2016 Academy Award films available on DVD
We already have seven of this year’s Academy Award nominated and winning films available on DVD for your viewing pleasure, with three more coming soon.

“Spotlight,” Oscar winner for best picture and original screenplay, is the true story of the Pulitzer-Prize winning investigation into the Catholic Church’s coverup of child abuse in Boston.  “Mad Max: Fury Road,” winner of six Oscars, is a post-apocalyptic action movie.  “Steve Jobs,” nominated for two best acting awards, chronicles the life of the founder of Apple.  “Bridge of Spies” starring Tom Hanks was nominated for five awards and won best supporting actor.  “The Martian” starring Matt Damon was nominated for seven awards.  “Room” was nominated for four awards and won best actress.  “Amy” about Amy Winehouse’s tragically short life won best documentary.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, we will have three more Academy Award movies donated to your library next month, when they become available on DVD.  “Trumbo,” with a best actor nomination, is about the Hollywood blacklist in 1947.  “Brooklyn” is a love story with three nominations. “The Big Short” with five nominations is a comedy/drama about the financial crisis of 2007-08 triggered by the collapse of the home loan mortgage market.

If you have any gently used DVDs you no longer need, we’d love to have you donate them for the enjoyment of our patrons and to augment our relatively small DVD budget.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Free Science Madness
This month’s Science Madness takes place Saturday, March 26 from 1-2 p.m. when first-fifth graders will have fun making slime.

Free book club for youngsters
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you.  Please join us tomorrow (Friday, March 25) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. when we’ll be discussing your favorite books.  Note change of day and time.

Change of day for some tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.   Most of the more formal sessions requiring advance registration will now be held on Fridays.  The next one is tomorrow (Friday, March 25) – iPad Intermediate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  You must provide your own registered iPad.

Free all-ages movie
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 25) from 2-3:30 p.m. with your friends and family for a PG movie.  Our contract does not allow us to name the film in the media, but you can get it on the activities calendars available at the library.

Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills.  Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.

Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays.  Note split sessions:  Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months.  Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  for 12-36 months.  If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.

New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Large print
“The Gangster” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is an Isaac Bell adventure.  “The Friends We Keep” by Susan Mallery is the story of three women facing life challenges.  “She’s Not There” by Joy Fielding begins when a two-year-old vanishes.  “Clawback” by J.A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds mystery.  “A Few of the Girls” is a collection of short stories.

How-to and self-help
“Gardening with Less Water” by Bainbridge describes efficient watering systems and inexpensive materials to help you conserve and grow.  “Garden Made” by Stephanie Ross provides 40 ideas for a year of seasonable projects to beautify your garden and your life.  “10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat” by Dr. Frank Lipman offers a two-week program to help you feel your very best.  “Overload” by Joyce Meyer suggests how you can unplug, unwind and unleash yourself from stress.

Other nonfiction
“The Road to a Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson is a loving and humorous look at Great Britain.  “Wild by Nature” by Sarah Marquis takes you on a woman’s 10,000 mile solo hike across the Gobi and then in Australia.  “One Child” by Mei Fong explores the negative effects of Communist China’s one-child policy adopted in 1980.  “Imbeciles” by Adam Cohen exposes the 8-1 Supreme Court decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman.  “Free Refill” by Dr. Peter Grinspoon is a memoir of a successful doctor and family man addicted to prescription medicine.  “Leonard” by William Shatner is a tribute to Leonard Nimoy from his friend of 50 years.  “Democracy in Black” by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. looks at the effects of race in America from the point of view of Black Americans.  “I Had to Survive” by Dr. Roberto Canessa is a memoir of a young medical student who survives a horrific crash in the Andes and is inspired to dedicate his life to medicine.

Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“Far From True” by Linwood Barclay is the second in the Promise Falls thriller series.  “Crazy Blood” by T. Jefferson Parker features two feuding brothers in a ski resort town in California.  “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver is a Lincoln Rhyme mystery.   “Off the Grid” by C.J. Box is a Joe Pickett mystery.  “The Travelers” by Chris Pavone featuring a magazine journalist thrust into the world of international espionage.  “Gone Again” by James Grippando features Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck.

Other novels
“Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume is the story of two outcasts – a man and a dog – in Ireland.  “Fire Touched” by Patricia Briggs is a Mercy Thompson urban fantasy.  “Arcadia” by Iain Pears is a fantasy involving three distinct worlds.

Story CDs
“Find Her” by Lisa Gardner is a thriller.  “Robert Parker’s Blackjack” by Robert Knott features lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.  “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp is the fourth in the series featuring an elite NYPD unit formed to protect the rich and famous.  “Breakdown” by Jonathan Killerman is the latest in the Alex Delaware series.  “The Wolves” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells thriller.  “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson is a personal tour of Britain a second time around.  “Violent Crimes” by Phillip Margolin features attorney Amanda Jaffe.  “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb is a Lt. Eve Dallas mystery.  “Feverborn” by Karen Marie Moning is the latest in the Fever fantasy series.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Julie Fox, Scottie Gibson, Gary Hopkins, Mary Kurt-Mason, Jerry Modisette and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“Music is God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.” – Robin Williams (1951-2014), actor and comedian.

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