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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 -

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for May

  • AV Project:  It’s definitely in the homestretch.  The carpet and almost all of the ceiling and interior work in the lower level has been completed.  The date of the Board meeting, 5/15/2014, is when the shelving for the lower level will be delivered and installed now that the lower level work is close to completion. 
  • Once installed the Books on CD, Romances, and Playaways will be moved from the meeting room to the new shelving in the lower level.   In addition additional shelves were ordered for the first floor to promote easy browsing by eliminating as much as possible the bottom shelves for AV materials.  This should complete almost all of the renovations and changes to the adult services department lower level and first floor.
  • The children’s department is waiting for the replacement furniture that arrived damaged earlier.  The three big items are the iPad table, the computer table, and a single section of single-faced shelving for games.  Once these pieces are in place—expected by the end of the month—the children’s room will be pretty much done.

 

Heard around the state!

On Sunday May 11,  our director Mitch Freedman was interviewed by Nina DelRio on 106.7 Lite FM for the Get Connected show. 106.7 has generously made the show available on their website. Click here to listen to full interview.

What's Cooking?: Let's Roll!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t get any better than having a well-made Asian roll.  A bite into this lightly fried crisp wrap filled with mouthwatering ingredients is positively addictive!  We are not talking about the typical egg rolls that are filled with tasteless cabbage filling rolled into thick egg roll skins that appear in some American Chinese restaurant menus.  What is called an “egg roll” has evolved and the authentic types are varied by the texture of the wrapper (skin).  It is complemented by an infinite choice of flavorful fillings, both savory and sweet, reflecting both Asian and non-Asian cuisines.

Beyond Books: Do You Freegal?

Huh?  What's a Freegal?

Freegal is a downloadable music service which provides access to the songs of the artists listed in the Sony Music catalog.

Though we have been providing this service to our patrons for a few years we find that many individuals still do not know about this wonderful product.

If you have a New City Library card you can go to our website www.newcitylibrary.org.  The first tab is "Find an Item".  A drop-down menu will appear in which downloadable music is an option.  Click on that and, "voila", you are on the Freegal Music website.  Now, to actually get into the site you will need your New City Library card barcode and your pin - which is the last four digits of your primary phone number (unless you,  yourself, have changed it sometime in the past).

Fairs, Steamboats and “The Quota” : 150 years ago in Rockland County

What was happening in Rockland County 150 years ago? You can read the digitized issues of the Rockland County Messenger online at http://news.hrvh.org.  The editor of the Messenger bragged about the quality of the Steamboat service as the ships returned to service after the winter in an article entitled "Our Steamboats".  This weekly newspaper published the schedule for the steamships on the back page of each issue.

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