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A Day at the Movies February 25, 2015

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imagesOK, I know it’s been done to DEATH, but did you watch those Oscars? They were long, not very funny (sorry, I do really like Neil Patrick Harris, but all I can say is meh) and punctuated by some very good (and award broadcast redeeming) speeches – but no real spoilers. Every year I wonder why I watch them but will probably do the same again next year – but a plea to the Academy – sans Travolta, por favor!

Now it’s time to get excited about 2015 – I’m really looking forward to Macbeth with Marion Cotillard and michael-fassbender-macbethMichael Fassbender, Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight, and the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah, among many. Here’s a list to pore over from Indiewire. Any you are particularly looking forward to?

DVD Releases 2-24-15:

Big Hero 6 – DVD & Blu-Ray
My Old Lady – DVD & Blu-Ray
Horrible Bosses 2 – DVD & Blu-Ray
Whiplash – DVD & Blu-Ray
Beyond the Lights  – DVD
Dragonheart 3: the Sorcerer’s Curse – DVD &   Blu-Ray
Return to the Wild: the Chris McCandless             Story – DVD
WWE Royal Rumble 2015 – DVD
Code Black – DVD
The Italian Americans – DVD
Midsomer Murders, Set 25 – DVD
Sons of Anarchy, The Final Season – DVD &   Blu-Ray
Happy Watching!
~ Dori

Tea is the New Coffee! February 24, 2015

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It’s been bitterly cold out here in the Cleveland area! Or, haven’t you noticed? Rather than complain about it, I’ll share one of the ways I’ve been staying warm during this (seemingly endless) winter! I’m drinking more tea!

We no longer want to pitch our tea into the Boston harbor. (An act which would be less effective given its current frozen-over state). We just want to drink it.

It’s nothing new. Tea has been around for thousands of years, and yet, just in recent years, tea is growing in popularity all over the U.S., including the Cleveland area where we have new tea shops like: The Tea Lab in Lakewood, Cleveland Tea Revival on w. 29th Street, Tea-vana on Cedar Road, and the airport’s Inca Tea, just to name a few! Americans are craving this tasty, hot beverage more than ever!

cupofteaAnd with good reason! Did you know that drinking tea is good for you too?

Tea can neutralize free radicals in the body, decrease your blood cholesterol, reduce your body fat, and inhibit high blood pressure. Some types of teas can stimulate digestion and stimulate the elimination of fats! Tea is antibacterial, anti-fungal, has Vitamins C, B, E, Folic Acid, B Carotene, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Fluorine, and Chlorophyll.

Want to learn more? Check out these articles:

http://www.itoen.co.jp/eng/allabout_greentea/components_benefit.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/types-of-tea

Or stop in Rocky River Public Library for these books:

Tales Of A Tea Leaf : The Complete Guide To Tea Cuisine by Jill Yates

Liquid Jade : The Story Of Tea From East To West by Beatrice Hohenegger

The Ultimate Tea Diet : your guide to good health one cup of tea at a time : how tea can boost your metabolism, shrink your appetite, and kick-start remarkable weight loss by Mark Ukra

So, grab your book, make a cup, drink up, and (try to) stay warm!   

~Carol

Latest Additions February 23, 2015

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Oh, did you watch the Oscars last night?  What was your favorite part?  Full disclosure, I did not watch the Oscars last night.   I had a busy day hosting my brother’s birthday dinner and by 8:00 p.m. I was in bed, cuddled up with a book.  Lights out by 9:00 p.m..    I did, however, see highlights from the the Academy Awards as I scanned through social media this morning.    Thanks to the wonderful powers of the internet, I got to see some highlights including Lady Gaga’s tribute performance of “The Hills Are Alive” and the powerful speech by Patricia Arquette.  If you also opted for reading instead of watching, and are now in need of another book to read, check out some of our latest additions to the Reading Room.

miss buncle's book

Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson

River

River by Beverly Lewis

dress shop of dreams
The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

Girl on the train

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rosie Effect

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Though all of the listed titles merit your consideration as  possible contenders for future reading, The Girl on the Train and The Rosie Effect are most certainly getting a lot of buzz these days.  In fact,  I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on a few award lists.  Maybe this time next year we will be talking about the movie versions being nominated for…dare I say it…Academy Awards?!  PURELY FLIMSY SPECULATION!  I truly know nothing about the movie rights to these titles.  *pinky swear*

Happy reading!

—Beth

Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? February 17, 2015

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 Who are you? No, really?

