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What's Cooking?: Holiday Small Bites

phyllo appetizer

The much anticipated winter holidays are upon us as many of us look forward to the festivities with family and friends.  Since food is a large part of the celebration, there are carefully planned menus for Christmas Day with main entrees getting starred prominence.  However, I enjoy the beginning “act” that leads to the main venue of roast prime rib, brown sugar crusted ham or fragrant golden roast chicken.  What excites me is the hors d’oeurves being served.  I just love these little bites of savory morsels.  Popping these delightful bites into my mouth enhances the casual atmosphere of mingling and catching up with others. These small bites whet the appetite to what is to come. 

Share Listen Learn: The CD

We've worked hard this past year collecting stories from residents around Rockland County as part of the Share Listen Learn: Stories of Rockland County oral history program.  Many of the stories we've collected can be heard on our Rockland Room on SoundcloudSoundcloud page http://souncloud.com/rocklandroom - now you can take a piece of history home by purchasing a CD for $10 that features 26 short stories from your neighbors. 

Better Than Google

Professor of Library Science, Wayne Wiegand has just written a great new book entitled, Part of Our Lives: a people's history of the American public library.  While the appeal of this book is obvious to me, anyone with an interest in American social history, or in the state of public libraries would find this book fascinating.

Today, more than ever, we see prognosticators predicting the end of the public library.  By some measurements, this may have some credence. For example, reference transactions have declined markedly since 1999.  The days when a librarian armed with the World Almanac and a telephone book could answer any and all reference questions is certainly no longer true.  The Internet, and of course, Google, have pretty much obviated the need to call the library to settle a bet, or win a trivia contest.

New VD Releases for December 15th

We have five new titles for Tuesday, December 15th.  They are:

Fantastic Four (Sci-Fi)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Sci-Fi)

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Drama - Tom Cruise)

Ted 2 (Comedy - Mark Wahlberg)

Time Out Of Mind (Drama - Richard Gere)

'e-Receipts'

Circulation Services now offers 'e-Receipts' at checkout to borrowers with a valid email address.   Patrons can elect to receive an email receipt instead of or in addition to a paper due date receipt when checking out material.  Just tell the staff at the Circulation desk your preference.  The electronic version is very easy to read and a great way to help you manage  your account.

As the holiday season approaches many people take library material along on vacation.  This reminder about renewing is meant to help  you avoid overdue fines or worse, being blocked from accessing your account.  Many of our items allow two renewals, but new Audio books, 7-day loans, no hold DVDs, certain other collections and material on hold for another patron will not renew.  After you try to renew your selections, review the new due dates and return items that didn't renew on time to avoid late charges.  Always renew before you accumulate $10 or more in fines.  Accounts are blocked at $10 preventing online or phone renewals.

New DVD Releases for December 8th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, December 8th.  They are:

Ant-Man (Sci-fi - Paul Rudd)

Hannibal: Season 3

Knock Knock (Horror - Keanu Reeves)

Under the Dome: Season 3

New Romance Fiction for December 2015

(X= Holiday title)

In paperback:

Forever with You by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5, Wait for You) C, NA
You Are Mine by Jackie Ashenden (3, Nine Circles) C, E, M
The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley (8, Highland Pleasures) H
His Kind of Trouble by Terri L. Austin (2, Beauty and the Brit) C, E
Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks (10, KGI) C, M
One Wild Winter's Eve by Anne Barton (4, Honeycote) H, M
One Touch More by Mandy Baxter (3, U.S. Marshals) C
Just One Spark by Jenna Bayley-Burke (1, Just One…) C, X
Wicked for You by Shayla Black (10, Wicked Lovers) C, E, M

New Speculative Fiction for December 2015

New to our shelves:

Yarrick by David Annandale (Warhammer 40K: Imperial Creed) SF
Killing Titan by Greg Bear (2, War Dogs) SF, M
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (a.k.a. Delilah S. Dawson) (1, Shadow) F, H
Severance by Chris Bucholz SF, M
The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (3, The Traitor Son cycle) F, M
The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr (2, Electric Empire) F, A, SF, M, R
The Way into Chaos by Harry Connolly (1, Great Way trilogy) F, M
Night Music by John Connolly (2, Nocturnes) H
Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson (14, Queen Betsy) H, R
The King's Justice: Two Novellas by Stephen R. Donaldson (1-2, The King's Justice) F, M

New Fiction Audiobooks December 2015

MP3 Addison
     The Tears of Dark Water
by Corban Addison.  Read by Korey Jackson.  2 discs.  18 hours.

MP3 Banville
     The Blue Guitar
by John Banville.  Read by Gerry O’Brien.  One disc.  9+ hours.

BCD Chamberlain
     Pretending to Dance
by Diane Chamberlain.  Read by Susan Bennett. 10 discs.  11 hours.

MP3 Mystery Chance
     Come Hell or Highball
by Maia Chance.  Read by Suzy Jackson.  One disc.  9+ hours.

BCD Science Fiction Cline
     Armada
by Ernest Cline.  Read by Wil Wheaton.  10 discs.  12 hours.

BCD Mystery Cornwell
     Depraved Heart
by Patricia Cornwell.  Read by Susan Ericksen.  13 discs.  15 hours.

BCD Crosley
     The Clasp
by Sloane Crosley.  Read by David Pittu. 9 discs.  10+ hours.

NEW LARGE PRINT FOR DECEMBER 2015

Fiction

The Guilty by David Baldacci 

Away In a Manger by Rhys Bowen

All Dressed In White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

Tom Clancy Commander in Chief by Mark Greaney

Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff

The Idea of Love: A Novel by Patti Callahan Henry

A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman

Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Silver Bay: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

Cross Justice by James Patterson

The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins

Precious Gifts: A Novel by Danielle Steel

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

 

Non Fiction    

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda

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