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.
Those spooky teens are at it again! Join us next Friday, October 23 at 4:00pm for a riveting program of scary stories told by the "Story for Kids" club from Clarkstown North High School. Wear your costume and join us. Best for good little listeners ages 5 and up. Light refreshments will be served after the program. We have limited space, so please come a little early. See you then ---- if you dare!
My father was the chef in our house as we were growing up. He was a great cook and taught me both Chinese and American cuisines. I remembered standing by his side as he was cooking, watching the measurements and portions he used. Without any recipes, you learn what it means to add “a little bit of this or a handful of that”. Whenever I make his classic meat loaf, a pork roast nestle on a bed of roasted vegetables or the uniquely tasting spaghetti made in a wok, sweet memories come back to me. Yet, it was his fried rice that I remember with a nostalgic comfort. My Dad’s fried rice was the best.
What are you afraid of? I don't mean your day-to-day worries and trepidations-- what truly scares you? What things freeze you in your tracks and twist your stomach, make your breath come short, your heart race, your limbs tremble, your blood run cold? Come now, even the bravest of us have things that they fear. (As John Wayne used to say, "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.")
If you're just joining us, we're in the middle of Banned Books Week 2015, the week that librarians and booksellers set aside every year to promote the benefits of free and open access to information and underscore the dangers of censorship. Banned Books Week honors a right we never, ever want to lose-- our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read. This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on one of the most-frequently challenged categories of literature: young adult books.
....but there's still fun to be had at the library! Drop in for Chess Club, Romper Room, Storytime, Lego Builders, Sensory Storytime, Art-a-la-Carte, Mystery Pictures or our other non-registered programs. Need to plan ahead? Then sign up for a registered program like a book club, an art or crafts program - or grab a ticket to our first after-hours Family Fun Night Square Dance with refreshments and a real, live, in-person caller! There are always new books and DVDs coming in as well. Just click on the Children's events tab, or come on in to check out our collections. We look forward to seeing you!
Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. This rather dry definition of streaming video does not begin to describe the wonders of Access Video on Demand.
Summer is soon over…no more leisurely hikes under the umbrella of solitude in the woods, nor feeling the gentle waves at the beach serenely stroking the tensions away. Fun-filled days of vacation are winding down. It’s that time again! We have started the fervor of getting the kids ready for school. We hunt for school supplies and backpacks, shopping for clothing they have outgrown, arranging our schedules to align with work and school, and thinking of ideas for the kids’ lunches and snacks.
We're on the cusp of autumn, and you know what that means.... the regular TV season is starting back up soon! (Not what you expected to hear from a librarian, was it?) But there are a lot of fantastic shows on now that have been adapted from books (or from book series). Unfortunately, fans of one of the hottest new shows on cable-- the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series-- are going to have to wait a little longer. Season 2, already in production, isn't slated to debut until sometime in 2016.
A newspaper editor, a camp counselor, a teacher, a farmer's wife, an electrician, a firefighter, a primitive artist and a retired ad-man walk into a library. This isn't the start to a bad joke, the stories of residents of Rockland County working in these jobs and others will take the stage as we begin a series called Share, Listen, Learn that features clips from our oral history collection on Tuesday September 8th at 7PM. Celebrate Labor Day by listening to stories from your neighbors working a number of unique Rockland jobs.