Binge Boxes!

The Oliver Wolcott Library is proud to present BINGE BOXES! Themed boxes of 6 DVDs each that are available for a 2 week lending period.*


Do you like films about dancing? Check out our SHALL WE DANCE? Binge Box that includes the following 6 films:

Take the Lead, Strictly Ballroom, Step Up, Dirty Dancing, Mad Hot Ballroom, and An American in Paris


What about romance? Our CLASSIC ROM-COMS Binge Box has these 6 gems:

When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Valentine’s Day, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Notting Hill, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Come on into the OWL to check out this brand new collection.

*Limit one per family.

Isn’t It Romantic? The Fault in Our Stars


This week’s book and movie recommendation is the young adult bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If  you’re thinking, “I don’t read young adult fiction,” you may want to make an exception. If you are a romance reader, then love stories are simply wonderful, well, in young adult fiction you are often reading a “first love” story which has a poignancy and sweetness that is unmatched. There is also a film version of this heart-breaking (and heart-building) book. Check out either or both, and be sure to bring your tissues.

Isn’t it Romantic? Book & Movie Recommendation


A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

A librarian? Time travel? Well, I’m hooked. And if you’re short on time, the film version starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana is pleasant enough, but the adaptation doesn’t hold a candle to this truly unique novel.

Isn’t It Romantic?

This month Spotlight on the Stacks will showcase a romantic book & movie pairing each week. We are starting the month strong with Diana Gabaldon’s swashbuckling, time-traveling, genre-bending novel Outlander. After you finish the first book in this beloved series, be sure to check out the hit television show and its beautiful stars. 😉


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson


Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. According to Jenny: “Most of my favorite people are dangerously f*cked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

I loved this book. Just look at the cover. That’s a taxidermied racoon that the author places around her home in funny predicaments and then photographs. And, yes, there are pictures of him in the book. Seriously though, mental illness is so often spoken about in whispered voices that it is refreshing to see an author being so upfront and honest about it. A great read.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown


Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives — experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Now Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.*

*Description provided by the publisher. I couldn’t phrase it any more thoroughly or succinctly with my own prose. 😉

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards


Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She reveals with humor and style how grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people. The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal has cultivated a distinct blend of nonlinear memoir, observational humor, wistful reflections, and interactive connections with readers. A timeless collection of insights, memories, and moments that are at once intimate and universal. Why the title Textbook? Because each piece of prose is organized into classic subjects such as Social Studies, Music, and Language Arts. Because textbook would accurately describe a book with a first-of-its-kind interactive text messaging component. Because textbook is an expression meaning “quintessential”- Oh, that wordplay and unconventional format is so typical of her, so textbook AKR.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Tufts University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in advertising for several years. She wrote both children’s and adult books. She died of ovarian cancer on March 13, 2017 at the age of 51.

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

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Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.

Glennon Doyle is the founder of and the author of Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life.