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As You Wish is the aptly named part-biography and part behind-the-scenes look at The Princess Bride.  We have several staffers who love the film, and those that have read As You Wish love it.  A must for all Princess Bride fans!

“From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!”–Taken from Goodreads.com.


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Published: Oct 14, 2014 by Touchstone
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Have you ever wanted to check out a Reference book and not been able to? Good news! Now you may be able to.  We’ve implemented a new initiative, and now some of the items in our Reference collection CAN be checked out!

If you’ve noticed the pink labels on some of the Reference books, this means they can be checked out.  You can see in the photo that the items on the right can be checked out because they have pink call numbers.

Here are the rules:

  • You can only have ONE circulating Reference item checked out at a time
  • You may only check out a circulating Reference item for 3 days
  • Overdue fines are $2.00 a day, up to $100.
  • You take the item you would like to check out to Circulation, as normal
  • When you search the catalog, you can also see if something is Circulating Reference under “Materials” – below, the red box.

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This Saturday is National Readathon Day.  Why?  Because millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy.  40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session onSaturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can also create a fundraising team, enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit the Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

If you’re on Goodreads, enter the challenge!  Don’t forget to log it in our Winter Reading program as well.

If you don’t want to give money, there are other ways to get involved like tutoring, volunteering, or making sure you pick up a book every now and then and that your friends do too.

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With the Golden Globe awards finished for another year and the Oscar nominees just announced, there are probably quite a few movies you want to see.  Have you checked our catalog to see if we have them?  Our movies are behind the Circulation desk and we have tons of great DVDs and Blu-Rays to select from!

If you’d like to read the movie– er, we mean the book that came out before the movie, the odds are high we have that too.  There’s also the bonus that everything you read counts towards your Winter Reading Log!  Sign up for Winter Reading now and get all the details on the login screen, which you can access from the banner on our homepage.  Our theme is books made into movies, so why not read the book and watch the movie? We have plenty of lists and ideas for you, and there are more recommendations on the Winter Reading sign up page.

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Life After Life is this week’s staff pick. By Kate Atkinson, this book follows the unusual life of Ursula Todd who continuously reincarnates, and whose life plays out a bit differently each time.  Our staffer loved this book and thinks it deserves all those awards it won.  While initially confusing it’s worth the effort, and soon the life on loop becomes quite normal and you can’t wait to see where Ursula goes next. Highly recommended for anyone who likes the unusual.  A companion novel about her brother Teddy will be released in May, making now a great time to read all about Ursula.

“On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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