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What's Cooking?: The Humble Potato

The potato is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables we have.  Originating in South America, it was introduced to Europe in the early 16th century by Spanish explorers.   A good source of vitamin C, it was once used to prevent scurvy on the Spanish ships.  It is a member of the nightshade family along with peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.  Because of this relationship, potatoes were slow to rise in popularity because they were considered to be poisonous.  Some even believed them to cause leprosy. Well, the simple potato has come a long way from these misconceptions.

New Books on Local History and Culture

This is the first in a series of short audio book talks.  Click on the photo to listen.  The three books discussed are Judith Richardson's Possessions: the History aHistory booksnd Uses of Hauntings in the Hudson Valley, Terry Golway's Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Making of Modern American Politics, and

Happening Here! Happening Now!

Welcome to a new beginning in your Audio/Visual experience at New City Library.  No longer will patrons have to sift through boxes of cards; the cards are gone.  Instead you can browse the collections directly from shelving.   DVDs are divided by genre; for example: Comedy, Drama, TV shows, Non-fiction, Biography, Foreign Language, PBS, Blu-Ray, etc.  Each genre is then shelved alphabetically be title.  We know you'll prefer this more streamlined system, and staff is close by to help.  

Make your selections; then check out at the Circulation Desk with staff or at a self-checkout station.  All games are in locked cases and mut be unlocked by staff at the desk.  Pick up your holds on our self-serve shelves near the checkout desk.  Items are wrapped for privacy and are shelved alphabetically by the first four letters of your last name and include the last 4 digits of your barcode. 

Better Than Google

How do you find the books you want to read?  Do you belong to Automatically Yours and have all your favorite author's new releases reserved for you?  Do you like the thrill of the hunt and choose serendipitously? Do you ask your friendly librarian for help? Do you read strictly from the best-seller list? My mother had an interesting way of choosing books; she just went to a library shelf and took four or five books in a row, without regard for what they were! I found that amusing and used to say to her,"Oh, you're reading from the Fs this week".  She may have found some great books that way, but she also probably read some duds.
Recently Received Riveting Reads

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for March

 1. AV Project

The AV Project is hitting on all cylinders.  The distressed carpet areas in the reference area have been addressed by putting matching replacement tiles in the place of the tiles that were not replaced when new carpeting was laid on the 1st floor a few years ago. 

Almost all of the furniture has been received by the Children’s Department.  Unfortunately some of it will have to be replaced because it was damaged in transit.  All of the children’s DVDs and CDs have been reprocessed for selection and circulation from Children’s Department shelving.

The new shelving for the DVDs and CDs in the adult services area is due for delivery and installation by the time of the Board meeting.  

The electrician has installed the Ethernet cable in the circulation area.  This means that the self-checkout machine will be able to connect to the circulation system.  Once the installation of the machine is complete the connection will permit the self-checkout of all items from the new terminal.

What's Cooking?: Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday.  We look forward to celebrating it every year along with our Irish friends.   Rockland County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River is the second largest parade in New York State behind New York City’s parade.  After enjoying the parade with other enthusiastic revelers, we all look forward to continuing the celebration with great food and good friends.

New titles on Nooks

We've just added more bestselling titles to our eReaders.  So if you find yourself waiting and waiting for a new release, why not take one of our Nooks out for a spin?  On them you'll find The Fault in Our Stars, Little Failure, One More Thing, and more.  With over 80 titles on each Nook, you're sure to find something to suit your taste.  (And if you currently have one checked out, be sure to click on the refresh button in the Library view while you are connected to the internet so that you can see the new additions).  Please do us a favor and fill out the survey at the address listed on the inside of the cover of the Nook when you check it out.  We want your feedback!  

Upcoming Events

Put the winter blues behind you and escape your cabin fever by coming to the library for some fascinating programming.  Ever heard of Etsy? It’s an online marketplace where artisans and crafters of all kinds sell their wares. Join us on Thursday, March 13 at 7PM and learn how you can set up your own Etsy shop.  

Leave New York behind and escape to the Andes with Professor Emeritus Barry Kass, who will take you to the mountains of Peru with photo lecture on Monday, March 17 at 2PM. You can also stay local on Wednesday, March 19 at 2PM  by hearing an update on the Tappan Zee Bridge project or on Sunday, March 25 at 2PM when students, administrator and community activists delve into the divisive situation in the East Ramapo school district.  

If your health has suffered from a winter spent locked away, then come over on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:30 PM for the Stay Fit Seniors presentation or stop by on Wednesday, March 26 at 1PM for an up-to-date talk on nutrition by Alice Kaufman.

Circulation Update

Juvenile audiovisual material, DVDs, CDs, and DS games are now located in the Children's Library.  You'll find these items on new shelving, which allows you to make your selctions (no more browse cards) and bring them directly to the Circulation desk in the lobby for checkout.  Yes, you can use the self-charging stations to checkout AV material!  First, scan your library card barcode. Next, locate the New City Library barcode on the item, place the case barcode up in the V-shaped well and push it up through the scan line.  Staff is available to guide you through the process or check your material out.  If you are returning these items inside the library bring them directly to the main Circulation desk or drop in the convenient return slot.  

We hope this major change improves your library experience.  DVDs, CDs and DS games are all within your reach and checking out will be a pleasure for you and staff.  Note, adult AV material is still located on the lower level.

Shout out to volunteers

If you've been to the library recently, you will have noticed that we've moved things around quite a bit.  We've begun the process of preparing for a renovation that is being partially subsidized by a construction grant from the New York State Department of Library Development.  The very first step involved moving collections to new locations both temporary and permanent.  We could not have accomplished this Herculean task without the help of volunteers who braved both dust and the Dewey Decimal System.  And so a very big thank you to:  Eve, Danielle, Vanessa, Taylor, Stan, Jenna, Jacob, Amal, Grace, Tara, Christopher, Thomas, Abigail, Naomi, Daniel, Laura, and Alexandra.  We truly could not have done this without you!

Following are the new locations of those collections affected:

Large Print Books have simply shifted back towards the Rockland Room.  This is their permanent location.

International Language Books and Periodicals are temporarily located in a standalone bookstack right under the red exit sign in the middle of the main level.

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