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What's Cooking?: Peking Duck

After recuperating from the nonstop holiday festivities, I took some time to reflect on the coming New Year.  Aside from the post-holiday detox after the recent overindulgences, I decided to direct my approach toward choices I will be make this year guided by the adages “simpler is better” and “less is more.”  Next, I thought I should be a little more adventurous and expand my culinary repertoire.  This may suggest something difficult and time consuming which may contradict my first New Year’s resolution – keep it simple.  Nevertheless, I met this challenge when I chose to make Peking duck.  My husband loves duck but I never roasted one because I thought it very fatty.  When I mentioned it to my best friend, she advised me, “Order the Peking duck at a restaurant.  You’re unbelievable! (diplomatic meaning for 'you're crazy').“ 

January Book Discussions

The two adult book discussions scheduled for the week of January 10 were postponed due to the snow conditions. New dates have Chapters meeting January 18 at 7:30PM and Facts meeting January 19 at 1PM. Hope to see you! For further questions, call 634-4997 ext 139.

Welcome Family Researchers

Are you one of those who has decided to make a January resolution to research your family? You are not alone! The library is offering several genealogy how-to workshops during the cold months of January and February. The first was held January 8 and was a general overview to genealogy. But it's not too late to attend the others. Lecturer and genealogist, Tony Laurino will take the reins for the next three. On January 22 at 10AM ,Tony will review the use of primary records such as surnames. There are many issues using surname records, and Tony will help to clear up some of the misconceptions. During the next class, February 19, he will review secondary records such as military and census. The series ends February 26 with a look at the best web genealogy sites. If you are new to genealogy, mark these dates and attend. It will be a good investment at a good price! To register, call 634-4997 ext 139.

EBooks...Get Your EBooks Here!

A friend was asking me last week about what eReader to buy.  When I talked about the various formats and what the library supplies, she was surprised.  “You mean I can get ebooks from the library” she asked.  The New City Library has supplied downloadable audio books for many years and ebooks in the last few.

In anticipation of many people getting readers for the holidays, we just purchased a large number of new titles.  The various formats are still fighting it out for their share of the market place, but we ordered predominantly in the e-pub format which seems to be compatible with most readers.  This order was predominantly romance and mysteries, but we made certain we would have items currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.

We purchase copies that are only available to New City Library customers in addition to titles available to everyone in the region.  To get access to our titles, you need to log in with your library card and PIN.   You can go there directly by clicking HERE.

Adult Program Changes

The Self Defense Class on January 11 has been rescheduled for March 29 at 7PM. The Chapters book discussion will be held Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 PM. Call Thursday at ext 139 for February book selection.

The Say Ah! class on January 12 has been rescheduled for March 11, 1:30PM.

Think Spring!!

Read a classic novel in 2011!

Around this time of year, everyone is making lists. The best of, the worst of and what you need to do this year that you’ve never done before. Among them are dozens of lists of 100 books to read, but who has the time to work through them? So what about just the top ten? After looking at dozens of top one hundred lists, I've found  ten books that are New Year's resolution worthy:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

 

Gifts of Love

Love it or hate it, winter is here and Christmas is nearly upon us.  Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, signs of the season are everywhere-- the nip in the air, the scent of evergreens, the cards and gifts, the holiday lights.  (Sadly, my lawn remains quite bare of snow-- I'm pinning my hopes on the Boxing Day forecast.)  People are drawing closer together; students are home on vacation, friends and neighbors are visiting, and families are travelling to be with one another for the holidays.  It's a time to be with the people you love.  Perhaps this is why Christmas romances have such strong appeal.

Mystery Monday

Everyone knows about  and maybe occasionally overindulges on "comfort food", but what about "comfort books"?  You know, the literary equivalent of macaroni and cheese.  Comfort books, like comfort food, soothe us with their familiarity, distracting us from our troubles with a happy visit to old friends.  People can find escape from their cares by drinking, drug taking,or over-eating, but a much more benign way is to pick up a proven favorite book and get lost in the pages.  Mystery Scene's Holiday 2010 issue asked mystery writers for their own comfort reads and traditional mysteries seem to be the overwhelming choice.  Who wouldn't find solace in a well-loved mystery with a favorite sleuth?  And who ever remembers whodunnit it anyway?  So, in these hectic December days, in between shopping, cookie baking, present wrapping and bill paying, take a brief respite with a book.  Curl up with an old favorite or choose one of the other suggested authors from below. Happy holidays to you all!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Reading Break

Traffic is terrible.  An imminent influx of relatives is wracking your last nerve.  You have a to-do list with far too little crossed off of it.  The forecaster gleefully informs you how few shopping days are left even as she predicts a massive winter storm.  And now some shipful of aliens called the Vogons wants to bulldoze our planet to make way for a hyperspatial express route?!  (Although... the destruction of Earth would take care of your other sources of stress....)  In the words of noted sci-fi humorist Douglas Adams, DON'T PANIC.  The library's Speculative Fiction collection is here to help, with entire realms and galaxies ready for you to escape into! 

What's Cooking?: A Season of Giving

With all the amazing dishes, mouth-watering baked goods and dazzling decorations that inspire our creative senses, one of the best things I love about this holiday season is the time of giving.  I appreciate the thought and care people take in choosing their gifts.  Homemade culinary gifts offer a more personal and satisfying touch to gift giving.   Friends and family who are food lovers like me value the effort.  The expression of delight and joy when they take a bite of something that is scrumptious makes all the difference.

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