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A Day at the Movies January 20, 2015

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imagesDid you catch the Oscar nominees? You can check out Best Picture nominees Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel here at the library. You’ll have to wait a bit for: The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Selma, Birdman, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything.

 

DVD Releases 1-13 and 1-20-15:

Gone Girl – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Identical – DVD & Blu-Ray
Love is Strange – DVD & Blu-Ray
Annabelle – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Drop – DVD & Blu-Ray
Scorpion King 4, Quest for Power – DVD
The Two Faces of January – DVD & Blu-Ray
Honeymoon – DVD
Jimi: All is By My Side – DVD
Men, Women & Children – DVD
White Bird in a Blizzard – DVD
The Palm Beach Story- DVD
The Zero Theorem – DVD
Wetlands – DVD
The Strange Little Cat – DVD
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai – DVD
Boardwalk Empire, the Complete 5th Season – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Bridge, the Complete Second Season – DVD
Happy Watching!
~ Dori

Latest Additions January 19, 2015

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Other U.S. Government agencies maybe closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day but we’re open, waiting to share all kinds of free books, magazines, movies, and music with you! Doesn’t that sound like a treat?! Not sure what you’d like to borrow?

Perhaps you’d like to take a glance books that have recently been added to The Reading Room and start with something new that’s thrilling -or something funny:
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
The Heist by Daniel Silva
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Or maybe you’d rather ask us for suggestions based on what you’ve enjoyed reading in the past? Give it a try with our Reader’s Request form! Either way? We’ll see you soon!

— Stacey

Oh, Flavia…you go by too quickly! January 14, 2015

Posted by Maureen in Fiction, Mystery, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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If you haven’t yet discovered the joy of Alan Bradley’s charming Flavia de Luce mysteries, you are missing out on a real treat. He just released book 7 (of a planned 10 book series) January 6, titled As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

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I should be over the moon, then…right? The problem…I’ve finished it already!! Ugh! Another long year (or, gasp! more) to wait for the next installment. I fear I’m not going to make it that long. I need to learn to read these much, much slower. Or Alan Bradley needs to write faster!

Flavia, for those who have not yet met her, is a whip-smart, sassy young girl living in a small village in 1950s England on Buckshaw, her family’s large estate, which is currently in the care of her aloof, emotionally distant father. Flavia shares the house with two older teenage sisters (who she often wishes would come to harm in sinister ways), the cook Mrs. Mullet, and Dogger, the groundskeeper/jack of all trades who often covertly aids Flavia in her mischief. Inevitably, a dead body turns up in every book and Flavia, with her unmatched self-taught chemistry skills and intense curiosity, somehow gets herself involved as each case unfolds.

Colorful, eye-catching, original cover art, a marvelous cast of characters, quirky English village life, a plucky young sleuth…Flavia has it all. Look up the first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, to begin your adventure. You won’t regret it!

—Maureen

 

Latest Additions January 12, 2015

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Oh, Monday. How often you come back around… But you always bring something new to the table -you’re never boring! So today, to honor Monday’s ability to surprise us every seven days, I’d like to share books that have recently been added to The Reading Room by my talented co-workers!

That Summer by Lauren Willig
Ballroom by Alice Simpson
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Thanks for the inspiration Monday! And now we can all… enjoy the day!

— Stacey

A worldwide book club – are you ready for that? January 6, 2015

Posted by Maureen in Book Discussion, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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So, I’m online, just minding my own business…when I run across this headline:

“Mark Zuckerberg’s 2015 Resolution: Start a Book Club

Whoa.

Only this is no ordinary book club, my friends. This is serious. He vows to read a book every two weeks and has a Facebook page devoted to the club that invites discussion. Now, I am no math major, but a book every two weeks…52 weeks in a year…that’s like 2 a month…times 12 months…24 books. And isn’t he kind of busy with other things? I already have to fight to find the time to read 1 book in a month! Call me impressed!!

I really hope he makes it. What a powerful example to the younger generations about the importance of reading. If you are interested, the first book is called The End of Power by Moisés Naím. The library has just ordered 2 copies so we hope to have them available very soon!

