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Top of the Mornin’ – RRPL Style March 13, 2018

Posted by Dori in Fiction, Literary Fiction, Movies.
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Here in Cleveland, many of us can trace our roots to Ireland, myself included. Here at RRPL we have a bounty of Irish books and movies to get you in the mood to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day style.







For more titles in Irish fiction, click here.














For more Irish movies, click here.

For a comprehensive list of Ireland and the Irish in films, check out this incredible site, The Irish in Film.


~ Dori


Top 7 of 2017 December 13, 2017

Posted by brubakerb in eBooks, Graphic Novel, Movies, Non-Fiction, Top Ten.
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Let me introduce myself since I’m the newest sub at the Reference Desk. You might also see me around the library shelving for the Circulation Department. I’m Byron. I’ve written movie reviews online for Flixster (now Rotten Tomatoes) and published a collection of 365 of those reviews in my book 100+ Years of Movies. Through some entrepreneurial struggles and not having as much leisure time to read I’ve unfortunately fallen short of my reading goal this year. It seemed silly to me to recommend my top 10 when I only read 22 books all year. Therefore, listed in the order I read them, I present my Top 7!

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert by Roger Ebert • I regularly read about the art of cinema. As the cover says this contains some of the best of Ebert’s writing throughout forty years of his career. If you are only familiar with his reviews, you can sample his essays and unique interviews here too.


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates • Journalist Coates has such important things to say about race relations in America. It is not to be dismissed, but will likely require careful repeat reading of passages to fully grasp everything. Glancing at my co-workers’ posts earlier this week I’ve noticed that at least two others have also recommended this work.


Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson • Marvel has had certain writers reimagining classic heroes to introduce more diversity. Volume 5 in the series about Muslim American teen Kamala Khan is a return to the excitement of the beginning of the series considering I thought Volumes 3 and 4 went a little off track.


March: Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis • During 2017 I read all three parts of this graphic novel autobiographical series by Congressman John Lewis. Book One is slightly weaker in structure with so much exposition compared to Book Two and Book Three, however taken together they are all very strong. This period of history comes alive in graphic format.


American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard • I’ve been intrigued by this title for quite awhile. I had to wait several months to check out the ebook on OverDrive. I’ve been struggling to understand recent National election results and have felt the country is more divided than united. America is more complicated than two political parties, red states, and blue states. This book dives into North America’s history and uncovers eleven cultural nations that have been vying for power since the beginning.


Time to Talk Turkey About Thanksgiving Movies and Books November 18, 2017

Posted by Dori in Book List, Fiction, Holiday Books, Literary Fiction, Movies, Uncategorized.
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When you work in a library, you usually have at least one display up that corresponds to a current holiday. Thanksgiving is always the difficult holiday; there are just not many books or movies that revolve around Thanksgiving which is surprising, considering that it’s ripe with potential to explore family issues.

Here are a few titles that either take place during Thanksgiving or have a special or funny scene devoted to the holiday:





Wishing you and yours a very peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving –

~ Dori



Al Pacino is 77! April 25, 2017

Posted by Steve in Movies, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Believe it or not, Al Pacino is 77 today. Why not celebrate his birthday with your very own Pacino movie marathon. We will provide the movies, you provide the popcorn!

-Classics currently available for checkout are:


Godfather II

Godfather III


Scent of a Woman


Enjoy the films.


Books to movies! February 27, 2017

Posted by Gina in Fiction, Movies, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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One of the types of books I love to read are books that end up getting adapted to movies. I enjoy seeing the differences between my interpretation of a characters physical description and the actors that are casted for roles. What is also an intriguing but can be frustrating is what is left out of movies, changed, or added to make the movie more profitable. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read that have been adapted into movies. I hope you enjoy it and get an idea for your next book to read and movie to watch.

