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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Are You a Work of Art?

Have you downloaded the Google Arts & Culture app on your phone? A friend posted about it on Facebook and when I went to the app store it was the first thing that came up when I hit the search button. I think about 30,000 people downloaded it yesterday!

It's really quite an interesting app in that you can learn a lot about art through articles, however, the main reason people are downloading it is for the feature with which you take a selfie and the app searches its database to find matches in works of art. It's quick, easy, fun, and free!

After you snap your selfie, you'll be sent five "matches." Here's an example of a match:

We tried taking photos of a dog and a cat, but no matches were found, so it's probably only set up to match human faces.

Have fun!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Library Closed Today!

The Library is closed today due to the federal Martin Luther King Birthday holiday.

New MLK books in 2017 included a young adult novel by Nic Stone, Dear Martin [YA STO].

Here's the publisher's summary:
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

We'll be back at the Library on Tuesday--see you then!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Poetry Friday--"The New Notebook"

Do you keep a diary, a journal, or a notebook? Many people do, and not just writers. Do you start a new one at the beginning of each new year? Or, do you wait until your notebook is completely filled before starting with another one? No matter how you begin, I'll bet there's a feeling of anticipation, of promise, of hope.

Here's a poem from Romanian writer, Maria Banus, translated by Laura Schiff and Dana Beldiman. It is found in an anthology titled Ain't I a Woman!: Classic Poetry by Women from Around the World [808.81 AIN]:

The New Notebook

Full of superstition
I begin a new notebook,
white leaves--sea foam.
I close my eyes and wait
for the first day of the world,
for Aphrodite with wet lips,
red curls of flame,
an open shell,
shy and sure,
to rise from the salt foam,
out of the primordial algae.
I wait under closed eyelids.
One can hear the grey rustle of sea gulls
under the low sky
and the monotonous thunder of waves
only of waves
which come and go.

Jan at Bookseedstudio will be hosting this week's Round-Up of poetry links. Do stop by!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Stanley Tucci

Today is actor Stanley Tucci's birthday! He was born in New York on January 11, 1960. Tucci has appeared in dozens of films, mostly in supporting roles, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones in 2009 [DVD LOV]. He also appears on television and is a reader on audiobooks.

Big Night [DVD BIG] is a little-known film that shows Tucci at his best. I highly recommend it!

Other films Tucci appears in, and which we have in our collection, include:

The Devil Wears Prada. [DVD DEV]

Julie & Julia. [DVD JUL]

A Midsummer Night's Dream. [DVD MID]

Road to Perdition. [DVD ROA]

Transformers. The Last Knight. [DVD TRA]

The Wind Rises. [DVD WIN]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Golden Globes

The Golden Globe awards were awarded on Sunday. The event, with its red carpet display of black formal wear and pins in solidarity with the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up initiative against sexual harassment, also got down to the business of honoring those who made award-winning films and television programs in 2017.

Most of the films nominated for awards have not yet been released on DVD, but a number of the television series are available. As a matter of fact, all of nominees for "Best Television Series--Drama" are in our collection with the exception of the winner, The Handmaid's Tale, which has no DVD release date as of now.

The other series that were nominated are:

The Crown

Game of Thrones. [DVD TV SERIES GAM]

Stranger Things. [DVD TV SERIES STR]


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Battle of Luzon

Photo source.

On this day in 1945, The Battle of Luzon, Philipines, began. The Battle of Luzon, was fought from January and continued through August 15, 1945. It resulted in a United States and Filipino victory.

The island of Luzon had been captured by Japanese forces in 1942 during their campaign to control the Philippines, a U. S. colony. It wasn't until 1944 that the U. S. decided the time was right to break the Japanese stronghold. First the island of Leyte was taken, then Mindoro, and finally Luzon.

The assault on the island was code-named S-Day and commenced on January 9. Although most of the action was concluded by March, the battle continued for another five months against small pockets of Japanese guerilla fighters. By battle's end, there were massive casualties with 10,380 killed, 36,550 wounded on the United States side, and, 205,535 dead, 9,050 captured on the side of Japan. It must be noted that most of the Japanese casualties were due disease or starvation rather than direct combat.

To learn more about the World War II Pacific campaign, look for books in the 940.54 section.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Fire and Fury

Last week's big brouhaha over the new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff, and the move-up of its release date, came as a surprise to most public libraries. We have ordered the book, as has all of our GMILCS consortium partners, but since demand has been so great, there's no way of knowing how long they will take to arrive. You may put a hold on the item through our online catalog, click here.

We have also ordered an audiobook copy, and, eBook copies will be available soon (publication date of the e-copies did not change, so they will not be available before tomorrow.) In the meantime, you may wish to read one of these:

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. [eBook]

Green, Joshua. Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. [eBook]

Harding, Luke. Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. [324.973 HAR, eBook]

Johnston, David Cay. The Making of Donald Trump. [eBook]

Kranish, Michael. Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power. [B TRU]

Lewandowski, Corey R. Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency. [973.933 LEW, eBook]

Lichtman, Allan J. The Case for Impeachment. [342.73062 LIT]

Trump, Donald J. Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know about Success, Real Estate, and Life. [650.409 TRU]