New Releases

MoviesIn The Heights
Here Today
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Great Electric Airplane Race
Finding You
Queen Bees
After Life
Drunk Bus
The Misfits
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Original Cast Album: “Company”
Ship That Changed the World
The Truffle Hunters
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It
Riders of Justice
Peter Rabbit 2: The RunawayThe Truffle Hunters
12 Mighty Orphans
In the Heights
Beasts of No Nation

TV Series
Dark Stories
A Discovery of Witches series 2
Indian Doctor complete series
NCIS season 18
Chicago Fire season 9
S.W.A.T. season 4
NCIS: Los Angeles season 12
NCIS: New Orleans final season
Blue Bloods season 11
Fear the Walking Dead season 6
The Good Doctor season 4Samara Joy
Murdoch Mysteries season 14

Amerikinda: 20 Years of Dualtone
Famous Friends by Chris Young
Live From the Ryman and More by Sheryl Crow
Love Will Be Reborn by Martha Wainwright
Release Me 2 by Barbra Streisand
Yellow by Emma-Jean Thackray
Human by One Republic
Screen Violence by Chvrchesa-slow-fire-burning-4
Samara Joy by Samara Joy

Billy Summers by Stephen King
Vortex by Catherine Coulter
Complications by Danielle Steel
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
The Noise by James Patterson & J. D. Barker
Bloodless by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Staff Picks August 2021

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Emily’s Picks

DVD: The Adventures of Robin Hood
robin hoodThis definitive version of the classic tale stars Errol Flynn, perfectly cast as the titular thief, and Olivia de Havilland as his Maid Marian. Filled with swashbuckling action, romance, humor, and dazzling technicolor cinematography, this film has the true spirit of adventure that any good Robin Hood film ought to. It truly stands the test of time.

CD: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissettejagged little pill
This landmark alternative rock album– with its grungy sound and honest, even aggressive lyrics– is sure to give you  big 90’s vibes. This album, with hits like “One Hand in My Pocket,” “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Head Over Feet,” topped charts in its decade and still gets a lot of play today. It’s easy to see why; the fuzzy guitar, canned drums, and Morissette’s own distinct vocals combine to create a style that is iconic, and truly all her own.

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: The Blues Brothers
blues bros“Jake and Elwood Blues, two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, set out to locate and reenlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in order to raise some honest money.”

Audiobook: The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions gun lady last tryby Kerry Greenwood
“In these four stories, the 1920s’ most elegant, witty, and irrepressible sleuth, Phryne Fisher, is up to her eyes in intriguing crime, along with the ever loyal Dot, the ingenious Mr. Butler, and all of Phryne’s friends.”


John’s Picks

DVD: Harriet
harrietThis biopic dramatizes the heroic life of Harriet Tubman (played by Cynthia Erivo), former enslaved person turned lead “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. Born Araminta “Minty” Ross in Dorchester County Maryland, Tubman daringly escapes north to Pennsylvania relying on help from an underground network of abolitionists. Increasingly lonely in a strange northern city, and inspired by a “Moses-like,” prophetic calling, Tubman returns south on numerous missions to free her people.

Audiobook: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Bottonjoys sorrows work
Fascinating study of the modern “workplace” with profound philosophical commentary on how we can find value and make the most out of seemingly mundane jobs. Flashier jobs like lawyers, doctors, and businesspersons may get romanticized and broader attention for having the greatest immediate impact on our world, but De Botton encourages us to reconsider those assumptions and suggests how even a simple biscuit manufacturer or electrician contributes to human progress.

Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Farthest: Voyager in Space
farthest voyagerIn 1977 NASA launched two Voyager probes.  Their mission:  go where no human-made device had gone before, the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus).  The mission succeeded spectacularly and the probes are now traversing interstellar space.  The chances that a sentient alien civilization will discover them is slim, but…

CD: Boston BostonBostonby Boston
In 1976, the year before Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours broke into the stratosphere, Boston had done the same and saved the group from dissolution via “More Than a Feeling,” “Foreplay/Long Time,” and “Peace of Mind.”  This is a seminal rock album.

Mary’s Picks

DVD: The White Queen
white queenA complicated and fascinating period of English history. Shows the story of the women involved during the War of the Roses. Rebecca Ferguson is superb as Elizabeth Woodville.

