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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bite Club - New Foodie Book Club

Come to Bite Club TODAY, Tuesday, September 16!

The new #foodiebookclub at #sbpl14:

Bite Club is a new book club for people who love to talk about cooking and/or eating!  Each month we will discuss a new food theme and its corresponding cookbooks. Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 in our Cafe (make two sharp rights after you enter the Library).


This is how it works:  Starting the 15th of the month, come to the Information Desk in the library to choose and take out ONE of the cookbooks we have set aside for you.  At home, peruse it, cook from it and and then come to the meeting on the following third Tuesday of the month to share your opinions and experiences.  (Return your book, and you can pick up the following month's selection at the Tuesday meeting.)


If you wish, bring in something you've made to the meeting; but please, don't feel obligated to bring something.  We just want you and your opinions to be there as a part of our "foodie" community!   We will provide a "bite" of something that we have made and you can weigh in with your instant review of what you're tasting. If you can, photograph your creations and we may post them on our blog.  If we have time, we may demonstrate a cooking technique or tip.

This book club is for you if you love talking about (thinking about, obsessing about?) good food.

September's theme:  Cooking Seasonally with the cookbooks of Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in California.
Waters' cookbooks give simple and delicious guidelines for preparing fresh local ingredients, perfect for the bounty of late August and early September.  

October's theme:  In Search of Flavor with the cookbooks of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa
November's theme:  Classic American Cooking with cookbooks by America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated Magazine
December's theme:  Holiday Baking with various authors
Please join us as we get together with fellow foodies and talk about one of our favorite subjects!
Diane Whitman
Reference Librarian
#whitlibrarian

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

Hi Everyone!

Hope your summer was good.  Beat the heat by staying indoors with a good movie.  Check out these new titles:   

SHORT TERM 12
Short Term 12
Directed by Destin Cretton, starring Brie LarsonFrantz TurnerJohn Gallagher Jr.Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. But Grace's own difficult past - and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. 2013. Rated R, 96 minutes. Drama.





A Birder's Guide to Everything
Directed by Rob Meyer, starring Ben KingsleyKodi Smit-McpheeKatie Chang. A fifteen-year-old birding fanatic thinks he's made the discovery of a lifetime. On the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. 2013. Rated PG, 86 minutes. Comedy/Adventure.BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING, A




Noah
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte.
A man is appointed by God to carry out a crucial mission of rescue before a calamitous flood destroys the world.
2014. Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. Action/Adventure/Drama.
NOAH




Enjoy!

Jill Eisner
Information Services












Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

Hi Everyone,

We've added a lot of new movies to our collection recently.  Feel free to to browse all the titles in the online catalog (iBistro) or take a look at the printed lists located by the Feature Film and World Language Collection DVD sections.

Can't decide? Check out these new, top-rated titles:

Le Week-End

LE WEEK-END

Starring Jim BroadbentLindsay DuncanJeff Goldblum

Long-married British couple Nick and Meg are revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness, and even deeper regret. An invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan, an amusingly eccentric American academic, soon leads them to a hopeful vision of what their marriage might still become.
2013, rated R.  Drama.

Non-Stop

NON-STOP

Starring Liam NeesonJulianne MooreScoot McNairyMichelle DockeryNate Parker

During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every twenty minutes.

2014, rated PG-13. Drama.

Orange is the New Black (Season 1)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK - SEASON ONE

Starring Taylor SchillingJason BiggsLaura PreponKate MulgrewDanielle Brooks

Brooklynite Piper Chapman's wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
2014. not rated.  Comedy/Drama.


Enjoy!

Jill Eisner
Sr. Librarian, Information Services

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Popular Magazines Free with Zinio (and your library card!)



Beaches, coffee breaks, waiting rooms, long lines and more are all better with Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand.  Why spend $4 or more to browse your favorite magazine if you can get it (and keep it) for free?

Anytime. Anywhere.

Having a South Brunswick Public Library card entitles you to full digital color copies of your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet, or mobile device using the free Zinio reader app!  Check out as many magazines as you like and keep them as long as you like!  No due dates! No late fees!

What’s the catch? You will need your library card.  That’s it!

