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Nativity Scene

Would you please take down the nativity scene in A/V.  It is very offensive to an atheist.  Every belief or non-belief should be represented equally or not at all.  Thank you.

Director's Response: The nativity scene was permitted in the A/V area in response to there having been a menorah that celebrated Chanukah.  In the interest of fairness, I consented to the Nativity scene being represented in the same location. 

I will recommend to the Board of Trustees for its January 16, 2014, meeting that the library adopt a policy of there being NO representation of religious observances in the New City Library.  This recommendation is consistent with your proposed alternative that there be “[none] at all.”

My recommendation will not pertain to the holidays of Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.  Although both holidays had religious-based origins they are both celebrated as lay-holidays—the former, honoring love, and the latter honoring the Irish people.

 

Posting Responses to Suggestions

Suggestions should be written by the Library Director in the Library Newsletter.  The results of the suggestion should also be written.

Director's Response: We will post all suggestions and answers here on the Library web site.


Beyond Books: What's Ahead In 2014?

The holidays are over.  All the gifts have been unwrapped and all those wonderful holiday meals have been eaten.  Other than going to the gym to get those holiday pounds off....where else should you be heading?  To the New City Library, of course!!

The New City Library AV Department has already started a collection of the hottest PS4 and XBox One games.  We also have the new WII U format games; though that system has not seen the popularity yet of the previous generation of Nintendo Wii games.  Some of our new titles for the PS4 are:  Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; NBA 2K14 and Knack.  For the XBox One we have NBA 2K14; Dead Rising 3 and Battlefield 4.  As more titles become available I will be adding them to our fledgling collections.

New Mysteries January 2014

Funeral Owl by Jim Kelly
Burnt Black by Ed Kovacs
Cry of the Children by J.M. Gregson
Murder Code by Steve Mosby
Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting by John Pilkington
Daughter of the God-king by Anne Cleeland
Missing Dough by Chris Cavender
Ten Lords a-Leaping by C.C. Benison
Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust
Lying With Strangers by Jonnie Jacobs
Once upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri
Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess
Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
Murder and Moonshine by Carol Miller
Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe
Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
Going Dark by James W. Hall
Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss

Physical Plant Assessment

Earlier this year, the Board of the New City Library retained Parish Property Management to conduct a comprehensive physical plant assessment of the New City Library.  This assessment reviews the condition of the roof, exterior walls, HVAC and Electrical systems as well as the exterior of the facility (sidewalks and parking lot).  The purpose of the assessment is to have a non partisan, professional review of the Library and advise the Board of what actions are needed as well as a priority lisitng.  The Board wants to share the contents of this report with the community.

Early next year the Board will address the issues raised in this report and develop a plan of action.

 

Yarn Bombers

THURSDAYS, JANUARY  9  - 30  at  4 PM.

YarnGRADES 4 & UP

Beat the winter blahs!  Come and learn the basics of Knit and Crochet (or work on more advanced projects) with instructors Arlene Sandner, Frieda Luxenberg and Maureen Dilleo. Program and materials are free, but registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Clarkstown Family Resource Center.

 

December is fun......but then comes January!

The gifts have been forgotten, the confetti has been vacuumed up and the long winter looms ahead. Now what?  Head over to the library, of course!  Our family musical programs are especially handy for shakin' out the cobwebs.  Whether it's in the big meeting room with Mr. Kurt, the smaller storytime room in a Matty Roxx class, or stompin' with the whole family during Romper Room, you will be energized! Don't forget about storytime - we offer a 10am and 1:30pm session every Tuesday in January - and family pajama storytime on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm on January 8th and 22nd.  Need more?  We've got a drop-in Boredom Busters program each Friday at 4:00pm as well as a sprinkling of crafts!  Check on the children's event tab at the top of this page for more details for all our upcoming programs.  Of course, we have new books and dvds to take home anytime.  Drop by the children's reference desk for help in choosing the right programs and materials for your family.  We look forward to seeing you!

Fiction Audiobooks December 2013

BCD Albom
     The First Phone Call From Heaven
by Mitch Albom.  Read by the author.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Andrews
     Christmas Bliss
by Mary Kay Andrews.  Read by Kathleen McInerney.  6 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Armstrong
    Omens
by Kelley Armstrong.  Read by Carine Montbertrand and Mozhan Marno.  13 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Chapman
      How to be a Good Wife
by Emma Chapman.  Read by Susan Lyons.  6 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD Cussler
    Mirage: a novel of the Oregon files
by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul.  Read by Scott Brick.  10 discs.  12 hours.

 BCD Dashner
     The Eye of Minds
by James Dashner.   Read by Erik Davies.  7 discs.  8+ hours.

Author's December Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jan Brett!!

 Jan Brett is a beloved children's author and illustrator.  In honor of her birthday this month, visit the website www.janbrett.com.  Here you can read about Ms. Brett's life, career, and inspiration.  Learn about her books and the personal stories behind them.  Find printable coloring pages, cards and games, along with computer games and email cards.  "How to draw" videos are also available.  Ideas for activities can be used at home or in the classroom.  After you have explored the website, come to the library and check out our large selection of Jan Brett titles.  Favorites include:

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale

Gingerbread Baby

Praise for the Director

Mitch Freedman is a great and friendly library director. I love his film series. Please make him permanent.

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