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Anyone For Some Binge-Watching?

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Lately, I’ve been bingeing a variety of movies, documentaries and TV shows of various genres.

For action comedy, I watched the Bad Boys trilogy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, who play two Miami detectives who encounter various crime situations.

For comedy series, I stream The Office starring Steve Carell, which is a humorous documentary-style look into the everyday lives of office workers. For a romantic comedy, I watched Always Be My Maybe and Disney’s Enchanted, a fantasy romantic comedy about true love.

For sports drama, I watched the movie Ford vs. Ferrari staring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, which is based on a true story about two men working on a race car for the Ford Motor Co. I’m also continuing to watch the sports documentary, Last Dance, about the career of Michael Jordan.

For historical drama, I continued my love for the series, Downton Abbey, by watching the film.

And yes, I did watch Tiger King, which falls into many genres!

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Let us help you find your own binge watches by browsing through Hoopla, Kanopy, AcornTV or Qello available through our website – all you need is a library card!


Librarian Adventures on the Internet: Interesting Links

We roam the internet so you don’t have to, today I’m sharing some stuff to make your weekend more interesting: James Patterson, Versailles, Peeps, make your own Zines and MORE:

Whatever you think of James Patterson, you’ll like him more after watching  these videos.

Had to cancel a coming vacation? Did it involve going to any castles? Well, you can see some here, Versailles is my favorite.

One of my favorite Easter candies are Peeps but I love the dioramas that people make with them even more!

Another favorite is Agatha Christie.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.  Celebrate 100 years of Agatha!

“Books, precisely because they are so demanding of our attention, might be the best antidote for the psychological toll of a socially distanced life.” If this quote appeals to you, read The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine.

Having trouble concentrating on your book? Watching more on screens?  These literary adaptations might be for you.

Working from home not working for you? Try pomidoro techniques to boost your activity (and maybe your happiness?)

Feeling creative? Want to write a book?  Try making a zine first. Here is author Austin Kleon with instructions and 100 examples.

USA Today has a 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic for you.


Well, that’s it for today…if you liked these, there’s more on our Twitter feed, @syossetlibrary.

Have a great weekend!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Books Coming to your screens in May


The Professor and the Madman – Film, opening May 10, 2019. Based on the book by Simon Winchester.

“The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history.

The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.” 

Catch-22 – TV mini-series, premiering May 17, 2019 based on the book by Joseph Heller.

“Captain John Yossarian, a World War II bombardier, is stationed on the island of Pianosa. He is an individualist who seeks to protect his own life by fleeing to the hospital, since a “catch-22″ in the Air Force regulations prevents him from being grounded for illness or obtaining a leave.”

The Sun is Also a Star – Film, opening on May 17, 2019 based on the book by Nicola Yoon.

“A scientifically minded girl who avoids relationships to help keep her family from being deported and a dutiful student who endeavors to live up to his parents’ high expectations unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.”

Good Omens – TV mini-series premiering on May 31, 2019 based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.”

*all summaries from the publishers

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

2016 Oscars’ Books to Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of nominees for 2015 today.  Among the eight films nominated for Best Picture are six movies (on the left) that were based on books on the right):

big short book big short film










bridge of spies film strangers-on-a-bridge









Brooklyn film brooklyn book










The-Martian film

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revenant film revenant book










roomroom film

The other two films nominated for Best Picture of 2015 are:

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Books-to-Films Coming in February

books to filmIf you like to read the book before you see the movie, you still have time to read the books the following films are based on:

where rainbows endWhere Rainbows End

(opens February 6)

rosie dunneRosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.  Based on the novel known as Where Rainbows End(UK), Love, Rosie (US) or Rosie Dunne (US) by Cecelia Ahern.

seventh sonSeventh Son

(opens February 6)

last apprenticeYoung Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away. Starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes.  Based on The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (Book 1 in The Last Apprentice children’s book series) by Joseph Delaney.

fifty shades of greyFifty Shades of Grey

fifty shades of grey book(opens February 13)

Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Based on the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James.


duff book(opens February 20)

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends. Starring May Whitman, Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell. Based on the YA book The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

maps to the starsMaps to the Stars

dead stars(opens February 27)

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. Based on the book Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

Read the Book…See the Movie

If your Book Club is looking for an activity to tie in with one of your discussions, why not try reading a book and then going out to see the movie adaptation?  Here are some films to be released in October that are based on books:

serenaSerena by Ron Rash Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

hornsHorns by Joe Hill After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple.

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens  A young orphan, Pip, receives a fortune from a mysterious benefactor and travels to London in order to become a gentleman. Starring Helena Bonham Carter  and Ralph Fiennes.


As I Lay DyingAs I Lay Dying by William Faulkner  The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren’s family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Starring James Franco (also directing) and Danny McBride.

CarrieCarrie by Stephen King  An introverted girl with remarkable powers of telekinesis faces the horrors of teenage life and unleashes a few horrors of her own when she attends the high school prom. Starring Julianne Moore.

(All summaries from the publishers)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services