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Beyond "Fifty Shades"

If all the buzz about E.L. James' Fifty Shades series has made you curious to read it, there are three things you should know first.  One: yes, our library owns the whole trilogy (regular print only!).  Two: it's very popular, which means the reserve list is pretty long.  (Not as long as for James Patterson's latest, but you'll probably be waiting awhile.)  Three: it's got a lot of sex in it that many people would describe as "kinky."  (Don't laugh-- a surprising number of people have requested the first book without knowing anything about it beyond its popularity.)  This month I'm going to talk a little about the subgenre this series belongs to, and offer some suggestions for what to read while you're waiting for the next book (or, if you've already enjoyed the whole trilogy, what else you might like).  This means I'll be talking about books with similar content-- consider yourself warned, if this isn't your cup of tea.

New DVD Releases for May 22nd

We have three new titles for Tuesday, May 22nd.  They are:

Dark Tide (Halle Berry)

Red Tails (Cuba Gooding Jr.)

This Means War (Reese Witherspoon)

Better Than Google

Sources of information come and go in the library.  Reliable print sources are replaced by their on-line versions.  Less and less is available in print.  In fact, users of Morningstar will be sad to learn that by the end of the year, it will no longer be available in print in its award winning (yes, there really are awards for binders) binder.

Supper Club Classics


MAY 21, 2012 .....  begins Registration for "Supper Club Classics" ......

Enjoy pizza and join Librarian Marie McDermott as she revisits classics for young children on Monday evenings June 11, 18, 25 ... choose one date or all three.

Limited seating ....  6:00 pm

Ages 6-8


Rooting for the Bad Guys: Villain Protagonists

"Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?" -The Wicked Witch of the West

Okay, who out there has never rooted for the bad guy?  (You in the back, put your hand down.  I've seen your Loki desktop wallpaper, you so-called goody-goody!)  Much as we say we want the good guys to win in the end, let's face it: good can be boring.  Good has to follow the rules.  Good is hard-working.  Modest.  Clean-cut.  Strait-laced.  Narrow.  Predictable.  Like I said... BORING.  The really interesting characters are the ones who are willing to step outside the lines... or draw their own.

New DVD Releases for May 15th

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

Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close)

Chroncicle (Sci-Fi)

Grey, The (Liam Neeson)

One For the Money (Katherine Heigl)

Rampart (Woody Harrelson)

Garden Rockers! Planting!

  Rain, rain, go away!  We'll be planting on Thursday! That's right, Rockers - we will be weeding and planting flowers this Thursday, May 17, starting at 7:00 pm in the Children's Garden here at the New City Library.  Bring your enthusiasm and love of dirt and join up!  The Garden Rockers Club is open to kids in grades 2 -5 in the Clarkstown School District. (The bugs might be out, so apply any insect repellent at home if you wish.)

New Music Releases, May 2012

All American Rejects.  Kids In the Street                                   MR ALLA KIT

Band of Skulls.  Sweet Sour                                                    MR BAND SS

Berne, Tim.  Snakeoil                                                             MJ BERN SNA

New DVD Release for May 8th

We have one new title for Tuesday, May 8th.  It is:

The Vow (Rachel McAdams)

New DVD Titles May, 2012


By Accident (Foreign Film – China)

Cinema Verite (Diane Lane – HBO Drama)

Contraband (Mark Wahlberg)

Darkest Hour, The (Horror/Sci-Fi)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Happy Happy (Foreign Film – Norway)

Iron Lady, The

Johnny English Reborn (Rowan Atkinson)

King of Devil’s Island (Foreign Film – Norway)

Lafangey Parindey (Foreign Film – India)

Let the Bullets Fly (Foreign Film – China)

Love Crime (Foreign Film – France)

Mirch (Foreign Film – India)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Myth of the American Sleepover


Phas Gaye Re Obama (Foreign Film – India)

Private Eye (Foreign Film – South Korea)

Robot (Foreign Film – India)


Trespass (Nicolas Cage)

Vasermil (Foreign Film – Israel)

War Horse

We Bought a Zoo

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