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Summer Reading Club for Teens

 

Registration for the teen Summer Reading Club is happening now.  Register by going to the "TEENS" menu above and click on Summer Reading Program.  Check out our teen programs under EVENTS and OUR CURRENT NEWSLETTER on pages 6-7.  Our Night Snacking the Asian Connection on the evening of July 11  is rapidly filling up.  Hands-on preparation and instruction will get you cooking and afterwards we get to eat!  No need to register for our Murder Mystery Party "The Book Fair of Death" on the evening of July 12.  You get to be the detective on the case.  Prizes and ice cream sundaes at this program. Just come On July 12 and bring your friends.  See you @Library

School's Out - Now What?

Run right over to the library - that's what!  Registration for the "Dream Big" Summer Reading Program begins Saturday June 23.  Come get your packet and earn prizes for reading.  Start off your Summer fun at one of the great shows we are having during the last week of June.  Wednesday 6/27 - Matty Roxx at 6pm - Thursday 6/28 Macaroni the Clown at 6:30 pm - Saturday 6/30 - Days of Knights at 11:00amRegister right away for the few spots left in the Songwriting Workshop on Tuesday 6/26 at 4:00pm - Registration is under way for Summer Backyard Nature on Tuesdays July 10-31.  We'll have hermit crabs, lightning bugs, grass people....and fun!  You can register now fo

Better Than Google

LearningExpress Library is one of the most valuable databases we have.  In my opinion, it is an undiscovered treasure that every patron should know about and use often.  You will find it on our business database page, and also on the students page, and sign in with your New City library card.
  Whether you are a fourth grader who needs extra help in math, a college graduate preparing for the GRE, or looking to acquire or refresh computer skills, LearningExpress is the place to go.  The database is made up of e-books, courses, and practice tests.  In the comfort of your own home, or the library, you can learn new skills, and polish up old ones.

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.

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