#TBT: 1959

Popular Books Published in 1959

To Sir, With Love / E.R. Braithwaite

Candidly describes the problems overcome by this Black teacher in teaching distrustful, rebellious teenagers in a London slum school. (921 BRAITHWAITE)


Goldfinger / Ian Fleming

A friendly game of two-handed canasta that turns out thoroughly crooked. And a beautiful golden girl who ends up thoroughly dead … In Bond’s first encounter with the world’s cleverest, cruellest criminal, useful lessons are learned. (FIC FLEMING)


My Side of the Mountain / Jean Craighead George

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. (J PBK / J FIC GEORGE)


The Tin Drum / Gunter Grass

On his third birthday, Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum, Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany. (FIC GRASS)


A Raisin in the Sun / Lorraine Hansberry

An African-American family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living conditions. (812.54 HAN)


The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. (FIC JACKSON)

A Separate Peace / John Knowles

A conflict of loyalties between Gene and his fearless friend, Phineas, leads to tragedy. (FIC / TEEN FIC KNOWLES)



Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage / Alfred Lansing

Describes how twenty-eight men battled against almost insurmountable odds to return to civilization after their ship sank near the South Pole. (919.8904 LAN PB)


Little Blue and Little Yellow / Leo Lionni

A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green. (E LIONNI)


Happy Birthday to You! / Dr. Seuss

Describes a birthday celebration in Katroo presided over by the Birthday Bird. (E SEUSS)



Did you know? The Disneyland Monorail System opened to the public in Anaheim, California in 1959. 

A Beginner’s Guide to American Mah Jongg by Elaine Sandberg

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This book really helped me. My friends and I had a veteran player guide us for the first three sessions, but I still had questions.

The author goes step-by-step: explaining the tiles, learning the hands on the Card, building the Wall, doing the Charleston (yes! that is the terminology), and playing the game. After each chapter she has a quiz, followed with the answers. She also gave suggestions on how to practice.

I ended up buying this book on Amazon as a reference, so I am giving it FIVE STARS!!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Films in Focus: Scary Movies

Scary Movies: Halloween is just two days away! So get in the mood with these scary movies! Maybe watch them with the lights on!

Carrie (2013)

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (DVD CARRIE)


Get Out (2017)

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. (DVD GET OUT)


Halloween (2018)

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. (DVD HALLOWEEN)


It (2017)

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town. (DVD IT)


Psycho (1960)

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars 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 HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO)


The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. (DVD PURGE)


A Quiet Place (2018)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. (DVD QUIET)


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. (DVD SILENCE)


The Sixth Sense (1999)

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (DVD SIXTH)


The Thing (1982)

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. (DVD THING)

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

It’s spring break, and Amelia wants more than anything to go to France like her best friend or even to Florida, like everyone else, but her father has too much work, so she’s resigned to spend her week at her favorite place, the local art studio. Louise, the owner of the studio and Amelia’s friend, introduces her to Casey, who is hanging out with his aunt while his parents are trying to decide if they should divorce. The two hit it off. While out for a walk one day they decide to play a game of renaming people on the street and making up their life stories, and that is the beginning of a new story for Amelia. Kevin Henkes is primarily known for his picture books, but he has written an impressive collection of middle grade fiction, and while I generally consider him to be somewhat taciturn, he knows how to craft a great book, and he really knows kids.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HENKES)

Overboard (2018)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

When it comes to movie remakes, the remake is generally never as good as the original. This could be because the remake doesn’t hold the same memories, we become attached to certain actors and actresses in a role, or we are just bitter because the movie industry can’t seem to come out with any original ideas. No matter the reason, I went into this movie fully expecting to see a carbon copy of the beloved original and to be unimpressed on all fronts. I will say I was pleasantly surprised. There is no doubt they pulled heavily from the original, but reversed the roles with Anna Faris playing a single mom to three girls and Eugenio Derbez playing a wealthy Hispanic playboy with amnesia. With their humor and the slight plot twists the studio felt like throwing in, this remake was fun enough that I don’t regret the time I spent watching it, but at the same time it isn’t anything I would feel the need to run out and buy for my personal collection. That said, if you are looking for a fun and light family movie that will have everyone in the room smiling and laughing, then this is the perfect fit for you.


