A Little Dark Reading

Skull and bookWhat 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.") 

A Word of Difference

Banned Books Week 2015If 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.

Summer may be over......

....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!

Better Than Google

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.

What's Cooking? Cookies, Cupcakes, and Chips - No Way!

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.

Outland-ish Reads

Scottish time travelWe'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.

Share Listen Learn: Stories of Working in Rockland County

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.

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Beyond Books: Black and White Film Festival

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Many of our patrons already know, and attend, our Thursday afternoon movies.  But, I am sure, there are still many individuals out there who do not know about the wonderful films we show at 2:00 every Thursday.

The series was started by our previous director, Mitch Freedman.  Since his retirement, the film series responsibilties have been shared by Harriet Wollenberg, Audiovisual Librarian and Veronica Reynolds, Coordinator of Community Relations.  Veronica and I will be alternating months for our movie choices starting in the Fall.

Better Than Google

Before you know it, school will be back in session.  As we suffer through the last days of an August heatwave, one can only look forward to the crisp fall days, (especially if you are no longer a student).  If we, at the library, can help ease the pain, and get you into an academic mind set, I suggest trying our fabulous database Bloom's Literature.  Some of you may remember that we added it to our database collection last year, but if you don't know about it, here are the facts.

Books within Worlds within Books...

"Wait ... people in a book are reading books? Is that even safe? What if they started reading themselves?"
     - comment on Jo Walton's Among Others

WheBooks within Booksn I was a young and tender librarian, I was asked for a book that didn't exist.  A patron called looking for a copy of The Book of Counted Sorrows by Stephen Crane, an old, hard-to-find (and purportedly cursed, so I learned) collection of poetry that horror author Dean Koontz referred to frequently for the epigraphs of his novels.  The patron had liked the snippets he'd seen fronting Koontz's works, and wanted to read more.  It took me three days (the Internet not being what it is now) to track down the reason it was so "hard to find:" it wasn't real. 

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