92nd Academy Award Nominees

On February 9th, the 92nd Academy Award winners will be announced. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the best films from the previous year. Here are some of the top movie nominees.

Don’t forget to come check out our first floor display featuring some of these movies, along with others. We even have a game where you can take a guess at which movies will win!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Marriage Story
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together.

The Irishman
An epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told by veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman working for Russell Buffalino and some of the most notorious figures in the 20th century. Sheeran’s story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history: the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Joker
Most days, Arthur Fleck is bullied in public as he works as a clown-for-hire, but his slow descent into madness is hurried along by his mother’s failing health, their strained connection with the rich Wayne family, and his failed comedy career.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
From 1958 to 1963, Rick Dalton knew fame and fortune from being the lead on Bounty Law. But he wasn’t satisfied with his work and used his popularity to be a movie star. By 1969, Rick’s career stalled so badly that he started taking guest spots on various shows. Cliff Booth, Rick’s best friend and stunt double, helps him see success still exists if they work together.

Judy
Thirty years after starring in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland arrives in London for a five-week sold out performance. While preparing for her big event, Garland is embattled with her management, friends, family, and fans and embarks on a romance with Mickey Deans, all while struggling with anxiety and physical decline.

Pain and Glory
A renowned film director in declining health reflects on his life.

The Two Popes
Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Martin Luther King Jr. & Civil Rights

On January 20th, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Dr. King was a major leader and fought against racial discrimination during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In honor of his birthday, here are a selection of books you can find in our library that reflect his fight for equality.

Bending Toward Justice – Doug Jones
The story of the fight to bring justice to those affected by the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The blast killed four young girls and injured twenty-two others. While the FBI suspected this to be the work of Ku Klux Klan members, a lack of witnesses, evidence, and racial prejudice closed the case without any consequences.

Death of a King – Tavis Smiley
A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Five Presidents – Clint Hill
Hill brings history to life with this rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency. A stunning perspective from those who saw the most historic moments of the 20th century including the Cold War, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, the Vietnam War, and Richard Nixon’s resignation.

Gospel of Freedom – Jonathan Reider
Rieder delves deeper than anyone before into the King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” illuminating both its timeless message and its crucial position in the history of civil rights.

My Life, My Love, My Legacy – Coretta Scott King
The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr, founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist.

Stony the Road – Henry Louis Gates Jr.
A profound rendering of a struggle African-Americans faced for equality after the Civil War, as seen through the images that left a racist stain on the American mind.

The Heavens Might Crack – Jason Sokol
A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

Cold Weather Reads

As we endure some bitter cold days, you might be searching for a book to read while staying inside. Here are some classics and popular selections that can be found on our library shelves that make great books to read while avoiding the cold.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
The story of an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday. Shadow soon learns his role in schemes is far more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
Three terrible things will happen in a single day. Essun comes home to find her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. The Sanze empire has collapsed as the city of destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And the worst thing, a great rift has been torn with enough ash to darken the sky for years.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
There is a new tenant at Wildfell Hall. Helen has exiled with her child to the desolate mansion, adopting a new name, and earning her living as a painter. She has returned to Wildfell Hall right after a disastrous marriage.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
A story that follows one Korean family and their prized daughter whose unplanned pregnancy shames her ancestors. Deserted by her love, Sunja is saved by a minister who offers to marry her and bring her to Japan. The saga begins of a family in exile caught up in historical indifference.

Middlemarch – George Eliot
Dorothea Brooke is a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a terrible marriage to a scholar named Casaubon, the tactless Dr. Lydgate, and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode all hiding scandals from their past.

1920’s Reads

The 1920’s symbolize a period of the last century full of similar stories: great artists, running to Paris to find your dreams, and the harsh realities of a post World War II. Even today, 100 years later, still find an allure to the fashion, literature, music, and culture that was popular during this time. Here are some books you can find in our library that either take place during the 1920s (or Jazz Age) or explain more about prominent figures during the decade.

A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
Adela and her fellow travelers eager to experience the “real” India, find friendship in Dr. Aziz. As they explore the Marabar caves, Adela accuses the doctor of assaulting her. She never claims she was raped, but her accusations ostracize her from the countrymen and the natives, setting off a series of events that changes the lives of all involved.

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates into the German army in World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.

Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore

Josephine – Patricia Hruby Powell
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last minute details of a party while she is much more than the perfect party hostess. As she prepares her house for guests, she is flooded with memories from the past.

The Diviners – Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill is thrilled to leave her small town in Ohio to go to New York City in 1926, when a rash of murders thrusts Evie and her uncle into the thick of the investigation.

The Girls of Murder City – Douglas Perry
Recounts two scandalous murder cases and how Maurine Watkins turned into the beautiful, media-savvy Belva and Beulah into the talk of the town.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that you can redefine yourself and persuade the world to accept it. Jay’s younger brother, Nick, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age.

The Paris Wife – Paula McClain
Meeting through mutual friends, Hadley is intrigued by a brash Ernest Hemingway. After a brief courtship and a small wedding, they leave for Paris where Hadley makes a shocking transformation from an overprotected child to a brave young woman who puts up with everything to prop up her husband’s career.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald – Therese Anne Fowler
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald and the defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry to the party scenes of New York, Paris, and the French Riviera.

