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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!

-Gina

 

We’re Going -Outside the Lines! September 12, 2016

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Are you ready to see library staff-outside the library?! We’re coming to *you* this week while we participate in Outside the Lines, a nation-wide program that celebrates the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

If you want to catch up with us this week, you’ll find us in a variety of places throughout the city. We’ll be looking for people reading -and that might win you a small reward!- at random times and places during the day. We’ll be asking you to stop by the Rocky River Senior Center (Monday, September 12th from 1:00-1:30) and Mitchell’s ice cream on Detroit Road (Wednesday, September 14th from 2:30-3:00) to talk about what you’re reading, or for suggestions on what you might want to read next! We’ll also be offering a brief walking tour of Rocky River’s historic Old Detroit Road area (Thursday, September 15th at 11:30 in front of Tartine Bistro.)

We look forward to seeing you this week -out and about!

— Stacey

I’d rather Listen! September 9, 2016

Posted by Gina in Audio, eAudio, Music, Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Are you going on a trip in the car this weekend? What about walking at the park or going hiking? Have you ever thought about taking a book, not to read but to listen to? I have a 5 hour drive to see my parents when I go home for the holidays, so I always stock up on audiobooks. I also try and go on walks at the parks and around my neighborhood. I also use the Hoopla and OverDrive applications on my phone to listen to books. In addition, Hoopla has a variety of music albums that can be listened to.

Come check out the New Audiobook display, or the ones in the general collection here in the library. We have a Playaway collection too.

Need help getting familiar to the Hoopla and OverDrive applications? A staff member at the reference desk can assist you or use the Digital Library page to find instructions for your device.

Have fun reading, or rather listening!

-Gina

 

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! September 8, 2016

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You may have seen this in the paper or in a newsletter already but… just in case:

Nine library systems in Cuyahoga County, including Rocky River Public Library, have teamed up on an initiative to help ensure every child from Pre-K to high school senior in Cuyahoga County owns a library card and takes advantage of the resources that libraries offer.

The initiative, called “A Card for Every Kid,” takes place throughout September to coincide with National Library Card Sign Up Month. It is a cooperative effort among the library systems to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens.

The libraries are encouraging children and teens to sign up for a free library card, and offer one-time fine forgiveness to children and teens who have been blocked from using their library cards because they owe fines. Jamie Mason, director of Rocky River Public Library, is focused on providing library cards to as many children as possible in the new school year. “A library card is the best item any school supply list could include,” Mason said.

Bonus? We have special library cards to celebrate! Come it and check ’em out!

Reading with your BFF!

Reading with your BFF!

What just happened?!

What just happened?!

 

 

 

 

enjoy!
—Stacey

Happy Labor Day! September 2, 2016

Posted by Gina in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.
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Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day? Growing up, it was an extra day off of school and a time for family parties. Labor Day was first observed on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Twelve years later President Grover Cleveland signed into law that the first Monday in September was designated a legal holiday for federal employees. For most, it may be extra day to be with family and friends, but it can also be time to finish reading a summer book or catch up on T.V. shows before the fall season begins. Regardless the reason, come on into the library and grab a book to read or a T.V. show to watch. Remember, RRPL will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Labor Day but back to the usual fall schedule Tuesday at 9am.

-Gina

 

Hello Sunshine! May 13, 2016

Posted by stacey in Book List, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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I see it -and I feel it, so it must be true… it’s the Sun! You know what this means don’t you? That’s right! We’re about to hit prime porch reading weather! So this weekend why not spend some time hauling out the outdoor furniture, sweep off the porch, and buy plenty of your favorite beverage; then pick out a nice crisp piece of paper to start your TBR (summer reading edtion) list!

