Fake! Fake! Fake! What am I talking about? On-line reviews, of course, and they are more common than you might think. Researchers estimate that 10% to 30% of reviews posted on line are absolutely fake. Where do you find these fake reviews? You find them on Yelp and Trip Advisor, Chow Hound, Amazon, wherever people can post an anonymous review. Who is doing it? Business owners who want to counteract bad reviews, or who want to post a bad review about a rival. People may be posting a review of a place they've never stayed at, or eaten at to be malicious, vengeful, or they just have too much time on their hands. Whatever the reason is, they are very hard to catch. Companies such as Amazon do their best to weed out the most obvious fake reviews, but they still slip in.
The Library will be open this Wednesday on Veterans Day and that evening at 7:30PM we will be hosting a special event featuring the stories of your neighbors who served our Country in the Armed Forces. There will be stories from men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. Stories will be from service in World War II, Vietnam, and the first Iraq War. A number of video interviews produced by Clarkstown North's David Kaminski and filmed at the Rockland Independent Living Center will be shown as well. Please be advised, some of these stories are graphic in nature. We thank all the Veterans for their service and for sharing their stories.
It is the peak of autumn as we embrace the stunning flora of leaves changing from summer green to brilliant orange, red, and golden colors. Mimicking the colors of fall as well is the season of harvesting pumpkins, winter squash and gourds. Squash comes in all varieties of shapes, sizes, and colors but one of the most popular squash is the beloved pumpkin. These bright orange spheres are iconic spectacles beckoning to be picked from the patch for the holidays. Pumpkin can be used in so many ways.
windows phone spyThe library is proud to introduce a new service: mobile printing! You can use Printer On to send a print to the library from anywhere you have internet service. You can even print from your smartphone or tablet by downloading one of the Printer On Apps. Come to the library within two days of sending the file and you'll be able to release it at our printing station. There are no extra fees for a mobile printing, only the library's standard printing costs.
Are you holding out for a hero? I know many of you are looking forward to a weekend of spooky delights, but it's worth remembering that Veteran's Day is less than two weeks away, on Nov. 11th. In honor of our veterans, the romances I'm spotlighting this month all feature characters who have earned the title of "hero" or "heroine" -- wounded warriors who not only saw combat, but shed blood on the battlefield in service to their country.
Back in June I had the pleasure of interviewing Fred Bohlander of Stony Point. He came down to the library and told javpageme stories for over two hours of his volunteer work as a member of the Wayne Hose Company, his father and the milk delivery business, how he met his wife, and many more memories of life in Rockland County. When I heard on WRCR this week that he had passed, I was sad that such a genuine guy and a great community leader was gone. But I was glad that he had shared his story with us and that his family, friends, and the community would have these stories to keep as a reminder of him. Although Fred lived much of his life in Stony Point, he fondly recalled his days as a young boy in New City where he learned all about farming from his neighbors the Smiths. You can listen to a part of this on our Soundcloud and at the link below. Thank you Fred, you can rest in peace having lived a good life.
Anyone who has read the title of this blog knows that I write about databases that are "better than Google". Google is an amazing tool for finding information and there are times when it is the right choice to begin your information search. What is Google good at?
It is good at providing straightforward factual information. Who was the vice-presidental candidate for the Republicans in 2012? What is the capital of South Dakota? These are questions that have unequivocal answers, answers that in past years you would have looked up in the World Almanac. Google is the main reason why librarians no longer get the kind of easy answer questions that made up what is known as "Ready Reference" questions.
Those spooky teens are at it again! Join us next Friday, October 23 at 4:00pm for a riveting program of scary stories told by the "Story for Kids" club from Clarkstown North High School. Wear your costume and join us. Best for good little listeners ages 5 and up. Light refreshments will be served after the program. We have limited space, so please come a little early. See you then ---- if you dare!
My father was the chef in our house as we were growing up. He was a great cook and taught me both Chinese and American cuisines. I remembered standing by his side as he was cooking, watching the measurements and portions he used. Without any recipes, you learn what it means to add “a little bit of this or a handful of that”. Whenever I make his classic meat loaf, a pork roast nestle on a bed of roasted vegetables or the uniquely tasting spaghetti made in a wok, sweet memories come back to me. Yet, it was his fried rice that I remember with a nostalgic comfort. My Dad’s fried rice was the best.
What are you afraid of? I don't mean your day-to-day worries and trepidations-- what truly scares you? What things freeze you in your tracks and twist your stomach, make your breath come short, your heart race, your limbs tremble, your blood run cold? Come now, even the bravest of us have things that they fear. (As John Wayne used to say, "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.")