Gardiner Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd thru Sunday, November 26th. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

FAVORITE OLD BOOKS INTO FAVORITE OLD MOVIES

These books have lost their covers over the years and consequently don’t catch your eye as they sit on the library shelves but please pick them up and take a chance.  They were such good reads back when they were published that they were made into pretty good movies too.

Keep them alive; give them a try.  Borrow the book or the movie from the library and see what I mean.
Gentleman’s Agreement (by Laura Hobson)  A magazine writer looks for a new angle when he agrees to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism.  He pretends to be Jewish, and his new identity pervades his life in unexpected ways, almost destroying his relationships.
The Magnificent Ambersons (by Booth Tarkington)  A wealthy turn of the century family collapses under the changing currents of progress.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (by B. Traven)  Three prospectors in search of gold in Mexico find suspicion, treachery, and greed.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (by Eric Hodgkins) A city boy wants to become a suburbanite and the Blandings decide to build their dream house – with many complications.

 

Drums Along the Mohawk (by Walter Edmonds)  This details the trails of a colonial newlywed couple as their village in Mohawk Valley is besieged by Indians.
From here to eternity (by James Jones)  Complex, hard-hitting look at the on and off-duty life of soldiers at the Army base in Honolulu in the days before the Pearl Harbor attack.
An American Tragedy (by Theodore Dreiser) – the movie is A Place in the Sun.  An ambitious laborer whose aspirations to the high life with a gorgeous debutante are threatened by his lower-class lover’s pregnancy.
Title descriptions are taken from VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever.
Scott Handville, Assistant Library Director

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”

Yes, it has started again.  The 7th episode of the much beloved movie series has been released to movie theaters this month.  It set a box office record – breaking $57 million at the U.S. box office for its preview showings on Thursday night.  Yes, these are movies that have become part of our popular culture and collective consciousness.  We’ve seen the costumes at Halloween and the toys that have spun off from the movies.  But are you aware of all the books – fiction AND nonfiction – that have been spun off from the movies that are available to you via the public library? There is an unbelievable plethora of choices.
There are many graphic novels such as Star Wars, the Clone Wars and Star Wars, dark empire.  Timothy Zahn has written several novels expanding the Star Wars universe: Star Wars, Outbound Flight and Star Wars, Survivor’s Quest are just two of them.  Other authors who have done the same thing are Matthew Stover, R.A. Salvatore, and Michael Stackpole.  Check them out.
There have been even comic takes on the whole Star Wars fantasy.  Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs brought new comic dimensions to slightly familiar characters.  If you still have access to a VHS video machine, the library has a wonderful short feature called George Lucas in Love.  It is a takeoff on the film Shakespeare in Love, which traces the “true” origins of the Star Wars saga to a young George Lucas suffering from writer’s block as he tries to complete his final screenplay for USC Film School.  Ever wonder where Princess Lea’s head braids came from?  This cute short film will reveal all.
Finally, there are untold number of titles available via your library card as e-books and audio books through Overdrive on the Gardiner Public Library website.
Enjoy!

Book discussion groups at the Gardiner Public Library

I would like to tell you about the book discussion groups we offer here at the Gardiner Public Library. If you would like to join one of these talks, just let us know at the front desk. Copies of all the books are usually available behind the desk for each group. We have three different groups:

RIP-pers (Readers Into Paranormal) Books is a group that discusses paranormal books and meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00. Their next book is Relic by Douglas Preston, and they will meet Tuesday, February 3th.
Our regularbook discussion group that meets about every 6 weeks and has been going on the longest of all the three groups. Next time this group meets is Tuesday, January 20th, at 6:00 and they will be chatting about the book A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.
Books to Movies” is a group that discusses books that have been made into a movie. We try to do it as close to the movie as possible. Our next talk is on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on Tuesday, January 13th, at 6:00. 
You are welcome at any time to join one or more of these groups. 

