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Babies at the Library??

Sure thing! Studies have shown that babies develop better communication skills when they hear language patterns and new words frequently.  What better way to do this than come to the library and read to your baby? We have a nice collection of sturdy board books for those little hands.  For even more stimulation, bring your little ones to Romper Room - a program of music, rhyming, rhythm and bubbles!  We are offering sessions on Wednesdays at 10am and 11am from April 23 through May 28.  Children from one month to preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to attend.  Due to limited space, we ask that only one adult per child comes, but each adult can bring all the children in their care - including those babies!

It's National Library Week!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for April

1. AV Project

The AV Project is in the construction phase.  After being given a 3-4 week verbal estimate for completion, the written estimate subsequently submitted showed an 8-week schedule.  I sent an unanswered email of complaint about this discrepancy.  Telephone tag with the general contractor didn’t result in a conversation but something must have happened.  The work that has been underway since April 7 has been moving at such an accelerated rate that—barring any unforeseen problems—the Library should see the project completed well before the June 3 completion date originally proposed. 

What's Cooking?: The Humble Potato

The potato is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables we have.  Originating in South America, it was introduced to Europe in the early 16th century by Spanish explorers.   A good source of vitamin C, it was once used to prevent scurvy on the Spanish ships.  It is a member of the nightshade family along with peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.  Because of this relationship, potatoes were slow to rise in popularity because they were considered to be poisonous.  Some even believed them to cause leprosy. Well, the simple potato has come a long way from these misconceptions.

New Books on Local History and Culture

This is the first in a series of short audio book talks.  Click on the photo to listen.  The three books discussed are Judith Richardson's Possessions: the History aHistory booksnd Uses of Hauntings in the Hudson Valley, Terry Golway's Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Making of Modern American Politics, and

Happening Here! Happening Now!

Welcome to a new beginning in your Audio/Visual experience at New City Library.  No longer will patrons have to sift through boxes of cards; the cards are gone.  Instead you can browse the collections directly from shelving.   DVDs are divided by genre; for example: Comedy, Drama, TV shows, Non-fiction, Biography, Foreign Language, PBS, Blu-Ray, etc.  Each genre is then shelved alphabetically be title.  We know you'll prefer this more streamlined system, and staff is close by to help.  

Make your selections; then check out at the Circulation Desk with staff or at a self-checkout station.  All games are in locked cases and mut be unlocked by staff at the desk.  Pick up your holds on our self-serve shelves near the checkout desk.  Items are wrapped for privacy and are shelved alphabetically by the first four letters of your last name and include the last 4 digits of your barcode. 

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How do you find the books you want to read?  Do you belong to Automatically Yours and have all your favorite author's new releases reserved for you?  Do you like the thrill of the hunt and choose serendipitously? Do you ask your friendly librarian for help? Do you read strictly from the best-seller list? My mother had an interesting way of choosing books; she just went to a library shelf and took four or five books in a row, without regard for what they were! I found that amusing and used to say to her,"Oh, you're reading from the Fs this week".  She may have found some great books that way, but she also probably read some duds.
Recently Received Riveting Reads

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for March

 1. AV Project

The AV Project is hitting on all cylinders.  The distressed carpet areas in the reference area have been addressed by putting matching replacement tiles in the place of the tiles that were not replaced when new carpeting was laid on the 1st floor a few years ago. 

Almost all of the furniture has been received by the Children’s Department.  Unfortunately some of it will have to be replaced because it was damaged in transit.  All of the children’s DVDs and CDs have been reprocessed for selection and circulation from Children’s Department shelving.

The new shelving for the DVDs and CDs in the adult services area is due for delivery and installation by the time of the Board meeting.  

The electrician has installed the Ethernet cable in the circulation area.  This means that the self-checkout machine will be able to connect to the circulation system.  Once the installation of the machine is complete the connection will permit the self-checkout of all items from the new terminal.

What's Cooking?: Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday.  We look forward to celebrating it every year along with our Irish friends.   Rockland County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River is the second largest parade in New York State behind New York City’s parade.  After enjoying the parade with other enthusiastic revelers, we all look forward to continuing the celebration with great food and good friends.

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