Do You Have GOOSEBUMPS?

This past weekend, I was watching a movie when a trailer at the beginning caught my attention. It was for GOOSEBUMPS, the Movie, coming out October 16 in theatres.

R.L.Stine is the author of the well-loved scary series called GOOSEBUMPS, and I know these are super popular in our library, so I was intrigued by the trailer. However, it surprised me that the movie immediately referenced the books…something which I’m pretty sure the books don’t do, so I wondered what this was going to be about. Apparently, the movie is not so much an adaptation of the popular series, but something that is counting on the popularity of the series to sell tickets.

Will it be scary? Probably. Will kids flock to the theatres to see it?  I’m not so sure…with a cast that looks a little older than the kids at which the books are aimed, I think maybe they hit the market a little bit off. Think your teen will want to go and see a movie called Goosebumps? No matter how much they loved the series growing up, I’m betting on no.

Maybe this will prove me wrong.

Peanuts!

 

While it isn’t exactly library related, it’s PEANUTS, folks!  And they’re releasing a movie in November!

Growing up, I read “Peanuts” religiously. After all, weren’t the Saturday comics the only part of the newspaper just for kids? I thought so, anyway, and grew to love Lucy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Pigpen as though they were my friends, too. I’m so excited to see this movie….it’s been a long time since a new Peanuts release, so I thought I’d share.

If you’re interested in knowing a bit more about Charles Schulz and his wonderful gang of wacky kids, we have some great books at the library about his life, and the characters.

Biography of Charles Schulz

The Parables of PeanutsSee you at the movies in November, Charlie Brown!

Movies are Taking Over.

According to Time Magazine this week, Netflix accounts for more than 37% of downstream Internet traffic. That means more than a third of the entire internet is being taken up by people watching movies and TV through Netflix. Is the Internet changing?

movie nightAt the library, we are finding parallels. A large portion of our circulation is now movies, as well as eBooks and Audiobook downloads. It doesn’t mean that people aren’t reading, or that they aren’t visiting the library, it just means that they’re doing more from home, and using the library as a source of entertainment, as well as information.

This isn’t bad for libraries, so don’t panic. We aren’t becoming movie stores. It’s just a different way people are accessing things they are interested in, and we’re lucky to be able to provide these items to the public free of charge. If anything, it’s making the library more relevant to our patrons instead of less relevant.

So, what will you be downloading this weekend?

 

Winners

After the Oscars this past weekend, a lot of people will be flocking to rent or buy some of the winning movies they didn’t manage to see last year. Did you know that we carry many of the most current DVDs and also a great assortment of the books that the movies were based on? You can drop in and pick up a DVD at the library using just your library card, and keep it for a week. Isn’t that a great deal? We think so! These are just a few of the movies that won or were nominated for Oscars this year, and we have them here. If they aren’t available when you come in, put one on hold.

availableTake out a movie today!

Tim Burton and Miss Peregrine

When Ransom Riggs YA novel, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN first came out, it was the cover that caught my eye first. Nevermind that it sounded particularly scary, and had a title that couldn’t be ignored. But that cover! Why is it so creepy?

peregrineAnd now, Hollywood’s most interesting director, Tim Burton, is going to bring his inimitable flair to MISS PEREGRINE in the big screen adaptation of the novel. This is sure to be a very wild combination, and I can’t wait to see the movie, which is slated for release in March of 2016.  So far, casting includes Eva Green, and recently, Samuel L. Jackson has been in talks to participate as well.

If you don’t follow Ransom Riggs on Facebook, Instagram or his website, you might not know that he is the husband of fellow YA author extraordinaire Tahereh Mafi, creator of the SHATTER ME series. They are so cute together, often posing for photos on one of their many far-off trips (they went to Iceland recently), and even make short films together, which you can find on Riggs’ site.

The big question: will the movie be in black and white?

Get Your Movies Here!

dvdDid you know that we carry a huge assortment of DVD’s? Not only do we have movies for children and families, but we now have a wide variety of TV series that you can borrow for a week at a time.

All you need is a library card! Don’t have one? It’s simple….drop in and we’ll get you sorted out. You could be watching your favourite series this weekend!

The Martian

One of the most exciting books I read last year was THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir, and now, it’s going to be a movie released at the end of 2015, starring Matt Damon.

18007564THE MARTIAN is about a crew of astronauts who are living and working on Mars, trying to establish the means for others to eventually inhabit the planet. But when a powerful dust storm forces them to leave suddenly, one of the astronauts–Mark Watney—is believed to be dead, and is left on the planet alone.

NASA discovers he’s still alive only after it’s too late for his crew to return for a rescue mission. So now, the world watches as Mark Watney struggles to survive while NASA scrambles to put together a rescue mission that will be years in the future.

I loved this book, even while the opening was quite technical and a little tedious at times, Weir put together a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if they can save Watney in time. I”m very excited about the star-studded cast for the movie-version out in November of this year. This is sci-fi without the creatures and hyper-speed, totally plausible if we could get people there safely in the first place.

Have you read this novel, and are you anticipating the movie release?