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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Recarpeting Project Begins

Just a reminder: the Library is being recarpeted in all public areas. In order to achieve the desired results without health and safety risks to the public, the Library will be closed 9/22, open 9/23-24, closed 9/25, open 9/26-10/1, and closed 10/2. Those times the Library will be open, services will be curtailed as there will be no seating, no access to the public computers, and book shelves may be covered with protective plastic.

It is our expectation that the Library will be back to normal by October 3, however, unexpected delays may take place.

In the meantime, if you're not aware of our eBook and eAudiobook service, now is the time to explore this option for reading and listening. Through the GMILCS consortium we have access to CloudLibrary titles, and, through a statewide program, we have access to Overdrive titles. These titles may be downloaded to your device or desktop. Click here to get started. Some recently added eBooks include these:

Looking for magazines? We have popular titles through Zinio, our eMagazine service. Click here to sign up for eMagazines.

Most importantly, if you need a physical book or magazine, your valid Nesmith Library card may be used in any library that is part of the GMILCS consortium. Included are Salem, Kelley Library and the Derry Public Library--both are just a short ride from Nesmith Library.

This will be the last post until next Thursday, but please check our website or Facebook page for updates on the recarpeting project. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming Movies Based on Books

Here's where you get to read the books BEFORE the movie/tv mini-series are available. These adaptations have all been completed and have release dates within the next 9 months. A number of them will be coming out before the holidays, so borrow the book now! (We will get them for our DVD collection once they are released on DVD.)

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. [F ATW]

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. [SF CLI, AB/CD CLI, eBook]

Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. [F JOR, eBook]

Matthews, Jason. Red Sparrow. [F MAT]

Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto. [F PAT]

Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck. [J SEL]

Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette. [F SEM, AB/CD SEM, eBook]

Shaffer, Mary Ann. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. [F SHA, LP SHA, AB/CD SHA, eBook]

If you belong to a book discussion group, several of the above titles should be familiar to you as they were "hot" items for book groups. It generally means that the books were more than a bit of escapist reading. With any luck, the treatment of issues in the filmed versions will be thoughtfully dealt with. (It has been reported that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was not even filmed on Guernsey, so you have to wonder about authenticity!)

Alias Grace will be a six-part mini-series available in November on Netflix:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More Books Recently Made into Movies

It seems that many film projects are now based on books, both fiction and nonfiction. Yesterday I listed five DVDs that have been added to our collection in 2017 that started off as books.

Here are five more:

Eggers, Dave. The Circle. [F EGG, eBook, DVD CIR]

Grann, David. The Lost City of Z. [918.11 GRA, eBook, DVD LOS]

Rowling, J. K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. [J ROW, eBook, DVD FAN]

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures. [629.4 SHE, AB/CD 629.4072 SHE, eBook, DVD HID]

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. [YA YOO, DVD EVE, eBook]

And here are two that are now showing in theaters:

King, Stephen. It. [F KIN, AB/CD KIN, eBook, and an earlier movie adaptation: DVD IT]

Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. [B WAL, AB/CD B WAL, eBook]

Let us know what you think--which is better, the book or the movie?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Which Is Better?

Generally speaking, people fall on the side of the book when comparing the book and its movie. There is only one movie that I personally think is equal to the book, and that may be because it is the only movie I know that follows the book practically word for word. The book and movie twins are A Room With a View by E. M. Forster, film by Merchant Ivory Prodeuctions, [F FOR, AB/CD FOR, DVD ROO].

In the case of children's books turned into film, the movie often can't be compared, since, in most cases, an enormous amount of additional subplots, special effects, etc. has to be added to make it fit into an approximately 90-minute-long feature. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg went from a 32-page picture book to a 100-minute film directed by Robert Zemeckis [JP VAN, DVD POL]. There is no comparing the two formats. The story has been completely transformed into something unrecognizable.

