Thursday Movie Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be showing "The Sturgeon Queens" on Thursday, January 21st.  I will be showing a foreign film, from Italy, which also has a food theme.

What's Cooking?: The Slow Cooker

slow cooker

Do you own a slower cooker?  If you do, it’s time to dust it off and take it out.  Once you start to use it, it becomes an invaluable appliance which cooks your meals unattended.  I love my slow cookers.  I have three of varying sizes and shapes.  It is popularly known as “Crock-Pot” by the company who first manufactured it.  The crock is the thick and heavy ceramic inserted into the base unit which is insulated with the heating element.  The slow cooker uses low levels of heat, thus, it can withstand lengthy cooking times.  It can be left cooking unattended while you are working or running errands.  For those who have busy lives or want to be free from being behind the stove all day long, the slow cooker is a must have.  Nothing speaks to me like a ready home-cooked meal with little preparation.   

Beyond Books: A Film Fest of Food

In January, for our Thursday afternoon movie series, we will be showing a variety of films related to the theme of "food".  We will have two English language films, a Danish film and a documentary; a veritable smorgasbord for all.

On January 7th the film will be "Chocolat", starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.  A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

On January 14th the film is "Babette's Feast" a Danish language film from 1987.  In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father and although they can leave, they choose to stay with him.  Then Babette enters their lives and things begin to change.

On January 21st we will be showing the documentary "Sturgeon Queens".  Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day.

Romp in the New Year!

That's right!  Romper Room on Saturday is happening today! Come in for a ticket for the 10:30am or 11:30am session.  Open to families in the New City/West Nyack Libraries district.  One adult per child is allowed, but each adult may bring all the children in their care.  Hope to see you later!

Loathe at First Sight

"What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?"
-Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Act I, scene 1

Beatrice and Benedick. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Leia and Han. Swoon-worthy couples and romances for the ages, all of them, but what else do they have in common? At the beginning of their stories, each of these couples absolutely detested each other.

To be clear, I'm not referring to impersonal enmity, here-- these are (for the most part) not people placed at odds by warring nations, class conflicts, or clan feuds. (You'll note Romeo and Juliet didn't make this list-- they had family problems, sure, but they loved each other straight away). No, I'm talking about couples who pretty much do the opposite of "hitting it off" when they first meet. This is the classic "enemies-to-lovers" trope, and it's one of my personal favorites.

Zinio Digital Magazines

December is the time we renew our annual subscriptions to digital magazines that you enjoy through the Zinio platform.  This week you will see changes in the titles as we have dropped those with very little circulation and added some new content.  Some popular titles, however, are duplicated in our Overdrive digital downloads collection, and so, we will not be offering them in Zinio.  These titles include Prevention, Bloomberg Business Week, Oprah magazine, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Discover, Yoga Journal, Martha Stewart, Popular Science, Cosmopolitan, Smithsonian, Marie Claire, Vegetarian Times, ESPN, Popular Photography, Dwell, and Field & Stream.

What's Cooking?: Holiday Small Bites

phyllo appetizer

The much anticipated winter holidays are upon us as many of us look forward to the festivities with family and friends.  Since food is a large part of the celebration, there are carefully planned menus for Christmas Day with main entrees getting starred prominence.  However, I enjoy the beginning “act” that leads to the main venue of roast prime rib, brown sugar crusted ham or fragrant golden roast chicken.  What excites me is the hors d’oeurves being served.  I just love these little bites of savory morsels.  Popping these delightful bites into my mouth enhances the casual atmosphere of mingling and catching up with others. These small bites whet the appetite to what is to come. 

Share Listen Learn: The CD

We've worked hard this past year collecting stories from residents around Rockland County as part of the Share Listen Learn: Stories of Rockland County oral history program.  Many of the stories we've collected can be heard on our Rockland Room on SoundcloudSoundcloud page http://souncloud.com/rocklandroom - now you can take a piece of history home by purchasing a CD for $10 that features 26 short stories from your neighbors. 

Better Than Google

Professor of Library Science, Wayne Wiegand has just written a great new book entitled, Part of Our Lives: a people's history of the American public library.  While the appeal of this book is obvious to me, anyone with an interest in American social history, or in the state of public libraries would find this book fascinating.

Today, more than ever, we see prognosticators predicting the end of the public library.  By some measurements, this may have some credence. For example, reference transactions have declined markedly since 1999.  The days when a librarian armed with the World Almanac and a telephone book could answer any and all reference questions is certainly no longer true.  The Internet, and of course, Google, have pretty much obviated the need to call the library to settle a bet, or win a trivia contest.

'e-Receipts'

Circulation Services now offers 'e-Receipts' at checkout to borrowers with a valid email address.   Patrons can elect to receive an email receipt instead of or in addition to a paper due date receipt when checking out material.  Just tell the staff at the Circulation desk your preference.  The electronic version is very easy to read and a great way to help you manage  your account.

As the holiday season approaches many people take library material along on vacation.  This reminder about renewing is meant to help  you avoid overdue fines or worse, being blocked from accessing your account.  Many of our items allow two renewals, but new Audio books, 7-day loans, no hold DVDs, certain other collections and material on hold for another patron will not renew.  After you try to renew your selections, review the new due dates and return items that didn't renew on time to avoid late charges.  Always renew before you accumulate $10 or more in fines.  Accounts are blocked at $10 preventing online or phone renewals.

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