If You Enjoyed…

brooklynBrooklyn is one of the most popular movies released at the beginning of this year. This is, in no doubt, due to Saoirse (pronounced as Ser-sha, like inertia, for those who are curious) Ronan’s phenomenal acting and Nick Hornby’s screenplay writing. If you were left craving more, check out the list below of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks that are similar to Brooklyn.

Angela’s Ashes– Based on Frank McCourt’s book of the same name, Angela’s Ashes is the autobiographical story of McCourt and his family as they struggle to build a new life in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. The family decides to return to Ireland after their infant sister passes away. In Ireland, the family is met with even more difficulties than what they faced in America.

Atonement– Although set in 1935 England, Atonement tells a sweeping love story, which is quickly torn to shreds as a jealous sister (portrayed by Saoirse Ronan) constructs a lie that ends in serious consequences. Check out Ian McEwan’s novel, which inspired the movie adaptation.

T.V. Series
Ballykissangel– Life is challenging for any priest in a small Irish town, and Father Peter Clifford has just arrived from London with high expectations and no driver’s license.

Monarch of the Glen– Meet handsome Archie MacDonald, a reluctant young Scottish laird torn between his trendy London life and the call of his wild Highland ancestry. Tricked into returning to Scotland by his eccentric father and dotty mother, Archie discovers he is now the Laird of the decaying family estate, Glenbogle.

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín– Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her to live and work in America, so she decides she must go, ultimately leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store, and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future. Check out Tóibín’s other works, such as Nora Webster and The Testament of Mary.

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor– Although The Girl Who Came Home takes place 40 years prior to the events in Brooklyn, it still tells a similar tale of an Irish immigrant struggling to decide between the comforts of her home and the daunting possibilities America has to offer. Inspired by true events, Gaynor tells the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard R.M.S. Titanic. A seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

The Dubliners by James Joyce– Go back to Eilis’s homeland, Ireland, and experience the difficulties and great national pride that Eilis, and many others, left behind to start a new life in America. Originally published in 1914, James Joyce’s collection of 15 intertwining short stories depict life, within the middle class, in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.


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New Releases 4/26

Moviesjane got a gun
Jane Got a Gun
Son of Saul
The Driftless Area
River of Grass
The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

T.V. Seriesdoctor blake mysteries
The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Season 1
Royal Pains, Season 7
Hot in Cleveland, Season 6

Sing Me Home by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Therapy Session by Nf
Take All My Loves – 9 Shakespeare Sonnets by Rufus Wainwright therapy session
Three by Blue Man Group
New Lane Road by Josh Kelley

Hide Away by Iris Johansen

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Readathon Day!


Today is the second annual Readathon Day to support early childhood literacy. What could be better for a rainy Saturday than a good book? Here are some ways to incorporate reading through Audiobooks into your Readathon Saturday:

  • Listen while you colorReadathon Color
  • Listen while spring cleaning
  • Listen while working out
  • Listen while knitting/crocheting
  • Listen while cooking

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Movies for Earth Day

Earth Day Movies

Here are some suggestions if you’re in the mood to watch an environmentally-themed film on Earth Day:

Movies for Adults

Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life, and this changes everything.

The Day After Tomorrow— When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall, his son Sam, and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than anything anyone has ever encountered: Mother Nature.

Erin Brockovich — Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Gorillas in the Mist — Based on the true story of young anthropologist Dian Fossey who travels to the African mountains to study the rare gorillas.

Princess Mononoke — A young warrior searching for a cure for a deadly curse becomes entangled in a battle between a clan of humans and the forest’s animal gods.

Movies for Children

FernGully: The Last Rainforest — Batty Koda joins Crysta, Pips and the Beetle Boys to rescue their rainforest from the horrid Hexxus. Zak, a human, is persuaded to stop sawing down the forest after convincing arguments from Crysta.

Free Willy — A story about the friendship that develops between a 12-year-old boy who knows what it’s like to be without a family, and a whale confined in a too-small tank at an aquatic park.

