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Winter Bird Count Under Way!

 

 

  Our year-round Backyard Nature program continues by participating in Project FeederWatch with The Cornell (University) Lab of Ornithology.  They collect information from birdwatchers throughout the USA and Canada to keep track of bird populations and increase scientific knowledge of changes in bird migration patterns.  Now our Winter children's garden is a haven for local birds!  Please take a moment to watch for birds in the garden when you next visit us!  Maybe you'll be lucky and see the Hairy Woodpecker who has been visiting our feeders recently.  We have many books to help you learn about and identify our local birds - come on over and check them out!

In January, there will be four Backyard Nature workshops - open to children from Clarkstown in grades 3 - 6. 

New Mysteries December 2011

Well-Offed in Vermont by Amy Patricia Meade
Templar Magician by P.C. Doherty
Forever Rumpole by John Mortimer
Gilded Shroud by Elizabeth Bailey
Scotched by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Nice place to Die by Jane McLoughlin
Deep Cover by Peter Turnbull
House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up
Killer's Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Devil's Ribbon by D.E. Meredith
Burial at Sea by Charles Finch
London Calling by James Craig
Sahara Dust by Jim Ingraham
Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri
Dead Last by James W. Hall
Broken Music by Marjorie Eccles
Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison
Chelsea Mansions by Barry Maitland
Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron
Coffin Man by James D. Doss
Death of a Radical by Rebecca Kenkins
Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby
Territory by Tricia Fields

New Music Releases, December, 2011

Adams, Ryan.  Ashes & Fire                                    MR ADAM AAF C21

Allyson, Karrin.  Round Midnight                            MJ ALLY RM C66

Anthem Lights.  Anthem Lights                              MG ANTH AL P82

New DVDs for December, 2011

THREE DAY DVDS

Beginners (Ewan McGregor)

Change-Up, The (Ryan Reynolds)

Conan the Barbarian

Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds)

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks)

Last Exit To Brooklyn

Main Street (Colin Firth)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Johnny Depp)

Sarah’s Key (Kristin Scott Thomas)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Foreign Film – China)

Super 8

Water For Elephants (Reese Witherspoon)

TWO WEEK DVDS

Doc Martin: Series 1

Doc Martin: Series 2

No New DVDs for November 29, 2011

Due to the impending migration of the Ramapo Catskill Library System to a  new catalogue, no new titles will be able to be added to any of the 46 system libraries.  This means we will not be able to process or circulate any new DVD titles until the system is back on-line.  The tentative date for that is Thursday, December 8th.  Sorry for the delay in getting our newest materials out to you, our public.

Math Websites

Traditional study and homework has evolved with the development of the internet.  It can be an invaluable resource that turns a dreaded task into alot of fun.  Many websites offer activities that help children learn skills and reinforce concepts through flashcards, practice tests, interactive games, worksheets, and much more.  Below are a few suggestions for math websites:

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

While most of you stayed sensibly snug in your beds this morning, I'll bet a hardy few got up in the wee hours to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  At the library, though, our shopping's already done! 

Since October, the librarian elves have been busily at work ordering the latest Christmas romances.  Most of them have already arrived and been processed by our technical services elves, and our circulation elves stand ready to check them out to you!  (And you thought elves just made shoes and toys!)

When you're out braving the cold and traffic this month for last-minute gifts, don't forget to stop at the library and pick up a gift for yourself-- a toasty seasonal read to curl up with.  Whether you're looking for something new, an old favorite, or something you might have missed, we've got plenty of titles for your wish list!  (Sorry, no gift-wrapping, but we'd be happy to throw in a free bookmark or two.) 

The mercury may be falling outside, but in the romance section it's warm hearts from cover to cover!

Proposed Budget 2011

Introducing Automated Calling

At this time of year we think back on those deserving of our thanks.  Circulation Services would like to recognize our wonderful volunteers who over the years have given so generously of their time to phone our customers when reserve items are available at the library.   On December 8th, the library expects to go live with a new intergrated library system and for the first time all Ramapo Catskill libraries will have the ability to deliver holds pickup information via an automated calling system. Our customers will be part of this new and exciting experience.

Better Than Google

There is no question that people in today's economy are struggling.  Those of us who have jobs are grateful to have them, and those of us who don't, sorely need a hand.  This is where the library comes in, via our database Career Transitions.     It is a comprehensive source of information for the job seeker.  It includes a resume builder option, career guidance, tips and tricks videos on how to snag that job, and even an interactive interview experience.  Job listings from indeed.com make this a convenient and powerful job search tool. Whether you are a young graduate still looking for that first job, or a middle-aged career changer, you will find Career Transitions will be an enormous help to you.The search function is very easy to use, and the "My Jobs" feature will keep track of your progress as you apply for jobs.  It is a very impressive database and one which is certainly useful during these tough economic times. Remote usage is available with your New City library card.  So log on, try it, and good luck to you all.

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