5-people The Five People You Meet in Heaven is written by my favorite author Mitch Albom. This was the first book by Mitch Albom that I was introduced to it. At the time, when I first read the book, I was in grade school. The book was released in 2003, the movie premiered as a TV movie the following year.

mebeforeyouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes is a sweet, warm-hearted story of finding love in unexpected places. Louisa Clark lives a basic life, has a job, close to her family, in a steady relationship. Once she receives notice that the coffee shop she works at is closing, Louisa is in desperate need of a new job, any job. She interviews to be the companion/ care-giver for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. Louisa tries her best to improve Will’s happiness given the circumstances. Through they’re time together they both find happiness and love but they can’t live happily ever after. A decision Will made even before he met Louisa prevents this. A movie was adapted from the book with Emilia Clarke as Louisa and Sam Claflin as Will, released last February.

how-to-be-singleHow to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo was the perfect book to read at the timing of a recent breakup. This book was not at all what I was expecting, given the title but as a book I complete enjoyed it. The story follows the main character as she travels to various countries to learn what it means to be single in those cultures in contrast to what it means to be a single woman in the USA. The book originally published in 2008 was not adapted to a film until February of last year. I saw the movie right after reading the book and was completely disappointed. This is a perfect example of how different a book and movie adaptation can be.


immortallifeThe Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot follows two stories. The first is the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman as she undergoes cancer treatment in the 1950s. The second story follows the author as she journeys to Boston to find the full story of Henrietta Lacks. Intrigued by the only information she found in a medical text book, that a woman named Henrietta Lacks had cancer cells that continue to grow even after her death. Rebecca meets with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah Lacks who helps her on her quest to write the book to tell the full story of Henrietta, not just about the HeLa cells. I started reading this book a couple years ago but when I saw in the newspaper that it would be adapted to an HBO TV movie, I had to finish it. The movie is scheduled to air on April 22 with Rose Byrne playing the role of Rebecca Skloot and Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks.


theshackIn William Paul Young’s The Shack, Mack returns to the Shack. This old abandoned building was the last location that Mack’s youngest daughter was thought to have been when she was abducted from a nearby camping grounds in Oregon during a family vacation. Mack was intrigued by a note he received in the mail to return to the shack, addressed by God. In this visit, Mack meets all three forms of God, gets understanding of life’s mysteries and finds peace. If you have ever wanted to have a deep meaningful conversation with God, this is the book for you as it was for me. I read this book last year for the department’s monthly book discussion but did not find out it would be adapted to film until last week. I am extremely excited for the release this weekend staring Sam Worthington as Mack and Octavia Spencer as Papa.

I hope you enjoy reading and watching!



Let’s Play! February 24, 2016

Posted by carol in Book Discussion, Movies, Quizzes, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Even though Old Man Winter has been taking it easy on us this year, I’m sure everyone is getting (at least mentally) ready for Spring and dreaming about getting out to escape the doldrums. If you don’t have a timeshare to use in the tropics, (or even if you do), you might want to try scheduling some adult play dates to mix up your post-work and weekend routines. Here are some ideas:

Head to a trivia night! Bring your big-brained friends and compete for bragging rights (or prizes depending on the venue). Tons of local places, including Around the Corner in Lakewood, host trivia nights that let you stimulate your mind while you snack or sips some suds.


Play Bingo! A fun game that is taken very seriously in church basements all over our area every night of the week, bingo can be an entertaining way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon or evening. The best thing of all is that you have the chance to win some serious money when you play! Search for a Bingo night near you!

Do something artsy! Most nights out leave you with a lighter wallet and nothing else. Why not go somewhere you can create your own masterpiece in one night? Check out spots like Pinot’s Palette or Painting with a Twist to book a painting party. Or learn to blow glass at Ohio City’s Glass Bubble Project!

Come to a library program! Rocky River Public Library hosts a wide variety of programs (on music, cooking, book discussions, computers, movies and more) for adults, and would love to see you here. Search our program calendar here to plan your next visit. While you’re here, pick up some books, magazines and movies! We’ll be looking for you!

