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While You're Waiting.....

What are you reading before you get your turn for that wildly popular new title?  Here are some more suggestions to consider while you're waiting. 

Better Than Google

While I like all of our databases I do have a favorite that I use all the time. That database is Novelist Plus, fun to use and a great help to those of us who do readers advisory.  You can use it to find books in series order, find a read-alike, a book review, a book discussion guide and much more.  If you remember parts of a plot and forget the author and title, you can describe the plot in a few words and see what Novelist finds.  There are feature articles about authors, genres and trends in literature.  There are lists of annotated recommended books by genres and sub-genres, for example, religious mysteries, humorous romances and biblical fiction.  One of the nice features is the read-alikes, for every book you click on, Novelist will provide three read-alikes.  This database is great for book discussion groups searching for another title.  They have also partnered with GoodReads, so you can check other reader reviews.  In some cases, it provides a first chapter, ao you can get a sample of the book.

While You're Waiting.....

Libraries are great except for one thing.  You can't always get what you want when you want it.  We know it is frustrating to wait for a long time for Fifty Shades or anything by James Patterson.  However, there is no need to go bookless!  Here are some new titles that you may enjoy while you are waiting. 

Real American Heroes

The male lead in a romance novel is traditionally called a "hero," whether he's done anything to deserve the title or not.  Granted, publicly 'fessing up to love is a pretty heroic act for any guy, but let's face it, some so-called romance "heroes" have never risked anything scarier than a well-waxed dance floor.  Sure, they look good on the cover, but... heroes?  Really?

There's no question about the guys I'm showcasing this month!  These men are more than good manners or a nice set of abs; they're heroes in every sense of the word.  In honor of the upcoming holiday, I've chosen men (and women!) who make a career of putting their lives on the line in the defense of our country. 

They serve in the armed forces, or as federal agents at home or abroad.  They're marshals, or rangers.  They're cops or sheriffs.  They're firefighters.  They protect, serve, and defend, placing the welfare of others before their own.  They're warriors, and they're darn good at what they do... especially when the battle is for the heart of the one they love.

Summer Reading Club for Teens

 

Registration for the teen Summer Reading Club is happening now.  Register by going to the "TEENS" menu above and click on Summer Reading Program.  Check out our teen programs under EVENTS and OUR CURRENT NEWSLETTER on pages 6-7.  Our Night Snacking the Asian Connection on the evening of July 11  is rapidly filling up.  Hands-on preparation and instruction will get you cooking and afterwards we get to eat!  No need to register for our Murder Mystery Party "The Book Fair of Death" on the evening of July 12.  You get to be the detective on the case.  Prizes and ice cream sundaes at this program. Just come On July 12 and bring your friends.  See you @Library

School's Out - Now What?

Run right over to the library - that's what!  Registration for the "Dream Big" Summer Reading Program begins Saturday June 23.  Come get your packet and earn prizes for reading.  Start off your Summer fun at one of the great shows we are having during the last week of June.  Wednesday 6/27 - Matty Roxx at 6pm - Thursday 6/28 Macaroni the Clown at 6:30 pm - Saturday 6/30 - Days of Knights at 11:00amRegister right away for the few spots left in the Songwriting Workshop on Tuesday 6/26 at 4:00pm - Registration is under way for Summer Backyard Nature on Tuesdays July 10-31.  We'll have hermit crabs, lightning bugs, grass people....and fun!  You can register now fo

Better Than Google

LearningExpress Library is one of the most valuable databases we have.  In my opinion, it is an undiscovered treasure that every patron should know about and use often.  You will find it on our business database page, and also on the students page, and sign in with your New City library card.
  Whether you are a fourth grader who needs extra help in math, a college graduate preparing for the GRE, or looking to acquire or refresh computer skills, LearningExpress is the place to go.  The database is made up of e-books, courses, and practice tests.  In the comfort of your own home, or the library, you can learn new skills, and polish up old ones.

Photo Quilts

Family photos have a way of piling up, demanding organization and care. Fortunately, today we have many avenues available for arranging these family treasures. We are now able to email them, store on our computers, send to an online service for processing and post on a web site for anyone to view. However, one way that is not as well known is printing digital photos on fabric.

The Genealogy Society of Rockland has asked Debra Calyo, an avid quilter, to the June 26 meeting starting at 7 PM. Debra will bring samples of her creative work and explain the process.The technique is not limited to just quilts as most fabrics will take the images. Banners, clothing, tote bags are a few of the ways you can create family scrapbooks. For those with planned summer/fall family reunions, this concept may be a great way to share family memories with others.

The Genealogy Society always welcomes guests and those who are curious about genealogy. Meetings are scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. The group does not meet July, August and December. Hope to see you.

By Any Other Name: Pseudonyms in SF

Have you ever had this experience?  You settle in for a couple chapters of a debut author's work.  Maybe it's a little different from what you ordinarily read, but the jacket looked kind of interesting.  Several hours later you sit in the near-dark (wait-- wasn't it light outside when you started reading?) gaping at the last page of the book, utterly blown away by the quality of the writing.  (Why are you suddenly so hungry?  Did you read straight through dinner?)  You scramble to find the author bio, desperate to know more about the creator of this fantastic work that has so captivated you.  This can't possibly be the author's first book, you think, it's just too good.  And there, in the author's bio, you find those three fateful letters: A.K.A.  A-HA!   You feel vindicated and... maybe just a little bit "had."  Debut author, my foot!  This is a well-known, established writer.  They're not even trying to hide it, it's right there in the author bio.  But... why? Why would a beloved author desert you and sneak off to write under another name?

What's Cooking?: Ice Pops

I do not have a sweet tooth.  Sweets just don’t do anything for me except to add more weight.  I will quickly add that I have an affinity for savory and salty foods.  At parties, you would find me scouting for those chips; especially the kettle potato chips…love that double and triple folded crunch.  As you can see, I am getting away with the topic at hand talking about my own food weakness.  However, the sweets that I do prefer include ice cream and ice pops.  It’s hard to resist these lightly sweet treats that are so refreshing especially in the summer months.  I don't even mind it in the cool weather.

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