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Watch this documentary! September 2, 2014

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The other day while I was looking for an item for a patron, I stumbled across a movie that I had long ago meant to see. The documentary, My Date with Drew, is an exceptional story that finds aspiring filmmaker Brian Herzlinger on a quest to get a date with his boyhood crush, Drew Barrymore, in 30 days. He is flat broke, but has just won $1100 on a game show. Foregoing paying his bills, he decides to buy a camera at Circuit City, which he will be returning using their 30 day return policy, and document his efforts to score a date with Drew.  The $1100 of winnings goes to such creative ideas as making a website and movie trailer to help him get tips on getting the date, and even to forge press passes to get into the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle after party.  And using his and his friends’ limited connections in the movie business, it is fascinating to see the six degrees of separation principal at work. Give the first 15 minutes or so a chance, which admittedly are pretty cheesy, because the rest is well worth the ride. And be sure to check out the bonus features detailing their efforts to find a distributor.

– Steve

Latest Additions May 19, 2014

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Okay. Done with the rain! How lucky there are so many fun books to read! And boy oh boy, have I been reading. Eventually, I even hope to add some of the books I’ve recently finished into The Reading Room -like my very diligent colleagues have been doing. Would you like to see some of the what’s been newly added?

I’ve Got You Under My Skinby Mary Higgins Clark
Lexicon by Max Barry
The Universe Versus Alex WoodsGavin Extence
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

Don’t forget -you’ll need some extra books this week to last over Memorial Day next week… See you soon!

 — 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 January 13, 2014

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Last week’s chilly weather + a broken heating coil = good time to read! But now it’s so pretty out! Yeesh. Who can keep up with this crazy roller-coaster ride Mother Nature has provided? Who?! How lucky there are new books to check out -just in case it gets cold again! Would you like to sample one of these books that have recently been added to The Reading Room? Good choice!

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol
Reality Boy by A.S. King
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
Havisham by Ronald Frame


— Stacey

Top Ten of 2013 December 20, 2013

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Here’s my top 10, heavy on historical non-fiction titles, but there are a couple from other genres for good measure.

Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever,  by Bill O’Reilly. Balanced account of the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination and the hunt for the killers.

The Civil War: a concise history, by Louis P. Masur. Brush up on your Civil War knowledge with this little gem.

Killing Kennedy: the end of Camelot, by Bill O’Reilly.  Lots of Kennedy family history, warts and all, leading up to the sad end.

Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president, by Candice Millard. A fascinating look into Garfield’s life, and life in the late 1800’s.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, by Stephen Ambrose.  Ultimately a bio of Lewis, but you will feel like you were along for the adventure in this detailed book.

Francona: the Red Sox years, by Terry Francona. Nice insight into the Tribe’s manager, and the workings of a major market team.

Not Taco Bell material, by Adam Carolla. Very funny biography, not for the easily offended.

11/22/63: a novel, by Stephen King.  Time travel, suspense and alternate history abound in this monster sized book.

Donnybrook, by Bill Frank. Follow  underworld methheads and bareknuckle fighters in this adrenaline packed story.

Defending Jacob: a novel, by William Landay. Suspenseful, twisting, but very bleak.

– Steve

Thirteen for 2013 December 18, 2013

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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver  The butterflies are warning us!

Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt     Bittersweet with memorable characters


Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry  Wonderful first novel

Void Moon by Michael Connelly        Has you rooting for Cassie, the ex-con

A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry   Almost as good as the first one

A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths   Another featuring the very cool Ruth Galloway

Suspect by Robert Crais       A wounded war dog and wounded police officer save each other. I loved this one!

The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason   There’s a skeleton in a lake in Iceland

The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz   Koontz honors his beloved golden retriever, Trixie in this novel that is a blend of horror, thriller, and the supernatural


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed  A thrilling true story

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul   Clever with cool illustrations

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen   Love that Bob!


Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo   Winn Dixie will steal your heart


Tuesday at the Movies November 19, 2013

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imagesHi strangers! Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back with a new collection of recently released DVDs available here at the library. Here’s the list from today, November 19th:

PlanesDVD and Blu-Ray: a Disney animated film about, you guessed it, planes!
We’re the MillersDVD and Blu-Ray: a comedy about a drug dealer who needs a fake family to smuggle drugs from Mexico to the US. Stars Jenifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.
The To Do ListDVD and Blu-Ray: Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Rec fame stars as a high school valedictorian who wants to shed her uptight image before graduation.
ParanoiaDVD and Blu-Ray: techno-thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford about an entry level employee who is asked to spy on the competition for his boss.
Hannah ArendtDVD: a German/English biographical drama about the writer, her coverage of the Eichmann trial and her subsequent exploration of the ‘banality of evil’.
ThereseDVD: a French film about a woman who marries into a traditional family but yearns to escape. Stars Audrey Tatou.
InformantDVD: a documentary about Brandon Darby, an activist who founded a left-wing group after Hurricane Katrina and then began working as an FBI informant.
Treme, Complete 3rd SeasonDVD

Happy Watching!

~ Dori

Happy Birthday T.R. October 27, 2013

Posted by Steve in Adventure, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized.
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Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, was born October 27th, 1858.  In college I recall taking a class entitled “The World of Theodore Roosevelt,” and what a class that was.  T.R. lived a remarkable life.  One of his timeless achievements is his preservation of lands for the expansion of the nation’s beautiful national parks.  An interesting fact that most people probably know is that the “Teddy” bear is named after him, but an even more unbelievable fact is that while campaigning for the presidency in 1912 as the Progressive Party candidate, he was shot by an out of work saloonkeeper, yet saw to it that he gave his 90 minute speech before going to the hospital!  The speech did not help the campaign win, as he ultimately lost the election, but after this loss Roosevelt decided on a trek into Brazil along the Amazon.  Candice Millard wrote a fantastic book that chronicles this journey. Grab your copy of The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, and enjoy the adventure!

– Steve

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War October 23, 2013

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If you haven’t made your way over to the Rocky River High School to see the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” plan to do so tomorrow night, Thursday, October 24th, at 7:00pm.  In addition to the open viewing of the exhibit, you will be able to enjoy authentic Civil War music, performed by Steve Ball.  And your sense of hearing won’t be the only sense to be delighted.  Wild Flour Bakery will be providing your taste-buds a Civil War era treat.

The traveling exhibit is organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office. If you can’t make tomorrow’s session, you can still see the exhibit during open viewing hours on Oct 30, Nov 7 and Nov 13, from 6-8 pm.


Have you tried Indieflix yet? October 9, 2013

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Ever have that annoying 5 or 10 minutes when you’re waiting for someone or waiting somewhere, maybe for your plane to arrive at the airport, or waiting for a friend at the coffee shop, and you’re sick of surfing the internet for something free and interesting?  Well, I have the perfect solution for you, just hop over to rrpl.org and sign up for our free independent streaming movie service, Indieflix.  Have your RRPL library card and your email handy.  Once signed up, you can search for movies that are as short as 1 minute, or as long as a full length feature.  If you are looking for scary movies for your Halloween fix, just use the “Channel” option and take a look at the offerings under the “Horror” or “Zombie” channels.  If safe and simple is more your speed, begin with a quirky short called “Signs.”  The 11 minute Australian Romance is liked by 92% of viewers, see if you agree. It was one of the first shorts that I watched on there and I’m still impressed by its simplicity.   Happy streaming!



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