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New Releases 8/8

The Dinner
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
I Am Battle Comic
City of Trees
Night School

T.V. Series
Blindspot, Season 2

Brett Eldredge by Brett Eldredge
Lay It on Down by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Party of One by George Thorogood
Kaleidoscope EP by Coldplay

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

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New Releases 8/1

Going in Style
Phoenix Forgotten
The Circle
The Lovers
Shin Godzilla
The Ottoman Lieutenant

T.V. Series
Fortitude, Season 2
Remember Me
Big Little Lies, Season 1
Crashing, Season 1

Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Power of Peace by the Isley Brothers and Santana
Unpeeled by Cage the Elephant
Paranormal by Alice Cooper
Never Gets Old by Joe Nichols
The Darkest Hour by Madchild
A Boy from Tupelo: 1953-1955 Recordings
Music Vol. 1 by Herb Alpert

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New Releases 7/25

The Boss Baby
Ghost in the Shell
The Final Master
Weekend in Havana
Returning Citizens 

T.V. Shows
Pretty Little Liars, Season 7
Emerald City, Season 1
Girls, Season 6

Sacred Hearts Club by Foster the People
Words by Sara Evans
Barefoot in the Head by Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Six Pack Volume 3 by Straight No Chaser
27861 by Parmalee

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

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Remembering Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, passed away on July 20th. If you’re looking to reflect back on Chester’s talent and work, here are some titles you can check out from the library. The remaining members of Linkin Park have set up a website in remembrance of Chester. You can find highlighted social media posts remembering Chester and information on suicide prevention.

One More Light by Linkin Park

Living Things by Linkin Park

A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park

Minutes to Midnight by Linkin Park

Meteora by Linkin Park

Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park

High Rise by Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington


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Jamie’s Staff Picks for June and July

Apologies for the lateness of this post–with summer arriving, the library has been very busy! Better late than never…

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“Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.”

I often refer to this movie as the male version of Steel Magnolias. It’s an emotional and touching drama dealing with family and death, but for the most part it’s funny and real. The first time that I watched this movie, I had never seen Shailene Woodley in anything before and I was extremely impressed by her performance. George Clooney, as always, is great.

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Michael Kiwanuka

I checked out this album because I wanted to hear more after Michael Kiwanuka’s song “Cold Little Heart” was used as the opening credit song for Big Little Lies (which also has Shailene Woodley!). After listening, “Cold Little Heart” is definitely still a standout track amongst the highly-orchestrated retro-soul songs, but “Black Man in a White World” is a close second for its timeliness and loneliness even with its punchy hand claps. It might take a few listens to sink into this one, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

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“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.”

I saw this movie in theaters and I LOVED it. I’ve heard some people criticize it for being another movie where Hollywood is patting itself on the back, but I’m a sucker for the LA landscape (especially that view from the Griffith Observatory featured in the iconic scene on the poster), and I apparently can’t turn down a good “actor/musician tries to make it” story. I loved the songs and had them stuck in my head for days afterward. I also wept uncontrollably at the ending (but that also could be because I was nine months pregnant at the time…). It was heartbreaking and beautiful. I can’t wait to watch this movie again.


I think a lot of people expect all Feist albums to have the cutesiness of “1234.” Not that I don’t love “1234,” but this album definitely has a more dramatic, lonely vibe and I really enjoyed it. I also found it to be great for summer night listening. The tracks fade in and out with sounds of crickets and passing car radios which really set the scene. My favorite tracks are “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You” and “A Man is Not His Song.”


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New Releases 7/18

Kong: Skull Island
Free Fire
The Promise
Elijah’s Ashes
Tommy’s Honour
Nature’s Great Race
Poverty: Politics and Profit
Second Chance Kids
Fight for Space
Ukraine on Fire
Shark Week: Shark ‘N’ Awe Collection
Great Yellowstone Thaw: How Nature Survives

T.V. Series
Grantchester, Season 3
The 100, Season 4
The Expanse, Season 2

Ultralife by Oh Wonder
Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee
Anthems for the Apocalypse by Jonathan Jackson & Enation
Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines by Shabazz Palaces
Night & Day by The Vamps
The Queen of Hearts by Offa Rex

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
Blame by Jeff Abbott
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Look Behind You by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

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Build a Better World: Create a Soundtrack for Your Favorite Book

For Summer Reading 2017, one of the squares on the Build a Better World Bingo Card is “Create a Soundtrack of Your Favorite Book.” I put together Spotify playlists based on two of my favorite books. Check them out below and create your own playlist on Spotify to fulfill that particular bingo square!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park takes place in the late 80’s, and music plays a huge part in the story line. The 1980’s punk-rock scene was well before my time, but I still enjoyed listening to specific songs as they were mentioned throughout the book.  Some bands and musicians which were mentioned throughout Eleanor & Park are: Joy Division, Elvis Costello, Bryan Adams, Danzig, The Smiths, Simon & Garfunkel, The Smithereens, U2, The Beatles, and many more!

Rainbow Rowell also put together her own soundtrack which can be found on her website here!


The Raven Boys (Book #1 of The Raven Cycle Series) by Maggie Steifvater

Some of the artists featured on this album, which you can check out at the library, are: The Fray, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac, Fall Out Boy, Halsey, Hozier, and Twenty One Pilots.

Maggie Stiefvater put together a list of songs she was inspired by, while writing The Raven Cycle series. Check out her list here!



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New Releases 7/11

Smurfs: The Lost Village
Their Finest
The Fate of the Furious
The Lost City of Z
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
A Quiet Passion
A Woman, A Part
American Fable
Alive and Kicking
Mimi and Dona
The Penguin Counters
Contemporary Color

T.V Series
The Tunnel: Sabotage, Season 2
Prime Suspect: Tennison
My Mother and Other Strangers
The Magicians, Season 2
Underground, Season 2

A Walk with Love & Death by The Melvins
Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting
American Grandstand by Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary
Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scence
Something to Tell You by Haim
Music in My Heart by Charley Pride
Boo Boo by Toro Y Moi

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockman
House of Spies by Daniel Silva
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

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New Releases 7/4

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Song to Song
You Can’t Have It
Don’t Be Bad
Food: Delicious Science

Lany by Lany
My Love Divine Degree by Cody Chesnutt
Gravebloom by The Acacia Strain
Hydrograd by Stone Sour
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
The Storm by ZZ Ward
1967: Sunshine Tomorrow by The Beach Boys
London Southern by Jim Lauderdale

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

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New Releases 6/27

Before I Fall
T2 Trainspotting
The Belko Experiment
Power Rangers
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
King Charles III
The Story of China with Michael Wood

T.V. Series
Midsomer Murders, Season 19 Part 1
Striking Out, Season 1

Evolve by Imagine Dragons
True to Self by Bryson Tiller
Bandstand Original Broadway Cast Recording
New Waves by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

The Duchess by Danielle Steel
Murder Games by James Paterson and Howard Roughan

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