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Saturday, October 27, 2012

What is New York Public Library Reading???

The New York Public Library has Pinned up its latest best reads on Pinterest. Click the link and take a look.

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Friday, October 26, 2012


Get free digital magazines with your library card! Go to the Library’s website at and click on the Zinio icon. Zinio lets you enjoy page by page digital copies of your favorite magazines online or download them to your computer or device for viewing at a later time. Zinio is available for PC, Macs, iPad, iPhone, Android, & Kindle Fire. It may be accessible through the browser of a Nook, depending on the Nook’s memory. Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions. (516) 377-6112 x112 orx113

New Audiobooks!

Panther, by Nelson DeMille
John Corey returns in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille.
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen.While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the US government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost. As latecomers to a treacherous game, John and Kate don't know the rules, the players, or the score. What they do know is that there is more to their assignment than meets the eye-and that the hunters are about to become the hunted.

Elsewhere, by Richard Russo
After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Sleep No More, by Iris Johansen
Entreated by her mother to help find a missing woman who has escaped from a mental hospital, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is shocked to discover the woman's true identity and enlists the help of rogue FBI profiler Kendra Michaels to survive a plot by a killer that is targeting her family.

Astray, by Emma Donoghue   - available 10/30
The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. Astray offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.

Poseidon's Arrow, by Clive Cussler  - available 11/6
The latest entry in the best-selling series by the father-and-son team of Crescent Dawn continues when a key element of a new and powerful attack submarine goes missing and ships begin disappearing in mid-ocean, NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team embark on an international chase to discover the truth.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book Signing.

J.R. Martinez

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue.

Veteran, Actor, Dancing With the Stars Champion and Author J.R. Martinez will speak and sign his memoir, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit.

In 2003, nineteen-year-old Private J.R. Martinez was on a routine patrol when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine in Iraq, resulting in severe injuries and burns on his face and more than one-third of his body. Out of that tragedy came an improbable journey of inspiration, motivation, and dreams come true. In Full of Heart, Martinez shares his story in intimate detail, from his upbringing in the American South and his time in the Army to his recovery and the indomitable spirit that has made him an inspiration to countless fans.

J.R. Martinez always had a strong spirit. Raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, and then Hope, Arkansas, by a single mother from El Salvador, he was well known at school for his good looks and his smart mouth. At seventeen, showing an early determination and drive that would become one of his trademark qualities, J.R. convinced his mom to move to Dalton, Georgia, where he believed he would have a better chance of being recruited to play college football. His positive attitude earned him a spot on a competitive high school football squad, but when his college dreams collapsed, he turned to the U.S. Army. A few months later, he found himself serving in Iraq.

His fellow soldiers, along with the local and then national media, soon latched onto J.R.’s spirit and strength. His resilience, optimism, and charm were also noted by Hollywood and scored him roles on All My Children and Dancing with the Stars, where he was the season thirteen champion. Today, J.R. tours the country sharing his story and his lessons for overcoming challenges and embracing hope, lessons that abound in this book. Full of Heart is an unforgettable story of a man who never gave up on his dreams.
After being injured in Iraq, J.R. Martinez became a motivational speaker, actor, and winner of season thirteen of Dancing with the Stars. Martinez lives in Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New DVDs!

Seeking a Friend for the end of the World 

Disney's Secret of the Wings

National Book Awards 2012

The National Book Foundation has announced it's 2012 finalists for the presitgious National Book Award. Please click the link below to see nominated titles, then come in or call today to request one of these great books.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Signing

Kerriann Flanagan Brosky
Friday, October 19th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue

Author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will speak and sign her new novel, The Medal.
From Ghosts to a Mystical Saint Who Bore The Stigmata…

Five-time award winning author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, best known for her Ghosts of Long Island books, presents her most inspirational work in her debut novel The Medal. When twenty-one-year-old pastry chef Bethany Fitzpatrick says goodbye to her own dreams to stay home and care for her disabled father, her faith and life are shattered, until years later when a mysterious stranger – who seems to have stepped straight off the set of The Godfather – appears in her bakery, tells her about a deceased Italian friar named Padre Pio who performed miracles, and restores Bethany’s faith in God, herself, and even…angels.
For those who are caretakers, for those who have lost their faith, for those who have given up on themselves and in God, this book is for you. Intertwined in this beautifully written novel is the incredible true story of the life of Padre Pio, the stigmatic who continues to perform miracles even after his death.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New DVDs!


Moonrise Kingdom BLU-RAY

Moonrise Kingdom 

That's My Boy

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 


Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky

Scooby Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Holiday Chills & Thrills

Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Wii Games Are Now Available in the Children's Room!

