Help us celebrate the birthday of the creator of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne!!!
Our craft for today is "owl"-solutely perfect!
Usher-Hard II Love is Usherâ€™s eighth album release of his music career. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. It had been over 4 years since Usher had released a new album and his fans were anxiously waiting for him to release new music. I am a die-hard Usher fan and I have to admit it was worth the wait. Hard II Love is one of his best albums in over a decade since his chart topping album Confessions in 2004, which will always be a number one classic. As you listen to the 15-tracks, you will notice they are solely about Usher taking ownership of relationship issues in his past to becoming a better man. Literally, I liked every track on the album but some of my favorites were â€śNo Limitâ€ť featuring artist Young Thug, and â€śRivalsâ€ť featuring Future, â€śMissin Uâ€ť and 'â€ťStrongerâ€ť is a nice emotional track that ends the album well. If youâ€™re an Usher fan, listen to Hard II Love, you will not be disappointed. I believe Usher has made another classic musical masterpiece. Overall Rating: A
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin From Miss Melia at Main Library
I was expecting to enjoy The Magnificent Seven; I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the 2016 version of The Magnificent Seven, based on the screenplay of the same name by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawaâ€™s film, The Seven Samurai had a great influence on this film. In this legend, seven rough, fighting men volunteer to defend a small town against a dark enemy. Remarkably the warriorsâ€™ back stories are well developed, making the saga fascinating. The calamities that occur in the evolving story show how raw things could get in the â€śgood old daysâ€ť during the post-Civil War era. The action flows smoothly along as the story rushes to the climactic ending. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Vincent Dâ€™Onofrio star in this Western. Overall Rating A+
It's Brainteaser Month, so we've collected some great books that will help keep your mind active and sharp!
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg bring to life the story of Florence Foster Jenkins. Based on a true story, the movie takes place during the last years of Florenceâ€™s life. Merylâ€™s performance was well done: Her singing abilities were put to the test as she, a talented singer, captured Florenceâ€™s inability to sing as well as Florenceâ€™s belief that she could sing. Hugh plays St. Clair Bayfield, the love of Florenceâ€™s life, who is very devoted to keeping Florence in the dark about her singing abilities, allowing Florence to live out her dream of singing. Simon Helberg plays Cosme McMoon, Florenceâ€™s accompanist. At first Cosme struggles with accompanying Florence, as he knows she cannot sing, but he stays with her throughout her life, performing on stages he may never have had the opportunity to play. This movie is funny and heartwarming. I enjoyed watching the movie. If you would like to hear what Florence sounded like, the library has her CD. The title is â€śThe Glory (???)Of the Human Voice.â€ť Overall Rating: A
Today we celebrate the birthday of Molly Bang!
Miss Carole shares another great book find!
Having never seen the original 1977 version of Peteâ€™s Dragon, I had no expectations when I sat down to watch the revamped 2016 film and, by the end, I had tears in my eyes. The story follows Pete, a small boy who finds himself alone in the woods after his parents die in a car accident. Scared and surrounded by vicious wolves, he is saved by a dragon who becomes his pseudo-parent, protector, and very best friend. The dragon â€“ who Pete names Elliot â€“ struck me as a mix between a large Labrador retriever and a big cat: Part clumsiness, part grace, both playful and serious, and covered in a sea of green fur. However, unlike in the original movie where Elliot was distinctly animated, the new Elliot was created using computer-generation imagery (CGI), which allowed him to have a realness that made the other charactersâ€™ responses to him all the more believable. The storyline was cute and a little predictable, but was engaging enough that I was rooting for a happy ending for both Pete and Elliot by the end.Overall Rating: A-
Here's how to make a pretty ornament to hang up for the holidays.
Jaqueline Woodson is one of the most celebrated young adult writers in the United States, so I was curious to try out one of her new adult fiction novels: Another Brooklyn. I listened to the audiobook on a recent trip. It clocks in at a short 2.75 hours, but packs a punch. The main character is an anthropologist, August, who returns home to Brooklyn for her fatherâ€™s funeral. After a run-in with a friend, August reflects upon her girlhood in Brooklyn during the 1970s, a time she remembers fondly, but in hindsight realizes that she was deep in denial about her motherâ€™s death, and that there were threats to her innocence everywhere. The audiobook is read by Robin Miles, whose rich voice embodies the various dialects and accents that are part of the novel. I do not often listen to audiobooks, but I enjoyed this one. After I finished it, I immediately downloaded Woodsonâ€™s award winning Brown Girl Dreaming. This audiobook inspired me to start working my way through all of Woodsonâ€™s novels. Overall rating: A
Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz From Miss Carole at Madison Branch
Why not try something new this holiday season?
