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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

For the love of Disney Music

For the love of Disney Music!

Disney Music has touched my life as far back as I can remember.  Starting with Winnie the Pooh himself.  As a little girl I received the nickname Pooh. Apparently everyone believed Wendy was close enough to Winnie for it to work.  So Winnie the Pooh's theme song became my own.  The same as most of you I grew up watching Disney movies, so of course, in turn, the songs were weaved deeply through out my life.

 If it wasn't my mom and I singing "It's not easy" from Pete's Dragon while cooking dinner it was my boys and I singing "Everybody wants to be a cat" from the Aristocats, dancing around the house.
Disney music has touched and inspired every aspect of my life.  Disney has made some of the greatest soundtracks ever known, making magic in all of our lives. So I thought I would share with you some of the songs I love and some I don't think any of us will soon forget.

Let's start at the beginning or at least close too.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full length animated film ever made.  People thought Walt Disney was crazy.  They said no one will ever sit through a cartoon that's over a hour long.  Well they couldn't have been more wrong.  Snow White was the first of many amazing animated films all filled with amazing and memorable music.  Whom among us hasn't jokingly sung the "Heigh Ho" song on our way to work?

Not long to follow, was a song that Disney is known for...  "When you wish upon a star" from 1940's Pinocchio, is a moving song which soon became their trademark.

Now we will jump way ahead to 1994, since there is no way I can cover all Disney's magical music in this blog, to The Lion King which was the 8th highest grossing animated film of all time! (see people love watching over hour long cartoons, Walt was right) Coming in at $968,483,777 according to Wikipedia and who will ever forget that amazing opening scene!

And of course topping the chart in 2013 Frozen exploded the animated world bringing in more than $1,290,000,000 and a lot of that was due, to the amazing soundtrack!  None of us will soon forget "Let it Go"!

I could go on forever about all the great music Disney has created, I know I've only touched the tip of the iceberg, so to speak ;) but if this blog has got you itching to hear some great Disney music, come into the library and check some out.    

Disney music will forever be in our hearts.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ready for Ready Player One

If you have teenagers you can commiserate with how difficult it can be to get some of them to read for pleasure. My fourteen year old son does enjoy reading, but he is incredibly picky. I don't think that I could even count the number of books that he has started and abandoned midway claiming that they "got boring".  Being his mother and a librarian I get super geeked whenever he actually shows some enthusiasm for a book. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of the few books that my son has read multiple times (six times, at last count, to be exact)!

The year is 2044 and global warming and depletion of fossil fuels have resulted in widespread economic hardship. Nearly everyone, including impoverished teenager, Wade Watts, escapes into the virtual reality known as the Oasis.  When the enigmatic creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, died five years ago he announced in his will that he had left an Easter Egg in the virtual world and that whoever finds it will inherit his substantial fortune. Now gunters (egg hunters) like Wade spend every spare moment logged into the Oasis tracking down clues that will hopefully lead them to the elusive treasure.

Kids obsessed with gaming will not be able to resist this virtual Treasure Island meets Charlie and the Chocolate factory and parents will moon over all of the nostalgic pop culture references (War Games, Pac-Man, DeLoreans,  Max Headroom, The Goonies, and the list goes on and on). What was like totally awesome was how much both of my teenagers wanted to learn about all of the movies, tv shows, musicians, etc. mentioned in Ready Player One. We watched War Games, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and more together and my husband even managed to unearth his old Atari for the kids to try their hand at Pong, Centipede and Space Invaders.

If you do not have time to read Ready Player One check out the audiobook that is read by none other than Will Wheaton. Who could be more suited to read a geeky fairy tale laced with oodles of 80s references?

Speaking of being perfect for the job, the one and only Steven Spielberg is the director of the movie adaptation of Ready Player One which is set to be released this March!!!! Of course, whether or not the movie will live up to the book has been a huge debate in my house. My son still complains about how horrible the film adaptation of The Lightning Thief was so he is worried that movie will butcher his favorite book and don't even get my kids started on Ender's Game. I am with them on that one since I have read Ender's Game about 20 times and that movie was atrocious. I am feeling hopeful for Spielberg's version of Ready Player One, though. After all, Jaws was an amazing movie. However the movie turns out make sure you take the time to read (or listen) to Ready Player One. Even if you are not a gamer you are sure to enjoy this wild and nostalgic ride.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Best Graphic Novels of 2017

With me leaving the library at the end of this year, I'm putting together a Best of 2017 list. I'll only be covering two books per category, but that shouldn't stop you from coming in and finding out for yourself which books were our best from the last year, or the rest of our collection, which is also great.

-God Country- 
Donny Cates
 Emmet Quinlan is an old man deep in dementia and Alzheimer's. This is a problem for his son as well as the local cops. When a tornado levels the entire town, Emmet finds himself restored with the God of All Blades in his hand. Now beings from other worlds are on his doorstep, trying to wrest the God of All Blades from his grip, and lose his sanity in the process. This book is a great 
one-shot volume that gives a lot in the small bits of mythology it delivers while at the same time outlining the life of a mere mortal man trying to grasp at the last pit of his person-hood he's been granted.


-Spill Zone-
Scott Westerfeld
The city of Poughkeepsie is a wasteland thanks to toxic spill. What spilled, no one seems to know, but whatever it was has warped reality with the Spill Zone. Only one ex-resident dares brave the Spill Zone, collecting pictures of the twisted remains of the city for top-dollar profits. After being given a million-dollar offer, Addison has a bounty she's not sure she can fulfill if it means having to face what remains of the Poughkeepsie population.


Leila Del Luca
Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run after he's caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl's body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they've created on their planet and others.

-Adventures of Superhero Girl-
Faith Erin Hicks
 Trying to balance between a day job and crime fighting is a run-of-the-mill premise for most super hero tales. Superhero girl deals with that premise incredibly mundanely, but delivers a realistic slice of life, when it come to dealing with a non-super-powered arch-nemesis or your older brother upstaging you in your own city.

-Witch Boy-  
Molly Ostertag
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family and be truly himself.

-All's Faire in Middle School-
Victoria Jamieson
Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Imogene has just the quest in mind—she'll go to public school after a life of being home schooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Imogene falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Imogene has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.