On Saturday November 1, 2014 from 10 AM to 1 PM, there was a Heritage Fair at the Half Hollow Hills

Community Library. The Heritage Fair’s purpose was to enable patrons to “learn about … family history at this fun day filled with children’s activities, music, refreshments, and more …” For those of our patrons who could not attend this event but want to start and/or further their investigations into their family background, I would suggest using one or more of the following to guide your search. We have Beginner’s guide to family history research by Desmond Walls Allen and Carolyn Earle Billingsley ; Your living family tree: keeping your family together forever through print, photos, sound and video by Gordon Burgett ; The Family Tree guidebook to Europe: your essential guide to trace your genealogy in Europe by Allison Dolan and the editors of Family Tree Magazine ; Ethnic genealogy: a research guide edited by Jessie Carney Smith, foreword by Alex Haley ; The Family Tree guide book: everything you need to know to trace your genealogy across North America by the editors of Family Tree Magazine ; Genealogical resources in New York: [the most comprehensive guide to genealogical and biographical resources in New York City and Albany] edited by Estelle M. Guzik ; Writing family history made very easy by Noeline Kyle ; The manual to online public records ; The everything guide to online genealogy: trace your roots, share your history, and create your family tree by Kimberly Powell. These are just some of the resources available for your genealogical research. Chase’s Calendar of Events has the following holidays or observances: Ancestor Appreciation Day is September 27th, Canada celebrates Family Day in Alberta on February 17th while, in the United States, we have Family Day on September 22nd. However, Tennessee celebrates Family Day on August 31st and Nevada honors Family Day on November 28th. Family History Day is June 14th while National Family Week is May 4th. The International Day of Families is celebrated on May 15th and Ellis Island Family History Day is April 17th. “By official proclamation of our nation’s governors April 17 has been designated as Ellis Island Family … this annual day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, April 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through the island than on any other day in its colorful history: 11,747 people.”

Some years ago I made a promise to myself to read more of the classics. That vow has not worked out so well.

Oh, in the first flush of my new vow, I did read a few I hadn’t read before but the impetus soon dwindled. The most memorable of those I read are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. A classic is a classic, to my mind, because its story still has a relevant message. I may have to renew my vow to read more of the classics in between keeping up with current releases. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, defines classic as “1a. serving as a standard of excellence ; of recognized value 1b. traditional, enduring … 3b. noted because of special literary or historical associations …” Some classics reach notoriety such as Catcher in the Rye which was found in the hands of some assassins. For more guidance on the classics, please visit www.goodreads.com or www.read.gov. On the library shelves, we have some helpful resources as well as a section in Young Adults labeled Classic. The resources are as follows All things shining : reading the Western classics to find meaning in a secular age by Hubert L. Dreyfus ; Genrefied classics : a guide to reading interests in classic literature by Tina Frolund ; Practical classics : 50 reasons to reread 50 books you haven’t touched since high school by Kevin Smokler ; Shelf discovery : teen classics we never stopped reading by Lizzie Skurnick with contributions by Meg Cabot … [et. al.]. Some other related items on your library shelves are : Classics of Russian literature [videorecording DVD] by Irwin Weil ; Giants of French literature [sound recording CD] : Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, and Camus by Katherine L. Elkins ; Giants of Russian literature [sound recording CD] : Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov by Liza Knapp ; Life lessons from the great books [sound recording CD] : literature and language by J. Rufus Fears and Odyssey of the West [sound recording CD] by Timothy B. Shutt, which comes in multiple parts. So I will try again and maybe you, the reader, will be inspired to try the classics.

Isn’t it nice when you receive a compliment? It brightens your day immeasurably.

I work in a service industry as many of us do and it is nice when one receives a compliment. Yesterday I was at the service desk at my library and a patron came up to the desk and thanked me for my book recommendations. I had made two. She enjoyed one immensely and the other she found informative but not as enjoyable. She now wondered if I could provide her with further suggestions. I suggested a mystery author and my colleague suggested a historical fiction writer, Elly Griffiths and Edith Wharton respectively. I hope she enjoys both. This is the part of my job that is perhaps most rewarding, when we as librarians spark or further the flames of an interest in reading. Another patron, one who had been unable physically to visit the library in a while, commented to me over the phone that she had missed the smell of books. She was planning to visit the next day with her companion after a long absence. There is something magical for me about holding a physical book. One loses oneself within the pages and there is no need for Internet or computer connectivity. A book can survive immersion in a bath whereas an electronic book is toast if that happens. It does not matter where your interests lie because there is most likely a book covering that topic. My colleagues and I all have separate reading interests and quite frequently tap each other for book recommendations on various subjects. My interests lie in forensics, murders (both real and imaginary), animal adventures, etc. If you are reluctant to ask for recommendations, there are some further sources to assist you and they are www.Goodreads.com, www.LibraryReads.org, Reviews for You blog, and the library’s catalog itself. If you are in the catalog and searching for a particular author only to find that you have read everything they have produced to date, select one of his/her titles and then scroll down on the page and there will be suggestions on which other titles/authors you might enjoy.

