Archive | February, 2013

Remarkable Documentaries

21 Feb

By Toni Snee

Scituate Town Library has a sizable collection of documentaries. The list below is a selection of newer documentaries. Scituate Town Library owns a copy of each of these titles, and additional copies are available to you through the Old Colony Library network.  Request a copy to be delivered to Scituate for you and you can return it to Scituate or to any one of the network libraries.

Can you imagine 6 million of anything?  The students of Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee had trouble picturing that 6 million people were killed during the Holocaust.  Their solution, which turned into a school project, was to collect 1 paper clip for each person killed.  The documentary Paper Clips is the story of their project.

Among some artifacts loaned to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center from the Auschwitz Museum was a suitcase.  Written on the suitcase were the name Hanna Brady, the number 625, and the word Waisenkind (orphan).  Intrigued, the museum director began a quest to learn the history of this suitcase and the person it belonged to.  Inside Hanna’s Suitcase is the story of their journey of discovery.

Brownstones to Red Dirt is a remarkable story of kids from the Bed-Stuy project in Brooklyn and orphans living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, who become pen pals.  Dreams of an African savanah full of wild animals and America where everyone lives in mansions with 3 car garages quickly give way to reality.

Herb & Dorothy tells the tale of an unassuming couple, living in a one bedroom apartment in New York City, who build one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world. More impressive is that Herb is a postal worker and Dorothy is a librarian!  Their collection has been donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Jig documents the 2010 40th Irish Dancing World Championships held in Glasgow.  Competitors include a teenager from Sri Lanka adopted and living in Sweden, a troupe of dancers from Russia, an American who’s family moved to England to fulfill his dreams, and ‘locals’ as well.

Becoming Santa follows Jack Sanderson as he transforms himself into Santa for a season.  Jack bleached is hair and beard, went to Santa Claus school in Denver to learn how to be a Santa, and had a Santa suit made.  Jack booked jobs as a sidewalk Santa for the Volunteers of America in NYC; a gig as the Santa for a Polar Express fundraiser in New Jersey; and as the Santa in the Quincy MA Christmas parade.

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A List of DVDs for Black History Month

19 Feb

By Toni Snee

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of African-Americans.  Begun in 1926 as Black History Week, the federal government expanded it to the entire month of February in 1976.

(* denotes Scituate owns the title. Other titles available through the Old Colony Library Network.)

Raisin in the Sun*

Amistad

Ruby Bridges*

Red Tails*

Autobiography of Miss Jan Putman*

Remember the Titans*

Brownstones to Red Dust*

Rosa Parks Story*

The Color Purple*

Rosewood*

Down in the Delta  

Soldier’s Story

Driving Miss Daisy   

Sounder*

Ghosts of Mississippi   

Sparkle*

Glory*

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Help*  

Tuskegee Airmen    

Miss Evers’ Boys

Men of Honor

Precious

Love is in the Air!

14 Feb

By Toni Snee

Looking for some good romantic DVD’s?  Try one of these oldies:

Proposal (Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds)  Faced with deportation back to Canada for an expired visa, a high-powered editor enlists the help of her frustrated male assistant.  Marry her and he gets a promotion!

Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas) A rising star in the New York Fashion scene returns home to divorce her slacker husband to marry the man of her dreams.

 Just Wright (Queen Latifah, Common) A physical therapist, hired to work with an injured NBA All-Star falls for her client.  Unfortunately for her, he has eyes for her friend who wants to be a trophy wife.

Hitch (Will Smith, Eva Mendes) Date Doctor falls for a gossip columnist he meets while helping his latest client date the woman of his dreams.

Definitely Maybe (Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz) Ten year old daughter begins to question her father about her mother and why the couple divorced.

My Life in Ruins  (Nia Vardalos and Alexis Georgoulis) Out of work teacher in Athens agrees to help her friend by acting as tour guide for group of Americans on a world-wind 4 day tour of Greece.

Try One of These International Mystery Authors

1 Feb

 By Susan Pope

Did you love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? The mystery genre has been inundated with many authors from distant shores. Check out one of these authors for a new twist on intrigue.

  • Kjell Eriksson
  • Karin Fossum
  • Benjamin Black
  • Garry Disher
  • Philip Kerr

And by the way, there’s a new Mystery Book Club at the Scituate Town Library: Scituate Sleuths! Do you love a good whodunit? Need new suggestions for suspenseful authors? Join us the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., starting March 6th. To register, come in or call 781-545-8727 and ask for the Reference Desk. All are welcome!