Audiobook: The Da Vinci Code by9781415934777 Dan Brown
This book is a pseudo-history book hidden in a mystery book. What makes it stand out is the history it presents throughout. Da Vinci’s painting of the last supper will never look the same after you read this book. One of the most fun books I’ve ever read, will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: The Skeleton Twins
skeleton twins“Maggie and Milo are estranged twins who are reunited after ten years of being apart. Follow their unforgettable journey to reconnect, as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.”

Audiobook: A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayesa colony in a nation
“Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists– in a place we least suspect.”

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New Releases

MoviesMortal Kombat 
M. C. Escher: Journey to Infinity
Last Days
Never Gonna Snow Again
Three Summers
Mortal Kombat
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Wrath of Man
The Night
No Man’s Land
Picture a Scientist
Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten
The Virus That Shook the World
Backstrom series 1
Sicilia!: Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?
Dream Horse
Spiral: from the book of Saw Spongebob movie
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
Fighting for Fertility
Reef Rescue
A Quiet Place Part II
The Birthday Cake
Hetty Feather

TV Series
Defending Jacob
Playing For Keeps season 2
The Brokenwood Mysteries series 7
Gangs of London season 1
Shameless season 11
The Spanish Princess season 2
Star Trek Discovery season 3
The Walking Dead season 10the spanish princess
American Gods season 3
Finding Your Roots season 7
Keeping Faith series 3
Unforgotten season 4

Better Mistakes by Bebe Rexha
Day By Day by White Flowers
Jam & Lewis Volume 1 by Jam & Lewis
Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack
Hideaway by Wavves
Red Rocks 2020 by Nathaniel Rateliff
Southern Soul: From Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More by Lucinda Williams
Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn’) by Tedeschi Trucks Band & Trey Anastasio
For Once In My Life: A Celebration of Motown by Il Divo
Grapefruit Season by James Vincent McMorrow
SOB Rock by John Mayer Welcome to the madhouse
Welcome to the Madhouse by Tones and I
10 Babymetal Years by Babymetal
All Over the Place by KSI
Chloe Flower by Chloe Flower
Detour de Force by Barenaked Ladies
Hotel Surrender by Chet Faker
Iconic Woman of Country by various artists
Deadpan Love by Cautious Clay
Sling by Clairo
Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night by Bleachers
A Residency in the Los Angeles Area by Naia Izumi
Gold-Diggers SoundStand for Myself Yola by Leon Bridges
McCartney III Imagined by Paul McCartney
662 by Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
Bills & Aches & Blues by various artists
Downhill From Everywhere by Jackson Browne
For Free by David Crosby
Triage by Rodney Crowell
Strange Beauty by Hemai
Aretha by Aretha Franklin
Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
Into the Mystery by NEEDTOBREATHE
The Neon Remixed by Erasure
Welcome 2 America by Prince It's Better This Way
Electro Melodier by Son Volt
Stand For Myself by Yola
Texas to Tennessee by Clay Walker
Aquarius by Toby Lee

The Cellist by Daniel Silva
The Therapist by B. A. Paris
Black Ice by Brad Thor
False Witness by Karin Slaughter
It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber

Free Checkouts Starting This Month!

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Beginning in the month of August, the Chester County Library will no longer be charging rental fees for certain items in our Multimedia collection.

All of the DVDs in our collection can be checked out for free starting this month, which means you can watch as many of your favorite movies and shows as you want without spending a cent! As before, movies are available for one-week loans, TV series for two-week loans. And even our most popular new releases, a three-day loan, are totally free! But it’s not just movies– this change applies to many other items in the collection as well.

Our Binge Boxes are mini movie collections, usually of about 4 to 6 DVDs, set around a theme (see our list of Binge Boxes here!). These are great for vacations, parties, or cozy nights in, and are available for free one-week loans.

Audiobooks are also free to check out! These include all of our books on CD as well as our collection of Playaways— small, portable MP3 players that you can listen to with headphones or an AUX cord in your car. These are great for long car trips or workouts and, like all of our audiobooks, are available for three-week loans.

