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Reading Your Mind

No other country in the world matches the scope of America's freedom of speech.  The free and open exchange of ideas, the ability to make up your own mind and then speak it, and to publish without fear of government reprisal or censorship, sustains the very foundation of our democracy.  Librarians have long been ardent advocates of free speech (though sometimes we frown on REALLY LOUD free speech).

Over the coming week, New City Library will be joining with other libraries and booksellers across America to take part in the 30th annual celebration of Banned Books Week.  This last week in September is set aside every year to promote the benefits of free and open access to information, and to underscore the dangers of censorship.  Banned Books Week honors a right we never, ever want to lose-- our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read.

Better Than Google

This month, I want to highlight one of our newest databases, Financial Ratings Series Online. You will find it under the business tab of our database page.  It is a reliable source for checking on investments, banks and insurance companies. Stocks and mutual funds are rated as a buy or sell, and  they are clearly explained. Banks and insurance companies are given a letter grade and a lengthy, but clear, explanation.  The user interface is intuitive and easy to use, in fact, Library Journal called it "delightfully simple and straightforward".  Updates are done on an ongoing basis, making it a timely source you won't want to miss.  The convenience factor of remote access cannot be beat, either.  Roll out of bed in the middle of the night, log-on to our website and there you have it.  No more waiting for Morningstar and Value Line to be filed, the information comes to you.  Don't despair, print Morningstar and Value Line users, we still have our print copies waiting for you at the reference desk.

New DVD Releases for Sept. 20th

We have three new titles for Tuesday, September 20th.  They are:

Bridesmaids

Modern Family - Season Two

Nip/Tuck - Season Five, Part 2

Space Opera: Or, It's Not Over 'Til the Fat Venusian Sings

Astounding Science Fiction, May 1947Okay, so I'm kidding about the Venusian-- the term "space opera" doesn't actually have anything to do with singing (though it could).  It's a subgenre of science fiction that originally gained its name from a similarity to the melodrama of soap operas and "horse operas" (westerns). 

The phrase has had something of a mixed history.   Space opera as we define it today was once the meat and drink of the science fiction pulps-- magazines such as Planet Stories, Weird Tales, and Astounding Science Fiction.  In the late 1920s and early 1930s, they began publishing exciting tales of space-going derring-do like E. E. "Doc" Smith's Skylark of Space, Edmond Hamilton's The Star Stealers, and Jack Williamson's Legion series that were an immediate hit with the public.

New DVD Releases for Sept. 13th

We have three new titles for Tuesday, September 13th.  They are:

Love, Wedding, Marriage (Mandy Moore)

Thor

X-Men First Class


New Genealogy How-To Book

I recently saw a recommendation about a book from a fellow genealogy librarian. It was a book about the basics of genealogy.  I usually ignore these basic books as the market is flooded with so many. The Rockland Room maintains many and the standards are updated with new editions. However, I ordered this one and it looks pretty good! The tile is, How To Do Everyting Genealogy written by George W. Morgan. It is the second edition.

It covers all the basics needed for a beginner. What I think makes it different from others is that it offers a clear and simple layout. So often these basic books are filled with too much information, charts and maps. The author who has been doing research for more than 40 years, has written 432 pages on the subject. People starting out in genealogy often become discouraged because the lecture or the book are too long and detailed.

When you are in the Rockland Room, check out this book on the new book shelf. You will find the book listed as 929.1 MOR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Cooking?: A Birthday Tradition

 

A tradition I’ve created in my family since my children were young was to let them request a special menu for their birthdays. They looked forward to suggesting dishes they would like to have for their birthday dinner.  When they were young, the menu was simpler like fried chicken, pizza, lasagna or noodles.  As they grew up, their palates and food selections also did, with the exception of my youngest who still requests lasagna.  

New City Takes First Place

 

In a tense competition, New City Library took first place in the Ramapo Catskill Library System's Battle of the Books.  With over 100 spectators cheering on their teams at the Haverstraw Library, our teens won by an 8-7 victory over Livingston Manor.  The very last question clinched the championship.  Members of our Book Battle group include from left to right: Susan Zollinger, Alex Borovoy, Shawna McKivergan, Chanda Bhandal, Rathna Ramanathan, Rachel Borovaya, Marie Yatsky, and in front Nicholas Procino and Ben Eisenberg.  Our team displayed their extensive knowledge of the eight titles selected this year. 

New Music Releases, September, 2011

311.  Universal Pulse                                                                              MR 311 UP A21

3 Doors Down.  Time Of My Life                                                             MR THRE TOM U09

New DVDS for September, 2011

THREE DAY DVDS

 

36th Precinct (Foreign Film – France)                                         #13731

Beaver, The (Mel Gibson)                                                          #13744

Bittersweet (Foreign Film – Israel)                                              #13738

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