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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.

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

While most of you stayed sensibly snug in your beds this morning, I'll bet a hardy few got up in the wee hours to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  At the library, though, our shopping's already done! 

Since October, the librarian elves have been busily at work ordering the latest Christmas romances.  Most of them have already arrived and been processed by our technical services elves, and our circulation elves stand ready to check them out to you!  (And you thought elves just made shoes and toys!)

When you're out braving the cold and traffic this month for last-minute gifts, don't forget to stop at the library and pick up a gift for yourself-- a toasty seasonal read to curl up with.  Whether you're looking for something new, an old favorite, or something you might have missed, we've got plenty of titles for your wish list!  (Sorry, no gift-wrapping, but we'd be happy to throw in a free bookmark or two.) 

The mercury may be falling outside, but in the romance section it's warm hearts from cover to cover!

Introducing Automated Calling

At this time of year we think back on those deserving of our thanks.  Circulation Services would like to recognize our wonderful volunteers who over the years have given so generously of their time to phone our customers when reserve items are available at the library.   On December 8th, the library expects to go live with a new intergrated library system and for the first time all Ramapo Catskill libraries will have the ability to deliver holds pickup information via an automated calling system. Our customers will be part of this new and exciting experience.

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.

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