Tuesday Afternoon at the Movies!

We’re trying something a little bit different, now that the nicer weather is (supposed to be) here. How about joining us for a movie in the afternoon? Starting this week—we’re showing a Canadian film every month, at 2pm.

Movie dates:  April 23, May 21, June 18

Please check our Facebook page for final details on what we’ll be showing, but each movie will be hand-picked from the National Film Board selection of great titles. Admission is free, and popcorn and drinks will be provided. No registration is required.

Let’s all go to the movies!

The Public

A new film by Emilio Estevez called “The Public” was inspired by an article which appeared in the LA Times in 2007 by Salt Lake City Public Library deputy director Chip Ward, and tells the tale of a librarian-led standoff with police after a group of homeless people take shelter in a Cincinnati library.

Libraries are becoming the safe havens of many people who either don’t have places to go, or need some respite from the elements. And while it seems like it might be the directive of libraries to provide space for any person who needs it, it can be a real problem for people who don’t believe that truth. Our spaces are open long hours. We have heat in winter and cool air in summer. We don’t require anyone to pay a fee to enter our buildings, nor have any specific purpose to be there. Everyone is welcome to enter a library and stay as long as they want.

“The Public” delves into the story of a group of homeless people who decide to stay, and a group a librarians who want to help. Strangely enough, it’s not always librarians who have the final say as to what happens in their libraries. Boards and municipalities often have input, as in this movie, and it makes for a lot of tension.

It sounds like an interesting premise for a film–and while the reviews for this movie haven’t been stellar, it might be something those who work in the library community can appreciate most.

If you’ve already seen “The Public”, did you enjoy it?

Journey to Justice

February marks Black History Month, and we’ll be showing a film on Thursday, February 7th called “Journey to Justice” by filmmaker Roger McTair. It’s part of our National Film Board Movie Night series, which we run all year round.

The film is about 45 minutes long and pays tribute to a group of Canadians who fought for Black civil rights from the 1930’s – 1950’s.

The film will start at 7pm. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided, so make sure to get here a few minutes early to get a good seat! It’s going to be an interesting night!
















We have a great and ever-expanding DVD collection at the library, which covers everything from children’s movies, to British TV series, to documentaries, to blockbusters. (The ones above are just a sampling of dvds from recent weeks!) While the waiting lists and can be a little daunting sometimes, there is an easy way to keep up with what’s new.

All you have to do is drop by our library catalog and type “DVD” in the search bar. You’ll see the latest movies added to our collection, as well as anything we have on order. But don’t let this be your last move…make sure to log in using your library card number and PIN, and place holds on the movies you really want to see. You can place holds on ANYTHING in our collection, even if it isn’t in the building yet. That means anything on order is fair game, and the sooner you get your name on the holds list, the sooner you’ll be watching that series you’ve been waiting for!

Don’t be disappointed. Ask for your PIN number today, and we can show you how to place those holds! You’ll be happy that you did!



TIFF and the Books that Inspire the Films

If you were following all the red carpet events at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, you probably heard about some of these films that have been based on best-selling books. While some of these films will be shown in smaller venues, you might like to read the books they were based on before seeing the movies. The books are always better than the movies anyway, right?

Angie Thomas’ THE HATE YOU GIVE was one of the most talked about YA books of 2017, and the movie is sure to be popular as well, and it won’t just appeal to the teen crowd. Thomas’ writing has been lauded as fresh and real, and hopefully, the movie will be true to her vision.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.


Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.


But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

BEAUTIFUL BOY: A FATHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH HIS SON’S ADDICTION by David Sheff is one of the more heartfelt films on the list, from all accounts. And the book will probably delve into the subject matter even more.

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.


And one of the other popular films at TIFF this year was IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where pas sion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

The novel has been called stunning and honest and has a bit of humour mixed in with the emotional themes. It’s definitely one that shouldn’t be missed.

Have you seen any of the TIFF movies? Are there any others you’re looking forward to seeing or reading? Place a hold on any of the books, download an audiobook or ebook, or ask us for an interlibrary loan on anything we don’t have in our catalog. Get reading…and then get watching!

NFB Film Night at the Library

Join us tonight for not one, but FOUR  great National Film Board movies! It starts at 7pm, and we’ll serve popcorn. You can find out more about the films below….

National Film Board Movie Night
September 7th, 7PM
Free admission, free popcorn!
We will be showing 4 short films by indigenous artists from the NFB’s AABIZIINGWASHI (WIDE AWAKE) Film Festival.

Three Thousand – In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Breaths – In this evocative short documentary, Inuk singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life.

Mountain of SGanna – Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by a old Haida fable.

To Wake Up the Nakota Language – “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says 69-year-old Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. Through the wisdom of his words, Armand is committed to revitalizing his language and culture for his community and future generations.

No registration is necessary. Just be here a little before 7pm to get a great seat.