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Best of Romance for 2010

New City's paperback romances are extremely popular.  Every single title on our shelves goes out at least once a month on average-- there are no "dusty" books here!  In order to keep on top of the collection, I run statistical reports regularly to learn what our library's Romance aficionados are reading.  (Don't worry, your secret Victoria Dahl addiction is safe-- all the numbers I see are in aggregate.)  I analyze which subgenres are the most popular, and which authors and series are the most-read.  Then I combine that information with journal reviews and news from genre blogs to bring the titles you'll want to read to our shelves.  For my first Romance blog entry of the new year, I thought I'd shed a bit of light on what's to come by giving you a look back... at our most popular titles of 2010!

Be Amazed in 2011

Did you make any New Year Resolutions for 2011?  It seems the focus is on “Best of…” lists rather than on making resolutions for the coming year.  Maybe it’s because we know what happens even to the best of intentions come February.  The Circulation Department is going to take up the challenge.  We’ve always tried to deliver the kind of service you expect.  Our resolution for 2011 is to step it up a notch and exceed your expectations.  Let us know when we do something right, but just as important we need to know when we fall short.  It is our best learning tool. 

10 Books You Might Have Overlooked in 2010

Everyone's doing "best of" lists this month, but to be honest, I haven't even made it through a quarter of the books I wanted to read in 2010.  I had the best of intentions.  I even made a list.  But the drawback to ordering all the speculative fiction for a medium-sized public library is that I get to see all the pretty new shinies as they come in, and I am very easily distracted by books.  ("Oh, the book I want to read is on reserve... in the meantime, I'll just check out this one... and this one... OH, and this one...!")  I don't feel qualified to come up with a "best of 2010" yet (maybe in June?), so instead I thought I'd share a list of the best books of 2010 you probably haven't read yet.  The first five titles are ones I nearly passed over, and was really glad I didn't.  The remaining five are underread titles that you probably didn't check out last year... but should.

What's Cooking?: Peking Duck

After recuperating from the nonstop holiday festivities, I took some time to reflect on the coming New Year.  Aside from the post-holiday detox after the recent overindulgences, I decided to direct my approach toward choices I will be make this year guided by the adages “simpler is better” and “less is more.”  Next, I thought I should be a little more adventurous and expand my culinary repertoire.  This may suggest something difficult and time consuming which may contradict my first New Year’s resolution – keep it simple.  Nevertheless, I met this challenge when I chose to make Peking duck.  My husband loves duck but I never roasted one because I thought it very fatty.  When I mentioned it to my best friend, she advised me, “Order the Peking duck at a restaurant.  You’re unbelievable! (diplomatic meaning for 'you're crazy').“ 

January Book Discussions

The two adult book discussions scheduled for the week of January 10 were postponed due to the snow conditions. New dates have Chapters meeting January 18 at 7:30PM and Facts meeting January 19 at 1PM. Hope to see you! For further questions, call 634-4997 ext 139.

Welcome Family Researchers

Are you one of those who has decided to make a January resolution to research your family? You are not alone! The library is offering several genealogy how-to workshops during the cold months of January and February. The first was held January 8 and was a general overview to genealogy. But it's not too late to attend the others. Lecturer and genealogist, Tony Laurino will take the reins for the next three. On January 22 at 10AM ,Tony will review the use of primary records such as surnames. There are many issues using surname records, and Tony will help to clear up some of the misconceptions. During the next class, February 19, he will review secondary records such as military and census. The series ends February 26 with a look at the best web genealogy sites. If you are new to genealogy, mark these dates and attend. It will be a good investment at a good price! To register, call 634-4997 ext 139.

EBooks...Get Your EBooks Here!

A friend was asking me last week about what eReader to buy.  When I talked about the various formats and what the library supplies, she was surprised.  “You mean I can get ebooks from the library” she asked.  The New City Library has supplied downloadable audio books for many years and ebooks in the last few.

In anticipation of many people getting readers for the holidays, we just purchased a large number of new titles.  The various formats are still fighting it out for their share of the market place, but we ordered predominantly in the e-pub format which seems to be compatible with most readers.  This order was predominantly romance and mysteries, but we made certain we would have items currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.

We purchase copies that are only available to New City Library customers in addition to titles available to everyone in the region.  To get access to our titles, you need to log in with your library card and PIN.   You can go there directly by clicking HERE.

Adult Program Changes

The Self Defense Class on January 11 has been rescheduled for March 29 at 7PM. The Chapters book discussion will be held Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 PM. Call Thursday at ext 139 for February book selection.

The Say Ah! class on January 12 has been rescheduled for March 11, 1:30PM.

Think Spring!!

Read a classic novel in 2011!

Around this time of year, everyone is making lists. The best of, the worst of and what you need to do this year that you’ve never done before. Among them are dozens of lists of 100 books to read, but who has the time to work through them? So what about just the top ten? After looking at dozens of top one hundred lists, I've found  ten books that are New Year's resolution worthy:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Trial by Franz Kafka
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

 

Gifts of Love

Love it or hate it, winter is here and Christmas is nearly upon us.  Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, signs of the season are everywhere-- the nip in the air, the scent of evergreens, the cards and gifts, the holiday lights.  (Sadly, my lawn remains quite bare of snow-- I'm pinning my hopes on the Boxing Day forecast.)  People are drawing closer together; students are home on vacation, friends and neighbors are visiting, and families are travelling to be with one another for the holidays.  It's a time to be with the people you love.  Perhaps this is why Christmas romances have such strong appeal.

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