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War Stories

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by ckopacek

Celebrate members of the armed forces; listen to these descriptions of war, survival and heroism.

Code Name Johnny Walker

Code Name: Johnny Walker

by Johnny Walker
A translator for the American military during the Iraq War, Johnny Walker is a true hero–a paragon of bravery and unwavering dedication who played a crucial role aiding Americans in the conflict. Devoted to establishing freedom and democracy in his country, he helped soldiers like Chris Kyle and his SEAL team navigate the language barrier and unfamiliar cultural terrain, sometimes even fighting beside them. Thanks to Johnny Walker, US forces successfully executed a number of operations, and his contributions, including providing crucial intelligence, saved numerous American lives. But it was a job that made him and his family targets for both Iraqi fighters and foreign terrorists. To survive, they fled their homeland and today live in California, where Johnny Walker continues to work with the military, training new SEALs.

Easy Company Soldier

Easy Company Soldier

by Don Malarkey
This is Sgt. Don Malarkey’s dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

 

Good Soldiers

The Good Soldiers

by David Finkel
In January of 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. He called it the surge. Among those listening were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home forever changed.

 

In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers

In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers

by Larry Alexander
On the eve of the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe, Larry Alexander returns to the very battlefields that made Easy Company a legend. Accompanied by Easy veteran Sgt. Forrest Guth on his final tour, Alexander crosses an ocean and a continent to follow the path to victory taken by the famed Band of Brothers, explores the living history of the places where they went into action, and reveals what makes their story so meaningful.

Inside Delta Force

Inside Delta Force

by Eric L. Haney
Eric Haney, one of the founding members of Delta Force, provides an inside look at the elite counterterrorist unit, explaining the process by which men are selected for the unit, and telling of his personal experiences with Delta Force in Beirut, Tehran, Honduras, and other hot spots throughout the world.

 

Jarhead

Jarhead

by Anthony Swofford
A memoir of the Gulf War by a front-line infantry marine recounts his struggles with the conflict on the front lines, his battles with fear and suicide, his brushes with death, and his identity as a soldier and an American.

 

SEAL Team Six

SEAL Team Six

by Howard E. Wasdin
A Navy SEAL Team Six sniper reveals how he became an elite soldier while recounting the dramatic mission that nearly cost him his life, offering insider perspectives on his team’s extensive training process at the Marine’s Scout Sniper School.

 

Souvenir

The Souvenir

by Louise Steinman
Among her late parents’ belongings, Steinman discovers a rusty ammo box holding almost five hundred letters written by her father during his service in World War II. It also contains a silk Japanese flag inscribed to Yoshio Shimizu. Reading the letters, Steinman finally understands what her silent, emotionally remote father experienced in combat. She also begins a decade-long search for Shimizu — a quest culminating in a trip to Japan to return the flag to his family.

 

Unbroken

Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

War

War

by Sebastian Junger
Junger gives insight into the truths of war–the fear, the honor, and the trust among men. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a regular basis.

 

Flower Gardening

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by ckopacek

Please enjoy our selection of flower gardening books.  If you are new to gardening or experienced – these books will help and inspire you to grow beautiful flowers!

All in one Garden

The All-In-One Garden

by Graham Rice
Think you can’t have it all? Well, you can, at least in the garden, because many common food-producing plants also offer beautiful foliage or flowers. By simply following these creative suggestions, even novice gardeners can transform large or small spaces into high-yield gardens bursting with delicious, organically grown fruits, vegetables, and spectacular flowers. More than 90 color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations are provided, along with expert design and plant care tips. The invaluable advice on selecting and buying plants, creating attractive beds and borders, working with rocky or difficult soil, container gardening, and maximizing food production will ensure multi-season beauty and bounty.

Big Book of Flower Gardening

The Big Book of Flower Gardening

An all-in-one source for beginner and expert alike. Learn how to prepare a bed, select and combine the right flowers, maintain the plants and create months of nonstop color and fragrance. Over 500 full-color photos, and illustrated entries on more than 600 varieties of plants.

 

 

Complete Guide to Flower Gardening

Complete Guide to Flower Gardening

by Susan A. Roth
Encyclopedia of more than 450 perennials. Features 630 full-colour photos and 25 one-colour illustrations.

 

Container Gardening for all Seasons

Container Gardening for all Seasons

Explains gardening techniques for pots, troughs and boxes. This book contains seasonal recipes for beautiful container arrangements with tips on how to extend their life with fresh plantings, tips for growing a kitchen garden in pots and a directory of plants suitable for growing in containers.

