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Catalog upgrade complete

Enterprise, the public library catalog, has been upgraded.  Some of the improvements you will notice:  a pickup by date for holds will be displayed; holds can now be easily unsuspended; active holds (meaning they are already on the shelf waiting to be picked up) can be cancelled online; and, with a switch to a server with more resources, greater stability with less crashes.   If you use the Firefox browser and the catalog is not displaying correctly, please clear your cache by going to Tools->Options and click on the Privacy tab. Clink on the link that says "Clear your recent history" and only have Cache checked. Set Time range to Everything and click OK.

As always, if you need assistance, please stop by the adult reference desk or give us a call at 634-4997 x 125 or x126.  Or text us at 265-010; type newcityref: and your question.  We're here to help!

Beyond The Hunger Games

Oh No!

I’ve finished The Hunger Games and where do I go from here?

 So you like Dystopian Novels.  Yes, those books which portray repressive societies keeping people in-line after a terrible war, plague, alien invasion, global warming, end of carbon fuel, brain eating zombies and/or other worldwide tragedies.  The future has never looked so bleak.  But you do not need to worry about a lack of reading material in the genre of Dystopia.  New City Library has plenty of titles available to satisfy every teen reader.  The following are just a few samples of some of the best teen Dystopian Fiction.

                Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Beyond "Fifty Shades"

If all the buzz about E.L. James' Fifty Shades series has made you curious to read it, there are three things you should know first.  One: yes, our library owns the whole trilogy (regular print only!).  Two: it's very popular, which means the reserve list is pretty long.  (Not as long as for James Patterson's latest, but you'll probably be waiting awhile.)  Three: it's got a lot of sex in it that many people would describe as "kinky."  (Don't laugh-- a surprising number of people have requested the first book without knowing anything about it beyond its popularity.)  This month I'm going to talk a little about the subgenre this series belongs to, and offer some suggestions for what to read while you're waiting for the next book (or, if you've already enjoyed the whole trilogy, what else you might like).  This means I'll be talking about books with similar content-- consider yourself warned, if this isn't your cup of tea.

Better Than Google

Sources of information come and go in the library.  Reliable print sources are replaced by their on-line versions.  Less and less is available in print.  In fact, users of Morningstar will be sad to learn that by the end of the year, it will no longer be available in print in its award winning (yes, there really are awards for binders) binder.

Rooting for the Bad Guys: Villain Protagonists

"Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?" -The Wicked Witch of the West

Okay, who out there has never rooted for the bad guy?  (You in the back, put your hand down.  I've seen your Loki desktop wallpaper, you so-called goody-goody!)  Much as we say we want the good guys to win in the end, let's face it: good can be boring.  Good has to follow the rules.  Good is hard-working.  Modest.  Clean-cut.  Strait-laced.  Narrow.  Predictable.  Like I said... BORING.  The really interesting characters are the ones who are willing to step outside the lines... or draw their own.

What's Cooking?: Food Allergy

Food allergy is fast becoming a public health concern.    There are 15 million people who are affected by this in our country, of which nearly 6 million are children.   The major food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.  These eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions.  Personally, it is a very serious problem in my household with several family members allergic to nuts, Crustacean shellfish, and sesame seeds.   It is not fun hunting for a tiny sesame seed on the bread or hidden inside one.  Each progressive attack can be life threatening if it is not treated immediately.   Unfortunately, we have not been strangers to the hospital for this reason.  Outside the hospital setting, food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis.   

Thank you!

Dear Friends and neighbors,  I will be leaving soon and I want to thank each and every one of you for the honor and privilege of serving as Director of the New City Library.  It has been an exciting time and I take comfort in knowing that I leave a stronger and better library. 

Customer service has been the hallmark of my tenure.   A thorough review of procedures was undertaken and completed to ensure it was a customer friendly library.   Customer Service was highlighted at every staff meeting with many staff development efforts to ensure staff is prepared to go beyond customer expectations.  The Library has become known in the region to have the best and most responsive staff. 

Finger Spelling with Signing Hands

Families are invited to join us on Sunday, May 6th at 3:00pm for a special performance by Little Productions.

Ever wonder how deaf children and adults communicate using sign language? 

Here's your chance to experience this unique form of communication.

Learn how to fingerspell, play animal charades, watch deaf performers act and learn to "sing" in sign!  You'll learn to sign and sing, "Hands Up" and "I Just can't wait to be King" from Disney's "The Lion King."  Parents, did you know that many Universities and Colleges now accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit? 

Come and enjoy the show as you learn to use American Sign Language.

Royal Romances

Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton - from The Daily MailCan you believe it's been a year already?  Yesterday marked the first anniversary of Britain's Prince William and his bride Kate (now known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus).  America may not have celebrated with a bank holiday (though you're welcome to pretend, since our banks were closed on Sunday anyway), but I'm certain there were plenty of royal-watching Americans who raised a glass in their honor yesterday.

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