On WalletPop, a blog found on AOL’s finance pages, Kimberly Lankford of Kiplingers.com had a very timely blog post about the new credit card law, and how it affects you. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 was signed in May. Some changes will not take effect until February 22, 2010, but some are effective on August 20, 2009.
Credit card statements must be mailed now 21 days before your due date, and companies must notify you 45 days before they can raise your rate. But these rules are also causing creditors to change their policies. Read those disclosure statements that come in the mail. Interest rates, balance transfer offers, and minimum payment levels are all being changed at a rapid pace. If you hold balances on your credit cards, this is a good time to take a hard look at your accounts.
WalletPop is one of many blogs with financial information that you can read online. If you need help finding information from trustworthy sources on the Internet, contact the Reference Department.
Posted by Marianne, Reference Department
Finally finished Shanghai Girls! The story follows two Chinese women from their late teens in 1930’s China through to their experiences as adults in America. I found the book to be a very mixed bag. There were parts that were riveting and parts that dragged. The characters were sometimes compelling and sometimes not. The knowledge gained about Chinese culture and the experience of Chinese immigrants to this country and the insights regarding how close the bonds between sisters could be, made this novel by Lisa See a worthwhile read. And the cover was one of the best looking this year! Rating: 3 out of 4 (.5 just for the cover).
Next book: Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard, #18 on the 6/21/09 NYT bestseller list.
– posted by Sonia, Reader’s Services.
The Emmy award winning series just had its much anticipated premiere this past Sunday. If you’re interested in catching up on this drama about a group of Madison Avenue advertising executives in the early 1960s, the Syosset Public Library has both Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD. Mad Men is just one of many Television Series on DVD available for loan at the library.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Hannah Montana, The Movie – As Hannah Montana’s popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging from her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most.
Last House on the Left (2009) – After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging the parents of one of the victims — a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Tyson – A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
The film The Time Traveler’s Wife is being released today, August 14, 2009.
Note to Syosset book clubs-We currently have a Book Club in a Bag set for The Time Traveler’s Wife. It includes ten copies of the book and all the background material needed to run a great discussion.
Watch for Audrey Niffeneggers’ new book- Her Fearful Symmetry will be published on September 29, 2009.
I’m a huge fan of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and can’t wait to get my hands on her new book. Check back for my review. Stop in and reserve your copy today.
-posted by Susan, Readers Services
Friday, August 14. Book to Film Series: “Slumdog Millionaire” 2PM showing of the movie followed by discussion.
The 40th Anniversary of Woodstock is coming up this weekend. That magical event took place on August 15-17, 1969. In honor of this special anniversary, we put together a Woodstock display of Books, DVDs and CDs (on the First floor) including outstanding new material: Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World by Mike Evans, Paul Kingsbury, and Martin Scorsese; The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang; Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock by Pete Fornatale and Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director’s Cut (DVD 2009). The display also features the music of the Woodstock performers. Why not check out a CD or two and experience a little of that Woodstock magic? A complete list of the performers and a song list of the three day concert is available for you to take home.
-posted by Lisa C., Readers Services