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Tuesday at the Movies April 22, 2014

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disneyMOVIE SHOWING: On Friday, for Lunch and a Movie, we’ll be showing Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson as author P.J. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, the creative genius who wants to adapt her treasured Mary Poppins story to the big screen. We’ll see you in the Community Room at noon!

New releases 4-20-14:

Slim pickins this week I’m afraid. There are not a lot of new releases coming out today, so we’ll just highlight this one -

Ken Burns – The Address - DVD: the latest documentary from Ken Burns is about a group of young men at a school for learning disabilities who are challenged to memorize and recite The Gettysburg Address.

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

 

Latest Additions April 21, 2014

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So sunny! So bright! It’s finally Spring -and just in time! I was pretty sure my case of cabin fever was going to require some serious medicating -like endless hot fudge sundaes and warm chocolate chip cookies and baskets of crispy french fries with plenty of ketchup… yum! (Okay, I might be taking a dose or two of my ‘medicine’ anyway but let’s agree not quibble over such details, shall we?) Now, instead of succumbing to cabin fever, we can get outside and … read there! Yippee!! Best of all, the cherry on top of this good news sundae? There are books recently added to The Reading Room:

Deadline by Sandra Brown
Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hurry up! Grab a stack and get out there while the sun is still shining! We can all meet up by the ice cream truck -and enjoy!

— Stacey

A Poem is a Poem is a… April 19, 2014

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poetryI do admit my ignorance when I say that I’m not very knowledgeable about poetry, though certain poems do sing to me. Perhaps I’m too literal. In How to Read a Poem from the Academy of American Poets, they stress that you should not expect to understand a poem on first reading it, but should re-encounter it more than once, adding your experience.  Ultimately, it takes practice and work.

Since April is National Poetry Month, it is the ideal time to make the effort. There are events around town and on the web to get you started and activities for adults and children. You can check out a poetry book from the library, listen to poets read their own work or create and share a poem in your pocket.

I myself will take the time to find a couple of new ones that strike my fancy, like this one I just heard the poet reading:

My Philosophy of Life by John Ashbery

Just when I thought there wasn’t room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea–
call it a philosophy of life, if you will. Briefly,
it involved living the way philosophers live,
according to a set of principles. OK, but which ones?

That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom
or just standing on a subway platform, lost in thought
for a few minutes, or worrying about rain forests,
would be affected, or more precisely, inflected
by my new attitude.  I wouldn’t be preachy,
or worry about children and old people, except
in the general way prescribed by our clockwork universe.
Instead I’d sort of let things be what they are
while injecting them with the serum of the new moral climate
I thought I’d stumbled into, as a stranger
accidentally presses against a panel and a bookcase slides back,
revealing a winding staircase with greenish light
somewhere down below, and he automatically steps inside
and the bookcase slides shut, as is customary on such occasions.
At once a fragrance overwhelms him–not saffron, not lavender,
but something in between. He thinks of cushions, like the one
his uncle’s Boston bull terrier used to lie on watching him
quizzically, pointed ear-tips folded over. And then the great rush
is on. Not a single idea emerges from it. It’s enough
to disgust you with thought. But then you remember something
William James
wrote in some book of his you never read–it was fine, it had the
fineness,
the powder of life dusted over it, by chance, of course, yet
still looking
for evidence of fingerprints. Someone had handled it
even before he formulated it, though the thought was his and
his alone.

It’s fine, in summer, to visit the seashore.
There are lots of little trips to be made.
A grove of fledgling aspens welcomes the traveler. Nearby
are the public toilets where weary pilgrims have carved
their names and addresses, and perhaps messages as well,
messages to the world, as they sat
and thought about what they’d do after using the toilet
and washing their hands at the sink, prior to stepping out
into the open again. Had they been coaxed in by principles,
and were their words philosophy, of however crude a sort?
I confess I can move no farther along this train of thought–
something’s blocking it. Something I’m
not big enough to see over. Or maybe I’m frankly scared.
What was the matter with how I acted before?
But maybe I can come up with a compromise–I’ll let
things be what they are, sort of. In the autumn I’ll put up jellies
and preserves, against the winter cold and futility,
and that will be a human thing, and intelligent as well.
I won’t be embarrassed by my friends’ dumb remarks,
or even my own, though admittedly that’s the hardest part,
as when you are in a crowded theater and something you say
riles the spectator in front of you, who doesn’t even like the idea
of two people near him talking together. Well he’s
got to be flushed out so the hunters can have a crack at him–
this thing works both ways, you know. You can’t always
be worrying about others and keeping track of yourself
at the same time. That would be abusive, and about as much fun
as attending the wedding of two people you don’t know.
Still, there’s a lot of fun to be had in the gaps between ideas.
That’s what they’re made for! Now I want you to go out there
and enjoy yourself, and yes, enjoy your philosophy of life, too.
They don’t come along every day. Look out! There’s a big one…

