Yes, it’s Persian New Year this week, and all over the globe, people of Persian heritage are celebrating the beginning of Spring. Of course, the library has resources to help you if you want to celebrate Persian culture, too! Here are just a few of them: Continue reading “Happy New Year!”
If you’d like to know what Donald Trump is like when he’s serious, and you want to decide for yourself if the facts are “alternate,” forget tweets and the media. Get the primary documents. Find out what he says in his official mode, compare him to past presidents, read what the justice department has to say, and check out the statistics on crime and take a look at criminals, to find out if the claims are true.
Executive Orders and Other Presidential documents
You want the Federal Register. That’s our nation’s news on all things government. This is the actual words that they use, not digested by the media, or twisted by spin doctors.
If you want the most current, go here: Federal Register federalregister.gov/itself .
If you want a subject index by President, go here: National Archives archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition. It will give you something like this for our current world leader:
- Defense, national; Border security and immigration law enforcement; procedures to strengthen; EO 13767
- Infrastructure; Expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority projects; EO 13766
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Minimizing the economic burden pending repeal: EO 13765
Campaign Promises, Speeches, Popularity, Platforms, etc…
The American Presidency Project presidency.ucsb.edu: This is a record of statements and promises made, financing info, bills passed, speeches, political platforms, press releases, etc. etc. Some information goes as far back as George Washington, and some is as current as Donald Trump. You may want to look at the videos of some of the articulate speakers on youtube videos found here.
Is that Legal?
The The Justice Department , justice.gov, is the place to find out about the investigation into wire tapping, as well as the legality of an executive order that bans refugees from certain countries, and will tell you the truth about reported terrorist activity.
Bad Dudes: Statistics on Crime and Info on Criminals
Put down your FAKE crime book, and go to the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted, https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten if you want to be really creeped out. Why do I put in a post about Presidents? I don’t know. Maybe because the list surprised me.
Come to the reference desk if that isn’t enough!
And poets, and harpers, and fiddlers, and dancers, and moviemakers, and–
Vampires? Yes, vampires! Did you know that Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was Irish? You can find his book on display at the library. And that’s not all! Here are a few more Irish classics to celebrate with. Continue reading “The Land of Saints and Scholars-“
Come on in to the North White Plains branch and enjoy our little bit of Irish in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this month. Check out a Lucky Shamrock book, movie or CD for a chance to win one of the two green plants or guess how many (chocolate) coins are in our Lucky Green hat for a chance to win them all! We look forward to seeing you soon and a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all.
NPR podcast has brought to light aspects of global warming. Now, this is not a new topic by any means, but I found it interesting and is worth a listen. Comments welcome.
Big Little Lies premiered as a TV series last week on HBO. With its all star cast and its crazy mad beach houses, it looks promising. The setting has been moved from Liane Moriarty’s fictitious Pirriwee Beach just outside of Sydney, Australia to the fictitious Otter Bay in beautiful Monterey, California. The scenery alone should be worth the price of admission!
There is a ton of angst to work with in any Moriarty novel; Angst could be her middle name. But she does it SO well! If you haven’t read, or better yet listened to Caroline Lee read, any of her books, grab one and get busy! Her books are probably longer than they have to be, but, in my humble opinion, I wouldn’t forfeit a word. She takes on really tough subjects and puts them in the hands of the everyday people who are grappling with them, adding a touch of mystery, a wry sense of humor, and a cast of characters you can’t help but identify with. We have her books and her books in audio form at Armonk – I just finished listening to Truly, Madly, Guilty. Loved it! Come on in and check one out. And let me know what you think of the TV series!
It’s that time of year where you keep hearing that Ben Franklin quote about the two certainties in life: Death and Taxes. But if you’re not so certain, here’s where you can get some help.
- Earn less than $64,000? Go to the IRS! They will ask you a few easy questions, then hook you up with software for both state and federal returns. The less you make, the more options you have (now that’s a first!)
- Earn more than $64,000, Go to the IRS! You won’t get any help with state taxes, but there are free forms to be printed out, and there is help with the math and gives limited guidance.
- The Armonk Branch of the Library has forms (a lot of them, but not all), and North White has some forms too. It saves you from printing!