 

 

Flower Gardeners Bible

The Flower Gardener’s Bible

by Lewis Hill
Create the flower garden of your dreams. This comprehensive guide includes expert advice on everything from choosing an appropriate growing site to maximizing the lifespan of your plants. Charming illustrations and photographs accompany helpful tips on how to improve soil, fight off pests, and make all your flowers bloom with radiant color. Whether you’re a beginning gardener or a seasoned florist, The Flower Gardener’s Bible is a useful resource that will help you keep your garden healthy and beautiful for years to come.

Flower Gardening Bring Home the Secrets

Flower Gardening

by Jessica Brinkert
Filled with insider tips from some of the world’s most skilled caretakers of public gardens, this book shares insights from within the confines of twenty of the world’s most well-known gardens, offering advice to readers about incorporating these practices into their own gardens.

 

Flower Gardening

Flower Gardening

by Julie Bawden-Davis
Imagine your yard filled with a profusion of colorful, fragrant flowers that are hearty, simple to care for, and easy to grow. Now you can turn your dream garden into reality with this comprehensive guide that has everything you need to know to create a stunning garden filled with exquisite flowers.

 

Gardening from Seed

Gardening from Seed

by Thomas Christopher
Growing your own plants from seed is the most rewarding, most economical way to create the garden you long for. In this comprehensive yet easy to follow handbook, the editors ofMartha Stewart Livingshare their secrets for success: Starting Seeds Indoors Everything you need to begin… Simple, effective lighting… When to sow, and how many seeds to plant… Moving seedlings outdoors… Direct Sowing Outdoors Dealing with frosts and hardiness zones… Timing… Getting more than one harvest… Tricks from the pros… Sower’s checklists… Garden Plans A backyard cutting garden filled with colorful blooms… A basic kitchen garden that’s productive from spring through fall… A Glossary of Plants More than 100 varieties of flowers, vegetables, herbs, and vines… Martha’s own selections of unusual new plants and treasured heirlooms…

New Flower Gardener

New Flower Gardener

by Pippa Greenwood
The New Flower Gardener is a spectacular flower-by-flower guide featuring forty kinds of flowering plants. Arranged by shape, color, and common name, each double-page spread gives both novice and seasoned gardeners all the inspiration and information they need to cultivate old classics as well as new favorites.

 

Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening

Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening

This all-inclusive volume includes basic how-to information, stunning photography, and lots of inspiration so readers can create their own blooming masterpiece. Features monthly checklists, secrets to successful annuals and perennials, and more. 300 photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Series Farewells

Posted on: April 23rd, 2016 by ckopacek

What will you read now that these popular series are ending?

If you’re a fan of The Raven Cycle:

Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does…  As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Bone Gap

Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps — gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

 

If you’re a fan of The 5th Wave:

Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Icons

Icons

by Margaret Stohl
Everything changed on The Day. The day the Icon appeared in Los Angeles. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside with fellow survivor Ro-safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid. They’re different. They survived. Why? When the government discovers their secret, they are forced to join faint-hearted Tima and charismatic Lucas in captivity. Called the Icon Children, the four are the only humans on Earth immune to the power of the Icons. Torn between brooding Ro and her evolving feelings for Lucas, between a past and a future, Dol’s heart has never been more vulnerable. And as tensions escalate, the Icon Children discover that their explosive emotions-which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses-may actually be their greatest strengths.

 

If you’re a fan of the Reckoners trilogy:

Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds

by James Dashner
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific–the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom–and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

Illusive

Illusive

by Emily Lloyd-Jones
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist… She’s also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere teams up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t? The lines between good and bad, us and them, freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.

 

If you’re a fan of the Half Bad trilogy:

While We Run

While We Run

by Karen Healey
It’s 2127, and the future is at stake . . . Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later. Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust – and, when they uncover startling new details about the program, they realize that thousands of lives may be in their hands.

Demon's Lexicon

The Demon’s Lexicon

by Sarah R. Brennan
Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy–she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole–and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .

White Cat

White Cat

by Holly Black
The first in a trilogy, this gritty, fast-paced fantasy is rife with the unexpected. Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty-he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas- and a plan to con the conmen.

 

 

Iowa Children’s Choice Nominees

Posted on: April 23rd, 2016 by ckopacek

Here are the Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominees for 2016-2017. For more information click here.

Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost

by Lisa Graff
Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he’s not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

 

All the Answers

All the Answers

by Kate Messner
When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear. With the help of her friend Sophie, Ava figures out that the pencil will answer factual questions only—those with definite right or wrong answers—but won’t predict the future. Ava and Sophie discover all kinds of uses for the pencil, and Ava’s confidence grows with each answer. But it’s getting shorter with every sharpening, and when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava’s family, she realizes that sometimes the bravest people are the ones who live without all the answers…

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

 

Dash

Dash

by Kirby Larson
Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home — or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

Fantasy League

Fantasy League

by Mike Lupica
12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school’s football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he’s first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie’s fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs — a fictional NFL team — and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it’s press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It’s all a bit much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her–and to everyone–than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer Holm
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

 

Gaby Lost and Found

Gaby, Lost and Found

by Angela Cervantes
Gaby Ramirez Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. She plays with the kittens, helps to obedience train the dogs, and writes adoption advertisements so that the strays who live there can find their forever homes: places where they’ll be loved and cared for, no matter what. Gaby has been feeling like a bit of a stray herself, lately. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. When the cat’s original owners turn up at the shelter, however, Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.

Honey

Honey

by Sarah Weeks
Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It’s been just her and her father, and she’s been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey — and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It’s up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden. Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn’t remember much from when he was a puppy . . . but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he’s sure, will change everything.

How to Speak Dolphin

How to Speak Dolphin

by Ginny Rorby
Lily loves her half-brother, Adam, but she has always struggled with him, too. He’s definitely on the autism spectrum–though her step-father, Don, can barely bring himself to admit it–and caring for him has forced Lily to become as much mother as sister. All Lily wants is for her step-father to acknowledge that Adam has a real issue, that they need to find some kind of program that can help him. Then maybe she can have a life of her own. Adam’s always loved dolphins, so when Don, an oncologist, hears about a young dolphin with cancer, he offers to help. He brings Lily and Adam along, and Adam and the dolphin–Nori–bond instantly. But though Lily sees how much Adam loves Nori, she also sees that the dolphin shouldn’t spend the rest of her life in captivity, away from her family. Can Adam find real help somewhere else? And can Lily help Nori regain her freedom without betraying her family?

I Survived the Great Chicago Fire

I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871

by Lauren Tarshis
Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode. An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path, including Oscar! Will Oscar survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history?

 

Jake and Lily

Jake and Lily

by Jerry Spinelli
Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same–like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself–who is the real Jake?

 

Rain Reign

Rain Reign

by Ann M. Martin
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different,  not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.

Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

by Natalie Lloyd
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart. But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster. Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.

Sugar

Sugar

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner’s son. Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together.

True Sort of

True (… Sort of)

by Katherine Hannigan
True: Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly’s sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. She’s never needed a surpresent more than now. True: Brud Kinney wants to play basketball like nothing anybody’s ever seen. When the Boyds arrive, though, Brud meets someone who plays like nothing he’s ever seen. True: Ferris Boyd isn’t like anyone Delly or Brud have ever met. Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery.

What We Found in the Sofa

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World

by Henry Clark
When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world! The kids’ only hope is to trap the plot’s mastermind when he comes to steal the crayon. But how can three kids from the middle of nowhere stop an evil billionaire?

 

Winterling

Winterling

by Sarah Prineas
With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature–he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land. Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the Mór rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.

 

Science Fiction TV Series

Posted on: April 3rd, 2016 by ckopacek

Have a science fiction festival! Pick up one of these TV series at the library.

3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock From the Sun

A group of aliens comes to Earth to learn about its population, customs, etc. To avoid detection, they take on human form which gives them human emotions and physical needs without understanding what they mean.

 

 

4400

The 4400

When 4400 missing people emerge from nowhere, the Department of Homeland Security wants to know why. But the answers aren’t coming easy, and by the time they do … it might be too late.

 

 

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

After losing the war against the Cylon robots, the Battlestar Galactica crew quickly head toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. Galactica Commander Adama and President Laura Roslin are facing the problems of waning supplies and crushed morale. Along the way they have to deal with the credible threat that Cylons may be aboard the ship.

 

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

In the new Doctor Who series, London shop assistant Rose Tyler embarks on adventures through time and space with a mysterious alien known as “The Doctor,” encountering strange lifeforms and protecting the Earth from alien invaders.

 

 

Mystery Science Theater

Mystery Science Theater 3000

A television series which ran from 1988-1999. Set in the not-too-distant future. A man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made.

 

 

 

Quartermass

Quatermass

As the millennium draws to a close:, civilization is on the verge of collapse. Gangs rule the streets. Books are burned for fuel. And a monstrous force from Outer space is destroying the world’s youth. Planet Earth is in dire need of a hero. Enter the world’s greatest rocket scientist–Professor Bernard Quatermass. Fresh out of retirement, the aging Quatermass is as brilliant and plucky as ever. While London crumbles under anarchy, the professor uses his powerful intellect to marshal assistance from American and Russian quarters to combat what could be the planet’s final enemy.

