Congratulations to Brian Jennings

On Sunday, May 17, the Historical Society of Rockland County hosted a supper on the beautiful grounds of the Jacob Blauvelt house in New City.  The Society celebrated and honored the winners of the annual Rockland County Executive's Historic Preservation Merit Award.  Among the honorees was our own local history librarian, Brian Jennings, who won the award for Preservation Leadership. Brian joined us only a year and a half ago, and in that time he has exhibited his passion for local history with innovative programming and usage of digital technology to preserve our paper and microfilm resources.  Check out his burgeoning collection of Rockland County oral histories (http://www.newcitylibrary.org/oralhistory). And stay tuned for his Listen 'n' Learn programs - where selected excerpts from these recordings are played and discussed with the interview subjects.  It's a great way to experience living history up close and personally!

Better Than Google

Technology moves faster than a superhero.  I heard a quote the other day “that technology used to change every one to two years, now its one to two days”!  How can one keep up with this impossibly quick pace?  No sooner have you mastered Word 2010, here comes Word 2013, which is significantly different from its earlier incarnation.  Innovations are being implemented every day, and it seems there is no way to keep up.

How can we help?  Then library staff offers wildly popular computer and device classes, but there are never enough of them.  Stymied by a lack of a dedicated computer lab, we have cobbled together a de facto computer lab in the conference room using eight laptops.  Thanks must certainly go to our patient and brilliant librarians, Veronica Reynolds and Brian Jennings who teach these classes, despite other pressing responsibilities (Head of Community Relations and Local History Librarian, respectively).

May Events

Better Than Google

Remember the Rolodex? If you're no longer in the first flush of youth, you probably do.  It was a handy little tool for keeping track of what you needed to know, such as contact information, handy facts (e.g. the longitude and latitude of New City) and other things you needed to have at your finger tips. Of course, it was a useful little place for librarians to jot down and keep those important bits and pieces of miscellanea for ourselves and our colleagues.  Naturally, it had to be updated for currency.  One year, due to my neat handwriting, I was chosen for this important task.  While New City remains at the same location, other information had to be checked to make sure it was still correct.  I regret to say that I never finished my task and that was partly due to the arrival of the Internet.

The Age of Love

Have you ever wondered how old the heroine is in that romance you're reading? 

In a historical romance, that's an easy question to answer: unless she's a widow or a spinster, she's probably under 25.  Historically, women were married off at a much younger age than they are today.  A Regency lady was considered "on the shelf" (no longer marriageable) by 25.  Medieval and Renaissance heroines are 18-plus only as a concession to modern sensibilities; the average medieval woman was already a mother by the age of 17.

But what about contemporaries?  I'm going to continue to use the age of marriage as a benchmark-- a contemporary romance doesn't have to end in a proposal, but it's still a pretty standard HEA ("Happily Ever After").  If New Adult romance heroines (18-24) are "younger than average," that would suggest that "average" is going to be 25 or older.  But how much older?  Do they track with the age of their readership? Older? Younger?

Rock the garden!!

Time to play in the dirt---or better yet -- help clean up and plant in the Children's Garden! Sign up at the children's desk by phone or in person. Our Garden Rockers Club registration is under way. The Clarkstown Garden Club ladies will be on hand to teach us about weeds and flowers and help us with the garden. Registration is open to families, kids, teens, seniors -- everybody who loves to dig in the dirt and see things grow. Our Spring meeting dates are Thursdays May 7 & 14 at 5:30, Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31 at 2:00pm. Our Children's GardenTea Party will be June 5 & 6 from 2-4:00pm both days to thank our volunteers. Please join us!

Rock Out at Your Library for National Library Week

You may not know this, but libraries love parody videos! Check out just a few from around the country:

From Orange County library:

From Topeka Library:

And from the Nashville Library:

National Library Week April 12-18

Beginning Sunday, we will be celebrating National Library Week.  Since its inception in 1958, this week in April has been designated by the American Library Association as a time to honor libraries and library workers as well as raise awareness of the vital part libraries play in American culture and democracy.  Please be sure to drop by and enjoy one of the many programs we have scheduled for the week.  See you then!

April 2015 Local History Newsletter

There are many interesting programs related to Local History at the New City Library in April.  James Cassetta will be discussing his new book on Pearl River on Tuesday April 14th at 7PM.   Larry Kigler will show us 125 years of Rockland County history with the help of extensive postcard collection on Tuesday April 28th at 7PM in an illustrated lecture.   Local history newsletterLearn more about these programs and other activities related to local history in the latest edition of our local history newsletter.  Sign up for regular emails related to local history collections and programs here: https://madmimi.com/signups/122327/join.

Nooks Recharged

Are you on a queue waiting for hot new titles such as The Girl on the Train or Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania?  You might consider checking out one of our Nooks.  Each one is pre-loaded with dozens of bestselling titles in both fiction and nonfiction.  All you have to do is turn them on - no downloading required!  They are perfect for travel or for taking a test drive of the e-reading experience.  Here are the latest titles added:

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