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Wednesday, May 23, 6:30pm: Bad Movie Night @ the Newton Free Library!

17 May











Just tested out the MuvChat software that lets you text your comments to the movie screen! I must say that this is phenomenal. I can’t describe how cool this is & how excited I am. Not to brag, but this is seriously the best idea I’ve had in a long time.


Movie Review: Hunger Games

26 Mar

Ok. I must say that I was really looking forward to seeing the Hunger Games this weekend and was trying not to have too many expectations. I tried not to listen to too many reviews because I wanted to go into it without having other peoples’ opinions clouding my view (though I heard a pretty negative one on NPR that bummed me out). This was also pretty difficult to do because HG is taking over the U.S. right now.

One of my worries was that the setting wouldn’t match up with what I had pictured in my mind, but I was happily wrong. The filmmakers did a great job of capturing the Appalachian landscape. Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Amandla Stenberg (Rue), I thought, were perfect for their parts.

There were a few things that I thought were lacking (i.e. the depth of the relationship between Rue and Katniss, Katniss’ inner turmoil with Peeta), but overall I was highly impressed and cannot wait to see the Catching Fire. I don’t know if I’m patient enough to wait until November 2013 (the supposed release date)!

I also wanted to share this Goodreads blog post that looks at the relationship between war/discord and the popularity of dystopian novels. Very interesting.

Let the Hunger Games begin!

12 Jan

Get your Hunger Games movie tickets!!

Tickets go on sale February 22!

Video Contest! on “Why I Need My Library”

3 Mar

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), this contest invites teenagers ages 13-18 to create original videos of 1-3 minutes in length about why they feel “I need my Library.”  The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.

Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Teens submit their original videos and compete in two age categories, 13-15 and 16-18, for prizes.  Winners will identify either their school library or their local public library as the beneficiary of the cash prizes:

From each age category (2 categories total):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1000 each for their selected libraries
  • Two 2nd place winners will receive $2000 each for their selected libraries
  • One 1st place winner will receive $3000 for their selected library PLUS $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

Videos should be submitted to YouTube and tagged alaneedmylibrary 15 for entries in the age 13-15 category, and alaneedmylibrary 18 for entries in the age 16-18 category.  Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.

Contest entries also must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.  Full Contest Guidelines are available here.

Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).

Questions about the contest can be directed to

Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”

18 Oct

Let’s start getting psyched for Halloween!! Here is a short (~7-8 mins.) animated film from 1953 narrated by the great James Mason, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, with a screenplay based on the 1843 short story of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe.

For those of you who might want to read Poe’s prose yourself, here is the text (from Google Books).

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