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Better Than Google

One of the best things about having long-standing employment is that you don't feel the need to update your resume.  Well, since you never know when opportunity will come knocking, or whether you will be out of work tomorrow, it is a good idea to have an current resume.  No one likes the chore of creating or updating a resume, but the library has a powerful tool that takes the writing out of writing a resume.  That tool is Cypress Resumes. As they say on their site, with Cypress Resumes, there is no need to compose anything, ever.

New Mysteries July 2013

Square of Revenge by Peter Aspe
Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill
Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft
Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen
Monument to the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Her Boyfriend's Bones by Jeanne Matthews
Cold Killing by Luke Delaney
Night Fall by Frank Smith
Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
Hanging by Lotte Hammer
Lost by S.J. Bolton
Enigma of China by Xiaolong Qiu
Death of a Chef by Alexander Campion
Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
Close Knit Killer by Maggie Sefton
Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greavesw
Death Rides Again by Janice Hamrick
Death and the Olive Grove by Marco Vichi
Flinch Factor by Michael A. Kahn
Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson
Murder at the Castle by Jeanne M. Dams
Play Dead by Bill James
Ides of April by Lindsey Davis

Better Than Google

You may have noticed that our magazine and database listing looks quite different.  It has now been put on a libguide (a customized guide created with specialized software) featuring our magazines, databases, and web sites that wll enhance your research experience. It was created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System and handed off to each library to maintain. What does this mean for you?  Since we no longer have to go through a third party (over-worked Jerry at RCLS), changes can be implemented, and problems can be solved much more quickly.

In addition, not only are our subscriptions listed, but Jerry had added some great websites as well, such as Census 2010 Local Data, NADA and Kelley Blue Book car price guides and other helpful aids. An added bonus is that our databases are getting used more often! It is convenient to have all our offerings on one page, and the subject headings will take you right to your area of interest. It really is better (and more reliable) than Google.

New Mysteries June 2013

As She Left it by Catriona McPherson
Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull
Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide by Emily Brightwell
Topped Chef by Lucy Burdette
Good Man Friday by Barbara Hambly
Cuts Through the Bone by Alaric Hunt
When the Devil Drives by Christopher Brookmyer
Good People by Ewart Hutton
Begonia Bribe by Alyse Carlson
Gluten for Punishment by Nancy J. Parra
Killer in Crinolines by Duffy Brown
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero
Free Fall by Chris Grabenstein
Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie
Last Girl by Jane Casey
Requiem Mass by Elizabeth Corley
Foal Play by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Robert B. Parker's Wonderland by Ace Atkins
Little Green by Walter Mosley
Silken Prey by John Sandford
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman
Antidote to Murder by Felicity Young
Every Broken Trust by Linda Rodriguez
Original Skin by David Mark
Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Page
Brush With Death by Karen MacInerney

Better Than Google

In today's topsy turvy financial world, investors have a right to be nervous.  How to invest and what to invest in is a big dilemma for most of us.  Where does one turn for the right advice?  Since 1965, the answer to that question is Value Line.  According to their website, their mission is "to provide investors with the most accurate and independently created research information available, in any format they choose, and teach them how to use it effectively to help meet their financial objectives". Well, for many years, that format was print only.  That was fine for a long time, but there were drawbacks: Only one person could use it at a time, there were three different volumes to look through, and issues could be delayed in the mail or even stolen.  When I previewed the on-line version, I was impressed.  Patrons could use it at home or at work, mutual funds were included, and the print-outs of the reports was sharp and clear, better than a photocopy.

New Mysteries May 2013

Fangs Out by David Freed
Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods
Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay
Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton
Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Baker Street Translation by Michael Robertson
Follow Her Home by Steph Cha
Untold Damage by Robert K. Lewis
Walk With the Dead by Sally Spencer
Widow's Tears by Susan Wittig Albert
Golden Egg by Donna Leon
Murder at Rosamund's Gate by Susanna Calkins
Beyond Confusion by Sheila Simonson
Paris Deadline by Max Byrd
Music of Ghosts by Sallie Bissell
Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry
In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood

Better Than Google

Thanks to the excellent schools in Clarkstown, we librarians have faced many challenges in helping  our students. We have dealt with numerous difficult assignments over the years, involving the Supreme Court, the penal code, shark taxonomy and those ever-popular math honor reports. An important part of a librarian's job is to see that we have sufficient materials to supply to students so that they can successfully complete their work.  It is important that we provide that support for students who come to us for help, and we take thiis responsibility  very seriously.

New Mysteries April 2013

Cage of Bones by Tania Carver
Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs
Nickled-and-Dimed to Death by Denise Swanson
Book of Killowen by Erin Hart   
Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton
Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Assaulted Pretzel by Laura Bradford
Missing File by D.A. Mishani
Blood, Ash, and Bone by Tina Whittle
Killer Honeymoon by G.A. McKevett
Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel   
Hand for a Hand by T. Frank Muir
Josh Whoever by Michael Guillebeau
Rage by Gene Kerrigan
Some Enchanted Murder by Linda S. Reilly

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Gale Virtual Reference Library is listed on the first page of our database offerings.  The description says that it is "a general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface."  This rather bland explanation does not indicate the wonderful sources of information it contains.In fact, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), was voted “Best Overall Database” by the readers of Library Journal magazine. GVRL’s user-friendly features include an interface that is available in more than 30 languages, ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) for 19 languages, article translation capability, a multi-page viewer for a book-like experience, and the ability to download articles as PDFs to ereaders or MP3 players.

New Mysteries March 2013

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride
Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow
A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody
In the Darkness by Karin Fossum
Scent to Kill by Chrystie Fiedler
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill
The Golden Calf by Helene Tursten
Shatter the Bones by Stuart MacBride
Out of Circulation by Miranda James
To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames
Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly
Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton
Stakeout by Parnell Hall
Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein
Domestic Malice Mystery by Donald Bain
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
Holy Smoke by Frederick Ramsay

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