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What We Leave Behind

The circulation department checks in thousands of books every month.  One thing of which we are certain is finding something someone unintentionally left behind.  We returned lottery tickets (no winners), discarded used boarding passes and wondered if a recipe was a keeper.  Often we are able to return items to the rightful owner; money, bookmarks, bills, prescriptions or doctor's instructions.  If the item falls out of the book or there is nothing to identify the owner, it's added to our lost and found or the picture box on the circulation desk.  If only your pictures could talk we'd reunite Grandpa with his grandson, the graduate with prom pictures or the bridal party with the happy couple.  We keep pictures for a long time hoping someone will recognize a friend.  It has happened a few times, but it saddens us when pictures go unclaimed.  So check the pages before you return books, a picture is worth a thousand words but the ones you leave behind are silent. 

Nonfiction Chronicles: Marathon Sunday

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Think the New York City Marathon is a grueling test of endurance?  Well, to the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons of Mexico, it’s a walk in the park.  This reclusive tribe of super-runners can go hundreds of miles on desert terrain clad only in thin sandals after an all-night party drinking homemade tequila.   Author McDougall goes on a quest to discover the secrets to their peace-loving, cooperative, and very physical lifestyle by seeking out the mythical Caballo Blanco, an American ex-pat who earned their trust and serves as intermediary.  Using the Tarahumara as a backdrop, McDougall digresses into interesting topics such as the biomechanical superiority of barefoot running, reasons for the decline of U.S. distance running, and how evolutionary evidence points to the fact that the human body was, in fact, built for running.

Large Print: Cozy Up to a Good Mystery

October is a perfect month to read something spooky.  Do you like mysteries, but don’t like a lot of gore or violence? Cozy mysteries may be just right for you!  Jessica Fletcher, the heroine of the Murder, She Wrote series, leads off this list of recommendations, followed by other plucky woman detectives and even a cat!

A Little Yuletide Murder by Donald Bain
Santa’s been murdered! Actually, it’s farmer Rory Brent, who's played St. Nick at Cabot Cove's annual holiday event for years. Now Jessica has to track down the humbug that did it!

Mystery Monday

Prolific mystery author Stuart Kaminsky died last week at the age of 75.  While not a superstar of the publishing world, Mr. Kaminsky  (or rather Dr. Kaminsky, as he earned a Ph.D and was a film studies scholar) had a long and distinguished career.  Starting in 1977 and including this year, he wrote over 60 books.  The more astonishing fact is that he wrote not one, not two, but four different mystery series!  Some of you may have read his Chicago cop series featuring Abe Lieberman,  or his Russian Police Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov series.  Others may remember his Lew Foneseca, the depressive process server, or Toby Peters, the slightly seedy Hollywood P.I.  In 2006, Stuart Kaminsky was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor. Mystery fans everywhere mourn the passing of this very talented writer.

Tried a "Classic" Movie Lately?

Every Tuesday, when our new DVD releases are put out, there is always a huge demand by our customers to reserve these titles.  Our Audiovisual Department however, has many wonderful "classic" movies that can rival any of today's new releases.

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!

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