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New DVD Releases for January 10th

We have three new releases for Tuesday, January 10th.  They are:

Killer Elite (Robert De Niro)

Money Ball

What's Your Number? (Anna Faris)

All Aboard! Storytime Returns to Congers Train Station

Mrs. B will be back at the Congers Train Station for All Aboard! Storytime once per week at 10:00 am starting Tuesday January 24 through Tuesday February 28 for a six-week winter session. Please bring a carpet square or cushion for sitting on the floor.  Adults must stay nearby in case they are needed.  (Chairs are available for adults.)  This program is appropriate for preschoolers ages 3+ and no registration is necessary - come to one or all!  Please check the library website for updates in case of inclement weather.  See you there!

Beyond Books - In the Movies

So, you may be asking, what does the audiovisual librarian for the New City Library do on her Christmas vacation break?  She goes to the movies, of course!

Over this past vacation I got to see several movies. Here are my thoughts and comments on five new movies (in alphabetical order):

The Descendants - I agree with the critics on this one; I thought it was a winner.  George Clooney is wonderful as the father/husband who has to come to terms with the way he has led his life and the choices he has made in the past.  His growing recognition of what he is and what he now needs to be for his family makes for a  wonderful film.  His older daughter, played by Shailene Woodley, gives a terrific performance also.

December Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Adler-Olsen
     The Keeper of Lost Causes
by Jussi Adler-Olsen.  Translated by Lisa Hartford.  Read by Erik Davies.  13 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Archer
     Only Time Will Tell
by Jeffrey Archer.  Read by Roger Allan.  10 discs.  10 + hours.

BCD Child
       The Affair
by lee Child.  Read by Dick Hill.  11 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Christer
     The Stonehenge Legacy
by Sam Christer.  Read by David Thorpe.  10 discs.  13 hours.

BCD Science Fiction Cline
      Ready  Player One
by Ernest Cline.  Read by Wil Wheaton.  13 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Coelho
by Paulo Coelho.  Read by Mark Bramhall.  7 discs.  7+ hours.

BCD  Colfer

New DVD Releases for January 4th, 2012

We have five new titles for Tuesday, January 4th.  They are:

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Katie Holmes)

Guard, The (Don Cheadle)

Hangover Part II

I Don't Know How She Does It (Sarah Jessica Parker)

Puncture (Drama)

Heavenly Bodies

Happy New Year, everyone!  I wish you all good health and good reads for the coming year.  I've seen a number of "best of 2011" lists circulating on the web this week (if you're interested, click here for a collection of lists), but today, on the cusp of the New Year, I'm more interested in looking forward than looking back.  I don't know about you, but I'm already anticipating a lot of great books and new series slated for 2012.  What new genre trends would YOU like to see in the coming year?

Here's my big prediction: I think paranormal romance is due for a major shake-up.  Shapeshifters are still going strong, but the vampire craze is on the way out.  They're not quite dead yet (if you'll excuse the pun), but it's beginning to feel like all the possible changes have been rung on tall, dark, and toothsome heroes.  Zombies were fun, but they don't really cut it as romantic leads.  (Sure, they'll give you their hearts-- literally-- but then they want to eat your brains, and that makes a "happily ever after" kind of hard.)  I'm certainly ready for something new.

New Mysteries January 2012

Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
Silence by J. Sydney Jones
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods
Perilous Conception by Larry Karp
Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux
1222 by Anne Holt
Egypt by Nick Drake
Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs
Dead Man's Grip by Peter James
Mr. Kill by Martin Limon
Silence by Jan Costin Wagner
Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris
Dead Witness edited by Michael Sims
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Swift Edge by Laura DiSilverio

Mobile Catalog Debuts

The mobile version of our new Enterprise catalog, BookMyne, is now available for iOS (iPhones, iPads, and iPods)  and Android.  Find the app in iTunes or Android Market.  Please have a look at the User Guides for Android and iOS and take it for a spin!

Winter on the Web


  Believe it or not, winter is here.  But with 50 degree temperatures currently reading on the thermometer, it's hard to imagine that cold and snowy days are just around the corner.  Until they arrive, you can get a frosty glimpse of the  past on the internet.  At www.snowflakebentley.com  you can learn about the fascinating man, Wilson A. Bentley.  Also known as "Snowflake" Bentley, he was a self educated farmer, who developed a technique of attaching a camera to a microscope.  In 1885, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake.  Learn more about "Snowflake" and view his actual images on this truly unique website.


High Fantasy: Getting into The Hobbit

Fantasy buffs have been waiting a long time for this, and now... we have to wait a year longer.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, allow me to enlighten you:

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