Find popular selections including Rolling Stone, Esquire, Newsweek, Weight Watchers, US Weekly, Runners World, Billboard, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic, and more.  SBPL and other member libraries of LMxAC (Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium) offer a collection of 129 magazine titles to chose from absolutely free to library cardholders.

SBPL has partnered with RBdigital from Recorded Books to provide patrons with the Zinio for Libraries service and is compatible with most devices. There are apps for the iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Kindle Fire™/Fire™ HD, Windows 8, Blackberry® Playbook™, and Nook® HD/HD+. 

Cardholders can browse a full magazine as if leafing through the real deal!  There is no limit to the number of people who can download an issue of a magazine and no complicated checkout or return process.  Once a cardholder downloads a magazine issue it is theirs to keep as long as they want it.

Keep it forever, for free, if that’s what you want.

Begin by setting up your free LMxAC account plus a free Zinio account through a link on our website at www.sbpl.info or by going directly to www.rbdigital.com/lmxac/zinio.  Step-by-step instructions will take you through this quick and easy process.

Your library card number will be needed for verification to create a personalized library collection account with LMxAC.  You will only need your library card the first time.  The process will also ask you to set up a second account, this one will be a Zinio account.  Be aware that Zinio also offers direct sales to the public; a user needs to be in the library’s LMxAC magazine collection site to select from the 129 free titles.
For questions, please call the Information Desk at SBPL at 732-329-4000x7286. 

In addition, the South Brunswick Public Library continues to offer aisles of popular magazines for checkout the old-fashioned way at two locations: our building at 110 Kingston Lane and the Bookmobile, but these magazines are only on loan for a short time and then must be returned to avoid late fees.


Friday, July 11, 2014

HeroCon Saves the Day at SBPL July 19


Along with thousands of others, elbow to elbow, Saleena Davidson, made her way through the crowded New York City streets to ComiCon. The hustle and bustle to get to this point had her feeling spent before it even began. Bigger crowds, longer lines, endless fees for travel, lodging, admission, food, and more. No matter how she tried each year, ComiCon was a stretch on every level. 
The mild-mannered (some may argue this point) Young Adult Librarian from South Brunswick Public Library thought to herself "there has to be a better way!" 
And so,  Saleena - using all the powers afforded her as a Master Information Specialist - created HeroCon.  Free admission and conveniently located at the South Brunswick Public Library, its got all the bells and whistles of a certified comic convention, without all the stress.

Open to all ages, HeroCon is an after-hours special event from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Library.  Free tickets are available at the Information Desk and the Main Entrance that evening. Pre-Con events begin at 3 p.m.

Do you need money when admission is free? Only if you want to purchase food or buy merchandise from the vendors. Artists will also be selling and signing their work! 

D&D, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic card games, LARPing, Costume Contest, crafts, trivia contest, panels, and more!

Saturday, July 19
3 - 5 p.m.
History of Blacks in Comic Books (a pre-con special event)
Cafe
“And Still the Most Un-told Story of Them All-The History of Blacks in Comic Books”
Yumy Odom, will speak on the impact and influence of Blacks in the comic book industry (1938 - Present). 
Yumy Odom, Founder of The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Inc. (ECBACC, Inc.), is an award-winning educator, community ambassador, and BlogTalkRadio show host with 35 years of professional experience. Mr. Odom’s latest work is a 250-page web document  A Public Resource Guide to the Epic Myth Continuum that outlines and contextualizes ten thousand years of ancient, modern and neo-mythology. Complementing this web document is a most unique exhibit The Heruic Age: Ten Thousand Years of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Amazons, Witches, Wizards & Warriors inspired by more than three decades of researching, reading, imagining and collecting the myths and lore that connect the genres of modern sci-fi, superhero tales and comic books / graphic novels.

Saturday, July 19
5 - 5:30 p.m.
You've Written Your First Book: Now What? (an after-hours special event)
Cafe 
You’ve written your dream novel.  You want to share it with the world.  How do you do it?  Presented by author Audra Osorio. From beginning to end, she will discuss her experiences publishing a book. This presentation will be about her journey from written novel to published novel. 
Audra Osorio is the Assistant Director/Head of Youth Services at the Mount Olive Public Library in Flanders, NJ   She published her first Contemporary Adult Romance novel The Swear Jar in September 2013.
   
