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Changes to Overdrive

Overdrive, our content provider for e-books, digital audio and video, has recently updated its features.  Following are the options you'll see next time you sign in to your account:

Hold suspensions - You can suspend your hold on the waiting list for a title.  This keeps you advancing on the list but does not make the title available to you until you're ready for it.

Auto checkout - When a title becomes available, it will be automatically checked out to you, and you'll get an email indicating so.

Maturity levels - Search results can be limited by Children, Teen, and Adult reading levels.

Changes in the website include a new "Recommended for You" feature that displays as soon as you sign in.  Boolean searching has changed from "OR" to "AND".  That means your search results will become more relevant since all the keywords you type in must appear in the resulting list of titles.  Minor bug fixes have been added, too.

What's Cooking?: The Ice Cream Sandwich

I was just reminiscing the other day of things I loved to eat as a little girl in the summer months.  What came immediately to my mind were those ice cream sandwiches my brother and I would always get.  Our parents would give us change to run to our local grocery store.  We were barely able to reach down to the freezer to grab that 2½ x5-inch treat of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between thin layers of chocolate cake (cookie?).  You know the kind.  Funny, I remembered I was afraid I might fall into that freezer trying to get that ice cream.  I often prefer the Good Humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bar on a stick but my parents discouraged it because it was too messy to eat.  The ice cream sandwich provided a wrapper that can be torn circumferentially as this rectangular sandwich is consumed.  My parents were very practical people…and neat.  Wow, what tangent memories one little ice cream treat can evoke.  Create your own forever moments.

Keeping Safe

All libraries, whether public or private, are concerned with the security and maintenance of their material.  To that end, the collections in this library have an activated security system in place.  Most times material is 'deactivated' at checkout and you leave with no problem.  Occasionally the detection alarm rings even though you have a complete checkout receipt.  The  blame usually falls to barcode placement, most common on material from other libraries but sometimes on our older items as well.  Cases containing more than one disc might need extra attention also.  When  the alarm sounds we ask that you return to the Circulation desk; we'll deactivate the security and thank  you for  your patience and understanding.  

Better Than Google

Access Video on Demand is one of the most exciting databases we have ever had.  Unlike our more traditional databases, it doesn’t have text, but has video! So, rather than read information in the form of articles or e-books, you can watch actual films. Enjoy over 13,000 films, and 207,000 segments of free streaming video. Access Video on Demand and Archival Films feature eight comprehensive collections including films by such greats as Ken Burns, NOVA, Bill Moyers, National Geographic.

You can watch independent full-length films, archival films and newsreels, travelogues, plays, cooking shows, news programs, instructional videos on mathematics or career planning, and the list goes on and on. When you search by subject, and you will get a list of videos that pertain to it. You can even save them on your own playlist and watch them at a later time. I guarantee you will find something fascinating in this database.  Just explore it by subject and you will spend hours moving from one mesmerizing video to another.

Teen Reading Club --- It's Not Too Late to Join--- Free Renaissance Tickets!

 

Under Teens on our website is a simple sign-up for the Teen Reading Club (Grades 7-12).  You can read just one book this summer or dozens; there is no requirement.  For each book you read you get a chance for our raffle bag of great prizes. 

We have a weekly "Book in a Jar" at the Adult Reference Desk, and each week you finish reading  a book you can pick up a prize at the Adult Reference Desk.  The week of July 28 we have free tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire.  Don't miss out.  This ticket has a value of $24!  So join today and do a little reading for great prizes.  Last week's winner of "Book in a Jar" was Anetha Abraham who correctly identified the book  No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.  She won a movie pass for the AMC Theater at the Palisades Mall.

 

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for June

  1.  AV Grant

From a formal standpoint the New City Library is officially done with the AV Grant.  New York State Library Development sent to the Library the FS-10 Approved Report, the official sign-off by the State.

On the furniture front, the new table top for the children’s computer table was finally delivered.  The installers should have the replacement table top in position by close of business, July 11.  Note that it’s the third one—we hope they got it right this time, and we can close the book on the furnishings for the Children’s Room.  Also two chairs that were delivered did not have their cut-outs match the chairs that were originally ordered.  The supplier has been notified, and we trust that this will be resolved—but if the future is like the past, it will not happen quickly.

Other than these couple of issues in the children’s room that will be resolved, let’s put the grant behind us and move on to other initiatives now.

Click here to continue reading this month's Director's report.

Downloadable Music: Freegal

The New City Library has discontinued its subscription to the Freegal music service.

There were a few reasons for this decision. 

Freegal is a rather expensive product for the library to keep supporting given the number of patrons who actually used the service.  We have noticed, over the last year, that usage levels have continued in a downward trend. Another reason for discontinuing Freegal is budgetary constraints we now find ourselves under.  The cost, per download, for each song was quite high for the library. The third reason is simply a matter of the number of free streaming music services on the web which everyone has access to.  Some of these are Pandora, last.fm, 8track.com and Spotify.  There are many more streaming music services that patrons can get by going online.

Again, we are sorry to have to discontinue Freegal.  We hope our patrons understand our reasons for doing so.

Historypin and Local History Online

On July 29th at 2pm I will be offering the second of a series of classes discussing the vast and ever-increasing local history resources available to the public online.  You can view the prezi for this course online here.   We will discuss local newspapers online, photographs and postcards, Ancestry.com, and what's coming soon.  One particularly interesting site I have been working with is Historypin, this site (and the accompanying app) allows you to pin images to a Google Map.  I used it to pin a photo of each of the Historic markers in Clarkstown to a map.   Learn more on July 29th.

Better Than Google

Morningstar Investment Research Center is now available online to help with your financial needs.  Those of you may remember that we used to get Morningstar Mutual Funds in its spiffy binder.  However, when it was discontinued in print, we declined to subscribe on-line.  However, with the great popularity of the on-line version of ValueLine, I felt Morningstar deserved another look.  The free trial convinced me that this would be a very useful business source for us, since it complements, but does not necessarily duplicate what ValueLine does. With the great tools Morningstar offers, you will be able to make educated investment decisions. They have a wonderful help and education module which teaches the basics of investments to novice investors, as well as providing us with their popular new and archived newsletters.

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