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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

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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.

New Mysteries February 2015

A Necessary End by J.M. Gregson
Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Reckoning by James Patrick Hunt
Swimming in the Shadows by Diane Janes
Serpents in the Cold by Thomas O'Malley
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
kings of London by William Shaw

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Last summer, the dreaded Ebola virus was featured heavily in the news. Everyone was worried about the spread of this disease and the alarming death rate in Africa. How did it compare to the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe?  What would have it been like to be a victim of that plague that decimated the population of Europe by more than a third? The prescribed remedies suggested at the time were designed to get rid of bad odors which they believed carried diseases.  Unfortunately, this medieval aromatherapy, while probably not doing much harm, didn't do any good. Medicine has come a very long way since then, and we can be thankful to live in these times, as the database Daily Life Through History proves.

New Mysteries January 2015

The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
Down on Cyprus Avenue by Paul Charles
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister
Brewer of Preston Andrea Camilleri
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Body Snatchers Affair by Marcia Muller
Martini Shot by George Pelecanos
Witch Hunter's Tale by Sam Thomas
A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

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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.

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