Saturday, July 19
6 - 10 p.m. 
HeroCon Comic Convention (an after-hours special event)
All Library 
HeroCon is our own Comic Convention!  Open to all ages, this event is free, but tickets are suggested as space is limited.  Tickets may be obtained at the Information Desk in the library beginning June 1.
Featured events: 
  • Pre-Con Panel "And Still the Most Un-told Story of Them All -- The History of Blacks in Comic Books" from 3 to 5 p.m. Presented by Yumy Odom, founder of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Inc (ECBACC,Inc).
  • Pre-Con Panel: "You've Written Your First Book:  Now What?" by Audra Osorio, author of The Swear Jar from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Story-time with Mark Poulton:  He will share his book A Cat named Haiku with children and answer questions 6:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Panel: "How to Draw Cartoons for Fun & Money" by Paul Merklein, cartoonist from 7 to 7:50 p.m.
  • Panel:  "Pronto Comics--an Introduction" by Dominic Sparano, editor-in-chief and founding member of Pronto Comics from 8 to 8:50 p.m.
  • Panel: "Poetry in Anime: The Power of Words in a Visual Medium" by Ink, Ink writes and edits articles, reviews, and analyses pertaining to anime, video games, conventions, and manga. He can also be seen periodically within the pages of Otaku USA magazine as well as online at FandomPost.com (credited as Mastilo Von Plume).
  • Also featuring Costume Contest, viewing areas for shows we love, Karaoke, Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh/Magic: the Gathering card games, D&D short game, kids "Make Your Own Superhero Costume" program, Quick build Minecraft challenge, LARPing, and a trivia contest for various levels of knowledge.   
  • We will have a variety of artists & vendors, including Comic Madness Comic Store, Lady Mists Cosplay & Design, Cool Geek Madness, Needle Gnomes, Sea Phoenix Creations, Joe Kleinkauf Jewelry, KL Draco, Yennie Fer (aka Remote Angel), GlitterFragGrenade, Ramen Bento, Phoenix Taylor and some locals sharing their talents as well.
For a full itinerary & information on HeroCon; check out our Facebook Event page at http://tinyurl.com/SBPLHerocon or the Library's Teen page http://www.sbpl.info. 
Program Courtesy of the Friends of the Library & lots of hard work by many teens & adults in the community.

*written by Rosemary Gohd, PR/Marketing at SBPL

Thursday, June 26, 2014

If you Give A Mouse a Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie...

 Compost Cookies are multifaceted: crispy, chewy, sweet, salty.
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie....

Sweet, but not easy, Compost Cookies (do you love that name?)  are the kind of cookies you need to make a project out of.  Because if you're like me, first, you ate all the potato chips before you found the time to make them. Wait, what? Cookies with potato chips?  Not only that, there's more, lots more, including ground coffee...!?

The next time, you bought the chips and the pretzels, but you didn't realize you needed milk powder, and glucose (see below for source!).  And then finally, you need butterscotch chips, not just chocolate chips (and make those mini chocolate chips, by the way) to make these danged things.  Oh, and that finally you got organized and read the entire recipe and saw that you actually need to make a graham cracker crust first (yes, FIRST, you have to make a recipe in order to make the recipe) and you don't have any graham crackers on hand, of course.

Hmm, it's slow going, but I did it.

The reward?  Here are some of the reactions to these amazing cookies that have it all: 

"These are the best cookies I think you've ever made!" ( from my son Andy). (And I've made a lot of good cookies through his 22 years!)

"They have what in them?  Potato chips and ground coffee?  I don't think I want one." (from our neighbor's son.)  Then, after trying one:  "Can I pay you to make these for me?" (Thanks, Dirk!)

"These are even better than the ones they make at their store in the city!" (from our other neighbor's daughter Liz, who lives in Manhattan).  Wow, Liz, thanks! Maybe because they were fresh and warm out of the oven?

No matter.  Make these cookies if you have a cookie monster in your life, or if you are one.   But just plan ahead.  You'll thank me later.


Compost Cookies are complicated!
 
