Join Us Next Friday for the Brown Bag

Pleas join us to ring in the new year right with our first Brown Bag of 2012.

Earl Jones will review The Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell at noon, January 6th, in the community room. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Friends of the Library.

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, OUTLIERS is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

 

Bookworm

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Boomerang Kids by Carl Pickhardt: The author shares his theory about why many eighteen to twenty-three-year-olds are failing to succeed on their own and returning to their parents for money, emotional support, problem-solving advice, and shelter, and offers parents advice on how they can better prepare their children for adulthood.
  • At Willa Cather’s Table: Includes a collection of recipes from Willa Cather’s work, her family and friends, the places that were meaningful to her, and from the Cather foundation and its loyal friends.
  • The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, the horse that inspired a nation by Elizabeth Letts: Chronicles the life and legacy of a horse named Snowman, describing how he was bought off a truck bound for the slaughterhouse by Harry de Leyer, and detailing the horse’s successes along the show-jumping circuit.
  • Prairie Schooner Fall and Winter 2011 Issues: A collection of poetry, short fiction and essays published quarterly by the English Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Big Horn by Nathaniel Philbrick: Draws on native testimony, archaeological evidence, and firsthand observations of the battlefield to examine facts and myths about the Battle of Little Bighorn and provide an account of the final days of the battle between George Armstrong Custer’s battalion and the warriors of Sitting Bull’s village.
  • Mail-Order Kid by Marilyn June Coffey: Tells the story of Teresa Martin, who was shipped to cold-hearted “parents” in Kansas during the massive Orphan Train exodus where she encountered a strange Volga German world that included whippings and sexual abuse

Non-Fiction DVDs

  • Milk:  A fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White in 1978.
  • United 93: Re-creating the harrowing events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in real time, documentary filmmaker Paul Greengrass presents the unforgettable drama of Sept. 11, 2001, as experienced by those on board and by those watching in horror on the ground.
  • Incident at Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story: Chronicles the controversial events surrounding the shooting of two FBI agents on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, resulting in the conviction of Sioux activist Leonard Peltier.
  • The Kennedys: Twentieth-century America’s most storied political family gets the epic treatment in this miniseries that spans three decades of Kennedy history. The chronicle begins with Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s power plays and ends with his son Bobby’s assassination.
  • Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time: This documentary-style portrait of pop idol Lady Gaga — better known to her friends and family as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta — leaves no sequin unturned in its search for the truth about her origins, her music and her artistic influence.

Happy Holidays from Chronicle Books (@ your library)

Here is a sweet little animated greeting card from independent publisher Chronicle Books. We have a variety of their books available for checkout, including the titles listed below. Follow the links for more information on each book.

 

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed Saturday, December 24th through Monday, December 26th in celebration of the Christmas holiday. We will observe regular business hours on Friday, December 23rd.

Any items that would normally have been due during these days will not be due until Tuesday, December 27th. So if you have time, be sure to stop in an pick up some holiday DVDs, some audiobooks for your road trip,  some Christmas picture books for the kids or grandkids, or a nice, cozy christmas story to enjoy with the family.

Here’s a link to watch the Christmas movie “The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas” that is based on the book Ted E. Bear finds Christmas by Diane Mayfield, which we have available for checkout here at the library.

http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=DsaETeRnGiY&feature=related

New Holiday DVDs

With Christmas quickly approaching, and families gathering for for a bit of Christmas cheer, I thought I’d share a list of new Holiday DVDs the whole family can enjoy.

  • HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: Embittered, green-haired hermit the Grinch lives in the mountains above the village of Whoville. The Whos love Christmas, and the Grinch hates the Whos, so he conspires to keep Christmas from coming. Includes three bonus films.
  • A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS / RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR / NESTER THE LONG EARED DONKEY: Santa Claus decides to take the year off, Rudolph finds himself in a race against time, and a loveable donkey finds a special use for his long ears in this collection of classic Christmas films.
  • FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND / THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Frosty the Snowman’s marriage is threatened by Jack Frost and a small mouse nearly ruins Christmas for the entire town in these two classic animated features.    
  • RUDLOPH AND FROSTY’S WINTER IN JULY: The story of how Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his shiny nose and how he befriended Frosty the Snowman. When the cheery duo tries to help a needy circus get back on its feet, their archenemy, a wicked wizard named Winterbolt, will stop at nothing to stop them.
  • JACK FROST: The whimsical tale follows winter’s sprightly spirit Jack Frost as he falls in love with a lovely lady named Elise. Father Winter turns Jack into a human so he can win Elise’s heart, but alas, she’s already engaged to a knight. When Evil King Kubla Kraus kidnaps Elise, Jack changes back into a spirit to rescue her.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE ON SESAME STREET: Find out how everyone on Sesame Street celebrated Christmas Eve.
  • ELMO SAVES CHRISTMAS: Find out what the world would be like if everyday were Christmas.
  • RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: Rudolph’s strangely glowing red nose makes him a joke to everyone at the North Pole. Feeling like a misfit, Rudolph runs away and teams with Hermey the elf and prospector Yukon Cornelius; the trio face down the dreaded Abominable Snow Monster and gain the respect of Santa and the others.
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN: A friendly postman tells the story of Kris Kringle, an orphan taken in by a family of toymakers. Despite the grouchy protests of Burgermeister Meisterburger and the Winter Warlock, Kringle decides to bring some yuletide joy to the children of Sombertown.
  • FROSTY THE SNOWMAN / FROSTY RETURNS: In Frosty the Snowman, a magician’s discarded hat gives life to a snowman, who quickly wins the hearts of all the town’s children. In Frosty Returns, Frosty and his friends must stop an inventor’s plot to go public with a diabolical creation: an aerosol spray that can melt massive amounts of snow.
  • HOLIDAY TV CLASSICS: A varied collection of holiday themed classic television programming.
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: George Bailey is a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.
  • THE CHRISTMAS TOY: Fearful of being replaced by new presents, Rugby the Tiger and other old toys venture from the playroom to meet their new friends under the Christmas tree.