Happy Feet — Emperor Penguins from Antarctica each express their true love with a special heartsong of their own that expresses their very being. However, the misfit Mumble cannot sing. Instead he has an extraordinary talent to tap dance with almost magical energy and expression. Nevertheless, the leadership of the colony fearfully blames the young penguin’s unorthodox ways for the lean fishing that threatens them all. Defiant in the face of unjust rejection, Mumble and his true friends set out to find the true cause of the famine. Through the friends trials and perils, Mumble learns many things about his frozen world, not the least of which being that his toe tapping talent may be what he needs to save his people.

The Lorax — In a place where the brown Bar-ba-loots frisk and the Humming-Fish splash around, you will find the Lorax. The Lorax speaks of the trees, which the Once-ler is chopping down as fast as he pleases. Will the Once-ler change his destructive ways and heed the wise warnings of the Lorax?

WALL-E — After hundreds of lonely years, a waste management robot finds a new purpose in life. With only a cockroach for a friend, he finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life.


Blue Gold: World Water Wars — Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?

An Inconvenient Truth — A passionate and inspiring look at former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to expose the myths and misconceptions of global warming, and to create public awareness on the subject.

The Island President — President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable.

More Than Honey — An unprecedented global examination of endangered honeybees spanning from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. With all the hallmarks of a great nature documentary, the film employs the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena undetectable by normal eyesight, beautifully portraying the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.

No Impact Man — Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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Audiobooks for Earth Day

year of the floodYear of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
“The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners–a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life–has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived.”water knife again

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalup
Set in a future when “Water is more precious than gold in the American Southwest. With the death toll rising, will the companies come to a settlement to divy up the water?”

Flight Behavior  by Barbara Kingsolverflight behavior
“Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions-religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians-trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.”

Solarsolar by Ian McEwan
“Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.”

The Age of Miracles age of miraclesby Karen Thompson Walker
“On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray… As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.”

Toms River: a Story of Science and Salvationtoms river by Dan Fagin
“One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.”

Hot, Flat, and Crowdedhot flat and crowded by Thomas L. Friedman
“New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman brings his unique point of view to the red hot topic of global climate change. Here he proposes a national plan for going green that will not only benefit the earth, but also make America’s economy stronger and its borders more secure.”

Hope for Animals and Their World hope for animalsby Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson
“At a time when we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, renowned scientist Jane Goodall brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom…At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, this book presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.”

This Changes Everything this changes everythingby Naomi Klein
“Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein … builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies”

The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural Historysixth extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
“From the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a powerful and important work about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a compelling account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.”

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/

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Prince Albums

If you’re looking to reflect back on Prince’s musical career following the news of his death today, here are some of his titles that you can check out from the library:

Purple Rain (1984)


Sign O’ The Times (1987)


Diamonds and Pearls (1991)


3121 (2006)


Lotusflow3r/MPLSound (2009)


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New Releases 4/19

Moviesthe revenant
The Revenant
Norm of the North
IP Man 3
Fifty Shades of Black
Lady in the Van
That’s Not Us
A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco, and Barcelona
Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
The Human Face of Big Data veep season 4

T.V. Series
And Then There Were None
Veep, Season 4
Pretty Little Liars, Season 6
Silicon Valley, Season 2
Haven, the Final Season

Santana IV by Santanalife on earth
Music is Medicine by Marie Osmond
The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey
Persona by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
This Path Tonight by Graham Nash
Crab Day by Cate Le Bon
Gravity by Javier Colon
The Diary by J Dilla
Unite by 1 Girl Nation
Layers by Royce Da 5’9″
Life on Earth by Musiq Soulchild
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

Audiobookswar hawk
War Hawk by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood
The Last Mile by David Baldacci

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If You Enjoyed…

game of throness1Although season 6 of Game of Thrones is premiering on the 24th of April, the HBO series is still highly requested. Now that the show has finally caught up to the books that George R.R. Martin has published, Game of Thrones fans may feel a bit bored when the show isn’t airing. Below are T.V. Shows, Movies, and Audiobooks that are similar to Game of Thrones.

Disclaimer: due to the nature of Game of Thrones, a majority of the recommendations listed below are for mature audiences.

T.V. Series
The Tudors– King Henry VIII: young, sexy and the most powerful man in the world. The throne and the entire world became his at age 19. This television series reveals the early years of the passionate, vibrant, and scandalous man who forever changed the course of history.

