Budget Vote/Trustee Election Results

The combined New City/West Nyack library budget of $6,211,062 was passed with a vote of 285 in favor and 97 against.  Three trustees were elected:  Anthony Feliciano with 117 votes, Phyllis Morena with 135, and Joseph Reiter with 113.  Thank you to everyone who came out to vote!

Rosy and Bright

Herrnhuter Stern in OlbernhauToday may be black (at least for those of you braving the shopping malls), but the forecast for romance this holiday season is rosy and bright!  Your favorite authors have been hard at work this year penning new seasonal romances for you to enjoy, and they're flying off our shelves faster than snowflakes-- everything from Amish sweets to romantic suspense (even an LGBT holiday title!).

Text Messages

Last month Circulation Services highlighted the advantages of receiving due date reminders, pick dates for holds and overdue notices by E-mail. It is a cost saving measure for our patrons and the library. You can now register online for this service on this very website. Click on the 'Find an Item' tab above, then 'My Account' and select 'Switch to E-mail Notification.' Fill in the requested information and submit. 

Another service that might be of interest is Text Messaging, which is specifically for sending a pick up by date when a hold is available at the library.  While not as comprehensive, the message says you have 5 days to pick up your hold, those who keep a cell phone nearby might appreciate a text.  Sign up for this service at the Circulation Desk the next time you are in the library.  The best scenario is to give us your E-mail address and a mobile number.  You get the best of both worlds, a text and an E-mail.  

I should have brought along that audiobook......

Read-along book and CD kits are also great for those car trips!  We have a broad selection of picture book and beginner reader sets which often include music and sound effects.  Our extensive collection of books on CD for children includes all the latest hits -- and some old favorites the whole family will enjoy.  The stories range in length and content, so come on in and we'll help you choose some -- like Lemony Snicket?  Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus? Boxcar Children mysteries? James Patterson's Middle School Series? Junie B Jones? Dork Diaries? 39 Clues? Magic Tree House?  Well - you get the idea.  Stop in before you hit the road.

Director's Report November 2014

Director’s Report
November 2014

1.    Roof Project

By the time of the Board meeting the balance of the roof work should be completed.  The metal capping that comprises the perimeter of the library will have been replaced.  All of the loose bricks that affected the capping will have been pointed.  And the drain from the roof will have been installed successfully.  The drain was necessitated because water collected on the roof from rain storms.  The new roof drain required work by both the roofer and a plumber. 

It was a major project.  Kudos are extended to Shibu Abraham, Finance and Facility Manager, for his management of the project—from beginning to end.  Contrary to prior concerns the library never closed during the duration of the project. 

2.    Long Range Plan

Better Than Google

Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker?  Are you buying a new car?  If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay? 
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home.  You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there.  However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes.  In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.

Veterans Day Story

It's Veterans Day and the New City Library is open regular hours.  While you enjoy the day, listen to the Rockland County Director of Veterans Affairs Jerry Donnellan's oral history interview on HRVH or the short story below from that interview.

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Not Just for Teens

Recently teen books have become very popular with adult readers.  Many people enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  As the Teen Librarian, most of my personal reading is in the teen book area.  I still read an occasional “Adult “ title and enjoy a wide range of adult authors.  However, I find that many “teen” books are fun and exciting to read with complex ideas, plots and relevancy.   The following are some of my personal favorites.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly [ separared by centuries, a teen tries to cope with the tragic deaths of two young boys]

Cover image for Revolution

'Investigating Mysteries' cancelled this Monday

The "Investigating Mysteries" book group meeting for Monday, Nov. 10th has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

December's meeting will continue as scheduled.

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