Ok you Fire Tablet borrowers, users, or anyone wanting to try an e-book from Amazon Kindle. "Time Change Series" by Alex Myers is a 3 book series that ties the story line together from book 1 to book 2 to book 3. Jack was riding in a car with his girl friend when a severe thunderstorm suddenly strikes, causing the car to skid and crash. When Jack awakens, he is not a hospital, as he expected. He somehow had been taken back in time to a period just years before the Civil War. As he finds his way around in his new world, he discovers his knowledge of products and technology from the 21st century have a significant impact on his experiences. It is to the extent that he believes he can be a factor in preventing the occurrence of the Civil War. His efforts, along with the acquaintances he gathers, are leading to that possibility, however, there are negative forces that do not want this to happen. Very interesting and entertaining story. Overall Rating: A
This month's story time is all about the number ten!
December is here and so is our annual Give the Gift of Reading book list!
Finding Dory, the much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo has finally arrived and it was definitely worth the wait! Dory, (the blue tang fish with very short-term memory), suddenly realizes she once had a family and decides itâ€™s time to go find them. Understanding she canâ€™t go alone she convinces Marlin, (Nemoâ€™s dad) to go along. Dory, Marlin, and Nemo set out with the few snippets of memories Dory can recall and begin a journey that takes them to a conservatory called the Marine Life Institute. Dory, who gets separated from Marlin and Nemo, meets Hank, an escape artist octopus and several other lovable marine creatures at the Institute who try to help her find her mom and dad, while Marlin and Nemo do their best to find Dory, as only two fish out of water can. There are several heart-tugging emotional scenes and the focus is, once again, on family bonds. The animation is beautiful and the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed Oâ€™Neil, and Diane Keaton really bring the characters to life. I enjoyed this Nemo film as much as I did the first one and would definitely recommend it! Be sure to wait for the fun scene at the end of the credits! Overall Rating: A+
Help us wish Jon Klassen a very happy birthday!!!
Miss Marisa reviews the newest book by one of her favorite picture book authors
Try this cute craft for Thanksgiving.
Nerve (2016) is an adventurous thriller about a reserved high school senior Vee (played by Emma Roberts) who is pressured to step out of her comfort zone by her friends and join Nerve, a popular online reality game. This game challenges players to either enlist online as "players" or pay to watch as "watchers". Players accept dares from watchers, receiving money rewards that increase with the danger of the dare when completed successfully. In her first dare, Vee (Emma Roberts) meets a mysterious stranger named Ian (Dave Franco) who coincidentally is playing the game also. They both find out that they become the star players very quickly to the â€śwatchersâ€ť and the adrenaline fueled competition starts them off with simple, fun dares which soon leads them up to dangerous stunts that are just not fun anymore and will leave you on the edge of your seat. As the game, Nerve, continues into a high stake finale, Veeâ€™s future will be at risk. What do you think she will do? How much â€śNerveâ€ť will she have? You have to watch it and see! I enjoyed this movie. It was exciting and adventurous and it left a hidden message to all of the â€śwatchersâ€ť! Overall Rating: B+
Miss Marisa reviews a book about octopi and counting!
Come in and see what's happening at your library this holiday season!
Beep, an official selection of the 2016 GeekFest Film Festival, and a Winner for Best Editing at the 2016 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, covers the history of arcade and video game sounds and interviews the artists who created the game sounds. The development of game sounds and music, from the Penny Arcade era of the 1900s to the video games of the 2010s are covered. I liked the interviews, because the game sound artists are given a platform to gain recognition for the work they did on different games. The artists each explained how they began enhancing arcade and video games, using available limited audio technology, and progressed to the current dayâ€™s advanced audio technology to create game sounds for enjoyable audio gaming experiences. Extra features are Big in Japan, Ryu Imemoto Special, and Industry Insider Tips. This video is recommended for people who are interested in game audio history. Overall Rating: A
This month's story time starter is all about BLUE!
It's Picture Book Month, and we have some great new picture books to share with you to celebrate.
Itâ€™s been awhile since weâ€™ve heard from Melissa, and she is back with â€śMEmphis Rock and Soulâ€ť. This CD pays to tribute to legendary Stax Records artists including, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Johnnie Taylor. They are well represented by her. As I was listening to the CD, I could envision the recording sessions in Memphis filled with horn players, backup singers, and former members of the original bands. Melissaâ€™s rendition of Sam and Daveâ€™s â€śHold on Iâ€™m Comingâ€ť is one of the best versions Iâ€™ve heard. Her raspy voice and the soulful sounds from the band on Otis Reddingâ€™s â€śIâ€™ve Got Dreams to Rememberâ€ť gives this classic song a blended version of old and new. The song choices are a good mix of rock and soul from the historic Stax studio artists. While the CD has 12 songs on it, I wanted to hear more. The influences of these iconic artists have been with Melissa throughout her career. Her voice just lends itself to this type of music. For fans of this genre, â€śMEmphis Rock and Soulâ€ť will not disappoint and would be a nice addition to your play list. This title is also available as a digital resource in Hoopla. Overall Rating: A
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!