Weekly Reads

Standard

See what your favorite library staff members are reading!

Candace- Abe & Fido:Lincoln’s Love of Animals and the Touching Story of his Favorite Canine Companion

Christine- Clash of the Demons

Jeanne- Lamentation

JoAnna- The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace:A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark For The Ivy League

Meghan- Pioneer Girl:The Annotated Autobiography

Shianne- Drama

Fight for our Libraries!

Standard

The Governor’s 2015-16 budget proposes to eliminate funding for Connecticard, CLC, and Grants to Public Libraries. This means that CT residents will NO LONGER be able to borrow from any public library across the state, and local libraries could be forced to shut their doors to their neighbors. The money saved by using Connecticard ($68M in 2014) will vanish.

Without proper funding, Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) will be severely hampered in its mission of saving public libraries & taxpayers money (over $7.1M annually) by coordinating the purchase of books and other products for the state’s public, school, and academic libraries.

Eliminating the law that guarantees adequate local funding will severely restrict access to information for everyone, especially the people who need libraries the most; people who need help with literacy, access to government services, and so much more.

If you are against these proposed cuts, contact your legislators. You can find them here:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

Help fight for our libraries!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Standard

https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8f/GOTG-poster.jpgRating: PG-13

Can a small band of misfits save the galaxy? An earth man, Peter Quill, who has been raised by a rowdy band of space pirates, has stolen a valuable orb with the power to destroy the galaxy. He teams up with four other outlaws to save the galaxy from annihilation.

I had never heard of Star-Lord or the Guardians of the Galaxy before watching the movie. It’s not as well known as Iron Man or Captain America, but it has become my favorite Marvel movie. Because it takes place almost entirely in outer space it has a different look and feel than other comic book movies. You’ll see a lot of space ships, and spectacular scenery on different planets. It also has the best soundtrack I’ve heard in years- it’s loaded with classics like Escape(the Pina Collada Song), Come and Get Your Love, and Hooked on a Feeling to name a few. Chris Pratt was a dynamic lead. Star-Lord had a lot of personality and was extremely funny and relatable. Guardians of the Galaxy is not just for comic book fans. It has the perfect mix of humor, good music, action and a compelling plot.

Whiplash

Standard

whiplashRating: R

Andrew is a first year student at a prestigious music school. He finds himself invited to be in a band that is conducted by a tough and demanding instructor, and soon becomes obsessed with gaining the approval of his new teacher.

This movie was excellent. J.K. Simmons played the formidable instructor, Fletcher, who you can’t help but hate. Andrew (played by Miles Teller) is a very relatable character, who stops at nothing to be the best that he can be and make his instructor happy. Even though Simmons’ character was a terrible human being, I was still hoping Andrew would receive the approval he so desperately desired. This movie had me laughing and gasping in horror, and it was relatively fast paced;  I actually found myself  sitting anxiously on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. The ending was good, but I still had a few unanswered questions after it was over. I give it a 9 out of 10.

The Theory of Everything

Standard

theoryRating: PG-13

A look at the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane.

I loved this film! Even though it was extremely sad most of the time, it was interesting to see how Hawking was able to flourish in life, despite having a debilitating disease. All of the acting was phenomenal, and Eddie Redmayne definitely deserved winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. The movie had a lot of time to cover (about 30 years), but it did so without feeling rushed or leaving anything out. While the ending is not a happy one, it is still an amazing story, filled with hope, love, compassion (and science!). The Hawkings are both inspirational people, and this movie is definitely worth watching. I give it a 9 out of 10.

Weekly Reads

Standard

See what your favorite library staff members are reading!

Candace- The Sisters Who Would Be Queen:Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey:A Tudor Tragedy

Christine- Wrath of the Bloodeye

Meghan- The Selection

Sue- The Sandcastle Girls

Fairest

Standard

Fairest

Marissa Meyer

Before she became the evil Lunar Queen fans of the popular Lunar Chronicles series love to hate, Levana was just an insecure, orphaned princess. How did she rise to power? And what happened to make her so evil? The secrets of Levana’s past are finally revealed in Marissa Meyer’s latest novella.

Fairest was a quick, easy read. I never grew to like Levana’s character, but sympathized with her despite knowing the evil things she will do as an adult. In the preceding books, Levana’s past was shrouded in mystery and rumors, so it was exciting to finally learn the truth. I recommend Fairest to fans of the Lunar Chronicles, because it acts as a tie-in to the next novel, Winter. Plus, there is an excerpt from Winter in the back of the book. Fairest can be read on its own, but I suggest reading it after Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) because it contains spoilers for the previous three novels. Fairest is not as good as the full-length novels in the Lunar Chronicles series, but it is worth reading just to find out how Levana rose to power.

Weekly Reads

Standard

See what your favorite library staff members are reading!

Candace- The Virgin Queen:Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age

Christine- Attack of the Fiend

Jeanne- The Marriage Game:A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I

Shianne- A Change of Heart:A Harmony Novel

Gone Girl:A Comparison

Standard

Gone_Girl_(Flynn_novel)On her fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne goes missing, and all of the clues point to her husband, Nick, as the culprit behind her disappearance.

I read this book a few years ago and loved it. The plot twist was completely unexpected and brilliant. It was one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read, but I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind Amy’s disappearance. If you haven’t already read this book you should, even if you’ve already seen the movie.Gone_Girl_Poster

I had such high expectations for this movie because I loved the book so much. I was really worried that the movie wouldn’t be good. Then I found out that the author, Gillian Flynn, was writing the screenplay, and I instantly knew that the movie was going to be very true to the book, and it was. All of the actors did an amazing job; the actress that played Amy, Rosamund Pike, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie was long, but it’s so entertaining that you barely even notice that you’re sitting there for 2 and a half hours. I’ve seen this movie multiple times, and I’m so happy that it came out the way that it did. I give it a 9 out of 10.