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Fine Memories

Almost every day a customer at the Circulation desk is remorseful for owing even the smallest fine.  Some of you worry jokingly if Mr. Bookman (a Seinfeld episode) will be ringing your doorbell.  We'll hear how as a child it was unheard of to return  library books late.  Fines, never!  Facing those austere people behind the desk was like being called to the principal's office.  While we hope our wonderful Circulation staff presents a friendlier atmosphere, this library ethic has stayed with many of you. 

Most libraries weigh in on the pro side for charging fines for material returned past the due date.  Returning books on time shows consideration for those waiting as well as browsers in the library.  We try to meet your requests in a timely manner, so on time returns keep library ordering down.  Those on the con side believe fines are punitive and serve to keep people from using the library.

Memoirs on Audio

I am fascinated with learning about other people’s life experiences.  It doesn’t matter to me whether or not they are famous, as long as they have an interesting story to tell.  Memoirs are very different than the typical biography.  They read much more like a story with an exciting plot than the dry retelling of facts.  Truthfully, they are the author’s memories, so at times they may be a bit embellished for the sake of continuity within the book.   They tend to be about just one aspect of a person’s life. Some memoirs are very funny like much of David Sedaris’ and Augustin Burroughs’ work.  Other memoirs tell of a specific period in that person’s life where they were going through a tumultuous experience.   At times, it could be that the author is living a grand life experiment.  Unusual family lives are often the focus of memoirs.  My absolute favorites are the ones who are caught up in a survival story.  One added bonus of listening to memoirs, rather than reading them, is that the reader and the author are often the same person! See the list below for the ones I have enjoyed:

Budget 2012 and Financial Audit

New DVD Releases for May 17th

We have three new DVD releases for Tuesday, May 17th.  They are:

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Biography)

Mechanic, The (Jason Stratham)

Rite, The (Anthony Hopkins)


NYC Vital Records

Many people come into the Rockland Room looking for NYC vital records of loved ones. I want to take a minute to explain why the request is not possible. All New York City records are in the city and all the rest of the state's vital records are in Albany.

To help you understand, there are three important sites to memorize.

1). NY City Muncipal Archives, located at 31 Chambers St, holds public records for birth, deaths and marriages. Birth records are public through 1909, deaths are public through 1948 and there is a 50 year restriction on marriages after the event happened. Apparently the archives will soon become part of the Dept. of Citywide Services.

2). City Clerk's Office holds the marriage licenses beginning 1930 to present. It is located at 141 Worth St.

3. NY City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene holds non-public birth(after 1909) and death certificates (after 1948). This agency is located at 125 Worth St.

Mystery Monday

Award season is here for mystery lovers.  The Agatha awards for best traditional mysteries were announced late last month and the winners in each category are (followed by the runners-up)
Best Novel
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Drive Time by Hank  by Phillippi Ryan
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Best First Novel

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Edgar Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction were also announced in late April.  Here are the winners in each category, followed by the runners-up.
Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
I'd Know  You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

CLASSY SF

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain

I've spent the last couple months working on one of the more difficult aspects of my job: weeding.  Weeding (or "deaccessioning," to use the formal term) is the process of removing outdated, damaged, or significantly underused materials from the collection to make room for newer, more useful (and hopefully more appealing) titles.  The first of couple categories are usually pretty easy to deal with-- no one's going to be checking out a title on exciting new computing careers from 1987, or a book that's been chewed on and smells like old gym socks.  It's the last category where weeding gets painful for me, particularly in speculative fiction.

New Romance Fiction for May 2011

In paperback:

Captured by a Rogue Lord by Katharine Ashe (2, Rogues of the Sea) H
An Affair without End by Candace Camp (3, Willowmere trilogy) H, M
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (3, Scoundrels) H
Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall H, M
The Secret of Cypriere Bayou by Jana DeLeon (Harlequin Intrigue: Shivers) C, M, S
Taken by the Prince by Christina Dodd (9, Governess Brides) H, M
Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer (2, Drake's Rakes) H, M
My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley (3, Inferno Club) H, M
Seduce Me in Dreams by Jacquelyn Frank (1, Three Worlds) SF, S

New Speculative Fiction for May 2011

New to our shelves:

The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (1, Dagger and the Coin) F
Brave New Worlds by John Joseph Adams, ed. SF, A (SF Brave)
The Way of the Wizard by John Joseph Adams, ed. F (Fantasy Way)
The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu F, M
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett H
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe (3, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
Tiassa by Steven Brust (13, Vlad Taltos) F, M
There Is No Year by Blake Butler H
The Scar-crow Men by Mark Chadbourn (2, Swords of Albion) F, M
Betrayer by C. J. Cherryh (3, Foreigner 4) SF

New DVD Releases for May 10th

We have two new releases for Tuesday, May 10th.  They are:

Blue Valentine (Ryan Gosling)

No Strings Attached (Natalie Portman)

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