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  • Posted on 03/07/2012 - 10:11am

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is a compilation of stories chronicling what it means to be Jewish from both the Orthodox and secular vantage points.  The stories cover a wide range of experiences - from Israeli settlers to Holocaust victims to modern day secularists in southern Florida.  Nathan Englander knows what he's talking about too.  He grew up as a 4th generation modern Orthodox Jewish American  on Long Island.  His mother was stereotypically overprotective, he attended a religious day school, and he experienced anti-Semitism first-hand.  His life experiences, including living in Israel as a young man, color his take on what it means to be Jewish. 

    Nathan Englander is an amazing storyteller and a master at the short story.  Despite their brevity, you'll end each story feeling deeply connected with the characters and invested in their lives.   These stories will entertain you, enrage you, and on occasion, take your breath away. 

    Interested in more?  Check out the Fresh Air interview.

  • Posted on 03/06/2012 - 11:47am

    Tickets are now on sale for the library's next After Hours Concert on Friday, March 30, 7 pm.  If you enjoy Motown to Cole Porter, you’ll love “Four Guys in Tuxes”.  These versatile vocalists and musicians will wow you with a wide range of toe tapping tunes taking requests from the audience to boot.  Take advantage of an opportunity for an inexpenisve evening “out on the town” close to home.  The After Hours Concert is held on the first floor with reserved seating, Starbucks coffee, dessert, and a complimentary glass of wine included. Tickets are $10 Must be 21+.

  • Posted on 03/05/2012 - 10:04am

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    “I imagined everything. I never thought it would happen,” writes Keith Richards in his memoir, Life. And the book is full of life and energy; it may take a few pages to get used to the informal, conversational style, but then the reading becomes effortless as you become absorbed in Richards’ story of his youth and his long life with the Rolling Stones. He writes about songwriting, working with Mick Jagger, touring and recording, and personal stories as well. Richards remembers far more than one might reasonably expect, and has a fresh, humorous, matter-of-fact tone throughout much of the book. At times poetic, at times funny, Life is an excellent read full of new material for Stones fans. The audiobook, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley, is also excellent (it won the Audio Publishers Association’s Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011).

  • Posted on 02/29/2012 - 4:41pm

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    There was a lot of buzz about this book, but I heard mixed reviews from other readers, so I went in with an open mind but without high expectations. I found myself tremendously taken with the characters – Celia and Marco, who use the circus as a competition ground as well as a showcase for their talents; Poppet and Widget, twins born on opening night; and Bailey, who becomes enchanted by the circus and leaves his home to follow it. The descriptions of the circus and the illusions within, which Celia and Marco create and sustain, are, in a word, magical. Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is equal to Lev Grossman’s (The Magicians), but The Night Circus is as tightly controlled as The Magicians is sprawling, and unlike The Magicians (and Harry Potter), there is no school of magic where Celia and Marco learn. By the time I finished the book, I was enchanted enough to want to read it again.

  • Posted on 02/29/2012 - 3:14pm

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    You do not have to like football to enjoy this great TV series about a high school football team from the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. Friday Night Lights, which ran for five seasons on NBC, is an adaptation of the book and the film by the same name. Coach Eric Taylor is central to the story, as is his relationship with his wife Tami and his daughter Julie.  This TV series covers gritty, emotional themes (rape, murder, racism, infidelity, steroid use, life-changing injuries, etc.) in a dramatic and effective way.

    After the first episode, I was hooked when the star quarterback gets hurt and the inexperienced shy sophomore backup quarterback has to take his place.  All the characters ring true and feel real as we see them face life’s challenges, make difficult decisions, and deal with the consequences. The superb writing gives these characters some great lines that will make you laugh and cry.   Borrow this TV series from the library, pop the popcorn and get ready to meet Coach Taylor, his family and the people of Dillon, Texas.

  • Posted on 02/28/2012 - 12:13pm

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    Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese is based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  It is an enchanting film set in a railway station in 1930s Paris. Hugo is a young orphan boy whose father, a clock maker, was working on restoring an automation (mechanical man) when he was killed in a museum fire.   After his father’s death, Hugo is taken in by his alcoholic uncle who takes care of the clocks in the railway station. When his uncle goes missing, Hugo takes over the care of the clocks unknown to management.  Hugo must learn to fend for himself and takes to stealing food all the while dodging the station policeman.  The young boy desperately wants to fix the automation as he believes it will reveal a message from his father. In trying to gets parts for repairs, Hugo steals toys from the toy shop owner, a former film maker whose best days have passed him by, and is caught.  The meeting of these two individuals is pivotal to the rest of the story.  They help each other in unexpected ways and learn that it is possible to rediscover and follow ones dreams.

  • Posted on 02/27/2012 - 4:58pm

    Missed the Teen Robotics demo last week? Then you didn't hear about how robots work, or see what a bomb-disposal robot sees as it climbs up and down a flight of stairs. See what you missed in this series of YouTube videos. (Links to the second two parts are in the video information.)

  • Posted on 02/25/2012 - 2:31pm

    Check out our Downloads page and E-book Guide for updated help and instructions for downloading library e-books. We've added device-specific help pages for e-readers and Kindles. Help pages for electronic audiobooks and music downloads are also now available.

  • Posted on 02/24/2012 - 9:22am

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    Downton Abbey, a British period drama, is a masterpiece. The first season begins with the news of the Titanic’s sinking, and ends with the announcement that Britain has been drawn into World War I; season two takes place during the war and in the immediate postwar years, up to 1920. (Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of the series, owes a debt to an earlier British TV drama, Upstairs Downstairs (1971-1975), which also featured a rich family and its servants.) Downton Abbey’s cast of characters also spans the class spectrum, from the Dowager Countess (played by Maggie Smith, whose one-liners may be the best part of the show) and Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters, all the way down to Daisy the kitchen maid. The acting is superb, the relationships between the characters intricate, and the costumes and sets lush and perfect: the show is filmed partly at Highclere Castle and partly at Ealing Studios in London. Season three is in production – and eagerly awaited by many.

  • Posted on 02/22/2012 - 2:56pm

    This movie is based on the book of the same name written by Colin Clark, who as a young man spent time as an assistant on the movie The Prince and the Show Girl starring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier.  He chronicles the friction between the two stars—Marilyn was insecure and dependent on pills, Sir Laurence was punctual and obsessive.  As the production became more chaotic, Marilyn turns to Colin as a confidant and the two wind up spending a week palling around seeing the sights together.  The movie is a gem and the acting is superb.  Michelle Williams received an academy award nomination as best actress and it is easy to see why.  She embodies Marilyn exuding the charisma and vulnerability of the late actress.