â€śAlice Through the Looking Glassâ€ť is the sequel to the 2010 live-action version of â€śAlice in Wonderland.â€ť In the film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) must go back in time to save the Mad Hatterâ€™s family from the Jabberwocky (which perished in the first movie) and go against Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) as he attempts to foil her efforts. Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen), and Anne Hathaway (the White Queen) round out the leading roles. Despite the filmâ€™s all-star cast, detailed costuming, and glorious computer-generated scenery, the storyline didnâ€™t hold my attention: It felt haphazard and disjointed â€“ but perhaps it was meant to be that way due to its Wonderland setting. The film did include several humorous parts, but they largely centered around creative word play. Families with children might enjoy the film, but, if you havenâ€™t seen the original, donâ€™t waste your time. Overall Rating: C
It was 130 year ago today that The Statue of Liberty was dedicated and open to the public. Learn about the building of the statue and some fun facts!
These cute and easy spiders are great for fall and Halloween decorating!
Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi From Miss Jennifer at Main Library
These cute and easy spiders are great for fall and Halloween decorating!
After becoming a Bastille fan in 2013 following the release of their album â€śBad Blood,â€ť I was anxious for their follow-up: â€śWild World.â€ť One of the things that I loved the most about â€śBad Bloodâ€ť was that many of the songs such as â€śIcarusâ€ť and â€śPompeiiâ€ť were influenced by history and mythology. I had hoped that this would continue to â€śWild Worldâ€ť and was disappointed when it did not. Instead the songs on this album are more influenced by pop culture and the lead singerâ€™s insecurities. One of the songs that I liked from the album is â€śGood Grief.â€ť However, I preferred the acoustic version that was released this past summer. â€śGood Griefâ€ť is about death and funerals and on the album, the song is very upbeat and the music sounds overly euphoric when paired with such sad lyrics. While â€śWild Worldâ€ť achieves a certain feeling of vulnerability; I preferred â€śBad Bloodâ€ť which was simply more fun to listen to. I also could not find any songs on â€śWild Worldâ€ť that really stuck with me or that I wanted to listen to more than once. Overall Rating: D
Today is Dictionary Day! Help us celebrate the day of Mr. Noah Webster's birth by reading or enjoying a dictionary.
While checking in DVD's recently, I saw this title. It intrigued me but I let it pass by. A few days later, I saw the title again and decided to read the synopsis, but before I got that far I saw that Tom Hanks was in the starring role. Tom Hanks, right? That was all I needed to check it out and give it a look. Tom Hanks, yeah! He portrayed a businessman who would be the key salesman to promote a new high technology product to the King in Saudi Arabia. His superiors had their doubts about him, but he convinced them he had the product knowledge and the ability to make the sale. He was under extreme pressure to meet the King and make the sale as soon as possible. Upon arrival in Arabia, he soon found that things do not move on the same timetable as in the U.S. His Saudi contact was supposed to be available but constantly was unavailable. The King, who was supposed to be coming very soon, was likewise, continuously somewhere else with no idea as to when he would arrive. Hanks meets and becomes friends, and more, with some of the residents. To keep from doing a "spoiler alert", that is about all I will submit as to the story. Those looking for a lot of 'action' will not find it. Those who are looking for an interesting story that keeps one's attention, will find that. Overall Rating: B+
Ahoy buckos, check out 'tis scurvy pirate story time we put together!
Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon From Miss Jennifer at Main Library
Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is an extremely funny comedy/adventure about two men who went to high school together. Hart plays star athlete, most-likely to succeed, super popular, and all-around great guy, Calvin Joyner. Johnson is the out-of-shape, nerdy, friendless and often bullied Robbie Wierdicht. Fast-forward to twenty years later and Robbie, now Bob Stone, is a changed man, heâ€™s confident, muscular, and successful and Calvin has become an accountant who feels he peeked in high school and is depressed that he didnâ€™t live up to his potential. The two reconnect on Facebook the day before their high school reunion. Bob has never forgotten how Calvin came to his rescue after he was the victim of a really nasty prank and he still adores him. Bob asks Calvin to help him with something; Calvin agrees, but doesnâ€™t realize heâ€™s getting involved with the CIA and international espionage! Hilarious antics ensue and leave the viewer guessing as to whatâ€™s really going on. I really enjoyed this movie; it was truly funny and very entertaining. Overall Rating: A+
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Conducting Hope is a fascinating documentary that follows the East Hill Singers - the only menâ€™s prison choir in the United States allowed to perform outside of prison walls â€“ as they prepare for an upcoming concert. The East Hill Singers are a unique group, as they are composed of current inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas, along with former inmates and community volunteer members. Being part of the choir has a surprising emotional impact on the inmates as they are able to feel a sense of community, commitment, and purpose that they otherwise wouldnâ€™t encounter in the incarcerated environment. One gentleman even said that singing made him feel â€śhuman againâ€ť, and â€śnot just an objectâ€ť (or just a number) which is typical of the prison experience. The inmates find it exhilarating to be able to go outside of the correctional facility. They get to feel like part of the community again for a few hours, and are even able to see family members who attend the concert â€“ sometimes this includes family they havenâ€™t seen in years, or children they are not able to see while incarcerated, due to visitation guidelines. For those skeptical of the program and allowing inmates a chance to be outside the correctional facility, volunteer guards do go with the men when they leave for concerts. And in 15 years of this programâ€™s existence, there have been ZERO incidents and no one has ever tried to escape. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary and highly recommend it. It shows the incredible power and impact that music can have, and makes you think about the possible ways that prison programs could be reformed. Programs like the East Hill Singers help to reduce recidivism by building self-esteem, teaching the importance of teamwork, and most importantly fostering hope. Overall Rating: A
Today we celebrate the birthday of Stan Berenstain!
