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New Mysteries July 2015

Run You Down by Julia Dahl
Death in Brittany by Jean-KLuc Bannalec
The Gentle Art of Murder by Jeanne M. Dams
Walking by Night by Kate Ellis
Bones of You by Debbie Howells
Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie
Death by Tiara by Laura Levine
Taking Pity by David Mark
Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace
Best Served Cold by Sally Spencer
Dead Certainty by Glenis Wilson
Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
Badlands by C.J. Box
Fraud by Brad Parks
So Nude, So Dead by Ed McBain
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey
Potter's Field by Chris Dolan
After the Storm by Linda Castillo
Believe No One by A.D. Garrett
Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis
Death at Dovecote Hatch by Dorothy Cannell
Joy of Killing by Harry N. McLean
Time's Up by Janey Mack

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.

New Mysteries June 2015

Mr. Campion's Fox by Mike Ripley
Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
Reluctant Matador by Mark Pryor
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
Corrupted Memory by Ray Daniel
Privy to the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Time of Death by Mark Billingham
Final Reveille by Amanda Flower
Flame Out by M.P. Cooley
Don't Go Home by Carolyn G. Hart
Checked Out by Elaine Viets
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson
Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

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).

New Mysteries May 2015

Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green
Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman
GBH by Ted Lewis
Good way to go by Peter Helton
Dead to the World by Susan Rogers Cooper
Gathering Prey by John Sandford
Devil's Making by Sean Haldane
Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs
Neighing With Fire by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Pattern of Betrayal by Mae Fox
See Also Murders by Larry D. Sweazy
All the Wrong Places by Lisa Lieberman
June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady
Death wears a Beauty Mask by Mary Higgins Clark

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.

New Mysteries April 2015

Bone Hollow by Bill Braine
Fox is Framed by Lachlan Smith
The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly
Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett
Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland
Falling in Love by Donna Leon
Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
Pride v. Prejudice by Joan Hess
Slated for Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

Better Than Google

Many of you savvy investors out there are familiar with Value Line, but how many of you are aware how it began?   Did you know that the real bottom dropped out of the stock market, not in the intial crash of 1929, but in 1932, when stocks were worth only 10% of their pre-crash value?  A young employee of Moody's at the time, was horrifed that his mother's entire nest egg was wipedout, and soon he was out of a job. Noting that there was no system for rating stocks, he decided to work on his theory of value line rating. This young man, Arnold Bernhard, decided to "find and disclose a standard of normal value which would so enlighten the investing public that the extremes of 1929 and 1932 could never again be repeated."  Thus, Value Line was born. Value Line is available through our database page, and has proved immensely popular with our patrons.  It is easy to use and includes all the great features, and more, that has made Value Line the gold standard for today's investors.

New Mysteries March 2015

Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates
Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Plague Land by S.D. Sykes
Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Phantom Angel by David Handler
Chessman by Peter May
Lies That Bind by Maggie Barbieri
Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
Endangered by C.J. Box
Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

Better Than Google

This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.

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