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During June 2012...

New Books for Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:45 pm

Reading lists abound during the summer months! Here are a few titles that have appeared on different lists, as well as links to other lists with even more recommendations! As always, you can find the newest additions to the ZSR collection on our new books page.

Fiction

  • The Cove: Set in the mountains of North Carolina, The Cove follows the story of the outcast Laurel during the years of World War I.
  • The Song of Achilles: A retelling of The Illiad, focusing on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus.
  • Canada: By Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Ford, the story of a family who robs a bank in the summer of 1960 and flees across the border into Canada.
  • The Lower River: In Paul Theroux’s latest novel, a Peace Corp volunteer returns to the Malawian village where he volunteered decades earlier.
  • Bringing Up the Bodies: Hilary Mantel’s sequel to Wolf Hall, set in the court of Henry VIII.

Non-Fiction

Other Summer Reading Lists

New Films for the Summer

Monday, June 25, 2012 11:17 am

Lots of new films are arriving this summer! Stop by the library and check out what\’s new in our film collection.

  • Certified Copy: “The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami travels to Tuscany for a luminous and provocative romance in which nothing is as it appears.”
  • Film Socialisme: “Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard triumphantly returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, ‘a remarkable and beautiful and challenging’ (Glenn Kenny, MSN) essay on the state of Mediterranean life, culture and history.”
  • Frozen Planet: “From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, this is the original 7-part BBC series, Frozen Planet, narrated by world-renowned naturalist David Attenborough.
  • Into the Abyss: “In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills.”
  • IT Crowd: “In the gleaming high-rise offices of Reynholm Industries, powerful executives oversee billion dollar business deals. But in the dark and shabby basement, the company s IT Support Team bitter slacker Roy (Chris O Dowd), socially inept Moss (Richard Ayoade), and their new boss, computer illiterate Jen (Katherine Parkinson) rule their own domain of professional irresponsibility, mega-nerd ecstasy, and random acts of personal insanity.”
  • Karen Cries on the Bus: “Karen has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be, despite her husband’s proclamation that she can do absolutely nothing.”
  • The Murdoch Mysteries: “Inspired by a series of television movies based on the mystery novels of Maureen Jennings, the enjoyable Murdoch Mysteries: Series One follows the investigations of Toronto police detective William Murdoch at the close of the 19th century. A man of scientific progress as well as devout Catholicism, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) approaches mysteries with such new, state-of-the-art techniques as fingerprinting, blood-testing, and trace evidence, collaborating closely with his department’s pathologist, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy). Working under the skeptical Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), an old-school copper who respects his lead investigator’s results but has little patience for his complex methods, Murdoch often encounters new-fangled technology that, in time, will pave the way for such 20th-century staples as radio, television and the electronic grid. At the same time, the faith element in Murdoch’s view of the world allows him to be something more than a complete rationalist. His occasional reliance on a medium (Maria del Mar) to help him discover clues, and his church-derived ethics are all part of Murdoch’s approach to an increasingly complicated world.”
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: “Late one night, an array of men- a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murder suspect and others- pack themselves into three cars and drive through the endless Anatolian country side, searching for a body across serpentine roads and rolling hills.”
  • Portlandia: “IFC and Broadway Video’s original short-based comedy series Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag). Each episode’s character-based shorts draw viewers into ‘Portlandia,’ the creators’ dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland Oregon.”
  • Rizzoli and Isles: ” Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.”
  • Stephen Fry in America: “Stephen Fry travels through each of America’s states in his black London taxi to discover, in his own charismatic style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life.”

The Media/DVD Viewing Room is on the 4th floor in Room 403 (next to the library auditorium). We invite you to browse the collection:

ZSR is a Geocaching site

Friday, June 8, 2012 10:48 am

Geocaching is a kind of treasure hunt utilizing social media that is run by volunteers who leave treasures in public places and clues to find them on the Geocaching website. An avid “Geocacher” codenamed “Armorsmith” brought me this book-like vessel and asked if he could place it in the library. I’d been familiar with Geocaching for awhile and couldn’t see any harm in it so, he worked out a call number scheme and we had a label made. The book is now in the collection (but I won’t tell you where…that would ruin the fun) and, if you should stumble upon it, please be sure tokeep the strap on it, it’s important to keep the treasures inside. (Unless you actually find it by following the Geocacher clues. Then you should take one treasure out, and leave something in it’s place. But put the strap back on!)

When “Armorsmith” came to me he said it was refreshing in that it took about 20 seconds to convince the library to allow his geocache, but he’d been working on leaving one at his church for over 2 weeks! Craig, if you come across his book in the stacks, you might be impressed with his craftsmanship.

Happy Hunting!


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