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Ten Lists of the Best Books of 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013 3:04 pm

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s customary to see “Best of _____” lists for every category to appear. We wanted to share ten lists of the “Best Books of 2013″ with you, and maybe you’ll find a few that will spark interest with your own favorite authors, genres and styles.

And now, we’d love to hear from you about your picks. Did you have a favorite book from the past year? If so, share it with us in the comments below!

 

 

New Films: Picks for Summer 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013 11:15 am

Looking for something interesting to watch during your summer break? Take a look at these recent additions to our Film Collection!

  • Barrymore: At the height of his remarkable career, John Barrymore was the most celebrated entertainer of his generation. The reigning king of both Broadway and Hollywood, his decline and fall from grace was the tragic result of a self-destructive spiral into vice and excess. And now, with his career in tatters, he makes one final attempt to reclaim his former glory on the stage in this powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and compassionate portrait of a tortured soul and living legend.
  • Beyond the Rocks: A young woman is tricked into an arranged marriage with an older millionaire by her female relatives, and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman as she honeymoons in the Alps and Paris. Discovering that his wife loves another, the husband rushes off to the Sahara. In 2003, Beyond the rocks was rediscovered at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, after being considered lost for decades. The nitrite print was virtually complete, and had Dutch intertitles. It was restored, a new score was composed and new English intertitles added, based on the original continuity script.
  • Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy: Examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. This entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with illuminating perspectives on the origins and meanings of some of Broadway’s most beloved songs, stories and shows. Premiered nationally on the PBS series Great Performances on January 1, 2013.
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story: Follows the life of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, who overcame problems in school and obstacles in life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. His lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a bestselling author, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Includes behind-the-scenes, and featurettes.
  • House of Cards: Season one of the Netflix original series House of Cards. Frank Underwood is a cunning career politician. Zoe Barnes is an ambitious young journalist. Together they forge a partnership that trades powerful secrets for political access, and so much more.
  • Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul: Presents an account of a two-man two-month expedition to the North Pole.
  • Leonie: The true life story of Leonie Gilmour, whose life crossed continents, wars, and cultures, embodied with courage and passion in search of art and freedom. A tender and inspiring story of a remarkable woman who nurtures the amazing artistic talent of her son, who has only one way to succeed and one person to guide him, as he grows into the world-renowned artist Isamu Noguchi.
  • Life is Sweet: An amusing portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London, an irrepressible mum and dad and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering lay about. A vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father’s desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight. Perched on the line between humor and melancholy.
  • Lorna Doone: An adaptation of the novel in which a young girl of noble birth is kidnapped by the Doones, a feared band of thieves and cutthroats and raised amongst them. Based on the novel by R.D. Blackmore. (This is the 1922 Ince-Tourneur version. There are also British silent versions from 1912 and 1922.)
  • Not Fade Away: From David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, comes a story about discovering your passions, following your dreams, and finding yourself. It’s the 1960s and rock n’ roll is changing the world. Inspired by a bold new era and his success in a local band, Douglas drops out of college to pursue his musical dreams, only to discover the harsh realities of the music industry. Douglas is forced to choose between listening to his father or listening to his heart.

Make Your Voice Heard. Vote!

Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:29 pm

If you want to understand the candidates and issues in this election, please see the NC Center for Voter Education and 2012 NC Voter Guide.

Voter Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for NC is Friday, October 12. For information on how to register in NC, see the NC’s State Board of Elections page, Registering to vote in NC. From that registration page, you can also check your registration status.

Absentee Ballots

There are two ways to vote absentee: Absentee voting by mail and One-stop absentee voting (AKA early voting).

Early voting starts Thursday, October 18 and ends Saturday, November 3.

Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Polls open at 6:30AM and close at 7:30PM.

Other Resources

If you’re not voting in NC, check out your State Election Offices for information on how to vote in your state.

ZSR and the 2012 Oscars!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:25 pm

It’s that time again! The 84th Academy Awards will be on Sunday, February 26 and ZSR has several of the movies that were nominated already in its collection. These are the films that are available as of Tuesday, February 21 and the nominations that each has received.

