With our upcoming (temporary!) move to Bantam I thought it would be helpful to spend the month of April highlighting some fun and free services found through our website, since our “digital branch” is never closed. This week’s resource is Brain HQ!
BrainHQ is a brain-training system built and tested by an international team of top neuroscientists and other brain experts. Check it out today!
With our upcoming temporary move to Bantam, it seemed like a good time to highlight some of our virtual resources. A patron favorite is MANGO LANGUAGES, a fun, interactive, and effective way to learn 72 languages! With a friendly and intuitive interface this FREE service is not to be missed.
Have you met Libby yet? Libby is the new, intuitive app to download ebooks and audiobooks from the library. No more clunky interfaces, or confusing web pages. Libby streamlines the process of borrowing downloadable materials from the OWL. Try her out and if you run into any problems, drop by the library or give us a call.
Looking for fun, fierce, female-centered films, check out the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Binge Box which contains the following movies: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Clueless, Ghostbusters (2016), Legally Blonde, Bad Moms, and Bridesmaids.
Need a good cry? Check out The “Tissue Box”–a binge box with the following six tearjerkers: The Fault in Our Stars, Still Alice, Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, Stepmom, and Terms of Endearment.
4 of our brand new binge boxes (themed collections of 6 films each that circulate for 2 weeks) are Director Spotlights!
Enjoy 6 films by the Coen Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, and (my personal favorite) John Hughes.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.