Our collection of Great Courses— full-length, in-depth courses taught by award-winning professors –is now free as well! They come in both audio and video formats, and can be taken out for a three-week loan. Browse our Great Courses here!

This huge selection of exciting materials is now available at no cost to you– so if there is any part of the collection you’d like to explore, now is the time to start! For any questions concerning this change, please call the Multimedia department at 610-344-5667.

New Releases

Moviesthe courier
The Courier
The World to Come
The Reason I Jump
Us Kids
Madame Rosa
The Lovebirds
American Experience: American Oz
Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns
Escape from Extinction
Life at the Waterhole
Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement
American Experience: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
American Immigration: Fear, Myth, and Reality
Land of Azaba
Spring TideGodzilla vs Kong
To the Ends of the Earth
Godzilla Vs. Kong
Anything for Jackson
French Exit
The Unholy
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
Hunter Hunter
Human: The World Within
Streetwise/tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell
It's Not a Burden: the Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Parents
The Watch
Moby Doc
UsThe Umbrella Academy

TV Series
Last Call to Normandy complete series
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal season 1
I Hate Suzie season 1
Fuller House season 5
The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1
Your Honor
Halifax: Retribution
Becoming Evil: Serial Killers of the Old West
Umbrella Academy season 1
Purge the complete seriesIn the Heights soundtrack

January Flower by Mat Kearney
Scaled and Icy by Twenty One Pilots
Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
Long Lost by Lord Huron
Makeover by K. D. Lang
Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Laysongs by Chris Thile
Weekends Look a Little Different These Days by Brett Young
Man on the Moon III: The Chosen by Kid Cudi
In the Heights Official Motion Picture Soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Now Serving: Royal Tea – Live from the Ryman by Joe BonamassaMaroon 5_ Jordi
Big Mess by Danny Elfman
Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 14
Soul Original Score
Wary + Strange by Amythyst Kiah
The Golden Casket by Modest Mouse
Jordi by Maroon 5
Bodies by AFI
Mammoth WVH by Mammoth WVH
Cande Y Paulo by Candy Y Paulo
Changephobia by Rostam  
Now That’s What I Call Country Classics 00s

The Lady Has A PastTokyo Ever After by Amanda Quick
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Legacy by Nora Roberts
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
Unfinished Business by J. A. Jance
The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer
The Bullet by Iris Johansen
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
The Fiancee by Kate White
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
Jackpot by Stuart Woods & Bryon Quertermous
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: The Black Order by Tom Clancy & Jeff Rovin
Changes by Sheldon Pearce
Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Blackout by Nicola Yoon

Staff Picks June 2021

Emily’s Picks

DVD: Maurice
maurice againA sweeping and deeply romantic gay love story, based on the final novel by E.M. Forster. Maurice, a young upper-class man in Edwardian England, must come to terms with his homosexuality and his feelings for a schoolmate in a time when such a love is not only unheard of, but illegal. All the cutting social commentary and lush, breathtaking romance of a Jane Austen story, with an LGBT twist for Pride month!

CD: No Shape by Perfume Geniusno shape
Mike Hadreas (better known by his stage name, Perfume Genius) devotes his fourth album to his longtime boyfriend and the love that they have shared, as well as themes of radical self-love. It is a dreamy, fantastical, almost transcendent album, and the music will transport you somewhere beautiful. Standout tracks include “Slip Away” and “Just Like Love.”


Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Fast Five

faster fiveFun and over-the-top, this installment in the series is part car movie and part heist movie.  The characters are what set this series apart from other car movies.

Audiobook: Less by Andrew Sean Greer less cd
This book is one of the few humorous titles to win a Pulitzer!  To avoid truly accepting that his ex is marrying someone else, Arthur travels the world and has humorous mishaps.


John’s Picks

DVD: King of Queens
A classic late-90s/early-2000’s family sitcom often overshadowed by the likes of Seinfeld, Friends, Everybody Loves king of queensRaymond, and The Office. This lineup of comedic all-stars included Kevin James, Leah Remini, Patton Oswalt, and of course, the late Jerry Stiller who’s eccentric character, Arthur Spooner, added so much to the storyline. Stiller once commented that this role tested him more than any other.  No longer competing in the primetime, this series is certainly deserving of a fresh look.