Rome– Much of the politics seen in Game of Thrones is derived from real-life historical events. The HBO Original series, Rome, travels back towards the end of the Roman republic as it was transitioning into the empire; which caused civil wars, political turmoil, wars of conquest, and then eventually its own decline.

Black Sails– The prequel to Treasure Island, Black Sails, begins in 1715, with New Providence Island as a lawless territory. And the island is controlled by notorious and dangerous pirate captains. As the British Navy returns to annihilate the most feared Captain and his crew, the Captain allies himself with a local aristocrat to ensure his crew’s survival. Many opponents and obstacles stand in his way.

Borgias– An explosive story of history’s original crime family, the Borgia family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia’s reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church– and all of Europe– in scandal.

Centurion– If you enjoyed Rome, as well as Game of Thrones, travel back in time, to the rise of fall of the Roman Empire, with Centurion. During the 2nd century, the Roman Empire covered most of present day Europe. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive and savage enemy: the Picts. When the Roman legion is ambushed, the seven surviving Romans pledge to rescue their leader.

Malice– If you’re looking for a break from historical fiction, but still want the drama and action that Game of Thrones has, give Malice a try. When a serial killer begins murdering female students in a New England town, the college dean becomes involved in the investigation while wondering about the surgeon who has taken a room in his house.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy–  The Lord of the Rings trilogy deserves an honorable mention; as George R.R. Martin not only was influenced by Tolkien, but some also speculate Martin derived his signature “R.R.” from Tolkien. The first movie of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, tells of the fateful power of “The One Ring to Rule Them All.” All members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves, and wizards are plunged into a clash between good and evil. Check out the audiobooks of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work as well, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin– Go back to where Game of Thrones originated. Long ago, an enigmatic event forever changed Winterfell, leaving the land with lush summers and harsh winters. Now, Winterfell’s borders are being increasingly encroached, forcing the prominent Stark family to defend its kingdom from enemies both old and new, including the rival Lannister House and a legendary demon. Check out Martin’s other high fantasy works such as A Knight of Seven Kingdoms and Rogues.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson– An epic series by Brandon Sanderson, who introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who would do anything to save her impoverished house.

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King– This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, featuring, “The Gunslinger,” a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages from ancient myth to frontier western legend. The Gunslinger starts the series off.

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for April

These are my picks for April:

About Timeabout time

“The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life, so he decides to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.”

There are certain movies that, whenever they happen to be on, I will sit down and watch start-to-finish even though I’ve seen them one hundred times before. I discussed this with a friend of mine long ago, and he termed them “comfort movies.” I knew as soon as I watched About Time that this movie would be added to my “comfort movie” repertoire. It’s charming, funny, and romantic without being cliché. The cast is wonderful– a particularly excellent pairing is Domhnall Gleason, who plays the main character, Tim, with Bill Nighy, who plays his father. And while the movie begins as a romantic comedy concerned with the more juvenile pursuit of a girlfriend by Tim, it grows with him as he ages and touches on so many other things: having a family, relationships with siblings, relationships with parents, relationships with friends, and, eventually, Tim’s relationship with life itself.

For Emma, Forever Agofor emma forever ago

By Bon Iver

This is my favorite album of all time. There, I said it. I never thought I would be able to choose just one favorite, but there it is. As the story goes,  Justin Vernon, founder of Bon Iver, was experiencing some hard times (an illness, break-ups of both band and girlfriend), and recorded this album on his own while secluded in his father’s hunting cabin in Wisconsin. While the lyrics are often more sounds than understandable phrases, the heartbreak and loss come through clearly. This album is great for introspective, long car trips, or perhaps quiet moments when you’re feeling a bit sad and need Vernon to go through it with you. My favorite track is “Skinny Love,” but they are all great.

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New Releases 4/12

The Forest
Only Angels Have Wings
Jackie Robinson
Truth Has Fallen
Breaking News, Breaking Down

T.V. Seriesheroes reborn
Heroes Reborn, Event Series
London Spy
Grace and Frankie, Season 1

Cleopatra by The Lumineers
Call It What It Is by Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Midnight Machines by Lights cleopatra
Gore by Deftones
Lovers and Leavers by Hayes Carll
Human Performance by Parquet Courts
English Heart by Ronnie Spector
Man About Town by Mayer Hawthorne
Junk by M83

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
Titans by Leila Meacham

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