Featured Article: Family Fun Month

August 28, 2017

There is still time to celebrate Family Fun Month before August comes to a close!

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By Melinda - AV   |  August 28, 2017

Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, will definitely give you some laughs. I was expecting it to be more hilariously funny than it was, but I did chuckle here and there. I am not a huge Amy Schumer fan, but she does make me laugh sometimes when she is not trying to “over-do” her jokes. Emily Middleton (played by Amy Schumer) has just lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend right before they were leaving for their exotic vacation. Feeling impetuous, she decides to persuade her mother (played by Goldie Hawn) to take his place and go with her on the vacation to South America. Even though Emily and her mother are complete opposites, they decide to give it a try and go have a fun, adventurous time together. When they arrive, Emily meets an attractive man named James. They begin to hit it off, and he persuades Emily and her mother to go sightseeing with him. Even though this seems like a harmless invitation, they do not know what lies ahead. After they get caught up in this unbelievable, frightening situation, it’s up to the mother-daughter team to figure out a way to get out of it, and of course the end results are done with quite a bit of humor along the way. I do not want to spoil the fun, so I suggest you watch it and see what happens! If you’re feeling down, grab this flick and get a laugh or two. Overall Rating: B-

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Book Review: Touch the Earth

August 24, 2017

Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon and Bart Davis From Miss Susie at Lexington Branch

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Bull, Season One

By Darla - AV   |  August 21, 2017

The television series Bull, created by Phil McGraw and Paul Attanasio, stars Michael Weatherly as trial consultant psychologist and licensed pilot Dr. Jason Bull, who dislikes prosecution attorneys. Dr. Bull heads the Trial Analysis Corporation team. The Trial Analysis Corporation members include a former narcotics police detective, a retired All-American football defensive lineman who has become a fashion stylist, a former New York City prosecutor, a neurolinguistics expert who is also a sex therapist, and a computer hacker. I found the methodologies used by the team to select jury members for criminal defense cases the most fascinating part of this television series. In Bull, serious criminal cases are defended; however, the mood of the show is lightened by comical interpersonal conflicts between the team and the legal community.  Sometimes too much time is spent on interpersonal stories; more court-time drama would make the show better. Overall rating: B

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Crafting with Kids: Solar Eclipse

August 20, 2017

We have some great crafts for you to try out in celebration of the Great American Solar Eclipse, which just so happens to be coming through our country on Monday, August 21st.

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Happy Birthday Eric Litwin!

August 16, 2017

Help us wish one of the creators of Pete the Cat a very Groovy and Happy Birthday!!!

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Story Time Starter: Dirt, Sand, and Mud

August 12, 2017

Enjoy some messy ideas for a great story time at home!

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Beginning Reader Books

August 11, 2017

The Mansfield Richland County Public Library has leveled books for beginning readers.

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Going in Style

By Barb - AV   |  August 11, 2017

Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine star in this funny and timely remake of “Going in Style.” Retirement is going well for these three gentlemen until the bank starts sending out foreclosure notices. After doing some investigating, they discover the company they had all worked for has been sold and their pension funds frozen. What develops from there is a plan to get their money back by robbing the local bank. They practice by robbing the local grocery store, and that does not go according to plan. When the store manager decides not to press charges, the plan continues to evolve with the help of a professional con artist. While the plot becomes a bit predictable, the acting is well-done and there are many laugh-out-loud moments in this film. Additional cast members Christopher Lloyd and Ann Margaret add talent in their supporting roles. Even though this movie appeals to retirees, younger generations would enjoy this film as well. Overall Rating: A

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Featured Article: National Friendship Day

August 6, 2017

It's National Friendship Day today!

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Boss Baby

By Allison - AV   |  August 4, 2017

Before watching Boss Baby, I wasn’t exactly certain that it would be my type of film. After watching it, I can certainly say that it wasn’t. Boss Baby (featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi, among others) is your standard children’s movie where the exceptional kids are required to save the bumbling parents. (The storyline was a bit more developed than just that aspect, but not by much.) While I did like the fact that the movie highlighted the importance of having an imagination and featured scenes from other works, such as Mary Poppins, Indiana Jones, and Moby Dick, I was less than impressed with some of the movie’s other qualities. For example, I was surprised (and appalled) at the amount and graphicness of the body-function humor included in the film. I was also disappointed with some of the movie’s messages involving the stereotyping of various groups of individuals, including types of company employees and those individuals that went to community colleges. In general, families with children might enjoy the film, but, personally, I was happy that my daughter is too young to have understood some of the film’s content. Overall Rating: C-

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Book Review: We Are Growing!

August 2, 2017

We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller From Miss Susie at Lexington Branch

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