CD: False Alarm by Two Door Cinema Club false alarm
The fourth album by the Irish indie rock band delivers a new electric (almost disco-esque) feel—a style much different from the band’s earlier punk vibes. Just a colorful, feel-good album by a fun band. Their earlier albums are certainly worth a listen to as well, especially Tourist History.


Kim’s Picks

DVD: Scream and Scream Again
In 1970 this British horror/sci-fi film was considered too disjointed to warrant praise, and Roger Ebert gave it a negative scream and screamreview.  It did make money, however, and nowadays is reckoned something of a mini-masterpiece, an opaque or at least translucent piece of moviemaking applauded by master director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, The Big Heat).  Film historian Tim Lucas provides sharp commentary that illuminates the shenanigans involving composites (read cyborgs) who Vincent Price contends will become a super race, “but not an evil super race.”  Side-note: Price was born on May 27, while two other stars of the film, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, were born on May 27 and May 26, respectively.  How deliciously weird is that?

CD: Cinema Rhapsodies: The Musical Genius of Victor Young
Unless it is MGM house composer Herbert Stothart (Mutiny on the Bounty, Northwest Passage, Mrs. Miniver) the most cinema rhapsodiesunsung movie soundtrack composer of Hollywood’s Golden Age is Victor Young even though in his time he was reckoned the greatest and most prolific of melody makers.  Among his 22 Academy Award-nominated scores include those for My Foolish Heart, Around the World in 80 Days, Samson and Delilah, Shane, East of Eden, The High and the Mighty, and Written on the Wind.  The Uninvited (1944) featured Young’s popular and award-nominated tune, “Stella by Starlight.”  As this roster demonstrates, he was adept at composing for films in various genres.  These movies and more are represented on this CD.


Mary’s Picks

DVD: How to Be a Latin Lover
how to be a latin loverEugenio Derbez creates a surprisingly likable and almost heartwarming comedic character, his delivery is priceless. This movie is pretty silly, but really made me laugh.

Audiobook: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams why we sleepby Matthew Walker  
A must read for everyone. Fascinating and enlighteningly insights on many aspects related to sleeping. Very well researched. In short, make sure you get a full night’s sleep!


Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: Young Adult
young adultRaw and honest, funny yet uncomfortable to watch at times, Young Adult is the story of a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.

Audiobook: I See You see youby Clare Mackintosh 
In this psychological thriller, danger lurks around every corner. You won’t want to stop listening.

New Releases

MoviesRaya and the Last Dragon
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Little Things
Roe V. Wade
Sometime Other Than Now
The Virtuoso
Looking For Life On Mars
The Marksman
The Mauritanian
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry
The Father
Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
The Nest
Raya and the Last Dragon
Tom & Jerry: The MovieAtlantic Crossing
Above Suspicion
Cosmic Sin
Flowers of Shanghai
Kinky Boots
Sheep Without A Shepherd
Shadow Lines season 1

TV Series
Atlantic Crossing
The Mallorca Files series 1
A Suitable Boy
The Alienist season 2: Angel of Darkness
The Salisbury Poisonings
Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1
Supernatural season 15
Every Star Above Mandy Barnett
Every Star Above by Mandy Barnett
Working Woman by Grace Pettis
Detritus by Sarah Neufeld
Body Language by Blake Shelton
Wink by Chai

21st Birthday by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer
The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Staff Picks May 2021

Emily’s Picks

DVD: The Mummy

the mummy posterAn old-fashioned, campy action adventure movie with a lot of laughs and a great cast. Two Egyptologists and an American treasure-hunter accidentally awaken the sinister mummy Imhotep, and must race to stop his curse before it destroys the whole word. A rollicking good time!

CD: The Whole Story by Kate Bush the whole story

Kate Bush is known for her eclectic, experimental sound and her lyrics which draw reference from literature, history, and myth. This greatest hits album perfectly encapsulates that sound, with a collection of all of Bush’s greatest hits, including “Wuthering Heights,”, “Cloudbusting,” and “Running Up That Hill.”

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Crazy Rich Asians

crazy rich asiansThis delightful movie is my favorite rom-com of the last five years.  It is basically a fish-out-of-water tale about a New Yorker going to Singapore for her boyfriend’s friend’s wedding and meeting his rich family and friends.  I especially enjoyed the hilarious supporting characters played by Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Nico Santos.

