Star Wars & Karaoke?

Well, I don't think these guys have lyrics on youtube, but we have another Family Fun Night planned for Friday April 29 ---Karaoke!!! Just sign up on the children's events page, give us a call, or pick up a ticket at the children's desk. We're looking for songlist suggestions as well. But why the Cantina band? Well - on Monday April 25, we're showing Star Wars: A New Hope, on April 26, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and on April 27, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- all at 2:00pm each day. Kids can sign up for Star Wars Day crafts offered on May 4th, and all month long we'll be having a Star Wars character hunt in the children's room - with prizes!! Come on in and join the fun! May the Fourth be with you!

What's Cooking?: Bittersweet

Do opposites attract?  It certainly does in the culinary world.  It is the pairing of opposite ingredients such as sugar and vinegar as in strawberries and balsamic vinegar, salt and sugar as in chocolate covered pretzels, or spicy white pepper and vinegar in hot and sour soup.  Exploring combinations of the six basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and umami  opens a palate of sensations.  The cooking trend is combining these contrasting flavors resulting in a complex layering that bursts and surprises the taste buds.  The outcome is never subdued or tepid.  There is a welcomed nontraditional bite that makes you wonder how and why these pairings come to work together so well.

Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Cthulhu 2016 - When you're tired of choosing the lesser of two evilsAre you trepidatious about Trump? Not happy with Hillary? Over your crush on Cruz? Are you just not "feeling the Bern"?  You may not be alone.  A lot of people have been expressing their disenchantment with the American political process of late.  Happily, Speculative Fiction is here to remind you... things could always be worse.

Better Than Google

If you come into the library anytime after school, or on week-ends, you will see tables crowded with tutors and their tutees.  Good money is spent on hiring tutors who help students with their academic subjects, SAT preparation and improving writing and reading skills. I feel this is a needless expense when there is a great database like Learning Express Library waiting for you.

Kiss me, I'm Irish!

Emerald HeartDo you secretly long for a rogue with a brogue?  Do gingers spark your interest?  If you're looking to put a little Irish in your life in honor of St. Patrick's Day this March, give the green beer a miss (yuck!) and check out one of these romances instead! 

Better Than Google

While perusing our list of databases,trying to get an idea for my blog, I came across one I was unfamiliar with, called EBSCO Explora.  This database is sponsored jointly by both RCLS and New York State.  In a word, it is amazing.  I tried a variety of different search terms, and the results were so google-like, that I had to remind myself I was not using Google.

Winners of the First Annual Valentine's Bake Off

Tonight, the library hosted our first ever bake off!  We had seven fantastic patron bakers with a variety of cakes, cookies and truffles. We are proud to announce the winners:

In first place, Jackie Kindestin with her Almond Cheesecake! Jackie had a great cheer team including her grandson:

Winner: Jackie Kindestin

Our first runner up with her incredible Pomegranate Truffle was  Michelle Petrazuollo:

First Runner Up: Michelle Petrazuollo

Our third place winner was the awesome Greta Karavatski, whose brownies scored big!

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,

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