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Old Rockland County in Autumn and Oral Histories at the New City Library

In September we collected 13 oral histories from long time residents of Rockland County thanks in part to a grant from the Library Association of Rockland County.  We now have a web page devoted to our new oral histories where you can start to listen to some clips.  Check it out at http://newcitylibrary.org/oralhistory.  For October we are highlighting a story from Tom Schassler of Stony Point.  Tom visited me my first day working in the Rockland Room to do some research for one of his historic preservation efforts up in Stony Point.  This story from Tom is a perfect one for Autumn.

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Hair-Raising Horror: Tales to Terrify

terrified man - photospin 963_4483691With Halloween only a week away, I'm sure many readers are looking for that perfect book to get them into the spooky spirit. I have the ideal list-- a blood-chilling blend of recent and classic horror, thrillers, dark graphic novels, and even a little non-fiction.

Although... hm. I can't really call this a recommended reading list. To be honest, while many of these titles are critically-acclaimed masterworks of horror, I wouldn't personally recommend any of them. I'm a horror wimp, and I like being able to sleep at night.

Instead, let's call this a warning list. As in, WARNING: The books on this list are terrifying. No, I'll go even farther than that-- they're downright disturbing.  Epically creepy, and (in some cases) grotesquely gory. (That's another warning, by the way-- splatterpunk (which is as icky as it sounds) is well-represented here.)

In short: THESE BOOKS WILL MESS YOU UP.

You've Got Email

Your email address opens so many possibilities to help you manage your library account. Provide Circulation Services with your email and begin the process of controlling your fines, your renewals and how you are notified when your requests are available at the library.

Three days before items are due an email reminder is sent (except for 3 day loans and museum passes) with a link to renew eligible material.  Renew or return on time and you avoid late fees.  If you've kept something beyond the due date you'll get a gentle reminder to help keep late fees in check.   Another advantage for email recipients is same day notification when reserves become available with a 5 day pickup date. 

Stop by the Circulation desk the next time you visit and sign up.  More than 50% of our members use this service; we'd like to increase this number and lower our postage costs even more.  Join to take control of your account and reduce or eliminate late fees.  

 

Better Than Google

 

One of the most common questions we librarians get concerns what kind of ___________do I buy?  Just fill in the blank, mattress, toaster oven, laptop, washing machine, etc.  When faced with making a purchase, most people want to spend their hard-earned money on the right product.  The best way to make a wise decision is to arm yourself with the proper research.  Most people know and trust Consumer Reports and ask for it by name, and you can access it by using our on-line subscription or Ebsco Masterfile Premier’s on-line database.

Ready for a frightfully fun time?

Registration for our third annual Pumpkinpalooza is under way. Join us next Friday, October 24 at 4:00pm for a chilling session of stories presented by the "Story for Kids Club" of Clarkstown North High School.  These teens will tell frightful tales and scary stories appropriate for brave little youngsters ages 5 and up.  Wearing costumes is encouraged!  Limited seating is available in our haunted basement room, so call 634-4997 x 121, to reserve your space soon -- if you dare!

The Roof Project

We have been told by Precision Roofing that the project will take about three weeks—which will be three weeks from the start date.  Two things can critically impact this estimated completion date: 1. Work cannot be done in the rain. 2. Unanticipated problems—only some of which will cause delays. 

During the life of the roofing project, there may be odors detected in the building. The odors are the result of the glue that is used to seal down the new roof.  Precision Roofing Co. is using low VOC glue.  A manager of Precision Roofing indicated that the low compliant VOC is more costly but it meets the standards set by state laws.  It does give off a strong, but apparently harmless odor.

A number of formalities remain, but work should begin shortly on replacing 7 of the 8 roofs on the library.  The eighth one covers the addition to the building and it is in good shape  The other seven roofs will be replaced over the next month weather conditions permitting.  As noted, no work can be done in the rain.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for October

1. Roof Project – Update

A number of formalities remain, but work should begin shortly on replacing 7 of the 8 roofs on the library.  The eighth one covers the addition to the building.  Since it is much newer it is in good shape.  All of the others will be replaced over the next month weather conditions permitting.  No work can be done in the rain.

Concerns were raised over the legally required signs that indicated that asbestos will be removed as part of the overall roof removal process.  It is our understanding that there is no danger from the asbestos removal.  GEO Environmental has the specific contractual responsibility to examine the completed project for any asbestos issues.  The asbestos removal is being done by a subcontractor of Precision Roof Inc. The subcontractor specializes in asbestos removal. All of the workers are certified and licensed by the state.

At some point, there may be odors detected in the building. The odors will be the result of the new roof being glued down.

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What's Cooking?: Apples, Apples, and More Apples

When October arrives, the excitement is not about Halloween, costumes, and candy.  October is apple season time and I can’t wait to go pick the best varieties to start my baking.  I wonder which types of apples will make a “perfect” combination for a great tasting pie this year.  There is so much to consider since the textures and flavors of apples vary from tart and crisp to sweet and soft.  Just looking at the honey crisp, ginger gold, gala, granny smith, and golden delicious start those creative juices in me to dive into making those baked goods we especially enjoy in the autumn and winter months.

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CBLDF BBW Jeff Smith posterEvery year, libraries and bookstores around the country set aside the last week in September for Banned Books Week.  In this week, we seek to remind everyone of the benefits of free and open access to information.  We underscore the dangers of censorship.  And we honor a right we never, ever want to lose: our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read. 

The Cube at the New City Library

Get a sneak peek from one of our interviews from this past weekend on Soundcloud Picture a ten-foot stainless steel cube, balancing on its edge. The surrounding area are mirrored in the metallic sides of this beautiful piece of modern sculpture. Suddenly the door opens to reveal a comfortable, soundproof recording booth. Welcome to The Cube.

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