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HISTORIC HOUSES

This replica was the site for the second hospital in Rockland County established in 1902, owned by Mrs. Thomas Fortune Ryan. It was known as the Messimer mansion on Orange Avenue and ownership was given to the Sisters of Charity by Mrs. Ryan. Good Samaritan Hospital opened in November of that year with seven nurses, three physicians and seven beds. Dr. Sylvester Demarest was the first president of the medical staff. This site was abandoned for lack of space for expansion and the present hospital on Route 59 opened in 1938. During its last years the old mansion was used as apartments for the nurses and during World War II the headquarters of the War Rationing Board.

Mystery Monday

Have yourself a merry little...murder?

No matter what holiday we celebrate we all have our special traditions.  Decorating the tree, frying latkes, wearing gaudy holiday sweaters, baking Christmas cookies, lighting a unity candle, endless shopping and family get togethers all help to make this time of year meaningful.   Ideally, the holidays are a time to reflect on the year gone by and a time to cherish friends and relatives. But even if your family reunions are strained, no one really wants a grisly murder to occur right before the turkey is served.  However, you may want to read about one and if you don’t mind a little blood with your egg nog, here are just a few mystery holiday favorites:

THE HEAT IS ON: SF LOOKS AT OUR (POSSIBLE) FUTURE

Science fiction is not all alien planets and galaxies far, far away.  Often, the strange new world at the heart of the plot is this one-- Earth.  What unknown terrain could be more fascinating to us than what our own home might look like in the distant (or not-so-distant) future?  What species could be more compelling than the one we might become?  Through science fiction, we can explore how humanity might affect its own future and how that future could in turn affect us. 

But it's not always about looking forward; future-Earth sci fi is often as much a commentary on our present as it is an exploration of our future.  A popular plot concept is to take a current trend or issue, project a future in which it has become commonplace (or has run amok!), and examine how humanity might adapt to the changes it brings about.  Looking at an issue in this way can sometimes offer us a bit of perspective when otherwise we might be too close to examine it objectively.  (Of course, it can also be sheer escapist entertainment, but hey, that's fun, too.) 

In Stitches Every Thursday

Whether you love to knit, crochet, or enjoy a little of both, you'll be in good company on Thursday evenings at The New City Library. Crochet Club meets every first and third Thursday at 7:00 pm (Knitters are welcome!)  Rockland Knitter's Group meets every second and fourth Thursday at 7:00 pm.  Bring along a project, and join us sometime.  For more information, contact Arlene at ext. 122.

New DVD Releases For December 15th

We have five new DVD releases for Tuesday, December 15th.  They are:

The Goods (Jeremy Piven)

The Hangover

Inglourious Basterds (Brad Pitt)

The Other Man (Liam Neeson)

Taking Woodstock (Liev Schreiber)

New Romance Fiction for December 2009

SPECIAL: Look for books marked with a star (*) for seasonal reads!

In paperback:

The One That Got Away by Victoria Alexander, et al. H (shelved at Pbk Romance One)
Crazy for You by Kate Angell C, S
The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, et al. H, * (shelved at Pbk Romance Heart)
Sand, Sun… Seduction! by Stephanie Bond, et al. C (shelved at Pbk Romance Sand)
Have Glass Slippers, Will Travel by Lisa Cach C
Never Lie to a Lady by Liz Carlyle (1, Neville Family) H
Goddess of the Sea by P. C. Cast (1, Goddess Summoning) C, A, F

New Speculative Fiction for December 2009

New to our shelves:

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong (10, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe (1, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe (2, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
Servant of a Dark God by John Brown (1, Dark Gods) F
Child of Fire by Harry Connolly F, H
An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat by Glen Cook (Chronicles of the Dread Empire) F, H
At Empire’s Edge by William C. Dietz (1, Empire duology) SF
Crystal Nights and Other Stories by Greg Egan SF
Chaosbound by David Farland (8, The Runelords) F
High Bloods by John Farris H, SF

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. 

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