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The Roosevelts

rooseveltsIf you enjoyed watching Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary about the Roosevelts that aired last month, come visit the third floor to check our display of books about them, containing books about our ‘hometown’ boy Theodore, his cousin Franklin, and Eleanor (niece of TR and wife of FDR).

It has been claimed that the Roosevelts were the most influential of all American political families: this one family occupied the presidency for nineteen years. They lived remarkable lives. The documentary delves into the drama of their personal lives: their illnesses, quirks, weaknesses as well as their courage and vision. It looks at the contributions and changes they made to the political, social and international scene. The Roosevelts came from patrician backgrounds but were imbued with a spirit, a responsibility, of doing good.

Several of the displayed books are tempting me:

 

I was fortunate to have seen a preview of the documentary when Ken Burns was at Sagamore Hill in June. The photographs and the voices of Paul Giamatti (reading the TR material), Edward Hermann as FDR and Meryl Streep as Eleanor are powerful. We think we are familiar with their stories but there is always something new and amazing in this presentation.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

Fall TV Shows Inspired by Books – Part V

tv reading bookIt isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.

Our last post in this series looks at The CW and Lifetime:

cwIn addition to the prime time networks; The CW and Lifetime will have new shows based upon books. The CW has a new show called The 100, it is based upon the young adult novel The 100 by Kass Morgan. The premise of the show is the adventures of a group of 100 juvenile prisoners from overcrowded space states back to Earth, which had been decimated from an Armageddon. Cast in this show are Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Thomas McDonnell (Prom), and Devon Bostwick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) There is no premiere date yet, however CW has announced it will be a midseason premiere. The book is currently on order at the library, a librarian can help you put a hold on it or you can try and find it yourself on the 3rd floor in the young adult/teen section. lifetime logoLifetime picked up the show Witches of East End. The show is based upon the book series of the same name by Melissa De La Cruz. It will center on the adventures of a mother and her two adult children as they discover that they are powerful and immortal witches. Julia Ormond (My Week With Marilyn) is cast as matriarch Joanna Beauchamp, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Step Up) as Freya Beauchamp, and Rachel Boston (The Pill) as Ingrid Beauchamp. Eric Winter (The Ugly Truth) stars as Freya’s love interest Dash Gardiner and Daniel DiTomasso as his brother Killian Gardiner and romantic rival. It will premiere on Sunday October 6that 10 PM. The series for which is it based on can be found in the fiction collection on the 2nd floor.

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Fall TV Shows Inspired by Books – Part IV

tv reading bookIt isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.

Today we look at ABC:

abc logoABC network has several new shows for fall. Their first show is titled Resurrection, an adaptation of Jason Mott’s just released novel The Returned. The premise of the show is about what happens when all the loved ones you’ve lost and mourned suddenly return back to life and to you. returnedIt will feature notable actors such as Omar Epps (House) and Samaire Armstrong (Entourage, The O.C.). Originally it was going to be a fall premiere show but will be bumped to a midseason premiere, premiering on Sunday March 9th at 10PM. Their second new show is a spinoff of their popular series Once Upon a Time. This new show is titled Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The plot follows Alice, a young English girl, after her adventures in Wonderland. alice in wonderlandOnce Upon a Time it will feature well known characters from other fairy tales and fables. It is unknown if any of the characters from Once upon a Time will appear in the spinoff. The cast of this show includes Sophie Lowe (Blame) as Alice, Naveen Andrews (Lost) as Jafar, and Jonathan Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as The White Rabbit. Another show airing this fall is Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., unlike the other premiering shows, this show is based upon Marvel comics. The show follows Agent Phil Coulson, known from the Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers movies, and his fellow agents of the international law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. It is the first television series for Marvel and is from executive producer Joss Whedon (Buffy, Dollhouse) who wrote and directed The Avengers. The show has cast Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Avengers) reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson, and Ming-Na Wen (Mulan), newcomer Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennett (Nashville), Iain De Caestecker (16 Years of Alcohol), and Elizabeth Henstridge (The Thompsons) as his agents. The show will premiere Tuesday September 24th at 8PM. The Returned by Jason Mott and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll can be found in the library. Mott’s book can be found on the 2nd floor in the new fiction section and Carroll’s book can be found in the children’s section on the main floor. The library does not carry any comic books but graphic novels containing the Marvel characters can be found in the children’s section on the main floor and the young adult section on the 3rd floor. There is also non-fiction material on the company and the Marvel universe on the 3rd floor.