Smallville

Smallville

Focuses on the life of the young Clark Kent as he struggles to deal with his powers as well as teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

 

 

 

Star Trek

Star Trek

The spaceship U.S.S. Enterprise, with its 430 crew members captained by James T. Kirk, travels the universe “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

 

 

 

Taken

Taken

Ten episodes from the television mini series “Taken” presented by Steven Spielberg. An epic event spanning three families, four generations and 50 years of unearthly secrets. “Taken” launches into a realm of alien abductions and deadly conspiracies reaching from World War II to the present.

 

 

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

After saving the life of the president, two top Secret Service agents find themselves abruptly transferred to Warehouse 13, a massive, top-secret storage facility in the badlands of South Dakota that houses U.S. government. Now the pair, off-the-cuff Agent Pete Lattimer and by-the-book Agent Myka Bering, must chase down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects for their eccentric new boss, Artie Nielsen, to safeguard at the Warehouse.

 

 

 

Historical Fiction

Posted on: April 3rd, 2016 by ckopacek

re you a history buff? Try listening to one of these novels with historical references and themes. Historical fiction is defined as movies and novels in which a story is made up but is set in the past and sometimes borrows true characteristics of the time period in which it is set.

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

by Winfred Blevins
Disenchanted by his return home to Pennsylvania, 19-year-old Sam Morgan once again sets off for adventure in the American Plains of the 1820s. This time out, however, he is searching for his lost love–the Indian maiden Meadowlark.

 

Cinnamon Kiss

Cinnamon Kiss

by Walter Mosley
It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It’s farther outside the law than Easy has ever traveled, but his daughter, Feather, needs a medical treatment that costs far more than Easy can earn or borrow in time. And his friend Mouse tells him it’s a cinch. Then another friend, Saul Lynx, offers a job that might solve Easy’s problem without jail time. He has to track the disappearance of an eccentric, prominent attorney. His assistant of sorts, the beautiful “Cinnamon” Cargill, is gone as well. Easy can tell there is much more than he is being told-Robert Lee, his new employer, is as suspect as the man who disappeared. But his need overcomes all concerns, and he plunges into unfamiliar territory, from the newfound hippie enclaves to a vicious plot that stretches back to the battlefields of Europe.

Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett
Follows the fates of five interrelated families– American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh– as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits. Gus Dewar finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. Brothers Grigori and Lev Peshkov embark on radically different paths when their plan to immigrate to America falls afoul. Billy’s sister Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London.

Girl Waits with Gun

Girl Waits with Gun: A Novel

by Amy Stewart
Living in virtual isolation years after the revelation of a painful family secret, Constance Kopp is terrorized by a belligerent silk factory owner and fights back in ways outside the norm for early twentieth-century women.

Honolulu

Honolulu

by Alan Brennert
Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young “picture bride” who journeys to Hawai’i in 1914 in search of a better life. Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today. But paradise has its dark side, whether it’s the daily struggle for survival in Honolulu’s tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands’ history. Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.

Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family — like thousands of other Japanese Americans — are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma.

Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn

by Tracy Chevalier
Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. In each, an elegant lady and a unicorn stand or sit on an island of grass surrounded by a rich background of animals and flowers. Little is known about them except that they were woven toward the end of the fifteenth century and bear the coat of arms of a wealthy family from Lyons. Tracy Chevalier takes readers back to the tapestries creation, giving life to the men who designed and made them, as well as the wives, daughters, and servants who exercised subtle (and not so subtle) influences over their men. Like the many different strands of wool and silk that were woven together into one cloth, the lives and fates of these people entwine in complex patterns, crisscrossing as they seek desires sensual and spiritual, temporal and eternal.

Mrs Lincolns Dressmaker

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

by Jennifer Chiaverini
In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose former slave Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley as her personal modiste. As their relationship evolved, Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family. She saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made, piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saved memories, which she fashioned into a memoir. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Chiaverini brings history to life in rich, moving style.

Murder in Chinatown

Murder in Chinatown

by Victoria Thompson
Called to Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt soon helps search for a missing girl. But nobody seems to know where she is. Has she been sold to a brothel, or has she run off with a secret love?

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina B. Kline
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both.

Red Queen

The Red Queen

by Philippa Gregory
The second book in Philippa Gregory’s stunning new trilogy brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character from The White Queen who now takes center stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. Widowed in her teens, the child-bride of Edmund Tudor uses wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant and ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.

Sins of the Father

The Sins of the Father

by Jeffrey Archer
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. After his ship is sunk, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past by assuming the identity of an American officer.

Slight Trick of the Mind

A Slight Trick of the Mind

by Mitch Cullin
At the age of ninety-three, Sherlock Holmes, living in a remote Sussex farmhouse, confronts the diminishing powers of his razor-sharp mind as he ponders a case hitherto unknown, that of a Mrs. Keller, the long -ago object of Holmes’s deep and never acknowledged infatuation.