~ Dori

Tuesday at the Movies April 15, 2014

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imagesWEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: Broken Circle Breakdown, a Belgium film nominated in the Best Foreign Language film category at the Oscars, is a heartrending look at a relationship, from its tender and lusty beginnings, to a tragedy that tears it apart. Didier, a bluegrass playing, America loving musician meets Elise, a funny, bright tattoo artist and they quickly fall in love. After she accidently becomes pregnant, they joyfully raise little Maybelle until she becomes ill. Both react differently to this event; Elise becomes lethargic, depressed and spiritual, while Didier rants against right wing polemicists who reject stem cell research. Buoyed by intense emotion, great acting and beautiful music, the film had me mesmerized.

New Releases 4-15-14

Black NativityDVD and Blu-Ray: Based on the play by Langston Hughes, this is a holiday musical that follows a young man as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives.
PhilomenaDVD and Blu-Ray: Based on the book by Martin Sixsmith and starring Dame Judy Dench, this movie follows a woman as she searches for the boy she gave up when she was an unwed mother in Ireland.
The Secret Life of Walter MittyDVD and Blu-Ray: Ben Stiller’s adaptation of the James Thurber story about a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action.
The Invisible Woman – DVD and Blu-Ray: Rafe Fiennes stars in this biographical film about Charles Dickens and his secret romance with a younger woman.
The Making of a LadyDVD: After her marriage, Emily is left with her new husband’s nephew and his wife who soon make her fear for her life. A PBS production.
Flowers in the Attic - DVD: a modern remake of the creepy young adult novel about four siblings, who, after the death of their parents, are abused by their grandparents.
The Bletchley Circle, Season 2DVD: the ladies who served as code breakers during WWII return as investigators into murder and mayhem.

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

Latest Additions April 14, 2014

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Happy National Library Week! It started yesterday and we’ll be giddy library workers all week long because… Judy Blume is the Honorary Chair this year and who doesn’t love Ms. Blume? Who?!

Right? She’s awesome! Feel free to celebrate your love of Ms. Blume and her books by making sure you’ve read (and re-read) them all!

Also today? The 2014 winners of The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism and in Books, Drama, and Music were announced! And now that you’re totally into the whole -looking at lists of winning books thing… Might you enjoy checking out the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction? Either the Longlist or the Shortlist?! Maybe you’ll want to pick something from all the different lists! And then stop in and let us know -do you agree, disagree, or feel blah about what you read okay? I’m curious!

— Stacey

Tuesday at the Movies April 8, 2014

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wordpressreelimageSpring has sprung and days are getting busier, leaving very little time to catch up on movies, so no movie review this week, I’m afraid.

MOVIE SHOWING: The Indie Int’l Film Fest is back on Monday, April 13th at 6:3o pm with Tanta Agua, a film from Uruguay about a father who takes his two children on vacation at a resort. When they are met with days of rain, he tries to entertain them, but his efforts are met with indifference.

New movie releases 4-8-14:

The Hobbit: the Desolation of SmaugDVD and Blu-Ray: the second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.
HomefrontDVD and Blu-Ray: an ex-DEA agent retires to a quiet Southern town with his ten-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence.
Grudge MatchDVD and Blu-Ray: Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone star as two old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match.
Paranormal Activity: the Marked OnesDVD and Blu-Ray: the demons return…
August: Osage CountyDVD and Blu-Ray: Both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were nominated for Oscars for their performances in this movie about a Midwestern family and the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
A Touch of Sin - DVD: a film from China inspired by true events that focuses on four characters who are driven to violent ends. Winner of the 2013 Cannes Winner for Best Screenplay.

