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Lily and the Octopus - written by Steven Rowley, narrated by Michael Urie I wasnâ€™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 couldnâ€™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, Lilyâ€™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 Tedâ€™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 donâ€™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
Miss Melanie shares a touching biography about Vincent Van Gogh
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 filmâ€™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+
Meet the man who made our SLP theme!
Race recounts the true story of legendary athlete Jesse Owensâ€™ 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 beâ€”the Buckeye Bullet, the fastest man in the world. Jesse almost did not attend the 1936 Olympics. Because of the Nazisâ€™ 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, â€śOut there, there ainâ€™t no black and white, thereâ€™s only fast and slow. Nothing matters, not color, not money, not even hate. For those 10 seconds you are completely free.â€ť Race portrays what life was like in the 1930â€™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 is halfway over, and Discover Tech is only here for 1 more week!
When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl From Miss Sarah at Bellville Branch
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-
Make an awesome looking spider out of a pine cone!
It's Father's Day today!
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 sheâ€™s a bunny. Sheâ€™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 cityâ€™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 childrenâ€™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+
Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
Happy Birthday, Laura Vaccaro Seeger!
How to Be Singleâ€¦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 â€śchick-flick.â€ť 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 â€śgirlâ€™s nightâ€ť than a â€śdate nightâ€ťâ€¦but check it out and form your own conclusion. I guarantee youâ€™ll laugh at least once! Overall Rating: B
2016 Summer Library Program for children
Lemonade is BeyoncĂ©â€™s sixth solo album and her second visual album. The world premiere debut of the visual album aired a 60 minute movie on HBO April 23, 2016. In the Lemonade album set, the visual movie is included as a DVD as well as the audio CD. For all of you BeyoncĂ© fans, this album has a very different sound than BeyoncĂ©â€™s usual R&B, Pop, Hip hop, and Soul music sound. â€śLemonadeâ€ť has an added twist of blues, rock, funk, gospel, and country in it with featured artist Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and James Blake. All 12 included songs focus mostly on every womanâ€™s journey of self-knowledge and healing, as well as infidelity issues in marriage to forgiveness to political beliefs. The first released single â€śFormationâ€ť touched upon BeyoncĂ©â€™s stance on black rights, police brutality and institutional racism. So, as you see this album has a variety for all the BeyoncĂ© fans out there. I am a huge BeyoncĂ© fan, but Lemonade was not on the top of my list as a favorite, all I can say is check out the new album for yourselfâ€¦â€śLemonadeâ€ť will either be sweet to you or sour. Overall Rating: C
Get moving with fun stories, rhymes, and songs!
Book Review: Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Ride Along 2 is a buddy-cop action comedy starring Atlanta detective James Payton (Ice Cube) and new academy graduate Ben Barber (Kevin Hart). Ben is engaged to Jamesâ€™ sister Angela (Tika Sumpter). Detective James doesnâ€™t think Ben is qualified to be a detective. Lieutenant Brooks assigned James to go to Miami to follow up a lead on a dangerous drug ring. Since Ben is clashing with the wedding planner, Angela asked James to take Ben along with him on the Miami case. James only agreed to take Ben to Miami, because he wanted to prove that Ben isnâ€™t cut out to be a detective. In Atlanta, James and Ben located the crime lordsâ€™ hacker, AJ (Ken Jeong) who stole the show when he hilariously played both sides of the law. Overall, I found the film entertaining with most of the comedy coming from Kevin Hart and Ken Jeongâ€™s characters. Overall Rating: B
In honor of World Turtle Day, here's a very special story time all about turtles!
So many sports, so little time!
In the showâ€™s premier season, Grace (played by Jane Fonda) and Frankie (played by Lily Tomlin) find themselves once again thrown together for evening meal by their spouses Saul and Robert (played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen). The women think their husbands of 40 years are going to announce their retirement, but instead receive a life changing revelation: their husbands decide to come out of the closet and openly reveal their love for one another and their plans to marry. This sets the scene for the rest of the season. Both women end up moving into the beach house the two couples shared. While Grace would rather have the house all to herself to deal with the end of her marriage, Frankie is glad to have the company. The adventures these two women have on their quest to adjust to their new lives are quite funny and touching at the same time. The show manages to balance a range of emotions from all the characters that are reflective of dealing with new beginnings and sad goodbyes to long term relationships. By the end of the season, reality has set in and the impending marriage between Robert and Saul is about to take place. Grace and Frankie are supportive of their ex-husbands decisions and are on friendly terms. I enjoyed this show and I am looking forward to Season 2. Overall Rating: A
Learn how to make a calming jar and relax your frustrations away!
The 5th Wave, based on the novel of the same name by Ricky Yancey, is one of the newest book-to-film movies out on DVD. As the film opens, the Earth has already been attacked by aliens four separate times, and mankind is preparing for the 5th wave that experts believe is coming. The previous waves (darkness, destruction, infection, and invasion) have killed the majority of Earthâ€™s inhabitants, and the next wave is expected to lead to human extinction. Cassie Sullivan â€“ played by Chloe Grace Mortez â€“ has survived the first four waves and sets out to locate her little brother, Ben, who has been separated from her. The film creates enough suspense that I was on the edge of my seat several times while watching, but some of the plot points seemed clichĂ©, and I saw a few twists in the storyline coming before they happened. One portion of the plot that I did particularly enjoy, however, was the fact that the film was set in Ohio between the Cuyahoga Valley (near Lake Erie) and Wright Patterson Air Force Base (near Dayton). Although not the most thought provoking movie Iâ€™ve seen recently, I enjoyed it throughout and would recommend it for families with teens and tweens. Overall Rating: B-
Happy birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis!
The movie â€śJoyâ€ť is loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop and an eventual shopping network superstar. Joy and her children live with her mother Terry (Virginia Madsen), who is reclusive and obsessed with soap operas. Tony (Edgar Ramirez), her ex-husband of two years, lives in the basement while he tries to launch a music career. Joyâ€™s father Rudy (Robert De Niro) arrives on their doorstep with his latest girlfriend Sharon. She tells Joy she has had enough, and is giving him back. Mimi (Diane Ladd), Joyâ€™s grandmother is the voice of reason and has always been the only one who believes in her. I must admit I had trouble getting into the film. The first 50 minutes or more are so filled with drama from her dysfunctional family, we barely get a glimpse of who Joy really is--until the invention of her mop. It is through her fatherâ€™s latest girlfriend Trudy (Isabella Rosellini), a wealthy widow, that Joy gets the opportunity to create her miracle mop. Bradley Cooper portrays Neil Walker, a QVC executive who gives Joy the chance to shine by promoting her own product on QVC. Jennifer Lawrence gives an outstanding performance as Joy. Robert De Niro does an excellent job portraying Joyâ€™s father as an insensitive jerk. Diane Ladd plays a wonderful Mimi, Joyâ€™s grandmother and cheerleader. I am very glad that I continued to watch â€śJoyâ€ť until the end. It was uplifting to see how, in spite of all the obstacles Joy encountered, she persevered and became a very successful inventor and entrepreneur. Overall Rating: B+
Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Happy Children's Book Week Everybody!
The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for the 2017 & 2018 Choose to Read Ohio booklist.