Spotlight On: DVDs

DVDs: We have a wide selection of DVDs in our main area for you to check out. They range from new releases to classics, and from family films to comedies. Our DVDs are located in the second alcove on the left when you enter the library. The are all along the perimeter of that alcove, alphabetized by title.

Apollo 13 (1995)

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (DVD APOLLO)

 

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (DVD AVENGERS)

 

The Dark Knight (2008)

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (DVD DARK)

 

Hairspray (2007)

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. (DVD HAIRSPRAY)

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. (DVD HARRY POTTER)

 

The King’s Speech (2010)

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer. (DVD KING)

 

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (DVD PRIDE)

 

Psycho (1960)

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (DVD PSYCHO)

 

Titanic (1997)

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (DVD TITANIC)

 

Waitress (2007)

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. (DVD WAITRESS)

 

“‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.'” ~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood is an amazing collection of biographies of inspiring women and girls. The first few pages are list of content and beautiful timeline events that made these women extraordinary. Some of these women are well known figures and some are not. They include: Molly Williams, Mary Anning, Nellie Bly, Annette Kellerman, Pura Belpre, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, France Moore Lappe, Ruby Bridges, Mae Jemison, Maya Lin, Angela Zhang and Malala Yousafzai. Each heroine has full page illustration, a poem explaining who they are and more. Each illustration is made by a different female illustrator and is done beautifully. The last few pages are a list of resources which include books sources, websites and more on each woman. Although this book is targeted for children, it is a wonderful book that anyone could enjoy. I love that the stories are told in verse but on the bottom of each page is a short paragraph about each women/girl.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 920.72 HOO)

Coco (2017)

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

This film is absolutely beautiful. The film follows a little boy who is magically transported to the Land of the Dead where he goes on a journey to meet his ancestors and save his family’s legacy. The vibrancy of the animation, and the messages of family and heritage make this a perfect film for family night. One caveat to that is that as the film does talk about death, I would recommend this film for families with older children rather than little ones. My 9 year old loved the film and it sparked a great conversation about family, heritage, and ancestry.

Located in DVDs (DVD COCO)

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Tyler Johnson Was Here / Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson’s twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom.

 

The Truth of Right Now / Kara Lee Corthron

A heart-wrenching debut novel about relationships in its many forms–families, friendships, romance–and how Lily and Dari, coming from different backgrounds and different worlds, strive to find a connection through their differences as they fight against their own individual pasts.

 

How It Went Down / Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

 

Dream Things True / Marie Marquardt

Evan, the nephew of a conservative southern senator, and Alma, who lives with her large, warm Mexican family, fall in love, but when Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids on their town, Alma knows she needs to tell Evan her secrets, but how can she tell her country-club boyfriend that she is an undocumented immigrant?

Monster / Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

 

Anger is a Gift / Mark Oshiro

A young adult debut by the popular social media personality and critic reflects the racial and economic struggles of today’s teens in the story of high school junior Moss, who in the face of a racist school administration decides to organize a protest that escalates into violence.

 

All American Boys / Jason Reynolds

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

 

The Education of Margot Sanchez / Lilliam Rivera

Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family’s South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.

 

Dear Martin / Nic Stone

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

 

Piecing Me Together / Renee Watson

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

In the mood for some light mystery? Look no further than Karen White’s The Night the Lights Went Out. Although not considered a “cozy” mystery (there is a murder after all), the character development is paramount here and gets the main emphasis in the story. The story follows two women at different junctures of their lives–Merliee, a divorcee whose husband recently left her for her kids third grade teacher, and Sugar, the local town curmudgeon and Merilee’s landlord. If you are looking for a light end-of-summer read, look no further.

Located in Large Print Fiction (LP WHITE)

Spotlight On: Children’s Paperbacks

Children’s Paperbacks: Children’s paperbacks are chapter books that have a soft cover instead of a hard cover so they are easier to hold. We have a wide range of fiction paperbacks, that include series and stand alone books. All of these books are located on the yellow spinner racks in the middle of the children’s library.

