Monday, January 31, 2011

Mike's Hardboiled Mystery Picks

Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful books in the down and dirty mystery genre.

Here are Mike's picks for the month:

The Pardon
James Grippando

A brilliant Miami D.A. and his powerful father are targets of a killer in this explosive legal thriller.

When one of Jack's clients goes to the electric chair, Jack becomes even more estranged from his father, the governor who allowed it to happen.

Now, somewhere in Miami, a killer is plotting his own revenge for the death--to be served on both father and son.

Dark Harbor
David Hosp

Attorney Scott Finn worked his way up from the projects to become a rising star in Boston's most elite law firm. Then the mutilated body of his beautiful colleague--and former lover--is found floating in Boston Harbor, and this scrappy young attorney is suddenly a murder suspect.

As Finn discovers, the true horror is more chilling than the cold waters of the dark harbor.

Sanibel Flats
Randy Wayne White

Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him.

After ten years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

Then Rafe Hollins appeared.

How could he refuse his old friend's request-even if it would put him back on the firing line? Even if it would change forever the life he'd built here on Sanibel Island?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Becky's Romance Picks



Becky, out at the Sunrise Library, always has a great romance on tap. If you need a great book to pull your heartstrings, she's the woman. Each month, Becky suggests three wonderful books in the romance genre.

Here are Becky's picks for the month:

The Heir
Grace Burrowes


In this Regency era battle of wits, wills, and the sexes, a wily old duke is determined to see the succession of his line secured, and his three headstrong sons are equally determined to resist the bonds of matrimony. In "The Heir," the first in the series, the Earl of Wyndham, weighed down by responsibilities and determined to avoid the rounds of country houses of and matchmaking mamas, decides to summer in London. There he discovers a potentially perfect duchess in his lovely, mysterious housekeeper...

Fire and Ice
Julie Garwood


Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief. The major Chicago daily where Sophie works insists she write an expose about her roguish father. Instead, she refuses and quits, going to work at a small local newspaper. When a local human interest story takes a bizarre twist, Sophie's journalistic instincts are aroused, and she follows the mystery north to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Because her father's infamous reputation has spread far and wide, Sophie's assigned a bodyguard--Jack Prescott, a sexy FBI agent. Amid great danger and brutal intrigue, she and Jack form an uneasy alliance-- one sparked with intense attraction. But they will be fighting more than growing passion for each other: Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the far reaching conspiracy they are about to uncover.

Hungry for You
Lynsay Sands


This vampire has been alone for far too long . . .

As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie . . .

Alexandra Willan is in a panic. Her restaurant is due to open in two weeks, but her chef just walked out. Then a highly recommended replacement arrives, an impossibly handsome culinary genius who sends electric tingles racing through her body . . .

Except he can't cook. In fact, Cale hasn't eaten real food in two thousand years. Yet he's determined to prove to Alex his prowess in the kitchen . . . and elsewhere. Because never has he hungered so for any mortal woman. And not just for a taste of her, but for the whole delicious feast

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review: Girl, Stolen

Girl, Stolen
April Henry
Young Adult Mystery (Grades 8 - 12)

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of the car while her stepmom is in the pharmacy. Cheyenne is sick with pneumonia and needs powerful antibiotics to heal. When the car door opens, Cheyenne knows immediately that something is wrong. She can tell that the person climbing into the driver's seat is not her stepmother by the sounds they make and the way they smell. She doesn't need to see them to know that they don't belong there. In fact, she couldn't see them if she wanted to. Cheyenne is blind.

Cheyenne's kidnapper Griffin is just a teenager himself and is horrified to find that he's much more than just a car thief when he finds her in the backseat. Griffin plans on letting Cheyenne go, but when his father finds out that she is the daughter of a powerful and wealthy businessman, Cheyenne becomes a valuable commodity. April Henry takes this kidnapping story to the next level by using Cheyenne's blindness to add a level of suspense. Being held captive by dangerous men is frightening enough with all of one's senses, but Cheyenne must be incredibly brave and resourceful to survive without her sight.

