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Library Advocacy Day 2015

The New York Library Association sponsors an annual Library Advocacy Day  in Albany.  Library representatives from around the state convene to rally their legislators and senators to support higher funding levels for libraries. 

Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget proposed flat library funding at $86.6 million while proposing a 4%+ increase for education.  This falls quite short of the $102.6 million required by NYS Education Law based on census data.  As public libraries chartered by the NYS Department of Education, we say LIBRARIES ARE EDUCATION - we provide technology, materials and programming that support our local students and allow other individuals to continue independent learning and self-enrichment.

Is Spring on its way yet??

Well - even if the snow's still flying, you can always come in to the Children's Library and find things to do.  We have craft books, cook books, winter picture books, and more.  The DVD shelves are full of great selections for those cabin fever afternoons.  Take a look at the children's event tab at the top of the page for book groups, concerts, chess club, crafts, and more.  We are always happy to see you!  Weather permitting, of course...

Better Than Google

This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.
First off, Access Video on Demand is a streaming video database that is just a blast.  It contains documentaries from such illustrious producers as NOVA, Nightline, American Experience, BBC and many others. Just say it is too cold to come to the library, you're bored, there's nothing on t.v, and you want to be mentally stimulated, just log-in to Access Video, and you'll never be bored again. If you're thinking of taking a trip, there's Rick Steves' travel documentaries. Want to immerse yourself in history, Ken Burns' classic The Civil War is at your fingertips. Fill in those gaps in your education by watching the Great Ideas of Philosophy. Perfect those cooking skills with Julia Child or Martin Yan.  Search by producer or subject and you'll be exploring the world in no time.

Beyond Books: New Monday Film Series

As many of our patrons already know, we have our Director's Film Series on Thursdays at 1:00.  Now we have a new film series called Monday Movies at 2:00, hosted by yours truly, your AV librarian.

Over the last year I have periodically filled in for our Director on a Thursday with a film I have chosen, usually a documentary.  These films were so well-received that I decided to start showing films on Monday’s which have a different focus than Mitch’s films

My first series, which is going on at the present time, is foreign films.  So far we have viewed “Ida”, a Polish film which is nominated for this year’s Oscars in the Foreign Film category.  Our second film was “Wadja” which was made in Saudi Arabia.  Not only was this the first feature length film ever produced in this country, but the director was a woman; unheard of in Saudi Society.

Growing up on the Icy Hudson

Jerry Donnellan tells a story about growing up on the Hudson River in Nyack and playing on the icy river.   We will be holding a Listening program later this Spring where we will play this clip and others from residents who talk about growing up in Rockland County.   If you are interested in being interviewed or becoming a volunteer interviewer, call local history librarian Brian Jennings at 845-634-4997 ext. 127 or email him at bjennings@rcls.org

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Better Than Google

Last summer, the dreaded Ebola virus was featured heavily in the news. Everyone was worried about the spread of this disease and the alarming death rate in Africa. How did it compare to the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe?  What would have it been like to be a victim of that plague that decimated the population of Europe by more than a third? The prescribed remedies suggested at the time were designed to get rid of bad odors which they believed carried diseases.  Unfortunately, this medieval aromatherapy, while probably not doing much harm, didn't do any good. Medicine has come a very long way since then, and we can be thankful to live in these times, as the database Daily Life Through History proves.

Betting on the Books

I do not consider myself a gambler.  I do not buy lottery tickets, I have never been inside a casino, and I have never visited a race track or betting parlor.  However, there is one bet I will place this Friday when I meet with other librarians who select books for teens.  We bet on which book will be the winner of the Michael L.

A YEAR FOR RENEWAL

It sounds like a New Years resolution but I'm talking library cards.  This year adult library cards will be up for review to ensure your contact information is accurate.  Updating will require you to visit the library and present proof of a qualifying address and a picture ID.  A driver's license is preferred, but a passport along with a utility or similiar bill is fine as well.  It is not necessary to replace your existing card, once renewed you can continue to use the same card and ID number.  

You may only update your own card.  Accounts must be in good standing with balances below $10.  You can renew your card before it expires on your next visit to the library; once expired you won't be able to checkout, renew, place holds or download eBooks.  Thank you for understanding, bring your ID and leave the library renewed!

Local History December 2014 Newsletter

We have a new local history email list to keep you apprised of new programming and resources related to local history.  We just released our first issue which you can read online here.   The highlights of this month’s newsletter Local History December 2014 Newsletterare a lecture in January 27th about the Civil War in Rockland County, a new display on the lost hamlet of Sandyfield curated by members of the Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region and the announcement that an Outreach grant from the Ramapo Catskill Library System will help us continue collecting oral history interviews and create programs from these audio interviews.   Sign up for the local history email list here: 

Two new book groups for 2015

In January, the children's department is launching two new programs for families.  Miss Amina's "Family Book Discussion" is for children in grades 4-6 with an adult and meets Wednesday January 28 at 6:30pm.  This group will be discussing No Talking by Andrew Clements. Registration begins January 14.  "Friends & Family Book Club" is for kids in grades 3-5 with or without a grownup and meets Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm.  Mrs. B will be moderating our discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Copies of this book by Roald Dahl will be available to check out when you register, beginning January 5.

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