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New DVD Releases for May 17th

We have three new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 17th.  They are:

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Biography)

Mechanic, The (Jason Stratham)

Rite, The (Anthony Hopkins)


NYC Vital Records

Many people come into the Rockland Room looking for NYC vital records of loved ones. I want to take a minute to explain why the request is not possible. All New York City records are in the city and all the rest of the state's vital records are in Albany.

To help you understand, there are three important sites to memorize.

1). NY City Muncipal Archives, located at 31 Chambers St, holds public records for birth, deaths and marriages. Birth records are public through 1909, deaths are public through 1948 and there is a 50 year restriction on marriages after the event happened. Apparently the archives will soon become part of the Dept. of Citywide Services.

2). City Clerk's Office holds the marriage licenses beginning 1930 to present. It is located at 141 Worth St.

3. NY City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene holds non-public birth(after 1909) and death certificates (after 1948). This agency is located at 125 Worth St.

Mystery Monday

Award season is here for mystery lovers.  The Agatha awards for best traditional mysteries were announced late last month and the winners in each category are (followed by the runners-up)
Best Novel
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Drive Time by Hank  by Phillippi Ryan
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Best First Novel

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Edgar Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction were also announced in late April.  Here are the winners in each category, followed by the runners-up.
Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
I'd Know  You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

CLASSY SF

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain

I've spent the last couple months working on one of the more difficult aspects of my job: weeding.  Weeding (or "deaccessioning," to use the formal term) is the process of removing outdated, damaged, or significantly underused materials from the collection to make room for newer, more useful (and hopefully more appealing) titles.  The first of couple categories are usually pretty easy to deal with-- no one's going to be checking out a title on exciting new computing careers from 1987, or a book that's been chewed on and smells like old gym socks.  It's the last category where weeding gets painful for me, particularly in speculative fiction.

New Romance Fiction for May 2011

In paperback:

Captured by a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe (2, Rogues of the Sea) H
An Affair without End by Candace Camp (3, Willowmere trilogy) H, M
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (3, Scoundrels) H
Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall H, M
The Secret of Cypriere Bayou by Jana DeLeon (Harlequin Intrigue: Shivers) C, M, S
Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd (9, Governess Brides) H, M
Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer (2, Drake's Rakes) H, M
My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley (3, Inferno Club) H, M
Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank (1, Three Worlds) SF, S

New Speculative Fiction for May 2011

New to our shelves:

The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (1, Dagger and the Coin) F
Brave New Worlds by John Joseph Adams, ed. SF, A (SF Brave)
The Way of the Wizard by John Joseph Adams, ed. F (Fantasy Way)
The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu F, M
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett H
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe (3, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
Tiassa by Steven Brust (13, Vlad Taltos) F, M
There Is No Year by Blake Butler H
The Scar-crow Men by Mark Chadbourn (2, Swords of Albion) F, M
Betrayer by C. J. Cherryh (3, Foreigner 4) SF

New DVD Releases for May 10th

We have two new releases for Tuesday, May 10th.  They are:

Blue Valentine (Ryan Gosling)

No Strings Attached (Natalie Portman)

Postal History

I was reading an article in the Spring edition of the New York Researcher. It talked about philatelic genealogy. This is one research tool that I never gave much thought. Those old postcards and posted envelopes can contain information about locations in relation to military service, work, recreation, and even political interests.

There is a web site, Philgen.org, that offers an archive of envelope and postcard images with genealogical value. Its purpose is to provide postal history available to genealogists by identifying senders and recipients. The images are posted by postcard collectors and may provide important clues for genealogists. Currently there are 1,325  envelopes and postcards and in addition to the image, there is accompanying genealogical information such as U.S. census information or similiar data.

A goal of this site is to eventually to post 20,000 envelopes and postcard photos concerning New York residents. All the images are from postal history vendor web sites and archived philatelic auction catalogs. Take a look!

What's Cooking?: A Well-Seasoned Cast Iron

 

Quite a few of my colleagues and friends have approached me about cast iron cookware.  My own cast iron collection includes 3 skillets of varying sizes, one flattop, a griddle skillet, and a Dutch oven.  All are manufactured by Wagner.  It is well used every day in my home, more than any other cookware I own.  As you can see, I’m a big fan of cast iron and I prefer it over some of the more expensive cookware.  It is inexpensive and very durable.  Another benefit is the natural source of iron it provides to the food.  I value this versatile cookware that has great heat retention and can bake, stir fry, braise, stew, pan fry and deep fry to perfection any food you cook on it. 

New DVD Releases for May3rd

We have five new releases for Tuesday, May 3rd. They are:

The Dilemma (Vince Vaughn)

The Green Hornet (Seth Rogen)

Jolene (Based on a story by E.L. Doctorow)

Mao's Last Dancer (Foreign Film - China)

My Own Love Song (Renee Zellweger)

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