  • Beginners (DVD 9945): Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer
  • A Better Life (DVD 10233): Best Actor – Demián Bichir
  • Bridesmaids (DVD 9863): Best Supporting Actress – Melissa McCarthy; Best Original Screenplay- Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (DVD 9959): Best Art Direction – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan; Best Visual Effects- Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson; Best Makeup – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
  • The Help (DVD 9943): Best Picture; Best Actress – Viola Davis; Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer; Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain
  • Jane Eyre (DVD 9993): Best Costume Design – Michael O’Connor
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (DVD 10230): Best Animated Feature
  • Midnight in Paris (DVD 10008): Best Picture; Best Director – Woody Allen; Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen; Best Art Direction – Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil
  • Moneyball (DVD 10120): Best Picture; Best Actor – Brad Pitt; Best Supporting Actor – Jonah Hill; Best Adapted Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Story by Stan Chervin; Best Film Editing – Christopher Tellefsen; Best Sound Mixing – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • Rango (DVD 9716): Best Animated Feature
  • Rio (DVD 9827): Best Original Song – “Real in Rio”
  • The Tree of Life (DVD 9990): Best Picture; Best Director – Terrence Malick; Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki

Also, the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which received five nominations, has not yet been released. However, we do have the original version (DVD 8394) available.

Thanks to Media Coordinator Mary Reeves for helping to compile this list. Enjoy Oscar Night, and see you at the movies!

ZSR and the Oscars!

Friday, February 25, 2011 11:26 am

The 83rd Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, February 27! Although ZSR does not have every film nominated for this year’s ceremony (some have yet to be released to video), we do have several in our collection. Here are the films we have available currently; the nominations they received are in parentheses:

Additionally, there are several films that were released last year that didn’t make the short list for Oscar. In no particular order, here are our pics for what Oscar forgot…

Enjoy the show on Sunday!

The Second “Celebrating Nature: Earth Day @ ZSR” program

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:54 pm

Earth Day was observed at ZSR a few days early this year, with the second annual “Celebrating Nature” program that was held on Thursday, April 16. Three speakers gave their perspectives on the importance of recycling in terms of conservation strategies, preservation techniques, and the connections on a local and broader canvas.It was also scheduled to coincide with the Earth Day Fair to be held for the first time on Wake’s campus the following Saturday the 18th.

Peter Romanov started the program as a substitute for Becky Bowers, who had been scheduled to participate.He gave a brief tour of the Treehugger website, a source of environmental news as well as tips, forums, and quizzes. Peter demonstrated three of these quizzes to the audience:

What’s Your Green IQ?

Are You Green Car Savvy?

What’s the Footprint of Your Food?

Craig Fansler followed with an example of recycling some of the materials that are discarded from the library. By salvaging endpapers, pictures and text from books that have been withdrawn, he created a series of shadowboxes (seen below), flip books, and magnets.

Dr. Robert Browne of the Biology Department, who spoke at the first “Celebrating Nature” event last year, closed the program with several thoughts about the efforts to encourage sustainability at Wake Forest. Different units around campus have been recycling materials as much as possible, from lawn waste to construction materials. Recycling of paper, glass and metal has been gaining ground, but the problems of cross-contamination have led to the disposal of some recyclables as garbage. In the case of garbage, Dr. Browne commented about attempts by Winston-Salem to keep the landfill as safe as possible by finding ways to prevent the buildup of volatile methane gas, either by capturing and recycling it or by “scrubbing” many of the harmful contaminants by a complex filtration system.

Dr. Browne also shared two little known facts:

  • A serious methane explosion took place in Winston-Salem on the morning of September 27, 1969 at the old city dump located on Silas Creek Parkway behind the National Guard Armory.Gas that seeped into the armory was ignited by a person lighting a cigarette.Three people were killed in the accident and twenty-five more were injured.
  • Some of the marble from the staircases that led to the original main entrance to the library from the fourth floor is still on campus.Several benches were made from that marble and placed along the Reynolda Village Path.If you look closely, the masonry is still visible!

In all, twenty-three people attended this year’s program. Who knows what next year may bring?

“Celebrating Nature” program on Earth Day (April 22)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 11:25 am

At 12 noon on Earth Day, ZSR hosted a program called “Celebrating Nature” in Room 204. It was a joint lecture by four faculty members who addressed how nature could be celebrated in different ways: Bob Browne (“Celebrating Nature Through Preservation”), Emily Wakild (“Celebrating Nature Through Movement”), Bonnie Carr O’Neill (“Celebrating Nature Through Literature”), and Avram Hiller (“Celebrating Nature Through Photography”). Although it was a lunchtime program and there were several events going on at the same time, 33 people were in the audience. The feedback was very positive and included questions about whether another program could be held next year- it could be a tradition in the making!

This event would not have been possible without special contributions from several individuals: Carol Cramer for marketing suggestions, Craig Fansler for designing the flyer, Carolyn McCallum and Mary Reeves for helping with the planning details, and Caroline Numbers for recording it for a later podcast. Also, special thanks go to Lynn Sutton and Wanda Brown for their support of the idea. Thanks to all of you for providing another great opportunity for ZSR to reach out to the campus community through its programming!


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