 

Home Improvement Projects

Posted on: April 2nd, 2016 by ckopacek

Spring is here and it is a perfect time to start those home improvement projects.  Here are some books that will give you guidance and possibly ideas for projects:

Be Jane’s Guide to Home Empowerment

Be Jane’s Guide to Home Empowerment

by Heidi Baker
Ladies, Tighten Your Tool Belts and Make Your Home Your Own! Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin did just that when they found themselves living in fixer-uppers and couldn’t afford to hire professionals to help. With virtually no home improvement experience but plenty of eagerness to learn, they put on their tool belts, picked up their nail guns, and turned their blah and boring houses into beautiful homes they loved. The unexpected bonus? A sense of confidence that touched every aspect of their lives. Inspired by the experience, they started Be Jane, a company that empowers women to change their lives by taking on home improvement projects they never thought possible. And what the Be Janes can do, you can do!Be Jane’s Guide to Home Empowermentprovides all the know-how and reassurance you’ll need to undertake more than fifty projects large and small, from replacing doorknobs to adding trendy concrete countertops in the kitchen. Everything in here can be done by the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer-just check the JQ (Jane Quotient) to see how much time and effort a project will take. So let the sawdust fly . . . and join the thousands of Janes who have learned that home improvement isn’t scary-it’s downright empowering!

Complete Book of Home Crafts

Complete book of home crafts

Ideal for beginners with a taste for adventure, The Complete Book of Home Crafts is a fantastic introduction to crafting for the home. With step-by-step instructions and a wealth of high-quality explanatory photographs, everyone will feel comfortable diving into these fun-to-make projects. Each one will build your confidence by teaching you to use different materials and techniques, helping you along and encouraging you to explore your creative side. You’ll have a hard time choosing where to start with a crafts list that includes: * Decoupage with place mats, ceramic lamps, and wastepaper baskets  * Stenciling with greeting cards, mirrors, and chairs * Fabric painting with t-shirts, shopping bags, and pillowcases * Picture framing with glass and clips, shells, and papier-ma^che´ * And much more.

Complete Home Improvement

Complete Home Improvement

This new deluxe edition of the classic Black & Decker« Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement now includes a durable washable flex cover that makes the book ideal for use on the homeowners work site.  With nearly 300 projects, this book is indispensable for DIYers who have moved beyond basic home repair and are ready to tackle projects that make a big difference in quality of life — and in their savings accounts. DIYers who tackle their own major remodeling projects achieve exactly the results they want, and can easily save thousands of dollars over the cost of hiring contractors to do the work. Studio photography and the most detailed step-by-step information available make this book unique among books on remodeling. Added to this edition is a homeowners convenience kit, including peel-and-stick reminder stickers and labels to help you tag your calendar with home maintenance reminders, keep track of furnace and appliance maintenance, index your circuit-breaker box, organize your tool collection, and more.

 

Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement

The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement

This comprehensive bible of remodeling information and projects focuses on the significant projects that help homeowners add real value to their homes while bettering their lifestyles. Unlike other books, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement isn’t diluted with basic home repairs, but gives readers foolproof instructions on more than 200 blockbuster home remodeling projects.

 

Do It Yourself

Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement

by Julian Cassell
Providing everything one needs to know about home maintenance, repair, and improvement, from changing a fuse to putting up a wall, from fixing a dripping faucet to replacing a bathroom. Features step-by-step spreads that lead you through a huge range of DIY tasks; annotated overviews of house construction and systems; safety issues; and special Problem Solver spreads for easy-to-access, quick-fix solutions to common, one-off repair and maintenance jobs.

 

Home Improvement 1-2-3

Home Improvement 1-2-3

Home Improvement 1-2-3 is a workbench classic. The new edition-more than 600 projects, thousands of color photos, detailed illustrations, charts, and graphs, and a 90-minute DVD-offers up-to-the-minute solutions for homeowners tackling home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Chapters cover painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. Clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed how-to photographs ensure success no matter what your skill level. Every project offers tips, shortcuts, and advice on buying and using tools and materials, working safely, avoiding common mistakes, saving time and money, and developing skills. Home Improvement 1-2-3 also reviews new tools, technology, materials, and installation techniques.

Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondō
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?  Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).  With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home–and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Official Rent-a-Husband Guide

The Official Rent-a-Husband Guide to a Safe, Problem Free Home

by Kaile R. Warren
Since 1996, Kaile Warren’s phenomenally successful handyman business, Rent-A-Husband, has dispatched a fleet of reliable, efficient, and sensitive “surrogate spouses” to take care of all those pressing but largely neglected problems in the home–from leaky plumbing to leaky roofs, buckled floors to peeling walls, faulty sockets to sparking plugs. And now, for every woman who thinks she has a screw loose or her wires crossed (and even some men), The Official Rent-A-Husband Guide to a Safe, Problem-Free Home provides a painless and entertaining approach to quick and easy “fixes” for everything in need of repair or improvement in your home. In chapters laced with amusing anecdotes from real-life Rent-A-Husband experiences, Kaile Warren and coauthor Jane Craig give readers the know-how and confidence to: * Choose the right tool for every project and start a toolbox of their own. * Make everyday repairs to plumbing, electricity, walls and floors. * Create and build storage space. * Defuse potential household dangers. * Simplify domestic chores. * Distinguish between jobs they can handle and those best left to the pros. * Hire a reputable contractor and check up on the job he is doing. Kaile Warren’s pragmatic solutions will not only fix problems with the greatest of ease, but will save readers thousands of dollars as well. His book is divided into three parts: problem-solving, space maximizing, and home safety. With this book you can learn to maintain your most important asset–your home.

Refresh Your Home

Refresh Your Home

Need to revive old trim, or fix wobbly outlets? Instead of hiring expensive contractors and landscapers, this guide will take you step by step through a wide range of do-it-yourself ideas for your home, garage, and yard.

 

 

Zillow Talk

Zillow Talk:  the new rules of real estate

by Spencer Rascoff
How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today’s brand new information. But how? Enter Zillow, the nation’s #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today’s housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff now explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate.

 

 

 

New to the Library

Posted on: April 2nd, 2016 by ckopacek

Here are a few musical selections that are new to the library!

Cinemaphonia

Cinemaphonia

by New Russian Quartet
Contents: Quartet no. 2 (1928) : “Intimate letters.” Finale / Leoš Janáček (7:44) — Quartet no. 2 in D major (1881). Notturno / Alexander Borodin (8:00) — Quartet in D major, op. 64, no. 5 : “The lark.” Menuet ; Finale / Joseph Haydn (5:30) — Divertimento in F major, KV 138. Andante / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (5:59) — Elegy (1930) (4:48) ; Polka (1930) (2:41) / Dmitri Shostakovich — Moviemusic : Quartet (2014) / Alexey Steblev (20:19) — Quartet no. 1, op. 11. Adagio / Samuel Barber (7:25).

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Contents: Disc 1. Downton Abbey the suite — Story of my life — Love and the hunter — Preparation — Such good luck — Did I make the most of loving you — Damaged — Violet — I’ll count the days — Fashion — Us and them — The fallen — Elopement — New world — A dangerous path — Escapades 1 — A glimpse of happiness. Disc 2. A grand adventure — Duneagle — Not one’s just desserts — Life after death — Marmalade cake walk — A mother’s love — The hunt — Nothing will be easy — Down in China Townton — Escapades 2 — Brancaster — Goodbye — It’s not goodbye it’s au revoir — The new gladiators — Modern love — Ambassador Stomp — The butler and the housekeeper — Two sisters — End of an era.

Heirs of the Crescent City

Heirs of the Crescent City

Contents: Heirs of the Crescent City — Theodore shouts — E.B.’s magnolia meter — Indian red — Mardi Gras at the carnival ball — Peace in the forest — Act 1, scene 3 — The 21st century trad band — The south is asleep — Didn’t Monk ramble (solo) — Didn’t Monk ramble (band) — Heirs of the Crescent City (reprise).

 

Lets Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost

by Cyrille Aimee
Contents: Live alone and like it (2:36) — There’s a lull in my life (3:47) — Estrellitas y duendes (3:20) — Lazy afternoon (4:53) — Three little words (2:31) — T’es beau tu sais (3:18) — Let’s get lost (2:35) — Samois à moi (4:20) — Nine more minutes (2:53) — Laverne walk (2:20) — That old feeling (2:38) — Each day (3:25) — bonus track. Words (3:41).

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

by Iron Maiden
Contents: Moonchild — Infinite dreams — Can I play with madness — The evil that men do — Seventh son of a seventh son — The prophecy — The clairvoyant — Only the good die young — enhanced CD video section. Can I play with madness ; The evil that men do ; The clairvoyant ; Infinite dreams.

