Archive for January, 2014

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Today, this is just a part of what a librarian does.  Helping people find the information they need is huge and often that means assisting them with the technology that is between them and what they are looking for.  Ever changing technology drives all of us these days and here at BCL we strive to keep up with the advances in e-books, downloadable materials, current software updates, etc., etc.

It often seems overwhelming, and believe me, I too feel your pain when faced with yet another new technology with another learning curve.  But, we are here to help and glad to do it.  Just ask.


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New nonfiction DVDs

The DVD titles I give you each Tuesday are generally feature films coming out on DVD.  Did you know that I am continually purchasing other DVDs? Don’t get overwhelmed by the list below, but here is a selection of nonfiction DVDs that will be in our catalog soon.  If you need any help finding one of these titles, don’t hesitate to give the library a call.  We’re glad to help.

  • 15 Capital Cities to Check Out Before You Check Out  –  a travel video
  • The Greatest Ears in Town – A Grammy nominated documentary about the music producer Arif Mardin.
  • Smash and Grab – The story of the Pink Panthers
  • Prehistoric Dinosaur Disasters – from the Discovery Channel
  • Doctors of the Dark Side – exposes the scandal of how American physicians and psychologists facilitated torture of detainees in U.S. controlled military prisons.
  • Space Voyages – from the Smithsonian Channel
  • Greedy Lying Bastards – a documentary about climate change
  • Gasland, Part 2 – about hydraulic fracturing or fracking
  • The Contradiction of Fair Hope – documentary about a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed benevolent societies to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave.
  • Making Stuff 2 – NOVA
  • The Exorcist in the 21st Century – highlights the work of one of Europe’s only Vatican-approved exorcists.
  • Into the Cold – follows two men’s dramatic expedition to the North Pole
  • How the Universe Works, 2 – Volcanoes, megastorms, planets from Hell, megaflares, comets, asteroids, birth of the planet Earth
  • How to Make Money Selling Drugs – how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord. An insider’s guide to the violent, but extremely lucrative drug industry. Breaking Bad, for real
  • Raw to Ready – PBS, using the most basic ingredients and manufacturing awe-inspiring machines
  • Inequality for All – from Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor on the widening income gap
  • Schooled – the price of college sports. Based on the book “The Cartel” by Taylor Branch
  • Dirty Wars – Winner at the Sundance Festival. Expose about our war on terror.

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  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Here’s some fun trivia.  For the pickle voices (yes, there are live pickles in the movie), the actors gargled water as they read their lines.
  • The Fifth Estate – Based on true events.  The movie reveals the mission of WikiLeaks’ rebel founder (Benedict Cumberbatch) to expose fraud and corruption to the world.
  • Last Vegas – Four best friends in their late-60’s decide to escape retirement and throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.  Last Vegas: A “Hangover” for the AARP crowd. (Make sure you get the title right when you type this into the catalog.  It’s Last Vegas, not Las Vegas.  That tripped me up at first.)
  • Bad Grandpa – The full title is “Jackass presents Bad Grandpa.”  86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father.
  • Downton Abbey, season 4 – A soap opera in fancy dress.  I love it.
  • Rush – This was directed by Ron Howard and has received several nominations, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, but no Oscar nominations. Plot:  The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
  • Bonnie & Clyde – Tells the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.  Being reviewed as entertaining, but not historically accurate.

Place a hold here.

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Anna Quindlen is one of my favorite writers and I’m very excited that she has a new book coming out tomorrow, January 28th.  Still Life is a love story that is life affirming and heartwarming, not sappy or melodramatic.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

Place your hold here.

If you’ve never read any of Quindlen’s books, I recommend Blessings.  A heartwarming yet realistic tale about an abandoned baby. A novel about family, second chances and redemption.

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It took us awhile to get all these titles in (everything was delayed due to the holiday), but here they are!

  • In a World... An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star.
  • Captain Phillips – starring Tom Hanks.  Captain Richard Phillips attempts to escape from armed Somali pirates while the U.S. Navy tries to rescue him.  This has been nominated for Best Picture.
  • Blue Jasmine – Cate Blanchett stars as a former New York socialite teetering between her troubled past and a fresh start in San Francisco.   Cate Blanchett has been nominated for Best Actress.
  • Instructions Not Included  –  Resident bachelor Valentin Bravo has his life turned upside down when a former fling leaves a baby girl on his doorstep. He moves to L.A. in search of the mother, but unable to find her, he decides to raise the baby and gets a job as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen.
  • Machete Kills  –  Danny Trejo returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez. Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to stop a crazed global terrorist from starting a nuclear war.

You can place your hold here.

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20 Feet From Stardom
A.C.O.D. -Adult Children of Divorce
The Butler – Lee Daniel’s film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
Enough Said
Fruitvale Station

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New DVDs January 7

There were just three new DVDs today:

Duck Dynasty, season 4

Runner, Runner

Thanks for Sharing

Place a hold here.

DVD releases have been very light since the week before Christmas.  Don Jon and Insidious: Chapter 2 have both come out recently.  Next week’s big release is Lee Daniel’s The Butler.  You can place a hold now here.

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