Burlesque Beat (DVD)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't let the title keep you from checking out Burlesque Beat. The most scandalous part of this exercise DVD is the (male) instructor's costume. The moderate-intensity routine he teaches is actually a good workout.

Doris, Reference

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Ken Burns

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Since I love nature, I wanted to watch the Ken Burns series on the National Parks. At first, I didn’t want to start with episode 1. I wanted to see the scenic views of the most recent parks that I thought would be in the later episodes (6 episodes). I did start with episode 1 that tells the history of the National Parks. I knew that John Muir (also the founder of the Sierra Club to which I belong) and Teddy Roosevelt were instrumental in preserving the natural areas of America, but there were so many other preservationists. Unfortunately, there were also gold-diggers that wanted to profit from America’s splendor. The documentary took 6 years to make, many historians make comments during the production. After being impressed with the first 2 episodes, this year I plan on journeying and becoming part of the National Parks in the west. John Muir sojourned to many of America’s natural phenomenon on foot, even walking on the glaciers!

Geralyn B., Technical Services

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Saving Grace (DVD)

Friday, May 29, 2009

This movie is a laugh-out-loud, silly, light-hearted British comedy.It won the Audience Prize in the World Cinema section at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.Craig Ferguson plays an aimless Scottish gardener who tries to help Grace, the lady of the manor house, when her husband unexpectedly dies and leaves her deep in debt.They use Grace’s green thumb and her green house to grow a crop of marijuana with the intention to sell it to pay off Grace’s debts.Most everything goes awry and that is where the comedy lies.The characters are all likeable if not lovable, even the “bad” guys.It is rated R because of the subject matter and the language, so I would not recommend it for children.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Jesse Stone: Night Passage (DVD)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Made-for-TV starring Tom Selleck and based on the book by Robert B. Parker.Following his divorce and loss of his job as a LAPD homicide detective, Jesse Stone travels across the country to take a job as the Chief of Police in the sleepy fishing village of Paradise, Mass.All is not heavenly in Paradise.A domestic violence call leads to a money-laundering case and possibly murder.Jesse Stone is wrestling with his own demons - the major one being a drinking problem – the cause of his job loss in LA.There are some dirty secrets in Paradise, but also some dedicated staff in the Police Dept.The acting, directing and screenplay are excellent.This is one of five made-for-tv movies with Tom Selleck starring as Jesse Stone.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Into the Wild (DVD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This was a spellbinding true story of a young man who graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, gave away his money to charity and went to Alaska. The film shows his quest for giving up the easy life and the people he met on the way who helped him reach his goal. He broke all contact with his family and a lot of the film is told in the words of his sister. Really worth watching.

Sue Neff, Youth Services

Lilliput in Antarctica (VHS Movie)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Lilliput in Antarctica (VHS Movie)

It tells the story of six children, one from each continent, that went to Antarctica with Jacques Cousteau and his crew and got to experience Antarctica. They came back as ambassadors for the area after seeing penguins, seals, whales and huge melting glaciers. The children erected an igloo dedicated to future generations symbolizing the hope that Antarctica will be left intact. It is the last continent touched by humans and the first and only one set aside by humans, by the Antarctica Treaty, as a scientific preserve which established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity on that continent. This is an old one from 1990.

Betsy H., Reference


The Education of Little Tree (Book and DVD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Forrest Carter
The Education of Little Tree

This story tells a tale both harrowing and enlightening about American Indian children taken from their parents and brought up to conform to the
customs of  "the white man." The author is a descendant and his story is that of his grandfather. This is a brilliant read and must watch movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Downloadable Videos

Sunday, February 24, 2008

First you'll need to download the software - don't worry it's easy! Then you can make your selections from all the titles available for you to download - you'll need to enter in the numbers from the back of your library card before you can download them.

I used this a few weeks ago when I was ill and I was bored of being at home. I found it very easy to use and enjoyed the titles I dowloaded - mainly "library world" titles.

Some of the titles available include: shows like Fitness On Demand, Antiques Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen; movies like McClintock, My Best Friend's Wedding, Black Hawk Down, The Fifth Element, Desperado, Men In Black; Children's Shows like Boohbah, Caillou, and more!

Some of the things I'm looking forward to downloading for myself are some of the "Hollywood Favorites" movies like My Best Friend's Wedding; and shows of "Fitness on Demand"! I think this is a great service! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk at the library: 517-546-0720 x106.

Janice, Youth Services


The Worst Hard Time

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Timothy Egan

I recently read the Livingston Reads 2008 book, The Worst Hard Time, the untold story of those who survived the great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. I don't usually read history but this book grabbed me and I learned a great deal about the decade of the '30 and the terrible life of the people of the Dust Bowl. After I read the book, I checked out the DVD, Surviving the Dust Bowl and was amazed at how closely the DVD followed the book, even interviews by some of the same people. Both the book and the DVD present "the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease- even death- for nearly a decade."

Sue, Youth Services

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Veronica Mars (DVD)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Considering the writer’s strike and the abysmal choices on television right now, my almost-14-year-old daughter and I have a new guilty pleasure: Season 1 of the now extinct television show Veronica Mars. I admit it: I love Kristen Bell’s portrayal of a modern day Nancy Drew at the often cruel but always entertaining Neptune High School. Aside from every episode’s own mini-mystery, Veronica is also working on the mysterious murder of her best friend, Lily Kane, that runs throughout Season 1. Veronica Mars is a savvy portrayal of high school in the new millennium, and it is just plain fun to watch (especially with your favorite teenager). Can’t wait to see what she is up to in Season 2.

Kathleen M., Administration

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