I discovered the other day that my nephew and his friend have created a "Book vs. Movie" program that shows how the ratings on a book/film compare (ratings gathered from Goodreads and IMDB). Check it out here.

Here are five movies released on DVD in 2017 that are book based:

Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper's Wife. [940.5318 ACK, AB/CD 940.5318 ACK, eBook, DVD ZOO]

Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. [F FOU, LP FOU, eBook, DVD BIL]

Hawkins, Paula. The Girl on the Train. [F HAW, AB/CD HAW, LP HAW, eBook, CHINESE F HAW, DVD GIR]

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. [YA NES, eBook, DVD MON]

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. [616.0277 SKL, AB/CD 616.0277 SKL, eBook, DVD IMM]

Read the book then watch the movie and let us know which one you think is better.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Poetry Friday--"High School Picture Re-Take Day"

The new school year has begun and it's time already for school pictures. When I was young, there was no such thing as a school photo "re-take," what you got was what you got. The next year would be opportunity enough to another chance at a flattering shot! Nowadays, I've heard of kids having their picture retaken multiple times!

In a fabulous poetry anthology, Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else [811.6 SER], there is a poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil titled, "High School Picture Re-Take Day."
When an octopus becomes stressed, it chomps
its arms one by one until it becomes a floaty salad.
The line of students is understandably worried: this
is the last chance for redemption. Neil parts

and parts his hair with the petite plastic comb
the photographer slipped him when he signed in.

Susie reties the grosgrain headband.
Everything is quiet but for tiny songs
of tiny combs whistling through hair. Everything is black
save for the single camera lamp and smudgy backdrop

painted to look like the student hovers among
beige and blue clouds. And maybe they are--the ones

who got it right the first time--soaring above the earth's
troposphere, but still a bit below the stratosphere.
When the last bell rings, there they are: flying
proud, able to exchange wallet-sized pictures

with other pretty people right away. No waiting
for two more months when no one cares anymore.

No closed eyes, no sticks of hair sprung out
like arrows, no bra straps showing, no
sleepy eyes--just perfectly pressed shirts
and smiles slit to show rows of neat teeth.

Two high school teachers, who surely have dealt with picture re-take days, have taken on the poem in this video:

So, did you read it the same way as they did?

The Round-Up is being hosted today by Michelle at Today's Little Ditty coming from the hurricane-battered state of Florida.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

National Book Awards

This week the long-list of finalists for this year's National Book Awards are being announced. On Tuesday the list of Young People's Literature was released.

The ten contenders for the prize are:

Arnold, Elana K. What Girls Are Made Of.

Benway, Robin. Far From the Tree.

Mabry, Samantha. All the Wind in the World.

Perkins, Mitali. You Bring the Distant Near. [YA PER]

Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down.

Sanchez, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Snyder, Laurel. Orphan Island. [J SNY]

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. [YA THO]

Williams-Garcia. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground.

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. [YA ZOB, eBook]

We'll be ordering more of the titles (some haven't even been officially published yet), so check back soon, and start reading now before the award winners are announced on November 15.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Excursions

We're now into mid-September and scattered along the ground are signs of the upcoming season. In the next two weeks autumn will arrive and with it leaf-peeping season.

If you've never traveled north of Windham during the fall, you don't know what you're missing. Plan to spend a day on the road enjoying one of New Hampshire's delights--fall foliage. Pick up one of these now and map out your trip so that when the leaves are at their best, you can jump in the car and go:

Baskin, Kara. Fodor's New England. [917.4 BAS]

Green, Stewart M. Scenic Driving New Hampshire: Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Byways and Back Roads. [917.42 GRE 2016]

New England (a DK Eyewitness top 10 travel guide). [917.4 NEW]

Tougias, Mike. Autumn Rambles: New England: An Explorer's Guide to the Best Fall Colors. [917.4 TOU]

Yankee Magazine. [MAG YAN]

And for the latest in fall foliage reports, check out Visit NH.

"Autumn Tints in the White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States" by Marianne North (1871).