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Teens Distribute Trees for Arbor Day

 

This past week encompassed Earth Day and National Arbor Day.  In celebration of these days, teens from the Library Youth Board distributed spruce trees to library residents.  In the past several years, hurricanes and snow storms have damaged and destroyed large numbers of trees in our area.  Spruces are not usually eaten by deer and provide a lovely green color throughout  the winter.  The above volunteers are Erin O'Shea, Brendan O'Shea, Ronith Reddy, Nithin Binu and Nevin Binu.

Second Chances

Have you ever said or done something you later regretted?  Or worse, have you not said or done something, and spent the rest of your life wondering how things might have been different "if only..."?  Even if you're content with the choices you've made, it can be hard to let go of some of those missed opportunities.  And if you're not entirely happy, those poor decisions and unresolved endings can really haunt you.

Now imagine the regret in question is a person you once loved.  What do you do when that once-special someone suddenly walks back into your life?  It could be that friend you crushed on in college, but never had the courage to approach.  He's single now... and he's moving into your building.  Perhaps it's your ex-- he's in recovery from the very issues that drove you away, and he's looking for a fresh start.  Sure, you could ignore him, and let the history between you keep you apart.  (After all, you had good reasons for breaking up with him in the first place, right?)  Or....

What's a parent to do?

Feeling overwhelmed?  Too many issues with little ones and too few answers?  Come on in to the Children's Department and take a look at our Parenting Collection.  All the books on those shelves address a common childhood issue.  A few of our picture books in this section include: One Special Day, a story for big brothers & sisters by Lola Schaefer, which talks about a new baby coming into the family; Melanie Walsh's Living with mom and living with dad describes a young child experiencing shared custody; Good-by, Sheepie by Robert Burleigh deals with the loss of a family pet; and My grandpa by Marta Altes is the story of a young bear whose grandpa is getting forgetful. 

Better Than Google

Thanks to the excellent schools in Clarkstown, we librarians have faced many challenges in helping  our students. We have dealt with numerous difficult assignments over the years, involving the Supreme Court, the penal code, shark taxonomy and those ever-popular math honor reports. An important part of a librarian's job is to see that we have sufficient materials to supply to students so that they can successfully complete their work.  It is important that we provide that support for students who come to us for help, and we take thiis responsibility  very seriously.

Arturus Rex: The Once and Future King

"And when they came to the sword that the hand held, King Arthur took it up."If Shakespeare is Britain's most enduring voice, surely this man is the heart of its most enduring story: Arthur, the legendary King of the Britons.  Arthur and his knights have inspired the pens of such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, C. S. Lewis, and Marion Zimmer Bradley... but they've also found their way into the adventures of Indiana Jones, Monty Python, and Sonic the Hedgehog.  (I find it intriguing that Shakespeare, who regularly borrowed from England's history and other stories far and wide, never once touched upon what became known as "the matter of Britain"-- the Arthurian mythos.  Perhaps he was leery of poaching in Edmund Spenser's territory.) 

Beyond Books - The Documentary

I used to have more time (or at least I think I did).  I used to have more patience (or at least I think I did).  I used to have more time to read....that I know is true.

I think most of us are feeling time, or the lack of time, pressing in on us.  We are living in an ever accelerating world of technology. Information learned is obsolete almost before it is totally absorbed.  How can we keep up?  One answer is the documentary film. 

From the Collins English Dictionary comes this definition: "a factual film or television program about an event, person, etc. presenting the facts with little or no fiction".  Where it might take us days to many weeks to read a book on a particular subject, the documentary film can cover the same material in two hours or less.

What's Cooking?: Cooking 101

Have you ever felt you were all “butterfingers” in the kitchen (excuse the pun)?  Is preparing a meal for yourself or others more intimidating than skydiving or bungee jumping?  Recently I watched a program The Worst Cooks in America on Food Network.   This series shows the learning progression of contestants who were selected as the worst cooks.  They were taught how to cook by two professional chefs in the show.  As competent as they were in their own professions, they were lost souls in the kitchen.   A professional ballet dancer who performs before thousands of people was terrified behind a stove.  An interior designer had a fear of knives.  A doctor was dismissed at the second show.  I must admit it was hard to watch.  At the last show, it was impressive to see the two finalists, who started out as bumbling fools, battle to become the best cook from this competition, preparing an exquisite 3-course meal judged by elite chefs.  Kudos to them!

Real Men Write Romance (Really!)

Romance fans tend to be voracious readers, always on the lookout for a new author to follow (or an author who's new to them).  With that in mind, I'd like to spotlight a few great romance writers you might not have picked up before.  Let me introduce you to Leigh Greenwood, Dale Cramer, Jessica Stirling, Naomi Neale, M. L. Buchman, Lee Carroll, Z. A. Maxfield, and Ilona Andrews. 

On the surface they don't seem to have a lot in common, aside from writing great romance.  Some are award winners, while others have seen more modest success.  They're all over the map, as far as subgenres go: western, inspirational, historical, chick lit, suspense, gothic, LGBT, and urban fantasy/ paranormal.  Oh... there is one other detail they all have in common: behind every one of their keyboards sits a male author.

With a little help from our Friends....

Have you noticed those new blue and white road signs directing drivers to the New City Library?  Thanks to the FRIENDS of the New City Library, annual membership dues offset the cost of purchasing the seven directional signs placed at key intersections throughout Clarkstown.

Please help FRIENDS with other projects on the Library's wish list and join us today or renew your membership.  Applications are available at the Library and there are several membership levels to select from.

Damaged? Check This Out

You've checked out some material and now you have time to read that book or magazine, listen to an audio book or watch a DVD.  What should you do if you notice a damage, perhaps a disc doesn't play or pages are missing, stained or torn?  We suggest you call Circulation Services (845)634-4997, ext. 124 and tell us about the problem you encountered.  You should also mention it to a staff member at the desk when the item is returned.  It benefits all our members when repairs are done promptly, or if need be the item is reordered.

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