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What's a parent to do?

Feeling overwhelmed?  Too many issues with little ones and too few answers?  Come on in to the Children's Department and take a look at our Parenting Collection.  All the books on those shelves address a common childhood issue.  A few of our picture books in this section include: One Special Day, a story for big brothers & sisters by Lola Schaefer, which talks about a new baby coming into the family; Melanie Walsh's Living with mom and living with dad describes a young child experiencing shared custody; Good-by, Sheepie by Robert Burleigh deals with the loss of a family pet; and My grandpa by Marta Altes is the story of a young bear whose grandpa is getting forgetful. 

Coming in October

Fiction

Andrews, Mary Kay. Christmas Bliss.

Baker, Jo. Longbourn.

Chiaverini, Jennifer. The Spymistress.

Franco, James. Actors Anonymous.

Gilbert, Elizabeth. The Signature of All Things.

Leavitt, David. The Two Hotel Francforts.

Lehrer, Jim. Top Down.

Macomber, Debbie. Starry Night: A Christmas Novel.

Steel, Danielle. Winners.

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch.

Thayer, Nancy. A Nantucket Christmas.

Turow, Scott. Identical.

Non-Fiction

Dawkins, Richard. An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

Franzen, Jonathan. The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus.

Greenspan, Alan. The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting.

Coming in September

Fiction

Atwood, Margaret. Maddaddam.

Barnes, Julian. Levels of Life.

Brandman, Michael. Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do.

Brown, Sandra. Deadline.

Child, Lee. Never Go Back. Delacorte.

Coulter, Catherine with J.T. Ellison. The Final Cut.

Cussler, Clive & Thomas Perry. The Mayan Secrets.

Ford, Jamie. Songs of Willow Frost

Grafton, Sue. W Is for…

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Styxx.

King, Stephen. Doctor Sleep.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland.

Lindsay, Jeff. Dexter’s Final Cut.

Lustbader, Eric Van. Beloved Enemy: A Jack McClure Novel.

Maynard, Joyce. After Her.

McDermott, Alice. Someone.

McMillan, Terry. Who Asked You?

Perrotta, Tom. Nine Inches: Stories.

Sparks, Nicholas. The Longest Ride.

Coming in August

Fiction

Barrett, Andrea. Archangel.

Bender, Aimee. The Color Master: Stories.

Garlock, Dorothy. Under a Texas Sky.

Johnson, Suzanne. Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans, Bk. 3).

McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird.

Palin, Michael. The Truth.

Patterson, James. Mistress.

Spalding, Linda. The Purchase

Tanenbaum, Robert K. Tragic.

Non-Fiction

Foss, Ben. The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: Why Strengths Matter More Than Weaknesses—and How To Harness Them for Your Child’s Renewed Confidence and Love of Learning.

New DVD Release for April 16th

We have one new title for Tuesday, April 16th.  It is:

Django Unchained

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.

Arturus Rex: The Once and Future King

"And when they came to the sword that the hand held, King Arthur took it up."If Shakespeare is Britain's most enduring voice, surely this man is the heart of its most enduring story: Arthur, the legendary King of the Britons.  Arthur and his knights have inspired the pens of such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, C. S. Lewis, and Marion Zimmer Bradley... but they've also found their way into the adventures of Indiana Jones, Monty Python, and Sonic the Hedgehog.  (I find it intriguing that Shakespeare, who regularly borrowed from England's history and other stories far and wide, never once touched upon what became known as "the matter of Britain"-- the Arthurian mythos.  Perhaps he was leery of poaching in Edmund Spenser's territory.) 

New Romance Fiction for April 2013

In paperback:

Relentless by Cherry Adair (3, Lodestone trilogy) C, M, S
High Risk by Vivian Arend (1, Adrenaline) C, M, E
Passion's Prey by A. C. Arthur (3, The Shadow Shifters) C, S, M, O, E
Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks (2, The Montgomerys and Armstrongs) H
A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett (2, Sultry Springs) C
Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman (2, Secret Brides) H
And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle (2, Rhymes with Love) H
Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton (5, Play by Play) C, E
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr (1, Thunder Point, OR) C

New Speculative Fiction for April 2013

New to our shelves:

Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear (2, Eternal Sky) F, H
Halo: Silentium by Greg Bear (3, Halo: The Forerunner Saga) SF
Written in Red by Anne Bishop (1, Others) F, A, R
Frost Burned by Patricia A. Briggs (7, Mercy Thompson) F, H, M
Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks (2, Shannara: Dark Legacy of Shannara) F, H, M
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill F
The Shape Stealer by Lee Carroll (3, Black Swan Rising) F, H, R
Deep Down by Deborah Coates (2, Hallie Michaels) F, H, M, R
Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Beyond Books - The Documentary

I used to have more time (or at least I think I did).  I used to have more patience (or at least I think I did).  I used to have more time to read....that I know is true.

I think most of us are feeling time, or the lack of time, pressing in on us.  We are living in an ever accelerating world of technology. Information learned is obsolete almost before it is totally absorbed.  How can we keep up?  One answer is the documentary film. 

From the Collins English Dictionary comes this definition: "a factual film or television program about an event, person, etc. presenting the facts with little or no fiction".  Where it might take us days to many weeks to read a book on a particular subject, the documentary film can cover the same material in two hours or less.

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