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.

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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.

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!

How can I find a great book to read?

25 Jan

By Mary Jo McNally

Looking for your next great book to read?  Want to try a new author or genre?  The library has some great options to help you!

First is the magazine BookMarks: for everyone who hasn’t read everything.  They review new books, but also older books you might have missed.  Books are rated from one star (poor) to five starts (classic).  There are also authors featured with many of their works reviewed.  This title is found in the Scituate Town Library’s magazine section and back issues can be checked out.

Second is a free magazine called Book Page. This magazine reviews new books and has a few author interviews.  Book Page is published monthly and is FREE to patrons.  To find this month’s issue, and maybe last month’s if you missed it, look in the new book room.  And the new book room is always full of interesting books– no matter what your interest is.

Another source is NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus is a database where you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles. You can also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more! To use this database from outside the library, you’ll need your library card number. You can find NoveList Plus by following this link and clicking on the “N” for databases in alphabetical listing.

And last, look for the new Staff Picks display in the library! There you will find reviews of books read by the Scituate library staff and either a copy of the book or a place-keeper that you can take to the circulation desk and use to put the book on hold. Nearby is a shelf of books-you-might-have missed, selected by library staff as well!

Good luck in finding your new classic!

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

12 Jan

By Ann Lattinville

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

Risking your life for plants and flowers? Encountering dangerous animals, deadly diseases, remote and rugged terrain? Why on Earth…? That’s just the question Anita Silvey’s book seeks to answer. Reading more like an adventure novel than a history of botanical specimen collection, this title grabs you in the very first paragraph and delivers on the promise of answering that ubiquitous question of why– why anyone would risk their life in search, of all things, plants! With its intrigue and gritty detail, this book is sure to appeal to readers young and old, whether you’re a gardener or a budding scientist. I couldn’t put it down!

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