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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY TRIVIA

December's history blog  is about the brick industry of Rockland County. At one time, Haverstraw was one of the greatest brickmaking centers in the East with the entire river front from Haverstraw to Grassy Point dotted with brick yards. In its height, there were 38 yards producing 326,000,000 bricks annually. "For a century and a half" wrote G. Wilson Bartine in the Journal News, "Haverstraw's terrain was cut and slashed and pitted with yawning holes to furnish clay for the manufacturing of bricks, which were then sent up and down the Atlantic seaboard.

Try to imagine the terrain as the rolling hills and level plains were replaced with deep water-filled holes, some of them many acres in extent. The trivia question is:

When did brick making begin in Rockland County?

 a)1770's         b)Early 1810's                c. Mid -1830's

Tune in next week for the answer. For futher informatio the Rockland Room has several books on brick making and there is a short concise history in

WEB SITE OF THE MONTH

Need to find someone on the Internet? If you have lost touch with a relative or lost an email address try these Internet address finders below. There are many more available online. Would love to hear your results.  And, if anyone has favorite web sites to share, please email me or add in the comments section.

findmemail.com

This free site is easy to use. It searches by different languages, registered email addresses and emails in general.

 

infospace.com

This site has been available for several years. It is a one-stop search drawing from Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask and Twitter sites.

people.yahoo.com

Several searching options are available. You can look in yellow/white pages for names and addresses;  reverse phone number searching and email address searches.

Book Talks Postponed

Together! Our parent/child (ages 9-11) book talk series sponsored by the NYS Council for the Humanities has been postponed due to presenter illness.  The first meeting was scheduled for tonight 12/9.

We are proud to be a recipient of this grant from the Humanities Council and look forward to being able to present this program soon.  Information about rescheduling this program will be posted to our website and at the children's reference desk as soon as it is available. We regret any inconvenience the postponement may cause. 

Free AudioFile Magazine at The Adult Reference Desk

Twice a year AudioFile sends us 20 free copies.  We have just received the December-January issue and will be distributing them at the Adult Reference Desk.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the magazine, it has reviews, columns, interviews, and a list of the best audiobooks of 2009.  Newstand price for this magazine is $6.00, so give yourself a holiday gift and pick up your free copy while supplies last. 

New Music Releases December 2009

 

A.F.I.  Crash Love                                                                                                 MR AFI CL I17

Archuleta, David.  Christmas From the Heart                                                        R ARCH CFT J94

NEW DVDS for December 2009

THREE DAY DVDS

Accidental Husband, The (Uma Thurman)                                   #11292

Alice’s House (Foreign Film – Brazil)                                             #11306

Answer Man, The (Jeff Daniels)                                                     #11336

Fiction Audiobooks December 2009

 

BCD Ahern

The Gift

by Cecelia Ahern. Read by Kevin Kearns. 6 discs. 7+ hours.

BCD Baldacci

True Blue

by David Baldacci. Read by Ron McLarty. 12 discs.

14+ hours.

BCD Barbery

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Read by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris. 8 discs. 9+ hours.

"Renee, the concierge of a Paris apartment building who looks down her nose at the elites she must kowtow to while surreptitiously studying art, philosophy, and music…. Paloma is a 12-year-old living on the fifth floor who is also appalled by what she sees around her and decides to kill herself on her thirteenth birthday."

AudioFile 8/09

BCD Bradford

Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Read by Katherine Kellgren.

11 discs. 13 hours.

BCD Brown

Nonfiction Audiobooks December 2009

BCD 202.11 Armstrong

The Case for God

by Karen Armstrong. Read by the author.

14 discs. 13+ hours.

BCD 294.3444 Bst

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. Read by Howard Cutler. 11 discs. 14 hours.

BCD 296.7 Albom

Have a Little Faith: a true story of a last request

by Mitch Albom. Read by the author. 4 discs.

4+ hours.

"Albom parallels time spent with Rabbi Lewis, Pastor Covington, and his own personal spiritual journey as he learned the incredible complexities of faith, finding it, holding on to it, and seeing and appreciating it at work in others. Albom, author of the acclaimed Tuesdays with Morrie (1997), offers another inspirational and heartwarming story about the strength of friendship and power of faith."

 BCD 302 Gladwell

The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference

What's Cooking?: Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Preparation for the Christmas season is on its way along with Chanukah and Kwanzaa.  It is a time of gift giving and what better way to start then creating edible presents from your kitchen?  Culinary treats as holiday gifts are personal and thoughtful especially when you make them yourselves.  Homemade gifts from the kitchen may save you some money.  They can also be customized for those with special diets or allergies.  It is also a wonderful way to gather the family together in making them!

New DVD Releases For December 1st

We have six new DVD releases for Tuesday, December 1st.  They are:

Left Bank (Foreign Film - Dutch)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Open Road (Justin Timberlake)

Paper Heart (Michael Cera)

Perestroika (Ally Sheedy)

Terminator Salvation (Christian Bale)

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