New in DVD

Avengers: Infinity War

Action PG-13

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Sci Fi R

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe, the London suburb of Croydon.

The House of Tomorrow

Drama NR

The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to become punk gods and survive high school.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

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August Book Displays

It’s still the season of beach weather so it’s Time to Grab a Great Book and Head to the Beach. This display continues through Labor Day so you can choose from some light reads perfect for the beach, pool,or backyard. It’s a great way to enjoy your leisure time in the summer.

Another great way to relax is with your pets, the theme of our second display on the first floor. Love Your Pets displays dozens of books about pets and their care, including dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, horses, fish, and more. Maybe one of these books will give you some insights into your pets’ needs or behaviors.

The current themes for the two mini displays** are:

Happy 200th Birthday to Emily Bronte (July 30, 1818 to December 19, 1848), where you will find books by Emily as well her sisters, Charlotte and Anne.

Start a New Series has books that are the first of a series.  So if you like to read series, you just might find a new favorite here.

**Mini-displays are subject to change during the month.

On the third floor, the first display is Keep Fit This Summer. The Health Librarian has collected books with ideas for staying fit during the summer and also handouts about keeping fit.

In August we celebrate International Left-Hander’s Day (August 13), so the second third floor display is Happiness is Being Left-Handed. This display is a collection of books about famous left-handers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Sir Isaac Newton, Babe Ruth, Clarence Darrow, Whoopi Goldberg, Ronald Reagan, and Paul McCartney.

Remember rain or sunshine, it is always a good time to read!

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

New in DVD

Breaking In

Action NR

A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

On Chesil Beach

Drama R

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

 Aardvark

Drama R

Follows Josh Norman, a troubled man who has lived in the shadow of his brother Craig for so long he starts seeing that shadow everywhere. After experiencing a series of hallucinations involving Craig, Josh places himself in the care of Emily, a young therapist. Emily is forced to wade deeper and deeper into Josh’s imaginary world, and along the way forms her own obsession with his famous brother.

Bye Bye Germany

Drama PG

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories. The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items.

Your Next Book Club Pick…The Dog Days of Summer

Have you ever wondered what is meant by the expression: “The Dog Days of Summer”? Well, I have, so I did a little research. The Dog Days of Summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, during which the morning rise of the Dog Star, Sirius, occurs. Sirius is the brightest star that we see (not counting the sun) and is part of the constellation Canis Major or Greater Dog, hence the expression. Here are some very discussible title suggestions for your summertime book club meetings, all having the words summer or dog in their titles:

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This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of the Book Club Insider.

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

International Left Handers Day

What do these people have in common: Buzz Aldrin, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Babe Ruth, Queen Victoria, Jimi Hendrix and Barack Obama? They are all southpaws!

“Southpaw” refers to people who are left handed. There is controversy about the origin of the nickname. Some attribute it to the way baseball stadiums were oriented making the pitcher’s left hand on the south side of his body. But others insist that the name originated with boxing.

Did you know: about 15% of the U.S. population is left handed. Lefties make especially good baseball players, tennis players and fencers. And 5 out of the last 7 US presidents were lefties (Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Obama)!

Come celebrate International Left Handers’ Day on August 13 by choosing a book by or about a lefty from our display on the third floor.

-posted by Brenda, Reference Services

New in DVD

Dark Crimes

Action R

When police officer Tadek finds connections between an unsolved murder and a crime from a book by famous writer Krystov Kozlov, Tadek begins to pursue Kozlov and his girlfriend, a secretive sex-club worker. As his fixation with Kozlov grows, Tadek falls into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the alarming, deadly truth.

Final Portrait

Drama R

The story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process.

Kings

Drama R

The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.

Miracle Season

Drama PG

After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline ‘Line’ Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

 

 

 

Overboard

Comedy PG-13

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

Tully

Drama R

The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.

-posted by Ralph, Media Services

Five Years on the Blog: July

Welcome back to our regular monthly feature: A walk through some of  SyossetRandR’s blog posts for the past five years:

2017: A MUSEUM OUTING WITH YOUR BOOK CLUB

2016: TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

2015: PRESIDENTIAL PARDON

2014: WHAT WE’RE READING NOW

2013:  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TOP 100

Watch out for our next look down blog memory lane again in August!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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