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Your email address opens so many possibilities to help you manage your library account. Provide Circulation Services with your email and begin the process of controlling your fines, your renewals and how you are notified when your requests are available at the library.

Three days before items are due an email reminder is sent (except for 3 day loans and museum passes) with a link to renew eligible material.  Renew or return on time and you avoid late fees.  If you've kept something beyond the due date you'll get a gentle reminder to help keep late fees in check.   Another advantage for email recipients is same day notification when reserves become available with a 5 day pickup date. 

Stop by the Circulation desk the next time you visit and sign up.  More than 50% of our members use this service; we'd like to increase this number and lower our postage costs even more.  Join to take control of your account and reduce or eliminate late fees.  

 

Better Than Google

 

One of the most common questions we librarians get concerns what kind of ___________do I buy?  Just fill in the blank, mattress, toaster oven, laptop, washing machine, etc.  When faced with making a purchase, most people want to spend their hard-earned money on the right product.  The best way to make a wise decision is to arm yourself with the proper research.  Most people know and trust Consumer Reports and ask for it by name, and you can access it by using our on-line subscription or Ebsco Masterfile Premier’s on-line database.

Ready for a frightfully fun time?

Registration for our third annual Pumpkinpalooza is under way. Join us next Friday, October 24 at 4:00pm for a chilling session of stories presented by the "Story for Kids Club" of Clarkstown North High School.  These teens will tell frightful tales and scary stories appropriate for brave little youngsters ages 5 and up.  Wearing costumes is encouraged!  Limited seating is available in our haunted basement room, so call 634-4997 x 121, to reserve your space soon -- if you dare!

The Roof Project

We have been told by Precision Roofing that the project will take about three weeks—which will be three weeks from the start date.  Two things can critically impact this estimated completion date: 1. Work cannot be done in the rain. 2. Unanticipated problems—only some of which will cause delays. 

During the life of the roofing project, there may be odors detected in the building. The odors are the result of the glue that is used to seal down the new roof.  Precision Roofing Co. is using low VOC glue.  A manager of Precision Roofing indicated that the low compliant VOC is more costly but it meets the standards set by state laws.  It does give off a strong, but apparently harmless odor.

A number of formalities remain, but work should begin shortly on replacing 7 of the 8 roofs on the library.  The eighth one covers the addition to the building and it is in good shape  The other seven roofs will be replaced over the next month weather conditions permitting.  As noted, no work can be done in the rain.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for October

1. Roof Project – Update

A number of formalities remain, but work should begin shortly on replacing 7 of the 8 roofs on the library.  The eighth one covers the addition to the building.  Since it is much newer it is in good shape.  All of the others will be replaced over the next month weather conditions permitting.  No work can be done in the rain.

Concerns were raised over the legally required signs that indicated that asbestos will be removed as part of the overall roof removal process.  It is our understanding that there is no danger from the asbestos removal.  GEO Environmental has the specific contractual responsibility to examine the completed project for any asbestos issues.  The asbestos removal is being done by a subcontractor of Precision Roof Inc. The subcontractor specializes in asbestos removal. All of the workers are certified and licensed by the state.

At some point, there may be odors detected in the building. The odors will be the result of the new roof being glued down.

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What's Cooking?: Apples, Apples, and More Apples

When October arrives, the excitement is not about Halloween, costumes, and candy.  October is apple season time and I can’t wait to go pick the best varieties to start my baking.  I wonder which types of apples will make a “perfect” combination for a great tasting pie this year.  There is so much to consider since the textures and flavors of apples vary from tart and crisp to sweet and soft.  Just looking at the honey crisp, ginger gold, gala, granny smith, and golden delicious start those creative juices in me to dive into making those baked goods we especially enjoy in the autumn and winter months.

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CBLDF BBW Jeff Smith posterEvery year, libraries and bookstores around the country set aside the last week in September for Banned Books Week.  In this week, we seek to remind everyone of the benefits of free and open access to information.  We underscore the dangers of censorship.  And we honor a right we never, ever want to lose: our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read. 

The Cube at the New City Library

Get a sneak peek from one of our interviews from this past weekend on Soundcloud Picture a ten-foot stainless steel cube, balancing on its edge. The surrounding area are mirrored in the metallic sides of this beautiful piece of modern sculpture. Suddenly the door opens to reveal a comfortable, soundproof recording booth. Welcome to The Cube.

Better Than Google

Does this picture bring back memories? Former students may remember our rows and rows of infamous “brown books”, weary looking tomes that contained Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC), and Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC).  Students didn’t particularly like using these series, because, in most cases, they reprinted partial essays and critiques.  Some of the more demanding Clarkstown teachers insisted that the students have access to the entire essay.  Pre-internet days, this was very difficult for our small public library to find. The books also looked unappealing, and even I preferred other sources, although the content was excellent.  Another problem is that students, who were without a dime for the photocopier, or who were malicious, would remove the much wanted pages, leaving the rest of the students bereft.  Missing pages are no longer a problem with on-line sources, and we happily got to say goodbye to those cumbersome and space consuming books when we switched to the e-book version.

Young(ish) love: New Adult romance

A new, fast-growing category of romance has emerged in the last few years.  It's called "New Adult," and it's aimed at readers in their late teens to mid-twenties (college-aged to early adulthood). 

So, what exactly is a "New Adult"?  The protagonists in these books still bear some resemblance to their younger cousins in Young Adult romances-- they haven't entirely escaped the throes and drama of teen angst.  But they've achieved some distance from it, and gained the perspective and insight that younger characters often lack.  There's a marked change in maturity level, and the expected maturity of its readership. 

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