February New Releases

Fiction

  1. The Chill by Scott Carson
  2. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
  3. Untamed Shore by Silvia Garcia-Moreno
  4. The Burn by Kathleen Kent
  5. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  6. The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda
  7. Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
  8. And I Do Not Forgive You by Amber Sparks
  9. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Non-Fiction

  1. 18 Tiny Deaths by Goldfarb and Melnik
  2. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry
  3. Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work by Burnett and Evans
  4. Imperfect Union by Steve Inskeep
  5. The Magic of Marie Laveau by Denise Alvarado
  6. The Scientist and the Spy by Mara Hvistendahl
  7. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
  8. Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
  9. Whistle Blower by Susan Fowler

DVDs and Blue-ray

  1. 21 Bridges
  2. Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  3. Disturbing the Peace
  4. Doctor Sleep
  5. Frankie
  6. The Good Liar
  7. Midway
  8. The Nightingale
  9. Roma: Criterion Collection

Music

  1. Father of All by Green Day
  2. Heard in Havana by Third Sound
  3. Limitless by Richard Marx
  4. Weather by Huey Lewis and the News
  5. White Ladder by David Gray

Teen

  1. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli
  2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  3. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

Children

  1. Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit by Judd Winick
  2. Bravelands #5: The Spirit-Eaters by Erin Hunter
  3. Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
  4. Middle School: Master of Disaster by James Patterson
  5. Mulan Before the Sword by Grace Lin
  6. Pippa Park Raises the Game by Erin Yun

GoodReads Top Middle Grade Picks

Middle grade books are defined as those who appeal to young adult between the ages of 8 – 12 years old. But really anyone can enjoy books from this age category. All of these books deal with situations and problems that most youth can relate to, such as making and losing friendships and a growing awareness of the world around them. The following titles can all be found on the shelves of our library.

GoodReads is also a great resource for book recommendations and sharing your favorite titles with friends and family. You might just discover a new favorite from reading reviews on GoodReads too!

A Good Kind of Trouble – Lisa Moore Ramee
After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.

Matilda – Roald Dahl
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson) – Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson has been kicked out of his boarding school…again. Lately, mythological monsters and gods from Mount Olympus have been walking out of his Greek mythology textbook pages and right into his life. And even worse, he’s made some of them pretty angry.

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

The Crossover – Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Wonder – RJ Palacio
Auggie Pullman is ten years old and was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. When Auggie goes from being home-schooled to attending a private school in Manhattan, he struggles with the taunting of other classmates and just wants to be seen as another student.

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories) – Chris Colfer
Through the powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and face a foreign land full of wonder and magic with the fairy tale characters they grew up with.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into Narnia to assist their ruler, the golden lion Aslan, in defeating the White Witch who has eternally cursed them with eternal winter.

Interracial Couple YA Picks

With the statistics of interracial marriages and relationships on the rise, they are only likely to continue growing. So it’s important for this to be represented through books, mostly for young adults. Here are a selection of books that can be found in our library that have main characters that struggle to define how this affects them, their families, and the relationships they have with others around them.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi
2002: a year after 9/11. Shirin is a sixteen year old Muslim girl who is tired of being stereotyped. It never surprises her how horrible other people can be through the rude stares, degrading comments, even the physical violence she endures because of her religion and the hijab she wears every day. But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person who really wants to get to know Shirin. While it terrifies her, she’s had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure if she’ll ever be able to let it down.

Full Disclosure – Camryn Barrett
Simone is starting over at a new school. The last thing she wants is for her classmates to know that she is HIV-positive. When she starts dating a boy named Miles, she knows she has to tell him. But she’s terrified of how he’ll react. When she finds a note in her locker one day, she wonders if the only way is to face the haters head-on.

Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley
Aki Simon is fifteen years old and has a theory: she knows she’s bisexual. Until now, it’s mostl been hypothetical and Aki has only dated guys so far. Her best friend, Lori, is the only other person who knows Aki likes girls too.

Permanent Record – Mary H.K. Choi
Nineteen-year-old Pablo Neruda Rind is working in an upscale health food store in New York City when pop star Leanna Smart rushes in and turns his life upside-down.

Ramona Blue – Julie Murphy
Ramona was five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed everything. Since then it’s been her and her family against the world. Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s devoted to her family, and she knows she is destined for something bigger than her family’s trailer in Mississippi.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak – Sona Charaipotra
Saira is a sixteen year old medical prodigy fresh out of med school, when she arrives to her first day of a new job: treating children with cancer. She’s never had to prove herself to her adult co-workers and working in the same hospital with her mother doesn’t make it any easier. When Saira falls in love with a cute teen boy, who is also a patient, it could cost her everything. Unfortunately, heartbreak is one thing she doesn’t know how to treat.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman. His passion for gambling, late nights over drinks, and waking up in the arms of women or men have earned his father’s disapproval. He has one last hedonistic hurrah as him and his friends begin a grand tour of Europe. When a reckless decision alters their trip, it forces Henry to questions everything he knows…including his relationship with a boy he adores.

The Grief Keeper – Alexandra Villasante
After escaping a detention facility at the U.S. border, seventeen year old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment in the hopes of keeping her and her sister from being deported to El Salvador.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler
After a boating accident takes away her singing and speaking voice, Elyse d’Abreau leaves her home in Tobago to stay in an Oregon seaside town where Christian Kane, a known playboy, challenges her to express herself and overcome her fear of the sea.

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.