CD; Show Your Bones by The Yeah Yeah Yeahsshow your bones

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sophmore album is more restrained, reflective, and brooding than their debut.  My favorite songs are “Gold Lion” and “Cheated Hearts.”


John’s Picks

Libby E-Book: Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore

joe gouldA really fun exploration in search of  the “longest book ever written.” During his lifetime, the eccentric Joe Gould claimed to be writing the longest book ever written—an account of everything anyone has ever said to him. Gould claimed to be a historian documenting the lives of everyday people. But when he died in 1957, his manuscript—supposedly containing 9 million words—was nowhere to be found. In 2016, accomplished historian Jill Lepore tried to track down Gould’s mysterious manuscript with some archival exploration and  good historical thinking. A quick, fun read!

DVD: The Twilight Zone, Season 5

Rod Sterling’s psychological thriller series is an absolute classic that’s certainly hard to categorize. It’s a SciFi drama with twilight zoneelements of horror and mystery. No matter how you classify it, the series was certainly ahead of its time and still so absorbing decades later. Each episode is short, but they are packed with meaning and have so many twists and turns you’ll surely be left thinking . Major themes include science, mortality, anxiety, human virtue, and government power. Many of my favorite episodes are in Season 5 and include “Living Doll,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “A Kind of Stopwatch,” and “The Masks.” Next stop, the Twilight Zone!


Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Magic of Belle Isle

magic of belleUntil recently, Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman) was a successful western novelist despite an auto accident that left him paralyzed except for one arm.  Now he’s burned out and drinking excessively.  Reluctantly he lets his nephew (Kenan Thompson) install him in a lakeside cabin for the summer.  His only responsibilities are caretaking the house and dog-sitting a retriever who refuses to fetch.  Little could he have foreseen that his neighbor (Virginia Madsen) and her three girls would rejuvenate him.  Charming movie from director Rob Reiner.

CD: The Definitive Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross chris cross

Unfortunately, multi-Grammy winner in the late 70s plus Oscar winner for “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do),” Cross chose not to engage with the MTV generation via music videos.  Here are his big hits, including “Ride Like the Wind,” “Never Be the Same,” “Think of Laura,” “Sailing.”

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Sicko

sicko“Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by the United States health care insurance companies — companies who sacrifice essential health services in order to maximize profits. Sheds light on the how complicated it can become for communities and individuals, and the sacrifices they have to make when they are denied health care coverage.”

CD: 3.0 by Marc Anthony 3.0

“The five-time Grammy winner, producer, and songwriter returned to the studio… to produce his first project of original music in the tropical genre in nearly a decade. His first single, ‘Vivir Mi Vida,’ obtained the #1 position on iTunes, national radio, and Billboard charts.”

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: The Normal Heart

the normal heartBased on a play that tells the story of the onset of HIV-AIDS in NYC in the 1980s. Well-acted, beautifully told, and deeply moving.

DVD: The Whistleblower the whistleblower

Ripped-from-the-headlines thriller inspired by actual events. Corruption, cover-up and intrigue in post-war Bosnia.

All quoted material is from

New Releases

MoviesBarb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
This is Not a Movie
Some Kind of Heaven
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Test Pattern
Beast Beast
Irma Vep
ACASA, My Home
History is Made at Night
White Shadow

TV Series
Finding Joy Series 2Finding Joy
Cold Call Season 1
The Wisting Season 1
Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit

