Friday, July 22, 2016

Need Help With that Square? - Armchair Travel

Close to BINGO but having trouble finding a book for that one square?
Here's some reading suggestions for Armchair Travel.

The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan

Set in Belle Epoque Paris.  The Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they--and Grace--know the truth...

The Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich

Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers--a gift aided by the secret "birthing spoons" she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea.

Nora Webster: A Novel - Colm Tóibín
Widowed in her forties, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven-- herself.

City of Women - David R. Gillham

1943, in the height of World War II. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. While her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schroder is the model soldier's wife. She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind the facade is an entirely different Sigrid. She dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is lost in the chaos of the war.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Whatcha Gonna Watch?

One of this summer's most talked about blockbusters has been the new Ghostbusters - controversial before it even came out, it's finally in theaters and getting good reviews. Here are some similar titles you might enjoy:

Ghostbusters (1984): What could be a better companion feature to the new Ghostbusters than the film that started it all? This supernatural comedy classic has a great cast and tons of laughs.

Bridesmaids: Sharing its director and cast with the new Ghostbusters, Bridesmaids is a perfect fit if you love the new movie. Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid is the focus of this 2011 comedy.

Groundhog Day: And if you love the original, try out another Bill Murray comedy classic! Groundhog Day is a comedy, romance, fantasy, and time travel flick all in one - when a weather man realizes he's forced to live through Groundhog Day over and over again, he tries to make the best of it.

Gremlins: Don't show him bright lights! Don't feed him after midnight! And don't expose him to water! These are the rules given for taking care of this strange pet, but when those rules are broken, a gang of crazed gremlins tears up the town.

Poltergeist: How about something a little scarier? Where Ghostbusters new and old uses the paranormal for comedy, Poltergeist uses it for horror. Combining the best of Spielberg's characters and Tobe Hooper's sense for what's scary, Poltergeist is as much of a classic as Ghostbusters!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Need Help with that Square? You Make Me Laugh

Working on your Bingo card for the Summer Reading Program - Read for the Win? Check out these six amusing reads for the honor of being in your Humorous Book square.

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Still Foolin' Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal

Nearing age 65, Billy Crystals acknowledges his accomplishments -- hosting major award shows, appearances on TV series like Soap and Saturday Night Live, and roles in blockbusters like When Harry Met Sally, and more -- with all the wry and quirky charm for which he is famed. Fans will find that Crystal still sparkles as he shares private disappointments along with details of those public successes, and fellow baby boomers will relate to Crystal's humorously catalog of the indignities of aging.
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One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

When Stephanie Plum needs moneyshe turns to bounty hunting for quick cash even though she has no idea what to do and doesn't own a gun. Luckily, her first quarry, an ex-cop accused of murder, turns out to be her first lover, with whom she still shares a powerful chemistry.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Book JacketFrom her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
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Doctoring water samples to help his corrupt agribusiness employer continue illegal dumping in the Everglades, biologist Chaz Perrone attempts to murder his wife, who has figured out his scam and who survives to plot her husband's downfall.

Book JacketIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

The writer and actress best known as Kelly Kapoor on "The Office" shares observations on topics ranging from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process in the "Office" writers' room.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
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When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Need HELP with that Square? Books Made into a Movie

If you're playing our Summer Reading Program Bingo game and you need some help with that Made into a Movie square, here's a few titles to consider: 

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. When a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. Until news comes from home that forces her back to Ireland and to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney was one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark is stranded alone with no way to even signal Earth. Even if he could, he wouldn't last until rescue arrived. Chances are, though, he won't starve -- so many other things are likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Reluctantly investigating a kidnapping threat against his ex-girlfriend's billionaire beau, Doc Sportello tackles a bizarre tangle of nefarious characters before stumbling on a mysterious entity that may actually be a tax shelter for a dental group.

Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
A story of survival on the American frontier that chronicles the exploits of fur trapper Hugh Glass, who after surviving a grizzly bear attack, undertakes an arduous trek through the wilderness to seek revenge against the trappers who left him for dead. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Me, Karrie

When I was in sixth grade Judy Blume’s book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was all the rage amongst my friends. That was the first time I remember any of us talking about a book. Of course I had to read it. My public library was five blocks away from our house so I jumped on my bike, parked my bike in the bike rack, and ventured into the children’s section to get a copy. The kind librarian (because in my world all librarians are kind) told me that it was checked out and that she could put a hold on it for me. Having never done that before –there had been no other book at the time that was so popular – I put my name on the list and waited. And waited. And waited. Weeks later a notification came through the U.S. mail – you remember mail, right? Back in the day, and I truly hate to tell you how long ago this was but it was in the neighborhood of 43 years ago, hold notices came in through a mail slot in our front door. I got home from school and my hold notice announced that my copy of Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret ready for me.

My bike seemed to lift off the ground I was riding so fast to the library. As soon as the librarian handed Margaret to me, I found a quiet and comfortable corner of the library, and began reading. A couple hours later I was finishing Margaret’s story and my mom was wondering why I wasn’t home for dinner. It was a transformative book for me; I was 12-years-old and Margaret was experiencing adolescence at the same age as I was; her experiences were my experiences. I was convinced that Judy Blume knew me and had written my story.

When I was sixteen, her book Forever was published. Forever was very edgy for its time because it was about a 16-year-old girl named Katherine who was experiencing boyfriend love for the first time. She lived in Westfield, New Jersey, and her story was simple, very realistic, and quite romantic. Once again, I was convinced that Judy Blume wrote Forever about me because at the time I lived in Westfield, New Jersey, and I was in love for the first time. Places Katherine went, I had been. She went to Westfield High School and so did I. This could not be a coincidence, right?

Throughout her life as an author, Judy Blume has boldly written authentic books for adolescents about topics that were true to them. She understands kids. She’s been a voice for young adults and as a result she is one of the most widely banned authors in our time. Her ideas and discussion of authentic teen experiences was – and still is – very threatening to many adults. For me, I was lucky enough to grow up with her, and she is one of my heroes. Now I am a librarian and I am happy when I recommend her books to kids and they read them.

Now I’m in my 50s, and Judy Blume writes books for adults, thankfully. She’s been the one author I truly have been reading all my life and I thank her for that. The books she writes for adults are just as engaging and wonderful as the young adult books I grew up reading. In many ways she still gets me.

Her most recently published book In the Unlikely Event is a wonderful read, as are her other novels for adults, Summer Sisters and Wifey. As I eagerly await her next book, I’ll take note that times have changed since I was 12. When I get the email telling me that my hold for Judy’s newest book is available, I’ll jump into my car and drive immediately to the library. I begin the ritual of finding a comfy corner of the library to sit and dive head-first into whatever story she is telling me…and I’ll feel like a 12-year-old girl all over again. The anticipation is almost too much to bear!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mustang: Little Movies, Big Stories.

Join us for the continuing film series that explores little movies with BIG stories. When five Turkish orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on the beach, the community erupts in scandal while their conservative guardians confine them and work to arrange forced marriages. Mustang was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2016. Just drop in, 7:00 - 8:45.

Monday, June 27, 2016