Share Listen Learn: The CD

We've worked hard this past year collecting stories from residents around Rockland County as part of the Share Listen Learn: Stories of Rockland County oral history program.  Many of the stories we've collected can be heard on our Rockland Room on SoundcloudSoundcloud page http://souncloud.com/rocklandroom - now you can take a piece of history home by purchasing a CD for $10 that features 26 short stories from your neighbors. 

Better Than Google

Professor of Library Science, Wayne Wiegand has just written a great new book entitled, Part of Our Lives: a people's history of the American public library.  While the appeal of this book is obvious to me, anyone with an interest in American social history, or in the state of public libraries would find this book fascinating.

Today, more than ever, we see prognosticators predicting the end of the public library.  By some measurements, this may have some credence. For example, reference transactions have declined markedly since 1999.  The days when a librarian armed with the World Almanac and a telephone book could answer any and all reference questions is certainly no longer true.  The Internet, and of course, Google, have pretty much obviated the need to call the library to settle a bet, or win a trivia contest.

'e-Receipts'

Circulation Services now offers 'e-Receipts' at checkout to borrowers with a valid email address.   Patrons can elect to receive an email receipt instead of or in addition to a paper due date receipt when checking out material.  Just tell the staff at the Circulation desk your preference.  The electronic version is very easy to read and a great way to help you manage  your account.

As the holiday season approaches many people take library material along on vacation.  This reminder about renewing is meant to help  you avoid overdue fines or worse, being blocked from accessing your account.  Many of our items allow two renewals, but new Audio books, 7-day loans, no hold DVDs, certain other collections and material on hold for another patron will not renew.  After you try to renew your selections, review the new due dates and return items that didn't renew on time to avoid late charges.  Always renew before you accumulate $10 or more in fines.  Accounts are blocked at $10 preventing online or phone renewals.

Seeking a New World

First LandingsThanksgiving is over, but the leftovers will be with us for awhile yet.  If you're not quite ready to give up on this holiday before diving into the next one, I've got some lovely Thanksgiving-themed SF titles to go with your cranberry turducken sandwiches.

"Wait," I hear you cry, "Thanksgiving-themed science fiction!?"  Well, sure.  You don't imagine that the settlers of Plymouth and Jamestown colonies were the last travelers to boldly go into a new world, do you?

Thanksgiving and Listening

We believe that people and their stories are important.  That's why we have conducted over 50 interviews in the past year with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff and produced several Listening programs this Fall.  There are still two more listening events this year.  Next Monday November 30th at 7PM "Rockland Stories" will feature stories from people all around Rockland County that help us to understand what makes this place special.   The last event of the year on December 7th at 2pm, "Rockland County and World War II" will feature the stories of its residents who served in the armed forces and those who remember what it was like on the homefront.  Try interviewing your loved ones during the Great Thanksgiving Listen organized by StoryCorps.  You can preview some of the Rockland Stories at the link below.  

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Can't something be easier???

Well, we're trying! You may have noticed that most children's programs requiring registration start the sign-up on the 1st or 15th, rather than scattered throughout the month. Easier to remember! Beneath the program description on our children's events page is a 'register' button. Just click on that and fill out the requested information. You will need your library card number. Once you are registered on-line, you will get a reminder email a day or two prior to the program! Of course, you can also phone or drop by the children's desk any time and we'll walk you through it. Can't plan too far in advance? Then take note of our many drop-in programs and stop by for one. Please be mindful of any age requirements and be sure to have your library card handy.  See you soon!

Better Than Google

Fake! Fake! Fake!  What am I talking about? On-line reviews, of course, and they are more common than you might think.  Researchers estimate that 10% to 30% of reviews posted on line are absolutely fake.  Where do you find these fake reviews? You find them on Yelp and Trip Advisor, Chow Hound, Amazon, wherever people can post an anonymous review.  Who is doing it?  Business owners who want to counteract bad reviews, or who want to post a bad review about a rival.  People may be posting a review of a place they've never stayed at, or eaten at to be malicious, vengeful, or they just have too much time on their hands.  Whatever the reason is, they are very hard to catch. Companies such as Amazon do their best to weed out the most obvious fake reviews, but they still slip in.

Stories of Rockland County Veterans

The Library will be open this Wednesday on Veterans Day and that evening at 7:30PM we will be hosting a special event featuring the stories of your neighbors who served our Country in the Armed Forces.  There will be stories from men and women who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines.  Stories will be from service in World War II, Vietnam, and the first Iraq War.  A number of video interviews produced by Clarkstown North's David Kaminski and filmed at the Rockland Independent Living Center will be shown as well.  Please be advised, some of these stories are graphic in nature.  We thank all the Veterans for their service and for sharing their stories.

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What's Cooking?: Flavors of Fall: The Pumpkin

pumpkin soup

It is the peak of autumn as we embrace the stunning flora of leaves changing from summer green to brilliant orange, red, and golden colors. Mimicking the colors of fall as well is the season of harvesting pumpkins, winter squash and gourds.  Squash comes in all varieties of shapes, sizes, and colors but one of the most popular squash is the beloved pumpkin. These bright orange spheres are iconic spectacles beckoning to be picked from the patch for the holidays.  Pumpkin can be used in so many ways.

Print from Anywhere!

windows phone spyThe library is proud to introduce a new service: mobile printing! You can use Printer On to send a print to the library from anywhere you have internet service.  You can even print from your smartphone or tablet by downloading one of the Printer On Apps.  Come to the library within two days of sending the file and you'll be able to release it at our printing station. There are no extra fees for a mobile printing, only the library's standard printing costs. 

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