National Library Week April 12-18

Beginning Sunday, we will be celebrating National Library Week.  Since its inception in 1958, this week in April has been designated by the American Library Association as a time to honor libraries and library workers as well as raise awareness of the vital part libraries play in American culture and democracy.  Please be sure to drop by and enjoy one of the many programs we have scheduled for the week.  See you then!

April 2015 Local History Newsletter

There are many interesting programs related to Local History at the New City Library in April.  James Cassetta will be discussing his new book on Pearl River on Tuesday April 14th at 7PM.   Larry Kigler will show us 125 years of Rockland County history with the help of extensive postcard collection on Tuesday April 28th at 7PM in an illustrated lecture.   Local history newsletterLearn more about these programs and other activities related to local history in the latest edition of our local history newsletter.  Sign up for regular emails related to local history collections and programs here: https://madmimi.com/signups/122327/join.

Nooks Recharged

Are you on a queue waiting for hot new titles such as The Girl on the Train or Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania?  You might consider checking out one of our Nooks.  Each one is pre-loaded with dozens of bestselling titles in both fiction and nonfiction.  All you have to do is turn them on - no downloading required!  They are perfect for travel or for taking a test drive of the e-reading experience.  Here are the latest titles added:

Announcement of the Departure of Dr. Mitch Freedman

Dr. Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman announced his resignation as Director of the New City Library effective March 19, 2015.  He has served in this capacity for nearly two years.

During his tenure at New City, Dr. Freedman provided leadership, energy, and expertise needed by the New City Library and helped restore a positive image which was waning prior to his joining the Library.  Under his direction, the Library restructured the audiovisual department, refreshed the Children’s Room and upgraded the technology of the main meeting space. The deterioration of the physical plant was addressed with seven of the eight roofs redone and numerous other needed repairs completed or begun. 

Dr. Freedman also contracted with Library consultants who are working with the Library staff to develop a new five-year plan which will guide the Library into the future. His passion for perfection led him to ensure the Library’s future not only in function, but in encouraging the staff both in spirit and in action. Dr. Freedman was rightly proud that so many patrons come to the library each Thursday specifically for the Director’s Film Series which he initiated.

Better Than Google

Many of you savvy investors out there are familiar with Value Line, but how many of you are aware how it began?   Did you know that the real bottom dropped out of the stock market, not in the intial crash of 1929, but in 1932, when stocks were worth only 10% of their pre-crash value?  A young employee of Moody's at the time, was horrifed that his mother's entire nest egg was wipedout, and soon he was out of a job. Noting that there was no system for rating stocks, he decided to work on his theory of value line rating. This young man, Arnold Bernhard, decided to "find and disclose a standard of normal value which would so enlighten the investing public that the extremes of 1929 and 1932 could never again be repeated."  Thus, Value Line was born. Value Line is available through our database page, and has proved immensely popular with our patrons.  It is easy to use and includes all the great features, and more, that has made Value Line the gold standard for today's investors.

Living On in L-Space

Novelist Sir Terry Pratchett, NY ComicCon 2012I was working on an entirely different speculative fiction blog entry when I got the news that Sir Terry Pratchett, creator of the Discworld universe, had died at the age of 66.  If you would rather have read about imaginary books today, my apologies.  (Don't worry, I'm sure you'll see that blog entry eventually.)  Instead, I'm going to talk about an author who's been on my personal "top five" list since high school, whose books I first discovered on the shelves of this very library.

Library Advocacy Day 2015

The New York Library Association sponsors an annual Library Advocacy Day  in Albany.  Library representatives from around the state convene to rally their legislators and senators to support higher funding levels for libraries. 

Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget proposed flat library funding at $86.6 million while proposing a 4%+ increase for education.  This falls quite short of the $102.6 million required by NYS Education Law based on census data.  As public libraries chartered by the NYS Department of Education, we say LIBRARIES ARE EDUCATION - we provide technology, materials and programming that support our local students and allow other individuals to continue independent learning and self-enrichment.

Is Spring on its way yet??

Well - even if the snow's still flying, you can always come in to the Children's Library and find things to do.  We have craft books, cook books, winter picture books, and more.  The DVD shelves are full of great selections for those cabin fever afternoons.  Take a look at the children's event tab at the top of the page for book groups, concerts, chess club, crafts, and more.  We are always happy to see you!  Weather permitting, of course...

Better Than Google

This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.

Beyond Books: New Monday Film Series

As many of our patrons already know, we have our Director's Film Series on Thursdays at 1:00.  Now we have a new film series called Monday Movies at 2:00, hosted by yours truly, your AV librarian.

Over the last year I have periodically filled in for our Director on a Thursday with a film I have chosen, usually a documentary.  These films were so well-received that I decided to start showing films on Monday’s which have a different focus than Mitch’s films

My first series, which is going on at the present time, is foreign films.  So far we have viewed “Ida”, a Polish film which is nominated for this year’s Oscars in the Foreign Film category.  Our second film was “Wadja” which was made in Saudi Arabia.  Not only was this the first feature length film ever produced in this country, but the director was a woman; unheard of in Saudi Society.

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