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CLASSY SF

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain

I've spent the last couple months working on one of the more difficult aspects of my job: weeding.  Weeding (or "deaccessioning," to use the formal term) is the process of removing outdated, damaged, or significantly underused materials from the collection to make room for newer, more useful (and hopefully more appealing) titles.  The first of couple categories are usually pretty easy to deal with-- no one's going to be checking out a title on exciting new computing careers from 1987, or a book that's been chewed on and smells like old gym socks.  It's the last category where weeding gets painful for me, particularly in speculative fiction.

What's Cooking?: A Well-Seasoned Cast Iron

 

Quite a few of my colleagues and friends have approached me about cast iron cookware.  My own cast iron collection includes 3 skillets of varying sizes, one flattop, a griddle skillet, and a Dutch oven.  All are manufactured by Wagner.  It is well used every day in my home, more than any other cookware I own.  As you can see, I’m a big fan of cast iron and I prefer it over some of the more expensive cookware.  It is inexpensive and very durable.  Another benefit is the natural source of iron it provides to the food.  I value this versatile cookware that has great heat retention and can bake, stir fry, braise, stew, pan fry and deep fry to perfection any food you cook on it. 

Mating Season

It's springtime!  Days are warming and flowers are bursting into bloom.  If you're like me, the signs of spring engender a desire to get the gardening tools out of storage and break out the heavy-duty allergy medication.  My fuzzier neighbors, however, are dealing with desires of a different sort.  All over my backyard, critters are chasing through the underbrush in pursuit of their romantic destinies.  Last week I could barely go out the back door without getting dive-bombed by a love-crazed songbird.  They're all doing it-- the birds, the bees, the rabbits, the skunks (ugh!), the werejaguars.... hold on.  WEREJAGUARS?  That's right, it's mating season in romantic fiction, too!  (Okay, okay... technically, It's always mating season in romantic fiction.)  Given the, ahem, effusion of Nature going on all around us, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about a specific category of supernatural romance: shapeshifters.  If you're ready for a real walk on the wild side, read on! 

The Kindness of Strangers

   Our days are busy and our 'to do' lists seem to get longer all the time.  Sometimes a library book gets left behind because we are trying to accomplish so much.  Those of us who work at the library have been surprised and delighted when material finds its way back here because someone somewhere was thoughtful enough to return it.  We've received calls from automobile repair shops, restaurants and beauty parlors when a New City item was left on their premises.  New City residents bring back books found at airport luggage carousels or on airplanes.  People find books in our parking lot or nearby streets aned bring them to our Circulation desk.  In last week's mail, a package from Tennessee contained a book found in a hotel room in Washington D.C.  It was on active loan, we checked it and and it wasn't even overdue!  Recently a man from Michigan found 3 Playaways on an airplane and mailed them back.  His very generous act saved a family well over $100 in lost fees and allowed us to put these items back in circulation

The Gothic Audiobook

In the mood for a really good novel with a spooky feel ?  Picture a beautiful yet sinister mansion, with a dark secret and an actor (usually with a British accent) reading you a tale fraught with drama, suspense and passion.  I thought you wanted that!  Whenever I read a review that uses the word “gothic”, or says “reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s, Rebecca”, the title immediately goes on my listening list.  Take a look at the list below and you will soon be hooked to the gothic audiobook, too!

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A Reliable Wife by Robert Gadrick
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Mystery Monday

The death of an author does not necessarily mean the end of a beloved series.  If the series has been successful, publishers will not let a little thing like the author's demise be a hindrance. A new writer is chosen, his or her name with be relegated to a tiny font while the title reads something like Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne in the Bourne Legacy by ... Saddled with a clunky title, the book will nevertheless sell briskly to those who are eager for more time with these cherished characters. My favorite example of a writer who appears to trump death by writing from the grave is the trademarked V.C. Andrews.  After her death in 1986, her family "wanted the torch to continue" and chose a writer to carry that torch.  The writer, Andrew Neiderman, has been unbelievably prolific and has kept her  many fans happy over the years.

Let's Talk About Libraries

In honor of National Library Week, the American Library Association put together this great video. It contains quotes by famous people about the importance of libraries. Enjoy!

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National Library Week is Coming

One week a year, libraries across the country sit back and bask in the spotlight. The focus is on National Library Week, and this year it is April 10 through 16. At the New City Library you will want to check out some of the fun activites we have planned. Community businesses are supporting us with great prizes. Several stores will give 10% discount at the time of purchase. You will need to show your New City Library card. Those participating stores are:

                Anna's Bakery in Congers                    

                Back To Earth - New City Store (good for supplements)

                New City Florist in New City

                Rhoda's Cafe in New City

It was something like...

It's funny how the mind works.  Picture this: you're having lunch with your best friend.  A few weeks ago, you finished a book that you absolutely LOVED, and you think she'd really like it, too.  But now that you have the opportunity to recommend it to her, you find that a few key details (like the book's author and title) have slipped your mind.  You can wax rhapsodic about the plot.  You can remember the color of the dress the heroine is wearing on the cover, and you remember her name-- Rose.  (Or maybe it was Violet?  A flower, anyway.)  You know she has an eccentric older relation.  You sit there wracking your brains, feeling a little embarrassed over your lapse, and assure your friend that you're almost positive the word "Scoundrel" is somewhere in the title... or maybe it was "Scandal"?  (If you're a regular romance reader, you're probably laughing in pained sympathy by now.)  Anyway, you got the book from the library; you're sure the librarian could help her find it.  (Librarian's answer: "Maybe?")  Sound familiar?  I can assure you, you are NOT alone in this difficulty.

Parenting Series: Nursing Knowledge

During the month of April, there will be a series of Monday morning programs concerning breastfeeding issues for new parents and expectant mothers. All aspects of the process will be reviewed along with secondary concerns such as returning to work and storage guidelines. Qualified counselors and personnel wiil be available at the sessions. Meet and discuss your concerns with other mothers and get your questions answered. Each session begins at 10 AM and ends at 11:30 AM.

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