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Crafting with Kids: Popsicle Stick Race Cars

August 29, 2016

Saturday was the Heart of the City Cruise-In downtown at Central Park in Mansfield. Here's the craft we made!

Dreams Rewired

By Bridget - AV   |  August 26, 2016

Dreams Rewired is a German and Austrian produced, award-winning essay documentary that uses rare, pre-1940 archival film footage to show how our current cultural obsession with technology and communication isn’t so new. Before Facebook and Twitter there was the telephone, wireless radios, early cinemas and television. The film shows how the nostalgia some feel for the “disconnectedness” of the past is misplaced. Feelings of fear and anxiety over how technology changes the way we communicate happen with each generation. Tilda Swinton provides the narration of the essay. The film is worth watching solely for her ethereal and hypnotic voiceover. History fans and lovers of old films will enjoy the hundreds of archival footage clips. My main criticism of the film is that the clips are shown in rapid succession, and I found that to be a bit jarring. Overall, I enjoyed this documentary. It certainly left me with a lot to think about. Overall Rating : A

Story Time Starter: Pigs

August 24, 2016

We love pigs and we want to share some fun books and activities for story time!

Book Review: Alphaprints: ABC

August 19, 2016

Alphaprints: ABC by Roger Priddy

Drones by Muse

By Fate - AV   |  August 19, 2016

By accident, I came across some music by Muse a few years ago and quickly became a fan. As purchaser of music for the library at the time, I added albums that seemed appropriate. I had not heard anything new from this British rock band for quite some time, so I was pleased when "Drones" came out recently. It is their 7th album, and our copy includes a DVD video with the CD. "Drones" won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, and it has been #1 or in the top 5 of music charts worldwide. So is it that good? Well, if you like solid rock & roll, an appealing voice from the lead singer (Matt Bellamy), and a variety of selections from intense to smooth, yes, this is a very good, listenable album. Overall Rating: A

It's National Tell a Joke Day!

August 16, 2016

It's National Tell a Joke Day!

Computer Coding for Kids

August 12, 2016

Computers are amazing machines but how do they work? What tells them what to do?

Book Review: Puppy Pool Party!

August 8, 2016

Puppy Pool Party! : An Underwater Dogs Adventure by Seth Casteel

Miracles From Heaven

By Melinda - AV   |  August 5, 2016

Miracles from Heaven is a true inspiring story about having hope and faith of the Beam Family. Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) is a young, 10 year old girl who is diagnosed with a rare, incurable stomach disease that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the odds, her mother Christy Beam (played by Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for medical expertise far away from home to save her daughter’s life. With unanswered questions, and little hope left after much time, Anna returns home to be with her loving family and unfortunately has a freak accident. After her dramatic rescue and recovery, Anna unfolds an amazing story to her family and community about her visit to heaven and her amazing experience. During this story, you will be filled with an array of emotions and by the end you will know where there is hope there is faith, and where there is faith MIRACLES do happen!! This was an amazing story and I recommend everyone to see it! It is now on my favorite movies list! Overall Rating: A+

Happy Birthday Sherri Rinker!

August 4, 2016

Help us wish a happy birthday to Sherri Rinker!

Book Review: How a Ship is Built

July 30, 2016

Another wonderful review from Miss Melanie

Hail, Caesar!

By Amy - AV   |  July 29, 2016

Hail, Caesar! starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, as well as appearances by several other big names, is a new comedy-drama by the Coen brothers. This film was very hard to review because it’s one of those movies that leaves you scratching your head. I can’t say whether I liked or disliked this movie. The story follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Brolin) who works as a “fixer” for a major studio during Hollywood’s golden age. When one of his movie stars goes missing (Clooney) he must deal with that, as well as a host of other unrelated issues such as a singing cowboy who can’t speak; an unwed, pregnant actress; and an uptight, testy director. He’s also dealing with his own guilt over whether or not to change jobs to have more time with his family. There is a lot going on in this movie which makes the story a bit hard to follow and, to some, may feel pointless. The characters are likable however, which saved it for me, and there are a few quite bizarre and unexpected scenes that were really hilarious. Overall Rating: C

Summer Library Program Finale!

