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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. 

Finger Spelling with Signing Hands

Families are invited to join us on Sunday, May 6th at 3:00pm for a special performance by Little Productions.

Ever wonder how deaf children and adults communicate using sign language? 

Here's your chance to experience this unique form of communication.

Learn how to fingerspell, play animal charades, watch deaf performers act and learn to "sing" in sign!  You'll learn to sign and sing, "Hands Up" and "I Just can't wait to be King" from Disney's "The Lion King."  Parents, did you know that many Universities and Colleges now accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit? 

Come and enjoy the show as you learn to use American Sign Language.

Royal Romances

Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton - from The Daily MailCan you believe it's been a year already?  Yesterday marked the first anniversary of Britain's Prince William and his bride Kate (now known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus).  America may not have celebrated with a bank holiday (though you're welcome to pretend, since our banks were closed on Sunday anyway), but I'm certain there were plenty of royal-watching Americans who raised a glass in their honor yesterday.

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Better Than Google

"The world of libraries is changing, and we have to change with it." Anthony W. Marx, President of the New York Public Library

Remember when in order to do a paper for school, you had to come into the library for the information?  Remember running in before the library closed on Sunday night (yes, we used to be open until 8:00 on Sundays during the school year) and feverishly photocopying from the reference books?  As a librarian for many years, I helped many a panic-stricken student who was desperately trying to piece together enough information to complete the assignment while the angry parent hissed "I told you not to wait until the last minute..." Well, they did and we helped them the best we could.

1940 Census Has Arrived

After 10 long years, the 1940 federal census was released online in early April. For all those who need to find lost relatives and document findings, here is a chance to begin searching. By law, the federal census is withheld for 72 years so all who want to view the 1950 records will have to wait  another 10 years.

The Genealogy Society of Rockland will be meeting Tuesday, April 24 at 7 PM. At this meeting, members will be viewing the new census and making comments and observations. Should you have questions, plan to attend. Interested persons are always welcomed.

Inner Space: Philosophical SF

In contrast to last month's best and bloodiest, this month I'm offering something completely different: philosophical science fiction.  While philosophical SF doesn't necessarily stint on the action and suspense-- witness the ratcheting tension of Charles Stross's Glasshouse or the action-laced intrigue of Elizabeth Bear's Carnival-- action isn't the primary focus.  Instead, concept is key.  It's part of a literary genre known as the "novel of ideas," wherein fiction is used as a tool to examine some of the big questions: what it means to be human, how we should treat one another, what our purpose should be-- the answers to life, the universe, and everything.*

What's Cooking?: Let Them Eat Cupcake!

Looking at the baking books that are on the scene, cupcakes have continued to grow in popularity.  There is even a cupcake competition on Food Network.  The creativity and artistry involved in designing these “little cakes” are just beautiful.  The delicate decorations and sculpting amaze me as I view the intricate and complex workmanship…and they taste good too! 

eBooks in the Public Library

eBooks and eReaders are exciting technologies that enable you to get your hands on that new bestseller at the speed of light.  You can enlarge the typeface, bookmark your favorite parts, take notes, and also store or access from the cloud thousands of other titles with just one small, portable device.  That’s great!!  And now you’ve found out that your public library has free e-books!  Life doesn’t get any better, does it?

Well, unfortunately, there’s going to be a little rain on this parade.  You see, of the Big Six publishers, only Random House is currently allowing unrestricted sales of their e-titles to public libraries.   And they just raised their prices significantly.  Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan will not sell to public libraries at all.  Penguin recently ceased sales to libraries (and is even considering cutting off access to titles already purchased), and Harper Collins sells their titles with a 26-use licensing restriction. 

All Out of Bubblegum: Hard-Hitting SF

There's action to suit every taste in the speculative fiction genre: space ships slugging it out over stellar distances, charming rogues performing acts of derring-do, armies out-maneuvering each other with the tactical elegance of chess pieces, noble adventurers braving unknown dangers and creatures... and then there are the books on this month's list. 

Sometimes, you're just not in the mood for nobility or skillful tactics.  You don't want a plucky, hopeful teenager saving the world and ruining your perfectly bad mood.  What you want is blood, and plenty of it.  You want a hard, wild ride.  You want a gritty, in-your-face action tale with lots of stuff getting hacked off or blown up. 

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