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,

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.

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