Based on the Book

The movie Winter’s Bone, based on the book by Daniel Woodrell, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards, and we have the book available in our collection. Based on clips from last night’s show, the story looks pretty intense.

“Ree Dolly’s father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn’t show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.”

Browse, Hold and Renew online!

All patrons of the Alliance Public Library are now able to browse our collection, place holds, and even renew current checkouts online! Simply go to our online catalog (the link is permanently available on the right sidebar), click Alliance Library, and then login using the following information

  • Username: Your Patron #       (P 968763)
  • Password: Your Last Name    (Doe) 

Your patron number can be found on the back of your library card. If you do not have your card or patron #, please contact library staff by calling 762-1387 or by coming to the circulation desk.

To place a hold on a specific title, click on the title and then click the “Hold it” button found to the right of the title information.

To view your account info, fines and current checkouts, click on the “My Info” tab. This is where you will be able to renew your books. Please note that books may only be renewed in accordance to library policy. Our renewal policy is as follows:

  • Reference Material, Magazines, Movies, and Inter-library Loan items may not be renewed.
  • Items may be renewed twice.
  • Items on hold for another patron may not be renewed.

You can explore the catalog in new ways by using Destiny Quest feature on the left hand sidebar. You can even make lists of what you’ve read, are reading or want to read.

We hope you enjoy our new catalog interface, and if you have any questions, problems or comments, please let us know!

New Young Adult

The following Young Adult Novels have been added to the shelves in the last few weeks (lots of supernatural fiction!) Click on the title for synopsis and reviews:

New Adult Fiction

 The following adult fiction titles have been added to our collection within the last two weeks. Click on the titles for more information, such as synopsis and reviews:

Based on the Book

Gnomeo and Juliet. Hmmm. Well, it’s based on Shakespear, so why not.

I don’t know though. Somehow it just doesn’t seem like Romeo and Juliet meets animated garden gnomes could really be all that tragic, and I have a feeling the ending isn’t going to involve posion and swords. So, taking a classic tragedy and turning it into a comedic animated movie? Each to his own.

Well, maybe the kids will learn something. Afterall, we do have a few Romeo and Juliet abridged versions for children. Click here and here for more info.

New DVDs

Here is a list of the new DVDs added to the shelves in the last month (stay tuned for new Nonfiction and Fiction titles!)

  • Amelia
  • Beaches
  • The Bucket List
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Crazy Heart
  • The Departed
  • Despicable Me
  • Doubt
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Eclipse
  • The Wrestler
  • Big & Hairy
  • Defiance
  • Devil
  • Whale Rider
  • The Longest Day
  • 50 First Dates
  • The Changeling
  • The Way We Were
  • The Illusionist
  • The Borrowers
  • Toy Story
  • Airplane!
  • On Golden Pond
  • The Outsiders
  • Salt
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
  • 20 Great Westerns: Heros and Bandits
  • Antone Fisher
  • Beef State
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Dragonball Z: Dead Zone
  • Four Brothers
  • Halloween II
  • Hondo
  • Robots
  • Shiloh: Family Double Feature
  • Victory by Air: A History of the Aerial Assault Vehicle

February Book Club Selection

This month’s Alliance Public Library Community Book Club selection is the Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, and from what we have heard about the book, it is an excellent story:

“A compelling emotional mystery in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

Margaret Lea works in her father’s antiquarian bookshop where her fascination for the biographies of the long-dead has led her to write them herself. She gets a letter from one of the most famous authors of the day, the mysterious Vida Winter, whose popularity as a writer has been in no way diminished by her reclusiveness. Until now, Vida has toyed with journalists who interview her, creating outlandish life histories for herself – all of them invention. Now she is old and ailing, and at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to Margaret is a summons.

Somewhat anxiously, the equally reclusive Margaret travels to Yorkshire to meet her subject – and Vida starts to recount her tale. It is one of gothic strangeness featuring the March family; the fascinating, devious and wilful Isabelle and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline.

Margaret is captivated by the power of Vida’s storytelling. But as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction, and she doesn’t entirely trust Vida’s account. She goes to check up on the family, visiting their old home and piecing together their story in her own way. What she discovers on her journey to the truth is for Margaret a chilling and transforming experience.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it! We have ample copies available for checkout at the circulation desk (a $2.75 ILL charge is required for return postage.)

Bookclub will meet on Tuesday, February 22nd at 1:00pm and Thursday, February 24th at 4:00pm.

February Brown Bag

John Miller reviews The Death of Common Sense in Our Schools and What You Can Do About It by Jim Grant

Join us this Friday, February 4th at noon in the Community Rooms for this free program. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Brown Bag programs are arranged courtesy of the Friends of the Library.