It is Popular

One of the most requested new movies at the library is the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. We know that people are eager to get it, but the waiting list was long from the moment we ordered, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter. Right now, there are 11 people on the waiting list, which means, if everyone were to keep it out for the one-week loan period, it’ll be about 3 months before the last person on the list gets to see it.

Now, while that might seem like a long time in this age of instant download and streaming video, but for those who frequented our last local video store, this might now be their only option. Why don’t we purchase extra copies of popular movies, the same way we do for highly-requested books? There are a couple of reasons.

First, we have limited space for our DVD collection. While circulation of new and popular movies allows us to stock lots of back titles, BBC selections, documentaries, and more, the shelves are still only so big. We also need similar space behind the desk for the actual disks, and if you frequent the library, you’ll know that space is quite limited.

Secondly, DVDs tend to get damaged much faster than books. It wouldn’t be cost effective for us to keep replacing popular titles after only a few checkouts, although we’d love to be able to do that!

So, thank you for being patient while you wait for your titles to arrive. We appreciate it. And don’t forget, you can search our online catalog and place holds on ANYTHING you see, even if it isn’t available yet. The sooner you get on a list, the sooner you’ll get your movie.

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What’s Popular?

It’s always interesting to see what books are popular in the library during a given time. While all the new books have holds on them long before they arrive in the library, sometimes another book can surpass the requests, just because it is so good. But for the months of December and January, our popular books weren’t really any surprise.

John Grisham’s THE ROOSTER BAR took the lead with checkouts. Not far behind were James Patterson, Danielle Steel, and David Baldacci. Thrillers and the odd romance are what our readers want!

In the non-fiction realm, cookbooks took the lead. That’s no surprise, considering many people were baking up a storm for the holidays, and now our super popular Cookbook Book Club has started.

ISTANBUL & BEYOND: EXPLORING THE DIVERSE CUISINES OF TURKEY by Robyn Eckhardt was the most popular non-fiction checkout by far, followed by DUTCH FEAST by Emily Wight. How great is it that people are exploring exotic cuisine!

The third book in the running (all three non-fiction books had the same number of checkouts), was WOMEN & POWER : A MANIFESTO by Mary Beard. A sign of the times, I think.

And in our ever popular DVD department, new releases were the most borrowed, which is really no surprise. Have you seen these movies?

Only time will tell what will be the most popular fiction, non-fiction and movies of the next few months. Stay tuned! (And don’t be afraid to place a hold on anything you see here that might interest you. All you need is your library card and your PIN.)

 

THE SECRET

When THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne was released in 2009, people couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough. The book claimed to hold simple “rules” to getting whatever you wanted in life. And it remained on the Best Seller list for three years, sparking rumours of a movie version of the self-help tome.

But it never seemed to happen. An Australian company produced a movie, but it was never released in the US and fizzled locally. Here we are, several years later, and a big budget version starring Katie Holmes is going to be made and released in the US.

Since this is a non-fiction, self-help book, the movie version will feature a lovely family story about a single mother who hires a handyman to fix her home. While he works, he regales the young widow with his beliefs about gathering the things you want from the Universe by simply asking for them. The producers hope it will not only satisfy the longtime fans of THE SECRET, but also to “ripple out and and touch millions more people in the world”.

Have you read THE SECRET? Were you a fan when it first came out? Did you follow the guide in order to bring things to you? If you did, are you excited about this movie? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

A Wrinkle in Time

Have you seen the previews for Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME ? How about this explanation of what they have planned:

The clock ticks, time bends, space shifts, and Oprah is your planet-hopping tour guide through all of it. Consider that your intro-level education to A Wrinkle in Time.

Yes. Just, yes.  It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Mindy Kaling among others, and the whole thing is a spin on whatever you once thought about the book. You can read more about it all, and see some amazing visuals from Entertainment Weekly, which are absolutely stunning, right here.

The movie is set to release March 9, 2018, so we have a while to wait yet. But I think it’s going to be worth it, don’t you?

What are your thoughts on this adaptation?

Boss Baby

Years ago, I picked up THE BOSS BABY by Marla Frazee when it first came out, and laughed and laughed. I read it to my storytime group, and it didn’t go over quite as well. But as with a lot of picture books, I think this one was aimed more at the parents having to read it, than the children. While they might have laughed at this baby’s antics, only a parent would recognize the tongue-in-cheek jabs at what life is like with a baby in the house.

Flash forward to the present, and BOSS BABY is now a full-length movie staring Alec Baldwin. It’s getting good reviews, and will probably stay in theatres for a few weeks. It has a few more story lines than the picture book, and it is sure to be entertaining to the parents who take their children to see the movie. You can watch the trailer here:

Have you seen it? What did you think?

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY

One of the first BIG bestselling YA authors was Jay Asher and his book THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. Even before TWILIGHT and Stephenie Meyer took over the NYT bestsellers list, Asher remained on the hardcover list for over two years, garnering fans of his contemporary YA book about a teen suicide. More than 10 years later, and Netflix is releasing a series based on the book, coming out March 31, 2017.

The book centers around Hannah Baker who commits suicide. But before she leaves the world, she records a series of cassettes (will teens today even know what they are?) telling why she chose to end her life. The catch? The box of cassettes is delivered to her classmate Clay Jensen…and the first cassette explains that the reason he is receiving the box is because HE is one of the reasons she chose to end things. Each subsequent cassette is to be passed on to the next person on her list…with a total of 13 people she felt were responsible for her misery.

The book is engrossing, told from Hannah’s perspective, but also showing the fallout from each person who receives a tape. The reasons are detailed, brutal, and one must think, pretty common in many respects for a lot of kids out there today. While some of the subject matter is sensitive, the story covers it beautifully, and Asher’s writing style is too engaging to let the reader put it down.

How will Netflix approach the subject? Asher had a good deal of input on the set, and he claims Netflix will actually use the original ending to the book, so that should be interesting. I know I’ll be setting my reminder to start watching at the end of the month. Will you?