Beth’s Top 10 Reads of 2018

 

Thanks for taking a look at my top reads of 2018. I’ve included titles that moved me in some way.  Below you will find memoirs, fiction, children’s books, and pop-up books.  These books range considerably.  Some of the titles display magnificent examples of paper engineering, while others humanize very real social justice issues.   Thanks to my profession and personal responsibilities I have the opportunity to explore a wide array of books.  I hope you find something from this list that sparks you.

 

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October Albums

Music is such a big part of our lives, but with digital music we seldom pay attention to album releases from our favorite artists.   The library offers  two different formats for lending music and they are both great options depending on how you will be listening.  The first format that is sometimes forgotten about is CDs.  Believe it or not, many cars still have CD players, including mine.  Things I love about CDs: they don’t have commercials. I can listen to an album straight through the way the artist intended it to be listened to. The very best feature of CDs is they don’t use cell data!

The library also offers music via a streaming service called Hoopla Digital. Things I love about Hoopla: you don’t have to place a desired item on hold.  If it’s available on Hoopla, you can check it out on your smartphone/tablet/computer immediately.   Hoopla has a great catalog of albums.  Hoopla is free with your library card!

Whether you will be listening online or  with a CD, check out these albums dropping this month:

DESPERATE MAN ROAD TRIPS VOL. 4 NO. 1--BIG ROCK POW-WOW '69 TRENCH STAR IS BORN, A - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK ASTROWORLD HAPPY XMASBOTTLE IT IN ELEMENTS, THEBURN THE SHIPS MUSIC VOLUME 3 - HERB ALPERT REIMAGINES THE TIJUANA BRASS FAIR ENOUGH LAST BUILDING BURNINGBOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SOUNDTRACK ANTHEM OF THE PEACEFUL ARMY LIFE EAST ATLANTA LOVE LETTER

Are you ready to vote?

Ohio’s general election will be November 6th, but the deadline to register to vote is October 9th.   Make sure your registration information is up to date and check out these great resources for educating yourself on the issues on your ballot:

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections – online registration, voting information, deadlines, poll places

Vote 411.org – election information, online registration, voting guides – nonpartisan

Judge4Yourself – nonpartisan judicial ratings

Halloween Movies for the Family

We are three days into October here in Ohio and it feels like it!  The mornings are brisk, the night arrives earlier, and pumpkins have rolled into the spotlight.    It’s also the kickoff of the holidays, starting with the most fun holiday: Halloween!  I love the excitement of costumes, candy, decor, and spooky movies!  Today I’ll share some of my favorite childhood spooky movies that are a little more family friendly.

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Casper is about a dad and daughter who are trying to build a new life after the passing of their wife/mother.    The dad is commissioned to help clear ghosts out of an estate and brings his daughter along for what turns about to be a big adventure.  It’s silly, irreverent, and charming.

 

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The Addams Family was originally a cartoon which first came to life in pages of The New Yorker in 1938.  The Addams Family portray a satirical representation of an affluent nuclear family. They have been depicted in many forms of media since their inception and continue to delight with their grotesque ways in this 1991 feature film.

 

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Hocus Pocus is a comedic spooky tale of a teenage virgin who inadvertently resurrects three witches in Salem, Massachusetts.  The star-studded cast, and hilarious whimsy help to explain why this has become a cult classic.

BONUS! Good news for Hocus Pocus fans, there is now a sequel book to indulge in after you watch the movie for the 300th time.

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Place these spooky tales on hold from your library today!

 

Earthy Movies

We are finally getting signs of spring in Ohio so odds are you will be spending the weekend outside enjoying the above freezing temperatures.  Once you’ve had your fill of fresh air and need a little evening entertainment, why not sit down to one of these movies that will help remind you how magnificent our wonderful planet is?

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Happy watching!

 

March Movie Madness

You know all those Academy Award nominee movies that you meant to see in the theater but missed?   What about the new superhero movies you need to watch again? Odds are they are released on DVD as of this month.  To get an idea of just how great March was for movies released on DVD, here are the most popular titles now available on DVD at Rocky River Public Library:

THOR: RAGNAROK

LADY BIRD

BREADWINNER, THE

JUSTICE LEAGUE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

DISASTER ARTIST, THE

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

I, TONYA

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

DOWNSIZING

PITCH PERFECT 3

STAR WARS - THE LAST JEDI

 

Place them on hold or stop by the library today to see if there is a Quick Flick waiting for you!