What's Cooking?: It's All About Kale!

Kale is so healthy and delicious, full of vitamins and antioxidants.  The word is out as its popularity continues to grow about its health benefits.  However, I resisted trying this luscious curly forest green vegetable with its coarse texture until my son convinced me of how great the kale salad he has been having for lunch.  As a result, I found there are many uses for kale with various techniques in preparation as in salads, in soups and stuffing, and kale chips.  The kale chips are a blast to make with its light wispy-like quality.  Stir-fry kale with garlic is exquisitely delicious in its simplicity.  It is a great substitute for spinach in many recipes.  Its sturdy texture doesn’t fall apart as easily as spinach does.  I like it in my quiche for its chewier texture!

A Bath Getaway

Are you fatigued by the summer heat and noxious air of the City?  Has the Season's endless social whirl sapped your strength?  Perhaps you have an aged relative who would benefit from a spa's healthful waters?  My dear, you simply MUST visit Bath this summer!  What was that, madam?  No, no, not TAKE a bath (tsk, how vulgar these Americans are, referring to one's personal hygiene in mixed company!).  I refer, of course, to the venerable City of Bath, in Somerset, England.

Every Hero has a Story!

Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders.  Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate.  We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

Better Than Google

The good old days...How good were they?  Well, if you want an idea what life was like in the past, say the 1940s and 1950s, you could ask grandma and grandpa, or, you could log on to the Grey House database, which contains This is Who We Were and Working Americans.  Although it is not key word searchable, unfortunately, you can still find anecdotal and factual information by clicking on the table of contents of each volume to read the text. Both databases are based on print books, which are available to check out, but the on-line version is very convenient, and highly entertaining.

Coming this Summer at the Library

What's Cooking?: Quiche in the Limelight

Quiche

The delectable quiche is making a comeback!  It is one of the most versatile dishes that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.  With an addition of a bright green leafy salad, it becomes a complete and satisfying meal.  Made into bite-sized portion as mini quiches or cut in tiny squares, they are wonderful as appetizers for cocktail parties or eaten as snacks.   It can be eaten hot or cold and perfect at room temperature which makes it conveniently portable for traveling or outdoor entertaining such as picnics, beach party, and road trips.  Quiche can be dressed up elegantly to serve for formal occasions as well as casual get-togethers like potlucks.  It is great in whatever season!

Here Be Dragons

For creatures of myth, dragons certainly get around.

As long as we've been writing the history of ourselves, we've been writing about dragons.  They're sculpted on Babylon's Ishtar Gate and described on Agamemnon's armor in the Iliad.  They adorn a temple in Teotihuacan and are depicted in seashells beside a Chinese grave over six thousand years old.  There are dragon legends from every continent except Antarctica (unless you count Dragon Glacier).  You've probably heard some of their names before: Lotan. Tiamat. Fei Lian. Ladon. Yamata-no-Orochi. Quetzalcoatl. Y Ddraig Goch. Fafnir. 

Congratulations to Brian Jennings

On Sunday, May 17, the Historical Society of Rockland County hosted a supper on the beautiful grounds of the Jacob Blauvelt house in New City.  The Society celebrated and honored the winners of the annual Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Merit Award.  Among the honorees was our own local history librarian, Brian Jennings, who won the award for Preservation Leadership. Brian joined us only a year and a half ago, and in that time he has exhibited his passion for local history with innovative programming and usage of digital technology to preserve our paper and microfilm resources.  Check out his burgeoning collection of Rockland County oral histories (http://www.newcitylibrary.org/oralhistory). And stay tuned for his Listen 'n' Learn programs - where selected excerpts from these recordings are played and discussed with the interview subjects.  It's a great way to experience living history up close and personally!

Better Than Google

Technology moves faster than a superhero.  I heard a quote the other day “that technology used to change every one to two years, now its one to two days”!  How can one keep up with this impossibly quick pace?  No sooner have you mastered Word 2010, here comes Word 2013, which is significantly different from its earlier incarnation.  Innovations are being implemented every day, and it seems there is no way to keep up.

How can we help?  Then library staff offers wildly popular computer and device classes, but there are never enough of them.  Stymied by a lack of a dedicated computer lab, we have cobbled together a de facto computer lab in the conference room using eight laptops.  Thanks must certainly go to our patient and brilliant librarians, Veronica Reynolds and Brian Jennings who teach these classes, despite other pressing responsibilities (Head of Community Relations and Local History Librarian, respectively).

Better Than Google

Remember the Rolodex? If you're no longer in the first flush of youth, you probably do.  It was a handy little tool for keeping track of what you needed to know, such as contact information, handy facts (e.g. the longitude and latitude of New City) and other things you needed to have at your finger tips. Of course, it was a useful little place for librarians to jot down and keep those important bits and pieces of miscellanea for ourselves and our colleagues.  Naturally, it had to be updated for currency.  One year, due to my neat handwriting, I was chosen for this important task.  While New City remains at the same location, other information had to be checked to make sure it was still correct.  I regret to say that I never finished my task and that was partly due to the arrival of the Internet.

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