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Archive for March, 2013

Today we added:

Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta

Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field (Day-Lewis won the Oscar for this role)

Parental Guidance  starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler

Here’s a link to our catalog.

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Alex Awards

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2013 Alex Awards. The winning titles were announced earlier this year.

Here a link to a list of the books.

While the Alex Award is given to adult literature, there are many excellent books written every year that are truly YA (Young Adult).  And who is reading them? According to a Publisher’s Weekly survey a little more than half of all YA books are purchased by adults.

What is the difference between a young adult and adult book?  The YA story usually features a young person and the subject matter and story line are consistent with the world view of someone who not yet an adult.  YA stories span the genres just like adult literature:  romance, mystery, historical fiction, thriller, science fiction, supernatural, etc.  A couple YA books you might have heard of:  Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Some even classify the later Harry Potter books at YA.

If you want some help finding one of the Alex Award winners, or any great YA book, stop by the library.

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Today we added these new movies.

  • Playing for Keeps
  • A Previous Engagement
  • Life of Pi
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Hitchcock
  • Silent Hill Revelation
  • The Man with the Iron Fists

Want more information about these movies?    IMDB.com

Want to surf over the catalog to place a hold?    NExpress Shared Catalog

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Have you ever had the cat walk across your keyboard and do some creative writing for you?  Turns out this is an age old problem.

Of cats and manuscripts

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Be Calm

Saturday, March 9th is National Panic Day.  It makes me anxious to even think about it. There’s so much to panic about. (I know that I have my list. ) The purpose of Panic Day is to give us a gentle nudge to slow down. Breathe. Take a walk. De-stress.

(Want to read more about National Panic Day?)

If you could use a little something to help you calm down, here’s some suggestions from the library.

Books

A Woman’s Book of Courage: Meditations for Empowerment & Peace of Mind by Sue Patton Thoele.  Sue is now retired, but she used to be a psychotherapist, hospice chaplain and bereavement group leader. She is the author of many books, including The Courage To Be Yourself, The Woman’s Book of Soul, Growing Hope, Freedoms After 50, and The Woman’s Book of Courage. Even her website is calming.

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  This is the first book of the Mitford series. It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. A warm comedy about ordinary people.

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy. With warmth, humor, and compassion Maeve Binchy tells a story of  doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. If you’ve never discovered Dr. Herriot,  you owe it to yourself to read his heartwarming tales about his life as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the first book in a series of four.

Movies

Want to de-stress in front of the TV? I completely understand.  Try one of these.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Love among the Greeks, with a non-Greek. Funny and sweet.

Mr. Bean’s Holiday – Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) takes a holiday, clueless and hilarious.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – A love story/comedy about a fabulously wealthy sheik who wants to go fly-fishing in the desert.

My Family and Other Animals – When the dreary English weather of 1935 gets to be too much for the eccentric Durrell family, they set off for the rustic, sun-drenched Greek island of Corfu. Based on the memoir of Gerald Durrell, this funny Masterpiece Classic will surprise you.

The Iron Giant – This is an animated movie for all of us, not just kids. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child’s best friend. Soon the suspicions of neighbors and a government agent spell trouble.

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