#TBT: 2005

Popular Books Published in 2005

The Lincoln Lawyer / Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller, who represents some unsavory characters in his work as a defense lawyer, takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by events that suggest a particularly evil perpetrator. (PBK CONNELLY)


The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didion

An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. (070.92 DID)


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter / Kim Edwards

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter’s affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child. (FIC EDWARDS)


A Breath of Snow and Ashes / Diana Gabaldon

In 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Jamie Fraser is asked by the governor to help protect the colonies for King and Crown, but, thanks to his time-traveling twentieth-century wife, Claire, Jamie is aware of the ultimate result of the rebellion. (FIC GABALDON)


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in winning the Civil War. (973.7 GOO)


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything / Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner

The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy. (330 LEV)


Twilight / Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. (TEEN FIC MEYER)


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language. (FIC SEE)


The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. (362.82 WAL)


The Book Thief / Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (TEEN FIC / FIC ZUSAK)


Did you know? The price of a gallon of gas in 2005 was $2.34. 

Why My Cat is More Impressive than Your Baby by Matt Inman

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

If you need a giggle – and love sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humor, this is the comic book for you.

The author’s views on cats versus babies are sometimes bizarre and sometimes spot-on, but always funny.

If you have just finished reading War and Peace and want to fly through a book in a half hour, pick this one up. I am glad I did.

Located in Nonfiction (741.5697 INM)

Films in Focus: Family Halloween

Family Halloween: Since Halloween is just around the corner, here are some films for the family to get you ready for your Halloween celebrations!

Beetlejuice (1988)

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. (DVD BEETLEJUICE)


Casper (1995)

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (DVD CASPER)


The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)

Zeus & the Bannisters have moved into a new house, just in time for Halloween! Everything seems to be going well until they notice strange lights and sounds coming from neighbor Eli’s house. George takes it upon himself to find out what is going on, and enlists the help of an unlikely pair. (DVD DOG WHO SAVED)

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (DVD EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL)


Ghostbusters (1984)

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (DVD GHOSTBUSTERS)


Goosebumps (2015)

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. (DVD GOOSEBUMPS)


Halloweentown (1998)

After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. (DVD HALLOWEENTOWN)


Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. (DVD HOTEL)


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. (DVD NIGHTMARE)


Young Frankenstein (1974)

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (DVD YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN)

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Much, much more than a novelization, Cornelia Funke’s illustrated adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 award-winning Spanish film is spellbinding.

Set in 1940s war-torn Spain, this dark fairy tale introduces us to a young girl named Ofelia who is working on completing dangerous tasks in the forest to prove to a wily faun that she is the long-lost princess of an underground kingdom.

As a lover of the film, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’ve been a Cornelia Funke fan since The Thief Lord (a magical Venetian adventure) and I was drawn like a magnet to this collaboration.

Slightly over-sized for a novel, with atmospheric ornamentation in the margins and stunning black and white illustrations sprinkled throughout, the book itself feels as magical as the text.
It shocks me to say this, but I think I actually love the book more than the movie! The film gets a little too gory for me at times and reading those scenes makes it easier for me to picture as much or as little of the disturbing imagery as I can handle.

Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I recommend this book to anyone who relishes excellent storytelling and the bloodier side of fairy tales.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC TORO)

Far From the Tree (2018)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Every family is different, every child is different and there is no right or wrong formula for how to raise “normal” kids. This documentary, a follow up to the New York Times bestseller, considers the different forms family can take and gives a profoundly human look at families raising children that society deems “abnormal”; a son with Down syndrome, a daughter with dwarfism, a son who is gay, and a couple with a nonverbal autistic son. While this movie should be on everyone’s must watch list in an effort to open our eyes to the wider world around us and to see things from another’s perspective, I do believe it will resonate strongly with those parents who have struggled or are currently struggling to understand their own children. At only an hour and a half long, this documentary holds your attention and your heart strings and I definitely had moments of awe while watching it. It won’t surprise you to see the depth of these parents love for their children, but I think it will shock you how “normal” these children are.

Located in DVDs (DVD 305.9 FAR)