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This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.

Beyond Books: New Monday Film Series

As many of our patrons already know, we have our Director's Film Series on Thursdays at 1:00.  Now we have a new film series called Monday Movies at 2:00, hosted by yours truly, your AV librarian.

Over the last year I have periodically filled in for our Director on a Thursday with a film I have chosen, usually a documentary.  These films were so well-received that I decided to start showing films on Monday’s which have a different focus than Mitch’s films

My first series, which is going on at the present time, is foreign films.  So far we have viewed “Ida”, a Polish film which is nominated for this year’s Oscars in the Foreign Film category.  Our second film was “Wadja” which was made in Saudi Arabia.  Not only was this the first feature length film ever produced in this country, but the director was a woman; unheard of in Saudi Society.

Growing up on the Icy Hudson

Jerry Donnellan tells a story about growing up on the Hudson River in Nyack and playing on the icy river.   We will be holding a Listening program later this Spring where we will play this clip and others from residents who talk about growing up in Rockland County.   If you are interested in being interviewed or becoming a volunteer interviewer, call local history librarian Brian Jennings at 845-634-4997 ext. 127 or email him at bjennings@rcls.org

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Last summer, the dreaded Ebola virus was featured heavily in the news. Everyone was worried about the spread of this disease and the alarming death rate in Africa. How did it compare to the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe?  What would have it been like to be a victim of that plague that decimated the population of Europe by more than a third? The prescribed remedies suggested at the time were designed to get rid of bad odors which they believed carried diseases.  Unfortunately, this medieval aromatherapy, while probably not doing much harm, didn't do any good. Medicine has come a very long way since then, and we can be thankful to live in these times, as the database Daily Life Through History proves.

Betting on the Books

I do not consider myself a gambler.  I do not buy lottery tickets, I have never been inside a casino, and I have never visited a race track or betting parlor.  However, there is one bet I will place this Friday when I meet with other librarians who select books for teens.  We bet on which book will be the winner of the Michael L.

A YEAR FOR RENEWAL

It sounds like a New Years resolution but I'm talking library cards.  This year adult library cards will be up for review to ensure your contact information is accurate.  Updating will require you to visit the library and present proof of a qualifying address and a picture ID.  A driver's license is preferred, but a passport along with a utility or similiar bill is fine as well.  It is not necessary to replace your existing card, once renewed you can continue to use the same card and ID number.  

You may only update your own card.  Accounts must be in good standing with balances below $10.  You can renew your card before it expires on your next visit to the library; once expired you won't be able to checkout, renew, place holds or download eBooks.  Thank you for understanding, bring your ID and leave the library renewed!

Local History December 2014 Newsletter

We have a new local history email list to keep you apprised of new programming and resources related to local history.  We just released our first issue which you can read online here.   The highlights of this month’s newsletter Local History December 2014 Newsletterare a lecture in January 27th about the Civil War in Rockland County, a new display on the lost hamlet of Sandyfield curated by members of the Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region and the announcement that an Outreach grant from the Ramapo Catskill Library System will help us continue collecting oral history interviews and create programs from these audio interviews.   Sign up for the local history email list here: 

Two new book groups for 2015

In January, the children's department is launching two new programs for families.  Miss Amina's "Family Book Discussion" is for children in grades 4-6 with an adult and meets Wednesday January 28 at 6:30pm.  This group will be discussing No Talking by Andrew Clements. Registration begins January 14.  "Friends & Family Book Club" is for kids in grades 3-5 with or without a grownup and meets Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm.  Mrs. B will be moderating our discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Copies of this book by Roald Dahl will be available to check out when you register, beginning January 5.

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The Tappan Zee Bridge has never been without controversy.  In 1936, when the bridge was first proposed, there was much outrage that the bridge would despoil the natural beauty of Rockland County. This plan was considered unfeasible and was dropped.  In the early 1950s, when the bridge was again proposed to be built between Tarrytown and South Nyack, people were confused and upset.  Why build the bridge at the widest point of the Hudson?  It made no sense.  This caused great consternation among the citizens of these two municipalities who worried that their quality of life would change for the worse. Despite bitter opposition from the locals, the bridge was approved and opened in December 1955, altering the character of sleepy Rockland County forever.

Budget Vote/Trustee Election Results

The combined New City/West Nyack library budget of $6,211,062 was passed with a vote of 285 in favor and 97 against.  Three trustees were elected:  Anthony Feliciano with 117 votes, Phyllis Morena with 135, and Joseph Reiter with 113.  Thank you to everyone who came out to vote!

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