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Happy Birthday, Alvin Tresselt!

September 30, 2017

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of children's author Alvin Tresselt!

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The Mummy

By Allison - AV   |  September 29, 2017

The Mummy (2017) is the first film in Universal’s newest franchise, The Dark Universe. The movie focuses around Nick Morton, a womanizing thief of antiquities played by Tom Cruise, and Princess Ahmanet, a 3000+ year-old woman – played by Sofia Boutella – who was mummified alive as punishment for making a pact with Set, the god of Death.

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Book Review: Shark Lady

September 26, 2017

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

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Shin Godzilla

By Steven - AV   |  September 22, 2017

Shin Godzilla is a satire of Japanese bureaucracy and a vaguely nationalistic underdog story about politicians uniting in the face of disaster, which all sounds like a terrible idea. It sounds very people-centric, and people are never the point of Godzilla. People exist only to string together the real meat of the thing, the guys in monster suits stomping on miniatures, so that the final product can pass for a halfway coherent story instead of just some chaotic scenes of rampaging monsters strung end to end. But people are also what make Shin Godzilla so fascinating. Though the film has its share of traditional Godzilla destruction, it zeroes in on the government response, which is unprepared and largely inept and also fascinating with touches of subtle comedy. Through quick cuts, dynamic camera angles, breathless dialogue, and tons of characters, the film gives the politicians their own engrossing brand of chaos. And as a commentary on the Japanese response to the 2011 earthquake/tsunami, Shin Godzilla is aspirational in a way few movies in the franchise have been since the original. It loses some steam toward the end and it’s certainly not what people expect from a monster movie, but it can easily count itself as one of the best. Overall Rating: A

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First Day of Fall!

September 22, 2017

All things Fall, all the time!

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Story Time Starter: Feelings and Emotions

September 18, 2017

Sometimes feeling are hard to explain, but books and stories can help; use this story time starter with your kids today!

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The Head and the Heart: Signs of Light

By Fate - AV   |  September 15, 2017

When I feel like seeing what is available in new music, I check the library's website as a resource. Another, since I have Amazon Echo, is to ask Alexa to play some music; and, for example, she will respond with, "Here is some music by ‘The Head and the Heart.’" That is how I learned about this group, and I have enjoyed their music. They are in the rock category, but their music is controlled, not with loud guitars or heavy drums. The vocals are controlled as well, without the yelling or screaming of lyrics that seems to be prevalent in much of today's music. Lead vocals are good, as are the harmonies. It is an enjoyable, very listenable album, well worth the try. Overall rating: A

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Crafting with Kids: Birds in a Nest

September 14, 2017

Happy Thursday! Today's craft is a paper plate nest with two birds peeking out.

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Book Review: Hocus Pocus, It's Fall!

September 10, 2017

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by Anne Sibley O'Brien and illustrated by Susan Gal From Miss Mary at Main Library

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England: Castles, Cottages, and Countryside

By Terri - AV   |  September 8, 2017

As a fan of British movies and reader of British novels, I’ve long wanted to view the great country estates of the nobility, take a trip to the ever-mentioned Bath, and see the English countryside I’ve read about so often. The DVD England: Castles, Cottages, and Countryside promises this and more. The segment on the English “treasure houses” is narrated by a typically understated British narrator; the other segments are hosted by Smart Travels’ Rudy Maxa. All episodes cover their subjects well. In the homes we are treated not only to thorough scenes of the grounds and the most splendid rooms of castles dating from Medieval times to the 1760s, but we also get to see the treasures for which each castle is famous, such as works of art, furniture, armor, an antique car collection, and hothouse plants. In some of the homes we also get to meet the current owners and even see some of the family rooms. At times the background music interferes with the narration, but I’m not one to complain about classical music while I’m viewing pictures of some lovely homes and countryside. This DVD delivered on its purpose of offering a better acquaintance with places often mentioned by Jane Austen’s characters or seen in British television and movies. Overall rating: B

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Featured Article: Read a Book Day

September 6, 2017

What's so special about today? Well, it's National Read a Book Day today!

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