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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.

Not Your Top 10

Below you'll find the top 10 reasons customers wind up paying for a lost or damaged library item. Follow the tips to avoid the list.

10.  "I ran over it with my car."  Keeping items in a sturdy bag will store them safely.  The library sells reusable bags for your convenience.

8.  "The disc melted, scratched or cracked."  Discs and cases left in direct sunlight will melt so it is best not to leave them exposed in the car.  For your listening and viewing pleasure hold disc edges to avoid smidges or scratches.

7.  "My coffee spilled; it might be sauce; it's blueberries; gum..." and so on.  We've heard them all.  It's best to copy a recipe rather than cook from an open library book; food or liquids nearby is trouble waiting to happen.

7.  "The baby is teething."  Babies love our board books and not just for those cute pictures.

5.  "My puppy is teething."  I know about that one; Buddy, a dog of refined taste, dispensed with 'Arrowsmith' in one evening.  Fortunately it wasn't a library book.

Beyond Books - The Documentary

What is a documentary film?  According to Wikipedia it is "a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality."  Many of us have a difficult time reading books of non-fiction, even if the subject matter is of interest to us.  This is the beauty of the documentary.  It is interesting and informative as well as being visually appealing and can be "digested" in one sitting.  For many of us, the lack of time has become a real issue.  With a documentary movie,  we can continue to learn and grow and be knowledgeable on topics we would never have the patience to sit and read an entire book on.

All fixed!

All Aboard! Storytime is back on track!  Don't forget to bring a mat or cushion to sit on the floor!  See you for our first session - Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 am at the Congers Train Station Park - appropriate for 3-5 year olds.

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