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GET ME OUT OF HERE!

 

 

Many of us may feel like shouting this as the temperatures in Maine hover around zero degrees in January and February. So…….how about getting away on a vacation?  Maybe not literally as funds may hold us back, but a movie can take you away to a warmer climate with unusual adventures with the click of a remote control.  Pick your destination, choose the movie, and away you go!
Here are a few suggestions of movies available at the Gardiner Public Library that will help you escape the cold…..at least for the time being.
American Werewolf in London (1981)  Perfect example of a good trip gone bad.  Two American students hike the mores in England during their vacation.  They are attacked by a strange creature one night while they are lost.  One student is killed; the other becomes a werewolf.  Scary and humorous at the same time.
Bread and Tulips (2001)  A woman is accidentally left behind by her vacationing family in Italy.  She decides to go to Venice – after alerting her family – and begins her real vacation there.
California Suite (1978)  It’s all about the cast – Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Richard Pryor, Maggie Smith, and Elaine May – as they descend upon the posh Beverly Hills Hotel for their vacations.
Deliverance (1972)  Now this really IS a vacation gone bad.  Four city men decide to canoe down a rural southern river – and end up battling nature, backwoodsmen, and their idea of survival.
Dirty Dancing (1987)  They had the time of their lives. Baby grows up as her family vacations in the Catskills and she becomes involved in the camp’s dance troupe.
Don’t drink the water (2001)  An outrageous mix-up labels an unsuspecting family of American tourists as a notorious ring of spies, starring Woody Allen, Mayim Bialik, Dom DeLuise, Michael J. Fox, Edward Herrmann, Julie Kavner .
The last of Sheila (1973)  A movie producer invites his friends to join him for a cruise on his yacht where he has planned elaborate parlor games to try to figure out which one of them may have killed his wife.
My life in ruins (2009)  A Greek-American tour guide in Greece has lost her zest for life.  Her latest week’s tour may be the group that can turn it around for her and her romance-challenged life.
Six days, seven nights (1998).  A female journalist, on vacation with her fiancé, is forced to hire a cargo pilot to fly her to Tahiti to finish a deadline crisis.  The plane crashes and they are forced to depend upon each for survival.
Two for the road (1967)  The impossibly attractive duo of Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finny play a married couple who look back on their marriage as they take a road trip to the French Riviera.
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)  Two best friends, very different in goals and temperament, spend the summer in Barcelona where they become involved with a charming artist.
Where the boys are (1960)  Here is the classic spring break movie!  It starts in the snowy northeast when 4 college girls decide to go to Fort Lauderdale for their spring break.

Poetry From The Shelves – A Tribute To Danielle Steel

Many times, as books pass through my hands, I have thought how interesting it might be to write a story using only book titles.  There are SO MANY interesting? fascinating? intriguing? just plain odd? titles available! 
For my first attempt, I used only one author, Danielle Steel – she has over 80 titles currently available.  I shuffled through the titles, let them fall together, shifted several, and good, bad or indifferent, here is what I came up with.
Family Album
Legacy
Granny Dan
Daddy
A Good Woman
Answered Prayers
Sisters    –    Friends Forever
Wanderlust
Dating Game
Toxic Bachelors
Changes
Irresistible Forces    –    The Klone and I
The Kiss
Season of Passion
No Greater Love
The Ring
Matters of the Heart
Impossible    –    Secrets
Mixed Blessings
Heartbeat
Leap of Faith
The Wedding
The Promise    –    Now and Forever
The Gift
Miracle
Special Delivery
Happy Birthday    –    Zoya
Big Girl
Wings
Remembrance    –    Kaleidoscope
Family Ties
Full Circle
Ann Russell, Technical Services Librarian

Marcel Marceau

It is always enlightening to learn something about a person which changes ones entire perspective about who that individual truly was.
My perception of the legendary mime, Marcel Marceau, was that of a talented performer who’d enjoyed a long career of entertaining audiences around the world.  And although this was correct, he was so much more.  Born Marcel Mangel, a Jew, in Strasbourg, France, he joined the French underground during WW II and was instrumental in rescuing hundreds of Jewish children by leading them out of France over the high Alps to the safety of Switzerland. He also altered the identity cards of children so they would appear too young to be sent to the labor camps and certain death.
Learn more about this actor “without words” in the book Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard Dubois or Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman, illustrated by Manon Gauthier.  Both books are located in the children’s room.
 Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Movies for New Year’s Eve!

Ah, New Year’s Eve!  The promise of a fresh start in a new year!  There are many movies we can think of right off that deal with the Christmas holiday season, but how well has Hollywood dealt with the holiday of New Year’s?  Quick – what movie comes to mind when I say “Happy New Year!“?  Not much comes to mind, does it?