Summer Teen Events at the Library

 

 

Travel Back in Time at the Gardiner Public Library’s
Historic Gardiner Scavenger Hunt!
Throwback Thursday, July 10th, from 4-5 pm
Students in Middle School and up come learn and see what Gardiner look liked in the 1800’s compared to today.
Have fun learning & winning prizes! Snacks provided
Hope to see you there!
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“Soft monsters” for teens
On Wednesday, July 23rd from 10am-2pm, the staff of the Gardiner Public Library is calling all little Frankensteins!  In this creature-creation workshop young adults are invited to bring their imaginary monsters out into the world.  Friendly, scary, or strange, workshop-goers will begin by developing a character through drawings, paintings, and short stories.  They will then be guided through the process of turning their newly created personalities into sewn, stuffed monsters.  Students will learn basic sewing skills, as well as how to construct very simple patterns. Feel free to bring your own sewing notions!  This program will be facilitated by Adrienne Beacham.
Adrienne Beacham stitches together distinct media into strange creations. A fusion of painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, and fiber arts, her work often features monsters and other ridiculous personalities. She is currently working on obtaining her K-12 art ed. certification, and eventually hopes to pursue a career as an elementary art teacher. This event is free and opened to the public.  Space is limited, so pre-registration is mandatory.  Call 582-3312 for more information.  The library is located at 152 Water St, Gardiner.
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 “Books to Movies”
A book discussion book club will start its day view with its 1stbook on Tuesday, August 12th, from 6-7 pm on the book “If I Stay” by Gale Foreman.
Copies of the book are available at the library and anyone is welcome.

Books to Movies

I don’t know about you, but I’m interested to know which books will eventually become movies.  It always fascinates me to see who plays who in a movie version of a book that I have enjoyed.  The settings, and how they are designed, the clothing, the hairstyles, all pieces that I have “seen” in my mind, but how will these be portrayed?

So far, I am aware of 16 books that have been, or are being made into movies for release in 2014.  Let’s see what they are . . .
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  25 years after her mother and sisters were killed, Libby joins a secret society searching for the murderer(s). – Release date September 1, 2014
Divergent by Veronica Roth.  A dystopian city, five factions based on personality type, feelings of not fitting in, who will survive? – Release date March 21, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The story of friendship, cancer, and, possibly, love(?) for 16 year-old- Hazel. – Release date June 6, 2014
The Giver by Lois Lowry.  At 12, Jonas is given all the memories in the community. Not as much fun as you might think. – Release date August 15, 2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  What happened to Amy?  About to celebrate her fifth wedding anniversary, she disappears, but where did she go? – Release date October 3, 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.  Follows the Haji family as they leave India, travel the world, eventually opening an Indian restaurant. – Release date August 8, 2014
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard.  The story of a young man and his mother who take in a man needing their help.  It turns out, the man is actually a fugitive from the police.  This becomes a weekend to remember. – Release date January 31, 2014
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.  Tells the stories of four individuals who seem to be at the point of ending their lives.  Release date March 7, 2014 (U.K.)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  Amnesia, teen-aged boys, a single girl, dystopia, what next? – Release date September 19, 2014
The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel.  Based on the stories of 18 men who protected precious European art from being destroyed during World War II. – Release date February 7, 2014
Serena by Ron Rash. 1930s, greed, corruption, revenge, love and illegitimacy, what could go wrong? – Release date 2014
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.  A family death brings this whole dysfunctional family together, where the pot is stirred, and things come to the surface – some funny, and some not so funny. – Release date September 12, 2014
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  Survival story of a World War II, Army Air Force bomber who crashes into the Pacific Ocean. – Release date December 25, 2014
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  Tells the story of a vampire and a dhampir (half-human/half-vampire) friendship.  High School friendships can be difficult, but . . . – Release date February 7, 2014
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A solo hike from the Mojave Desert to Washington State, imagine the adventures! – Release date 2014
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.  Follows the love affair between a thief and the heiress who is home when he attempts to rob her home. – Release date February 14, 2014

THAT book!