And if you are into book clubs in general, be sure to check out RRPL’s ongoing book clubs:

  • Adult Rocky River Readers Book Discussion – next meeting is Thursday, January 15. Book: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Men’s Book Discussion – next meeting is Tuesday, January 20. Book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • Get “Reel” Film and Book Discussion – Wednesday, February 25. Book: Jane Eyre

—Maureen

 

A Day at the Movies January 6, 2015

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imagesFor some reason, I love a new year. Even though it’s just a turn of the calendar page, it feels like I have a blank slate, a lovely vista of clean, new possibilities – and I try to take advantage of that feeling for as long as I can. On that note, one of my goals is to see more movies instead of just reading about them!

No Oscar nominations yet, but the Golden Globe nominations are in – below is a list of those available at RRPL – enough for a busy winter of watching:

Best Motion Picture Drama
Boyhood – out today
Foxcatcher – no release date set
The Imitation Game – to be released 3/31/15
Selma – no release date set
The Theory of Everything – no release date set
Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
Birdman – no release date set
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods – no release date set
Pride
St. Vincent – no release date set
Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero Six – no release date set
The Book of Life- to be released 1/27/15
The Boxtrolls – to be released 2/17/15
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure (Sweden) – to be released 2/10/15
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel) – no release date set
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia) – no release date set
Tangerines Mandarinid (Estonia) – no release date set
Best TV Series Drama
The Affair – no release date set
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Best TV Series Comedy or Musical
Girls
Jane the Virgin – no release date set
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley – no release date set
Transparent – no release date set

New DVD & Blu-Ray Releases 1-6-15:

No Good Deed – DVD & Blu-Ray
Boyhood – DVD & Blu-Ray
Left Behind – DVD & Blu-Ray
Horns – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Guest – DVD
The Longest Week – DVD
Girls, the Complete 3rd Season – DVD & Blu-Ray
 Happy Watching!
~ Dori

Latest Additions January 5, 2015

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Hello! January… Hello! snow… (said in quiet, sad voice) but this was not unexpected, right? At least it waited this long, at least it’s not so much snow, and at least it makes for yet one more reason to stay inside and read!! Hey! How lucky it’s Monday and I’m just about to share some of the titles that have been newly added to The Reading Room! Ready?

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
May Bride by Suzannah Dunn
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
The Song of the Ouarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
The Outcasts by John Flanagan

And of course there’s always more where that came from -just stop in or call and we’ll be happy to help you find as many books as you can carry! Enjoy!

— Stacey

Happy New Year to All! January 2, 2015

Posted by Maureen in Book List, Fiction, New Books, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Here’s hoping 2015 is a great year for everyone!

A few books on my nightstand already to help me ring in this new year of reading:

The Paris Winter

by Imogen Robertson

pariswinter

The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

paying guests

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

gray mountain

My resolution to read more is already well on its way! Best of luck to you on all of yours!

—Maureen

A Day at the Movies December 30, 2014

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imagesQuick DVD/Blu-Ray Release Update 12-30-14:

As Above, So Below – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Equalizer – DVD & Blu-Ray
Tusk – DVD & Blu-Ray
When Calls the Heart, Second Chances – DVD
When Calls the Heart, Rules of Engagement – DVD
Shameless, Complete Fourth Season – DVD
Reach Me – Blu-Ray

Happy Watching & Happy New Year!

~ Dori

Latest Additions December 29, 2014

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Did everyone have a holly, jolly Christmas time? Were Santa and his elves good to you all? Did you watch for the Big Guy’s arrival on the NORAD Santa tracker? Me too! Did you know how it that all got started? Why not listen to Col. Harry Shoup’s children talk about their memories as well as read the story on NPR’s website. Such a sweet story -and I’m so glad the Colonel was a good sport! And now we can all focus on New Year’s Resolutions… I think one of my resolutions will be to read more (tee hee!) and if you want to join me in the attempt, why not start with one of these:

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

And so, in the this last Latest Additions of the year I’d like to say, “Thank you!” to the departing year 2014, for all the good stuff that has happened -we’ll forget the bad stuff, okay?- and “Welcome 2015!” as we look forward to all the good stuff that is surely about to happen!!

Happy New Year everyone!
—Stacey

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