Next: The CW and Lifetime

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Fall TV Shows Inspired by Books – Part III

tv reading bookIt isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.

Today we’ll look at NBC’s offerings:

nbc logoPopular network NBC has four new TV series based upon books. The first series is the one hour drama, Dracula, based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker. In this adaptation Dracula is played by the handsome and accomplished Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).dracula It takes place in London during the late 19th century. Other actors include Oliver Jacksn-Cohen (The Raven), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones). It will be airing Friday nights beginning October 25th at 10PM. NBC has announced that it will only be a half season show, 10 episodes for the premiering season. It has been announced that taking the place of Dracula would be a new show titled Crossbones. republic of piratesIt is based upon the Non-Fiction book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward. It is about the famous pirated Blackbeard. On the network’s website it has only cast the main character, Blackbeard. John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Red) is playing the lead role. There is no other information currently available. about a boyThe last show for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 season is About a Boy. It is a TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy. This is the second adaptation of the book; the first was the film About a Boy featuring Hugh Grant. This comedy casts David Walton (New Girl) as Will (the character Hugh Grant played in the film adaptation), Minnie Driver (Grosse Point Blank, Conviction), and Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn, Sons of Tucson). It has no premiere date yet. The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and About a Boy by Nick Hornby are available at the library. Woodward’s book can be found on the 3rd floor in the non-fiction section and Dracula and About a Boy can be found in the fiction collection on the 2nd floor.

Next: ABC

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Fall TV Shows Inspired by Books – Part II

tv reading bookIt isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.

What does the Fox Network have in store for us?

fox network logoFox network has decided to take on two new series based upon books. The first series is based upon comedic author Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls. It has been renamed as Surviving Jack. It will be a midseason premiere. The show features Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as title character Jack and newcomer actor, Connor Buckley as his son. I suck at girlsIt is the coming of age story of a man becoming a dad as his son becoming a man in the 1990’s. Surviving Jack is the second show based upon a book by Justin Halpern. The first was Sh*t my Dad Says that aired on CBS. There is no release date of when the show will be starting. Their other series is a new science fiction/drama series based upon the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. legend of sleepy hollowOn Fox’s website it is stated that the show is a modern day twist on the classic tale. Lead character Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled through time to present day. The show has cast talented actors such as Tom Mison (One Day), Nicole Beharie (42), Orlando Jones (Evolution), Richard Cetrone (Thor, 300), and John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Star Trek). It will premiere on Monday September 16th at 9PM. Both books are available to borrow from the library. I Suck at Girls is located in the non-fiction section on the 3rd floor and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is located in the children’s section on the main floor.

Next: NBC

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

Fall TV Shows Inspired by Books – Part I

tv reading bookIt isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.

Today let’s look at CBS:

cbs eyeCBS has two new TV series they are working on based on books. The literary adaptation they’ve chosen for the fall season is Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raines. Anatomy of Violence is a criminal drama starring talented actors like Amber TamberlynAnatomy of Violence (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Brian Tee (The Wolverine), Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), and David Harewood (Blood Diamond). Author Adrian Raines is even a writer for the series. The show will follow an FBI investigator with expertise in sociopaths and his young female partner with whom he shares a traumatic past. Neither show has a release date but on Thursday September 12th, CBS will be airing a fall preview at 8:30pm. The library currently does own The Anatomy of Violence is available and is found on the 2nd floor in the new non-fiction section.

Next: The Fox Network

-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services