July 26, 2016

A wrap-up of SLP 2016

Tattoo Nation: The True Story of the Ink Revolution

By Darla - AV   |  July 22, 2016

Not too long ago, bikers, military veterans, and prisoners were associated with tattoos. But today, many people from other walks of life sport tattoos proudly. Why did tattoos become so popular, and who is responsible for bringing tattoos to the mainstream? This documentary answers those questions and covers the history of tattoos in the United States from the 1960s to the first two decades of the 21st century. Rivalries and camaraderie, custom work to flash work, black and grey to color, and Japanese style to Chicano style are some of the topics that will be explained in this enlightening film. Tattoo competition winners, Edward “Chuco” Caballero and David Oropeza, and prominent Tattooists, Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete, and Charlie Cartwright gave revealing interviews about their experiences in the tattoo world. This historical, tattoo culture film is informative and entertaining. Overall Rating: A+

Story Time Starter: Let's Dance!

July 21, 2016

Books, rhymes, music, and crafts that make you want to dance!

Crafting with Kids: Olympics Crafts

July 16, 2016

The Olympics are coming, and we have some great crafts and activities for you!

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (AUDIOBOOK)

By Barb - AV   |  July 15, 2016

Lily and the Octopus - written by Steven Rowley, narrated by Michael Urie I wasn’t sure what this book was about other than a dog that had an octopus on its head, but the title was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist listening to it. The story that unfolded was an insightful look at life through the eyes of a devoted pet owner, Ted, and his elderly dog, Lily. A bit of whimsy is included as the dog speaks English and so does the octopus. Ted, Lily’s owner, must grapple with the difficult decisions that come with an aging pet. As he makes these decisions about Lily, Ted also examines the difficulties in his own relationships with humans. Once the options for Lily become clear, so do some of the solutions for Ted’s personal dilemmas. Life decisions are difficult and, for anyone who has owned a beloved pet, this book with its unique title will suck you in and remind you why people love and fight to hold onto those they don’t want to lose. While the narration was a bit lacking in variation between characters, and at first I did not like the voice of Lily, by the middle of the book the narration was much improved. I enjoyed listening to this debut novel and would read the next available book by this author. For digital resource users, this title is available through 3M Cloud and Overdrive as e-audio and e-books. Overall Rating: A

Book Review: The Artist and Me

July 11, 2016

Miss Melanie shares a touching biography about Vincent Van Gogh

10 Cloverfield Lane

By Allison - AV   |  July 8, 2016

Produced by the legendary J. J. Abrams, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a topsy-turvy film that keeps viewers guessing until the very end. Michelle, the film’s leading lady (portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), wakes up after a car accident to find herself in an underground bunker with two men, Howard and Emmett (played by John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr., respectively). Howard has told Michelle that she cannot leave due to chemical and/or nuclear attacks that have been happening in the area, and she spends the majority of the movie trying to figure out whether or not she trusts him. (I must admit, I also spent the majority of the film trying to figure out the same thing.) There were so many twists and turns that, by the end, I was tired of trying to guess what was coming next. In addition, the film left several of my questions unanswered and abandoned any closure by setting up a potential sequel during the closing scene. On the positive side, the acting was very good, and the soundtrack fulfilled its role by complementing the storyline well. Overall, I think the film will appeal to Sci-Fi lovers and J. J. Abrams fans, but I have no desire to ever see it again. Overall Rating: C+

Illustrator Spotlight: Matt Tavares

July 6, 2016

Meet the man who made our SLP theme!

