Thursday, March 31, 2011

Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest Finalists Announced!

A virtual bridge, that is, connecting our library to you using the Credo Topic Pages found in the Library's online resource Credo Reference. The idea is simple - build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.

We are a finalist in the Credo Reference Topic Page contest. Please vote now for Las Vegas-Clark County Library. Voting is open through April 5, 2011.

We appreciate your vote!

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:

She Walks in Beauty
Siri Mitchell


For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage in the late 1890s, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor.

Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling. Yet Clara wonders if this is the life she really wants, especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries.

When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is, and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her heart at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.


Magic bites
Ilona Andrews


Mercenary Kate Daniels cleans up urban problems of a paranormal kind. But her latest prey, a pack of undead warriors, presents her greatest challenge.


The Raven's Bride
Lenore Hart


When eight-year-old Virginia "Sissy" Clemm meets her handsome cousin, Eddy, she sees the perfect husband she's conjured up in childhood games. Thirteen years her elder, he's soft-spoken, brooding, and handsome.

Eddy fails his way through West Point and the army, yet each time he returns to Baltimore, their friendship grows. As Sissy trains for a musical career, her childhood crush turns to love.

When she's thirteen, Eddy proposes. But as their happy life darkens, Sissy endures Poe's abrupt disappearances, self-destructive moods, and alcoholic binges. When she falls ill, his greatest fear - that he'll lose the woman he loves - drives him both madness, and to his greatest literary achievement.

Part ghost story, part love story, this provocative novel explores the mysterious, shocking relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and young Sissy Clemm, his cousin, muse and great love.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Carla & Jaime's Teen Picks

Carla and Jaime, out at the Summerlin Library, are wired into the best Teen books! You want to know what's hot? Or just what you want to read next? They're the ones! Each month, Carla and Jaime suggest three wonderful books for teens.

Here are Carla and Jaime's picks for the month:

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Morgan Matson


Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life.

Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident.

Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.


Pop
Gordon Korman


When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul.

While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster - and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker.

But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his own family is desperate to hide.

When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree - about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all, about what's good for Charlie.

Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.


Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez
Alan Lawrence Sitomer


Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speak English.

Sonia's mother spends most of her time in bed, watching soap operas, and letting Sonia clean up after her brothers. Sonia's father works dutifully to support his family, but he knows that his daughter's dreams are bigger than making tamales for family get-togethers.

When Sonia attempts to put school work before her familia, her mother decides that it's time for Sonia to visit her grandmother in Mexico to learn "the ways of the old world." While in Mexico, Sonia spends time with her wise grandmother and her cousin Maria who teach her that while familia is important, the most important thing is to follow your heart.

Sonia returns to the States determined to succeed in school, but the birth of her new twin siblings, inappropriate advances from her drunk uncle (Drunkle), and a forbidden relationship with an El Salvadorian boy push school to the back burner.

If only Sonia can find the time to cook dinner, secretly meet with her boyfriend, avoid her Drunkle, AND finish her homework, she just might be able to graduate from high school...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 5 April 2011:

Best of Ask This Old House

Need help with a project around the house? The experts at Ask This Old House are ready to lend a hand. Learn how to tackle many common household projects. Each project includes clear, step-by-step guidance from contractors with years of job experience. Includes basic home improvement skills and the tricks-of-the trade that will give the knowledge and confidence to complete any project successfully.

Big Cats Collection

Captures never-before-seen footage of lions, leopards, jaguars, and cheetahs fighting to survive and thrive in their native habitats. Includes Ultimate Cat; Big Cat Odyssey; Leopard Queen; Lion Warriors; and Lions on the Edge.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

When Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia, they join King Caspian and a noble mouse named Reepicheep aboard the magnificent ship the Dawn Treader. The courageous voyagers travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the Great Lion Aslan and a mission that will determine the fate of Narnia itself!

Deadliest Earthquakes

In 2010, epic earthquakes all over the planet delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. The deadliest strike was in Haiti, where a quake just southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince, killed more than 200,000, reducing homes, hospitals, schools, and the presidential palace to rubble. In exclusive coverage, a Nova camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

House of Payne volume 7

Making marriage and family work is always a gamble, but there's no better place to find the odds working in one family's favor. Volume Seven of this hit series finds Pops, the clan's head man, once again faced with a full house of jokers, including son Calvin, nephew C.J., and C.J.'s kids, Malik and Jazmine. Fortunately, his loving and loyal wife, Ella, chips in to help deal with the real-life issues confronting everyone in this winning show.