Slowhand at 70

Slowhand at 70

by Eric Clapton
Contents: CD 1. Somebody’s knockin’ on my door — Key to the highway — Tell the truth — Pretending — Hoochie choochie man — You are so beautiful — Can’t find my way home — I shot the sheriff . CD 2. Driftin’ blues — Nobody knows you when you’re down and out — Tears in heaven — Layla — Let it rain — Wonderful tonight — Crossroads — Cocaine — High time we went. DVD. Somebody’s knockin’ on my door — Key to the highway — Tell the truth — Pretending — Hoochie coochie man — You are so beautiful — Can’t find my way home — I shot the sheriff — Driftin’ blues — Nobody knows you when you’re down and out — Tears in Heaven — Layla — Let it rain — Wonderful tonight — Crossroads — Cocaine — High time we went — Little queen of spades.

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Contents: Straight outta Compton (N.W.A.) — Flash light (Parliament) — We want eazy (Easy-E) — Gangsta gangsta (N.W.A.) — (Not just) knee deep (Funkadelic) — Boyz-n-the-hood (Eazy-E) — Everybody loves the sunshine (Roy Ayers Ubiquity) — Dopeman (remix) (N.W.A.) — F*** the police (N.W.A.) — Express yourself (N.W.A.) — Weak at the knees (Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame) — Quiet on the set (N.W.A.) — 8 ball (remix) (N.W.A.) — The n**** ya love to hate (Ice Cube) — Real n***** (N.W.A.) — No Vaseline (Ice Cube) — Nuthin’ but a ‘g’ thang (Dr. Dre ; featuring Snoop Dogg).

Tenderly

Tenderly

by Stacy Kent
Contents: Only trust your heart — Tangerine — The very thought of you — Embraceable you — There will never be another you — Tenderly — No moon at all – If I’m lucky — Agarradinhos — In the wee small hours of the morning — That’s all — If I had you.

Wildfire

Wildfire

by Rachel Platten
Contents: Stand by you — Hey hey Hallelujah — Speechless — Beating me up — Fight song — Better place — Lone ranger — You don’t know my heart — Angels in Chelsea — Astronauts — Congratulations — Superman.

Wonderful Crazy Night

Wonderful Crazy Night

by Elton John
Contents: Wonderful crazy night — In the name of you — Claw hammer — Blue wonderful — I’ve got 2 wings — A good heart — Looking up — Guilty pleasure — Tambourine — The open chord — Free and easy — England and America.

 

 

Pop Rock

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

Let the March winds blow in some Pop Rock music!  Here are some newer artists and some oldies but goodies!

Best of the Grateful Dead

The Best of the Grateful Dead

by Grateful Dead
Contents: Disc 1. The golden road (to unlimited devotion) — Cream puff war — Born cross-eyed — Dark star (single version) — St. Stephen — China cat sunflower — Uncle John’s band — Easy wind — Casey Jones — Truckin’ — Box of rain — Sugar magnolia — Friend of the devil — Ripple — Eyes of the world — Unbroken chain — Scarlet begonias — The music never stopped — Estimated prophet — Disc 2. Terrapin station — Shakedown street — I need a miracle — Fire on the mountain — Feel like a stranger — Far from me — Touch of grey — Hell in a bucket — Throwing stones — Black muddy river — Blow away — Foolish heart — Standing on the moon.

Blurryface

Blurryface

by Twenty One Pilots
Contents: Heavydirtysoul — Stressed out — Ride — Fairly local — Tear in my heart — Lane boy — The judge — Doubt — Polarize — We don’t believe what’s on TV — Message man — Hometown — Not today — Goner.

Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

by Bon Jovi
Contents: A teardrop to the sea — We don’t run — Saturday night gave me Sunday morning — We all fall down — Blind love — Who would you die for — Fingerprints — Life is beautiful — I’m your man — Burning bridges.

Cass County

Cass County

by Don Henley
Contents: Bramble rose — The cost of living — Take a picture of this — Waiting tables — No, thank you — Praying for rain — Words can break your heart — That old flame — When I stop dreaming — A younger man — Train in the distance — Where I am now.

Digital Vein

Digital Vein

by David Cook
Contents: Heartbeat — Criminals — Broken windows — Laying me low — Better than me — Carry you — From here to zero — Kiss & tell — Wait for me — I’m gonna love you — Wicked game — Home movies (over your shoulder).

Postcards from Paradise

Postcards from Paradise

by Ringo Starr
Contents: Rory and the hurricanes — You bring the party down — Bridges — Postcards from paradise — Right side of the road — Not looking back — Bamboula — Island in the sun — Touch and go — Confirmation — Let love lead.

Something More than Free

Something More than Free

by Jason Isbell
Contents: If it takes a lifetime — 24 frames — Flagship — How to forget — Children of children — The life you chose — Something more than free — Speed trap town — Hudson commodore — Palmetto rose — To a band that I loved.

