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?
At 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?
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.
Take out a movie today!
Did 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!
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.
THE 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?
Although it’s been more than a dozen years since HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE hit theatres, we’re about to get three more movies in the HP series! These ones will be based on FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM, the most famous Hogwarts textbook. J. K. Rowling is now writing the scripts for the three movies (at least three), and they will take place about seven years before Harry and his friends even go to Hogwarts. So, don’t expect to see your favourite characters to return, but maybe there will be plenty of new characters for you to love!
Harry Potter fans around the world are gearing up for this. I’m sure we can expect a whole new generation of fans, not only of the movies, but a renewed interest in the books.
When books are made into movies for the big screen or little screen, we often see a surge in their popularity, even if the book has languished on the shelf for a while. It’s nice to see them revived and discovered by a new audience, and even better that people who are going to see them in different versions STILL want to read the book! (Because the books are often better, right?)
Recently, we’ve seen a great demand for THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, due to the movie’s release this summer, and for George R.R. Martin’s GAME OF THRONES series because of the tremendous popularity of the HBO series. Up next? We’re expecting Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL to start being requested like crazy again when the movie comes out this October, and who knows, maybe even a few extra requests for Joe Hill’s HORNS upon its US movie debut on Halloween.
Do you request books once you’ve seen a movie/tv series, or do you like to read the books first? Let us know!
We’re having fun at the library! Although it used to be that we didn’t allow cell phone use in the library, with our online catalog available on our Facebook page, we’re trying to think of new ways to use our phones and tablets. How about watching a book trailer by scanning one of those QR codes? Now you can!
What’s a QR code? It’s one of those funny looking pixelated squares you see on packages, signs and in magazines.
All you need is a free QR code reader on your phone and you can scan the square to watch a book trailer. It’s that easy! Now you can do more than just read the inside cover to find out if you’ll like the book…why not watch the trailer to get a better sense? (Not sure what a book trailer is? Often, authors will create a short “movie” to let you get readers excited to buy or read their books. It’s not a real movie, so don’t expect it to show up in theatres, but they’re usually quite good!)
Keep your eye out for these to appear in the library in the next few months. And scan away…