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

 

Latest Additions April 7, 2014

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This is such great weather! Not for doing stuff outside, but completely fabulous for inside activities -like reading! Yet strangely, I’m still lagging behind in the number of books I want to read vs. the number of books I’ve actually been able to read. Does that mean I want it to rain more? Nope! I wouldn’t mind reading in some beautiful sunshine, would you? Hopefully we’ve had our fill of moisture dropping from the sky -in any and all formats- and we have nothing but blue skies ahead! (At least for a while!) But back to you! Do *you* need any new books to look at, or even perhaps, new books to read?! How about one of these:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
Orange is the New Black bu Piper Kerman
The October List by Jeffery Wilde Deaver

Of course, if none of these appeal? There are plenty more where they came from -here in the *library!!* See you soon!

— Stacey

Tuesday at the Movies April 1, 2014

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imagesLocal movie fans know that The Cleveland International Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend. A colleague and I saw two films and one series of shorts, all of which were worthwhile. We saw Anina, a richly illustrated animated movie from Uruguay and Monica Z, a biopic from Sweden about the jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. The shorts selection we saw featured a range of films, from an intense look at the war in Syria to a black comedy about the perils of an April Fool’s Day prank in a classroom entitled Fools Day…watch out if your coffee smells of gingerbread!

Speaking of April Fool’s - in its honor, here’s a list from Flavorwire of the 50 Funniest Movies Ever Made. I’m not sure if I agree with all of their selections, and I know Maureen would be disappointed that Dumb and Dumber isn’t on the list, but there’s many, especially the older ones, that I need to put on my viewing list.

WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW:  I love both the Coen Brothers and folk music so was excited to watch Inside Llewyn Davis this weekend, their latest film about the folk music scene in New York City just pre-Dylan, specifically a week in 1961. Equally funny and quirky and wistful, the acting was great and the look of the film was amazing, with colors taken from period album covers like Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan  and convincing re-creations of the clothing, cars and smoky bars of the era. The music was produced by T. Bone Burnett, a musical legend, and many of the characters were inspired by actual musicians (see this article from Slate). The movie did a great job portraying the earnestness of those early performers who were seeking “authentic” folk music.

It’s catch up time, so I’m just going to list the movie releases – you can click on them to get a little more info:

Movie releases 3-18-14

FrozenBlu-Ray and DVD
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Blu-Ray and DVD
American Hustle - Blu-Ray and DVD
Saving Mr. BanksBlu-Ray and DVD
YogawomanDVD

Movie releases 3-25-14

Delivery ManBlu-Ray and DVD
Walking with DinosaursBlu-Ray and DVD
Wolf of Wall StreetBlu-Ray and DVD
The Great BeautyBlu-Ray and DVD
ViolaDVD
Let the Fire BurnDVD
Veep, the Complete Second SeasonDVD
Californication, Season 6DVD

Movie releases 4-1-14

Anchorman 2Blu-Ray and DVD
At MiddletonBlu-Ray and DVD

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

Mind candy March 31, 2014

Posted by Maureen in Book List, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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So I swore myself off Pinterest last year. But somehow I always find myself crawling back. I just cannot help it. It is a true addiction. I mean, really, how much cool stuff can there be out there? As it turns out, more than I can view in my spare time three nights in a row. Amazing.

Now that I am chock full of (home decor) inspiration, here are a few books I may like to check out to keep the overstimulation going:

 

Remodelista by Julie Carlson

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Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live by Sarah Susanka

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Refresh Your Home: 500 Simple Projects & Tips to Save Money, Update & Renovate by Reader’s Digest

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Step-by-Step Home Design & Decorating by Clare Steel

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Country Living Simple Sustainable Style by Randy Florke

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Family Spaces by Candice Olson

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So, my friends…log off Pinterest (if you can!), put down the tablet, pick up some books and get inspired!

—Maureen

Latest Additions March 31, 2014

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Uh oh. Tomorrow is April 1st… aka April Fool’s Day… a day I just can’t fully embrace. There’s just something a little mean about the day, you know? I’m sure there are many harmless pranks that are being planned -and will be sprung on the unsuspecting, but generally I don’t love the idea that lots of energy is put into making someone look or feel uncomfortable. (Honestly? I don’t like surprises any day of the year -so it could just be me.) Anyway. I know that I don’t plan to prank anyone and I’m hoping not to be pranked in return! To help stay out of the way all those wild and crazzzyyy kids -how about a new book to read! How about one of these titles newly added to The Reading Room:

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black
Rasputin’s Shadow by Raymond Khoury
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Bridget Jones, Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding

Good luck to us all tomorrow -whichever way you’re planning your day!

— Stacey

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