I Love You Phillip Morris

A true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love.

Little Fockers

Greg Focker has finally begun to earn the respect of his ex-CIA father-in-law, Jack Byrnes but one important test still lies ahead: will Greg prove that he has what it takes to be the family's next 'Godfocker', or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

Tron - Legacy

When Flynn, the world's greatest video game creator, sends out a secret signal from an amazing digital realm, his son discovers the clue and embarks on a personal journey to save his long-lost father. With the help of the fearless female warrior Quorra, father and son venture through an incredible cyber universe and wage the ultimate battle of good versus evil.

WWE D-Generation X - The Final Conflict

Both Shawn Michaels and Triple H were highly successful on their own, but when they came together as D-Generation X, they were nearly unstoppable. Now fans can relive their final run as a team from late 2009 and 2010. Features their biggest matches including their historic rivalries with The Legacy (Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase) and JeriShow (Chris Jericho, Big Show).

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Tangled" with 1019 requests.

Fair Game had 407 requests,
Mao's Last Dancer had 195 requests,
Made in Dagenham had 146 requests,
Third Reich - The Rise and Fall had 69 requests,
Our planet : the past, present and future of earth had 48 requests,
When Rome Ruled had 37 requests,
Ingredients had 32 requests,
IMAX - Hubble had 24 requests,
Colony had 22 requests,
Gangland - The Final Season had 20 requests,
Xena: Warrior Princess Season 2 had 11 requests, and
Lee & Grant - Generals of the Civil War had 7 requests.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Nutrition 101

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the University of Nevada, School of Medicine have teamed up to present a lecture series on overall wellness. The series will feature a variety of topics to help achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The next lecture is:
Nutrition 101
Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m.
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
507-3489
The Library offers a variety of resources to learn more about nutrition. Besides print books on nutrition, we offer ebooks and online resources such as Health and Wellness Resource Center and Natural Standard.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Latin American Literature

The Feast of the Goat
Mario Vargas Llosa

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, upon winning the Nobel Prize in Literature last October, called the award a recognition of Latin American literature and its "sort of citizenship in the world."

Llosa, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on March 28, is best known for works that explore Latin America's history of corruption, tyranny and resistance.

For readers who want to experience this complex and powerful writer, a good place to start is The Feast of the Goat, a novel that details the life of the Dominican Republic's former dictator, Rafael Trujillo, his assassination and its aftermath.

Following interwoven storylines, the plot moves from the 1950s to the late '90s as it creates an unforgettable portrait of a depraved despot.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Catie's Picture Picks

Catie, at the Clark County Library, is a magician with a picture book! She can spot the best ones a mile away. She knows what will make a kid start giggling and getting involved with the story. Each month, Catie suggests three wonderful picture books!

Here are Catie's picks for the month:

The girl in the castle inside the museum
Kate Bernheimer


Once there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they'd press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely.

Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you'd able to keep the girl company.


Would I ever Lie to you?
Caralyn Buehner


When your cousin is always telling outrageous tales, how do you know what to believe? He says you were hatched from an egg in the garden, and that sure sounds absurd.

But not all of his stories are false: He was right about your aunt Mary not having teeth; and Dad agreed with him that, yes, your mom does have eyes in the back of her head.

So when Ed tells you that your dessert - the piece of pie you've been looking forward to all meal long - is full of poison, what should you do?

In this spirited, silly book, the little kid finally gets to turn the tables on the big bully. And revenge is sweet as pie


Banana!
Ed Vere


Two monkeys. One banana. What's to be done?

Ed Vere's hilariously eye-popping art tells the story of two monkeys learning to share in this stunning, nearly-wordless picture book.

One banana. Two monkeys. Perfect.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rona's Urban Fiction Picks

Rona, at the Spring Valley Library, is the one who knows her Urban Fiction. They're gritty, sexy and exciting, and she has them on tap! Each month, Rona suggests three tantalizing Urban Fiction titles.

Here are Rona's picks for the month:

Cash Money
AJ Rivers


Best friends, Tanita and Freeda, are down for each other 'til the end - that is, until greed takes control. Fast money, men, trickin' and hustlin' catch their attention, and will ultimately seal their fate. New to the game, they will have to make a choice that threatens to end their friendship and their lives.

