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It's Amazing-Check it Out

Curious about what happens when you hand your browse cards to a Circulation staff member working at the AV desk?  You set in motion a very precise and organized system.  Picture being able to survey a maze from above and you'll see how we work.  With browse cards in hand staff starts walking up and down the various pathways searching for your material.  The first few aisles hold adult DVD's, shelved by genre; entertainment, nonfiction and biography or collection, for example, Blue ray.  Continue up and down the next few aisles for Juvenile material; DVD's, music and VHS.  Keep going to find games and CD-ROMS.  The newspaper collection is shelved down another aisle and includes The New York Times, Post, Daily News, Journal News, Wall Street Journal and financial and local papers as well.  Present your library card and read them in the library.  The music collection is shelved along the entire perimeter of the maze.  When you return your material we get to do this in reverse.  Our maze is amazing and so is the staff.

Better Than Google

How the 1938 debate team at Munhall High School (Pa) would have loved using Opposing Viewpoints in Context!  Rather than pour over newspapers and magazines to garner facts for their debates, they simply could have turned to this amazing database.  Alas, they were unable to benefit from it, but you can save yourself all that work. Students can find information on today's hot topics by simply typing their subject into the search box, or browse by topic.  This versatile database contains 5,000+ topic overviews, more than 14,000 pro/con essays, 5 million periodical articles, as well as videos, podcasts, statistical material and much more.  Each topic is thoroughly explored with chronologies, historical backgrounds and loads of facts.

Change for Children's Shows

Beginning January 2013, we must limit admission to children's programs in the Meeting Room to one adult per child.  We have had to turn away more and more disappointed children over the past few months since the room has been at full capacity.  All adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation so that more children can enjoy their programs!

Scared Silly

It's October, dear readers, and you know what that means: Christmas decorations are going up at the mall!  (Sadly, yes, but not quite the sort of spirit I had in mind.)  No, October means Halloween, and for speculative fiction readers that means lots of hair-raising, spine-tingling, soul-chilling HORROR!  Unless, of course, you're me: a self-confessed horror... wimp

What's Cooking?: Hearty Soups

Leaves will soon be swirling around in splashes of golden yellow, sunburst red, and candied orange in the brisk autumn air.  It brings to my mind the colorful palette of squash, carrots, tomatoes, and zucchini in a hearty bowl of vegetable soup.   Can you picture this pot of soup as a canvas where you can “paint” with your selection of favorite vegetables, meats, herbs, and spices?   How about the flavor and texture?  It can be savory, spicy, sweet, tangy, smoky or even sweet and sour at the same time.  Do you like it steamy hot or refreshingly cold?  Like it in a light broth, or creamy as in a chowder?  Similar to an artist, your creative strokes in ingredients, flavors, and texture are limitless.

Hidden Gems - Check it out

No, I'm not writing about a new video game.  'Hidden Gems' refers to the Library's magazine collection located on the lower level reachable by stairs or elevator.  Next time you're at the library take a moment to see over 100 titles on display.  The wide variety of subjects informs, entertains and hopefully expands your knowledge or perks your interest to learn something new.  Magazines in binders do not circulate, please read them at the library, but lift the display shelf to find current issues and a year of back issues.  Topics include art, architecture, cooking, crafts, decorating, economics, entertainment, parenting, health, hobbies, home, news events, senior living, travel, woodworking and so much more.   Magazines are shelved alphabetically and can be reserved. Find titles for the younger set and their parents in the Children's library.  If you think the only place that has magazines is your doctor's office be prepared to be amazed.  Our collection dazzles.  Take a look, make your selection and check them out at the main level circulation desk.  Circulating magazines have a 2-week loan period.

Better Than Google

Thomson Gale Legal Forms is a database that you may never need to use.  But, if you need a legal form, don't want to buy it, don't know where to get it, than this is the database for you.  Legals forms are specialized forms that are not easy to find. If you need a form as simple as a lease, or a living will, do you need to consult an attorney?  You can get them at some mom and pop stationery stores, or large stores like Staples, but the selection is limited.  They are available on-line for a fee from Blumberg Forms, but who wants to pay?  Thomson Gale Legal Forms leases the content from a well known producer of legal forms called US Legal Forms.  These forms are categorized by topic, and easy to find and use.  They can be printed out in various formats, such as Adobe, Microsoft Word and Rich Text.  Some forms can be typed in when you view them for a neat and professional look.

Children's non-fiction treasures!

                                               Our non-fiction stacks are filling up with many new titles written for kids from K - 6th grades.  Have you ever heard of a fennec fox or a bonobo?  Tried to bake a cakepop?  Wondered if you could do origami or fly a paper airplane?  Wanted to know more about an exotic country you've never been to?  Come on in to our children's department and any of our librarians will be happy to help you find a non-fiction title to satisfy your curiosity about many topics.  Oh, and don't forget the biography collection - many famous people have books written about them these days.  How did Usain Bolt come to win Gold in the Summer Olympics? Who started the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons?  Where does Lady Gaga find those crazy outfits?  Did Amelia Earhart really get lost?  Which pro wrestling champion has the most interesting life?

At the Border of SF: Magical Realism

Last month I wrote about crossover YA-- speculative fiction written for a teen audience that adults would also enjoy.  This month, I'd like to take another stroll outside of the SF genre shelves and introduce you to a close cousin: magical realism. 

Magical realism is essentially mainstream fiction with a difference.  Unlike urban fantasy, which uses a version of our world as a setting for fantasy (with all of fantasy's tropes and magical rules), magical realism brings an element of myth and fantasy into an otherwise mundane real-world setting and treats it as factual.  The result is something as weird and startling as finding a half-burnt simurgh feather on the ground while you're out walking the dog: the wondrous becomes (sometimes uncomfortably) possible and close and real

What's Cooking?: Wok With Me

The wok is the most versatile kitchen cookware in the world.  It can be used for braising, deep-frying, pan-frying, stir-frying, sautéing, searing, smoking, steaming, stewing, boiling and poaching. Imagine all these methods using this one vessel.  In my opinion, every home should have one but then I’m quite biased. This conical shaped cooking vessel has been used for thousands of years originating in China at a time when fuel was scarce.  It was first invented to solve this problem as a way of making the most of the valuable fuel by its fast and efficient way of cooking.  In contemporary cooking, it suits the desire for fast and easy cooking, and much more.

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