Happy Groundhog Day! After the near miss with with Winter Storm Juno, we know that we are hoping for early spring!
Tucker Tale’s Presents Punch & Judy Puppet Show on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7- 7:30 PM in the Community Room. The best known heroes of the puppet stage are coming! Suitable for ages 5 years to adult. Please register!
Gordon James is coming to do a seasonal Jazz concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8:15 PM in the Community Room. Enjoy an evening of seasonal music to wake up your holiday spirit and welcome the winter season. Trumpeter, flugelhornist, vocalist, band leader, composer, arranger and recording artist Gordon James leads a group of veteran musicians during this upbeat jazz concert for adults and older children. (You can also check out Gordon’s webpage.)
Take a peek at our Calendar and the Children’s Calendar to see all our fantastic events! Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars. Also check the calendars for event locations.
Thanksgiving is this week, which means our schedule is different than usual. We still have our normal programs on Monday and Tuesday this week.
Please keep in mind that we are closing at 5 on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and that we will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen Saturday at 10 am. As always, you can use our online catalog system or the Bookmyne app to place holds, renew items, etc.
Just for fun, why not test your literary knowledge and see if you can match the first lines of these novels with their titles?
Are you ready to see some free movies? Next are Edge of Tomorrow (Oct. 24) and Being Again (Nov. 7).
Tomorrow, Friday October 24, we are showing Edge of Tomorrow at 2 pm in the Community Room.
The epic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material; 113 minutes.
On Friday, November 7, we are showing Begin Again at 2 pm in the Community Room.
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually trans-formative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Rated R for language; 104 minutes.
Have you heard of All Hallows Read? Started by Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and many more), it is the new literary Halloween tradition to give someone a scary book. We love this idea, but also think it should be broadened to include reading a scary or spooky book, and we have plenty at the library! Get in the spirit so you can recommend a scary story to your friends with confidence and try something new.
If you don’t know where to start, there are oodles of horror/scary/spooky book lists available on the internet. We’ve gone through a bunch of these for you and created Staff Pick Spooky Bookmarks to give you some of the most popular in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction. These include classics like the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as modern classics like Carrie, House of Leaves, Lockdown, Coraline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… and many more! These bookmarks are located at the Circulation Desk, facing the Reference area.
If you want even more lists, here are some from around the internet:
-Common Sense Media has a list for kids and teens, graded by age
-Bookish‘s list of Scary Books for Every Reader
-Blog post by Gaming Angels includes a couple graphic novels as well – we have Locke and Key and The Walking Dead
-Highland Park Public Library‘s All Hallows Read list from 2011
-Tor’s All Hallows Read 2013 list
-All Hallows Read‘s own recommendations page with links to all sorts of lists, including recommendations from Neil Gaiman himself
If scary isn’t your thing, don’t worry. We have plenty of other books for you, and other Staff Pick Bookmarks!