Girl, Stolen is full of non-stop action, twists, and suspense, and its short length and fast pace makes it a perfect choice for reluctant readers. Fans of mystery and suspense will really enjoy this one. For more interesting and fast paced mysteries, check out Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or Gone by Michael Grant.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 1 February 2011:

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Puppy mayhem turns the lives of newlywed Chihuahua parents Papi and Chloe upside down when their rambunctious, mischievous puppies present one challenge after another. But when their human owners end up in trouble, the tiny pups will stop at nothing to save them, because in good times and hard times, the family always sticks together.

Conviction

Betty Anne Waters is a young woman whose world is shattered when her beloved brother Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Steadfastly convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne embarks on an 18-year journey to set Kenny free, using state-of-the-art forensic technology. The unshakable bond between a brother and sister, at the heart of this real-life drama, will stir your emotions and inspire you.

Let Me In

Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl, emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy, recognizes a fellow outcast and opens up to her, forming a unique bond. But as a string of grisly murders occupy his town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl might be hiding an unthinkable secret.

Never Let Me Go

Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth that they are genetically engineered clones raised to be organ donors, they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Red with 865 requests.

Secretariat had 643 requests,
You Again had 542 requests,
Stone had 450 requests,
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest had 332 requests,
Nowhere Boy had 158 requests,
Downton Abbey had 81 requests,
Raw: The best of 2010 had 42 requests,
Inside the Milky Way had 29 requests,
Top Shot: Complete Season 1 had 19 requests,
The Universe: Complete Season 5 had 19 requests,
Which Way Home had 11 requests,
Robert E. Lee had 6 requests,
No Tomorrow had 6 requests,
Still Bill had 3 requests, and
Jefferson had 3 requests.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 25 January 2011:

Downton Abbey

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The final installment of Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corruptgovernment institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back.

Inside the Milky Way

Embark on an astounding journey across 100,000 light-years to witness key moments in the history of the Milky Way. Using cutting-edge science, National Geographic constructs a 3-D state-of-the-art CGI model of the galaxy. Peer into the heart of the Milky Way on the hunt for super-massive black holes, watch how stars are born and die, fly out and above the plane of the galaxy to understand its true shape and scour its dusty spiral arms for the possibility of life.

Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is the most researched, most written about, most referenced, and most quoted of our Founding Fathers. And yet, somehow, he remains the most stubbornly inscrutable. His life is a seemingly impenetrable thicket of contradictions. He was a die-hard American revolutionary who was also a dedicated lover of European culture and art. He advocated ruthless fiscal responsibility as president, yet his own finances were mired in debt.

No Tomorrow
Aging Out became the centerpiece of Risa Bejarano's murder trial, as prosecutors used the film to heighten sympathy for the victim and hatred for the defendant. Troubled that their documentary was being used to advance the prosecutor's argument for the death penalty, filmmakers Vanessa Roth and Roger Weisberg made a new film, No Tomorrow, which focuses on the trial and the unexpected use of Aging Out as evidence.

Nowhere Boy

Set in Liverpool in 1955, the adolescent years of John Lennon are chronicled. Raised by his Aunt Mimi, his world is turned inside-out when his free spirited mother re-enters his life, opening up old wounds that release pain, anger, frustration, and his artistry.

Raw: The best of 2010

The superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment's 'RAW' brand collide each and every week on WWE Monday Night RAW.

Red

Frank is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone, until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team; Joe, Marvin, and Victoria, and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stand back and watch the bullets fly in this explosive action-comedy.

Robert E. Lee

Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.

Secretariat

Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.

Still Bill

A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers.

Stone

Jack Mabry, a parole officer days away from retirement, is asked to review the case of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson, in prison for arson. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man's decision with his wife Lucetta have profound and unexpected effects on them both.

Top Shot: Complete Season 1

Contenders face challenges inspired by real events, from medieval crossbow contests to Wild West gunfights to modern-day sniper missions. Every episode reveals the weapons, technologies and tactics of a different era, while high-speed HD cameras capture each skillful execution with breathtaking precision. All will take aim, but only one contestant will walk away with the $100,000 prize, and title of 'Top Shot'.

