Today's Commission Meeting has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum.
Do you enjoy watching movies with your family members and friends? It’s nice to spend some time watching movies to relax and have a little fun with family and friends. Here are some movies that are worth watching or re-watching. Do you have any movies that you would like to add to the list?
Practically all my life, I’ve carried a book with me at all times. I read everywhere. I scoff at people who say they “don’t have time to read.” Oh yeah? What do you do in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, in line at the supermarket, on breaks at work, and at stoplights? For the true reader, there is ALWAYS time to read.
The Golden Globe nominations are out, and the winners will be announced January 7th. As usual, there are many literary adaptations for us to explore, beginning with two films in the “best motion picture” categories.
The National Book Awards were announced November 14, and the winners are-----
We are happy to introduce, Kanopy - our newest streaming service. Kanopy offers “thoughtful entertainment” including selections from Criterion, PBS, and The Great Courses. With a collection of over 30,000 films, you can stream from the web, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku.
When I was eleven, we took a family road trip to Los Angeles. I remember many things about that trip—my drawings of the ever-changing landscape out the car window, seeing my first drag queen on Hollywood Boulevard, my dad bribing me with polished rocks (which I collected at the time) to go through the Hall of Horrors at the wax museum, my weird guilt over not loving my stuffed animal from Disneyland as much as I loved my stuffed animal from Universal Studios—but perhaps the thing I remember most vividly is reading a magazine in our hotel room.
Greetings, parents and caregivers of young children! Autumn in Oklahoma is finally here. Finally. Sadly, our favorite time of the year has been sullied by a near-constant barrage of colds. The twins are currently fighting off hacking and shnortling. My 8-year-old is fighting off post- and pre- (the grossest kind) nasal drips. Superwife is battling an epic wheeze and a record-setting intracranial clog. Yours truly? I've got a nasty headache, a bone-rattling sneeze, gloopy eyes, and a weird brain fog. Though, honestly, the brain fog is pretty normal for me.
Thanksgiving is almost here! The recipe books are in high demand and our digital collections are no exception.
Our digital magazine collection, RBdigital (formerly called Zinio), is full of great cooking magazines.
Justice League hits the theaters this weekend, and fans get to see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg on the big screen together for the first time. Villains beware!
Do you like Marvel movies? It seems like they have so many of them coming out every year! Marvel Entertainment is “one of the world’s most character-based entertainment companies, build on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.” We have lots of Marvel movies in our collection. Feel free to explore what we have and if we're missing one, you can suggest we buy it!
October and fall are two of my favorite things. It is the season of all things monster, horror, and paranormal. So I’ve pulled together a list of 31 titles for all of you guys and ghouls! Some are scary, some are classics, and some are something else entirely; but they are all monster-rific!
Someone recently asked me this: "If you could choose any category to play in Jeopardy, what would it be?" My immediate answer: "80s pop culture, please!" To me, the 80s were a wonderful and awkward decade of perms, mullets, "mom jeans," and wood paneling, alongside some of the best films, books, music, and art.
As the Cold War simmered on, the world’s two great powers–the democratic, capitalist United States and the communist Soviet Union–continued to find ways to antagonize one another. From setting up puppet regimes and engaging in proxy wars to practicing espionage and disseminating propaganda, both nations desperately sought to gain any sort of an edge in the pursuit of dominance. Beginning in the late 1950’s, the race to outer space would take on a central role in this struggle, with each side seeking to attain superiority in technology, military might and political prowess.
144 novels were submitted, the longlist of 13 was whittled down to the shortlist of six, and the winner was announced October 17. First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker is one of the leading prizes for literary fiction written in English. For most of its history, the prize was limited to the UK and Commonwealth, but the rules were changed in 2014 to expand to all English language novels published in the UK during the year.
The Nobel Prize in Literature is given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work rather than a single title. This year’s just announced recipient is British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro moved to Surrey, England when he was 5 years old and was raised and educated there. In a recent interview, he said he discovered his love for literature through the Sherlock Holmes stories he found at the library. Yeah, libraries! Once again, we can take the credit for starting someone on the path to literary greatness.
Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!
So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon and a book series.
Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!
So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon starting on October 13, and a book series, the first of which was released on October 10.
As a kid, I absolutely loved the Scooby-Doo cartoons. They were scary, but not too scary. There was lots of creepy stuff, but the monster always turned out to be just a guy in a costume, and everyone was fine in the end. It was silly and funny. There was a really smart girl who wore glasses. The color scheme was groovy. There were a lot of sandwiches. What’s not to love?
Who has ever hesitated to invite a friend over for a meal because of a dirty house, doubts about cooking, and performance anxiety? *raises hand* Inviting someone into our homes, even if they are a dear friend, can feel like more work than it’s worth. Wouldn’t it be easiest to go out to eat instead?
It’s often been said (by me) that the hardest part of writing one of these blog posts is cranking out a good introductory paragraph. Ideally, it would introduce a theme that ties the whole list together. Depending on who’s writing, a joke might be cracked or a heartfelt sentiment shared. And then we would gracefully segue into the part where the books go. Anyway, here are some of the great things you can check out at the library!
Usually I’m really good at making all of my selections fit together, have a theme, or at least finding some sort of vague way to bind them together, but this time I’m really not sure what that is. Here we have three stories that seemingly have nothing in common. A story of a life spent surfing (and eventually writing) sounds like heaven to me, but to the author made him feel at times lost, because he had spent his life chasing waves instead of stability, family, and the comforts of home.
Today is Read an eBook Day! What's that you ask? Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favorite eBook. Join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks with the hashtag #eBookLove on social media.
If you've never read an eBook, today is the perfect time to try one out! Borrow one of our favorites (listed below), one of your favorites, or something completely new. Checking out an eBook will help you discover the joys of digital reading!
What are some of the films with historical context? Some of the films exaggerate more than what had happened, and some may not. Nonetheless, these films attracted viewers with what they may remember from their times or the time before them.
Let’s look at what historical films can be found in the Metropolitan Library System!
“Well, I ain’t a lawyer, but it sounds like a good contract to me.”
Recognize that line? It’s the first words uttered in the classic movie, 42nd Street, written by Rian James and James Seymour.
How about - “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product…of me.”