Children's Wii games are now available for circulation. Shelved near the DVD and other media collection in the Children's Room, they may be checked out for 7 days. Some titles that you may borrow are Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, Reader Rabbit Preschool and Just Dance Kids.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Signing

Valerie Bertinelli
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue

Actress and Author Valerie Bertinelli will speak and sign her new cookbook, One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes from an Italian-American Childhood and Beyond.

More than 100 recipes for the Italian dishes of the much-beloved celeb’s childhood, presented with tips and hints for enjoying them without overindulging.

As a member of a large, food-loving Italian family, Valerie Bertinelli has always equated food with good times and togetherness. But at one point her love of food threatened not only her health, but her livelihood as an actress, when personal demons drove her to overeat and make poor food choices that caused her weight to balloon by 50
pounds. Now happily svelte, remarried, and riding a new career high, Valerie has made peace with food, giving it a central—yet considered—place in her home and family celebrations. One Dish at a Time offers an intimate look into the beloved actress’s kitchen, where she prepares a collection of treasured recipes from her Italian
heritage. Along the way, she shares her insights into the portion control and mindful indulgence she has come to practice on her journey to enjoying the pleasures of the table again. Filled with gorgeous photos including the actress in her kitchen, nutrition information accompanying each recipe, and Valerie’s tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, One Dish at a Time is designed to please baby boomer fans and home cooks alike.

New Audiobooks!

Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
A long-anticipated first adult novel by the award-winning author of the Harry Potter series follows the early death of a small town councilman whose demise reveals deep-rooted conflicts in his seemingly idyllic community, which rapidly deteriorates in the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election.

NYPD Red, by James Patterson
Detective Zach Jordan investigates a series of brutal, public crimes that coincide with the arrival of dozens of glamorous celebrities in town for parties and premieres in this new novel from the authors of Kill Me If You Can.

Live by Night, by Dennis Lehane
In 1926, during Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba, where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.

Angels at the Table, by Debbie Macomber   Available 10/23/12
In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention.

The Racketeer, by John Grisham   Available 10/23/12
When a Federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Think Pink! Booklist's Feature Title & Suggestions!

Good Food, Good Health!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October reminds us that healthy food is essential to wellness and recovery. Booklist’s featured title, Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook & the books below offer useful information, sound advice and luscious recipes all aimed at nourishing body & soul.

Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook: More Than 700 Great Slow-Cooker Recipes. Rev. ed. By Phyllis Pellman Good
The opening section of Good’s welcoming and brimming volume features recipes and moving stories from women active in the movement. Eloise Cagiano, the program director for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer shares her family recipe for pot roast and talks about how she was diagnosed with the disease at age 33. Good correctly notes that weight gain can increase breast-cancer risk, but that doesn’t preclude put-on-the-pounds ingredients in some of the book’s more than 700 slow-cooker recipes. Of course there are plenty of healthy recipes from Chunky Vegetable Chili to Autumn Chicken and Veggies and Wild Mushroom Italian. A thoroughly useful, supportive, good-hearted cookbook.

The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer. By Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig
Designed to offer breast cancer survivors inspiration and sustenance, Fertig presents 150 readily prepared recipes along with lifestyle suggestions.

Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook: Limited Edition, Pink Plaid 2007
This cooking bible pays homage to breast-cancer research with 1400 recipes, 800 color photos and a “Promise for the Cure” section with recipes featuring food health experts recommend for reducing cancer risk.

Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women: The Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellness at Every Stage of Life. By Rita E. Redberg
Betty Crocker’s smartly designed book offer many paths to good health, including 140 quick-to-make recipes featuring an analysis of the nutrients they provide.

Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do. By Greg Anderson
Including ways to positively transform one’s diet, Anderson, CEO and founder of Cancer Recovery Foundation International, presents solid, user-friendly information, advice and tips for preventing and recovering from breast cancer.

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. By Florence Williams
With smarts, sass and intent, science journalist Williams provides an extraordinary history of the virtues and workings of women’s breasts, breast health perils and the importance of a healthy diet.

The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. By Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson
Katz, the senior chef at Marin County’s Commonweal Cancer Help Program, presents detailed guidance for incorporating nutrition into the healing process including a list of cancer-fighting foods, 150 recipes, and easy-to-make nutritional snacks.

The Pink Ribbon Diet: A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk. By Mary Flynn and Nancy Verde Barr
Drawing on her research into the effects of an olive-oil-and-plant-based diet on breast-cancer survivors who were overweight, dietician and nutritionist Flynn shares 150 recipes emphasizing Mediterranean foods with ingredients believes to lower the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Booklist's Top 10 Cookbooks!

Top 10 Food Books

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstaris, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, by Margaret Powell

In this fascinating memoir of Powell’s life as a kitchen maid and cook in 1920’s England, she writes conversationally, offering cutting and humorous insights.

The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writerss and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook, by Anne Willan and others
Willan and her husband delve into the history of cookbooks.

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz
The latest biography of Julia Child commemorates the centennial of her birth, drawing on her diaries and correspondence.

The Family Meals: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, by Ferran Adria
Spanish chef Adria brings his innovative molecular gastronomy talent to the home cook which proves to be accessible even to novice cooks.

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, by Maricel E. Presilla
Cuban-born Presilla knows just about everything there is to know about the vast history and geography of the cooking of the Western Hemisphere’s Spanish- and Portuguese –speaking lands.

How to Cook Everything: The Basics & All You Need to Know to Make Great Food, by Mark Bittman
Bittman’s gift for focusing on a recipe’s essence becomes even more apparent as virtually every recipe comes with variations to inspire creative cooks.

The Juices: Vinous Veritas, by Jay McInerny
Lauded for his fiction, McInerny has recently become even more renowned in the world of fine wines and turns the subjective art of wine tasting into a more concrete and objective study.

Restaurant Man, by Joe Bastianich
Bastianich has created quite a reputation for himself and anyone needing to learn what it takes to attain real and sustainable success in the restaurant business should read this unique memoir.

Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes, by Anupy Singla
Indian cuisine’s meatless tradition has a long and venerable history that readily adapts to a vegan regimen.

A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies, by Ashley English
English repurposes traditional dishes while staying true to its food legacy and gives foolproof instructions and color step-by-step photographs for making piecrusts right.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Try Shelfari!!

Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.

Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books – all for free.

New DVDs

Prometheus BLU-RAY


The Raven

Friday, October 5, 2012

Introducing Zinio!


Get free digital magazines with your library card! Go to the Library’s website at and click on the Zinio icon. Zinio lets you enjoy page by page digital copies of your favorite magazines online or download them to your computer or device for viewing at a later time. Zinio is available for PC, Macs, iPad, iPhone, Android, & Kindle Fire. It may be accessible through the browser of a Nook, depending on the Nook’s memory. Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions.

Book Signing

Dina Santorelli

Monday, October 15th, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue

In Albany, New York, the governor’s infant daughter disappears without a trace from her crib at the Executive Mansion. Hours later, newly divorced and down-and-out writer Jamie Carter is abducted from the streets of Manhattan. Jamie is whisked upstate, where she is forced by her captor, Don Bailino, an ex-war hero/successful businessman, to care for the kidnapped child in a plot to delay the execution of mobster Gino Cataldi – the sixth man to be put to death in six years by hardliner Governor Phillip Grand. What prevails is a modern-day thriller about family ties, loyalty, murder, betrayal, and love that’s told in deftly interweaving narratives that follow the police investigation of the missing Baby Grand, the bad guys who took her, and the woman who found the strength to protect her.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Donations

Better World Books is changing world literacy one book at a time. They collect books to donate and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. It is their belief that most every book has lasting value and the potential to help change the world, they see their job as helping to find new homes for unwanted books. Thus far, they have donated over 5 million books to partner programs around the world.

This is a wonderful opportunity to donate your old textbooks, paperbacks, and unwanted books. For your convenience, the Merrick Library has placed a Better World Books collection bin outside of our Library Wing located at 2369 Merrick Ave. The bin will always remain open, so please feel free to drop your donations off at any time.

Let Us Pick Your Next Read!

Let Us Pick Your Next Read

Merrick Library's Reference Department would like to make choosing your next read easier. Fill out this short questionnaire and our staff will provide you with up to 5 titles according to your preferences. You will be notified when your selections are available at the Reference Desk. **Merrick cardholders only

Book Signing

Denise Schipani

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 7pm @ Book Revue in Huntington.
Author Denise Schipani will speak and sign her new book, Mean Moms Rule.

Denise Schipani shares her secret to being a 'Mean Mom,' and why it's better for your kids–and for you–in the long run." —Jen Singer, author You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)

"'Mean' moms make kids learn to do things for themselves from making breakfast to finding inner peace. I'm hoping I'm a little meaner myself after reading this book." —Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free–Range Kids."
"I've chosen to be the kind of mother I feel is best, and that kind of mother is mean."


And mean moms prepare their kids for the world, not the world for their kids, raising children into adults who know how to make themselves happy.