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"I'll get around to reading that someday..."

How about today? Join the new book club Getting Around to It and tackle all those books you've stored away for a rainy day. We'll be reading titles that are classic (both modern and old), prize winners and college classroom standards. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 24 at 2PM, where we will discuss Candide by Voltaire. One of the most famous satirical novels, Voltaire merrily lampoons the philosophy of optimism with the misadventures of his young protagonist. There are copies available in the lobby.

Summer Favorites: Romance

For many, the approach of Labor Day (or as some parents put it, "Independence Day") signals the end of summer.  The end of August is bittersweet; on one hand, it's sad to start packing away the beach gear, but on the other, the start of the school year means that some of you will soon have a lot more free time to read.  With that in mind, I thought I'd wrap up the summer by sharing my own favorite romance reads from the past few months.

I've encountered more than the usual number of spectacular titles this summer.  My personal tastes in romance lean towards historicals (mainly regencies) and the occasional urban fantasy, but I've been pushing myself this year to read out of my comfort zone and try a wider variety of romance's subgenres.  Regencies are still my favorites, but my wider reading has definitely unearthed a few gems that will keep me reading outside my usual categories.  (I have yet to warm to western romance, but if anyone has recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them.) 

Better Than Google

 

 

Have you been wondering where the Journal News has gone?  It is no longer on our list of databases, but we still have it.  It is now found under the database entry Gannett Newstand Complete.

Kids' Book Groups? We've got that!

In the fall, some of our popular book discussion groups for children and families will resume.  There will even be some new ones!"Girls' Night In" explores books with 5th & 6th grade girls and their mothers.  Co-sponsored by the Clarkstown Family Resource Center, "Bedazzled by Books" is a new group, serving 4th grade girls and their moms.  How about the guys, you say? We have "Boys, Building and Books", also co-sponsored by the CFRC, for boys grades 3 and up with their dads.  Another group will start up after the new year, for boys grades 3-6.

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for August

Introduction

I am happy with the New City Library staff.  The community of New City cardholders is especially blessed with the library workers who comprise the staff.  The late Father Timothy S. Healy, a Jesuit priest who was President of The New York Public Library, made a remark that applies in no uncertain terms to the people who work in the New City Library.  He said that the most valuable resource among all of the riches of The Library disappeared at the close of business each day, the staff of The New York Public Library.

There are great collections of books, AV materials, recordings, and other library materials that in total make the New City Library a terrific library.  But as with NYPL, when the day is over, your library's greatest resource, the staff of the New City Library, goes home.

Having worked with them for close to three months as of this writing, I am proud to be associated with this group of people who are committed to excellence and service to the library's patrons, and doing their jobs as best they can. 

100 Summer Reading Books in Your Hand

Summer is full of trips and plans making it tough to get those assigned summer reading books read. Especially when they have to be packed into suitcases!  Now the library offers another option. Take out one of our summer reading e-readers loaded with over one hundred books for grades seven through twelve. The readers can be taken out for two weeks (not renewable or reservable), perfect for a trip without bulky books or even a brief sleep away camp stint. Click here to see the entire catalog of available titles or stop by the reference desk.  (E-readers must be checked out to an adult over the age of 18.)  

Mitch Freedman appointed director

At the monthly meeting of the library trustees on July 18, the board voted to approve Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman's contract, which names him as director of the New City Library through December of 2014.

Freedman was appointed as interim director in May.

He retired from the Westchester Library System in 2005, after serving as its director for 23 years. He was president of the American Library Association and has spoken or consulted in close to 30 countries. Prior to coming to New City, Freedman served as the interim director for the Purchase Free and Nyack libraries.

Too hot to travel with the kids?

Then come to your air-conditioned library and look through our children's book stacks for foreign-language or bi-lingual picture books, grab a travelling with kids guidebook, an appropriate cookbook and have an imaginary trip!  How else can you be in China for breakfast, Italy for lunch, and Puerto Rico for dinner?  Throughout our non-fiction stacks you will find books on celebrations in different countries and regions of the USA, cooking, geography, language, crafts.....well, you get the idea!  So don't worry about packing the car, booking plane tickets and hotels - travel the world in the children's library!

Director’s Report to the Board of Trustees for July

Summary statement

It was a good month.  I continue to enjoy working at the New City Library.  The staff have been wonderful partners who do their utmost to serve the patrons of the Library.  There have been speed bumps here and there, but overall I still enjoy the opportunity to work with the staff and the Board to maintain and improve the quality of library collections, services, and facilities.  I have been especially happy to enjoy the benefits of staff cooperation and board support.

I identified a number of areas that needed to be addressed.  Not surprisingly they cannot all be addressed at once.  Following is a progress report plus anything new that has come up.

Click here to read the full report.

Better Than Google

One of the best things about having long-standing employment is that you don't feel the need to update your resume.  Well, since you never know when opportunity will come knocking, or whether you will be out of work tomorrow, it is a good idea to have an current resume.  No one likes the chore of creating or updating a resume, but the library has a powerful tool that takes the writing out of writing a resume.  That tool is Cypress Resumes. As they say on their site, with Cypress Resumes, there is no need to compose anything, ever.

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