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There and Back Again: Journeys in Speculative Fiction

A certain highly anticipated fantasy film about a long journey "there and back again" will see its world-wide release in less than a month.  Closer to home, many are making trips of their own today to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The roads, rail lines, and airways of this country are jam-packed with travelers.  (And before the weekend is over, they'll get to do the whole thing over again in reverse, hooray!)

College freshmen, many of them back home for the first time since the start of school, might feel a particular kinship with Mr. Baggins in the ending chapters of The Hobbit.  The place to which they've returned may look the same (if their mothers haven't turned their rooms into craft spaces or storage cubbies), but for some, it won't feel quite like the home they left a few short months ago.  Though it's been more years than I'd care to admit since I was a freshman, I can still recall that odd feeling of displacement on my first Thanksgiving back, of being a guest in my own home.  

Better Than Google

 

Like it or not, the Journal News is the major newspaper in Rockland and Westchester counties, and we rely on it as our primary local news source.  Librarians are often asked for help in retrieving news articles and obituaries from the Journal News.  Unfortunately, for the greatest part of its existence, the Journal News has not been indexed!  So, for example, a genealogist looking for an obituary must have some idea of the date of death, or they will be endlessly searching the microfilm.  The same grim scenario exists for anyone searching the microfilm without a date.

What kid wants to watch educational DVDs???

Maybe yours!  Tired of viewing those same old cartoon DVDs again and again?  Sitting in front of the game system fighting the aliens getting old?  We have a huge selection in the children's DVD section covering topics from home safety to how the rides at Disney World work.  Among our collection of more than 350 titles are several series.  We all love Bill Nye the Science Guy's way of introducing complex topics to young viewers using humor and sight gags.  Families of the World series shows the traditional cultures of many countries, each with its own DVD.  We have recently added Families of Guatemala, Families of Russia, and Families of Israel.  The titles in this series that we don't own in our collection can be borrowed through inter-library loan and picked up right here for your convenience.  Another excellent series is Global Wonders, which shows a culturally-diverse group of young friends how their traditions have impacted the arts, sciences, etc.  For more adventure, take a look at

Intrepid Museum Closed

The Intrepid Museum is currently closed due to damage caused by hurricane Sandy.  Please consult their website for information updates.  

What's Cooking?: Breaking Bread Together

 

How can one not be comforted by the aroma of freshly baked bread in the oven?   Every time I drive by Rockland Bakery, the smell permeates the surroundings reassuring me that all is well when the baking of bread has not lost its timely rhythm.  The crusty artisan breads I would buy from lower Manhattan can make a mundane meal into something extra special.  Those meals with extra gravy and sauce call for a thick slice cut from a loaf to mop up all that deliciousness.  There is something about freshly baked bread that reminds one of home, providing comfort and satiation.

Catalog upgrade today

Enterprise, the patron side of the library catalog, will be undergoing an upgrade starting at 6am today.  It will be unavailable until approximately 10am.  Thank you for your patience during this necessary improvement.

It's Amazing-Check it Out

Curious about what happens when you hand your browse cards to a Circulation staff member working at the AV desk?  You set in motion a very precise and organized system.  Picture being able to survey a maze from above and you'll see how we work.  With browse cards in hand staff starts walking up and down the various pathways searching for your material.  The first few aisles hold adult DVD's, shelved by genre; entertainment, nonfiction and biography or collection, for example, Blue ray.  Continue up and down the next few aisles for Juvenile material; DVD's, music and VHS.  Keep going to find games and CD-ROMS.  The newspaper collection is shelved down another aisle and includes The New York Times, Post, Daily News, Journal News, Wall Street Journal and financial and local papers as well.  Present your library card and read them in the library.  The music collection is shelved along the entire perimeter of the maze.  When you return your material we get to do this in reverse.  Our maze is amazing and so is the staff.

Better Than Google

How the 1938 debate team at Munhall High School (Pa) would have loved using Opposing Viewpoints in Context!  Rather than pour over newspapers and magazines to garner facts for their debates, they simply could have turned to this amazing database.  Alas, they were unable to benefit from it, but you can save yourself all that work. Students can find information on today's hot topics by simply typing their subject into the search box, or browse by topic.  This versatile database contains 5,000+ topic overviews, more than 14,000 pro/con essays, 5 million periodical articles, as well as videos, podcasts, statistical material and much more.  Each topic is thoroughly explored with chronologies, historical backgrounds and loads of facts.

Change for Children's Shows

Beginning January 2013, we must limit admission to children's programs in the Meeting Room to one adult per child.  We have had to turn away more and more disappointed children over the past few months since the room has been at full capacity.  All adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation so that more children can enjoy their programs!

Scared Silly

It's October, dear readers, and you know what that means: Christmas decorations are going up at the mall!  (Sadly, yes, but not quite the sort of spirit I had in mind.)  No, October means Halloween, and for speculative fiction readers that means lots of hair-raising, spine-tingling, soul-chilling HORROR!  Unless, of course, you're me: a self-confessed horror... wimp

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