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This week’s staff pick is an enchanting adult fairy tale this novel was made into the movie Stardust.  Utterly charming, this staff favorite is an adventure story like you haven’t seen before.  We also have the audiobook read by the author, and it’s top-notch.

“In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he’ll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he’ll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.”–Taken from Amazon.com


Stardust (H)

Neil Gaiman

Published: Feb 01, 1999 by William Morrow
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Stardust Low Price CD

Neil Gaiman

Published: Sep 17, 2013 by HarperAudio
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Our next free movie is Far From the Madding Crowd!  Join us on Friday, August 21 before 2pm to watch this classic inspired film.

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence; 1 hour, 59 minutes.

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Sadly, it’s nearing the end of summer, and that means the end of our Summer Concert Series.  Join us for our final two fantastic groups and finish the summer with a bang!

CARNABYstre

 

CARNABY ST. : August 12, 7- 8:30 pm

 

Experience the music of the 1960s British Invasion along with various American artists, as CARNABY ST. breathes new life into songs that are fondly remembered as the cornerstones for popular music’s favorite era.

While covering hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, The Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Byrds and even a few One-hit-Wonders, CARNABY ST. is living proof that the music from the 1960’s is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages.

CARNABY ST. features Chris Roselle on guitar & vocals, Pete Bremy on bass guitar & vocals, and Dino DiMartino on drums & vocals.
Registration is requested. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.

 

 

 

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

 

 

The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble is an award-winning traditional African dance and drum group, featuring a multi-generational cast of talent. Their exciting, educational, and powerful performances inspire audiences worldwide. Now in their 31st season, the Ensemble was founded by Robert & Wanda Dickerson in 1984 and has grown to be one of the largest professional authentic dance groups in the USA.
Registration is requested. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.

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This week’s staff pick is the beginning of an excellent fantasy series.  Cover aside, our protagonist is Kate, a mercenary in a world gone topsy-turvy, and she’s funny, determined, and can kill you three times before you hit the floor.  A couple of our staffers love this series, since each volume really builds on the characters.  Magic Bites is the first in the series, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked too if you like fantasy.   This is one we can’t recommend you try enough.  So much so, that the Amazon summary didn’t to it justice, so we gave you the author’s summary of the series too.

“New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels…

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way… “–Taken from Amazon.com

“The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.” — Taken from author’s website


Magic Bites

Ilona Andrews

Published: Mar 27, 2007 by Ace
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Join us on Saturday, September 12th for a discussion of The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  Meetings take place from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

roundhouseOne Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked.  In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own.  Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.  And this is only the beginning. (Publisher’s Description)