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One County's Proud History

Rockland, the smallest county in the state excluding the five boroughs of Manhattan, was the center of so much of our colonial development. Separated from Orange County in 1798, the bounty of Rockland’s history surrounds us as we pass the many sites and buildings, beautiful mountains and the grand Hudson. Agriculture dominated the county through the centuries buttoday there remain only two working farms. One of these is the Davies farm located on Route 9W and 304. The library is most fortunate to have an exhibit that displays the history and beauty of this farm. Our thanks to Jan and Niles Davies, Jr. who shared their family’s memories and achievements as we celebrate Rockland History Month.

Digital Download Center

Our first frost this morning, and I will now have to do my final fall clean up in the garden. My fellow workers recognize all the hard work involved in gardening and marvel at the time and effort I put into caring for plants. I have a lot of help from the Digitial Download Center on the Library homepage. It's not a chore to dig, weed, and plant when I am simultaneously listening to a great book. If you have an Ipod or MP3 player, you too can download some great books and make all those repetitive tasks of yard work and house cleaning seem less time consuming. I recommend the flowing titles: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff and Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Stop by Adult Reference and ask about Digital Downloads and get the most out of your MP3 player.

DARKLING DAYS, CHILLING NIGHTS: SPOTLIGHT ON HORROR

October.  The days are getting shorter; the wind has turned chill.  Darkness falls upon us more quickly now as we creep slowly towards the end of the year.  Halloween approaches, a time when (some say) the boundaries between this world and the next wear thin.  When the restless dead might walk.  When we start to wonder... what else might be hiding out there, in the growing darkness?  Intrigued?  This month, I invite you to explore the darker side of fiction.  Check out... HORROR!

What's Cooking?

Do you love the culinary arts as I do?  Interested in cooking, baking, and reading cookbooks?  Yes, I'm one of those who reads cookbooks with the same intensity and concentration as I do a novel or a nonfiction title.  That's why it is my good fortune to have the joy of ordering and maintaining the cookery collection.  One of my goals is to provide the latest cookbooks as well as a diversified collection, a little bit of something for everyone.  Check out our cookbook display by the new nonfiction in the Adult Service area. 

We welcome feedback so please share your culinary experiences or comments.  I hope you will be excited as I am with the following newly acquired cookbooks:

No More Fines - Possible? Yes!

Join the more than 25% of our members who are already enjoying this service by signing up for email at the main circulation desk. You'll be emailed 3 days before your materials are due with a link to renew. You save time, money and paper, (sorry we can't do this for 3 day movies). You also get reserve and overdue notices just in case you didn't or couldn't renew. New signups can enter a monthly drawing for our eco friendly 'green bag' with the New City Library logo. There will be a winner each month through the end of the year. Come in, sign up, save!

Living Large: Non-fiction in Large Print

Our large print collection has been steadily growing over the past few years. In fact, it has become so large that we had to move it downstairs where it could continue to expand!  You may already know that we own tons of bestsellers, mysteries and romances in large print, but did you know we also have lots of great non-fiction titles?

Just in the past few weeks, we’ve added:

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffery Zaslow
Eleven childhood friends grew up in the small town of Ames together. Remarkably, and despite living in eight different states, they have stayed friends for over forty years. Their stories are collected here with photographs, recounting their good times and bad from marriage to death.

Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm
Delving into your family history?  There are lots of great resources online and this text will guide you to them.  Many of them are available right here in the library!

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR!

Ahh, romance!  In fiction, as in life, it takes many forms.  Contemporary romance can be comfortable and familiar.  It might begin simply, such as: two people, vying for possession of a dryer at the local laundromat.  They argue, they talk, they make up over a cup of coffee, and then they find that opposites really do attract.  Or, as in romantic suspense, it can add another dimension to your standard thriller: she's a cop, he's the suspect with a mysterious past and eyes she can't forget... and a killer is out to finish them both, if they can't resolve their differences.

Historical romances can span many places and times: medieval Scotland, Qin dynasty China, the American Old West, and Renaissance Venice, just to name a few.  (There's even a subgenre for time-travelling lovers!)  The rarefied society of Regency London is one of the most popular historical settings: a rakish viscount, an intriguing young debutante, a crowded ballroom... and the forbidden waltz that brings them together

Technical Services Trivia

Almost everything you check out in the library, from books to movies, music and games gets its start in tech services.  Every new book gets a jacket and a spine label.  Each game and movie is put into a new case and a browse card is made.  So the next time you check out a book or a Wii game think about how many steps it takes to get to you.

Nonfiction Chronicles: Sweet Transformations

Ever wonder what it would be like to chuck your job, pull up your roots, and follow your passion? For most of us, that’s not an option. But you can always experience it vicariously by reading biographies. In Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado gives up the fast-paced, stressed-out world of Hollywood (she’s Sandra Bullock’s sister) for the opportunity to pursue her dream of opening a small, country bakery/café in Montpelier, Vermont.   Better not read this one if you’re on a diet, though; every chapter ends with a recipe for a delicious, mouth-watering pastry sure to send you to the kitchen hunting for the butter and sugar.

Mystery Monday

Mystery Fans Rejoice!  We have moved our collection upstairs out of our beloved but cramped Mystery Room to more spacious quarters.  We have taken over the space formerly occupied by Large Print and what a great space it is!  Luxuriate in our comfortable wingback chairs--Spread out your books and papers on the table.  Because we didn't have to use the top and bottom shelves, no more stretching or bending to reach the books.  We have more shelf space for mysteries, so our collection can continue to grow.

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