No - not these Fab Four...

...your fab four or five-year-old preschooler! We are starting a weekly program just for them! Concentrating on concepts and learning strategies geared for this age group, we will explore social interaction, science, math, music and pre-reading skills -- and have fun doing it! Adult participation is not needed, but grown-ups must remain in the library while the children are in the sessions. Sign up and come weekly. The first session is on Thursday, September 8th at 1:30pm. Registration is under way.

Remembering Harry Waitzman

We were sad to hear of the passing of Harry Waitzman this week, a long-time resident of Rockland County.  It was about a year ago that he sat down with us and told us some stories from the old days about going to school in the English Church in New Hempstead, his father's fish store in Spring Valley, the War and the origins of important Jewish institutions in New City.  He was one of our best patrons, always curious and wanting to learn more, attending computer classes up until the last year of his life - a true life-long learner.  We'll miss you Harry.  Thanks for sharing your memories.

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Hearts of Fire

Firefighters in fire training exerciseAre you looking to meet your perfect match, the one who makes you feel that bright spark of connection?  Maybe your last relationship lacked sizzle, and you're burning for a lover with passion.  Or perhaps you're still carrying a torch for an old flame?

If you're looking for a really hot romance, the heroes in this month's featured titles will certainly light your fire.  (And then put it out again, before anybody gets hurt.)  In honor of the 4th of July holiday, I'm featuring romances this month starring America's Bravest: firefighters.

On your mark, get set, READ!

To get started, run right over to New City Library starting June 27 and pick up your summer reading packet. We'll be charging towards the finish line in our triathalon of enjoying books. The different levels of readers will be represented by a swimmer, bicycle, and running shoe. The race will reach the finish line on August 13. Along the way there will be special programs, movies, (Click on the childrens events tab above for a full list.) , book bucks to spend on prizes, and some finishers will earn a chance on exciting prizes -- including Kindle Fires!! So come on over June 27 and get your summer reading started!

Controversial Election of 1800 Cancelled

Due to health issues, the July 6 program the Controversial Election of 1800 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for the Fall, date to be announced. Thank you for your understanding.

Teen Summer Reading is Coming!

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Close to Home

By Alex Bellink from Westchester County, New York (Tappen Zee), via Wikimedia Commons

Call it the "Sleepy Hollow" effect.

Lately I've noticed a minor spate of locally-set titles appearing in the two genres I order for the library-- romance and speculative fiction.  What I find the most curious about this current crop of novels is that, as far as I've been able to determine, none of the authors are local to our area.  (Thomas Olde Heuvelt isn't even from this continent-- he's Dutch.)

Nooks Recharged

On the waiting list for a hot new book?  Open to discovering new titles? Check out one of our Nooks – perfect for traveling or a test drive of the e-reading experience.  Each Nook is pre-loaded with dozens of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles.  Simply turn them on - no downloading required.  Happy e-reading!  Click Read more for the latest titles.

Mystery Monday

 

Mystery Monday is making a comeback after a very long absence.  The big news is the announcement of the 2016 Edgar awards.  Here is a list of the winners, followed by the nominees for each catagory.

Best Novel
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Lady From Zagreb by Phillip Kerr
Life or Death by Michael Robotham  

Best First Novel
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Woman With a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Grand Master
Walter Mosley

"I was born in a small town..."

house porch
With the publication earlier this week of Best of My Love, number 20 in her Fool's Gold series, author Susan Mallery has brought the most extensive and popular small-town romance series since Robyn Carr's Virgin River to a close.  With 22 novels (two Christmas titles were considered "in-betweeners"), 6 e-only novellas, and a storified cookbook, Mallery has given us plenty of opportunities to get to know the residents of Fool's Gold, California, that small (fictional) town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada that couldn't seem to hold on to its men... until they started falling in love with them.  To my surprise, I discovered that Fool's Gold hasn't actually been around that long-- Mallery only started the series in 2010, but made up for lost time by publishing an impressive 4 to 5 titles per year. 

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