Click on the link below for the amazing Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies:
http://milkbarstore.com/main/press/recipes-and-how-tos/#compost

Some things I learned in making this recipe three times:
  • Cream the butter and sugar together for the full amount of time in a stand mixer, like a Kitchen-Aid - a portable mixer will not work.  
  • Not only should the dough be refrigerated ahead of time, but the baking sheets should be also, otherwise the cookies will brown too quickly. (I made this mistake.)
  • You can double the recipe, and the cookie dough ages well for 1 or 2 days, just be sure the baking sheets are refrigerated too, as above. (Especially helpful if you want to prepare the dough today, and bake the cookies off tomorrow, which you may want to do, since they take so darn long to prepare!)
  • Use Cape Cod brand potato chips which are sturdy and Herr's mini pretzels.  
  • You can buy milk powder in any grocery store.
  •  Glucose can be found at Michael's with the Wilton cake decorating supplies.   
You can take out Christina Tosi's cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, from our library's intralibrary loan program.  What a fun book to cook from or even just to read. (Christina Tosi recently appeared as a judge on the Food Network's show "Chopped".)

The renowned Momofuku restaurant group in New York City is run by David Chang, who hired the talented Christina Tosi to work on the management side of his business, but who was always baking and bringing in unusual desserts for the staff.  David prevailed upon Christina to create desserts for his restaurant with the evolutionary end result being the creation of the stand-alone baker(ies - there are now two) Momofuku Milk Bar from whence this cookbook came.

By the way, Momofuku means "lucky peach" in Japanese.
Also, if you love to cook or just eat, sign up for my cooking demo/and class, the Science of Cooking, here in the Library on August 5th, Tuesday, from 1 - 3, sponsored by the Adult Summer Reading Program.

We will be cooking, tasting, and learning about the Science of Cooking using Jersey fresh fruits and veggies.  Sign up on our Events Calendar - hope to see you there!

Diane Whitman
@whitlibrarian
Reference Librarian
With Apologies to "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie..."
 

Friday, May 30, 2014

TMI: Too Much Information - Facebook Class

What's free, informative and fabulous?  - our next Facebook Class, to be held on Friday June 6, 2014 from 12 - 1 in our beautiful Smart Lab.

We'll show you how you can sign up if you're new to the game.  For regular users, we'll talk about managing your privacy settings, and take your questions.  (If your questions are not answerable in the time we have allotted for class, we'll even email you later!)

Here's a recent issue I was asked about:

"I don't want to include my birth year on my Facebook page but it somehow appears on my Timeline and is visible for my Friends to see. Help!"

Here's how to keep your day and month available (so that you get birthday greetings!), but bypass the inclusion of your birth year in your profile (some things are best left private, after all!):

1. Log in to your account.
2. Click on your Name in the upper left hand corner
3. Click on the Update Info button to the right of your name.
4. Click on the About tab.
5. Locate the Basic Information box.
6. Hover over your birth year until you see the Edit button and then click it.
7. Click on the down arrow to the right of the year.
A dialog box appears with the following choices:
   
     Public
     Friends
     Friends Except Acquaintances
     Only Me
     Family

8. Check mark next to Only Me.
9. Click Save Changes button.

Now, to check and make sure that you have implemented the change you wanted, hover your mouse over your birth year in the Basic Information box.  Point the cursor over the lock icon.  "Only Me" should pop up.  If so, congratulations!  You have successfully hidden your birth year information.

Here's something that perhaps you didn't know:  if you would like to keep your information private from apps (like games) your friends  may use on Facebook, follow these steps as well. (Yes, your information may be shared through the games that your friends play even without you using those games yourself.)

1.  Log in.
2.  Click on the down arrow on the uppermost top right of your page.
3.  Click on Settings in the drop down.
4.  Click on Apps in the left menu bar.
5.  Find the "Apps others use" section and click on Edit.
6.  Uncheck all boxes.
7.  Click the Save Changes button.

That's it!

(Note that the above steps are for using a PC, you will have to modify somewhat for mobile devices.)

Facebook Class will be held in the Smart Lab, right next to Meeting Room A/B in the South Brunswick Public Library.  Hope to see you there!

Diane Whitman
Twitter @whitlibrarian
Reference Librarian
Technology Instructor