We have a new local history email list to keep you apprised of new programming and resources related to local history. We just released our first issue which you can read online here. The highlights of this month’s newsletter are a lecture in January 27th about the Civil War in Rockland County, a new display on the lost hamlet of Sandyfield curated by members of the Historical Society of the Palisades Interstate Park Region and the announcement that an Outreach grant from the Ramapo Catskill Library System will help us continue collecting oral history interviews and create programs from these audio interviews. Sign up for the local history email list here:
In January, the children's department is launching two new programs for families. Miss Amina's "Family Book Discussion" is for children in grades 4-6 with an adult and meets Wednesday January 28 at 6:30pm. This group will be discussing No Talking by Andrew Clements. Registration begins January 14. "Friends & Family Book Club" is for kids in grades 3-5 with or without a grownup and meets Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm. Mrs. B will be moderating our discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Copies of this book by Roald Dahl will be available to check out when you register, beginning January 5.
The Tappan Zee Bridge has never been without controversy. In 1936, when the bridge was first proposed, there was much outrage that the bridge would despoil the natural beauty of Rockland County. This plan was considered unfeasible and was dropped. In the early 1950s, when the bridge was again proposed to be built between Tarrytown and South Nyack, people were confused and upset. Why build the bridge at the widest point of the Hudson? It made no sense. This caused great consternation among the citizens of these two municipalities who worried that their quality of life would change for the worse. Despite bitter opposition from the locals, the bridge was approved and opened in December 1955, altering the character of sleepy Rockland County forever.
The combined New City/West Nyack library budget of $6,211,062 was passed with a vote of 285 in favor and 97 against. Three trustees were elected: Anthony Feliciano with 117 votes, Phyllis Morena with 135, and Joseph Reiter with 113. Thank you to everyone who came out to vote!
Today may be black (at least for those of you braving the shopping malls), but the forecast for romance this holiday season is rosy and bright! Your favorite authors have been hard at work this year penning new seasonal romances for you to enjoy, and they're flying off our shelves faster than snowflakes-- everything from Amish sweets to romantic suspense (even an LGBT holiday title!).
Last month Circulation Services highlighted the advantages of receiving due date reminders, pick dates for holds and overdue notices by E-mail. It is a cost saving measure for our patrons and the library. You can now register online for this service on this very website. Click on the 'Find an Item' tab above, then 'My Account' and select 'Switch to E-mail Notification.' Fill in the requested information and submit.
Another service that might be of interest is Text Messaging, which is specifically for sending a pick up by date when a hold is available at the library. While not as comprehensive, the message says you have 5 days to pick up your hold, those who keep a cell phone nearby might appreciate a text. Sign up for this service at the Circulation Desk the next time you are in the library. The best scenario is to give us your E-mail address and a mobile number. You get the best of both worlds, a text and an E-mail.
Read-along book and CD kits are also great for those car trips! We have a broad selection of picture book and beginner reader sets which often include music and sound effects. Our extensive collection of books on CD for children includes all the latest hits -- and some old favorites the whole family will enjoy. The stories range in length and content, so come on in and we'll help you choose some -- like Lemony Snicket? Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus? Boxcar Children mysteries? James Patterson's Middle School Series? Junie B Jones? Dork Diaries? 39 Clues? Magic Tree House? Well - you get the idea. Stop in before you hit the road.
1. Roof Project
By the time of the Board meeting the balance of the roof work should be completed. The metal capping that comprises the perimeter of the library will have been replaced. All of the loose bricks that affected the capping will have been pointed. And the drain from the roof will have been installed successfully. The drain was necessitated because water collected on the roof from rain storms. The new roof drain required work by both the roofer and a plumber.
It was a major project. Kudos are extended to Shibu Abraham, Finance and Facility Manager, for his management of the project—from beginning to end. Contrary to prior concerns the library never closed during the duration of the project.
2. Long Range Plan
Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker? Are you buying a new car? If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay?
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home. You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there. However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes. In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.