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Happy and Healthy for Summer 2013!

16 Apr
Swim suit season is just around the corner! Yikes!  Before you panic check out some of the library’s magazines that will help get you in shape and eating healthier.– If you would like to catch up on what new in some sports we have Bicycling*, Golf Magazine, Runners World* and Yoga Journal*
Looking to get healthier try Health, Men’s Health*, Prevention* or Self.
Also for healthier cooking try Cooking Light or Vegetarian Times*
Then enjoy the beaches here in Scituate!  We also have paperback books for $1 inside the library that would be perfect to take to the beach!
* Denotes magazines that are available digitally through the library.

Django Unchained – Coming to DVD Soon!

18 Mar

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By Peter Struzziero

The return of Quentin Tarantino to the director’s chair was spectacular, as expected, and FUNNY! In his latest blood-spattered adventure, we are brought back to the years just before the Civil War began, when this free land was in fact not-so-free. The film tells the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave turned bounty hunter, whose sole purpose in life is to seek out his still-enslaved wife. Django’s new mentor and partner is a dentist, also turned bounty hunter. Angry with the slave trade in general, and inspired by the Django’s story, the two join forces, guns ablazing.

In a way that only Tarantino can, he directs a fleet of actors, mostly in roles they’re not accustomed to. Jamie Foxx is out for revenge? Christoph Waltz is bloodthirsty, yet full of compassion? LEONARDO: A BADGUY?

Top notch performances from all the leads, and in fact, from everybody. Samuel L. Jackson in particular earns a tip-of-the-cap for the meatiest Tarantino role he’s had in 15 years.

Missed it in the theater? Get ready to watch it for free on DVD from your local Scituate Town Library. Rated R.

PS – We have a few thousand others DVDs too, for while you’re waiting.

My favorite book of all time…

1 Mar

By Peter Struzziero

The 1st first true gothic novel ever written.  A tale of horror written 197 years ago, usually given credit as the story that gave birth to the Science Fiction genre: Frankenstein.

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Where did we come from? Where are we going? Can one person change the fate of all? Where science meets philosophy, and ethics meets imagination… dreams can meet nightmares. The mysteries of life are met, challenged, and resolved in this tale of the true horror of the humanity that can come from within. All in search of an answer to that lingering question… WHY?

Get familiar with the book that invented horror as we know it. Forget Boris Karloff, and you know that “Igor” wasn’t even a character in the book at all right? They invented that guy for the movies.

Meet Victor Frankenstein. (He almost doomed us all).

Come in and check out your copy of Frankenstein at the Scituate Town Library.

Peter’s Picks

8 Jan

By Peter Struzziero

I’m proud to announce, the official unveiling of my very own FAVORITES display. I will now (and for the foreseeable future) keep a collection of all my favorite stuff, right next to my desk. I have a cart which will display “Peters Picks”.

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2012 has come to a close, and I was less than 100 checkouts away from breaking the all time YA Record.  2013 is a whole other story though.  New YA Non-Fiction will be on display for a few months in the New Book Room when it arrives at our door. All new YA Fiction will have a chance to be on display as well, on a table next to the seating in the YA Department. Come on in and check out the new layout.

In addition to these changes, yes, my favorite stuff will be on display, and I won’t discriminate. I’ll have Books, Movies, XBOX Games, Graphic Novels, Manga, Audio Books…… you name it, all types of items will have a spot on Peter’s Picks.

Come in and check a few out today, lets start early and break the record in 2013.

Any suggestions on new things I should buy? Hey…. make a list. No seriously, make a list and bring it in. If you can make a decent argument for popular YA Materials that deserve a home in Scituate, I’ll more than likely take your advice.

The Quiet Times…

20 Dec

By Peter Struzziero

The library tends to be a little quieter than usual during the week before December 25th and the week leading up to New Years. Why is this? Oh come on, you know exactly why.

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It’s the season for driving around, seeing all those relatives, sitting in traffic, and singing holiday tunes in the car perhaps. Lots of things are happening: dressing up nice, lots of cooking and eating, and maybe watching a little football if time permits.

We at the Library remain available however. It tends to be a quiet time, since everyone is so busy. What does this all mean really though?

First of all, it means that your library is standing by ready to help you (and possibly you alone depending on your timing). Ever wander into a movie theater at an odd time and realize that you are the only one in it? It’s nice in a personal sort of way, isn’t it?

Our books, e-books, DVDs, music, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks….just all of it… will be here waiting to be checked out. Odds are, some of the more popular items that are usually checked out… won’t be. Excellent opportunity to come in and find the things you want.

Don’t forget too: if you receive a new device as a Holiday gift and… well… have no idea how to use it…, we can help with that. iPads, Nooks, Kindles, iPhones, you name it…we are pros. Come on in and let us teach you all the tricks and how to get the most out of the library with your new device.

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So to recap: we know you’ll be busy but we’ll still be here, happy to say hello and provide you with a good book or a movie for your Holiday.

The Scituate Town Library will be closed December 23rd-25th. We will close at 5pm on December 31st and be closed on January 1st. Otherwise… we’re all yours.

What are QR Codes?

14 Nov

By Peter Struzziero

 

Have you seen these weird black and white boxes popping up all over the place? They are seriously everywhere. They show up in electronic stores, in advertisements for real estate…. on Ketchup Bottles…. Just Everywhere. Have you got an Iphone, a Droid, or another 3g or 4g Mobile device? If you can download an “App” then you can use a QR Code-reader, and see what everyone else is talking about.

QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside the industry due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. The code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds (“modes”) of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or through supported extensions, virtually any kind of data.

So what does any of that mean? It’s like the old school standard barcode, that only read numbers or would punch up a record in a retail setting. Well like I mentioned earlier… they are popping up EVERYPLACE now.

Including… YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY =)

Libraries across the country are creating QR Codes to do lots of things. Some Libraries put them on DVD cases, sending patrons to online movie trailers they can watch on there phones. Other places are using QR Codes on books in the stacks, to direct patrons to similar online book collections.

Keep your eyes peeled around the building for codes like these popping up. They will lead you back to places like:

  • New Books
  • The Library Catalog
  • Social Media Accounts, like Facebook and Twitter
  • And… much much more to come.

The groundwork has been laid by many other Libraries, and we’ve already begun to get involved.

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Getting our sea legs… (Get it? ‘Cause we live by the sea…)

27 Sep

Hey friends,

We are going to get this blog together shortly. Gonna spend a little while playing around with the make up, figuring out how we would like it to look, how often we can post… jazz like that. With a new Library in the back of our minds… its time to shake things up. Keep your eyes on this new Blog, and everything else we’ve got in the works.

Open to suggestions, and looking forward to writing for you all.

-Peter- (that GUY who works at the Library)

PS — We are also on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter…check it out.