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New DVD Releases for August 23rd

We have four new releases for Tuesday, August 23rd.  They are:

Beaver, The (Mel Gibson)

Henry's Crime (Keanu Reeves)

Sympathy For Delicious (Laura Linney)

Win Win (Paul Giamatti)

Beyond Books

I have been working at this library for many, many years (too many to actually give you a number!).  It always amazes me however, when I tell people who I meet in the community, about the wealth of materials available to them in their own library's Audiovisual Department and they have no idea that we are even here, tucked away on the lower level.

We not only have current movies, we get these movies on their "streetdate".  In other words, as soon as Netflix or Blockbuster has them, so does the New City Library.  I buy multiple copies of the most popular titles to keep the wait time short. The same holds true for our children's current movies.  We receive our copies on their streetdate so that the children in our community will get to see their favorite screen characters.

We also have thousands of music CDs covering all different genres.  Classical, pop/rock, R&B. gospel, world music, jazz - the library has it all.  We also have a large selection of children's music including the popular Kidz Bop series.

New Romance Fiction for August 2011

In paperback:

Deeper than Midnight by Lara Adrian (9, Midnight Breed) C, S
By His Majesty's Grace by Jennifer Blake (1, The Three Graces) H
Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond (2, Southern Roads) C
Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke (1, Ministry of Marriage) H, A
Rapture Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee (5, Becomes Her) H, M
Hush by Nancy Bush C, M
The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle (2, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis) H, M, S
Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman (3, Midnight Bay) H, A, F
Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (1, Dressmakers) H

New Speculative Fiction for August 2011

New to our shelves:

The Key to Creation by Kevin J. Anderson (3, Terra Incognita) F
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong (12, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (13, Dresden Files) F, H
Overbite by Meg Cabot (2, Insatiable) H, R
The Best Horror of the Year by Ellen Datlow, ed. (3, Best Horror of the Year) H (Horror Best)
Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Ellen Datlow, ed. F (Fantasy Naked)
Undead and Undermined by MaryJanice Davidson (10, Queen Betsy) H, R
The Year's Best Science Fiction 28 by Gardner Dozois, ed. (28, Year's Best Science Fiction) SF (SF Year's)

New DVD Releases for August 16th

We have seven new releases for Tuesday, August 16th.  They are:

Conspirator, The (James McAvoy)

Hoodwinked Too! (Children's)

Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska)

Priest (Horror)

Queen To Play (Foreign Film - France)

Something Borrowed (Kate Hudson)

Story of Adele H, The (1975 - Foreign Film - France)


Better Than Google

Libraries have changed quite a bit over the last decade or two due to the Internet and the advent of electronic databases.  In olden days, librarians relied almost entirely on reference books to answer questions.  Now the information has been transformed from print to electronic resources.  Sadly, our print reference collection has shrunk and continues to get smaller.  Happily, the information is still available and in a more accessible and convenient form.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the electronic library never closes, and the information you need is always there for you.

Fabled Cities

Stories live where we do.  When people lived in cottages and castles, travelling from village to farm to walled town through remote mountain passes and deep, dark woods, that's where our stories went, also.  They hid in the margins: dwarves and goblins and dragons dwelt deep in the mountains.  Elves and other fey folk populated the far green spaces.  Witches kept remote cottages deep in the ancient forest, and enchanted princesses slept in abandoned castles walled in by briars.

Now we live in cities and suburbs, in high ranches and apartments and skyscrapers, and our stories have moved in right along with us.  The Wild Hunt rides Harleys through the city streets at midnight, while wizards sell two-bit charms in back alleys.  Vampires hunt in night clubs, and forgotten, eldritch gods lurk in the sewers.  The magic of old has gotten a little glitzier, a little grungier, but it's still there, existing side-by-side with our digital toys. 

This is urban fantasy-- think of it as a faerie tale coming soon to a city near you. 

All Aboard! Storytime - at the Congers Train Station

Please come on down and join us for this new event!

                                                     

Join Mrs. B. for preschool storytime at the Congers Train Station.  Each child needs a carpet square or cushion for sitting on the floor.  Adults need to stay close at hand in case they are needed.  Restrooms are available, and there's plenty of parking.  About 25 children ages 3-5 will fit comfortably.  The storytime will last 30 minutes or so. 


Romance under Pressure

Genre-blending-- bringing together the elements of two categories of fiction-- is becoming more and more popular these days.  Romance + fantasy, romance + mystery, romance + horror, romance + westerns, romance + post-apocalyptic science fiction... I've even seen romance + cookbooks.  And of course, there's no reason for authors to limit themselves to only two genres; take a powerful female mage, a handsome elven police detective, and throw in a magical murder, and you've got romance + fantasy + mystery. 

I plan to talk about several of the more popular types of genre-blended romance over the next few months, but right now I'll start with the most time-honored: romantic suspense.

August Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Abbott
     The End of Everything
by Megan Abbott.  Read by Emily Bauer.  6 discs.  6+ hours.
     “Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood is the last person to see her best friend, Evie, before she disappears. They've been inseparable for years, and Lizzie knows everything about her-or does she? Lizzie knows enough to pursue clues the police dismiss, but in all her reflections there are flashes of darker moments and unsettling questions. Her narration is full of quick glimpses of another story, just there on the edges, that create layers of suspense.”
     Library Journal 6/1/11

BCD Adler
     From Barcelona with Love
by Elizabeth Adler.  Read by Carrington MacDuffie.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD Deaver
     Carte Blanche
by Jeffery Deaver.   Read by Toby Stephens.  11 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Duncan
     The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan.  Read by Robin Sachs.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

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