The Universe: Complete Season 5

From robotic rovers on Mars to NASA probes slamming into comets and deep space telescopes capturing violent images of the birth of stars, season five of this illuminating series explores how these discoveries were made and who made them. Dramatic CGI and interviews with expert cosmologists, astronomers and astrophysicists bring the history of the heavens down to earth and provide a glimpse into our future.

Which Way Home

A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year old Hondurans, who are trying to reach their parents in the US. Children like Jose, a 10-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year- old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the US.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Takers with 583 requests.

Buried had 303 requests
Animal Kingdom had 89 requests and
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 had 43 requests.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 18 January 2011:

Animal Kingdom
Seventeen-year-old J is in the process of becoming initiated into a gang of armed robbers known as the Cody brothers. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world, but soon discovers that the entire situation is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine.

Meanwhile, senior police officer Nathan Leckie recognizes that J's youth and inexperience may prove to be the key to finally conquering the Codys, and hopes to lure him into the fold after the death of a partner.

Buried

Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival.

Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Paul has only ninety minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Takers
A notorious group of criminals continues to baffle police by pulling off one perfectly executed bank robbery after another. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind, and laying low between heists.

But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective who is hellbent on solving the case.

WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010
Carnage reigns supreme at WWE TLC! It's a pay-per-view event that legalizes the use of tables, ladders, and chairs.

Last year's event saw three championships defended in a Ladder Match, a Chair Match, and a Tables Match, as well as a mayhem-fueled main event that saw all three elements when D-Generation X and Jeri-Show battled for the Unified Tag Team Championship in a TLC Match. The pressure will be on the Superstars of Raw and SmackDown to up the ante at this year's production of WWE TLC.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Social Network with 666 requests.

Alpha and Omega had 334 requests,
Piranha 3-D had 310 requests,
Framed had 38 requests,
Secrets of the Dead: Silver Pharaoh had 7 requests, and
Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny had 5 requests.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Starting this month we have a four part series of workshops to get your started with job hunting online. We cover everything from filling out an online job application, developing a resume, and posting a resume to an online job application.

Make your reservation online today! Seating is limited. Visit our Events and Galleries list of workshops - Looking for a Job and reserve your seat.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 11 January 2011:

Alpha and Omega
What makes for the ultimate road trip? Hitchhiking, truck stops, angry bears, prickly porcupines, and a golfing goose with a duck caddy. Just ask Kate and Humphrey, two wolves who are trying to get home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. Humphrey is an Omega wolf, whose days are about quick wit. Kate is an Alpha: duty, discipline, and sleek Lara Croft eye-popping moves fuel her fire.

Framed
When the National Gallery is flooded, the stuffy curator is forced to flee to the mountains of Wales, along with the paintings. He gets more than he bargained for when he meets the townspeople.

Piranha 3-D
A group of strangers on Lake Victoria must band together to survive after a sudden underwater tremor sets free prehistoric man-eating fish.

Secrets of the Dead: Silver Pharaoh
The royal tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I is one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Egyptian treasures. So why hasn't the world heard about it? Archaeologists, using the hieroglyphs inside the tomb, pieced together the identity of the pharaoh, and further investigation reveals political intrigue, a lost city, and a leader who united a country in turmoil and became the Silver Pharaoh.

Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny
The Meermin set sail from Madagascar en route to South Africa in 1766 with a Dutch crew and human cargo, slaves bound for hard labor building the Dutch colony, Cape Town. In a dramatic altercation, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew. The ship ended up wrecked on a wild, windswept beach 200 miles east of Cape Town. This program tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians, and slave descendents to discover the full story of this dramatic historical event.

The Social Network
In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Dinner for Schmucks with 563 requests.

Machete had 520 requests,
Case 39 had 293 requests,
The Last Exorcism had 254 requests, and
Catfish had 109 requests.