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Photo Quilts

Family photos have a way of piling up, demanding organization and care. Fortunately, today we have many avenues available for arranging these family treasures. We are now able to email them, store on our computers, send to an online service for processing and post on a web site for anyone to view. However, one way that is not as well known is printing digital photos on fabric.

The Genealogy Society of Rockland has asked Debra Calyo, an avid quilter, to the June 26 meeting starting at 7 PM. Debra will bring samples of her creative work and explain the process.The technique is not limited to just quilts as most fabrics will take the images. Banners, clothing, tote bags are a few of the ways you can create family scrapbooks. For those with planned summer/fall family reunions, this concept may be a great way to share family memories with others.

The Genealogy Society always welcomes guests and those who are curious about genealogy. Meetings are scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. The group does not meet July, August and December. Hope to see you.

By Any Other Name: Pseudonyms in SF

Have you ever had this experience?  You settle in for a couple chapters of a debut author's work.  Maybe it's a little different from what you ordinarily read, but the jacket looked kind of interesting.  Several hours later you sit in the near-dark (wait-- wasn't it light outside when you started reading?) gaping at the last page of the book, utterly blown away by the quality of the writing.  (Why are you suddenly so hungry?  Did you read straight through dinner?)  You scramble to find the author bio, desperate to know more about the creator of this fantastic work that has so captivated you.  This can't possibly be the author's first book, you think, it's just too good.  And there, in the author's bio, you find those three fateful letters: A.K.A.  A-HA!   You feel vindicated and... maybe just a little bit "had."  Debut author, my foot!  This is a well-known, established writer.  They're not even trying to hide it, it's right there in the author bio.  But... why? Why would a beloved author desert you and sneak off to write under another name?

What's Cooking?: Ice Pops

I do not have a sweet tooth.  Sweets just don’t do anything for me except to add more weight.  I will quickly add that I have an affinity for savory and salty foods.  At parties, you would find me scouting for those chips; especially the kettle potato chips…love that double and triple folded crunch.  As you can see, I am getting away with the topic at hand talking about my own food weakness.  However, the sweets that I do prefer include ice cream and ice pops.  It’s hard to resist these lightly sweet treats that are so refreshing especially in the summer months.  I don't even mind it in the cool weather.

Catalog upgrade complete

Enterprise, the public library catalog, has been upgraded.  Some of the improvements you will notice:  a pickup by date for holds will be displayed; holds can now be easily unsuspended; active holds (meaning they are already on the shelf waiting to be picked up) can be cancelled online; and, with a switch to a server with more resources, greater stability with less crashes.   If you use the Firefox browser and the catalog is not displaying correctly, please clear your cache by going to Tools->Options and click on the Privacy tab. Clink on the link that says "Clear your recent history" and only have Cache checked. Set Time range to Everything and click OK.

As always, if you need assistance, please stop by the adult reference desk or give us a call at 634-4997 x 125 or x126.  Or text us at 265-010; type newcityref: and your question.  We're here to help!

Beyond The Hunger Games

Oh No!

I’ve finished The Hunger Games and where do I go from here?

 So you like Dystopian Novels.  Yes, those books which portray repressive societies keeping people in-line after a terrible war, plague, alien invasion, global warming, end of carbon fuel, brain eating zombies and/or other worldwide tragedies.  The future has never looked so bleak.  But you do not need to worry about a lack of reading material in the genre of Dystopia.  New City Library has plenty of titles available to satisfy every teen reader.  The following are just a few samples of some of the best teen Dystopian Fiction.

                Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Beyond "Fifty Shades"

If all the buzz about E.L. James' Fifty Shades series has made you curious to read it, there are three things you should know first.  One: yes, our library owns the whole trilogy (regular print only!).  Two: it's very popular, which means the reserve list is pretty long.  (Not as long as for James Patterson's latest, but you'll probably be waiting awhile.)  Three: it's got a lot of sex in it that many people would describe as "kinky."  (Don't laugh-- a surprising number of people have requested the first book without knowing anything about it beyond its popularity.)  This month I'm going to talk a little about the subgenre this series belongs to, and offer some suggestions for what to read while you're waiting for the next book (or, if you've already enjoyed the whole trilogy, what else you might like).  This means I'll be talking about books with similar content-- consider yourself warned, if this isn't your cup of tea.

Better Than Google

Sources of information come and go in the library.  Reliable print sources are replaced by their on-line versions.  Less and less is available in print.  In fact, users of Morningstar will be sad to learn that by the end of the year, it will no longer be available in print in its award winning (yes, there really are awards for binders) binder.

Rooting for the Bad Guys: Villain Protagonists

"Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?" -The Wicked Witch of the West

Okay, who out there has never rooted for the bad guy?  (You in the back, put your hand down.  I've seen your Loki desktop wallpaper, you so-called goody-goody!)  Much as we say we want the good guys to win in the end, let's face it: good can be boring.  Good has to follow the rules.  Good is hard-working.  Modest.  Clean-cut.  Strait-laced.  Narrow.  Predictable.  Like I said... BORING.  The really interesting characters are the ones who are willing to step outside the lines... or draw their own.

What's Cooking?: Food Allergy

Food allergy is fast becoming a public health concern.    There are 15 million people who are affected by this in our country, of which nearly 6 million are children.   The major food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.  These eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions.  Personally, it is a very serious problem in my household with several family members allergic to nuts, Crustacean shellfish, and sesame seeds.   It is not fun hunting for a tiny sesame seed on the bread or hidden inside one.  Each progressive attack can be life threatening if it is not treated immediately.   Unfortunately, we have not been strangers to the hospital for this reason.  Outside the hospital setting, food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis.   

Thank you!

Dear Friends and neighbors,  I will be leaving soon and I want to thank each and every one of you for the honor and privilege of serving as Director of the New City Library.  It has been an exciting time and I take comfort in knowing that I leave a stronger and better library. 

Customer service has been the hallmark of my tenure.   A thorough review of procedures was undertaken and completed to ensure it was a customer friendly library.   Customer Service was highlighted at every staff meeting with many staff development efforts to ensure staff is prepared to go beyond customer expectations.  The Library has become known in the region to have the best and most responsive staff. 

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