Meanwhile, across town, B.J. - a young hustler who has the game all figured out - is determined not to fail and trusts no one. When things take a turn for the worse, he finds himself alone and searching for the one thing he never had.

What twist will forces these three people to cross paths? Who will make it out in the end?


The Womanizers
Dewayne Joseph


For best friends Mike, Max, and Ahmad, the bonds of friendship, love, and respect are put to the ultimate test as they're forced to take a long look at themselves and the women they love.


Selfish Intentions
Rahsaan Ali


Lifelong friends Nate and Moe are certified players, using their jobs in the entertainment industry to dazzle women.

When Nate pens a controversial article about rap's biggest stars and their darkest drug habits, he finds that all his games are about to catch up with him.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Viva la Vita Bella!

A Day to Celebrate Italy
Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sahara West Library,
9600 W. Sahara Avenue.
507-3631

The celebration will feature authentic Italian food, music and activities in a family-friendly environment where children can enjoy face painting, coloring, games and crafts. A market area will feature jewelry, handbags, clothing, crafts, CDs and door prizes, as well as information about tours of Italy. There will also be a chance to win a family four pack to ride the gondolas at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino.

Entertainment headliners include Richie D & the HiLites who will perform tunes from the ’50s and ’60s from well-known Italian performers at 11:20 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Frank and Ivana Valeriana will perform Italian pop music and Italian classics, along with some of his original pieces on the saxophone at noon and 3 p.m.

Nathan Brian Wine, who has performed in operas with some of the greatest singers in the world such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and Carlo Bergonzi to name a few and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle and Sir André Previn, will perform at 1 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

See the entire schedule, and more information, on the Las Vegas Clark County Library District website!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Movie Review: Mary and Max

Mary and Max

Academy Award winning director Adam Elliot, shatters the stereotype that animation--actually claymation--is just for kids. The movie explores the 20-year relationship between two penpals. Eight-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle--voiced by Toni Collette--randomly selects the address of Max Jerry Horowitz--voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman-- a 44-year-old man with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York City.

As you might imagine, an 8-year-old has many questions about life, most of which are not directly answered in the movie. That said, I think this movie could be a great way to spark many of the sensitive conversations parents would like to have with their teens--conversations about love, friendship, sex, drugs, bullying and so on.

I like how director Adam Elliot celebrates the drama of utterly ordinary life, without idealizing the experience at all. If the film has a theme, it seems to be that our society's obsession self-improvement is misguided.

If you feel like your life is a bit tragicomic, this movie is for you!


You must also watch Adam Elliot's Oscar winning short film Harvie Krumpet! (Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, co-star of this year's Academy Award winning Best Picture, The King's Speech.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 29 March 2011:

Colony

Few people realize that honey bees pollinate one-third of our fruits and vegetables. In fact, these incredible insects play a vital role in producing our food and ensuring our survival.

Investigated are the circumstances and the impacts of 'colony collapse disorder' with focus on beekeepers dealing with the crisis. As these families and individuals struggle to understand this lethal problem, they illuminate the devastating effects of bee extinction not just on bees, but on people.

Fair Game

A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed.

Gangland - The Final Season

Gives viewers unprecedented access to the inner workings of American gang life. History looks into the past of some of America's most notorious street gangs to learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods they've controlled. With exclusive interviews and rarely-seen footage, this series is a raw look at life inside these gangs, from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.

IMAX - Hubble

The efforts of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ingredients

American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explores a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat.

Lee & Grant - Generals of the Civil War

Step behind the battle lines with generals on both sides of the Civil War as American Experience explores the military prowess and political ambition of Union victor Ulysses S. Grant and his Confederate foe, Robert E. Lee.

Made in Dagenham

In 1968, the female workers at the Ford Dagenham car plant, walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Their actions played a major role in the battle for equal pay, both nationally and internationally.

Mao's Last Dancer

Based on an inspiring true story, this emotionally powerful crowd-pleaser emerged as one of the year's most talked about independent films. It's the fascinating and epic tale of Li Cunxin, a peasant boy from rural China who beats impossible odds to become a world-renowned ballet dancer. Through breathtaking talent and sheer determination, Li makes his way to the United States, but when he falls in love with an American woman, he must risk everything to remain in the land of the free.

