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FORGET HALLOWEEN! This #ThrowbackThursday takes us 68 years back, to Thanksgiving Day 1945 — better known as RAGAMUFFIN DAY to the kids of that era who dressed up and collected treats from neighbors’ houses.
Here, Hollis resident Jean Bartlett (far right) poses on her lawn with with her younger sister, Diana (third from left), and two neighborhood friends. Anyone remember this old tradition? Hear her talk about it here: http://ow.ly/r1QeL
"Anne Helen Peterson, writing for LARB, despaired that Netflix is creating a “new canon” among young television viewers: “[A]s far as I can tell, the general sentiment goes something like this: if it’s not on Netflix, why bother?” The limited options for film viewers, particularly those looking for obscure or classic titles, are even more troubling. Like it or not, Netflix has positioned itself as the primary delivery system for at-home movie watching, and contrary to its claims, the company isn’t an “expert programmer”; it offers up whatever it can get from the content providers it has agreements with, and (like Blockbuster before it), Netflix is more interested in what’s new and hot than what’s old and good.
Don’t believe me? According to the fine folks at GoWatchIt, of the top 15 titles on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the best American movies, exactly none are currently streaming on Netflix. Among other subscription services, only one movie (Casablanca) is streaming free for Amazon Prime members; only one (City Lights) is available on Hulu Plus. Several others are available as á la carte rentals from iTunes, Amazon, and the like — and two titles (Raging Bull and Star Wars) aren’t even available via that method.”
Celebrating the NEW Queens Library at Mitchell-Linden with a parade and lion dancers, September 30, 2013.
Queens Library President & CEO Thomas Galante led the parade along with Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, Council Member Peter Koo, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Ron Kim, and Queens Library Board Chairwoman Jackie Arrington.
The celebration concluded with the feeding of a book to the lion—in place of the traditional lettuce—as a boon to the lifelong learning this space will foster in northern Flushing.
Thanks to Borough President Helen Marshall and Council Member Peter Koo for making this project possible.All photos courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography.
Interior of Cincinnati Library bookmobile, circa 1940, with librarian assistant Elizabeth Wuest at work. Bookmobiles, large enough for patrons to browse and choose their books inside, eliminated many of the difficulties of winter service to remote parts of the county.