National Film Board Night!

We’re continuing with our Canada theme tonight for our National Film Board screening, starting at 6:30pm. Are you a Leonard Cohen fan?

No registration…just stop in and get ready for some music!

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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?

DVDs at the Library

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If you’re a regular library user, you’ll know that we offer lots of new DVDs each week. Not everything is a blockbuster…we also carry TV series, and now some fabulous documentaries!

Just a few of the new suggestions coming soon or available now at our library?

BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON ONE—– If you loved “Breaking Bad”, you’ll want to watch this series which is a spin-off, but a bit of a prequel to shady lawyer Saul Goodman’s stint on the show. He made us all laugh at his questionable dealings, artfully decorated law office, and always noisy waiting room.

TWINSTERS——-This documentary follows the life of two young women who meet online and share more than just similar tastes in clothes. The search to discover where they came from will leave you glued to your seat.

SULLY-—-This new release is the latest from Clint Eastwood’s directorial fares, and stars Tom Hanks as the pilot who brought down a passenger jet in the middle of the Hudson River, saving everyone on board after both engines were hit by a flock of birds and disabled. This movie follows the story after the crash, as the National Transportation and Safety Board begins the investigation into whether or not it was the best place to land. You won’t believe what happened behind the scenes in this heroic tale!

You can drop into the library to place a hold or pick up one of these great DVDs, or check out the rest of our collection right here, or online. Don’t forget, we have lots of great new movies coming to our shelves each week.

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BEFORE I FALL

9780062656322_25b35Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!

The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.

You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.

Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!