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MY FUNNY VALENTINE

The color red is popping up everywhere.  Chocolatiers and florists are stocking up on heart-shaped boxes and long-stemmed red roses.  Stores are cramming their shelves full of foil hearts and teddies.  Greeting card store owners are rubbing their hands together with glee.  Yes, the Big Holiday approaches... V-Day

As a romance blogger facing my first Valentine's Day posting, I've been feeling the pressure.  Love or hate the holiday, everyone will have romance on their minds to some extent-- what to write?  Then it occurred to me: I'm not the only one stressing about this holiday.  Lonely hearts (or perfectly content singles) have the strain of being solo on a holiday for couples.  Couples are under pressure to be romantic on demand (and since when does Cupid ever stick to a schedule?).  I scanned my shelves.  Could there be an antidote for all this stress? 

Coming Soon...Innovations in Customer Service

Exciting times are ahead for the Circulation Department and our customers upon completion of the lobby and circulation desk renovation project in February. We will be able to offer a variety of new services that are convenient, ensure privacy and minimize the time you spend checking out.  We invite you to try our new self-service checkout machines located at the desk.  Staff will be available to guide you through the process.  Hold books will be within easy reach, find your reserve(s) then use express checkout out or a staffed station.

Nonfiction Chronicles: Money Matters

So, January is almost over -- how are your New Year's resolutions holding up?  Right about now we could all use a little help sticking to our plans to reach goals we've set only a few weeks ago. And second only in popularity to the goal of losing weight or quitting smoking must be the objective of getting our financial lives in order.  New City Library has some great resources to assist you if your aim is to set a budget, spend less, save more of your paycheck or invest more prudently.  Check out these titles:

One Year to an Organized  Financial Life:  From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-by-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind by Regina Leeds and Russell Wild.

Mystery Monday

Pity the poor first time author!  After years of painstaking writing and re-writing, possibly years of rejections, somehow a book is published.  It will be reviewed, publicized, and ordered by bookstores and libraries.  Now what?  Does it remain hopefully on the shelf, while its better known brethren (yes, you Janet Evanovich and Mary Higgins Clark) are eagerly snatched up?  Is the author's creation doomed to languish on the shelf, unread, ignored, and eventually discarded?  As the librarian who orders the mysteries, I struggle between satisfying enormous popular demand for bestsellers, and purchasing the quiet, well-reviewed gems which the public may not even notice.  To rectify this situation, I want to take this opportunity to introduce some authors who have just published their first mysteries and deserve a wide readership. Try one today!

ONCE UPON A TIME: FAIRY TALES RETOLD

There are certain stories that we never forget.  Fairy tales sleep inside of us, waiting to be rediscovered like flowers that have been dried and pressed between the pages of a book.  No matter how long it's been since we left our childhood behind, these stories lie ready to live and bloom again in our imaginations.  With the smallest reminder, we are magically transported back to a place out of time where anything is possible: serving girls can become princesses, princes can become monsters, animals can speak, true love can break any curse, and one always, always gets exactly what one deserves.  Is it any wonder, then, that the "fairy tale retold" is such a popular motif in fantasy fiction? 

Magazines for the Researcher

Researching genealogy and historical information at the New City Library does not have to be limited to books or the Internet. Have you looked at the periodicals we offer? Two of my favorites are Prologue, a quarterly publication from the National Archives.  The winter issue devotes pages to President Eisenhower and Cold War strategy along with a discussion on the Archives' preservation project of early 20th- century photographs.  Another favorite is  Archives , New York State’s look at its history. This publication is always filled with something of interest for the reader.  We offer other publications such as the popular circulating Family Chronicles that always offers different genealogy researching methods and current Internet sites. This magazine is the only one in the AV department. For all others, stop in at the Rockland Room and take a look.

Dreams of Sun and Surf

 

The bone-chilling cold has traveled all the way to Florida this month and I will be returning to that "little Paradise on Earth," Captiva, in February. I hope the temperatures will be more seasonable.  While I'm taking my annual pilgrimage to Florida, I love to listen to something tropical such as a Doc Ford mystery by Randy Wayne White.  His hero lives on near-by Sanibel island. Carl Hiaasen is my choice for a good laugh. My favorite title is Native Tongue.   If I want a psychopathic serial killer creatively dispatching nefarious villains, I listen to Tim Dorsey's novels featuring that anti-hero Serge A. Storms.  Whether you travel to the Sunshine State in winter or just dream of palm trees, azure ocean and heated swimming pools, I recommend the above authors to fuel your dreams of sun and warmth.

New Circulation Desk and Lobby

Lobby Under Construction

The Library’s latest remodeling project is customer focused in providing a new circulation desk and a new lobby.  The design incorporates a number of new and exciting concepts for customer service.  Drop off slots directly into the circulation office will be incorporated.  Self service holds will also be introduced and the latest technology in self checkout stations will be available.

This renovation is expected to take less than two months.  A temporary circulation desk has been set up in the reference area. Books can also be checked out at the A/V desk on the lower level.  Throughout the construction all services will be maintained

What's Cooking?: Hot and Steamy...

 

After the gluttonous escapades of holiday eating, it is natural to look for ways to detox and trim down.  Yet when it is bitterly cold outdoors, my body seeks that nourishing warmth to coat me inside out.  What cries out to me?   No cold salads, low carb diets or nonfat foods will satiate me!  Hopefully what awaits me as I walk through the door is a bowl of steamy hot soup or chili with a nice crusty baguette, or a pot of chunky beef stew simmering over the stove, or even better the aroma of whatever went into the slow cooker prepared hours before.  I received a new slow cooking cookbook from my son this Christmas.  There is a great selection of delicious meals with little preparation.  Those slow-cooked Asian Red Glazed baby back ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender.  It is ready as soon as I get home from work and when the mouth-watering aroma hits me…wow!  If you haven’t used a slow cooker, give it a try.  It sure comes in handy in a busy household.

OH, THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL...

Alright, let's face it: unless you've gone the way of the snowbirds for your winter vacation, it's COLD out there!  As much as I love skiing and skating, there's something about deep-freeze cold that just makes me want to curl up with a fuzzy blanket, a hot cup of tea, and a nice, cozy read. 

It's a bit chilly between the covers of this month's titles, too, and the characters are-- well, they're with me on the fuzzy blanket part, at least.  (I'm sure they're only sharing to conserve warmth.)  If you're looking for a good book for your own winter snuggle, I recommend one from the list below.  Whether they warm your heart or heat your cheeks, these winter romances will help keep you toasty!

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