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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.

New Music Releases, August 2011

Akinmusire, Ambrose.  When the Heart Emerges Glistening                               MJ AKIN WTH B19

Arctic Monkeys.  Suck It and See                                                                      MR ARCT SIA D00

New DVDs for August 2011

THREE DAY DVDS

Arthur (Russell Brand)                                                                   #13659

Farewell (Foreign Film – France)                                                     #13657

New DVD Releases for August 2nd

We have one new DVD title for Tuesday, August 2nd.  It is:

Soul Surfer (Carrie Underwood)

New Mysteries August 2011

The Sixes by Kate White
Question of Despair by Maureen Carter
Pampered to Death by Laura Levine
Murder Majorcan Style by Roderic Jeffries
Harmless as Doves by P.L. Gaus
Beast of Burden by Ray Banks
But Remember Their Names by Hillary Locke Bell
In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante
Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
Spark of Death by Bernadette Pajer
Taint of Midas by Anne Zouroudi
Infernal Angels by Loren D. Estleman
Shadows on the Sand by Gayle G. Roper
Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert
Rose of the World by Alys Clare
All the Pretty Hearses by Mary Daheim
Books Can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
Pie a la Murder by Melinda Wells

Reservations 101

Technology allows us to place holds through our online catalogue or with a librarian.  New City members place thousands of requests each month.  The title you select is placed in a queue in the order it was received.  You might be 27th when you check the list, but just a few hours later you are notified that the item is here at the library.  How could that be?  The queue includes all requests throughout the RCLS system.  However, location, location, location is key.  New City members receive priority on our material.  When a requested New City owned item is checked in, the first New City member in the queue gets it. If all our copies are out, another library may be able to supply the title.  Also if we don't own the item, your request is sent to another library that does own it.  Our transit delivery system is an integral part of 'reserve fulfillment.'  Our library receives over 3000 items a month from throughout the system!

New DVD Releases for July 26th

We have two new releases for Tuesday, July 26th. They are:

Source Code

Trust (Clive Owen)

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