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What's Cooking?: The Year of the Dragon

 

Happy Belated New Year!  Based on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year came early this year on January 23, 2012.  The Year of the Dragon is considered very lucky especially on my father’s side where at least four generations of family members were born in the Year of the Dragon.  Our personalities seem to reflect this.  We are quite an intense lot; short-tempered, and passionate about things.

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

The Lakes of Killarney, County Kerry, IrelandHappy Leap Day!  If you were born 72 years ago on this day: congratulations, you're finally old enough to vote!  Unfortunately, the romantic possibilities for Leap Day are pretty slim.  A trampoline date?  (Sounds dangerous.)  Kiss a Leap Baby?  (You've only got a 1 in 1461 chance of finding one.)  If you're looking for a kissable holiday, the next one in the calendar has much better odds-- St. Patrick's Day, the one time of the year that everyone can be a little bit Irish for a day.  With the mild winter we've had this year, it may even look as green as Ireland outside by St. Paddy's Day.  If not, pull that green sweater out of your wardrobe and let's go looking for romance!

Beyond Books - The Academy Awards

The Superbowl has come and gone (go Big Blue) and Jeremy Lin is hogging all the sports headlines. However, there is another important media event coming up this Sunday, February 26th - The 84th Academy Award Show hosted by Billy Crystal.  This year there are nine nominees vying for the big prize of Best Picture.  The leading contenders are Hugo, with 11 nominations, and The Artist, with 10.  While there have been some fine pictures produced this year - War Horse, Midnight in Paris, The Help, The Descendants, Moneyball, there are really only two titles that stand above the crowd.

Worlds without Borders

The First Horn by Richard Schwartz.  Last Year Was Probably a Good Year by Yamamoto Hiroshi.  And Despite All… by Juan De Dios Garduño.  Have you read any of these?  They're all best-selling, award-winning works of speculative fiction.  They're all written by well-established authors writing at the top of their game.  But... I'll bet you haven't read them.  How am I so certain?  Because none of them were written in or translated into English.*

School's Out -- No Tickets Needed for these!

What fun stuff can you do with the kids during school break February 21 - 24?  Come on over to the Library and enjoy one of these open programs.  All you need is your New City or West Nyack Library card for admission!  Tuesday 4:00 pm - Rappin' Raptors - meet live birds.  Tuesday 7:00 pm - City Winds Trio.  Wednesday - 6:30 pm - Family PJ Storytime.  Thursday 1:30 pm - Young Ones Storytime.  Thursday 3:00 pm - Family Movie.  Thursday 6:00 pm - Mr. Kurt.  Friday - 3:00 pm - Family Movie.

"SPRING into STORYTIME"

Smile  "SPRING into STORYTIME"

       .. with Librarian Marie McDermott at 10:00 o'clock on Tuesdays for Toddlers 3 and up;

       Starts ... MARCH 6, 2012  for 8 weeks ..... No registration ..... come and join us for some delightful stories!

Dogs, Coats and Yarn

Jack Russell Terrier with knitted coatDuring the bleak days of February, members from the summer Warm Up America program are gathering on Mondays at 10 AM. Knitters and crocheters meet to work on projects. Out of the past Monday meeting, it was decided to make coats for dogs that will be donated to local animal shelters. It is hoped that enough coats can be made to become fund raisers for the  shelters. If interested, come to the next session, February 13, and get a pattern and some yarn. We will continue the project through the spring though we will not be meeting in the library.

If you have questions or can't make the sessions, call 634-4997 ext 139. Animal shelters are an important part of a community, yet funding for them continues to shrink. Rockland County has certainly suffered shelter cutbacks. Please help in this important program to support these struggling groups.

Hungry for Love

"The sensuality of her cooking did strange things to him. He couldn't stop thinking of the woman in the kitchen who wielded such power and magic. Did she possess the alchemy to distill brutal longing and infuse her food with it? Or did she serve forth undiluted desire disgused as nothing more alarming than a dish of creme caramel? ... When he ate, there was only the food. And there was only the cook."
- Sherry Thomas, Delicious

In my family, food has always meant love.  The cups of cocoa my grandmother shared with me after school, the last cookie she'd save especially for me, were just as much expressions of her love as her hug at the door.  My mother's special birthday dinners, holiday baking, my father's weekend pancakes-- all love, clearly spoken, even when the words themselves felt awkward to say aloud.  "I care about you." "I want to see you happy."  "I love you."

Service Update Revised

My previous blog gave a long explanation about hold pickup dates.  I also mentioned that our new software system keeps evolving; well it evolved a bit more today so I pulled that post.  Here is the most current explanation of what happens when your hold becomes available at the library.  All holds generate a wrapper with the first 4 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your barcode.  The item is wrapped, banded and shelved that day.  Email notices go out the same day and include a pick up until date. As of February 6, all reserves will be held for 5 days from the day they become available.  If you are notified by our automated phone system, the call is placed the day after a hold is available and remains on our shelf for 4 days from the date of the call.  Starting February 6, Roboguy will give you a pick up date.  If you check your account online, place your mouse over the green exclamation point.  You'll see the date the item became available and you have 5 days from that date to pick up your hold.

Free Practice SAT Coming Saturday, Feb. 4

The library is offering a free Practice SAT for high school students next Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9-1 in the Meeting Room of the library.  All students must register in person, online or by phone, 634-4997, extension 126 or 125.  This four-hour SAT from the Princeton Review gives students the opportunity to experience the test and discover what score they can expect.  The student needs several #2 pencils and a calculator.  You can also bring a small snack and resealable beverage for the short break time.  The Scores Back session will be Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.  That session is open to both parents and students, and the tests will be returned at that time for a quick review of the exam.  For those students who can not pick up their scores on that date, the library will hold the results until the end of June at the adult reference desk.

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