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eReaders are Here

E-book readers have come to the New City Library.  Today, Friday the 13th, the library has added 25 eReaders to our collection for checkout by New City and West Nyack cardholders.  Each eReader edition is preloaded with 8 to 10 titles by genre.  As an example, the eReader dedicated to Legal and Espionage titles has the following books to be read:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre, The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd, Bloodmoney by David Ignatius,The WholeTruth by David Baldacci,  Rain Fall by Barry Eisler, Innocent by Scott Turow,The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly,The Confession by John Grisham,The Last Innocent Man by Phillip Margolin, and Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein.

Other subjects for the eReaders are Popular, Horror, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mysteries, Romance and others.  Five of the eReaders are dedicated to Children’s and Teen titles. 

It is truly a revolution in how we read and the New City Library is proud to be a part of it.  Come in today and check us out.

Chapters: A Winter Pastime

It's January and the hustle bustle of the holidays is over. Ah....to sit down with a good book but, you want to discuss it with someone else. Here is the perfect opportunity. Join the fiction book club at the library. Chapters  is the name of the group that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:15 PM. Each month, there will be an informal discussion of the chosen selection. All opinions are respected and title suggestions are always welcomed. Selections range from the classics to more current fiction. For more information, call 634-4997 ext 139. Chapters is proud to announce that it is nearing its 8th-year anniversary! Be a part of this active group.

 

Beyond Books - In the Movies

So, you may be asking, what does the audiovisual librarian for the New City Library do on her Christmas vacation break?  She goes to the movies, of course!

Over this past vacation I got to see several movies. Here are my thoughts and comments on five new movies (in alphabetical order):

The Descendants - I agree with the critics on this one; I thought it was a winner.  George Clooney is wonderful as the father/husband who has to come to terms with the way he has led his life and the choices he has made in the past.  His growing recognition of what he is and what he now needs to be for his family makes for a  wonderful film.  His older daughter, played by Shailene Woodley, gives a terrific performance also.

Heavenly Bodies

Happy New Year, everyone!  I wish you all good health and good reads for the coming year.  I've seen a number of "best of 2011" lists circulating on the web this week (if you're interested, click here for a collection of lists), but today, on the cusp of the New Year, I'm more interested in looking forward than looking back.  I don't know about you, but I'm already anticipating a lot of great books and new series slated for 2012.  What new genre trends would YOU like to see in the coming year?

Here's my big prediction: I think paranormal romance is due for a major shake-up.  Shapeshifters are still going strong, but the vampire craze is on the way out.  They're not quite dead yet (if you'll excuse the pun), but it's beginning to feel like all the possible changes have been rung on tall, dark, and toothsome heroes.  Zombies were fun, but they don't really cut it as romantic leads.  (Sure, they'll give you their hearts-- literally-- but then they want to eat your brains, and that makes a "happily ever after" kind of hard.)  I'm certainly ready for something new.

Mobile Catalog Debuts

The mobile version of our new Enterprise catalog, BookMyne, is now available for iOS (iPhones, iPads, and iPods)  and Android.  Find the app in iTunes or Android Market.  Please have a look at the User Guides for Android and iOS and take it for a spin!

High Fantasy: Getting into The Hobbit

Fantasy buffs have been waiting a long time for this, and now... we have to wait a year longer.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, allow me to enlighten you:

Better Than Google

What are your New Year's resolutions?  Many people use the new year as a clean slate to embark on all kinds of self-improvement projects.  Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, learning a new language...Hey, stop, we can help you with the last one (actually the library can help with all of them, but let's concentrate on learning a new language).  We have a great on-line language learning product called Mango Languages.  When Rosetta Stone stopped selling its on-line database to libraries, we scrambled to find a suitable replacement, and we found Mango.  Their program is fun, effective and easy.  You'll have the choice of Mango Basic, which covers 49 languages, including Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Croatian, as well as ESL courses for specific language speakers.  Mango Complete.

Library Budget Approved

Yesterday, December 14,  New City library cardholders were asked to approve the 2013 budget.  The unofficial results show strong approval of 492 votes and 284 opposed. In addition, there were three seats open for the board of trustees. The unofficial results show that incumbent Olahanna Poulose, Joseph  Reiter and Anthony Feliciano were elected.

Thank you to all who supported our budget campaign. The staff is committed to providing the best level of service to the Clarkstown community.

From all the staff, Happy Holidays to everyone.

The New Catalog

The new catalog is throwing us all (staff and customers) a few curves, but as with any large data migration and change in software, these "hiccups" can be expected.   The Ramapo Catskill Library System administrator is updating us frequently on the changes and updates they need to perform in order to make things run smoothly.  You may notice temporary loss of access when they make such changes.

DVD title searching can be done by first searching the title.  On the results page, under Media Type in the left-hand column entitled Limit Search Results, check off Physical Video Media and click on Include.  Give it a moment, and the DVD results will be culled out of the original results.  Using the Advanced Search to do this is a bit problematic right now, so we don't suggest that route. For new releases, use a keyword search such as "debt dvd" for the new release "The Debt."  See comments below for further explanation.

New Wrappers

The first phase for reserve notification is in place.  New City card holders are receiving pickup dates either by email or an automated phone message.  You will notice that wrappers are printed in a new format; the first 3 letters of your last name and the last four digits of your library barcode.  Having your library card in hand will facilitate finding your reserve.  Last names can start with the same three letters, so it wil be faster and more accurate to identify your material by the last 4 digits of your barcode. Names are shelved in alphabetical order, then we'll shelve according to numerical order.  For example, MAR 2486 will be shelved before MAR 9128.  If picking up items for family members it will be helpful to have their cards.  The self-checkout machines prevent errors by only allowing checkouts on the account that placed the reserve.  Your library card is the safest and most accurate way to protect your account and we encourage you to bring it with you every visit.

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