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Hoopla Digital Library

The New City Library is now offering Hoopla Digital to our patrons which allows New City cardholders to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, movies and music.  Click on GET STARTED at the following page to begin borrowing: https://www.hoopladigital.com/.

Using online Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Some of the resources we discussed at the April 25th program on Using Newspapers for Genealogy Research can be accessed below by clicking on Read More.

Overdrive eBook and Digital Audiobook Loan Period Changes

The default lending period for Overdrive has been changed from 21 to 14 days.  You can still borrow digital audiobooks and eBooks for 21 days, but you will have to login at http://rcls.overdrive.com, click on Settings from the My Account menu and change the default loan period to 21 from 14 by clicking on 21 beside eBook and Audiobook.
Overdrive Lending Periods Settings

Haverstraw Landslide Images from the Dutcher Collection

8 original images of the afternath of the Haverstraw landslide have been scanned from the Leonard C. Dutcher, Jr. Collection and added to the New City Library digital collections on http://hrvh.org4 of the images were scanned from glass plate negatives and 4 from real photo postcards.  We thank the Dutcher family for sharing this material with the library and the community.

Haverstraw Landslide images

Remembering Mary Marshall

We remember Mary Marshall who passed away in January at the age of 98.   She sat down with Robin Wren for an interview back in 2015.  In these two clips she talks about growing up on Old Mill Road and war-time Rockland County.  Read Mary's obituary here.

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In Defiance book talk rescheduled for Feb. 28th

Our book talk scheduled for this evening In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, 1735 – 1831 is being rescheduled.  We will instead show the film Family Name which had been scheduled for February 28th.  Susan Stessin-Cohn will now speak on February 28th at 7PM.

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One Veteran's Memories

It's Veterans Day and the library will be open from 11-6 today.  Remember to call or thank a veteran today for their service to our country.  We've interviewed many local veterans in the past few years as part of our oral history program here at the library.  Early in September we spoke with Albert H. Davis, a long-time New City resident and veteran of World War II.  In the clip below he recalls some of his first experiences in action during World War II.

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Remembering Bert Dahm

Rockland County lost another great one as Bert Dahm passed away last week.   I had just received a letter from him encouraging support for Heritage of West Nyack and their work with the Vanderbilt Onderdonk Traphagen property, so he was working tirelessly for historic preservation right until the end of his life.  He sat down for an interview with us back in 2014 and we're so glad that we have his memories to share with the community of growing up in West Nyack, how the Clarkstown Central School district emerged from a collection of small schoolhouses, the story of Rockland's vanished airports and much more.
Listen to the full interview with Bert here: http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/ref/collection/larc/id/3095

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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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