& Until next time, get out there and play!   ~Carol

Movie Mania at RRPL October 28, 2015

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testamentThe library is the place for movie viewing this Friday and Saturday. We’ll be showing Testament of Youth on Friday, October 30th at noon. It’s a film based on the World War I memoir by Vera Brittain and it’s about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. It stars newly popular actress Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes that, “From first to last, ‘Testament of Youth’ sweeps you away.” We’ll have the popcorn and lemonade ready.

There will be thrills and chills on Halloween Saturday when we have a day of films, starting at 10:00 a.m with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and ending with the classic Poltergeist at 3:45 p.m. We’ll shiver and shake while snacking on spine-chilling popcorn and ghoulish goodies. Check out the slate of titles and times here and feel free to come to one or all!


Hope to see you on Friday or Saturday!




A Day at the Movies May 26, 2015

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imagesMovie Matinee this Friday at noon in the Auditorium is American Sniper, Clint Eastwood‘s biopic film based on the book by Chris Kyle. We’ll have the popcorn and lemonade ready!

DVD Releases 5-26-15:

Boy Next Door – DVD & Blu-Ray
See You in Valhalla – DVD
Magician, the Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles  – DVD
Ballet 422 – DVD
Ray Donovan, the Second Season  – DVD

 Happy Watching!
~ Dori

A Day at the Movies April 8, 2015

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imagesI love lists – particularly lists of things I need to read or watch or listen to. Like this one from Indiewire: The 10 Indie Films You Must See in April; or The Hollywood Reporter’s Trailers for Six of April’s Most Anticipated Movies. I am what you might call an information junkie, so I love recommendations of all sorts. Any lists you can recommend?

MOVIE VIEWING: On Monday, April 13th at The Indie Int’l Film Festival we’ll be showing The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buneal’s 1972 classic (and one of his later films) about a group of friends planning to get together for dinner who experience a succession of highly unusual occurrences that interfere with their dining enjoyment. Buneal is known for his surrealistic films, but this one was a popular success and won an Academy Award. Join us at 6:30 in the Auditorium. We’ll have popcorn!

DVD Releases 3-31-15 and 4-7-15:

Interstellar – DVD & Blu-Ray
Wild – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Imitation Game – DVD & Blu-Ray
Meet the Mormons – DVD
Wild Card – DVD
The Circle  – DVD 
Putin’s Way – DVD 
Silicon Valley, Season 1 – DVD
Veep, the Complete 3rd Season – DVD
The Immigrant – DVD & Blu-Ray
A Most Violent Year – DVD & Blu-Ray
If You Don’t, I Will –
Happy Valley- DVD
Pelican Dreams – DVD
The Book of Negroes – DVD
Manhattan, Season 1 – DVD
Happy Watching!
~ Dori

A Day at the Movies March 24, 2015

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Are you a fan of movie musicals? Join us to watch Into the Woods on the big screen at the library this Friday, March 27th at noon. Into the Woods is based on the Stephen Sondheim stage musical that premiered on Broadway in 1987 and won numerous Tony Awards. I saw it years ago at Baldwin Wallace and was struck by its dark message about wish fufilment – I mean, it’s got Cinderella and Jack and Rapunzel and Little Red intoRiding Hood, so it seems like it should go in one direction – towards happily ever after – but it absolutely does not. The movie rendition is a Walt Disney film, so I’m curious how the dark elements will be handled, but it’s directed by Rob Marshall of Chicago fame and features Meryl Streep as the Witch, so that’s promising. Hope to see you on Friday – and don’t forget we’ll have popcorn and lemonade.

DVD Releases 3-17-15 and 3-23-15:

The Theory of Everything – DVD & Blu-Ray
Dumb and Dumber To – DVD & Blu-Ray
Penguins of Madagascar – DVD & Blu-Ray
Exodus: Gods & Kings – DVD & Blu-Ray
Top Five – DVD & Blu-Ray
Annie – DVD & Blu-Ray
Into the Woods – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – DVD & Blu-Ray
The Physician –
Son of a Gun – DVD & Blu-Ray
Song One – DVD
The Way He Looks  – DVD


Happy Watching
~ Dori