Thanksgiving 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?
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.
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!
Fake! Fake! Fake! What am I talking about? On-line reviews, of course, and they are more common than you might think. Researchers estimate that 10% to 30% of reviews posted on line are absolutely fake. Where do you find these fake reviews? You find them on Yelp and Trip Advisor, Chow Hound, Amazon, wherever people can post an anonymous review. Who is doing it? Business owners who want to counteract bad reviews, or who want to post a bad review about a rival. People may be posting a review of a place they've never stayed at, or eaten at to be malicious, vengeful, or they just have too much time on their hands. Whatever the reason is, they are very hard to catch. Companies such as Amazon do their best to weed out the most obvious fake reviews, but they still slip in.
The Library will be open this Wednesday on Veterans Day and that evening at 7:30PM we will be hosting a special event featuring the stories of your neighbors who served our Country in the Armed Forces. There will be stories from men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. Stories will be from service in World War II, Vietnam, and the first Iraq War. A number of video interviews produced by Clarkstown North's David Kaminski and filmed at the Rockland Independent Living Center will be shown as well. Please be advised, some of these stories are graphic in nature. We thank all the Veterans for their service and for sharing their stories.
It is the peak of autumn as we embrace the stunning flora of leaves changing from summer green to brilliant orange, red, and golden colors. Mimicking the colors of fall as well is the season of harvesting pumpkins, winter squash and gourds. Squash comes in all varieties of shapes, sizes, and colors but one of the most popular squash is the beloved pumpkin. These bright orange spheres are iconic spectacles beckoning to be picked from the patch for the holidays. Pumpkin can be used in so many ways.
windows phone spyThe library is proud to introduce a new service: mobile printing! You can use Printer On to send a print to the library from anywhere you have internet service. You can even print from your smartphone or tablet by downloading one of the Printer On Apps. Come to the library within two days of sending the file and you'll be able to release it at our printing station. There are no extra fees for a mobile printing, only the library's standard printing costs.
Are you holding out for a hero? I know many of you are looking forward to a weekend of spooky delights, but it's worth remembering that Veteran's Day is less than two weeks away, on Nov. 11th. In honor of our veterans, the romances I'm spotlighting this month all feature characters who have earned the title of "hero" or "heroine" -- wounded warriors who not only saw combat, but shed blood on the battlefield in service to their country.
Back in June I had the pleasure of interviewing Fred Bohlander of Stony Point. He came down to the library and told javpageme stories for over two hours of his volunteer work as a member of the Wayne Hose Company, his father and the milk delivery business, how he met his wife, and many more memories of life in Rockland County. When I heard on WRCR this week that he had passed, I was sad that such a genuine guy and a great community leader was gone. But I was glad that he had shared his story with us and that his family, friends, and the community would have these stories to keep as a reminder of him. Although Fred lived much of his life in Stony Point, he fondly recalled his days as a young boy in New City where he learned all about farming from his neighbors the Smiths. You can listen to a part of this on our Soundcloud and at the link below. Thank you Fred, you can rest in peace having lived a good life.
Anyone who has read the title of this blog knows that I write about databases that are "better than Google". Google is an amazing tool for finding information and there are times when it is the right choice to begin your information search. What is Google good at?
It is good at providing straightforward factual information. Who was the vice-presidental candidate for the Republicans in 2012? What is the capital of South Dakota? These are questions that have unequivocal answers, answers that in past years you would have looked up in the World Almanac. Google is the main reason why librarians no longer get the kind of easy answer questions that made up what is known as "Ready Reference" questions.