They come in all shapes and sizes; from across broad socio-economic lines and from both old and young; male or female…but we can always tell!  They approach the main desk in a furtive and nervous way….and we know what they are going to ask.  In a quiet whisper (and for anyone using the Gardiner Public Library, you know we aren’t “that kind” of library) they wonder, “do you have THAT book??” 
It is here that I must admit we do toy with our customers sometimes; it is always with kindness though…”what book would that be?”  The excuses are numerous, and very inventive.  Some folks saw a “review” of it on 60 Minutes others learned about it from a friend in the book discussion club and still others heard about it from their family, but they all want to know “do WE have it??”
So, yes, of course we have THAT book and the other titles in the trilogy.  E.L. James has written a provocative trilogy that includes the following titles: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and, Fifty Shades Freed.  The story is ultimately a love story told in the erotica genre.  It sits on many mainstreamed best-seller lists and it probably has made a fortune for the author.  However, Ms. James is not the first person to tap into this genre and, with the popularity of these books, will not be the last!  Erotica has been in fashion for many centuries and, most assuredly, has stirred up controversy with each publication.
As librarians, we have been asked to recommend titles of similar genre.  Some mainstream authors have ventured into it and we can steer you to them.  So, remember, your secret is safe with us, most of what we do in the library IS confidential.  The Gardiner Public Library does have THAT BOOK, and, we have many other things to read as well.  Come and visit soon, we can hook you up!

 

Anne Davis, Director of Library and Information Services

 

MARVELous Invitational Week 5 – NoveList Plus

 

 

This week, we discover NoveList Plus.  This is a database I use a few times a week, so I’m looking forward to learning more!
The first part of the exercise is to search for a series I am interested in.  Since I just finished one of Jude Deveraux’s Edileannovels, I type Edilean in the search bar, click the Series radio button, and then Search.  This new page gives me a link to the author, a description of the series, and the genre among other things. 
Scrolling down the page I have a list of titles in the series, the order of the series and since I have the View set to Detailed a bit about each title.  I have the option of changing the View to Grid, Brief or Title Only.  Depending on what I need, and/or if I intend to print the results, these options will be extremely helpful.
As a series reader, there are pieces of NoveList Plus that are extremely helpful, but I have to say that I still will use FictFact.com first.  I do a quick comparison of the these two sites, looking at the title only, and FictFact has an extra title (it is an EBook), as well as the next title due in the series, with the estimated publication date.
The next piece of this exercise is to see how the Read Alike section works.  Following the directions I change my search criteria to Author and search for an author.  This time I check the right side of the page, at the Read Alikes from NoveList section.  There are nine authors, shown three at a time.  Resting my cursor on the file folder next to an author gives me information about the author, as well as why NoveList Plus feels this author is a Read Alike.  If I click on the Print All button in this same box area, I have the ability to see and print a bit about all nine of the authors.  Thinking about it, I’m not sure that I have ever seen more than nine authors listed at a time – just an observation.
I do find this to be a very helpful aspect of NoveList Plus, how many times has someone come to me having just read the best book ever, and what do we have just like it?
NoveList Plus has a section of Book Discussion Guideswhich is a tool that we will use.  Another interesting resource is Award Winners.  What a great place to find an Edgar Allan Poe Award or the International Horror Guild Awards. 
There is a resource that will come in very handy in the future – Made Into Movies.  This seems to be a recurring theme here in Gardiner; one of the teachers in the area does a “Read the Book and Watch the Movie” assignment.
This is definitely a great database, and one I will continue to use frequently.

What are you reading right now?

Several years ago I watched an HBO movie on the life of Temple Grandin, a woman born with severe autism, who became a PhD professor at Colorado State University.  When I read a recent review for a new children’s book about this remarkable woman I knew it was one we should have in our collection.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery is truly a memorable story for children as well as for adults.
                                       Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

 

The question was asked, “What are you reading right now?” Well, my life at this time is a little to busy to finish a book. So I will tell you what I have been trying to read lately. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green is a new novel for Teens. It is about a girl with cancer named Hazel and a boy named Augustus. It has love, illness, Indianapolis, Amsterdam and all kinds of stuff.  I would love to catch you reading this book.
                                                              Ginni Nichols, YA Librarian

 

 
 
Of the several titles I have finished recently, Craft Activism: people, ideas and projects from the new community of handmade and how you can join in, by Joan Tapper was full of fun and interesting information.  This book has patterns, as well as interesting background about several crafting groups in the United States.  I found fascinating, some of the community art projects in the book. Truly a fun and colorful read!
                                                   Ann Russell, Technology Librarian
 
 
All of the titles mentioned are items owned by the Gardiner Public Library.  Check the website, or give us a call, and we will hold the item for you.
 
All of the book jacket illustrations were found as Google images.