My list is longer (already) than I’d like it to be -how lucky we’re about to hit an Endless Summer!- but the (current) top five are:

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Alice & Oliver : a novel by Charles Bock

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Wired to create : unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind by Scott Barry Kaufman
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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

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A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar

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Rosalie Lightning: a graphic memoir by Tom Hart

I’m starting small so I can look super successful next week…

Now it’s your turn to share… What do you want to read this summer?

enjoy!
Stacey

The Force is Strong with This One…. May 4, 2016

Posted by stacey in Science Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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Are you feeling The Force today? Me too! Who wouldn’t on May the 4th (aka May the Fourth Be With You Day?!)

As many interesting ideas, projects, books, and other films ‘inspired by’ Star Wars, I still find it surprising when I see something like this article about Star Wars: Philosophy & Entertainment. And then I feel a little bad I haven’t taken his class -yet! I equally enjoyed these inspirational words. Maybe you’d like to focus on more entertainment oriented options? Well then, check out these suggestions by Buzzfeed or Mashable!

But I have no time to contemplate -I’ve gotta go! It’s time to celebrate with my fellow fans! Check out how you can join the fun -and I’ll see you there!

enjoy!
Stacey

Viktor Schreckengost March 18, 2016

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Is the name Viktor Schreckengost familiar to you? It should be!  Schreckengost (1906-2008) was one of Cleveland’s most prized artists and industrial designers and his work is still celebrated all over the world.  Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library is home to a number of works by Viktor Schreckengost, including his most famous ceramic work, the Jazz Bowl from 1931.  It’s arguably one of the most important examples of American art pottery ever (for sure, if you ask me).

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There have been a lot of Schreckengost items in the local news lately.  A couple of his works are being restored and reinstalled in Cleveland institutions (hooray!) and now that the dream of a Schreckengost museum has been abandoned, a huge collection of work that was in the possession of his family is being auctioned off as well as donated to a few local museums (bittersweet!).

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Here are some links to catch up on your Viktor-buzz…have a look and you will be sure to wow friends at your next cocktail party!

Schreckengost’s pachyderms at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

City of Cleveland restoring Schreckengost’s “Time & Space”

Schreckengost heirs drop museum idea and plan to auction and donate artworks, designs

NYT- A Designer’s Sale of Memorabilia

~Lauren

Happy International Women’s Day! March 8, 2016

Posted by Lauren in Fiction, Uncategorized, Young Adult.
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It’s International Women’s Day! March 8th is a worldwide celebration of women and their achievements and a call for gender equality.  Take today to celebrate being YOU or any of the special ladies in your life!  Last night I started reading Gloria Steinem’s latest, My Life on the Road, which feels pretty appropriate for this week.  (My signed copy was a Christmas gift!)  I tried to jot down a quick list of some of my favorite women authors and I kept thinking of writers of children’s books.  It turns out I grew up reading some pretty great women, so I mixed those in with other classics.  What women have shaped your bookshelves over the years?

jane eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

handmaid's tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

little house

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

murder on the orient

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

julie wolves

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

harriet the spy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

from the mixed up files

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg

~Lauren

From the Page to the Silver Screen March 3, 2016

Posted by Lauren in Biographies, Fiction, First Novel, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday night? The Academy Awards are hands-down my favorite awards show.  In the months leading up to the big night I get out and see as many of the nominated films as possible and obsessively cross them off my list before finally marking my own ballot in the days leading up to Oscar Sunday.  There were lots of great movies this year and it was nice to see some major categories spread around to different films.  The Revenant took home Best Director and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio (15-year-old me was THRILLED about this ;)….), Mad Max: Fury Road nearly cleaned up all the technical categories, and Spotlight won for its screenplay and the ultimate prize—Best Picture.

There are always great movies that started out as great books—and this year was no exception!  I loved Room by Emma Donoghue and was not disappointed by the film adaptation.  Here are the books that inspired a number of this year’s Oscar nominees—check them out!

big short

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

brooklyn

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

price of salt

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (later republished under the title Carol)

the martian

The Martian by Andy Weir

room

Room by Emma Donoghue

revenant

The Revenant: a Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

danish girl

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

100 year old man

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

~Lauren