Our planet : the past, present and future of earth

Explores the very real beginnings of our planet, the potentially catastrophic results of our own behavior on it, and the possibility of a world wiped clean of humanity

Tangled

When the kingdom's most wanted bandit, Flynn Rider, hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower, 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter, and suspense.

Third Reich - The Rise and Fall

A fascinating program that uncovers familiar anecdotes and fascinating details about the people who comprised the Nazi Party, and raids the treasure trove of archives the Nazis left behind. Includes rarely-seen German newsreel recordings along with other unique footage carried home by Russian troops.

When Rome Ruled

Groundbreaking eight-part series reveals ancient Rome's hidden treasures and untold stories as never before. From iconic figures including Caligula, Caesar, and Constantine to epic events such as the eruption of Vesuvius, the invasion of Britain, and fall of Rome, this collection reveals a startling, up-to-date vision of the ancient empire and challenges our perception of what we know about the Romans and their lives.

Xena: Warrior Princess Season 2

Xena is a smart, tough, and fearless fighter who travels the dangerous roads of Ancient Greece defending the innocent from the forces of darkness and seeking redemption for her cruel misdeeds of the past.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Tourist with 973 requests.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2011 had 46 requests, and
Secrets Beneath the Ice had 12 requests.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: Practical Wisdom

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing
by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe

If you look at their job description, it is obvious what hospital janitors are supposed to do--clean. If you ask hospital janitors about what they do, it is less obvious. Take Luke for example. When asked, Luke told a story about a father visiting his son in a coma. The father became irrate because he hadn't seen Luke clean his son's room, "Just because he's not awake doesn't mean you don't have to clean his room."

Luke had a choice. He could have argued with the father, but instead he willingly cleaned the room again. This kind of judgment, the authors claim, is the essence of practical wisdom.

"Interviews with hospital custodians revealed, again and again, that their greatest source of satisfaction came from their interactions with patients. That is when they felt the most useful, the most important, the most skilled. Not all custodians were like Luke, but the ones who were thought their jobs required a great deal of skill and experience. Not to mop floors, but to interact humanely and effectively with patients." (285).

Bureaucracy tries to create rules and policies for every possible situation, but life is still more complex. This requires judgment. This requires wisdom.

The authors take on the legal system, healthcare reform, and standardized testing on the road to encouraging America to trust more. They explain how more rules and greater incentives tend to backfire. Rather than bringing the desired result, these attempts tend to demoralize people and discourage them from using their intrinsic motivation to do that right thing.

It is refreshing to read a book with stories about law firms that do not pay their attorneys based on how many hours they bill. Yes, of course, this means that the "better" performers are "subsidizing" the others, but not by nearly as much as you might think. It turns out most people are not motivated primarily by getting more money. Most employees would trade meaningful work any day for less money.

I include this book among a growing list of unintentional self-help books, the ones that are not the kind that say you can be beautiful, powerful, and rich if you just follow these steps. This book deliberately and repeatedly states that wisdom cannot be distilled to a set of steps or rules. Wisdom is the antithesis of mass production. Wisdom trusts people, whether janitors or doctors, to use their judgment for what is best for the patient or client or customer.

I think this is one of the most significant books I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book!

Other unintentional self-help books include:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Andrew's Graphic Novel Picks

Andrew, at the Centennial Hills Library, is the Go To Guy for Graphic Novels. He reads 'em, enjoys 'em, and knows which are the best! Each month, Andrew suggests three wonderful graphic novels for Teens or Adults. (Sometimes for Kids too!)

Here are Andrew's picks for the month:

RASL Pocket Book 1
Jeff Smith

A stark, gritty sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief. He's a man who races through space and time searching for his next big score - and trying to escape his past.

Known only by the four letter word found spray-painted at the scene of a crime, RASL stumbles across a mystery that spans centuries, and not only threatens to expose his illicit activities, but could uncover one of the world's most dangerous secrets.

RASL shows a world of violence and corruption, mixing murder, passion, and folklore, with cutting-edge physics.


Beasts of Burden
Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

Welcome to Burden Hill - a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators.

Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it's up to a heroic gang of dogs - and one cat - to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill: Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red, and the Orphan - whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches' coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil.

This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery. These events lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move.

Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn't have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?


Scenes from an Impending Marriage
Adrian Tomine

At the behest of his soon-to-be wife, Adrian Tomine set out to create a wedding favor for their guests that would be funnier and more personal than the typical chocolate bars and picture frames.