Beauty in Death by Chase Atlantic
Now and Then by Paul Stanley’s Soul Station
Is 4 Lovers by Death From Above 1979
My Savior by Carrie Underwood
Cuttin’ Grass Volume 2: The Cowboy Arms Sessions by Sturgill Simpson
Dancing with the Devil: The Art of Starting Over by Demi Lovato
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor SwiftDancing_with_the_Devil-_the_Art_of_Starting_Over
In Another World by Cheap Trick
Baby, I’m Hollywood by Judith Hill
Head Up High by FITZ & Fitz and the Tantrums
11 Past the Hour by Imelda May
Heart by Eric Church
Let the Bad Times Roll by The Offspring
Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, A by Common  
Peter Frampton Forgets the Words by Peter Frampton
Beautiful Scars by Merry ClaytonFearless Taylor Swift
Finding Wildflowers by Tom Petty
The Sonic Ranch by Midland
Soul by Eric Church
Surface Sounds by Kaleo
Alone Together Sessions by Hayes Carll
Sweep it Into Space by Dinosaur Jr.
A Better Word for Love by Ronnie Milsap
Korolen by London Symphony Orchestra & Toumani Diabate
Live at Knebworth 1990 by Pink Floyd
The Million Masks of God by Manchester Orchestra
Now That’s What I Call A Decade! 1990sTriple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder
Now That’s What I Call Music 78
Rosegold by Ashley Monroe
Typhoons by Royal Blood
Turn Up That Dial by Dropkick Murphys

Turn A Blind Eye by Jeffrey Archer
A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
Ocean Prey by John Sandford
Sooley by John Grisham
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Staff Picks April 2021

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Emily’s Picks

DVD: Funny Face
funny faceA sweet, lighthearted, and romantic musical featuring some incredible dancing from the main cast. Audrey Hepburn plays a bookshop clerk who unexpectedly becomes a model and muse to a famed photographer (Fred Astaire). Together they travel to Paris for a photo shoot, and find themselves falling for one another in the city of love…

CD: Ocean Eyes by Owl City
Can you believe this album’s old enough to be nostalgic? Best known for the chart-topping hit (and total ear worm) ocean eyes“Fireflies,” this CD is full of other hidden gems, especially for fans of mellow, heartfelt electronic pop. The lyrics are quirky and emotional, and the backing music has a twinkly, dreamlike quality– great for these clear-skied spring nights. Standout tracks (besides “Fireflies,” of course) include “Vanilla Twilight,” “On the Wing,” and “The Saltwater Room.”

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: The Great Mouse Detective
between shadesthe great mouse detective“The story of a clever little hero on a great big adventure. Join the Sherlock Holmes of Mousedom on a heroic journey unraveling clues through London.”

Audiobook: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
“In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.”


John’s Picks

Libby Audiobook: Great Courses: History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier
history of ancient egyptWe all go through that weird phase when we’re absolutely addicted to learning about ancient Egypt, right? You know, the phase when you start to consider making a dramatic career change to become an Egyptologist hoping to uncover the next King Tut tomb? This Great Course taught by Bob Brier is a really good fix for that phase. It’s basically a 24-hour podcast hosted by a super engaging and accomplished scholar on ancient Egypt. Not only is it insightful learning about this advanced civilization, their art, and their scientific breakthroughs, but it’s just plain fun imagining what daily life was like for them nearly 5,000 years ago!

CD: Dreamland by Glass Animals dreamland
Super fluid album that serves as a nostalgic escape. This dreamlike, pop-ish album will be a great summer listen. The band has been enjoying the recent success brought on by their wildly popular song “Heatwaves.”


Kim’s Picks

DVD: Moulin Rouge
moulin rougeIn this 1952 biopic based on the novel by Pierre La Mure, director John Huston, scenarist Anthony Veiller, and cinematographer Oswald Morris create the Paris of the late 19th century—its gaiety, its backstreet denizens, and the artist who captured it all:  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).  As Lautrec, Academy Award winner for Cyrano de Bergerac Jose Ferrer received another Academy Award nomination.  Future Dracula and horror film icon Christopher Lee appears briefly as artist Georges Seurat.

CD: The Best of Ronnie Milsap by Ronnie Milsap ronnie milsap
Included from multiple Grammy winner, third all-time country #1 hit maker (behind only George Strait and Conway Twitty) and crossover artist Milsap are “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Any Day Now,” and “Smoky Mountain Rain.”

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Gaslight
gaslight girlboss gatekeepEver wonder where the term gaslighting comes from? It comes from this movie! An absolute classic psychological thriller. Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer deliver excellent performances.

Audiobook: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkersoncaste
Should be required reading for all. Powerful and extremely necessary. Very well researched and documented. Eye opening but heartbreaking at the same time.

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: Game of Thrones
game of thrones s7“Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest, and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.”

Libby Audiobook: Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
“Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom.beastie boys book Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, Licensed to Ill–and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique; their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by Chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.”


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