?!?!?!

Yes! New City Library joins many other libraries throughout the country to promote family reading through this initiative. But...1,000 Books!! Impressive, you say? Too hard, you think? Well - in this program, if you read just three books a day to your young ones, you will have read over 1,000 in just one year! Do that for two years, or three years...you get the picture. Each child listening to the story can count that book. What child doesn't love to hear the same book over and over before bed? Well - each time that book is read, it counts! Not so formidable a task, now, is it? Just stop by the children's reference desk to pick up your first reading log and we'll tell you all about it. But..does this really impact a child's development? Studies have shown that children as young as infancy benefit from hearing stories and language, as reasearch shows that during the first year infants' brains are developing the neural connections they will use for language and high cognitive functions through the rest of their lives.

Better Than Google

We have a new addition to our database collection and it comes courtesy of the Ramapo Catskill Library System.  It is called Glassdoor Jobs and Recruitment Site, and will be a boon to all those job seekers out there.  Due to its unusual content, you can search for a job title, but more than that, you can explore the corporate culture of an employer. Glassdoor holds a growing database of more than 8 million company reviewss, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobs — no other site allows you to see which employers are hiring, what it's really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn.

Thursday Movie Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be showing "The Sturgeon Queens" on Thursday, January 21st.  I will be showing a foreign film, from Italy, which also has a food theme.

What's Cooking?: The Slow Cooker

slow cooker

Do you own a slower cooker?  If you do, it’s time to dust it off and take it out.  Once you start to use it, it becomes an invaluable appliance which cooks your meals unattended.  I love my slow cookers.  I have three of varying sizes and shapes.  It is popularly known as “Crock-Pot” by the company who first manufactured it.  The crock is the thick and heavy ceramic inserted into the base unit which is insulated with the heating element.  The slow cooker uses low levels of heat, thus, it can withstand lengthy cooking times.  It can be left cooking unattended while you are working or running errands.  For those who have busy lives or want to be free from being behind the stove all day long, the slow cooker is a must have.  Nothing speaks to me like a ready home-cooked meal with little preparation.   

Beyond Books: A Film Fest of Food

In January, for our Thursday afternoon movie series, we will be showing a variety of films related to the theme of "food".  We will have two English language films, a Danish film and a documentary; a veritable smorgasbord for all.

On January 7th the film will be "Chocolat", starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.  A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

On January 14th the film is "Babette's Feast" a Danish language film from 1987.  In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father and although they can leave, they choose to stay with him.  Then Babette enters their lives and things begin to change.

On January 21st we will be showing the documentary "Sturgeon Queens".  Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day.

Romp in the New Year!

That's right!  Romper Room on Saturday is happening today! Come in for a ticket for the 10:30am or 11:30am session.  Open to families in the New City/West Nyack Libraries district.  One adult per child is allowed, but each adult may bring all the children in their care.  Hope to see you later!

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