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Better Than Google

There is no question that people in today's economy are struggling.  Those of us who have jobs are grateful to have them, and those of us who don't, sorely need a hand.  This is where the library comes in, via our database Career Transitions.     It is a comprehensive source of information for the job seeker.  It includes a resume builder option, career guidance, tips and tricks videos on how to snag that job, and even an interactive interview experience.  Job listings from indeed.com make this a convenient and powerful job search tool. Whether you are a young graduate still looking for that first job, or a middle-aged career changer, you will find Career Transitions will be an enormous help to you.The search function is very easy to use, and the "My Jobs" feature will keep track of your progress as you apply for jobs.  It is a very impressive database and one which is certainly useful during these tough economic times. Remote usage is available with your New City library card.  So log on, try it, and good luck to you all.

EPIC Parenting Workshops

EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Parenting Workshops coming up on November 28 (Topic:  Conflict Resolution)  and December 12 at 7:00 pm.  Through small, supportive discussion groups, parents discuss concerns and exchange ideas and parenting techniques.  EPIC workshops are offered to parents of children from birth through adolescence with accompanying manuals, which are available in both English and Spanish.  These workshops help parents/guardians strengthen their skills for raising children in today's complex society. Register in person or by phone.  Contact: Arlene Sandner 634-4997 ext 122.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh

Can you feel it?  It's waiting for you.  It's creeping closer, ever closer, day by day.  Tension hangs in the air, its dreadful keen followiing you everywhere: in the supermarket, at the mall.  You can try to run, but there's no escaping it.  Like Sisyphus, you are doomed to watch in despair as it slips from your hold and crushes you beneath its awful weight once again.  It's.... THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Okay, okay, I'm (mostly) kidding.  While some people probably do see the holidays as a Sisyphean burden, for most people it's a time to relax, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, be with friends and loved ones, and eat way more than they usually do.  Still, the coming months are not without their stressors-- the shopping, the traffic, the extra preparations to visit or be visited.  (And there's always that relative you really love better at a distance.)  But I've got some helpful tips for you, and a speculative fiction list, too!

What's Cooking?: Stories and Memories

 

Have you ever had a song that brings you back to a particular memory in time?  Or a movie you watched that reminded you of an event in your life?  I have.  Whenever I hear “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, I’m reminded by the kindness of a neighbor who bought me my first 45 rpm record. Remember those? Funny, we didn’t even own a phonograph player to listen to it, yet I loved that single.  Or, watching Ben Hur, the only movie I remember my father taking me to see in a theatre.   Well, what does this have to do with cooking you may ask?  Our lives are made of many such stories as it relates to cooking and food as well. 

Teen Book Discussion

You've lived through hurricanes, record rainfall, freak snow storms and protests on Wall Street.  What's going on?  This fiction book reads like today's headlines.  Bring your friends and parents to this discussion as this story explores the world of London's Laura Brown, a 16-year-old punk rocker who just wants to make it big in a world that's falling apart. The discussion will be held on December 14th at 7PM.

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Hitting the Wall

A popular online social network site allows one to express a thought as well as display pictures on a 'wall.'  Friends can add their comments to the wall or choose to 'like' what they see.  The dialogue below between three friends is fueled by a composite of various situations one might encounter working at a library, real or imagined.

Friend 1:  I'm going to the library today

Friend 2:  Like

Friend 3:  I go to the library often and browse the fiction shelves and look through the DVD collection.  There is something special I'm trying to find.

#2:  Like

#1:  Today I want to renew a DVD.  It has a whole year of episodes of a TV show my mom watched when she was a teenager.  I have one more disc to see, but I've renewed it 2 times already.

#3:  Isn't that the limit?

#1:  Yes, but maybe if no one else wants it I can get it again.

#3:  What's the name of the show?

#1:  'Dallas'

#3:  Hey, that's the one I"m trying to find.

#1:  I didn't think anyone else wanted it.  I'll return it tonight.

#2:  Like!

Better Than Google

Some of you might remember the black, maroon and tan lawbooks we kept on shelves and shelves in the reference area. They were McKinney's Statues (the laws of NY) and the U.S. Code Annotated (the laws of the U.S.) and U.S. Supreme Court Reports. Several years ago, we replaced all of them with Westlaw, an on-line database for NY statutes and cases, federal laws, Supreme Court cases, and legal forms. We are quite satisfied with the switch, and we are the only public library in the county with Westlaw access. Many lawyers who come in don't use the books and are delighted to see what they used in law school or their law firms, Westlaw.  Not only have we saved a huge amount of space, but the on-line version is less expensive than the books, and we don't have to use staff time to update them with pocket parts.  For non-lawyers, researching the law is a difficult task, whether you are searching books, or databases.  The librarians will assist you, but we also have access to Westlaw's extremely helpful research attorneys.

What's Cooking?: The Unassuming Tofu

When I go into a large Asian supermarket in Flushing, I am amazed to see the whole length of the refrigerated aisle filled with tofu products.   This does not even include other sections with their large sheets of tofu or dried goods.  It has such a diversified use that it is chameleon-like as it takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked in.  In itself, it is rather bland but when combined with seasonings, meats, and sauces, this unassuming food becomes an essential component.

Love and Other Sports

It's officially autumn, and the minds of women across America are turning to... football?!  (Or post-season baseball... or ice hockey... or even basketball, though that doesn't start until November.)  Whether you're a sports fan or a sports widow, there's no avoiding professional athletics at this time of year.  So why fight it? 

After all, from a romance perspective, there's a lot to be said about athletes in their physical prime competing with one another, working up a sweat... (and don't get me started on the tight ends!).  Rather than attempting an end run around the season, why not go for the full court press this month?  Try out a sports romance!  There are all kinds of sexy athletes warming up the pages of our romance section, and these aren't the kinds of guys who play the field.  Whether you're looking for a running back to tackle, a baseball player to steal your heart, or a stock car driver who'll make your pulse race, you're sure to find a sports hero here for you.

Who says that sports kills romance?  After all, even tennis is all about keeping your opponent at love.

Everybody Needs Friends

The New City Library is proud and pleased to announce the formation of the New City Library Friends Group.  Our first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:00.   Local teens will be providing the program.  Refreshments will be served.

The Friends Group is an independent not-for-profit organization with three goals.

Fund raising for special projects that are outside what the library budget may afford.  This can include things such a garden and new sign or a museum pass that is too dear.

Library Advocacy which may include help with the budget referendum or attending legislative breakfast or lobby day in Albany.

Supporting public awareness and spreading the word of the many wonderful services the library provides.

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