Monday, August 21, 2017

Fall Hours

The Library hours (library office, children's room, and O'Hara and The Reading Room downstairs) will have the following regular hours this semester:

Monday – Friday                                           8:00 a.m.  -  11:50 p.m.
Saturday                                                       9:00 a.m.  -    4:50 p.m.
Sunday                                                         1:00 p.m.  -  11:50 p.m.

We will be closing earlier this week as we finalize our student aides' schedules. 
August 21 - August 25                                   8:00 a.m.  -    7:50 p.m.    

Our complete hours and exceptions are posted on the library's website:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August-September DVD Spotlight: Cult Films

To kick off the new academic year, we're embracing the weird and wonderful with a spotlight on the cult movies in our DVD collection.  These are films that, while they may not have been popular at the time of their original release, have gained a passionate and devoted fanbase in the years since.  Some of them, like the anime masterpiece Akira (1988) and the beloved fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987), are genuinely good films, while others, like Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1956) and the Village People-starring Can't Stop the Music (1980) ... well, not so much.  But it's the bad cult films that usually have the most ardent admirers, and they offer a reminder that it's often our flaws that make us so special.

Whether you like good cinema, or cinema that's so-bad-it's-good, we've got something for you.

Featured titles include:

After Hours (1985)
A lesser-known, darkly comedic gem from the great Martin Scorsese, about a New York yuppie's long, surreal night in SoHo.

F for Fake (1975)
Orson Welles's playful, free-form documentary takes as its subjects art forgery, hoaxes, and the very idea of trickery itself.

Hard-Boiled (1992)
Two Hong Kong cops team up to take on a gang of smugglers in this influential, shoot-em-up classic from action master John Woo.

Night of the Lepus (1972)
Giant, man-eating rabbits terrorize a southwestern town.  Enough said.

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
Widely considered to be the worst film ever made, Ed Wood's unintentionally hilarious B-movie tells the story of grave-robbing aliens who turn corpses into zombies.

Road House (1989)
Patrick Swayze stars as Dalton, a legendary bouncer whose attempts to clean up a notoriously violent Missouri bar bring him into conflict with a local crime boss.

Save the Green Planet (2003)
In this bonkers Korean comedy/sci-fi film, a disturbed man kidnaps and tortures his ex-boss after becoming convinced that he is an alien who has infiltrated human society.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Reading Theme: Summer!

Our August reading theme is… Summer! Yes, classes may be starting, but we have weeks of long, hot summer days between now and September 22nd. These summery books are just the thing to help you savor the golden afternoons before assignments begin in earnest.

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Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
In a sleepy Irish town in the 1960s, the Ryan family thrives on hard work and simple pleasure until American millionaire Patrick O'Neill converts an estate into a luxury hotel, bringing about unforeseen changes. (Publisher’s summary)

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
The enthralling debut from bestselling novelist Michael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complex friendships, father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man’s sexual identity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway. ( summary)

Tell Me How the Wind Sounds by Leslie Davis Guccione
Fifteen-year-old Amanda Alden's summer vacation in New England turns out to be a summer of learning and love when she meets deaf, 17-year-old Jake. In spite of his brusqueness, Amanda learns to communicate with Jake through sign language, and soon realizes that her feelings for him are more than friendship. ( book summary)

The Shrimp and the Anemone by L. P. Hartley
An evocative account of a childhood summer spent beside the sea in Norfolk by brother and sister, Eustace and Hilda. (Publisher’s summary)

Last Summer by Evan Hunter
'Last Summer' is a remarkably simple novel with a powerful punch. Three teenagers, two guys and a girl, meet and become friends on a summer island community. These kids are at the cusp of adulthood, and social morals are in flux (..the story is set in the late 1960s). Lots of mischief ensues, mostly harmless stuff. But then they meet a nerdy girl who joins their threesome. At first it seems she will blend in but then it all goes so badly. No spoilers here but let's just say the social interactions of the threesome combined with the studipity of youth and exploding hormones yield a disturbing outcome. (Review by Amazon user lazza)

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
Set in a small, coastal town in Maine, this enduring sequence of intimate stories has assumed its rightful place in the pantheon of American classics. A series of small, beautifully rendered sketches as a sustained narrative, perfectly evoking the inexorable decline of coastal New England after the Civil War. ( book summary)

Prodigal Summer: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud. (Publisher’s summary)

A Separate Peace: A Novel by John Knowles
The Devon school in the summer of '42 is a lot like the fantasy kingdom of Camelot, and Phineas is its King Arthur, giving off a warm exuberance that attracts loyal followers and beguiles normally suspicious adults. No one loves him more than Gene, but this is Gene's "sarcastic" summer. (Publisher’s summary)

The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
A middle-aged woman's search for freedom, this is classic Lessing, here given a stunning new image. Her four children have flown, her husband is otherwise occupied, and after twenty years of being a good wife and mother, Kate Brown is free for a summer of adventure. She plunges into an affair with a younger man, travelling abroad with him, and on her return to England, meets an extraordinary young woman whose charm and freedom of spirit encourages Kate in her own liberation. Kate's new life has brought her a strange unhappiness, but as the summer months unfold, a darker, disquieting journey begins, devastating in its consequences. ( book summary)

The Summer of the Danes by Ellis Peters
In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing and agrees to accompany a friend to Wales. When Cadfael is captured by an army of Danish mercenaries, he finds himself in the midst of a brotherly quarrel that could plunge an entire kingdom into deadly chaos. (Publisher’s summary)

The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart
When a charred corpse is discovered in the linen closet of her family's Maine retreat, a woman must do some fast sleuthing of her own--before a dangerous killer burns, her, too! ( book summary)

Farewell, Summer by Helen Hooven Santmyer
This slim novel tells, in the leisurely, old-fashioned style that has endeared Santmyer to many readers, about an ill-fated love affair that occurred in the town of Sunbury, Ohio, one summer, long ago. Damaris, a high-spirited beauty, returns home from a convent school and announces she wants to become a nun, an unthinkable idea to her Dutch Presbyterian family. Her cousin Steve, a dreamy young man who yearns to be a poet, comes to Sunbury after his father's death to seek his fortune. The inevitable happens. The two young people, with some encouragement from Damaris's grandfather, begin a flirtation… The author shines in her loving recollections of turn-of-the-century Ohio and her exploration of the ties that bind and break families. (Publishers Weekly)

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women. ( book summary)