Race

By Pam - AV   |  July 1, 2016

Race recounts the true story of legendary athlete Jesse Owens’ journey to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. While there, he won four Olympic Gold medals and broke several world records. The film begins with Jesse (Stephan James) leaving Cleveland, Ohio to attend college at Ohio State University. There he meets Coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). After a rather intense first conversation, Jesse and Coach Snyder get on with the business of training Jesse to be the best athlete that he can be—the Buckeye Bullet, the fastest man in the world. Jesse almost did not attend the 1936 Olympics. Because of the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews & non-Aryan races, there was a question whether or not the United States would even send athletes to Berlin. In the end the American Olympic Committee voted by a narrow margin to attend the games in Berlin. Then a representative from the N.A.A.C.P. met with Jesse and his family trying to dissuade him from attending the Games. The conversation between the man from the N.A.A.C.P and Jesse is one of my favorite parts of the film. Jesse asked the man from the N.A.A.C. P. if he was a runner. The man answers, "Not competitively." Jesse replies, “Out there, there ain’t no black and white, there’s only fast and slow. Nothing matters, not color, not money, not even hate. For those 10 seconds you are completely free.” Race portrays what life was like in the 1930’s for blacks. It is a celebration of determination and perseverance. If you are looking for an inspiring, feel-good movie, I would suggest watching Race. Overall Rating: B++

SLP Update & Goodbye, Discover Tech

July 1, 2016

SLP is halfway over, and Discover Tech is only here for 1 more week!

Book Review: When Life Gives You O.J.

June 27, 2016

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl From Miss Sarah at Bellville Branch

Anomalisa

By Fate - AV   |  June 24, 2016

Anomalisa is the subject of this review. I prefer to talk about something I have enjoyed - a music CD, a book. This time it will be a movie. Well, it is a movie, but the only interesting part of this one was right after the opening credits. The screen fades to black and you hear men's voices - conversing, laughing - which along with the black screen goes on for several moments. Then, unfortunately, the movie starts. The Ratings Box states "R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language". This movie gives a new meaning to "graphic" nudity. And yes, there is a considerable amount of profanity. There was a popular TV comedy series that based its premise on "nothing". Essentially, I could not find a better description for the premise of this movie. The characters were 'robotic', even the voices of the males and females sounded pretty much the same. This review is probably about as charming as the movie. Overall Rating: D-

Crafting With Kids: Pine Cone Spiders

June 23, 2016

Make an awesome looking spider out of a pine cone!

Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2016

It's Father's Day today!

Zootopia

By Amy - AV   |  June 17, 2016

Zootopia, a soon-to-be Disney classic, is a beautifully animated comedy-adventure about a world where animals live in harmony, with predators putting aside their carnivorous instincts and prey living peacefully among them. The movie tells the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who leaves life as a rural carrot farmer and travels to the big city (Zootopia) to pursue her dream of being the first bunny police officer at the ZPD. Judy works hard to be able to join the force only to be treated poorly by the commander because she’s a bunny. She’s put on meter duty but soon finds herself teaming up with a sly fox (Jason Bateman) to stop the mysterious disappearance of some of the city’s carnivores. The humor will appeal to everyone from young children to teens to adults, but this movie is also full of messages. There are references to current social issues including racism and stereotyping. Many of these references may go over younger children’s heads but will definitely resonate with teens and adults. I thought this was a really great movie; it was funny, action-packed, and had a meaningful storyline. Parents should be aware that there are a few sequences that might be a bit scary to some kids. Overall Rating: A+

Book Review: Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

June 15, 2016

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona

Happy Birthday, Laura Vaccaro Seeger!

June 11, 2016

Happy Birthday, Laura Vaccaro Seeger!

How to Be Single

By Angie - AV   |  June 10, 2016

How to Be Single…this is far from a self-help film that actually answers that question. Instead, the movie is a raunchy romantic-comedy that proves that everyone has a different approach to relationships, or the lack of one. Dakota Johnson plays Alice, a young woman who is somewhat bored of her life in a monotonous relationship, so she decides to move to New York City and explore life on her own for a while. At her new job as a paralegal, she meets Robin (played by the hilarious Rebel Wilson) who makes it her mission to try to teach Alice how to let loose and have fun with life. Meanwhile, other characters are following their own paths of being single, and for the sake of this movie, those paths all intersect to form a cohesive plot. Though laced with crude sexual humor throughout, I would still classify this as a “chick-flick.” I did appreciate that the storyline (especially the ending) was not as predictable as I had anticipated, which gave it a uniqueness that many rom-coms are lacking. In my opinion, the movie is better suited for a “girl’s night” than a “date night”…but check it out and form your own conclusion. I guarantee you’ll laugh at least once! Overall Rating: B

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