Sound and Color

Sound & Color

by Alabama Shakes
Contents: Sound & color (3:02) — Don’t wanna fight (3:53) — Dunes (4:18) — Future people (3:22) — Gimme all your love (4:03) — This feeling (4:29) — Guess who (3:16) — The greatest (3:50) — Shoegaze (2:59) — Miss you (3:47) — Gemini (6:36) — Over my head (3:51).

The Original High

The Original High

by Adam Lambert
Contents: Ghost town — The original high — Another lonely night — Underground — There I said it — Rumors (featuring Tove Lo) — Evil in the night — Lucy (featuring Brian May) — Things I didn’t say — The light — Heavy fire.

Wilder Mind

Wilder Mind

by Mumford & Sons
Contents: Tompkins Square Park — Believe — The wolf — Wilder mind — Just smoke — Monster — Snake eyes — Broad-shouldered beasts — Cold arms — Ditmas — Only love — Hot gates.

 

 

 

Other Movies by Oscar Nominees

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

These films feature actors and actresses that were nominated for an Oscar. The library will purchase the films that portray their nominations when they are available but until then you can enjoy some of their other work:

Bryan Cranston

Argo

Argo

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still felt today. But there’s a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a mid-level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

 

Lincoln Lawyer

Lincoln Lawyer

Michael ‘Mick’ Haller is a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money payoff swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.

 

Matt Damon

Green Zone

Green Zone

During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.

 

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean’s Eleven

Three prestigious Las Vegas casinos. More than $160 million. Danny Ocean and his 10-man handpicked team of grifters and conmen are ready to carry out the most elaborate casino heist in history, and they just might get away with it.

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Aviator

Aviator

An epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career, from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

 

 

 

Departed

The Departed

In South Boston, the Massachusetts State Police are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there are moles in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.

Eddie Redmayne

Pillars of the Earth

Pillars of the Earth

In the town of Kingsbridge during the middle of the twelfth century, the lives of those who are working to build the most amazing Gothic cathedral in the world become entwined through their ambitions, loves, and tribulations. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.

 

 

Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything

The story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science.

 

Cate Blanchett

Babel

Babel

A wealthy American is touring Morocco with his wife. The two become the focus of an international incident also involving a poor Moroccan farmer who is struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny, with her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take her charges with her to a wedding in Mexico. A deaf-mute Japanese teen tries to deal with a relationship with her father and the world in general that has been upended by the death of her mother. It’s about a gun. It’s about communication – or the lack of it – both intercultural and intracultural. Raises issues like terrorism and immigration, and is as basic as husbands talking to their wives and parents understanding their children.

Hanna

Hanna

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence.

 

Jennifer Lawrence

X Men First Class

X-men: First Class

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

 

 

House at the end of the street

House at the End of the Street

Newly divorced Sarah and her teenage daughter Elissa have just moved to the suburbs for a fresh start. But their hopes quickly shatter as they learn that, years earlier, a grisly murder took place next door when a deranged girl killed her parents and disappeared. The girl’s older brother Ryan still occupies the house, and when he befriends Elissa, his secretive past could become her worst nightmare.

 

Charlotte Rampling

Swimming pool

Swimming Pool

Sarah is a famous British murder mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher to stay at his home in the south of France. Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her – until late one night, when John’s sexy and provocative daughter, Julie, unexpectedly arrives. Sarah’s English reserve is jarred by Julie’s lifestyle. An increasingly unsettling series of events occur that blend a creative process with a possible real-life murder.

 

I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead

I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead

Will Graham is a former London gangster who moved out to the country. Will’s younger brother, Davey, is enjoying his life as a man about town, and dabbling in drug dealing, when, one night, a man has him followed and brutally assaults him. Davey returns home and takes his own life. Will, finds himself back in London, where he learns of Davey’s death. He investigates what happened that night with his old friend. As Will tries to piece together what happened, he visits Helen, his former lover. Will uncovers the truth and is faced with the unpleasant prospect of avenging Davey’s death.

 

Saoirse Ronan

City of Ember

City of Ember

For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. But when the City’s massive power generator begins to fail, the streetlamps fade – along with the hopes of the townspeople. Now it will be up to two courageous teenagers to follow a trail of clues left by the ancient builders to find the way out of Ember before their world is plunged into complete darkness.

 

The Way Back

The Way Back

“Inspired by an incredible true story… begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world’s most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don’t know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its most extreme. Their humanity is further tested when they meet a teenage runaway who begs to join them on their quest”

 

Christian Bale

Batman begins

Batman Begins

After his parents’ murders, disillusioned heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred, detective Jim Gordon and his ally Lucius Fox, Bruce returns to Gotham City and unleashed his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and high-tech weaponry to fight evil.

 

 

Newsies

Newsies

July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack “Cowboy” Kelly organizes a newsboys’ strike. With David Jacobs as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful.