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Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for December

 1.      New Board & Reception

I want to welcome the three new additions to the Board, Ralph Sabatini, Jeffrey Sasson, and David Zuckerberg.  I would like to plan a reception for the staff to meet the entire Board at its quarterly staff meeting for the first quarter of 2014.  I recommend Friday morning, January 31, at 9:30am.  The Library doesn’t open until 11:00am on Fridays, which is why that is the best time to meet the staff and interact informally with them

I also wish the very best to Jeffrey Greenberg, Matthew Mulrooney, and Thomas Ninan, the three retiring Board members.

I’m especially grateful to the full 2013 Board for hiring me and for their support.  I will continue to do the best job I can in 2014 and look forward to working with the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees of the New City Library.

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A.A. Milne

 

                                                            Happy Birthday A.A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne was the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the most charming characters in children's literature.  His adventures were inspired by the author's real life son, Christopher Robin and his stuffed dolls; Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tiger, Kanga and little Roo.  Celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th, by revisiting the Hundred Acre Wood as you share these enchanting tales with your family.  The library has many titles in fiction, picture book, and easy reader.  Our favorites include:

The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

When we were very young

Now we are six

The house at Pooh Corner

Thursday Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 2PM unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Films

Nov. 30: Casablanca (1942)

In December 1941 Morocco, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Rated PG. 1 hour, 42 minutes.

Dec. 7: Some Like it Hot (1959)

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Not rated. 2 hours, 1 minute.

Dec. 14: City Lights (1931)

A dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to help her medically. Starring Charlie Chaplin. Rated G. 1 hour, 27 minutes.

Dec. 21: Harvey (1950)

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane — but he may be wiser than anyone knows. Starring James Stewart. Not rated. 1 hour, 44 minutes.

Dec. 28: The Philadelphia Story (1941)

When a rich woman’s ex-husband turns up with a tabloid-type reporter just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. Starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. Not rated. 1 hour, 41 minutes.

New DVD Releases, January 7th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, January 7th.  They are:

Runner Runner (Justin Timberlake)

Thanks For Sharing (Mark Ruffalo)

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.

 

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