 Do you know your grandparent’s names? What about your great-great grandparent’s names? Do you know where they lived? If they were born in America or Overseas? Were they Italian, Irish, Middle Eastern?

 I love learning about my own ancestry, and based on the popularity of PBS shows like Genealogy Roadshow, African-American Lives, and Finding Your Roots, as well as the use of websites like Ancestry.com, it is obvious that many other people do too.

 Did you know that you can research your family roots with resources provided by your favorite library? Here at Rocky River Public Library, we subscribe to two genealogy research databases, Ancestry (for in-library use only) and Heritage Quest. Did I mention they are free to use with your library card? You can find access to those resources at: http://www.rrpl.org/research/research_subject.html#genealogy We also link to cool searchable websites like Ellis Island passenger lists (http://libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger), the Ohio Death Index, and others that can help you get to the bottom of just how and when your people got here, their occupations, and who they lived with. Just think, you might just find a long-lost cousin or two.

I found census records for my family from 1920, enlistment cards from my Grandfather’s time in the Army, death records for family members I didn’t know existed, and much, much more! One of my favorite discoveries is a picture of the ship my grandparents emigrated upon, the Oropesa:

oropesaAre you curious about your origins? Why not try searching your family tree? What might you discover?

I hope you enjoy finding out!

~Carol

Latest Additions February 16, 2015

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It’s Presidents’ Day and I hope you’re celebrating by staying inside and cozying up with a great book!   I know that is how I would be celebrating if it were up to me!  It’s a perfect day, week, and month to stay in and make a dent in your library shelf.  By ‘library shelf’, I mean the dedicated shelf of your bookshelf that is filled with library books.  Surely I’m not the only one with a dedicated library shelf.   Are you looking to add more titles to your library shelf?  Check out some of the titles that have recently been added to The Reading Room.

age of license

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

another night

Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner

as chimney sweepers come to dust

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

how i made it to 18

How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story by Tracy White

mermaids in paradise

Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel by Lydia Millet

Happy reading!

—Beth

A Day at the Movies February 11, 2015

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imagesOscar weekend is approaching and I’m looking forward to watching the festivities – maybe with a bit of bubbly and some canapes? I also may print out some Oscar Bingo cards for a fun party game and will definitely be watching the fashion. I haven’t seen all the films yet, but I think most of the winners are a foregone conclusion, except the Best Picture – Birdman or Boyhood? and the Best Actor – Redmayne or Keaton?

To be honest, my attention has turned to the movies coming out in 2015 – many are adapted from books; the one that’s hard to avoid lately is, of course, Fifty Shades of, er…., something? There’s not much more to be said about that one, but here are a few books you might want to read before they hit the big screen this year:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – this one has already come out as a movie, starring Julianne Moore (she’s got the Best Actress Oscar all tied up for this one).
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick –  a true story about the sinking of a whaling ship – stars Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame.
Serena by Ron Rash – Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in this movie set in 1930’s North Carolina about a timber empire and the couple that own it.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – this classic tale about a young woman and the three suitors that she attracts stars Carey Mulligan.
The Martian by Andy Weir – this science fiction book was just published last year and is already a vehicle for Ridley Scott and Matt Damon.

DVD Releases 2-10-15 and 2-17-15:

Lucy – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Walk Among the Tombstones – DVD & Blu-Ray
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,   Very Bad Day – DVD & Blu-Ray
Laggies – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Song – DVD
The Boxtrolls – DVD & Blu-Ray
St. Vincent – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Homesman – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Interview – DVD & Blu-Ray
Birdman – DVD & Blu-Ray
Felony – DVD
Olive Kitteridge – DVD & Blu-Ray
Force Majeure – DVD
Lilting – DVD
The World Made Straight – DVD
Dying of the Light – DVD
Earth: a New Wild – DVD & Blu-Ray
Life Itself – DVD
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber – DVD
Nurse Jackie, Season 6 – DVD
Game of Thrones, the Complete 4th Season –         DVD & Blu-Ray
Happy Watching!
~ Dori

We’re readers! Let’s talk about it! February 10, 2015

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Love your library? Me too! Love to read? Oh, me too! Hey, have you read the latest John Grisham book? So did I!

I hear conversations like the above every day here at Rocky River Public Library. As a matter of fact, I’m often in the middle of one of them.

