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Better Than Google

Access Video on Demand is one of the most exciting databases we have ever had.  Unlike our more traditional databases, it doesn’t have text, but has video! So, rather than read information in the form of articles or e-books, you can watch actual films. Enjoy over 13,000 films, and 207,000 segments of free streaming video. Access Video on Demand and Archival Films feature eight comprehensive collections including films by such greats as Ken Burns, NOVA, Bill Moyers, National Geographic.

You can watch independent full-length films, archival films and newsreels, travelogues, plays, cooking shows, news programs, instructional videos on mathematics or career planning, and the list goes on and on. When you search by subject, and you will get a list of videos that pertain to it. You can even save them on your own playlist and watch them at a later time. I guarantee you will find something fascinating in this database.  Just explore it by subject and you will spend hours moving from one mesmerizing video to another.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for June

  1.  AV Grant

From a formal standpoint the New City Library is officially done with the AV Grant.  New York State Library Development sent to the Library the FS-10 Approved Report, the official sign-off by the State.

On the furniture front, the new table top for the children’s computer table was finally delivered.  The installers should have the replacement table top in position by close of business, July 11.  Note that it’s the third one—we hope they got it right this time, and we can close the book on the furnishings for the Children’s Room.  Also two chairs that were delivered did not have their cut-outs match the chairs that were originally ordered.  The supplier has been notified, and we trust that this will be resolved—but if the future is like the past, it will not happen quickly.

Other than these couple of issues in the children’s room that will be resolved, let’s put the grant behind us and move on to other initiatives now.

Click here to continue reading this month's Director's report.

Downloadable Music: Freegal

The New City Library has discontinued its subscription to the Freegal music service.

There were a few reasons for this decision. 

Freegal is a rather expensive product for the library to keep supporting given the number of patrons who actually used the service.  We have noticed, over the last year, that usage levels have continued in a downward trend. Another reason for discontinuing Freegal is budgetary constraints we now find ourselves under.  The cost, per download, for each song was quite high for the library. The third reason is simply a matter of the number of free streaming music services on the web which everyone has access to.  Some of these are Pandora, last.fm, 8track.com and Spotify.  There are many more streaming music services that patrons can get by going online.

Again, we are sorry to have to discontinue Freegal.  We hope our patrons understand our reasons for doing so.

Historypin and Local History Online

On July 29th at 2pm I will be offering the second of a series of classes discussing the vast and ever-increasing local history resources available to the public online.  You can view the prezi for this course online here.   We will discuss local newspapers online, photographs and postcards, Ancestry.com, and what's coming soon.  One particularly interesting site I have been working with is Historypin, this site (and the accompanying app) allows you to pin images to a Google Map.  I used it to pin a photo of each of the Historic markers in Clarkstown to a map.   Learn more on July 29th.

Better Than Google

Morningstar Investment Research Center is now available online to help with your financial needs.  Those of you may remember that we used to get Morningstar Mutual Funds in its spiffy binder.  However, when it was discontinued in print, we declined to subscribe on-line.  However, with the great popularity of the on-line version of ValueLine, I felt Morningstar deserved another look.  The free trial convinced me that this would be a very useful business source for us, since it complements, but does not necessarily duplicate what ValueLine does. With the great tools Morningstar offers, you will be able to make educated investment decisions. They have a wonderful help and education module which teaches the basics of investments to novice investors, as well as providing us with their popular new and archived newsletters.

What's Cooking?: Fire & Food

 

Fizz, Boom, Read!

Summer's nearly here!  School is nearly done....but let's not take a vacation from reading!  We are pleased to participate in the nation-wide summer reading program "Fizz, Boom, Read!"  Come in with your child starting June 27th to pick up your kit. You must present your New City Library card to receive the packet. For every book read, each child will receive a bubble to put in our beakers and test tubes -- and hopefully they will fizz and boom out the top from all the kids' summer reading!  We are also offering science programs such as Soda Bottle Science, Bubble Trouble, Science Quest Treasure Hunt, and more!  We have music programs planned as well - Mr. Kurt, Matty Roxx, and Romper Room.  Want arts & crafts? Book clubs? We've got those, too!

We Recommend....

The Boys Free Choice Book Club is a one-of-a-kind book group for boys in 3rd- 6th grade.  We read whatever we want and then once a month get together for discussions, reviews, extension activities and snacks.  Watch this video to see what we have been reading (click on the box in the bottom, right corner to view in full screen).  New members can sign-up this fall.

 

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New Nook Titles

FYI - we've refreshed the content of our eReaders.  Check one out soon and you'll find dozens of bestsellers and classics pre-loaded without the hassle of downloading.  Is there travel in your near future?  Are you stressed out about what book to take with you and want to avoid the dreaded baggage check-in?  Stuff one of these little beauties in your carry-on!  These Nooks are the perfect way to carry an entire library along with you.  Don't take the risk of dragging along a hardcopy bestseller that might turn out to be a dud - give yourself options so you aren't left empty-handed and take some of the stress out of traveling!

Remember, if you currently have a Nook checked out, refresh the Library content when you are connected to the internet.  Enjoy! 

Memorial Day and the Civil War Resources

Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was originally known began after the Civil War as mourners decorated the graves of soldiers lost in the war.  Grand review of the great veteran armies of Grant and Sherman at Washington, on the 23d and 24th May, 1865Approximately 620,000 soliders lost their lives in the war with about 60% of the casualties from the North and 40% from the South.   David Blight tells us of the beginnings of this holiday and more in his book Race and Reunion: the Civil War in American Memory on pages 65-70.   I recently created a guide that lists some of our best books on the American Civil War -

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