What started out as a simple illustrated card soon grew into a full-fledged comic book: a collection of short strips chronicling the often absurd process of getting married.

A loose, cartoony departure from Tomine's previous work, Scenes from an Impending Marriage is a sweet-natured, laugh out-loud skewering of the modern marriage process, including hiring a DJ, location scouting, trips to the salon, suit fittings, dance lessons, registering for gifts, and managing familial demands.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Review: Moses--When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

MOSES: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

March is the start of Women’s History Month and it is celebrated throughout the nation. It is a time for remembrance of those women heroes that have impacted and shaped us into the great country we are today. This month the theme is "Our History is Our Strength."

It is important to teach our children notable commemoration of philanthropist, educators, and inventors that have come before us. The first woman I want to recognize for this month is Harriet Tubman.

This book is a truly inspirational work. This book gives children a vivid idea of the struggle that blacks endured during slavery.

The forward gives a background story which discusses a brief history of slavery in America and how up to 100,000 slaves escaped to freedom using the Underground Railroad. This book takes place with Harriet Tubman on a plantation. She finds herself soon to be sold off to another slave master.

She prays to God to give her answers. God gives her the answers, and she decides to flee. She undergoes many agonizing nights and days of finding freedom. Using God and the skills her father taught her as a child Harriet was able to escape to the north and to freedom. After having a taste of freedom she prays and decides to go back to the south to obtain other slaves. She becomes the "Moses of her people" freeing them from the south.

The book is a NAACP Image Award finalist and the author hails from Maryland (the same place Harriett Tubman is from). The pictures by Kadir Nelson are phenomenal and breath-taking. Kadir Nelson is the illustrator for many other prize winning books.

This is definitely a book you have to read to your family!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review: The Cow Loves Cookies

The Cow Loves Cookies
Karma Wilson
Children's Picture Book

This adorable picture book by Karma Wilson takes the reader along with a farmer as he feeds his animals. Delightful rhyming text describes how the farmer feeds his horses hay and his pigs slop, etc. But when it comes to Cow, we learn that the cow loves cookies. The repetetive phrase "the cow loves cookies" invites young children to participate in the storytelling and makes this a fun read-aloud.

This story has several fantastic opportunities for parents to work on literacy skills with their children. Read the book the first time through and enjoy the humorous story with your child. Read it over and over and have your child name the animals pictured, make the animal sounds, name the foods each animal eats, and more. This book is destined to become one of your child's favorites.

I recommend this book for children ages 3 - 6. It's an excellent read-aloud choice for a large group of children, and also a great selection for one-on-one book sharing. Fans of Karma Wilson's Bear Snores On and Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type are sure to gobble up The Cow Loves Cookies.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

The Matchmaker of Kenmare
Frank Delaney

On one day each year, everyone feels just a little bit Irish. March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, when people - regardless of heritage - wear their finest greenery and celebrate like a true Irish lad or lass.

Another great way to get into the spirit is by checking out a popular Irish author. Revisit a classic by James Joyce or Oscar Wilde, or find a new favorite in contemporary author Frank Delaney.

Delaney explores Ireland's 20th century history through his novels, one decade at a time, and his newest book, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, will sweep readers away to the Ireland of the 1940's. This World War II story has enough romance, action and historical detail to keep readers enthralled.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer
Michael Connelly

Best-selling crime author Michael Connelly's 16th novel is hitting theaters as a heart-pounding movie on March 18th.

If you're looking forward to the film, make sure you read Connelly's novel! There's nothing quite like diving into a Connelly thriller, and The Lincoln Lawyer is one of his best.

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, who works from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, thinks he has an easy case representing Louis Roulet, a wealthy L.A. realtor accused of attempted murder.

But Mickey soon encounters some reasonable doubts he cannot ignore.

Connelly spins yet another gripping tale, while posing serious ethical questions about a defense lawyers place in the legal system.

Follow Connelly's thrill-ride on the page before you see The Lincoln Lawyer on the big screen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 22 March 2011:

Secrets Beneath the Ice

In 2002, an immense, 200-meter-thick ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed into the ocean off the Antarctic Peninsula, shocking scientists and raising the alarming possibility that we may be heading toward an ice-free Antarctica, last seen a million years ago. That would raise world sea levels so high that New York City would be flooded up to the level of the Statue of Liberty's shoulders.

