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Healthy Beginnings

I am grateful for beginnings.  The New Year allows us to start all over with a clean slate after the holiday excess of sweets, rich side dishes, succulent meats, and those celebratory high calorie beverages.  It gives us another chance to begin to eat healthier with lean meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits.   There is an array of diets to choose from but I am terrible at following a diet, so I try to eat everything in moderation (yes, I have my white rice most every night).  So, my goal is to eat smaller portions in my meals, have frequent healthy snacks, and drink more water.   I have learned to not skip meals which would lower my metabolism and trick my body into starvation mode.   Eating, like life, needs to be in balance.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

 1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

Click Read More below for the rest of the report.   

Beyond Books: What's Ahead In 2014?

The holidays are over.  All the gifts have been unwrapped and all those wonderful holiday meals have been eaten.  Other than going to the gym to get those holiday pounds off....where else should you be heading?  To the New City Library, of course!!

The New City Library AV Department has already started a collection of the hottest PS4 and XBox One games.  We also have the new WII U format games; though that system has not seen the popularity yet of the previous generation of Nintendo Wii games.  Some of our new titles for the PS4 are:  Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; NBA 2K14 and Knack.  For the XBox One we have NBA 2K14; Dead Rising 3 and Battlefield 4.  As more titles become available I will be adding them to our fledgling collections.

Physical Plant Assessment

Earlier this year, the Board of the New City Library retained Parish Property Management to conduct a comprehensive physical plant assessment of the New City Library.  This assessment reviews the condition of the roof, exterior walls, HVAC and Electrical systems as well as the exterior of the facility (sidewalks and parking lot).  The purpose of the assessment is to have a non partisan, professional review of the Library and advise the Board of what actions are needed as well as a priority lisitng.  The Board wants to share the contents of this report with the community.

Early next year the Board will address the issues raised in this report and develop a plan of action.

 

December is fun......but then comes January!

The gifts have been forgotten, the confetti has been vacuumed up and the long winter looms ahead. Now what?  Head over to the library, of course!  Our family musical programs are especially handy for shakin' out the cobwebs.  Whether it's in the big meeting room with Mr. Kurt, the smaller storytime room in a Matty Roxx class, or stompin' with the whole family during Romper Room, you will be energized! Don't forget about storytime - we offer a 10am and 1:30pm session every Tuesday in January - and family pajama storytime on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm on January 8th and 22nd.  Need more?  We've got a drop-in Boredom Busters program each Friday at 4:00pm as well as a sprinkling of crafts!  Check on the children's event tab at the top of this page for more details for all our upcoming programs.  Of course, we have new books and dvds to take home anytime.  Drop by the children's reference desk for help in choosing the right programs and materials for your family.  We look forward to seeing you!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

I. General Comments

I congratulate Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg on their election to the New City Library Board of Trustees.  The huge voter turnout reflects the community’s deep interest in the Library.

On behalf of the administration and the staff I will do my utmost to welcome them and be as responsive as possible to their—and the other trustees’—concerns.  

Click 'Read More' below to see the entire report.


Christmas Cookies

The Christmas lights are already up on the houses twinkling in the evening calm.  The brisk cold wind will be coming in soon to welcome the holiday season.   Besides sipping that mulled cider heating on the stove, I look forward to some holiday baking of scrumptious cookies, morsels of pastries, and heartwarming pies.   I love the challenge.  As the work gets on the way, the sweet aroma of pastries baking in the oven just spurs me on.  The marathon has begun!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Reading Break

Black Friday is behind us at last, but alas! That only means the holiday shopping season is just ramping up for many of us.  Don't get me wrong-- I love to shop.  I love making lists (and checking them twice), and I love finding gifts for the special people in my life.  I enjoy all the other things that go with this time of year, too-- baking and decorating and special events.  (I could do without the traffic, but hey, that's Rockland for you.) 

What does bother me is the sense of a looming December deadline that seems to have grown with my adulthood. 

What's Cooking?: All About the Sides

When the leaves shimmer against a slightly overcast autumn sky, a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and gold beckons the entry of Thanksgiving Day.  Many of us are getting ready for the feast ahead preparing an extensive menu that disappears all too quickly as it is consumed.  Of course, some believe the star of the holiday is that big fat turkey gracing the dining table.  Turkey does not sit on a pedestal in our house pretending to be the center of it all.  The main attraction in our home is those faithful side dishes that we look forward to every Thanksgiving.

Better Than Google

Is your idea of a good time taking apart your 1967 Ford Mustang?  Do you enjoy changing your car’s oil?  Would you never pay a mechanic to work on your car when you can do it yourself?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you will be delighted by our newest database offering—ChiltonLibrary. 

For years libraries have provided Chilton manuals for car repairs to our patrons who were not afraid of getting their hands dirty.  We kept scores of old volumes in order to provide a wide range of years, makes and models.  But wouldn’t you know it, we never seemed to have the one someone needed right then.  It was frustrating for the patron and for us, knowing that no matter how many volumes we had, if it wasn’t yours, it was no good.  Now, with ChiltonLibrary, you can always find what you need.

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