Tuck Everlasting / Natalie Babbitt

A family accidentally stumbles upon a spring with water endowing them with the gift of eternal life. Seventy years later, without having grown a day older, a young girl discovers them and learns their secret. (J PBK BABBITT)

 

Flora & Ulysses / Kate DiCamillo

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. (J PBK DICAMILLO)

 

Football Genius / Tim Green

Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players. (J PBK GREEN)

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate / Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery. (J PBK KELLY)

 

Titanic: Unsinkable / Gordon Korman 

Although the Titanic ship is meant to be unsinkable, there is plenty of danger waiting on its maiden voyage for four of its passengers–Paddy, a stowaway; Sophie, under police custody; rich yet troubled Juliana; and Alfie, who hides a secret. (J PBK KORMAN BK.1)

 

Judy Moody / Megan McDonald

Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage. (J PBK MCDONALD BK.1)

 

The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan

After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods. (J PBK RIORDAN BK. 1)

 

The Canary Caper / Ron Roy

Dink and his friends investigate why pets, like Mrs. Davis’s canary, Mozart, are mysteriously disappearing all over town. (J PBK ROY)

 

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye / Geronimo Stilton

The discovery of an old map by his sister Thea leads Geronimo and his family to search for buried treasure on a faraway island. (J PBK STILTON BK.1)

 

I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D. / Lauren Tarshis

In Pompeii in AD 79, eleven-year-old slave boy Marcus runs away with his father, who has been sold to become a gladiator, and they escape to Vesuvius, only to return to the city the following morning to warn the inhabitants of the coming eruption. (J PBK TARSHIS)

 

“I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingertips. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud. ” ~Nnedi Okorafor, The Book of Phoenix

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This is a wonderful story of a shipwrecked robot (ROZUM unit 7134) who finds herself deposited on an island inhabited by many animals, and who seems to have no way of escape. She is accidentally activated by a group of sea otters, and she tries to cope with her situation while being viewed as a monster by the other island inhabitants. Her adoption of an abandoned gosling starts the changes to Roz’s world, as those around her begin to accept her as a member of their society. After much is said and done, though, Roz know she does not belong here, and yearns to complete he original mission as a robot. Do not despair, dear reader, for though you will be left with an unsatisfying ending, there is more to come in this delightful story.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC BROWN)

Kingdomino

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each player drafts tiles to add to their five by five kingdom in the hopes of getting the most crowns of each type of land as possible. Each tile must touch a tile that it matches to be put down. I love this quick game because of how easy it is to play, transport, and teach. I have taken my personal copy of this everywhere from museum overnights to restaurants. Anyone can learn this game in five minutes although it has great replayability because of the drafting. Tetris fans will adore this one. Best at three to four players.

Located in Board Games (GAME KINGDOMINO)

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) / Felicia Day

The entertainment artist best known for her web videos shares stories of her homeschooled childhood, her rags-to-riches professional successes, and her thoughts on such topics as creativity, video games, and feminism.

 

Food: A Love Story / Jim Gaffigan

Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave–hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”.

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star / Judy Greer

The prolific actress best known for her appearances in such productions as the Oscar-winning The Descendants presents a collection of comedic essays on topics ranging from stepmotherhood to midnight shopping trips at the pharmacy.

 

Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling

The star of The Mindy Project and author of the best-selling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.

 

Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You / Kunal Nayyar

An anthology of humorous, autobiographical essays by the actor best known as Raj from The Big Bang Theory traces his journey from a child in New Delhi to celebrity, describing his relationships with family members and friends who inspired his achievements.

 

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers / Nick Offerman

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo / Amy Schumer

An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.

 

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend / Martin Short

A memoir by Canadian comedian, Martin Short, known for his work on SCTV and Saturday night live, his roles in a number of great comedy films, and his memorable theatrical appearances.

 

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation / Aisha Tyler

On the wildly popular podcast “Girl on Guy,” comedian and actress Aisha Tyler asks her guests to recount moments from their lives when they’ve done something boneheaded, ill conceived, dangerous, or just plain stupid…to themselves. In Self-Inflicted Wounds, Aisha turns the lens on herself-recounting her most egregious mistakes–to hilarious result.

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy / Rainn Wilson

A comedic memoir by the actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight on The Office traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Baha’i faith.

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