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 - 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.


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.

Seeking a New World

First LandingsThanksgiving is over, but the leftovers will be with us for awhile yet.  If you're not quite ready to give up on this holiday before diving into the next one, I've got some lovely Thanksgiving-themed SF titles to go with your cranberry turducken sandwiches.

"Wait," I hear you cry, "Thanksgiving-themed science fiction!?"  Well, sure.  You don't imagine that the settlers of Plymouth and Jamestown colonies were the last travelers to boldly go into a new world, do you?

Thanksgiving and Listening

We believe that people and their stories are important.  That's why we have conducted over 50 interviews in the past year with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff and produced several Listening programs this Fall.  There are still two more listening events this year.  Next Monday November 30th at 7PM "Rockland Stories" will feature stories from people all around Rockland County that help us to understand what makes this place special.   The last event of the year on December 7th at 2pm, "Rockland County and World War II" will feature the stories of its residents who served in the armed forces and those who remember what it was like on the homefront.  Try interviewing your loved ones during the Great Thanksgiving Listen organized by StoryCorps.  You can preview some of the Rockland Stories at the link below.  

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Can't something be easier???

Well, we're trying! You may have noticed that most children's programs requiring registration start the sign-up on the 1st or 15th, rather than scattered throughout the month. Easier to remember! Beneath the program description on our children's events page is a 'register' button. Just click on that and fill out the requested information. You will need your library card number. Once you are registered on-line, you will get a reminder email a day or two prior to the program! Of course, you can also phone or drop by the children's desk any time and we'll walk you through it. Can't plan too far in advance? Then take note of our many drop-in programs and stop by for one. Please be mindful of any age requirements and be sure to have your library card handy.  See you soon!

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