The Self Defense Workshop on Wednesday October was attended by a fellow librarian.

This blog post is a guest commentary by my colleague. The self-defense training was conducted by Billy Hofacker, who has a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Billy said we should adopt a confident posture in our daily lives, keeping our heads up, shoulders back and a purposeful stride. Would-be attackers are looking for easy marks, so if you look like you’re strong and would fight back, they won’t single you out! We began by doing gentle stretching exercises. Then the group paired off to actually practice the moves ourselves. Billy stressed that you don’t have to outweigh or be taller than your attacker, and you can still prevail. Then Billy showed us how to defend ourselves from an assault from the front, like a shove. He also showed us how to defend ourselves against a bear hug from behind. He showed us how to fend off kicks and how to deflect a wild punch. We also learned defensive moves against a choke hold and someone pushing us into a wall. We learned the correct protective stance, which is similar to a boxer’s. We stood with our lower arms raised, arms close to the body, and chin tucked in. Repeated practice of these moves would be advisable, so that they would become second nature to us. Overall, I feel more assured that I can defend myself, and have gained a sense of empowerment. So treat the mall and anywhere else you are walking with a herd mentality, that is, the weak, old, and infirm, get singled out first so always be aware of your surroundings. And if you need help, yell, “Fire!”. Most people ignore “Help” cries but cries of “Fire” still gets a response. For further information, please see Essential Krav maga : self-defense techniques for everyone by Christophe Philippe ; Krav maga [videorecording DVD] produced by Skymeister Productions Inc. with Krav Maga Productions ; Krav maga : an essential guide to the renowned method — for fitness and self-defense by David Kahn ; Krav maga : how to defend yourself against armed assault by Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld) ; Krav maga for beginners : a step-by-step guide to the world’s easiest-to-learn, most-effective fitness and fighting program by Darren Levine ; Self defense [videorecording DVD] : real life situations produced by Independence Productions ; Vital point strikes : the art & science of striking vital targets for self-defense and combat sports by Sang H. Kim ; Women [videorecording DVD] : learn how to master self defense produced by Minh-Minh Ngo.

The Crime Prevention Seminar presented by Marc Fraiman and hosted by the Half Hollow

Hills Community Library took place two evenings ago on October 14th. Marc Fraiman, an account executive with ADT, shared some Crime Prevention Tips with the library community. He spoke with the knowledge gained from his years in the field as both a fireman/EMT and ADT personnel. The talk covered many aspects of what you can do to protect your house and person. For instance, if you like greenery, make sure that the greenery is not providing coverage for someone with bad intentions. If you want and need shrubs near the door and/or windows, make sure that they do not obscure the doorway from sight. In the instance of the windows, make sure the shrub stops at the sill and does not obscure the actual window pane. On your entrance door, install a lock and a deadbolt. Most regular locks can be circumvented with a credit card but as yet, no criminal has beaten a deadbolt. A peephole is a good way to increase your security level. Motion lights or solar floodlights will cast more light on the situation. Window locks are a good idea. The speaker also recommended stopping the mail and/or newspaper delivery if you are going to be gone for an extended period. If you are considering purchasing or have purchased a new appliance, computer and/or television, cut the
box small and bundle the pieces with the labeling facing inwards. If the thieves can’t see that you purchased a new toy, they won’t want it. The same is true for snow removal. If you can’t shovel very much or want to wait until the next snowstorm has passed through, don’t. Thieves may see the unshoveled snow as an indicator that no one is at home. Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have a born on date when you purchase them and this is the date from which you can track the usefulness. Fire alarms are good for ten years and carbon monoxide detectors for five years. A good rule of thumb, Mr. Fraiman, said is when you flip the clock forwards or backwards, change the batteries in these devices. The newer model fire alarms are photo-electric and much better at alerting homeowners to danger. Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on each level of your home with the carbon monoxide detector being eight inches from the floor. Carbon monoxide rises while smoke sinks so you want as much warning as you can get. Traditional Christmas lights may provide a hazard also in that they generate more heat than LED light strings and if you forget to water your real Christmas tree, the branches become dry and brittle adding to the fire risk. ADT provides a free, humanitarian service entitled ADT Canopy, which is a smartphone app to ensure your personal safety. You do not need to be an ADT subscriber to take advantage of this service. ADT Canopy is connected full-time to ADT. If you are walking through a parking lot and feel
unsafe, you can access ADT and they will stay on the line with you and, in addition, can contact other services should you need them. Mr. Fraiman has taken advantage of this service himself. Another extremely useful safety tip concerns unmarked police cars. If you see an unmarked unit, you have two options. If it is safe for you to do so, you may call the police and confirm that a unit is in the area or you may proceed to the nearest police and/or fire station before pulling over to accept the warning and/or the ticket. Be sure to maintain a steady speed so that the police do not assume you are interested in evading them. Stay aware and stay safe.

