Thursday, January 7, 2010

Directly to You

Screens! If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the number and types of digital devices demanding your attention, you are not alone.

“Mass digitization has created unheralded choice and desire for American consumers,” said Ed Moran, director of product innovation for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. “Now, more than ever, consumers have the independence to enjoy what they want, when they want it, and where they want it – but increasingly, they are also choosing to create content themselves, or re-working other people’s content.”

We are certainly experiencing this trend at the library. Although circulation of Printed materials (Adult & Children) has been fairly steady over the last five years, we have seen dramatic reductions in the circulation of tape-based formats such as VHS and cassettes. Circulation statistics for digital media (DVDs, Books on CD, Music CDs) continue their upward trends, and the library is acquiring more and more material in digital format to satisfy these wants.

The library is also engaged in creating content that we hope our patrons find helpful and useful to satisfy their reading and informational needs. If you visit our website, you will find links to a variety of digital entities – from our
Facebook page and Teen Blog, to the Best Seller and New DVD Lists, and our Events & Program calendar.

Visit us ‘face-to-face’ or via the Internet at Either way, we look forward in the coming year to bringing our patrons the quality materials and outstanding service they have come to expect from the Orangeburg Library.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top of the Stairs Gallery

January and February –The Orangeburg Library is getting a jump on springtime by displaying watercolor artist, Helen Greenberg's "Forever Flowers" at the Top-of-the-Stairs Gallery. A lover of nature, Ms. Greenberg is particularly inspired by the colors and shapes of iris, tulips, roses and chrysanthemums.

Using a variety of watercolor techniques, Ms. Greenberg's floral interpretations are as fresh and varied as the flowers she sees and those she imagines.

Helen Greenberg trained with a number of prominent artists including Beverly Colgen and Jo Blanchet at the Rockland Center for the Arts, and she has participated in workshops at art centers in New York and Massachusetts. She has shown her watercolors in group and solo shows in Town Halls, Community Centers and libraries in the tri-state area. Currently, Ms. Greenberg is art curator for the Jewish Community Center of Rockland.