 I don’t know about you but when I finish reading what I consider a “really good” book, I like to share, recommend, and talk about it! And when my friends inside or outside of the library have read that same book too, it makes the conversation even better–even if they *gasp* didn’t love it, or even if they *worse* hated it! There’s something about this kind of shared experience and connection of the book that I just don’t get when discussing a TV show or a movie. Reading can be so personal—you hear the author’s words your own voice; you imagine the characters’ looks and nuances as you read; you can share a specific experience or thought with a character in a story. And yet, so many of us love to talk about the book experience when it is over. Is this validation we are looking for? Excuses to avoid our real-world responsibilities in order to sit and read? Whatever the reason, for many of us, that ‘follow-up’ is just as much of a need as the original desire to read a book.

 Looking for a place to get that need met? Stop in the library, browse our books, and talk to our librarians about what you like to read. We love sharing our favorites too! Want to delve a little deeper? We host book clubs for all ages! Come join one! You can find out about our book clubs (and other programs) here: http://oh.evanced.info/rrpl/lib/eventcalendar.asp We hope to see you soon.

 Now, go ahead, get back to that book!

Carol

Latest Additions February 9, 2015

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Happy National Read in the Bathtub day!

Well, it is a shame that this is not a holiday that is recognized by government offices, because it seems like one of the most fabulous of holidays!

Beth here!  I’ll be delivering your Latest Additions from this day onward.  Want to know a little about me?  Okay, here you go.  As you may have guessed, I’m one of the Adult Reference Librarians here at RRPL.  I previously taught computer classes at RRPL.  I enjoy reading fiction, short stories, and occasionally non-fiction.  In my free time I enjoy baking pies, collecting vintage Pyrex dishes, and scouring the beaches of Lake Erie for beach glass. Enough about me, let’s get into the good stuff!

Here are some of the latest additions to The Reading Room (any of which would make an excellent companion for celebrating National Read in the Bathtub Day):

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The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

When the world was young

When the World was Young: A Novel by Elizabeth Gaffney

bishops wife

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

revival

Revival: A Novel by Stephen King

eight hundred grapes

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

I hope you find a title that is worthy of this special holiday!

—Beth

P.S. Please don’t harm any library books while celebrating National Read in the Bathtub Day! :)

A Day at the Movies February 3, 2015

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images I have definitely got the Winter Blues – I look outside and long for color, I’m sick to death of layers and I can NEVER EVER get warm. Maybe it’s a good time to go a little tropical – drink some fruity cocktails, eat some coastal cuisine or live vicariously through a hot movie. Ideas? Maybe soak up a little Hawaiian sun by watching The Descendants or surf the warm waves with Keanu Reeves in Point Break. In the meantime, check out the new releases:

DVD Releases 2-3-15:

The Best of Me – DVD & Blu-Ray
John Wick – DVD & Blu-Ray
Get On Up – DVD & Blu-Ray
Dear White People – DVD & Blu-Ray
Hector and the Search for Happiness – DVD
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – DVD & Blu-Ray
Starred Up – DVD 
The Overnighters  – DVD
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic – DVD
Happy Watching!
~Dori

It’s Groundhog Day (Again)! February 2, 2015

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Today is Groundhog Day! “Why celebrate?” you ask. Yes, I agree that it’s a day of tradition that usually just brings us bad news. Indeed, according to news reports today, Punxsutawney Phil has already seen his shadow. If you believe his forecasting skills, we now we have six more weeks of winter to look forward to. Don’t be too sad–just think of all the great reading and movie watching you can do stuck inside all those extra days.

In fact, I’m sure I’ll be able to catch one of my all-time favorite movies on TV. Groundhog Day will no doubt be on at least one channel this evening. I love this movie, and not just because it stars the wonderful, Bill Murray. I love Groundhog Day, because it is the ultimate ‘do-over’ film. I love nothing better than a story where the character gets a chance to relive their past to get it right.

Another great ‘do-over’ movie is Sliding Doors. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a London woman whose future hinges on whether or not she catches a train. Her character’s two realities run parallel in this film about fate and choices, but it’s hard not to root for her ‘better’ half to get it right in the end.

For great ‘do-over’ reading, pick up Rainbow Rowell’s newest novel, Landline. This novel is about a marriage on the rocks. Georgie and Neal are separated at Christmas, and the only way Georgie can talk to her husband is on an old landline phone in her childhood bedroom. In there, the Neal who answers her calls is Neal from her past college days, pre-marriage. Can Georgie get her husband to fall for her all over again?

Sure, this is pure escape, reading and viewing fun! But, think about it! What would you do if you had a chance to do something over again?    ~Carol

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