But could this really happen? Is Antarctica's surprising past a reliable guide to what may happen.

The Tourist

During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2011

Six superstars vie for ultimate supremacy inside an unforgiving steel structure. At stake is a world championship and a date with the main event at WrestleMania. Six Raw superstars will battle in the elimination chamber for the WWE Championship and six of SmackDowns' best will fight for the World Heavyweight

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Hereafter with 817 requests.

The Switch had 728 requests,
The Fighter had 643 requests,
Skyline had 501 requests, and
WWE - The Wrestlemania Story had 39 requests.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 15 March 2011:

The Fighter

Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky, a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down.

However, the bond of blood may be their only chance to redeem their pasts, and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride.

Hereafter

  • George is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood.
  • French journalist Marie has a near-death experience that shakes her reality.
  • When London schoolboy Marcus loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers.
Each seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might, or must, exist in the hereafter.

Skyline

It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California.

But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watches in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted out the LA skyline.

From tankers to drones and hydra-like extraterrestrials, the aliens are inescapable and seemingly indestructible.

The Switch

Kassie, a smart, fun-loving single woman, despite her neurotic best friend Wally's objections, decides it's time to have a baby, even if it means doing it herself, with a little help from a charming sperm donor.

But, unbeknownst to her, Kassie's plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn't discovered until seven years later, when Wally gets acquainted with Kassie's cute, though slightly neurotic, son.

WWE - The Wrestlemania Story

The story of WrestleMania is told from its early beginnings through the week-long spectacular it has become, routinely drawing fans from all 50 states and around the world.

This documentary feature includes new and insightful interviews from the superstars and creative forces behind the event. Features more than 5 hours of footage highlighting some of the greatest matches and moments of the 26-year history, as well as bonus matches.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Next Three Days with 695 requests.

Morning Glory had 546 requests,
Jackass 3 had 312 requests,
The Human Experience had 69 requests,
Through the Wormhole had 55 requests, and
Atlas: Uncovering the Earth had 31 requests.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Women's History Month


The theme of this year's Women's History Month is "Our History is Our Strength," an occasion to celebrate the special achievements of women. This month is the perfect time to remember courageous women who have made groundbreaking intellectual strides. Stephanie Coontz's A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s does just that with its portrait of Betty Friedan's controversial 1963 book The Feminine Mystique, which argued that many American women of the era were unhappy with their roles as housewives and wanted "something more" out of life. Coontz's research offers a fresh look at the lasting impact of Friedan's work.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 8 March 2011:

Atlas: Uncovering the Earth

Ties together fascinating stories about the world's iconic regions like the Great Rift Valley, Hawaii, and The Mediterranean region into one grand narratives. Each of these areas is revealed through a set of enthralling stories about its people and its geology. Individual chapters are joined together by a striking CGI-enhanced god's eye view, linking them in both space and time. Woven together, the stories become an inspiring single narrative from start to finish.

The Human Experience

The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever.

Jackass 3

The Jackass guys are back for their wildest round of mischief and mayhem yet! Laugh until it hurts as Knoxville goes head-to-head with an angry bull, Bam stumbles through a tunnel of high-voltage tasers, and Steve-O takes to the skies in a fully loaded porta-potty. Get ready to jack stuff up with uncensored, unbelievable, and totally explicit stunts, plus outrageous footage not shown in theaters.

Morning Glory

For Becky, running a TV show in New York City was the big break she dreamed of, until star co-anchors Mike and Colleen declare an all-out, on-air war. Making the show work with its cast of eccentric characters and outrageous story angles will take a major miracle, but Becky is ready to rise and outshine.

The Next Three Days

Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison.

Through the Wormhole

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, 'Through the Wormhole' explores the deepest mysteries of existence, the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. Who or what are we? Are we alone? How did life begin? What happened before? The series brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science to reveal the extraordinary truth of our universe.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Burlesque with 799 requests.

Love and Other Drugs had 534 requests,
Faster had 466 requests,
127 hours had 424 requests,
WWE Royal Rumble 2011 had 63 requests,
Dinosaurs - Giants of Patagonia had 55 requests,
2 Weeks in Hell had 44 requests,
Ultimate Wave - Tahiti had 27 requests,
Pioneers of Television - Season 2 had 7 requests, and
Triangle Fire had 4 requests.