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The Tappan Zee Bridge has never been without controversy.  In 1936, when the bridge was first proposed, there was much outrage that the bridge would despoil the natural beauty of Rockland County. This plan was considered unfeasible and was dropped.  In the early 1950s, when the bridge was again proposed to be built between Tarrytown and South Nyack, people were confused and upset.  Why build the bridge at the widest point of the Hudson?  It made no sense.  This caused great consternation among the citizens of these two municipalities who worried that their quality of life would change for the worse. Despite bitter opposition from the locals, the bridge was approved and opened in December 1955, altering the character of sleepy Rockland County forever.

New Mysteries December 2014

Asylum City by Liad Shoham
Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker
Mystery in White by T. Jefferson Farjeon
Firebird's Feather by Marjorie Eccles
Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs
Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler
Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin
By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

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Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker?  Are you buying a new car?  If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay? 
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home.  You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there.  However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes.  In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.

New Mysteries November 2014

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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.

New Mysteries October 2014

Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Dick Francis’ Damage by Felix Francis
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Proof Positive by Archer Mayor
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Death of a Crabby Cook by Penny Pike
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
Low Road by A.D. Scott
Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart
Deadline by John Sandford
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century edited by Otto Penzler
Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam
Bitter Remedy by Conor Fitzgerald
Nine Days by Minerva Koenig
Angel Killers by Andrew Mayne
Stirring the Pot by Daryl Wood Gerber
Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
Murder Man by Tony Parsons
Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott

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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.

New Mysteries September 2014

King of Weeds by Mickey Spillane
Reckoning by Rennie Airth
Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland
Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller
Ghost Month by Ed Lin
Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett
Day of Vengeance by Jeanne M. Dams
Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
Devil Takes Half by Leta Serafim
Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey
Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson
Grave Doubts by Elizabeth Corley
Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Lewis Man by Peter May
Button Man by Mark Pryor
Spring Tide by Cilla Borjlind
Blood on the Water by Anne Perry

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Just in time for school, I am delighted to introduce our new database Bloom's Literature, but you don't have to be a student to love it.  Anyone who has an interest in literature will find much to explore on this wonderful resource.  Containing more than 20,000 critical essays from journals and books, you will also find more than 13,000 biographies, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

New Mysteries August 2014

Guilty Parties, edited by Martin Edwards
Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley
Enemies at Home by Lydia Davis
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
Objects of Her Affection by Sonya Cobb
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
I Can See in the Dark by Karin Fossum
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger
Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Clam Wake by Mary Daheim

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