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THE FLOWER OF CHIVALRY: MEDIEVAL ROMANCES

Codex Manesse, Bergner von HorheimIf a lover of romantic historical fiction were to search our catalog for "medieval romance," she might get a bit confused.  You see, she'd find medieval romance... but she'd also find medieval romance!  (See what I mean by "confused"?)  The same term-- "medieval romance"-- gets used to describe two very different bodies of literature.  

NEW SERVICES - SUCCESS!

We are amazed and gratified at the resounding acceptance of our new circulation desk and new hold system, the self- checkout machines and in-house book return.  Staff has been available to introduce the new features and will continue to work with you.  Now that you've gotten the hang of checking out there are other features on the self checkout, including renewing and the ability to review your account.  The next time you visit take note of the video display that was installed today. 

Library usage is increasing and staff members are busier than ever working to meet your needs.  Thanks for your patience and support.

Teens --- Come and Play Xbox360

In our Teen Room, we have an Xbox360 and two controls.  Just bring your library card with you and check out an Xbox360 game downstairs in our AV department.  Then take your card to the Adult Reference Desk and the librarian will unlock our game cabinet. You have an hour of play time. Since we have two controls, depending on the game, you can play with a friend.  When you are done, go to Adult Reference to pick up your library card and return the game to the AV department. The game console is limited to teens and one friend or family member.

 

HAULING OUT THE BIG GUNS: HARD-HITTING SF

I received a request in last month's comments for some reading suggestions in military science fiction.  As I was putting a list together, I thought it likely that more than one person would be interested in this subgenre, and that it would be a shame to bury my answer in the depths of the archives.  So without further ado, here's the question and my response....

Mystery Monday

Who doesn't enjoy award shows?  Whether its the Oscars, the Grammys, or the Emmys, they all generate their own brand of excitement and glamour. While lacking in the celebrity quotient,the mystery writers have their own prestigious awards, too.  So all of you award junkies, don't despair, because there are plenty of award winners to celebrate.  Mysteries are so varied that they are categorized into their own sub-genres. For example, there are awards for most humorous mysteries, for best LA noir, best historical and any other kind of mysteries you can imagine.  I have listed below some of the latest award winners. See if some of your favorites have been nominated, or better yet, pick up a new favorite.

Left Coast Crime Awards presents the Lefty for most humorous mystery.
 The nominees are:
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
Living With Your Kids is Murder by Mike Befeler
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri
And the winner is:
Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin

What's Up In AV?

Over the last few months, especially since Christmas, the AV Department has gotten numerous requests to start circulating Sony PSP Games (Playstation Portable).  We are always listening to what our customers want and so Arlene Sandner, one of our Children's Department librarians, is going to begin purchasing them shortly.  We hope to have them circulating no later than the first week in May.

I am now buying more copies of our most popular titles in response to ever-increasing numbers of holds on them. Do you know about our "no holds" DVD section?  We have put aside copies of each movie title and designated them as "no holds." This means that they cannot be reserved and so they never sit on our reserve shelf waiting to be picked up.  Always check this special display before you leave.  The movie you have been waiting to see just might be "waiting" for you to pick it up while you are here.

NEW BOOK DISCUSSION

There is a new book discussion at the library that meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1 PM. The focus is on non-fiction, and it is open to all.The group is still undecided for a name, for now it is Not Just History, but we're working on a catchy title.  Monthly selections will be chosen by the group members. The April 14th meeting wiill discuss Island in the Center of the World  by Russsell Shorto. This prize-winning book looks at the beginnings of Manhattan history largely due to a current historian who is translating twelve thousand pages of original Dutch documents. The book is presented in a very easy-to-read style and clears up several falsities about early Dutch-Indian relations. Reserve a copy at the adult reference desk and check future fliers for the May and June readings.

What's Cooking?: Asian Noodles

The main food staple in my family is rice.  I cook it almost every night.  However, if there is a choice between having rice or noodles.   Noodles win hands down.   I love eating noodles.  Many countries have their own special noodles but I must admit I am partial to Asian noodles so this will be my focus today.  Many of you may have eaten the long thin Chinese noodles that are usually stir-fried with meats and vegetables known as lo mein in restaurants and of course, the packaged ramen noodles but are you familiar with rice vermicelli, or rice noodles in their various sizes in width and thickness, or the Japanese udon and somen in noodle soups, or the sweet potato noodles used in making the Korean dish Japchae or the glass (cellophane) noodles made of mung beans?  Not only are there so many types of noodles to enjoy, there are so many ways to prepare them.  Depending on the characteristics of the particular noodle, they can be stir-fried, deep-fried, pan-fried served with meat sauce over it, used as noodle salads, and in noodle soups. The list seems endless.

New Circulation Desk and Lobby

The Library’s latest remodeling project is nearing completion. Although we may begin limited use soon, the great unveiling and celebration is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, March 16, 2010.

This renovation of the desk and front entrance will enhance your library experience in providing welcoming environment with the latest in technology.

Please watch the slide show below and join us on the 16th to see how it all works.

TURNING UP THE HEAT

I'm watching the Winter Olympics as I write this, and the biggest snowstorm to hit the Northeast this season is howling outside my window-- there's seven inches on my doorstep already.  I adore snow, but I'm clearly in the minority at this time of year.  Most of the people I've talked to today have had more than their fill of winter.  Well, take heart, ye snowbound and shovel-weary, because this list is for you! 

The romances featured this month have one thing in common: they all take place somewhere HOT.  From the desert to the beach, from the bayou to the jungle (with the occasional firehouse or weredragon's lair in between), I've booked an armchair tour of the warmest latitudes (and steamiest heroes) in romantic fiction, guaranteed to melt away your winter blues.  Turn down that thermostat and pull up a beach chair; it's time to visit the tropics!

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