Here are some really neat apple crafts to make for Fall!
Perfect Match is a light-hearted Rom-Com movie about relationships and love. Playboy, Charlie (Terrence Jenkins) is convinced that relationships are dead and he can never fall in love even though his friends and his sister Sherry, who is a therapist (played by Paula Patton) tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he's bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that heâ€™s that immune to love. But then he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura). Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one night stand and asking himself can he actually be â€śin loveâ€ť. If you love romantic comedies like I do, then the Perfect Match is definitely a perfect pick! Overall Rating: A-
The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris by Betsy Harvey Kraft
Having fun isn't hard when you have a library card
I knew that Captain America: Civil War would bring action to the screen; I was not disappointed. One thing I appreciated about this action film, was seeing some of the minor superheroes, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in meatier roles. Of course, Captain America (Chris Evans) drove the story, when he went to the assistance of his old friend Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) who became a wanted man, because of devastating deeds he had committed. The division in the superheroes ranks exploded into an epic battle, when Tony Starks (Robert Downey Jr.), influenced by both political pressure and his own guilt over past events, agreed to help arrest the Winter Soldier. The climax of the film happened unexpectedly, and made you wonder if the team could overcome their differences. The story was well written, and moved forward at a steady pace. Overall Rating: A
Dog stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for a pawesome story time!
September is National Children's Good Manners Month!
The movie â€śThe Bossâ€ť had a talented cast of actors: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates. The plot line follows Michelle Darnell (played by Melissa), from the height of her successful business career to her quick fall from grace after she is sent to prison for insider trading. Once released from prison Michelle has to rebuild her life, and the only person who will give her a chance is Claire, her former assistant played by Kristen Bell. Tired of supporting Michelle, Claire forces her to take on some responsibilities, namely helping out with Claireâ€™s tween aged daughter, Rachel. Michelle ends up going to a Dandelion meeting where the idea of her future business occurs. The Dandelions have cookies; Michelle has brownies. The recipe for the brownies belongs to Claire, and the two of them begin to rebuild Michelle Darnellâ€™s climb up the corporate ladder. Turf war breaks out between the two groups; with physical battles, and F bombs flying. This type of humor continues throughout the movie and with tween aged kids involved, I thought it missed the mark of being funny. The end of the movie was just as silly, Michelle sold her rights to the company to her former lover/business partner Renault, played by Peter Dinklage, after she misinterprets Claireâ€™s meeting with Renault. A plot to get the secret recipe back from Renault results in a ninja style fight that just seemed so out of place for this movie. The Boss had great potential but missed the mark for me. Overall Rating: C
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan
A Hologram for the King centers around failed salesman Alan Clay â€“ played by Tom Hanks â€“ who goes to Saudi Arabia to try to sell his companyâ€™s new holographic telecommunication system to the monarch. While the premise of the story focuses around the business deal, the movie itself largely focuses on Clay, his experiences with the Saudi Arabian culture, and how life doesnâ€™t always go according to plan. Comedic elements are dispersed throughout the film, and the story has a feel-good ending despite the numerous challenges Alan faces. From beginning to end, I enjoyed the film: The acting was excellent, the set and scenery were authentic-looking, and the attention to detail was impressive. (One of the special features on the DVD expounds on this attention to detail and is worth watching as well.) All in all, A Hologram for the King was a job well done. Overall Rating: A-
Saturday was the Heart of the City Cruise-In downtown at Central Park in Mansfield. Here's the craft we made!
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 isnâ€™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 â€śdisconnectednessâ€ť 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
We love pigs and we want to share some fun books and activities for story time!
Alphaprints: ABC by Roger Priddy
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!