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Too hot to travel with the kids?

Then come to your air-conditioned library and look through our children's book stacks for foreign-language or bi-lingual picture books, grab a travelling with kids guidebook, an appropriate cookbook and have an imaginary trip!  How else can you be in China for breakfast, Italy for lunch, and Puerto Rico for dinner?  Throughout our non-fiction stacks you will find books on celebrations in different countries and regions of the USA, cooking, geography, language, crafts.....well, you get the idea!  So don't worry about packing the car, booking plane tickets and hotels - travel the world in the children's library!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for July

Summary statement

It was a good month.  I continue to enjoy working at the New City Library.  The staff have been wonderful partners who do their utmost to serve the patrons of the Library.  There have been speed bumps here and there, but overall I still enjoy the opportunity to work with the staff and the Board to maintain and improve the quality of library collections, services, and facilities.  I have been especially happy to enjoy the benefits of staff cooperation and board support.

I identified a number of areas that needed to be addressed.  Not surprisingly they cannot all be addressed at once.  Following is a progress report plus anything new that has come up.

Click here to read the full report.

Better Than Google

One of the best things about having long-standing employment is that you don't feel the need to update your resume.  Well, since you never know when opportunity will come knocking, or whether you will be out of work tomorrow, it is a good idea to have an current resume.  No one likes the chore of creating or updating a resume, but the library has a powerful tool that takes the writing out of writing a resume.  That tool is Cypress Resumes. As they say on their site, with Cypress Resumes, there is no need to compose anything, ever.

The Midnight Hour

The library is closed for the day and you realize you forgot to return your books and DVD's that are due.  You're looking at those 'late' items wondering what options there are to avoid late charges.  You can return your material in the parking lot book drops before we open for the next business day to take advantage of our grace period.  The first book drop of the day uses the previous day's date.  You will not incur a fine for material due the day before.  Most items can go in the drop, only museum passes and Nooks need to be returned at the Circulation desk.  Renewing online is another option.  The system renews items by date, so all material due that day can be renewed before 11:59pm without a late fee.  If you wait until the midnight hour, 12am, a fine is generated.  Choose the option that best fits your schedule. 

 

Summer Reading Club

Come on in and pick up your Summer Reading Club packet at the children's desk and get started!  Book reporting starts July 1.  There will be weekly prizes, special programs, and an army of ants before we finish up August 23.  All children in the New City Library district ages 2 & up can join.  Let's get reading!

Dear New City Library Cardholders,

I thought it would be good to share with you some of my observations about the New City Library and its staff.  Following is my first Director's Report as Interim Director to the Board of Trustees of the New City Library; it addresses these topics. 

I welcome your comments, suggestions, and concerns on what follows or on any other library matter of interest to you.

Maurice J. Freedman, MLS, PhD
Interim Director, New City Library
mfreedman@rcls.org
845-634-4997   x 111

                                                                                

Click Here for the Full Report

 

Better Than Google

You may have noticed that our magazine and database listing looks quite different.  It has now been put on a libguide (a customized guide created with specialized software) featuring our magazines, databases, and web sites that wll enhance your research experience. It was created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System and handed off to each library to maintain. What does this mean for you?  Since we no longer have to go through a third party (over-worked Jerry at RCLS), changes can be implemented, and problems can be solved much more quickly.

In addition, not only are our subscriptions listed, but Jerry had added some great websites as well, such as Census 2010 Local Data, NADA and Kelley Blue Book car price guides and other helpful aids. An added bonus is that our databases are getting used more often! It is convenient to have all our offerings on one page, and the subject headings will take you right to your area of interest. It really is better (and more reliable) than Google.

What's Cooking?: A Cup of Tea

We’ve all had those hectic days that never seem to end.  Sometimes you just need to get off that carousel of life for a breather and get back on again.  Whenever I feel this way, I reach out for a soothing cup of tea to calm me, creating a temporary oasis.  There is something about slowly sipping that hot cup of tea that seems to unwind the tensions.  Besides its relaxing effect, taking the time to drink it provides a needed moment to be quiet, be centered, and clear your head so you can regroup to face the obstacles before you.

Donations - Check it Out

So you've finally gotten around to some serious decluttering. College graduates are moving out, high school seniors have their college acceptances or you might be downsizing.  Are you wondering what to do with those old college textbooks, best sellers from back in the nineties, more than gently used paperbacks or favorite bedtime story books?  Many people don't want to throw books away.  You might think the best place is to drop them off at the library.  We appreciate your good intentions but we really can't accept them.  Very few donations are added to the collection; some might make it onto our 'Littlest Bookstore" shelves.  Sadly, the majority are carted off by the custodial staff for recycling.  We can suggest you call local hospitals, hospice, goodwill or local senior centers.  A search on the internet may turn up sites that pick up books left curbside.  New City Library no longer holds book sales, but other libraries in the county do and might accept your donations.  Some phone numbers you might find useful:  Goodwill, 624-0187, Salvation Army 620-7200.   

Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2013 newsletter is out!  Hard copies are available at the library, and you can also access it online here.  We're using a different email manager to distribute the newsletter now, so if you have not received yours, please be sure to sign up for future mailings.  As always, any questions, please call the reference desk at x125 or x126.

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