So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few movies that have New Year’s as the background for important plot lines:
Poseidon Adventure (1972)At midnight on New Year‘s Eve, the SS Poseidon is struck by a 90-foot tidal wave and is capsized.
The Godfather, Part II (1974) – Michael confronts his brother, Fredo, as a traitor on New Year’s Eve.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)  Gloria Swanson hosts the strangest New Year’s Eve party imaginable for her old Hollywood fogies.
Ocean’s Eleven (1960)  Danny Ocean and his friend Jimmy Foster recruit their buddies to rob four of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas on New Year‘s Eve.
After the Thin Man (1936)  A New Year’s Eve dinner brings murder.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)  Ah, romance !
While you were sleeping (1995)  Who wouldn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve with Sandra Bullock?
When Harry met Sally (1989)  “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Diner (1982)  One of the guys is set to marry his fiancé on New Year’s Eve IF she can pass his sports quiz thus proving herself (at least in his mind) a perfect match.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Off on a trip . . .

When I set off on a vacation, particularly to a place I have never been to before, I enjoy borrowing travel books so I can have the lay of the land and major “hot spots” already in my mind.  The library has many volumes of travel books such as Fodor’s, Frommer’s, and Idiot’s Guides to help you plan and think about your trip way before you actually arrive and begin to make those decisions on the spur of the moment.

I was saved during my first trip to Disney World by these guides.  Without them I would have had no idea where to begin – from which hotel to stay at to which restaurant I might enjoy trying to which theme ride should be tops on my list.  I think I would have literally been wandering around for hours without a real goal just trying to make a decision.
If a trip is in your future – whether it be a cruise, a business trip, a trip to Gettysburg or to Disney World – stop by and borrow a travel guide.  It will make your trip so much easier.
BTW, my top picks for theme rides at Disney are Soarin’, any of the 3D movies, World Showcase Pavilions, Tower of Terror , and Expedition Everest.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Loving the movies……..

One of my favorite “reference books” is VideoHounds’ Golden Movie Retriever.  This book rates movies on DVD from a high of four bones to a low of no bones which merits a “Woof!”.  The index is great for accessing movies by actor, director, awards, and even category.  Looking for a movie that deals with Mistaken Identity?  How about Invasion of the Body Snatchers or  Seconds?   VideoHound has 4 columns of titles to keep you busy there.  Want to see something about a wedding from hell?  Head right to that category and see what’s available.  There you will find among others Niagarastarring Marilyn Monroe.  You can even get as narrow a search as Zombie soldiers, such as They Saved Hitler’s Brain.

While browsing through this book, keep in mind that through the Minerva system you have accesses to all other participating libraries and so can have almost any movie you can think of .
From VideoHound:
Niagara (1952)   During their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, a scheming wife (Monroe) plans to kill her crazed war-vet husband.  Little does she know that he is plotting to double-cross her.  Steamy, quasi-Hitchcockian mystery ably directed with interesting performances.
Seconds (1966)   An aging banker is frantic to escape his dead-end existence and accepts an invitation from a mysterious organization to give him a second change at life.  Through surgery, his is transformed into a handsome artist (Rock Hudson) with a new identity.  Uncomfortably living in Malibu, he soon finds out all his new neighbors are also “seconds” who are afraid he’ll betray their secrets.  He decides he wants out of his new arrangement and back to his former life but it comes at a very high price.  Eerie film manages to (mostly) overcome its plot problems, with a fine performance by Hudson.
And a small film that is a personal favorite of mine:
Strangers in Good Company (1991)  A loving metaphor to growing older.  Director Scott uses non-actors for every role in this quiet little film about a bus-load of elderly women lost in the Canadian wilderness.  They wait for rescue without histrionics, using the opportunity instead to get to know each other and nature.  Beautifully made, intelligent, uncommon and worthwhile.
Scott Handville, Assistant Director

Children’s Room isn’t for children any more!

This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!

Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.

Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.

We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.

Book jacket illustrations found at Google Images.
 

Minerva Tips

Secret Hint –  If you are reserving an extremely popular title on Minerva, look for and reserve the large print copy.  Chances are that it will have fewer reserves on it, and you will therefore get it faster.

 A couple of examples would be The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – 237 holds on the regular print copy, compared to 20 holds on the large print copy.
 Or . . .
Guilty Wives by James Patterson – 129 holds on the regular print and 20 on the large print edition.

Battle of the Book

Do you think that you are smarter than a 5th grader?  I am not so sure this is a true statement for me anymore.  I am a judge for the Battle of the Book over at Pittston Consolidated School and part of my duty as judge is to read 5 YA titles.  Okay, what is YA?  YA is a fairly new genre to the publishing world that concentrates on the teen and pre-teen audience.  Please think of the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series…. very large audiences and huge profits for the publishers.  Though these blockbusters are not titles for the battle, I did read books I never would have read if not for my responsibilities.

I took my duties very seriously, judges are well respected entities and I did not want to besmirch anyone.  I thought I had the titles down pat, but the teens could answer any trivia, tidbit, and theme question we threw at them, all in 30 seconds!  These students read, studied, dissected, and reviewed each title until the event.  I am so proud of the young adults that joined in on the fun.  Their teachers should be our heroes because they accomplished a very difficult feat…. they made reading fun and they made readers champions.  So, I challenge our library readers to pick up a YA title soon, these books are worlds away from my days of reading the Nancy Drew series and dreaming of the time that I would be able to drive around town in a roadster!

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.