Based on the Book

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in pictures and words by Brian Selznick was turned into a film adaptation released last year. While it didn’t fair well in theatres, it was nominated for eleven academy awards, making it the most nominated film of 2011. The story is exquisite and is part novel, part art project and thoroughly enjoyable. The book is available in YA SEL.

Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick’s lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal

Based on the Book

Brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert look forward to meeting the young orphan boy whom they hope to give a good life to at their Avonlea farm, Green Gables. When they are accidentally sent Anne Shirley instead, they make the most of the orphanage’s mistake, and welcome the imaginative girl with loving arms. Under their care and through the friendships she forges at school, Anne enjoys adventures and experiences that teach her how to be loving and caring in return.

First published in 1908, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is a cherished tale of the importance of family and community. The movie starring Megan Follows, made in 1985, captures the spirit of the book and of Anne perfectly. Both the book and the movie are available in our collection.

Based on the Book

The Lorax is perhaps my favorite Dr. Seuss book (actually, I think it is tied for 1st with McElligot’s Pool), and they have created a feature length film featuring the adorable mustached keeper of the trees. I just hope it is as good as the original (which we have available for checkout on DVD in addition to the many Seuss books in our children’s section.)


Based on the Book

The Woman in Black – Daniel Radcliff’s first major film after Harry Potter – hits theaters this Friday, and from what I hear it will make the hair stand up on your arms! We have ordered in the book, and it will be on the shelves very soon.

Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again, plus he also hears the terrifying sounds of adult and child passengers sinking into the quicksand on a pony and trap.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil hi professional duty.It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Rescued by Mr Daily, a friend he met on the train, Kipps discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with tragedy, with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.


Based on the Book

The first movie of the critically acclaimed Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is slated to hit theaters in late March. This also happens to be the Alliance Public Library book club selection for the  month of January, and copies can be picked up at the desk. We will be discussing the book on Tuesday, January 24th at 1pm and on Thursday, January 26th at 4pm. All are welcome to participate.

“Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.”

Based on the Book

Well, after much pleading from her ever loyal fans, Janet Evanovich’s beloved character Stephanie Plum hits the big screen this month in One For the Money. The Stephanie Plum books have consistently been among our most popular books here at the library, and hope her fans are pleased with the movie adaptation. If it is anything like the books, the crowd will be laughing out loud through most of the movie.

Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl), an unemployed lingerie buyer, convinces her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie (Patrick Fischler), to give her a shot as a bounty hunter. Her first assignment is to track down a former cop, Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara), on the run for murder — the same man who broke her heart years before. With the help of some friends and the best bounty hunter in the business, Ranger (Daniel Sunjata), she slowly learns what it takes to be a true bounty hunter.

Other cast members include John Leguizamo as Jimmy Alpha, Ana Reeder as Connie Rossoli, Ryan Michelle Bathe as Jackie and Sherri Shepherd as dual roles playing two hookers with hearts of gold. There are no details about Shepherd’s dual roles but one of them is confirmed to be Lula. Grandma Mazur will be played by Debbie Reynolds.

Eclipse Movie Screening

In celebration of the quickly approaching Breaking Dawn Part 1 movie release, we will be screening Eclipse on Friday, November 11th at 8pm in the community rooms.

Since the movie is rated PG-13, anyone attending under the age of 13 must have a parent/guardian come in and give consent. We’ll be providing popcorn, and attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.

Here is the trailer for the new Breaking Dawn movie  . . . .

November Brown Bag

Please join us this Friday, November 4th at noon in the community rooms for William Graham’s review of the book Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains: a memoir by Kano Hisanori.

The memoir of Japanese-born Hisanori Kano, who immigrated to the United States in 1916 to learn and apply American agricultural practices on the Nebraska Plains. Ordained as an Episcopal minister and interned during WWII, Kano’s memoir reveals how he adapted to a changing American culture and landscape.


And be sure to stay after the review for a screening of An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, a hallmark movie based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott featuring Jacqueline Bisset.

Struggling widow Mary Bassett is trying to support three children, but money is so tight that they can’t even afford a Thanksgiving turkey. An unexpected visit from her estranged — and moneyed — mother  means Mary can prepare a proper holiday meal. However, it will take more than a feast to heal this family’s emotional wounds.


Based on the Book

Green Lantern is playing in the theatres now. Fo those of you unfamiliar with the popular graphic works, be sure to stop in. We have the following volumes available for checkout, and let me tell you the art work in these books is amazing!

  • Blackest Night
  • Blackest Night : Green Lantern
  • Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns
  • Blackest Night : Tales of the Corps
  • Blackest Night : Green Lantern Corps

And here is a trailer from the movie:

Winter’s Bone Book Review

After watching the Academy Awards and seeing the movie Winter’s Bone was nominated for the best adapted screen play award, I decided to read the book written by Daniel Woodrell, and boy was I glad I did.

In Winter’s Bone, a young sixteen-year-old girl named Ree finds herself responsible for her two young brothers and insane mother and living in extreme poverty after her meth cooking father goes missing. She is visited by the county Sheriff who informs her that her father placed the house up for bond after his last drug charge. The family will lose the house if he does not show up for court, so Ree sets out looking for her father, intent on finding him at all costs.

Woodrell possesses a stark, crisp and informed writing style that compliments every part of this hauntingly beautiful story. From his dialogue to his narration, Woodrell paints such a complete and cohesive reality that the reader finds himself moving off the page and into the heart of the poverty and crime stricken Ozarks where family blood is stronger than whiskey and stints in the state penitentary are prepared for the way most high schoolers prepare for college. His characters are so vividly realized that the story becomes not just words on paper, but flesh and bone. Highly recommended. I will be looking to read more of Woodrell’s work.

The book is available for checkout in our collection.