It’s here again — yes, that’s right, it’s Crime Prevention Month.

To further our patrons’ safety, we have organized two events at the library in addition to hosting a Forensic Science Quiz at the end of our new bibliography. There are so many factors involved in both Crime Prevention and Crime Detection that this year’s bibliography focuses on the beginnings of Forensic Science and the many individuals involved in furthering the science of criminal apprehension. However, let’s return to the classes we are offering. The first instructional session is entitled Crime Prevention Workshop and it offers patrons “some easy ways to protect your home and family without having to invest in an expensive alarm system.” The second class is a Self-Defense Workshop being offered at the Dix Hills branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library on Wednesday October 22 at 7 pm. “Learn practical and easy to use self defense techniques to protect yourself. Wear comfortable workout clothes as there is a learn by doing component to the workshop.” The quiz is attached to the end of the new bibliography and there is a prize. For those of you interested in the quiz, here are the questions: 1. If you are suspected of committing a crime and taken in for questioning, the police must first read you your _______ rights. 2. The Fifth Amendment protects you from _____________. 3. Ted Bundy was a(n): a. burglar b. arsonist c. embezzler d. serial murderer. 4 Jeffrey Dahmer was both a serial murderer and a ____________. 5. Serial murderers are most often a. men b. children c. women. 6. What is/are the name(s) of the men credited with discovering DNA? 7. The study of the number of bumps on your head is called ________ and the results used to be said to be correlated with the individual’s violence level. 8. What careers did Emil Vidocq have? 9. When investigating a crime scene, one should first: a. walk through and around the crime scene b., secure the scene to prevent contamination of evidence c. sell tickets d. take photos to document everything. 10. The Body Farm in Tennessee is used to document various scenarios which would affect _______________. Bonus question: Sherlock Holmes was created by whom? His creator was forced to bring him back to life. How did his creator manage this? Only genuine Half Hollow Hills cardholders are eligible to win prizes. You can either come in to the library and submit a paper copy with the Forensic Science Quiz answers or you can text your answers along with your email address and phone number where you can be reached to (631) 213-7927. Good Luck to everyone.

Dewey Decimal has built a nice, neat number for sibling relationships, which is far from the truth

about most sibling relationships. It starts with 306 which denotes Culture & Institutions, 306.8 equates to Marriage and family, 306.87 to Intrafamily relationships, 306.875 to Sibling relationships. Brother and brother relationships are shelved at 306.8752, Brother and sister relationships at 306.8753 and Sister and sister relationships at 306.8754. If only we, as humans, could bundle our sibling relationships so neatly. Siblings, whether brother and brother, brother and sister, or sister and sister, can be seen and experienced as blessings and/or curses. What is the key to establishing or maintaining a successful sibling relationship? Does it have its roots only in shared blood and shared experiences or can it flourish in adulthood if it didn’t have an existence in childhood? Some books which might prove insightful for brothers are as follows: The boy who fell out of the sky : a true story by Ken Dornstein; The history of swimming : a memoir by Kim Powers; Honeymoon with my brother : a memoir by Franz Wisner or Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks. For brother/sister relationships, you might want to read Apples and oranges: my brother and me, lost and found by Marie Brenner. For sister/sister relationships, try Satellite sisters’ uncommon senses by Julie Dolan et. al.; The sister knot: why we fight, why we’re jealous, and why we’ll love each other no matter what by T.E. Apter; Sister to sister : women write about the unbreakable bond edited by Patricia Foster; or Sisters: shared histories, lifelong ties by Elizabeth Fishel. So try to keep those sibling relationships strong so that someone is always in your corner when push comes to shove.